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Why Opt for a Dental Implant?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Opt for a Dental Implant?

Getting a dental implant is not like getting false teeth; an implant is a permanent tooth that is screwed into the jawbone, so it requires a surgery, sometimes more than one, to have it fitted and put into place. Since getting a bridge may be somewhat easier overall, and perhaps even cheaper, why opt for a dental implant? Note a few considerations to keep in mind. Oral health In order to support a bridge, teeth around the area of the missing tooth often need to be reduced or drilled down, as they act as an anchor for that bridge. If they are not reduced, there is no room in the mouth for the bridge itself. This can reduce the health of those teeth, as they may be more susceptible to cavities and decay when they have their outer layers removed. With a dental implant, these surrounding teeth are rarely affected or altered for the surgery, so your overall oral health is preserved.  Implants can also be easier to clean and maintain, as you don’t need to remove them and clean them separately from your other teeth as you do with a bridge. The implant is cleaned at the same time as your other teeth, which also preserves your overall oral health. Durability Dental bridges can be very durable, but they are not made with the same materials as implants and may not last as long. As they are not anchored into the jawbone, they may be susceptible to breakage from impact. A dental implant is meant to last for many decades, if not even a lifetime. Easier eating Food can get stuck under a dental bridge or pull it out of place, and some foods may be too hard to bite into with a bridge. For some, this can mean that their health suffers, if they turn to a soft foods diet or avoid healthy foods like apples and nuts in favor of sugary baked goods. With a dental implant, not only is eating more enjoyable since you are rarely restricted when it comes to your diet, but you may actually enjoy a healthier diet as well. Speech Dental bridges can slip, even with adhesives. This can make speaking difficult, something to consider especially if you make speeches or presentations or consistently meet new people in the course of your career. With a dental implant, there is no worry of having the tooth slip out of place so your speaking is always as clear as if you had all of your own...

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Can You Get Dental Implants If You Have Osteoporosis?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can You Get Dental Implants If You Have Osteoporosis?

The importance of teeth cannot be emphasized any further. They help in eating, chewing and in uttering meaningful words. A person with a full set of teeth also tends to have a better self-esteem as compared to a person who is missing a tooth or two. As you age, however, you may begin to lose your teeth. But that isn’t much of a concern nowadays due to the success of dental implant treatment. Dental implants function the same way as your natural teeth. And on top of that, they restore your confidence. If you are suffering from osteoporosis, you could be asking yourself if your jawbone is strong enough to support dental implants. The answer to your question is yes, but the success of the treatment may depend on how fast you act to get the implants. What Is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a degenerative disease that affects the bones. With the disease in play, the bones (including the jawbone) lose calcium and slowly, they lose their strength. And because of this, the bones become prone to fractures. Osteoporosis tends to affect women more than men, especially women who are past their menopause. There is a class of drugs known as bisphosphonates that is used to curb the effects of osteoporosis. However, it has been found that the drugs can result in jawbone complications and hinder the progress of dental implant treatment. In medical terms, the complications are referred to as bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis or BRON in short. What happens is that the drugs prevent the flow of blood to the bones, which result in the death of the bones. Can You Insert Implants If You Have Osteoporosis? According to research studies, it is absolutely possible to get implants if you have osteoporosis. In one study, 24 women who were past their menopause were examined. 12 of them had missing teeth and were suffering from osteoporosis. The other 12 had missing teeth but were not suffering from the disease. So doctors replaced all of their teeth with dental implants and waited for a year. After one year, the results were impressive. There was bone loss in both groups of women but the implants were still intact. What If You Are Taking Bisphosphonates? With less blood flowing to the jawbone, it becomes hard for the jawbone to support dental implants. However, dental implant treatment could be possible if you are taking bisphosphonate drugs under one condition. That is if you act early; conclusions from the same study imply that you should have the implants inserted immediately after you have had your teeth removed. When you delay, you risk suffering from...

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DENTAL EMERGENCY TIPS | 4 COMMON CRISES AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on DENTAL EMERGENCY TIPS | 4 COMMON CRISES AND HOW TO HANDLE THEM

We all know accidents happen; many of which may lead to the dreaded dental emergencies. Broken or cracked teeth, severe toothache and soft tissue injuries are just some of the more common ones that require a visit to an emergency dentist. But fear not, there is always something you can do; ways to reduce the negative impact of these emergencies even before you go to the dentist. These are made all the more important by the fact that whatever you do in the first moments during a dental emergency goes a long way in ensuring an outcome you can smile about. Here are some emergency situations and immediate actions to take before visiting the dentist. Knocked out teeth. Nothing quite comes close to the sight and sensation of your teeth outside the confines of your mouth, but following these steps will make sure the experience will be as short-lived as possible. First, retrieve the tooth and gently clean it using warm water, taking care not to remove any fragments or tissues still attached. If possible, try to gently reinsert the tooth into its socket. If this fails, place the tooth in a slightly saline solution or in milk to preserve it before heading to the dentist as soon as possible. Doing so ensures that the tooth remains viable for reinsertion back into its socket. When the dentist does this correctly, it will be as though nothing happened. Cracked or broken teeth. Quickly rinse the mouth with warm water to keep it clean, and ensure that any fragments present are all removed. Use a cold compress (ice wrapped in a cloth) to reduce any swelling that may result and relieve pain. Over the counter painkillers also come in handy at this point to reduce the pain. Immediately head to the dentist. Loose or extruded teeth. Here, the main thing to avoid is trying to force the tooth back into place. Doing so will completely knock it out, since its foundation in the gum is already compromised. If possible, gently nudge the tooth back into place, or use a gauze or moist tissue to stabilize the tooth before visiting your dentist. Soft tissue injuries. These involve injuries to the lips, tongue, gums and any other soft tissues of the mouth. They mostly result in bleeding which has to be controlled to reduce the risk of infection since the mouth can easily get contaminated. Rinse the mouth using warm water then apply pressure to the bleeding site using a cloth or gauze. When there is swelling, feel free to use a cold...

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4 Tooth-Friendly Snacks for Your Kids

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tooth-Friendly Snacks for Your Kids

If you’re a parent, you no doubt worry about giving too many sweets to your kids. However, according to a 2013 report, tooth decay is a problem for more than 50% of Australian children between the ages of six and 10, and one of the main causes of cavities in kids is eating too much sugar. Therefore, even if you don’t think your kids eat too many sweets, it’s worth keeping an eye on their general sugar intake. However, don’t despair; there are plenty of healthy snacks available that your children can snack on to keep their teeth healthy — snacks that they will enjoy and that will give you peace of mind. 1. Popcorn Most kids love popcorn, and this snack can actually be really nutritious and tooth-friendly if prepared the right way. Instead of buying packs of microwavable popcorn, buy whole popcorn and let your child help you cook it (they’ll be a lot more likely to try fresh popcorn if they’ve had the opportunity to see it pop in the pan!) To prepare, simply heat a tablespoon of oil in a pan (coconut oil is a great choice) on a medium-low heat and add a handful of raw popcorn kernels. Put the lid back on. Move the pan around to make sure the popcorn doesn’t burn, and once you can count more than about a couple of seconds between pops, the popcorn is done! 2. Yoghurt Yoghurt is a popular choice with many children thanks to its creamy texture, but not all yoghurt is created equally. Avoid any yoghurts that are full of sugar, opting instead for natural yoghurts that aren’t flavoured. If plain yoghurt is too tart for your child, you can always chop up a banana and mix that in, or add a tiny bit of honey or maple syrup. Greek yoghurt is usually very low in sugar and still extra creamy, making it a great option for kids. 3. Fruit smoothies If your child has a craving for something sweet, hold back on the candy and make a nutritious smoothie instead. For a quick, easy smoothie that will delight the pickiest eater, blend a frozen banana with half a cup of unsweetened almond milk (or regular cow’s milk if your child prefers). With the natural sweetness from the banana, your child will barely notice there is no sugar added. For a bit of extra protein, add a teaspoon of peanut butter. 4. Cheese According to a 2013 report by US journal General Dentistry, eating cheese may help prevent tooth decay in kids, making it a great snack for your children. So, whether it’s small cubes of cheddar or chunks of Camembert, let your child munch on cheese when they are in the mood for a snack. As well as providing these snacks, talk to your children about the importance of regular brushing and flossing to maintain healthy, cavity-free teeth. For more advice on how to keep your children’s teeth healthy, talk to your...

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Should You Use Veneers to Straighten Crooked Teeth?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Should You Use Veneers to Straighten Crooked Teeth?

If one or more of your front teeth isn’t aligned quite straight, you may feel that your smile looks crooked. This may make you feel self-conscious and anxious about the way your teeth look, and you may be considering ways to straighten up your smile. While braces may be the traditional way to straighten teeth, you can also look at other options such as veneers. During this treatment, veneer shells are placed over your teeth, kind of like false nails. If you have a tooth that doesn’t sit straight, your dentist can position a veneer to cover over the shape of your tooth, making it look straight instead of crooked. But what are the pros and cons of using veneers to straighten your teeth? The Advantages of Using Veneers to Fix Crooked Teeth Veneers can be a good way of fixing minor cosmetic issues with your teeth. For example, if you only have one tooth that is slightly out of alignment or just a couple that are a little crooked, you may not want to have all of your teeth braced just to fix a couple of minor problems. Veneers are also a relatively quick and immediate treatment compared to other straightening options such as braces. You only need a few appointments with your dentist to have a veneer made and fitted; you may have to wear braces for months or even years before you get the results you want. You may also be happier with the costs of veneers compared to other straightening treatments. A single veneer has an average cost of between $480-1,300, depending on the type of veneer you use. A set of braces will typically cost you at least $4,500. While veneers have some benefits over braces, you should consider the disadvantages before you make a decision on how to fix your teeth. The Disadvantages of Using Veneers to Fix Crooked Teeth While veneers may be an effective way to fix one or two teeth with minor problems, it may be better to opt for braces if a few of your teeth are crooked or if they are badly misaligned. While veneers can fix small cosmetic problems, they cover up misalignments rather than fixing them. They may not, therefore, be the best option if you have jaw or bite problems or overcrowding issues. Veneers may also permanently change the surface of your teeth. For example, your dentist may have to shave off some of your enamel to make room for the veneer to fit naturally on a tooth. You can’t then decide to stop using the veneer and to go back to your natural teeth. This is less of an issue if you use no-prep veneers that require less enamel removal; however, even these veneers may damage your enamel when they are removed. While the initial costs of veneers may be cheaper than braces, you also have to factor in long-term maintenance costs. Veneers may need replacing over time; you may also need a new one fitted if you break or chip a shell. If you still aren’t sure whether veneers are the right option for you, ask your dentist for advice. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a veneer; in others, you may be advised to use braces or a different way of...

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Symptoms That Could Indicate the Development of Enamel Dysplasia

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Symptoms That Could Indicate the Development of Enamel Dysplasia

The condition enamel dysplasia refers to decreased levels of enamel in your teeth. Enamel is essential as it acts as a protective layer for soft tissue in your teeth such as the dentin and the pulp. When the levels of enamel in your teeth begin declining, you become susceptible to teeth malformations, which may require restorative measures to remedy. That is why it is prudent to have this condition diagnosed early by an endodontist so that it can be corrected before it affects the structural integrity of your teeth. The following are some of the symptoms that could indicate the development of enamel dysplasia. The onset of fissures and pits in your teeth. It is normal for your premolars and molars to erupt with grooves on the top of the teeth. These grooves are referred to as fissures and pits and they function to facilitate the grinding of food without causing damage to the teeth in the process. If you notice that these fissures and pits are becoming hollower or if they begin forming on your other teeth, chances are you are developing enamel dysplasia. Leaving this symptom unchecked creates a breeding ground for bacteria, which begin to release acid. The acid further eats away at the already diminishing enamel, hence compounding the problem. Thinning of your teeth’s enamel. Another symptom that could indicate the development of enamel dysplasia is if you notice your teeth looking thinner than they normally are. As the enamel begins to thin out, the overall structure of your tooth begins to decrease in size. This is especially worrisome in children who are growing their permanent teeth. Not addressing the thinning could lead to eventual tooth loss due to the weakening of the structure of the tooth. Sudden discolouration of your teeth’s surface. Teeth discolouration tends to be a common problem adults have due to a range of factors such as the foods they eat, the beverages they ingest, and smoking. This is easily remedied by paying a visit to your cosmetic dentist and having your teeth whitened. However, teeth discolouration caused by enamel dysplasia tends to be intrinsic rather than extrinsic. This means it develops from the inside of the tooth causing mottling on the enamel itself. The discolouration will typically be brown and yellow and will not be a uniform discolouration on all teeth. This type of discolouration may also be caused due to ingesting high amounts of fluoride, typically in drinking water. Paying a visit to your endodontist will determine whether it is enamel dysplasia or...

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Which Chewing Gum Best Helps Prevent Tooth Decay?

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Which Chewing Gum Best Helps Prevent Tooth Decay?

While you may be surprised if your dentist recommends that you chew sugar-free gum as part of your dental hygiene routine, this is a proven way of helping keep your teeth and gums in good order. Which kinds of chewing gum have the best dental benefits and which ones should you avoid? All Sugar-Free Gums Create More Protective Saliva Chewing on any sugar-free gum gives your mouth a helping hand with saliva production. The more you make your mouth chew, the more saliva it produces. While this may not seem a big deal, saliva plays a pivotal role in your oral health. For example, saliva helps wash your mouth clean naturally and protects your teeth and gums. If you chew a piece of sugar-free gum after a meal or a snack, the increase of saliva that goes hand in hand with chewing may go some way to keeping food sugars and acids away from your teeth and gums where they can do harm. This may reduce the risks of dental problems such as tooth decay and acid erosion. Some Gums Are Also Bacteria Killers While all sugar-free gums have dental benefits, some also give you added protection from oral bacteria. These chewing gums may help you protect your teeth and gums by giving you a saliva boost; however, they may also have an active effect on your oral bacteria. For example, chewing gum that contains the natural sweetener xylitol is considered to reduce the formation of cavities by up to 70%. Unlike sugar, which bacteria feed on to produce tooth-harmful acids, xylitol isn’t a good meal for bacteria. Bacteria think that xylitol is a regular sugar and will try to eat it; however, bacteria can’t digest this sweetener and will then die. Chewing on a xylitol gum that also contains the CPP-ACP milk protein can potentially give your teeth an extra boost up the dental health scale. This protein also helps fight decay and may help remineralise and even repair teeth after acid attacks. Gums to Avoid The flavour of the sugar-free gum you chew may impact your dental health. While a regular mint-flavoured sugar-free gum is beneficial to your teeth, other flavours may cause dental problems. For example, chewing sugar-free gum with a fruit flavour may expose your teeth to acidic flavourings. The acids in these flavours may damage your teeth through dental erosion. You should also avoid chewing regular gums containing sugar. A regular gum may help your saliva production but this benefit is reduced by the gum’s sugar content. A regular gum is more likely to damage your teeth by coating them in sugar than to help protect them. Chewing sugar-free gum may help keep your teeth and gums in good shape; however, gum is not a substitute for traditional dental care. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth and to have regular check-ups with your...

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Morning Sickness Tips: Is the Flavour of Your Toothpaste Making You Gag?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Morning Sickness Tips: Is the Flavour of Your Toothpaste Making You Gag?

If you’re suffering from morning sickness, you may be finding it hard to maintain the kind of oral health routine you had before you got pregnant. Some women find the act of brushing hard as it triggers their gag reflexes; others find that the taste of a toothpaste makes them feel sick, rather than the brushing itself. If you can’t stand the taste of your regular toothpaste now that you’re pregnant, it’s worth looking for alternatives that may appeal to your newly-changed tastebuds. Look for Alternative Flavours According to Essential Baby, it’s quite common for your taste likes and dislikes to change when you’re pregnant. You may crave tastes that you once hated or may find that you can no longer tolerate tastes you liked before your pregnancy. This may apply to your toothpaste as well as food and drink. While you may understand that you need to keep brushing your teeth, you may not be able to face doing it with the toothpaste you used to use. You may find the whole process easier by finding a toothpaste with a taste that is more tolerable for you. For example, the following flavours may taste better to you when you’re pregnant: Mild mint: Sometimes, it’s the strength of flavours that make you feel ill when you’re pregnant, rather than the flavours themselves. Switching to a toothpaste with a slightly different or a more subtle flavour may help. For example, if you’re struggling with a strongly-flavoured peppermint toothpaste, you may be able to tolerate a toothpaste that is flavoured with spearmint or a milder mint concentration. Ginger toothpaste: Ginger is a natural remedy for sickness. If your toothpaste is making you feel sick or is making your morning sickness worse, you may find that the taste of a ginger toothpaste helps settle your nausea reflex. Fruit flavours: If you can tolerate fruity flavours, you may find that switching from a mint to a fruit-flavoured toothpaste quells your nausea or appeals to your changing taste buds. Neutral flavours: If you can’t settle on an acceptable flavour or find that any flavour of toothpaste makes you feel ill, a neutral toothpaste that has no added flavourings may be worth a try. Try Kid’s Toothpastes If you can’t find an adult toothpaste that you can use comfortably, you may be able to find a children’s toothpaste with a flavour to suit you. Mint toothpastes that are designed for kids often have a very mild minty taste. Some products also come in a wider range of fruit or sweet flavours than adult toothpastes, giving you more options to choose from. While a toothpaste for kids will clean your teeth, you need to remember that the toothpaste may have less fluoride in it than a toothpaste designed for adults. According to the Raising Children Network, too much fluoride can damage young children’s developing teeth, and you may find that a toothpaste designed for younger children may not give you all the fluoride you need as an adult. If in doubt, talk to your dentist, who may recommend that you also use a fluoride mouthwash to compensate. Drop the Toothpaste if All Else Fails If you can’t find a toothpaste that suits you, you can skip using a paste and simply brush your teeth with water...

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3 Oral Health Problems Associated With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Oral Health Problems Associated With Type 2 Diabetes

Your white blood cells normally offer some protection against the harmful bacteria in your mouth, but type 2 diabetes impairs your white blood cells, leaving you susceptible to an overgrowth of bacteria and certain oral health problems. It’s vital that those with type 2 diabetes have regular dental checkups to enable problems to be detected early, but you can also look out for common signs of trouble at home when you’re brushing your teeth. Here’s an overview of three oral health problems and the associated symptoms diabetics are susceptible to: Gum Disease Typical signs of gum disease include localised swelling, bleeding gums, bad breath and a receding gum line. An overgrowth of bacteria can lead to gum disease by causing inflammation of the soft tissue around your teeth and increasing the amount of plaque that forms and erodes your tooth enamel. Plaque forms when bacteria bind with food particles and can irritate your gums and cause cavities. The presence of cavities poses an additional risk for diabetics, as thickened blood vessels, a common complication of type 2 diabetes, can reduce blood flow to the mouth. This can lead to gum disease developing when bacteria colonise cavities, as your body can’t heal and neutralise the effects of this bacteria when blood flow is restricted. Abscesses The alkaline nature of saliva provides some protection against the overgrowth of bacteria, as bacteria require an acidic environment to thrive. Some medications used to treat type 2 diabetes can leave you with a dry mouth, and this can cause abscesses as bacteria produce acid as a waste product. When this acid wears down your tooth enamel, bacteria can reach the roots of your teeth and cause painful abscesses to form. Symptoms of a dental abscess include loosening of the affected tooth, localised swelling and fever. Oral Thrush When your white blood cells are impaired, your immune system can struggle to keep the fungus that’s responsible for oral thrush at bay. Your risk of developing oral thrush is even greater if your sugar levels often spike, as the fungus can feed on the sugar present in your saliva. If you experience pain when swallowing or have white patches on your gums or tongue, you may have oral thrush. White patches can be caused by other oral health conditions, so always have thrush diagnosed by your dentist. Your dentist can work with you to develop an oral hygiene plan that will minimise the risk of developing these oral health problems. They can recommend products to combat bacteria and assess your brushing and flossing technique, so schedule a consultation for personalised...

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You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile: Four Ways to Encourage a Resistant Child to Brush His or Her Teeth

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile: Four Ways to Encourage a Resistant Child to Brush His or Her Teeth

Is your child resistant to brushing? Are you struggling to set a positive daily tooth cleaning routine with him or her? Then it may be time to modify your approach. Make this chore a bit more exciting for your kid with these four ideas: 1. Novelty Toothbrush If your kid doesn’t want to brush, entice him or her with a new toothbrush. For little kids, buy a brush with their favourite cartoon character on it, or even consider one that has flashing lights or that plays music. For older kids, pair a new brush with some new floss, a bottle of mouth rinse and a small toiletries bag — these help to heighten their sense of maturity and encourage them to brush at the same time. 2. New Location Unfortunately, if your child has been fighting against you at tooth cleaning time, that fight may have become part of your routine. That means that you need to break that negative routine and start completely fresh. In addition to starting with a new toothbrush and supplies, consider moving to a new location. Instead of brushing teeth in the bathroom, take your resistant child outside and have him or her brush over a paddling pool. Alternatively, bring a bowl of water, a cup and a small mirror into his or her bedroom and try brushing there, or brush in front of the TV. 3. Timer For children, one of the challenges of brushing is taking the time to do it properly. Many kids just want to rush through the process so they can get back to their lives. If you think your child is brushing too quickly, it’s time to implement a timer. Ideally, you want your child to brush for about two minutes or at least one minute. If you have an old game with a sand timer, move that into the bathroom and use that to encourage your child to brush for an adequate amount of time. Alternatively, find a short, fun song and play that while your child brushes. 4. Sticker Chart For young kids, sticker charts are often a helpful incentive. To make one, buy a few sheets of small stickers. Every time your child brushes his or her teeth, put a sticker on a piece of paper or on the bathroom mirror. After your child amasses a certain number of stickers, you can allow him or her to “trade” the stickers for cash, extra privileges or other treats. For more helpful ways to encourage your child to brush his or her teeth, contact a dentist....

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