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Receeding Gums

AUTHOR Dr. Jennifer Shulman

Gum Recession: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Gum recession is a common dental problem that occurs when the gum tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth begins to pull back or wear away, exposing the tooth's root. If left untreated, this disease can lead to sensitivity, discomfort, and even tooth loss. To stop further harm to your teeth and gums, it's critical to seek treatment from a dentist as soon as you think you have gum recession.

Here, we'll discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for gum recession.

Causes of Gum Recession

Gum recession can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

1. Brushing too hard: Overbrushing or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can cause the gum tissue to wear away, leading to gum recession.

2. Periodontal disease: If left unchecked, this bacterial infection of the bone and gums that support your teeth can result in gum recession.

3. Genetics: Some individuals may be more genetically predisposed to gum recession.

4. Hormonal alterations: Gum decline is more likely to happen if there are hormonal alterations during pregnancy or menopause.

5. Tobacco use: Smoking or using other tobacco products can make tooth recession more likely.

6. Grinding or clenching your teeth can place undue strain on the gums and cause recession.


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Weekend Fireworks

AUTHOR Dr. Jennifer Shulman

Have fun this long weekend enjoying the fireworks. As beautiful as they may be, fireworks can be dangerous and scary for many. Never let a young child play with sparklers unattended. The stem gets really hot and the sparks fly off and can burn skin quite severely. Consider a glow stick instead for the very young. Make sure all fireworks are fire marshal-approved, and the person lighting the fireworks should wear fitted clothing, gloves and safety glasses. There should always be a water source nearby, such as a bucket or a hose.

Hearing loss is another common injury from fireworks, second to burns. Earplugs are a wise choice for anyone while watching fireworks. The sound can be very loud for children so ear mufflers are highly recommended. If ringing in your ears or muffled hearing persists more than 24 hours after, have your hearing checked.

The loud bang noises can often trigger a fight or flight effect in our fur babies. They may show signs of anxiety by panting, shaking or hiding. It is best to keep your dog inside, try a calming wrap and try to desensitize them with treats. Plan to take them out for an early potty break so that you don't need to go out during the loud noises in the neighbourhood.

**Please note: The August Civic Holiday is not a designated fireworks day and residents are not permitted to set off fireworks on their property unless they have obtained a permit from Toronto Fire Services. Fireworks are not permitted in

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Options for teeth whitening

AUTHOR Dr. Jennifer Shulman

Tip of the Day: Teeth Whitening

1. If you buy the product from a drug store, the percentage of whitening ingredients is no higher than what is allowed by health Canada for over the counter sale.

2. If you order online product through amazon or Instagram, there is no control over what is in the product and whether it is approved by Health Canada.

3. Teeth Whitening products that are controlled are only available to purchase by a dental health care professional, so if the technician is not a dental health care professional please ask where the product is purchased and if is approved by Health Canada.

4. Dental care has one of the highest standards in IPAC and sterilization so be wary of teeth whitening done in a beauty salon or in someone's home. Please ask how everything is cleaned and sterilized.

5. Whitening works best on teeth that are free of plaque and tarter. Please don't waste your money whitening dirty teeth. Please see your dental professional first to make sure the teeth are cleaned and free from any tooth decay.  Whitening teeth with open lesions is a contraindication.

6. Teeth whitening is a luxury service that seems to be very popular. The prices vary depending on the product used and the service provided as well. It is true that is more expensive to get your teeth whitened by your local dentist than by your local lash technician, but what we do know is your dentist is very qualified to do

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