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3 Key Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Babies & Toddlers

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

Caring for a baby or toddler’s dental health is very different than caring for your own or an older child’s. Here are a few pieces of advice for ensuring the littlest members of your family start life with healthy, cavity-free smiles. We want their first visits to the dentist to be enjoyable learning experiences, not fixing cavities! Put Only Water in Bottles & Sippy Cups While many children are soothed by a bottle to suck on at bedtime or naptime, this can do much more harm than good! P...

3 Key Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Babies & Toddlers, Dentist Edmonton, Dental Clinic Edmonton

The Truth About Charcoal Teeth Whitening & Oral Health

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

There’s been a lot of hype around the Internet, social media and even on store shelves about using activated charcoal for its teeth whitening effects. Like any trendy new dental hygiene tip, we decided to take a closer look at the charcoal teeth whitening trend, and here is what we want you to know. We’ve seen posts and articles about using raw activated charcoal or toothpaste with charcoal mixed in to clean your teeth with the expectation that it has natural teeth whitening properties. T...

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A Quick & Simple Bad Breath Prevention Tip

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

Did you know there is a super simple way to help prevent bad breath that you should actually already be doing? This should already be part of your dental hygiene routine in order to prevent tooth decay, but it’s also a great way to get rid of germs that cause bad breath. Can you guess what it is? We’ll give you a hint: you’ve probably lied to your hygienist about it. The answer: Flossing! If the threat of gum disease and cavities isn’t enough to get you flossing every day, maybe th...

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Conventional Dentures vs Overdentures

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

If you’re missing teeth, modern dentistry offers more options than ever before for replacing them. With so many options for new teeth, it can be confusing to know the important differences between your options. Tooth loss is still treated by dentures, but there are now special kinds of dentures called overdentures that integrate the latest dental implant technology. Here’s the difference between traditional dentures and overdentures so you can make an informed choice in your care. Traditi...

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Caring For Your Dental Bridge

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

If you’ve recently gotten a dental bridge placed, you’re probably relieved to finally have your smile back and be able to eat the foods you like again. You should know that there are some small techniques you need to add to your oral hygiene routine in order to keep your replacement teeth and the rest of your mouth healthy. We’ve noticed a misconception among patients that artificial teeth don’t need the same dental hygiene attention because they aren’t real teeth. This isn’t true...

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4 Important Reasons to Keep Up With Regular Cleanings

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

It should come as no surprise that some of the worst dental situations we see are in patients who do not see the dentist regularly. And the longer someone has been away from the dentist, the harder it is to get back in the habit, whether it’s a matter of cost, time, or quite simply, guilt at not having been in a while. We always love to see patients, no matter how long it’s been, and we’re all about preventing pain and discomfort. So here are four vital reasons that you should never miss t...

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What Your Gums Are Trying to Tell You

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

One of the challenges that we face as dentists and dental hygienists is the fact that many dental conditions are asymptomatic in the early stages. The word “asymptomatic” means that they don’t cause any symptoms that are noticeable, particularly to the patient. One of the most pernicious dental diseases that fit this description is gum disease, which can turn into periodontitis and eventually lead to crooked, loose, or failed teeth. Dental professionals have expert training in identifyi...

What Your Gums Are Trying to Tell You, Dentist Edmonton, Dental Clinic Edmonton

The World's Most Luxurious Toothbrushes

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

A clean, white, and healthy smile can be considered a status symbol: a sign of someone who has excellent habits, an excellent dentist, or both. But what about the tool that gets you there? Would you invest in a luxury toothbrush? In case you’re tempted, we’ve scoured the web for the most exceptional non-electric toothbrushes that you can buy for $12 or a lot more! Eco-Friendly Toothbrushes – $12 If you replace your toothbrush as often as your dentist recommends, you should be going ...

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Amazing Teeth in the Animal Kingdom

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

As dental professionals, it should be no surprise that we find teeth fascinating. Human teeth come in so many different shapes, sizes and colours that it makes our job of keeping them healthy and beautiful an art as much as a science. But human teeth aren’t the only ones that are interesting. The animal kingdom is full of fascinating teeth and here are a few amazing examples. Rabbit Teeth Other than big ears, prominent front teeth may be the most iconic feature of rabbits. These big teeth ...

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3D Printing & The Future of Dentistry

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

If you haven’t noticed already, dentists tend to be technology nuts. We’re always looking for the next and best way to provide patients with better versions of dental solutions such as crowns, dentures and dental implants. The advancements in dental tech over the last few decades have been truly incredible, and we are starting to see signs of the next wave of advancements: the integration of 3D printing into dental care. Many dentists are already using a form of computerized manufacturing...

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The Truth About Chewing Gum

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

As dentists, we’ll warn you away from sweet treats most of the time, but chewing gum is a surprising exception. That is, as long as it’s sugar-free. Yes, it’s true that sugar-free chewing gum is actually good for your teeth and can help prevent tooth decay. Not only that, some varieties may even strengthen your teeth. Sugar-free gum has been shown to increase the production of saliva in the mouth. In addition to the action of chewing, this increase in saliva helps wash away food particl...

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5 Tips For An Easy First Dental Visit For Your Child

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

Part of offering family dentistry is ensuring that our youngest patients feel especially comfortable. We do everything we can to make the dentist a friendly, safe and informative environment for your child. Here are a few tips for what you can do as a parent to make your child’s first visit easy for you and your little one. Set a good example If you have an older child, bring the little one along to their appointment. Chances are your child will want to emulate their older sibling’s good...

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Identifying The 3 Major Types of Cavities

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

In addition to good dental hygiene and regular checkups, knowing how to spot a dental problem early can be extremely helpful when preventing toothaches or the need for a root canal. Trouble is, catching the signs of a cavity can be a little tricky, especially since they usually don’t cause any symptoms that you can feel and there are a variety of types and appearances. There are three major kinds of cavities: Pit and Fissure Cavities These cavities appear on the chewing surfaces of teeth a...

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Here's How We Know You Clench & Grind Your Teeth

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

A dentist or a dental hygienist can take a quick look inside your mouth and tell you whether you clench and grind your teeth in your sleep. We often find that patients are skeptical that we can glean this information from just a brief examination, but our diagnoses are much less like palm reading or interpreting tea leaves than it may seem. Here’s what we’re seeing when we look in your mouth: Tooth Damage Bruxism is the medical term for clenching and grinding your teeth, and it can leave...

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Four Things Your Hygienist Wishes You Knew

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

Dental hygienists see thousands and thousands of patients’ mouths each year. They know that no two people’s mouths or oral health are quite the same. Nonetheless, there are some things that patients don’t know about caring for their smiles that seem to come up again and again. Here are four things your hygienist wishes you knew that would keep your teeth whiter, stronger and healthier. Grinding and Gum Recession The common knowledge used to be that brushing too hard with your toothbrus...

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Weird Facts You Didn't Know About Saliva

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

With the way dentists and hygienists are always sucking saliva away or blowing your teeth dry, you’d think we had something against it. But the truth is that saliva is very beneficial to your overall and oral health. Here are a few facts about how saliva protects your smile that you may not already know. It Starts the Digestion Process Saliva does more than keeping your mouth moist and lubricate your food for easy swallowing, it actually starts the digestion process. Saliva contains a type...

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Yes, Your Sparkling Water is Bad For Your Teeth

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

We hate to burst your bubble, but if you thought you were avoiding damaging your teeth by swapping soda for sparkling water, we’re afraid it’s not quite true. Drinking trendy sparkling waters like LaCroix, Perrier or Bubly can be great for inspiring good hydration habits or cutting back on sugary drinks, but they’re still bad for your teeth. When you think of tooth decay, you probably think of sugar as the culprit, but it’s actually acid that does the damage. In fact, sugar is only th...

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Just Got a Crown? Here Are Some At-Home Care Tips

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

Getting a dental crown is a very common treatment. In an ideal world, all of our patients would have healthy strong teeth that never needed repair, but the reality is that we perform crown procedures quite frequently and they’re essential to keeping your smile strong and healthy after something goes wrong. If you’ve just had a crown, here are some tips to keep you comfortable once you get home. Be Careful When Eating & Chewing If we used a local anesthetic (i.e. lidocaine) during your cr...

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Your Guide to At-Home Teeth Whitening

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments that patients ask us about. Luckily, it is also one of the easiest and most affordable. There are two types of professional whitening offered by mosts dentists: in-office and at-home. While the in-office treatment can be done quickly, usually in a single visit that lasts about an hour, it is the more costly choice. The at-home variety tends to be more popular with those who are on a budget and don’t mind a little delayed gratifi...

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Yes, Custom Mouthguards Really Are Better

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

As dentists, we’re nuts about prevention, and one of the biggest ways you can prevent the need for emergency dental care is to wear a mouthguard. There are two major types of mouthguards: nightguards and sportsguards. Both come in over-the-counter and custom dentist-prescribed versions. Here’s why the latter is a better choice! First, the basics. A nightguard is a mouthguard that is worn at night while sleeping by patients who clench and grind their teeth, a condition called bruxism. Repe...

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Teeth Cleanings With Braces

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

If you have braces, you’re probably very excited about seeing your brand new smile. However, that smile might not be as bright as you thought if you don’t take proper care of your teeth during your orthodontic treatment. While your at-home dental hygiene routine may change a little while you have braces (we’ll do a separate post with tips about that), your in-office dental routine should not. What we mean is, just because you have braces doesn’t mean you don’t have to come in for yo...

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Stress Can Wreak Havoc on Your Teeth

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

We all have those days. It’s easy to lose track of your personal health needs when you want to pull your hair out. Here are a few stress-related dental issues you may not be noticing and what you can do about them. Body tension is one of the most common symptoms of stress and poses a threat to your pearly whites. You may find yourself grinding or clenching your teeth during stressful moments. Teeth grinding puts you at risk of cracking, breaking or even losing your teeth. If it is consisten...

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How to Make Oral Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

From sheet masks to adult colouring books to meditation apps, self-care is all the rage these days. We don’t see any reason why your dental health and oral hygiene can’t be part of this new, trendy way of making yourself feel and function better. We even think it might make caring for your smile more fun and relaxing. Pamper Your Gums by Flossing When you go get a massage, you can expect a lot of benefits other than just feeling pampered. Getting a massage increases blood flow to your ti...

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The 2 Types of Tooth Stains & How We Deal With Them

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

If you don’t see “pearly whites” when you smile, you may be considering teeth whitening. Despite nicknames for teeth, the truth is very few of us go about our daily lives with a “pearly white” smile. While no one’s teeth are naturally pure white (teeth are naturally off-white), that doesn’t change the association of a whiter smile with health and beauty. Before you decide how to brighten your smile, you should know a bit more about how tooth stains work. Ready for a quick dental...

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Top Dental Concerns for Seniors

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

While the basics of dental hygiene are the same at every age—brushing, flossing & healthy eating habits—risks and concerns for older adults are different than for younger adults and kids. Being aware of these concerns may help you make be more aware of your own dental health and make more informed decisions as you age. Old Fillings and Crowns If you’ve had teeth repaired with fillings or crowns in the past, you should be aware that tooth decay can undermine these repairs to the point t...

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Top Dental Concerns for Seniors

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

While the basics of dental hygiene are the same at every age—brushing, flossing & healthy eating habits—risks and concerns for older adults are different than for younger adults and kids. Being aware of these concerns may help you make be more aware of your own dental health and make more informed decisions as you age. Old Fillings and Crowns If you’ve had teeth repaired with fillings or crowns in the past, you should be aware that tooth decay can undermine these repairs to the point t...

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How Braces Work

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

Braces are such common treatment, we take it for granted that everyone knows how they work. However, we’ve realized that it may not be that obvious how this clever system of brackets and wires results in a straighter smile and a healthier bite alignment. Traditional braces consist of brackets that are fixed on each tooth using special dental cement, a curved wire that snaps into channels in those brackets, and bands that go around the brackets to keep the wire secure. Together, the wires an...

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How Effective is Whitening Toothpaste?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

The number of teeth whitening options available to patients just seems to grow and grow. With so many products and treatments available, it’s hard to know which are the most effective. The most accessible option is whitening toothpaste, but how does this enhanced version of an everyday product stack up against the best teeth whitening products? Teeth get stains and change colour for various reasons. Bad habits like smoking and eating and drinking staining foods like tea, coffee and wine can...

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How Your Teeth Got Their Names

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Mon, 20 Sep 2021

When you visit the dentist, especially if you’re getting work done, such as a dental crown, you may hear dentists talking in a strange combination of names and numbers when describing locations in your mouth. While each tooth has its own individual number, every type of tooth in your mouth also has a name. While these names may be familiar to you, their origin probably isn’t. The names of your teeth actually tell interesting stories about how they function, humans’ place in the animal king...

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What Causes Gum Recession

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

You may have heard of receding gums, but still, need to know how to prevent it and what causes it. Many people first notice gum recession when their teeth start looking longer than they used to. While their teeth are still the same size, the gums have started pulling away from the teeth, exposing more of the tooth. A healthy gum line is consistent along an entire arch of teeth, without a lot of variation in the height of the gum line from one tooth to another. With receding gums, the gums oft...

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Can You Name 5 Types of Dental Floss?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

As dental professionals, we may get a little bit more excited about dental hygiene products than our patients, but the truth is that everyone should pay close attention when choosing which dental products to buy. Which toothbrush or toothpaste is best for you depends on your unique dental condition, but did you know that the same is true of floss? There are 5 main types of floss and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Waxed Floss This is probably the product that comes to mind fir...

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Health Consequences of Crooked Teeth

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Getting crooked teeth or a bad bite fixed isn’t just about vanity. A less-than-perfect smile can put you at risk for both dental and overall health issues. Getting your teeth straightened can benefit more than just your appearance! While no one’s teeth are quite the same, they are all intended to fit together a certain way. When the upper jaw and lower jaw don’t meet up properly, it can a number of problems: Tooth Wear – Teeth that are overcrowded, have too much space between them ...

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Dental X-Rays & Radiation Exposure

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Many patients have expressed concerns about the amount of radiation exposure caused by dental x-rays. We want to set the record straight about this very important diagnostic tool and what it means for your health. The first thing you should know is that dental x-rays expose you to less radiation than pretty much any other type of diagnostic x-ray. In fact, the typical “bite-wing” x-rays that we take on a regular basis as part of your preventive care routine cause less radiation exposure t...

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Foods With Hidden Sugar

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

While you may think that good dental health starts at home with proper brushing and flossing habits, where it really starts is with a healthy diet. With superfoods and gluten sensitivities, people seem to be more aware of what’s in their food lately. But the biggest threat when it comes to tooth decay and toothaches is a familiar one: sugar. However, food manufacturers have gotten better at concealing and misleading about the presence of sugar in their products, offering seemingly “health...

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Your Favourite Drink May Be Damaging Your Fillings & Crowns

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Your dental crowns and fillings may be at risk for damage from an unexpected culprit: your favourite beverage. Many people enjoy a favourite drink on a regular basis: whether it's their morning orange juice, the treat of a diet soda, or coffee and energy drinks to keep them perky and alert. Unfortunately, all of these drinks have a common trait: they’re acidic. You may already know that acid poses a big threat to your natural tooth enamel. It’s actually the acid that bacteria excrete that...

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The Healing Magic of Fluoride

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

The Healing Magic of Fluoride You probably know that bacteria are responsible for tooth decay. They feed on leftover sugar in your mouth, leaving behind plaque and acid that destroys the calcium and other minerals in your tooth enamel. This process is called demineralization, and it’s what leads to cavities. However, there is another process called remineralization that actually helps strengthen your teeth by replenishing lost minerals. Saliva—which cleans your teeth—minerals from fo...

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The Preventive Power of Sealants

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

If you’re a parent, you know it can be hard to train kids to brush their teeth reliably. Sealants are a great option for preventing cavities and tooth decay in young patients whose teeth are still developing while they’re learning to care for their smiles properly. Sealants can reduce the incidence of tooth decay by up to 70 percent! Sealants are placed on a child’s permanent molars, as soon as possible after they’ve erupted (i.e. emerged from the jawbone and gums). When these molars ...

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Why Are Dental Care & Medical Care Separate?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Going to one office for your annual physical and yet another for your dental checkup may seem inconvenient and illogical. It also may leave you wondering why all of these things aren’t handled by the same person in the same place. Why do you go to one type of doctor for your mouth and another type of doctor for everything else? As with many things, the answer can be found in history. Dental care didn’t use to be taken as seriously as it is today, and in some places, instead of going to a ...

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Why Mint Feels Cold & Other Flavour Mysteries

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

There’s no doubt that when it comes to dental products, mint is the dominant flavour choice. Finding a toothpaste or mouthwash that isn’t spearmint, peppermint, or some made-up version of mint (like an arctic blast) is a challenge. The fact is, these products don’t actually need this flavouring to do their work. Which may leave you wondering: Why does mint flavour make your mouth feel cool and fresh as if your toothpaste was extra effective? It comes down to a plant’s ability to trick...

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Mouth-Related Sayings & What They Mean

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

As dentists, we naturally answer lots of questions about teeth. However, sometimes you’ll hear people say things about mouths and teeth that don’t seem to make any logical sense. These sayings are often used as a short way to express a more complex concept. Here are a few of our favourite mouth-related colloquialisms, what they mean, and where they come from. By the skin of one’s teeth Example: “After several delayed trains, Emma made it to the interview by the skin of her teeth.” ...

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How to Make Your Dental Visit More Comfortable

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

We only have to think back on all the excuses and last-minute cancellations we’ve encountered to know that people tend to put off going to the dentist. We get it, a dental visit isn’t always the most pleasant part of your day, but we promise you that putting off your dental appointment, whether it’s a preventive visit or to repair a problem, will only cause you more inconvenience and discomfort in the future. With that in mind, here are a few tips for how to make your next visit more comfo...

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How Dentists Repair a Chipped Tooth

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Accidents happen, but when an unforeseen incident like a fall or a sports injury results in a chipped tooth, it may feel like your smile will never look right again. Rest assured that your dentist has the technology and the artistry to fix your chipped tooth and make it look whole and natural! Even though teeth are made of the hardest substance in your body, they’re still vulnerable to the rough and tumble nature of our world. And you don’t have to be a belligerent hockey player to end ...

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Trouble Spots to Watch Out For When You Brush

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Even patients who have a very solid daily dental hygiene routine may have trouble cleaning every part of their mouth. But a dental hygienist or a dentist sees hundreds of mouths a year and can easily point out the trouble spots that are common for us all! Here are some tips about how to make sure you are cleaning your mouth thoroughly enough to prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Behind Your Teeth The backsides of your teeth are referred to as lingual by dentists because it’...

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The Hidden Dangers of the Sparkling Water Trend

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

You’ve cut down on your mocha maple double latte habit—good job! You’ve given up your sweet tea with lunch—great! You’re skipping flavoured sports drinks and sticking to water at the gym—congratulations! You’ve swapped out soda for sparkling water—uh-oh, we have a problem. Even though it may seem like an innocent alternative, sparkling water can still be bad for your teeth! This fact comes as a big surprise to most patients. After all, the deliciously flavoured sparkling sodas...

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Oral Hygiene With Dentures

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

If you’re new to wearing dentures, we have some good news for you. We’ve come a long way since your grandma’s false teeth. These days it’s easier than ever to get durable, realistic dentures. However, like anything, the key to keeping something in tip-top shape is proper maintenance and cleaning. This goes for both your dentures and your mouth! Here are a few tips for your oral hygiene routine with dentures to make sure your new smile lasts as long as possible. Don’t Wear Your Dentu...

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3 Bad Oral Habits to Watch Out For in Kids

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Anyone who has watched over or raised a baby or toddler knows that the mouth is one of the key ways that small children explore and learn about the world. You have to keep a close eye on little ones to make sure they don’t put anything and everything in their mouths! But even once this exploratory phase is over, there are a few bad oral habits you should watch out for to ensure your child doesn’t miss out on a strong, healthy smile in the future. Thumb Sucking Thumb sucking is a self-soo...

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Foods That Naturally Contain Fluoride

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Dentists love fluoride because it can strengthen and re-mineralize damaged enamel, making it more resistant to decay. That’s why fluoride is added to public drinking water and toothpaste and mouthwash. Contrary to what you might hear, fluoride is a mineral that occurs in nature in many different places, including our food. Here are a few fluoride-rich foods you now have a new excuse to enjoy. Spinach Popeye’s favourite superfood, spinach is packed with all kinds of great vitamins and min...

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Is Luxury Toothpaste Worth It?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

There seems to be a luxury revolution happening in personal care goods of all kinds, and oral hygiene is the latest category of consumer products to get an indulgent makeover. Luxe brands that sell fancy soaps and face creams are now offering high-end toothpaste. So does a $17 tube of toothpaste care for your teeth better than a regular $4 tube? The quick answer is no. Most of the luxury toothpaste brands we’ve seen aren’t offering any new ingredient mixes or proportions compared to regul...

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Get to Know Your Oral Microbiome

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

A microbiome is a community of microorganisms that live in a certain location, particularly inside the human body. The microbiomes of our mouths are filled with hundreds of different types of bacteria, and contrary to what you might expect, most of them are not harmful. Over 700 different strains of bacteria have been found in the human mouth, but most people only have 34 to 72 different strains in their mouths at any given time. As mentioned above, most of those bacteria appear to be harmles...

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What Determines the Price of a Crown?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

“How much does a crown cost?” It may seem like a simple question to ask your dentist, but the answer is more complex than you might think. Lots of factors go into the price of a crown that can make the answer to that question vary from person to person. The Type of Crown You Choose The various types of crowns include metal (gold or alloys), ceramic and zirconia. The last two are tooth-coloured, which make them popular choices for patients who are concerned about aesthetics. Metal options...

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Why Does My Tooth Ache?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Toothaches are one of the most common reasons for dental visits. In most cases, this kind of pain or discomfort is due to cavities. However, there are a number of other potential causes that you should know about. Here are a few that you might not be aware of. Tooth Abscess Sometimes, a tooth can become infected. A tooth infection is usually followed by swelling & the formation of pus-filled deposits. A tooth with an internal abscess has a nerve that is either dead or dying. If left untrea...

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Tongue Scraping - What it is And What it Could Do For Your Oral Hygiene

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

At every dental appointment, dental patients are reminded of the importance of their at-home oral hygiene practices: Brush your teeth, floss, rinse and so on. Everyone knows the basics, but have you heard of tongue scraping? Your tongue is a big muscle covered in tons of little bumps called papillae, where your taste buds live. It helps you eat food and drink water. That means that everything that touches and gets stuck in your teeth also touches your tongue—and it doesn’t all go away whe...

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What is a Sedative Filling?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

It’s always unfortunate when a tooth has decayed so much that it needs to be restored by a dentist, but there are many options to save your tooth! Dentists are experts at fixing both mild and severe cases of tooth decay, but sometimes they need more time to examine your tooth to find out which treatment is right for you. Sometimes a dentist is faced with an unusually complicated case of tooth decay or other dental damage. At this point in the dental treatment process, it may be unclear if t...

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Family History And Your Oral Health

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

You might have heard that you have your father’s eyes or your grandmother’s sense of humour. Maybe you know what diseases or medical concerns run in your family. But do you know what dental conditions are in your genes? It’s true that genetics can affect dental health, but if you see bad teeth in your family, don’t feel doomed to a similar fate! Family history can indicate a predisposition for good or bad dental health. Certain people may be more susceptible to getting gum disease ...

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Get in The Habit to Floss With These Methods

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Flossing is an important part of any at-home oral hygiene routine. But it’s also a source of anxiety, pain, and even shame. Instead of dreading the inevitable “floss talk” from your dentist, try these tricks to get in the habit of flossing regularly. Your smile will thank you! Find Tools That Work for You First, finding the right tools is essential. String floss is the oldest tool for flossing, but many find it cumbersome and simply uncomfortable. Patients who avoid string floss might ...

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How Often Do You Need to See a Dentist?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Some say once a year, some say twice a year. The real answer to how many dentist appointments you need is not what you might expect! One or two hygiene visits per year are just a general guideline that dentists use for the average patient. Some patients visit the dentist once or twice a year because that’s what most insurance plans will cover. The truth is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to keeping your teeth healthy. Any number of things can affect how often you should go to...

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What Goes Into Your Dentist's Degree and License?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

It could take more than eight years of education to earn a DDS or DMD degree and dental license. But that’s a good thing because that extended education is how you know you can trust your dentist to help you keep a healthy smile. Getting into a university’s dental program usually requires a prospective dentist to have already started college. In some cases, students graduate with a Bachelor’s degree before even beginning their years in dental college. They must also take specific classe...

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Children Should Develop Good Dental Care Habits Early. Here's Why.

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

You should value dental hygiene in your children for the same reasons you value it in yourself. Regularly brushing and flossing keeps your mouth clean and helps prevent tooth decay. Eating well likewise helps keep your teeth healthy, and regular visits to the dentist ensure you and your child will be on top of any issues that crop up throughout your lives. It’s simple: kids should develop healthy habits early on, and dental care habits are no different. Good dental habits last a lifetime, i...

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Not Just the Tooth Fairy: Dental Traditions For Kids

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

The Tooth Fairy is an important tool to help kids cope with the potentially scary experience of losing their baby teeth. Despite being a relatively recent creation—with the earliest printed record of the Tooth Fairy coming from the 1920s—this dental myth has quickly grown into a cultural phenomenon in many countries and is likely rooted in older folk tales and beliefs about children’s teeth. It is particularly popular in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and Denmark. Put your lost baby toot...

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Sports Dentistry, Mouthguards And More!

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Sports dentistry is a relatively new field in dentistry, with several slightly different definitions that tend to agree on one main focus: the prevention and treatment of dental and oral injuries resulting from sports. Sports dentists might recommend anything from protective mouthguards to educating athletes on how to avoid dental injury to having a team dentist—or even a combination of the three. Probably the most common and well-known part of sports dentistry is the use of mouthguards for...

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Chewing Gum Can Help Your Teeth

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

That is if the gum is sugarless. Gum with sugar in it still isn’t good for your teeth, unfortunately. Cut it out of your diet! Sugarless gum, however, can help keep your mouth healthy and your teeth clean and can be an effective dental care supplement. It does this in a few ways. The main dental benefit of chewing gum (sugarless or otherwise) lies in stimulating your mouth to produce saliva. Saliva neutralizes the bacteria-produced acidity in your mouth and can help halt tooth decay. When y...

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Acid Reflux? Your Dentist May Know it Before You Do

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Acid Reflux is a common ailment caused by stomach acid flowing up out of the stomach and into the esophagus. This backwash, or acid reflux, can irritate the lining of your esophagus and cause temporary discomfort in the chest and the back of the throat. If this happens multiple times a week, it might be a sign of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Unfortunately, if the damaging stomach acid travels too far too frequently, it can cause erosion of enamel on molars or on the backside of th...

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Why Snacking Can Hurt Your Teeth

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

We’re not going to tell you to stop snacking entirely, so you can cross that worry off your list. But any dentist will probably recommend snacking smarter. Many snack foods, and the way that you snack, can hurt your teeth by promoting tooth decay. Let’s go over why tooth decay happens. You eat something, and the bacteria in your mouth break down whatever you’re eating into sugars, then into acid waste, which damages your tooth enamel and can eventually cause cavities. Fortunately, your ...

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Why Does Your Dentist Recommend a Bone Graft?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Conceptually, jawbone grafts are fairly simple. New bone, or bone-like synthetic material, is grafted onto the bone where it is weak or missing and strengthens the structure while also potentially promoting bone growth over time. But why and when does a dentist recommend this treatment? The short reason is that a bone graft addresses bone loss and strengthens a weakened jaw. Some causes of bone loss, like osteoporosis, can make your bone more fragile. Missing bone in the jaw can also change f...

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How Useful Are Floss Holders?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

The answer is: it depends on the person. We all know that flossing is important for your dental hygiene. But it can also be pretty hard to do, especially reaching the teeth in the back! Fortunately, there are helpful tools called “floss holders” that do almost exactly what you would expect. Your dentist may even recommend one to you if you have difficulty with flossing. There are two main types of floss holders: reusable and disposable. Both have their pros and cons, and the one you choos...

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What Teeth Can Tell You: Dental Forensics and Anthropology

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Most people know what the average dentist does, but did you know there are dental specialists who work primarily outside the medical field? Forensic and anthropological dentists may not be traditional tooth doctors, but their work is still heavily related to and reliant on teeth. A forensic dentist is often involved in solving crimes, usually by identifying the owners of bite marks. However, identifying a bite mark is often not enough to truly say whether a suspect is guilty. Bite marks aren...

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Nervous Parent, Nervous Kid?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Just because you’re a nervous patient doesn’t mean your little one should inherit your fears. A matter-of-fact attitude about the dentist and oral health will quickly be absorbed by your children and experts agree that introducing children early and often to the dentist's office is a big help. A visit to the dentist is only as scary as you make it. You should introduce your child to their dentist as early as the appearance of their first tooth. When talking to your child, keep your langua...

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How to Choose a Dentist

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Choosing the right dentist for you and your family can be a daunting task, particularly if you’re new to an area. You want to build a long-term, trusted partnership with your practitioner so it’s worth doing a little research so that you make the right match. Firstly, look for a dentist that accepts your health plan. If you have an HMO for example, your choices may be limited to members of the HMO network. A PPO may give you more options but can affect your co-payments if you go out of n...

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Got a Picky Eater in the Family?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Got a picky eater in the family? Perhaps a six-year-old who won’t eat anything but hot dogs? Or an elderly parent who seems to eat nothing at all? If there are vital nutrients missing from a diet, one of the first places that there’s obvious trouble is in the mouth. Experts agree that the best way to get nutrients is through whole foods, so a shopping list that focuses on crucial vitamins and minerals while offering variety will ensure healthy, strong teeth and gums for every member of the f...

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Why Dental Care is Important

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Any dentist will tell you that dental care is important, but what we might not explain is exactly WHY dental care is important. Though you see a different doctor for your physical health than you do for your oral health, much of what your dentist does is connected to your overall health. The most common reason for visiting the dentist is for teeth cleaning. And while professional dental cleanings are a great way to keep your smile bright, they are also vitally important to your health. Cleani...

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What's The Difference Between DDS and DMD?

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

As dentists we know we sometimes speak a slightly different, more clinical, language than our patients. We try not to be mysterious, but sometimes what’s common knowledge to us could be confusing to our patients. One common thing that patients want to know is the meaning of the different letters you see after our names: either DDS or DMD. So what’s the difference? Is one better than the other? The answer is actually very simple: there is no difference! DDS (which stands for Doctor of Dent...

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Why Summer is a Great Time to Start Braces

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Fri, 17 Sep 2021

Why not start getting your kids’ smiles in shape this summer? Kids, and often moms and dads, have a little more free time during the summer, so it’s a great time to get a jumpstart on necessary orthodontic treatment. Braces require visits to the office every few weeks or months for adjustments and tightening. It makes sense to start this process during the summer when school is out so kids don’t have to miss class for their orthodontic appointments. Having the first few orthodontic appo...

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What You Need to Know About Professional Teeth Whitening

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Thu, 16 Sep 2021

The colour of their teeth is one of the top things people say they would like to change about their smile. Thankfully, teeth whitening is a fairly simple treatment, but there are so many options for teeth whitening you may find yourself with a few questions. We think the most common and the most important question we hear is this: Why should I have my dentist whiten my teeth instead of using those drugstore whitening kits? Dentists have access to better, more effective teeth whitening technol...

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Why You Shouldn't Fear Root Canals

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Thu, 16 Sep 2021

Root canals have earned a bad reputation. This procedure has become the butt of jokes on TV shows and in games of “Would You Rather”. It has also become the subject of an unusual amount of anxiety because patients expect the procedure to be painful, despite recent advancements that ensure this isn’t the case. But from a health perspective, root canals are heroic: they are a life-saving procedure for your tooth! Each of your teeth has a hollow space inside it, which includes a pulp chamb...

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Great Reasons to Get Braces

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Thu, 16 Sep 2021

Many people think of braces as a right of passage that we subject pre-teens and teens to in the midst of their most awkward years just to ensure they have a nice straight smile by the time they reach adulthood. But the truth is that braces can benefit people of all ages and not all of the reasons to get braces are aesthetic. While most of us think of getting braces in order to have straight teeth, braces have a purpose beyond cosmetics. Braces can be used to treat misaligned bites (the techni...

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Today's Many Options For Braces

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Thu, 16 Sep 2021

When you think of braces, you may think of months to years of a mouth full of metal, but just like all other technologies, the technology of straightening teeth has advanced in recent years. There are lots of options for braces these days, some of which you might not even call braces. For example, invisible braces systems (like Invisalign®) use clear aligner trays to gently coax your teeth into position. These types of aligners can be removed temporarily to eat, so there are fewer restrictio...

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Why Teeth Cleanings Are Important

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Thu, 16 Sep 2021

Over time, plaque (a thick, bacteria-filled film) and tartar (a hard calcium-based build-up) can build up on your teeth and eventually lead to tooth decay. While regular brushing and flossing at home can help prevent this buildup, it can’t necessarily remove it. That’s why going to your dentist for a professional cleaning is so important. Even if you have impeccable home oral hygiene habits (you floss and brush for at least two minutes twice daily, or even after every meal), there is stil...

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Teeth Cleanings Are About More Than Clean Teeth!

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Thu, 16 Sep 2021

When most of a us think of a teeth cleaning appointment, we think of polishing and maybe a little scraping. But the truth is that teeth cleaning appointments are about so much more than clean, shiny teeth! Most teeth cleaning appointments also include a quick examination by the dentist. That’s one of the reasons we call them check-ups: your teeth cleaning appointment is an opportunity for the dental hygienist and the dentist check up on your oral health. The dentist will pop in at some p...

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5 Tips For Being a Better Dental Patient

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Thu, 16 Sep 2021

Like any relationship in life, having good communication with your dentist is the key to success. The five tips listed below are intended to help you improve your oral health by communicating better with your dentist and/or dental hygienist. If your dental hygienist or dentist says something you don’t quite understand, don’t just nod or pretend you do understand, ask for clarification! Sometimes we have trouble translating from the clinical language our dental colleagues understand to w...

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See The Dentist More Often And You'll Save Money!

Posted by Heritage Lane Dental on Thu, 16 Sep 2021

What if we told you the more often you see your dentist, the less you’ll spend on dentistry? We know it sounds like a contradiction, but that is the power of preventive dentistry. We recommend that you visit us at least twice a year for teeth cleaning appointments, which also includes a basic exam. You’ll hear dental professionals refer to this kind of appointment as prophylaxis (prophy for short), which is a word that comes from a Greek term that means “guard”. The services we perfor...

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