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How to Help Your Child Adjust to Braces

Is your child getting braces soon? This can be a tough adjustment period for a child. Here’s what you need to do to help them along: Makes meals easier One of the biggest adjustments to a patient’s routine after braces is their diet. Initially, your child will need softer foods that require minimal chewing. As it becomes easier to chew, we recommend cutting up firmer foods to smaller pieces and cooking them well. Stock up on the right tools Cleaning with braces requires special oral hygiene aids. We recommend keeping an electric toothbrush, water flosser, special mouthrinse and proxy-brush on … Continue reading

How to Tackle a Dental Emergency

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency of any sort, don’t hesitate to call Somersmiles Dental for our expert emergency dentists to make quick work of the matter! However, there are a few measures you can take to control the situation as you make your way to the practice: Stop the bleeding Use a clean guaze and washcloth inside your mouth to bite down on. By applying pressure for a few minutes, the bleeding should stop. If it doesn’t stop, we recommend getting to our emergency room ASAP! Look for tooth fragments If you manage to come visit us within the … Continue reading

Why Fluoride Treatments Are Great For Your Dental Health

Fluoride treatments after your general checkups at the dentist aren’t just great for kids. There are plenty of benefits & advantages this treatment offers for patients of all ages, including: Combats tooth sensitivity Tooth sensitivity isn’t always a cause to worry about. It merely means that your teeth are having a reaction to a stimulus (which could be a beverage, new toothpaste, receding gums or post-whitening treatment).  By applying fluoride for a period of 3 to 4 months, this desensitizes your teeth in order to minimize any dental discomfort you feel between your regular checkups. Remineralize Early Signs of Decay … Continue reading

5 Ways You May be Staining Your Teeth

Wondering why your smile looks darker than usual or why your teeth tend to stain easily? If you are considering whitening your teeth, you should understand the reason behind the stains on your teeth before doing so. This way you can take proactive steps to have a whiter smile! Here are some common reasons why your teeth may be stained:    Diet   Your teeth are a porous substance; hence it’s a natural tendency for them to soak up stains from all the food and drinks we consume. Certain drinks such as coffee, red wine, and black tea are some prime reasons … Continue reading

How to Treat Cracked Teeth

Did a misadventure or freak accident leave you with or suspecting a cracked tooth? Treatment options for this usually depends on how severe the crack is and where precisely it’s located. Here are the treatments you can expect at our Practice: Bonding / Filling Notice a small crack when you look in the mirror? If this is a surface crack in your enamel with no structural damage to your teeth, your crack can be easily bonded or filled over. This process usually doesn’t require numbing either. Dental Crown Moderate cracks usually can’t be filled over. If there’s no underlying structural … Continue reading

Invest In Your Smile With Dental Veneers

Considering cosmetic dental treatment to improve your smile? There are a range of options available for you to choose from. For a comprehensive smile makeover, we recommend giving our dental veneers some thought! Here’s what cosmetic veneers have to offer you: Best Solution for Healthy Teeth A dental veneer is made of thin porcelain that is used to mask the tooth behind it. Thus, they’re not used to repair damaged or broken teeth. This is the ideal solution for healthy teeth that have a few aesthetic flaws you’re trying to mask! “Instant Braces” Orthodontic treatment is a great way to … Continue reading

Do You Need a Dental Crown?

What are dental crowns? These are the restorations that cover your entire tooth. It essentially acts as a cap for a damaged tooth, protecting it from breaking further. While usually made out of porcelain, they can also be made using ceramic or metal layers. When would you need one? We’ve outlined the instances below! Your cavity is too big Fillings are an appropriate solution when there’s only a limited amount of damage done to your tooth. If your cavity is too big, a filling will just put you at higher risk of a dental emergency so a crown would be … Continue reading

Top 3 Causes for Bad Breath!

Do you find yourself prone to bad breath? This is quite a sensitive dental concern for most of our patients but our dentists at Somersmiles Dental are more than ready to help pinpoint the underlying cause, as well as suggest some remedies for it! Apart from eating some troublemaking foods such as garlic and dairy products, here are some dental issues that can give way to bad breath: Dry Mouth / Xerostomia This is a condition that occurs when your salivary glands don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth moist. This can be caused by a number of different … Continue reading

After-Care Instructions for Your Wisdom Teeth Removal

Following the after-care instructions given to you by our dentists after your wisdom teeth removal is very important. If the surgical site is disturbed/not taken care of properly, this can potentially give way to a “dry socket”. This essentially means an exposed jaw bone, which will be very painful. Avoid this situation entirely by following the below steps. Changing the gauze Your surgical site will have gauze placed over it and before you leave our Practice, we’ll teach you how to change it properly. It’s important that you wet the gauze before putting it in place to avoid it from … Continue reading

5 Ways Sedation Dentistry Reduces Worries

Plenty of dental procedures involve the use of sedation. This technique is only used in Practices in order to ensure the patient is fully comfortable at all times. We understand that sometimes a trip to the dentist can be unnerving so allow us to ease your mind. Here are some reasons why our patients prefer sedation during certain dental procedures: Reduces anxiety Dental phobia is quite common amongst dental patients. Certain smells, sounds or even equipment and objects you see at the dentist’s can trigger this phobia and make the experience can quite an uncomfortable one. Sedation will help ease … Continue reading