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Importance of Deep Dental Cleaning

Keeping teeth and gums clean and healthy is an ongoing process but, despite the best efforts, plaque and tartar will continue to accumulate. Regular cleaning by the dentist will help address the problem but this is not enough by itself. 

A deep dental cleaning is important as it allows the dentist to delve a little deeper and:

–  Remove ingrained plaque

–  Remove tartar beneath the gumline

–  Inspect the gums for signs of disease

Deep cleaning also restores the whiteness to stained and dingy looking teeth to brighten a person’s smile and boost personal confidence. Read more about deep cleaning at https://www.rocklandtimes.com/2017/12/29/4-reasons-why-having-a-deep-dental-cleaning-performed-is-important/

Posted by adwords on 23rd October 2019, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

Who is Suitable for a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

There are several situations in which a full mouth reconstruction can dramatically improve the function and appearance of your smile:

– Candidates include those with multiple missing teeth due to decay, injury or untreated gum disease, excessively worn down teeth, or jaw joint disorders.

– Other restorative dental treatments are more suitable for those with only a few missing teeth or teeth that are chipped.

– Your dentist will be happy to discuss your eligibility for full mouth reconstruction or other options that can restore your smile.

“Restoring your smile is important to both your appearance and your mouth’s function.”

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/top-candidates-for-full-mouth-reconstruction/

Posted by adwords on 16th October 2019, under Miscellaneous

Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnoea

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a condition that causes intermittent breathing pauses during sleep. A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is an effective treatment but some users find this device uncomfortable and prefer oral appliance therapy (OAT) as an alternative. The therapy uses an oral device similar to a protective mouthguard that:

–  Is custom fit by the dentist for each patient to fit over the teeth

–  Shifts the jaw position to keep airways open during sleep

–  Prevents the tongue from blocking the air passage

Oral appliance therapy is often preferred by many patients who “love the discreetness of the device” and its ease of use compared to CPAP machines. Read more about OAT at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/can-your-dentist-get-you-off-your-cpap/

Posted by adwords on 9th October 2019, under Miscellaneous

Using The Tooth Fairy To Encourage Proper Dental Health

Using The Tooth Fairy To Encourage Proper Dental HealthMany parents today are looking for fun but educative ways of using the tooth fairy tradition. Below are some creative ideas you can use during a tooth fairy visit.

Key takeaway:

–  Leave a letter encouraging your child to continue brushing his teeth.

–  After a visit to the dentist, leave an extra letter praising their bravery.

–  Pay more for “good teeth” to encourage brushing.

If baby teeth refuse to come out on their own and need to be pulled out, twist the story. You can even say you are taking the tooth to the fairy.

Read more at:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/tooth-fairy

Posted by adwords on 1st October 2019, under Children

A Quick Look at Adolescent Dental Concerns

A Quick Look at Adolescent Dental ConcernsProactively adopting the correct oral health habits as an adolescent is one of the best ways to ensure healthy teeth and a bright smile into adulthood. Why is it important to regularly visit the dentist and what are three concerns which should be proactively addressed?

–  Braces can correct orthodontic issues to improve self-confidence.

–  Always keep an eye out for impacted wisdom teeth.

–  Adopting the proper oral hygiene techniques can help eliminate bad breath.

“Braces, third molars, facial appearance and bad breath are just a few new things for your teenagers to worry about.”

More pertinent details can be found at this link:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/teen-oral-care/teen-talk-teen-teeth

 

Posted by adwords on 26th September 2019, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

Why E-Cigarettes Are Harmful for You

E-Cigarettes Are Harmful for YouCurrent technology has led to the introduction of e-cigarettes. Although they look different, these cigarettes still pose a concern. Below are some of the negative effects.

Key takeaway:

–   Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated and have exploded in people’s mouths. They can also explode in your lungs.

–   Electronic cigarettes stain teeth, cause gum disease and trigger oral diseases such as oral cancer.

–   It is possible for smokers to passively affect other people with vaping fumes.

The flavouring chemicals used in e-cigarettes play a role in damaging cells in the mouth. Smokers should see the dentist regularly for checkups.

Read more at:

https://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/electronic-cigarettes-970/e-cigarettes-not-good-to-gums-study-finds-716974.html

Posted by adwords on 16th September 2019, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

How to Amend Habits Which Can Harm Your Teeth

How to Amend Habits Which Can Harm Your TeethMany of us have habits which may be harmful to our teeth and gums. In most instances there is a simple solution or an alternative which helps protect your dental health.

Key takeaways:

–  Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush and do not scrub your teeth, helping avoid teeth abrasion.

–  Nail biting is a common habit, but it can lead to wear and possibly chipping of teeth and fillings.

–  Constant snacking on foods high in sugar or refined carbohydrates produces more acids to attack the enamel.

“Drink water. If you must have an occasional soda or energy drink, consume it at one sitting and rinse with water afterwards.”

Read the full story here

https://www.drlarrystone.com/blog/748-2/

Posted by adwords on 11th September 2019, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can be described as a slight discomfort experienced when your tooth is exposed to different temperatures or factors. Discomfort usually occurs as a sharp pain in the tooth.

Key takeaways:

  • Severe cavities expose your tooth’s nerve endings, resulting in tooth sensitivity.
  • Aggressive brushing and flossing may also lead to sensitivity. The quality of your toothbrush and your technique while brushing, are some of the causes of sensitive teeth.
  • Fractures in the tooth may expose the dentin causing sensitivity. 

Make sure to visit your dentist regularly as your dentist can spot a fracture or a small crack.

Read more at:

https://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Full-Woman/Why-your-teeth-sensitive/689842-4865626-ma20bkz/index.html

Posted by adwords on 3rd September 2019, under Miscellaneous

What Happens If You Don’t Clean Your Tongue?

Cleaning your tongueYour tongue facilitates harmful oral bacteria that travels to your digestive system. Here are things that happen when you don’t clean your tongue.

Key takeaways:

  • Bad breath is one of the major effects of not cleaning the tongue. 
  • Bad bacteria on a dirty tongue allows for gum disease.
  • You might get dull taste buds, oral thrush and other issues like white patches on oral skin.

This is why you should clean your tongue regularly with a tongue scraper, a metal spoon, or your toothbrush.

Visit your dentist regularly for teeth and tongue cleaning and professional checkups.

Read more here:

https://orawellness.com/tongue-cleaning-importance/

Posted by adwords on 29th August 2019, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

The Challenges to Dental Health for Seniors

Dental Care for SeniorsIt can become harder to maintain good dental health as you get older. Ageing can bring certain conditions which increases the risks to your teeth and gums.

Key takeaways:

  • Maintain a good, consistent oral care routine, including regular dentist appointments, to prevent gum disease.
  • Saliva helps reduce bacteria levels in the mouth, but some medications and treatments can lead to a lack of saliva.
  • The risk from oral cancer increases with age, but you can be screened for the disease at your regular dentist check-ups.

Seniors may benefit from prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste, for added protection against cavities.

“If painful arthritis or another physical limitation makes brushing and flossing more difficult for you, your dentist can suggest dental products to simplify homecare while still cleaning your teeth effectively.”

Read the full story here

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/oral-care-age-55-up/good-dental-hygiene-for-seniors-with-dental-complications-1014

Posted by adwords on 20th August 2019, under Miscellaneous

How to Protect Your Child’s Teeth this School Year

Back to SchoolThe next school year is just around the corner. This also signifies that parents need to be aware of how they can protect the teeth of their little ones. What are three professional suggestions to keep in mind between now and September?

–  Teach your child the correct brushing and flossing techniques.

–  Supplement these with the use of an alcohol-free mouthwash.

–  Always encourage healthy eating habits.

“For complete care, it’s important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular checkup and professional cleaning.”

Additional advice can be found by following this link:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/ada-08-consumer-news-back-to-school

Posted by adwords on 14th August 2019, under Miscellaneous

How To Achieve An Effective Dental Hygiene Routine

Dental CareKeeping teeth and gums healthy requires having a consistent dental care routine and making some changes to your everyday habits and diet.

Key takeaways:

–  Quit harmful habits like smoking, which can cause both cosmetic issues and oral disease.

–  Complement brushing and flossing with the use of a quality mouthwash.

–  Limit or avoid sugary drinks and foods, as well as starches, to help prevent cavities.

You should also make a habit of visiting your dentist every six months and having a comprehensive checkup and cleaning.

Read the full story here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324708.php 

 

Posted by adwords on 8th August 2019, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

Prolonged Pacifier Use and Your Child’s Oral Health

Pacifier for babiesIf you use a pacifier over a lengthy period of time, it can result in teeth and gum health issues for your child. By maintaining regular check-ups your child-friendly dentist can help prevent dental problems arising.

Key takeaways:

–  A pacifier can impact on the shape of the roof of your child’s mouth, which could result in an open bite.

–  Prolonged pacifier use can lead to misaligned teeth, which will require orthodontic treatment later to correct.

–  You should look to have weaned your child off a pacifier by the age of two years old.

“Avoid dipping the pacifier in a sweet solution such as honey; this can encourage tooth decay.”

Read the full story here

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-does-a-pacifier-impact-your-childs-oral-health/

 

Posted by adwords on 30th July 2019, under Children

What Are Composite or Tooth-Coloured Fillings?

Composite or Tooth-Coloured FillingsComposite fillings can be a good option if you want fillings with a more natural appearance. These tooth-coloured fillings have become popular, probably due to their cosmetic benefit.

Key takeaways

  • Composite resin fillings are designed to blend in with the colour of your tooth enamel.
  • They are durable in small to mid-size fillings where chewing pressures are moderate.
  • Some studies indicate composite fillings may still need to be replaced earlier than amalgam fillings. However, composite fillings are non-toxic.

“Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings, probably due to cosmetics. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth.”

Read the full story here:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/composite-fillings

Posted by adwords on 23rd July 2019, under Miscellaneous

Your Snoring Could Mean Sleep Apnoea

Many people snore, but for some it is the main symptom of sleep apnoea. If you snore loudly most nights and consistently wake feeling fatigued you could be suffering from this condition, the most common form being obstructive sleep apnoea. 

With this condition, the airways close up while you sleep, resulting in a loss of oxygen. The brain reacts to this by waking you up for air and can occur many times during the night. The constant fatigue from sleep apnoea can lead to accidents, plus serious health consequences such as stroke, heart attack and diabetes.

However, once diagnosed sleep apnoea can be managed through treatment, restoring your lifestyle. 

By obtaining an at-home sleep test, you can have your blood oxygen levels analysed by sleep professionals. 

These simple tests gather data over two nights while you sleep and depending on the results an appropriate treatment plan can be implemented. One method employed to keep the airways open when sleeping is an oral appliance which can be supplied by a dentist. These appliances look like a sports mouthguard and push the lower jaw down while you sleep, allowing for a steady flow of air and a good night’s sleep.

Do you have sleep apnoea? An in-home Sleep Test provides a quick, convenient and affordable way to have sleep apnoea confirmed. All studies are independently analysed by experienced NHS-qualified sleep professionals, and use the WatchPAT recording device for unrivalled accuracy. 

Learn more about sleep apnoea: https://www.sleeptest.co.uk

 

Posted by adwords on 17th July 2019, under Miscellaneous

5 Things You Should Be Aware of Caring for Your Baby’s Teeth

When your baby’s new teeth start to emerge from around the age of 6 months, it is important to take proper care of them. Regular dentist appointments will help look after baby teeth and eventually the permanent teeth as they come through.

Key takeaways:

–  Once the first teeth emerge, ensure you brush their teeth twice daily with a child-friendly toothbrush and toothpaste.

–  You can use a soft wash cloth on your finger to clean your child’s gums before any teeth emerge.

–  Certain foods such as fruits, juices and peanut butter can lead to cavities, so be aware of the best foods to feed your baby.

“When you give your baby these foods try giving them at mealtimes rather than giving them as snacks. This way they are more likely to dislodge and won’t remain long on the teeth. Also serve them with water which also helps to remove the food.”

Read the full story here

https://healthtian.com/5-babys-teeth/

Posted by adwords on 11th July 2019, under Miscellaneous

What Are the Advantages of Cosmetic Dentistry?

Teeth whitening, dental veneers, crowns and implants are examples of cosmetic dentistry which can help enhance your smile. Cosmetic dentistry has grown in popularity in recent years — and your dentist can advise whether you might benefit. 

Key takeaways:

  • A professional teeth whitening can safely enhance the appearance of teeth.
  • Dental veneers are bonded to a tooth to help restore it if cracked, uneven or broken.
  • Braces and clear aligners can help correctly position misaligned teeth and can be an option for those on a budget.

“Bleaching the teeth with all sorts of products is made in a professional manner only in a dental office, therefore, it is forbidden to try such things at home.”

Read the full story here

https://www.getholistichealth.com/79988/the-advantages-of-cosmetic-dentistry/

Posted by adwords on 2nd July 2019, under Miscellaneous

Recognising Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies require immediate treatment to avoid potential serious consequences to your overall health. Recognising when you need to see a dentist without delay is important.

Key takeaways:

–  Extreme pain is an indicator you should see your dentist straight away as you could have an infection.

–  Bleeding which does not stop, even after pressure is applied, may be due to a deep wound which needs immediate treatment.

–  If you have had a tooth knocked out, it should be rinsed in water and taken to a dentist who may be able to replace it.

“You can often dislodge a piece of food or other material with gentle flossing. (Don’t go digging in there with a needle or knife; you could easily do more damage.) But if you can’t get it out, you’ll need to get to a dentist soon.”

Read the full story here

https://consumer.healthday.com/encyclopedia/dental-health-11/misc-dental-problem-news-174/dental-emergencies-645351.html

Posted by adwords on 26th June 2019, under Miscellaneous

10 Tips to Help Prevent Bad Breath

Bad breath can be a persistent issue for some people, although unless told by a loved one they may not realise they have bad breath. A good oral care routine, including twice daily teeth brushing, can help prevent bad breath.

Key takeaways:

  • A tongue scraper will help clean areas of the tongue you may miss when brushing your teeth.
  • A dry mouth can cause bad breath, but chewing sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva production.
  • Eat vitamin C rich foods, plus crunchy foods like apples, pears and carrots which help produce saliva.

“Make sure that you visit your dentist at least twice a year for checkups and dental cleanings.”

Read the full story here

https://www.drmichaels.com/blog/ways-to-eliminate-bad-breath

Posted by adwords on 19th June 2019, under Miscellaneous

How Can I Tell I Have a Cracked Tooth?

You may have a cracked tooth if you are having pain when eating or experience sudden tooth sensitivity. You should book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible if you suspect one of your teeth is cracked.

Key takeaways:

–  You may crack a tooth due to a physical injury, from teeth grinding or biting on hard foods.

–  If your cracked tooth is due to teeth grinding your dentist may suggest wearing a nightly mouthguard.

–  If the crack is not visible, your dentist may use a dental explorer tool, dental dye or an x-ray to help locate the crack.

“A sudden temperature change can also crack a tooth. For example, this could happen if a person burns their mouth while drinking tea, then drinks a glass of cold water to soothe the pain.”

Read the full story here

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322015.php

Posted by adwords on 11th June 2019, under Miscellaneous

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