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What Can be Done About White Spots on Your Teeth?

Do you suffer from white spots on the surface of your teeth? This is normally caused by a condition known as dental fluorosis. The chances are high that you received too much fluoride at an early age. While these spots won’t affect the health of your teeth, they might make you uncomfortable in social situations. 

What treatment options are available?

–  Teeth whitening procedures can help these spots to blend in.

–  Dental veneers are another option to cover them up.

–  A process known as micro-abrasion may also be performed to reduce the appearance.

Fortunately, dental fluorosis isn’t normally harmful to the teeth.

Take a look at how a dentist can treat these white spots:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/do-you-have-white-spots-on-your-teeth/

Posted by adwords on 4th December 2019, under Practice Blog

How Early Orthodontics May Help Your Child

As a child’s permanent teeth start to emerge around age 6 to 7, it is a good time to have them assessed by a dentist for orthodontics. In certain instances, early intervention can simplify any later treatment.

Key takeaways:

–   Early intervention can help teeth crowding by using a palatal expander device while the jaw is still growing.

–   Crossbites and protruding front teeth are two examples when early intervention can be beneficial.

–   Different color options for the rubber bands on braces allow children to personalise them and feel more involved.

“Orthodontic treatment in young children is known as interceptive orthodontics. Intervention may begin as early as age 6 or 7. At this age, teeth are still developing. The jaw is still growing. That means certain conditions, such as crowding, may be easier to address.”

Read the full story here

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/early-orthodontics/early-orthodontics-may-mean-less-treatment-later

Posted by adwords on 27th November 2019, under Children,Six Month Smiles

Common Causes of Toothache

There are several different causes of toothache; the best plan is to visit your dentist as soon as possible so they can identify the cause:

– Toothache caused by severe tooth decay or cracked teeth can be treated with a root canal filling.

– Teeth may also ache if a filling has become damaged.

– Toothache can also be due to teeth grinding, a sinus infection or an impacted wisdom tooth.

By visiting your local dentist, you can help uncover the cause and receive treatment before it’s too late to save your tooth!

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/top-causes-for-a-painful-toothache/

Posted by adwords on 19th November 2019, under Miscellaneous

Are Your Gums & Teeth Sensitive

It’s not unusual to experience sensitive gums and teeth. Together, these two can indicate dental problems. So, here are a few things to watch out for.

Key takeaway:

–  The main symptoms of gum sensitivity include red, swollen and tender gums.

–  Tooth sensitivity may be caused by cavities, fractures and worn tooth enamel. Main symptoms include pain when eating hot or cold foods.

–  Sensitive gums and teeth can be prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene.

Remember to brush and floss daily. If symptoms persists, consult your dentist for a checkup. 

Read more at:

 www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/tooth-sensitivity/sensitive-gums-vs-sensitive-teeth-0415

Posted by adwords on 12th November 2019, under Miscellaneous

Why You Should Be Wary of These Scary Snacks!

As any dentist will tell you, there are some snacks that can damage your teeth if you’re not careful:

– Foods like olives should be eaten with caution in case they still have the stony seed inside and can result in toothache if bitten.

– Chewy caramels can damage the tooth enamel resulting in decay and also potentially remove loose fillings so consumption should be kept to a minimum.

– Frozen food and bread can also chip your teeth.

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/boo-top-scary-foods-that-can-hurt-your-teeth/

Posted by adwords on 7th November 2019, under Oral Hygiene and Prevention

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Posted by adwords on 5th November 2019, under Miscellaneous

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Posted by adwords on 31st October 2019, under Miscellaneous

What is Laser Dentistry?

Laser dentistry has been used since the early 90’s and requires specialized training to operate the equipment properly. The laser is simply a very strong, intense and focussed light beam that can be used to cut, trim and shape gum tissue. 

Laser dentistry is particularly suited for treating:

–  Gum inflammations and disease

–  Benign growths and tumours

–  Root canal infections

Lasers can also help with teeth whitening procedures and the treatment of temporomandibular joint and other jawbone problems. It is only a matter of time before laser dentistry will largely replace old style scalpels and drills in the dentist’s office as the technology develops and you can find out more at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-exactly-is-laser-dentistry/

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

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

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