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Why You Should Always Get Jaw Pain Checked

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvOccasional jaw pain is usually nothing to worry about, but if it doesn’t resolve, it may be a sign of several oral conditions that need to be treated.

Key takeaways:

– Jaw pain may be a result of teeth grinding, which can damage your teeth in the long term.

– Pain can also be caused by abscesses or infection.

– This may also be a symptom of gum disease.

If you experience jaw pain that doesn’t go away, get it checked by your dentist as soon as possible.

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Posted by adwords on 14th November 2018, under Miscellaneous

How Gum Disease Can Hinder Blood Pressure Control

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvIf you have high blood pressure, it’s important to prevent gum disease:

– Research has shown that people with gum disease don’t respond as well to blood pressure medication as those without.

– People with high blood pressure should ensure they visit their dentist regularly as untreated high blood pressure can result in heart attacks, kidney disease and strokes.

– Good oral health is as important as other lifestyle changes.

– Signs of gum disease include bleeding when brushing and flossing your teeth.

“Dental health professionals should keep in mind that oral health is “indispensable” to overall health.”

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Posted by adwords on 8th November 2018, under Miscellaneous

What Causes Receding Gums?

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvThere are various reasons why gums recede, or pull back exposing more of the tooth and its roots.

Main points:

– Aggressive brushing or teeth grinding can damage the gums.

– Smoking and using tobacco products irritates gum tissue.

– Gum disease is the most common reason for receding gums yet is preventable.

If you notice sore, red, bleeding gums see your dentist straight away. This is an early sign of gum disease. It can be reversed if caught early.

“Without brushing and flossing, this plaque has a greater chance of going on to cause gum disease.”

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Posted by adwords on 3rd November 2018, under Miscellaneous

The Role Of Oral Bacteria In Dental Health

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvAlthough many people may think that oral bacteria are something that needs to be removed, researchers have recently found that this is not always the case.

Key takeaways:

– “Helpful” bacteria that live in our mouths are there to fight infection and inflammation.

– Lab studies show that these bacteria are effective fighting fungal infections.

– Overusing antibiotics can kill this helpful bacteria — and could make you more vulnerable to infection.

Don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist if you have questions about the role of good and bad bacteria in the health of your teeth and gums.

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Posted by adwords on 31st October 2018, under Miscellaneous

Why Does My Jaw Feel Tight?

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvMany people experience occasional jaw tightness at some point or another, but if your symptoms persist, it could be a sign of these three conditions:

Key takeaways:

– Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding – you may be doing it in your sleep.

– Temporomandibular disorder, which needs to be treated by a professional.

– A misaligned bite, which requires orthodontic treatment.

If you notice something is off in your jaw area, ask your dentist about the best ways of managing the symptoms and relieving the pressure on bones and muscles.

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Posted by adwords on 27th October 2018, under Miscellaneous

Implant-Supported Bridges

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvAn implant-supported bridge is used to replace multiple missing teeth. This type of bridge utilises dental implants rather than neighbouring teeth to support the new bridge.

Main takeaways:

– Implant-supported bridges distribute pressure more evenly.

– Implant-supported bridges are often cost-effective.

– Implant-supported bridges look and feel like your natural teeth.

There are various ways missing teeth can be replaced – see your dentist for more information.

Your dentist may want to skip a space in your mouth for a variety of reasons, so an implant supported bridge gives your dentist this flexibility when restoring your smile.”



Posted by adwords on 24th October 2018, under Miscellaneous

The Dangers of Generic Childhood Mouthguards

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvA dentist will always recommend that your child wear a mouthguard when participating in physical sports. These appliances will help to protect the teeth and they are extremely effective. However, it is wise to avoid generic brands.

What are three potential pitfalls of a generic mouthguard?

– The unit might not fit properly within the mouth.

– The mouthguard could cause chafing and scraping.

– It may be slightly difficult for the child to breathe properly.

”These mouthguards have the potential to hinder your child’s breathing.”

Learn more about the drawbacks of generic mouth guards here:


Posted by adwords on 20th October 2018, under Miscellaneous

Curing Fear of the Dentist is Child’s Play

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvMany children who fear a visit to the dentist inherit that fear from their parents. It is important that any personal anxiety about seeing the dentist is not communicated to a child through actions or words.

There are ways to make the child view a check-up as a good experience. Playing and pretending is one great way of doing this. At home, you can have a “pretend” visit to the dentist which includes:

– Gently touching the child’s teeth

– Simulating drilling sounds

– Explaining and showing what to expect

By turning the visit into a fun experience for the child you will “alleviate his or her fear of the dentist” and other tips can be found at


Posted by adwords on 16th October 2018, under Miscellaneous

Concerned About a Bump on the Roof of Your Mouth?

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvA bump on the roof of the mouth can be a worry as there is a chance of oral cancer. However, there are a number of other causes for a bump on the roof of the mouth.


– Bumps could be extra bone growth or extra teeth, for which your dentist can advise treatment.

– As the inside of the mouth is sensitive, any injury to the tissue can lead to a bump.

– If the bump persists for more than two weeks or has other concerning features, consult a doctor as soon as possible.

“An injury may cause scar tissue to form in the mouth, which might be lumpy and raised. The sore may be painful or sensitive but will usually heal on its own.”

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Posted by adwords on 12th October 2018, under Miscellaneous

What Are The Causes of Yellow Teeth?

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvTeeth are naturally white in color, but over time they can start to look yellow. Internal and external factors can affect this yellowing, and your dentist can advise you on treatment.

Key takeaways:

– Tooth enamel is porous and stains easily from certain foods and drinks such as wine, tea and coffee.

– A dentist may recommend a professional cleaning once a year to help prevent stains building up.

– Tooth enamel which is naturally thinner can allow the yellowish dentin to show through.

– Antibiotics can also cause yellowing.

– Teeth start to turn yellow with advancing age.

“The acid in foods such as lemons and drinks such as soda can wear away the tooth enamel, making it easier for staining to occur and also allowing the yellowish color of your dentin—the softer layer beneath your tooth enamel—to come through.”

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Posted by adwords on 9th October 2018, under Miscellaneous

What Are The Symptoms Of A Misaligned Bite?

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvSome people have a misaligned bite and don’t know it, as the symptoms aren’t always obvious. Here are some tell-tale symptoms of this dental condition.

Key takeaways:

– Pain, pressure and / or discomfort along the jaw joint.

– Some of your teeth appear more worn away than others.

– You inadvertently grind your teeth.

A misaligned bite can give rise to other dental conditions that are difficult or time-consuming to treat, so visit your dentist as soon as you notice any symptoms.

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Posted by adwords on 5th October 2018, under Miscellaneous

Is Vomiting a Normal Part of the Teething Process?

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvTeething starts to occur between the ages of 6 and 12 months and a dentist can advise on how to manage any symptoms. Most experts agree vomiting is not a symptom of teething.

Key takeaways:

– Vomiting could be a sign of illness and a doctor should be consulted to find the underlying reason.

– Teething happens at a time when a baby is starting to be exposed to childhood illnesses.

–  Research indicates regular symptoms of teething peak as the front teeth appear.

“Many people believe that vomiting while teething is normal. However, most experts now agree that teething does not cause generalized symptoms, such as vomiting, fever, rash, and diarrhea.

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Posted by adwords on 2nd October 2018, under Miscellaneous

What Causes Receding Gum Lines?

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvA receding gumline is the term used when gum tissue “moves”, exposing more of your teeth. The gums can recede to the point where the roots of your teeth become exposed, risking all sorts of oral health issues — including tooth loss.

The causes of receding gums are:

– Gum disease

– Teeth grinding (bruxism)

– Aggressive brushing and flossing

Your gum tissue protects your teeth and keeps them healthy and safe—don’t ignore receding gums if you notice them!”

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Posted by adwords on 28th September 2018, under Miscellaneous

Getting a Better Smile With Veneers

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvIf your teeth are less than perfect but you crave a beautiful smile, your dentist may suggest veneers. Veneers are wafer-thin layers of porcelain that are affixed to the front of teeth.

Veneers are often the best choice because they:

– Cover up imperfections like chips, uneven teeth, and stains

– Can be used when teeth whitening isn’t effective

– Can help reduce sensitivity

For patients that qualify, dental veneers make a dramatic transformation and give many patients the smile of their dreams without whitening treatments, orthodontic work, or tooth bonding.

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Posted by adwords on 25th September 2018, under Miscellaneous

Tips To Store a Toothbrush Correctly

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvStoring a toothbrush in the correct manner will help keep it clean. A clean toothbrush helps keep teeth clean too as part of a good overall oral health routine.

Key takeaways:

– Store a toothbrush in an upright position and in a space which is not enclosed, allowing it to air.

– Do not share a toothbrush as this can pass on bacteria, leading to dental issues which may require treatment by a dentist.

– Use tap water to rinse a toothbrush after each use to remove any food particles, toothpaste and bacteria.

“Keeping your toothbrush enclosed in a space where it can’t air out will keep your toothbrush moist between cleanings and allow bacteria to grow.”

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Posted by adwords on 21st September 2018, under Miscellaneous

How to Conquer Dental Phobia

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvIf you have a severe dental phobia, the best way to overcome it is to visit the dentist. Although this sounds counterintuitive, a dentist is best placed to understand and help you deal with your fears.

– Have a preliminary meeting with the dentist to discuss your anxiety. This will not include examination of your teeth.

– The dentist will help you grow more comfortable about dental work.

– The dentist will carry out your first dental examination with sedation to keep you comfortable or even asleep during the procedure.

You have options to overcome your dental phobia to help your smile stay healthy.”

Read more about overcoming dental phobia here:



Posted by adwords on 18th September 2018, under Miscellaneous

How To Relieve Swelling After Wisdom Tooth Removal

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvAfter the extraction of a wisdom tooth, you will likely experience some swelling. Here’s how to treat it at home and speed up the healing process.

Key takeaways:

– Place hot or cold compresses in the affected area, but only for 20 minutes at the time.

– Homemade salt water rinses can be very soothing.

– Gently biting on chamomile teabags can help bring the inflammation down.

There may be other things you can do to decrease swelling after the extraction. If that’s the case, your dentist will let you know.

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Posted by adwords on 12th September 2018, under Miscellaneous

Flossing Can Damage Gums


teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvFlossing once daily is the accepted norm but equally important is the manner in which you floss. Before starting, or recommencing, to floss it is prudent to ask your dentist for tips and advice on how to floss correctly.

Gentle pressure is all that is required to remove food particles and plaque from the teeth but many make the mistake of using too much force. This can be harmful as it may cause:

– Cut, bleeding or sore gums

– Receded gums

– Damage to tooth enamel

Similarly, flossing too often “increases the chances that you are hurting your teeth and gums” and further information on flossing correctly can be found at

Posted by adwords on 7th September 2018, under Miscellaneous

How Serious is a Chipped Baby Tooth?

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthWhile baby teeth are temporary, a chip or crack can still lead to discomfort and even the possibility of infection. How can parents address this situation before they see a dentist?

– Clean the fragment and store it in saliva or milk.

– Rinse the mouth of the baby or infant with warm water.

– Always follow the recommendations of your dentist.

“Just because your baby’s primary tooth isn’t permanent doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek treatment for your child.”

Methods to treat this condition can be found below:


Posted by adwords on 4th September 2018, under Miscellaneous

Why do Cavities Form Under Fillings?

teeth, health, smile,dentist, dentalhealth, oralhealthvMany assume that once you pay a visit to the dentist for a filling, that tooth is fixed, and any future cavities will form in other teeth. This is not correct. A cavity can form under a filling and these are the reasons:

– There is damage to the filling.

– The filling is old and worn out.

– The filling is too large or small and the fit is faulty.

These fillings are best evaluated by a professional, and your dentist can tell you if your fillings are in good shape, if they need repair, or if you have decay underneath.”

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Posted by adwords on 1st September 2018, under Miscellaneous

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