Anyone who has ever had an abscessed tooth knows that it is a very painful condition. The presence of the abscess means that the tooth or area surrounding the tooth has become infected. The more severe the infection is, the more pressure builds up, and the more painful the condition becomes. In addition to the pain, other indicators that an abscess is starting to form include swelling, extreme sensitivity to heat and cold, a foul taste in the mouth. If you suspect that you have developed an abscessed tooth it is important to call your dentist and schedule an appointment right away.

There are some different reasons why a tooth can become abscessed. One of the most common reasons is that the tooth has become decayed. As holes open up in the tooth's enamel, it becomes increasingly easy for bits of food particles to become lodged inside the tooth. Over time, these bits of food start to rot and create an infection. Another way to develop an abscess is when the tooth's root starts to decay, because the root is under the gum line, it is impossible for it to drain and this leads to an infection. In some cases, the pain could subside because the nerves have been killed off, this does not mean that the infection is gone, just that the nerve is, and you still need to see the dentist.

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Consumers who are concerned with whitening their teeth with over-the-counter toothpastes which claim to whiten teeth often ask if they really work? When determining which product to purchase and use in your home in an effort to whiten your smile, you must review the ingredients and determine which product will deliver on the promises that it makes.  Some don't include any of the key ingredients to significantly whiten your teeth for any extended period of time.  Compare the ingredients of the "whitening" toothpaste to those of regular toothpaste.  Are they similar or identical when it comes to the active ingredient(s)?  If so, this product probably will not be effective.

If you are looking for toothpaste which actually whitens, look for one that contains high levels of Calprox (calcium peroxide).  The higher the percentage of Calprox, the more whitening ability the product will have.  Although the products contain high levels of this active ingredient, they do not whiten the teeth completely.  Use of these toothpastes simply removes any surface stains which may be visible giving the illusion that the teeth are whiter.  They do not bleach deep into the teeth to whiten the whole tooth.  More extreme measures are required to achieve this.

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There really is not a set time when a parent should take their child to their very first dentist appointment; this is because each child is unique. Most experts suggest booking the first appointment shortly after the child's first tooth appears. If none of the teeth have erupted by the child's first birthday, the parent's should book an appointment because the late appearance of the teeth could indicate that something is wrong.

Bringing a child to the dentist when they only have one erupted tooth might seem like a silly idea, after all, the tooth is brand new, it isn't like it can possibly have an cavities that will need to be filled. The reason it is so important for the child to see the dentist is because there is a great deal that can be learned about the child's overall health simply by looking at the tooth. Teeth often show the very first signs of serious health problems.

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It is common knowledge that our overall health can be determined by our dental health.  Issues such as periodontal disease and others will reflect poor overall health.  The level of oral hygiene must maintain high to stay healthy.  This is truer when it comes to oral hygiene in pregnant women.  During pregnancy, the amount of calcium required by the body increases.  Much of the calcium that the body would normally use to strengthen and maintain teeth will be used for fetal development.  This means that teeth will lose out on the normal amount of calcium and leaving them more vulnerable to decay and disease.

The most common oral problems which face pregnant women is gingivitis.  Symptoms of gingivitis include, but are not limited to the following:  red gums, receding gums, pus along the gum line, a feeling that teeth are becoming loose, and bad breath.  If these conditions arise, the expecting mother should contact their Toronto dentist as soon as possible for a consultation.  The presence of gingivitis can lead to other oral problems and disease.  This is not healthy for the mother or the unborn child.  Setting an appointment at a local Toronto dentistry is the first step in treating the gingivitis so that it does not progress and become periodontal disease.

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Everyone knows that a balanced diet is important for good health. What few of us realize is that a balanced diet will also improve our oral health, meaning we will need fewer trips to the dentist. A good dentist in Toronto will be able to look at a person's mouth and use what they see to help the person construct eating menus that will keep their teeth and mouth healthy and great looking smile. A key to healthy smile is to start examining your nutrition. You do not have to go overboard with an expensive diet, just with a proper selection that can be purchased in your supermarket.

One of the things that the dentist is going to be looking for is signs of Vitamin deficiency.  In the United States and Canada where there are plenty of food choices, there really is not reason for a person to not get the proper amount of vitamins. If the dentist notices small red dots, they are going to suggest that the person eats more fruits and vegetables that contain large amounts of Vitamin C. One of the fastest ways for a person to provide their body with Vitamin C is not with oranges, but rather kiwi fruit which has more vitamin C than any other of the world's fruit. If a person eats just one kiwi fruit a day, they will be providing their body with all the Vitamin C it needs.

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