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Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush Your Teeth?

woman with bleeding gums brushing teeth

Bleeding gums while brushing or flossing isn’t normal!  It’s an issue that needs to be addressed straightaway, and the professionals at Studfield Dental Group in Wantrina South can help! Why Do Gums Bleed?  Plaque contains germs that compromise the health of our gums. When not properly removed, the plaque causes our gums to become irritated and inflamed, leading them to bleed when manipulated. This condition is known as gingivitis. If not cleared up, gingivitis can lead to gum disease, which causes aggressive infection, bone damage, loose teeth and possible tooth loss. What to Do Don’t ignore the signs.  If your … Continue reading

Make a Commitment to Improving Your Oral Care This New Year

woman using a water flosser to clean teeth

If you take an honest evaluation of your dental care routine would you admit it’s lacking a bit?  Most people would, especially when it comes to flossing. Growing up we were told by our parents and  dentists to brush twice a day (best after every meal), and floss daily.  But how many of us really do that? Your oral health could really be suffering from a lack of care without you realizing until it’s become severe.  So, with the upcoming new year and all the resolutions that are being made, why not include a commitment to improving your oral care? … Continue reading

Dental Cavities: What You Need to Know

How to avoid cavities

Dental cavities, also known as tooth decay or dental caries, develop when your tooth enamel (the outermost layer of the tooth) gets eroded by acids. These acids come from the breakdown of sugars in your mouth. If left untreated, the cavity, which looks like a dark hole in your tooth, grows larger and deeper.   This decay can reach the nerve (which is the innermost portion of the tooth) and cause infection.  It may even lead to your tooth breaking off and make it unrestorable.   How to Repair Dental Caries If cavities are caught early enough, then they can … Continue reading

When Root Canal Treatment is Needed

woman having a root canal treatment

The most common reason a person will need to have a root canal is because a cavity has reached the nerve or innermost part of their tooth, causing an infection. An abscess may be visible on the gums, due to the swelling.   The only way to rid a tooth of an infected nerve is by performing a root canal or extracting the tooth.   Signs that You May Need Root Canal Therapy Most of the time if our dentist in Wantrina South tells you that you need a root canal, it isn’t a surprise.  That’s because there are usually … Continue reading

How to Care for Your New Crown

man cleaning his dental crown

You just got a brand-new porcelain dental crown. Before that, you had a large filling or maybe no restoration at all. To help your new investment last as long as possible, our Wantrina South dentists have several suggestions on how to care for your new cap: Floss Daily Many people have a fear that flossing a new crown will cause it to fall off. Not so. The cement that we use to keep your crown in place is very strong. If a crown were to come off while flossing, I would have anyway. Keeping the margin of your cap clean … Continue reading

Why Adults Make Great Orthodontic Patients

Adult man with braces

If you’re considering getting braces or clear aligners to straighten your smile, you may be thinking to yourself, “I’m too old for this” or “people my age never get braces.” Not so! At Studfield Dental Group, our adult orthodontic patients are some of our most successful cases. Here’s why: They’re Committed to Seeing Treatment Through Most people are excited about starting braces, but the novelty can wear off after a few months, making teens or younger patients less energized about following home care recommendations. Adults understand that the payoff is worth it and tend to go above and beyond to … Continue reading

Five Signs Your Filling Needs to be Replaced

woman checking if her filling needs replacing

Today, most dental fillings last for several years. Whether it’s been 10 or 20 years since you had your filling placed, it will eventually give out. Let our dentists know if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:   You’ve Noticed Sensitivity When You Eat Does pressure bother your tooth when you’re biting and chewing? Sensitivity that seems worse in one particular area of your mouth usually means a tooth is compromised or starting to get infected.   There’s a Rough Edge Can you feel a rough surface when you rub your tongue across the tooth? This may indicate an … Continue reading

Advantages of Regular Dental Cleanings

Woman having dental cleaning

Did you know that most major dental concerns are preventable? At Studfield Dental Group, we make it a point to help our  patients avoid common dental problems through good daily hygiene, smart nutritional choices, and healthy habits that aid in strong tooth development. One of those key steps is scheduling a preventative cleaning at least every six months. Keep Your Teeth Longer When well cared for and maintained, your teeth can last for life. But it takes constant maintenance and preventative measures to keep the supporting bone and gum structures healthy and secure around each tooth root. A scale and … Continue reading

Three Dental Causes of Bad Breath

Woman with bad breath

Is Halitosis a problem that you struggle with?   Chronic bad breath can be embarrassing on both private and social levels, whether we’re aware of it or not. It’s usually a sensitive subject for our patients to discuss, but at Studfield Dental Group we’re happy to help you determine the underlying cause of breath malodour and what to do to help it. Aside from avoiding odorous foods like garlic and dairy, here are three big issues that can cause halitosis (bad breath):   Xerostomia (Dry Mouth) Dry mouth can be caused by a number of issues; most commonly reactions to … Continue reading

The Dos and Don’ts of Flossing

Woman flossing teeth

Is there more to flossing than running a strand of waxed thread up and down between your teeth? Actually, yes. At Studfield Dental Group, we don’t just want our patients to understand how important flossing is, but more importantly, how important it is to floss correctly. Here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind: Do floss every day. Brushing doesn’t physically clean between your teeth, where cavities and gum disease tend to start. You need to physically clean where your teeth touch side-by-side at least once every day. Don’t always opt for a “floss pick.” A floss pick … Continue reading