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General Dental Topics

Many of our patients ask us questions about their oral health, whether it’s related to their overall dental care or specific issues. Here are some cool facts about frequently asked dental topics:

Cannabis and Oral Health

When discussing dental care, the adverse effects of substances like cannabis are significant. Cannabis can affect your oral health in many ways. It is important to understand the risks associated with drug use and both the short and long-term effects on your oral health. General dentists often encounter complications related to cannabis use, such as increased bleeding, which can hinder the healing process after dental procedures. Dentists must consider the impact of such substances on medications and the patient’s decision-making abilities.

The Risks of Vaping

Vaping, a growing trend among teens and adults, poses substantial risks that are often underestimated. There is a misconception that vaping is less harmful than smoking, but in reality, the health risks are still incredibly high. General dentists are seeing a rise in oral health issues related to vaping, such as mouth irritation, inflammation, tooth discolouration, and an increased risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Nicotine in vaping products, being a vasoconstrictor, which causes dryness in the mouth, can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay. This emphasizes the importance of dental hygiene care.

Causes of Dry Mouth

Have you ever experienced a dryness or stickiness in your mouth? Dry mouth, characterized by symptoms like bad breath and difficulty chewing or swallowing, is a common concern in dental care. General dentists attribute dry mouth to various causes, including radiation/chemotherapy, certain prescription medications, and marijuana use. Ask your dentist about treatment options for dry mouth to ensure a healthy mouth.

Fluoride in Dental Care

Fluoride is a natural mineral that supports tooth enamel, builds strong teeth, and prevents tooth decay. It plays a pivotal role in general dental care. It can be found in toothpaste or applied directly to the teeth. Once absorbed, it protects your teeth from cavities and erosion of the teeth and gums. General dentists recommend fluoride treatments during dental checkups, especially for patients prone to cavities, as part of comprehensive dental hygiene care.

Charcoal Toothpaste

Charcoal has become a trend in the world of health and wellness, especially in the dental world. Charcoal toothpaste has been introduced as a teeth whitening product, but patients should know there are some harmful side effects. Due to its abrasive nature, it can wear down your tooth’s enamel and cause staining. Speak with your dental provider before using charcoal toothpaste.

Types of Dental X-Rays

Radiographs, more commonly known as X-rays, are images of your teeth that are used to evaluate your oral health. X-rays are fundamental in general dental care for diagnosing various oral health issues. They can detect tooth decay, impacted teeth, and other dental conditions associated with your teeth. There are three main types of X-rays: bitewing (which detects cavities), periapical (which detects issues with the roots of specific teeth), and panoramic (which evaluates your mouth as a whole).

The Importance of Regular General Dental Visits

Regular visits to a general dental office are essential for preventing and treating oral health issues. General dentists play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy mouth, emphasizing the importance of routine dental hygiene care and check-ups.

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