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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

How To Protect Your Teeth From Cavities

Cavity prevention starts at home. If you’re not maintaining good oral hygiene, chances are you will suffer from cavities. Practice these habits to prevent cavities.

Key takeaways:

  • Proper oral hygiene includes brushing and flossing at least twice daily to remove plaque and tartar.
  • Avoid sugary and starchy foods. You may also use aloe vera and oil pulling to prevent cavities. Eat foods rich in Vitamin D.
  • Visit the dentist for cleaning to remove plaque and installation of tooth sealants.

Minimise smoking and alcohol consumption. Also, manage teeth grinding by wearing mouthguards to bed.

Read more at:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321259.php

Posted by adwords on 4th June 2019, under Miscellaneous

Aftercare for Dental Fillings

If you take good care of your new filling, you can avoid complications and ensure it lasts:

– It’s important to keep your new filling clean by gently brushing and flossing around it as part of your daily routine, with a soft bristled toothbrush.

– You can reduce any discomfort by avoiding very hot or cold food or drinks.

– Your dentist will be happy to advise on the best aftercare; if you experience any extreme pain you should contact your dentist immediately.

“With the proper care, your filling will set securely and your tooth will be protected for years.”

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/the-best-ways-to-take-care-of-your-new-filling/

Posted by adwords on 27th May 2019, under Miscellaneous

Why Gums Recede and How They Are Treated

Gum recession occurs when the gums start to pull away from the teeth, exposing tooth roots. The gums are essential in helping protect the teeth, so when they recede there is an increased risk of tooth loss.

Key takeaways:

  • One of the causes of gum recession can be brushing your teeth too hard, initially resulting in inflammation of the gums.
  • Bacteria not properly removed around the teeth can lead to gum disease, which if left untreated can cause tooth loss.
  • Tooth grinding adds pressure to the gums and can cause them to recede, for which your dentist may suggest an overnight mouthguard.

“Your dentist may advise you to buy a soft-bristled toothbrush and be more careful when brushing and flossing; your dentist should demonstrate the correct way to brush and floss without hurting your gums.”

Read the full story here

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-are-receding-gumlines-and-how-are-they-treated/

Posted by adwords on 22nd May 2019, under Miscellaneous

Stomach Acid Can Damage the Enamel of Your Teeth

Acid reflux disease is actually one of the most common causes of oral health problems and tooth decay. How can this acid impact your teeth and what risks are involved? Let’s take a closer look.

–  Damage occurs when stomach acid is pushed up the esophagus and into the mouth.

–  High acidic content within the mouth will slowly dissolve enamel.

–  This can also lead to a condition known as dry mouth, which will aggravate the condition.

–  A low pH will eventually lead to cavities and other serious tooth-related conditions.

“One of the first signs that your enamel may be in trouble is tooth sensitivity.”

When should you see a dentist? Learn more about the warning signs here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/acid-reflux-harms-your-dental-health/

Posted by adwords on 14th May 2019, under Miscellaneous

Pancreatic Cancer May Be Predicted by Oral Bacteria

Researchers have discovered that the presence of certain types of bacteria may suggest an increased risk of people developing pancreatic cancer:

– Researchers have identified a link between oral bacteria and pancreatic cancer.

– People with a history of poor oral health and two types of bacteria associated with gum disease in their mouth may have an increased risk of getting pancreatic cancer.

– In the future this could lead to earlier detection of the disease.

“These bacterial changes in the mouth could potentially show us who is most at risk of developing pancreatic cancer.”

Read the full story here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/309303.php

Posted by adwords on 6th May 2019, under Miscellaneous

Make Flossing a Good Dental Habit

We start flossing later in life than we do brushing our teeth, but it is a habit we should maintain. Flossing can save time and anxiety on visits to the dentist, as without it we can miss cleaning around 35% of the surfaces of our teeth.

Key takeaways:

  • To prompt flossing, select a trigger point in the day, such as after dinner or before going to bed.
  • Keep a stock of floss in handy places like your office desk or your car to maintain your flossing routine when out.
  • Be positive about flossing by reminding yourself of the good it does to the health of the teeth and gums.

“Instead of thinking of flossing as a chore, enjoy the feeling of having clean teeth!”

Read the full story here

https://www.drmichaels.com/blog/make-flossing-your-habbit

Posted by adwords on 30th April 2019, under Miscellaneous

Just How Expensive is Cosmetic Dentistry?

One of the reasons why individuals are hesitant to have cosmetic procedures on their teeth involves the perceived cost. However, it should be noted that there are some factors to take into account.

  • Cosmetic dentistry might be able to stave off more complex issues in the future.
  • Certain procedures are relatively inexpensive to perform.
  • Insurance providers may be able to absorb a percentage of the cost.

“If your dentist says you need cosmetic dentistry, have a conversation with them about the cost.”

Be sure to follow up these observations via the hyperlink below:

https://www.getholistichealth.com/78995/6-dental-myths-busted/

Posted by adwords on 23rd April 2019, under Miscellaneous

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Having a dentist drill into your tooth to remove the nerve and pulp may not sound like fun but root canal treatment is not as bad as it sounds. In fact, the procedure is the better option when it comes to curing problems that would normally require an extraction.

There are advantages to keeping your natural teeth when possible as they are:

– Better than dental implants or dentures

–  Easier to maintain and keep healthy

–  More cost-effective than implants

Natural teeth cannot be “replicated by anything man-made” and a dentist will generally try to avoid performing an extraction if at all possible. More information about root canal treatment can be found at http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/are-root-canals-effective-for-saving-natural-teeth/.

Posted by adwords on 16th April 2019, under Miscellaneous

Gum Disease and the Link to Other Health Conditions

When plaque builds up on teeth the bacteria can lead to inflammation of the gums. Research now suggests a link between gum disease and medical conditions elsewhere in the body.

Key takeaways:

–  Bacteria can travel from the mouth through the bloodstream to reach other parts of the body, causing damaging inflammation and plaque buildup.

–  Studies have indicated links between gum disease and Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer.

–  Bacteria from the mouth may also be drawn in to the lungs where it could cause infections.

–  Gum disease is a preventable condition through regular teeth brushing, flossing and dentist cleanings.

“Bacteria in the gums can enter the blood supply and be propelled to distant destinations, including the heart, where they can cause inflammation and damage.”

Read the full story here :

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324485.php

 

Posted by adwords on 10th April 2019, under Miscellaneous

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