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What happens when the braces come off

June 8th, 2017

 teeth health smile dentistIt’s a great feeling once the braces come off your teeth but don’t forget to wear your retainer. Teeth are still moving and settling into their new positions and you must wear a retainer to stop them from moving too far during this period. Your dentist will talk to you about wearing your retainer and check that it is fitting correctly.

Key takeaways

– Teeth continue to settle into position once a brace is removed

– A retainer must be worn while teeth are settling

– See your dentist if the retainer becomes uncomfortable

Follow your dentist’s advice after the braces are removed for the best results and a beautiful smile.

“Getting orthodontic work done is one of the best things you can do for your smile. This corrective work will restore your natural bite, correct any crooked or crowded teeth, and leave you with a gorgeous smile that you can be proud of for life.”

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Scared of the dentist? Keep visits to a minimum with these helpful tips

June 5th, 2017

teeth health smile dentist Although most people would agree that a visit to the dentist wouldn’t be their favourite way to spend their time, some would go as far as to say that they have a genuine phobia of dental check-ups. Recent studies in America have indicated that there is also a possible genetic link, which can pass this fear on from parents to children.

Luckily, there are many things dentists can do to help terrified patients, such as cultivating a gentle bedside manner and keeping frightening-looking instruments out of sight.

Although routine check-ups are an unavoidable necessity to maintain a healthy smile, there are steps which can help to avoid additional visits and treatments:

– Regular and thorough brushing and flossing will help to keep the gums and teeth clean.

– Bicarbonate of soda can be used to clean and polish the teeth.

– Coconut oil is used by some people to clean hard to reach places in the mouth. It is ‘swished’ around the mouth before being spat out.

Going to the dentist might be unnerving, but sound oral hygiene practices can help you keep this ordeal to the minimum.

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Can Sleep Impact the Health of Your Teeth

June 1st, 2017

teeth health smile dentistIt has been known for some time that insufficient sleep can lead to many otherwise preventable health problems. However, it is also true that poor sleep routines are associated with a much higher risk of gum disease, unhealthy teeth and more visits to the dentist. What have researchers found and how can sleep have a direct impact upon our smile?

Let us take a look at the relationship between a lack of sleep and issues such as gum disease.

– Those who obtain a few hours of sleep every night are just as likely to develop gum disease as smokers.

– A minimum of six hours of sleep is recommended for adults.

– A deprivation of sleep causes inflammatory hormones to be released; potentially impacting the health of the gums.

“When you’re sleep deprived, there’s an increase in inflammatory hormones, which can directly impact your gums.

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Understand How Nail Biting is Damaging Your Teeth and Smile

May 25th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistNail biting is a cause of poor dental and general health. Reasons, why people bite on their nails include stress, anxiety and not using the nail cutter. Unfortunately, victims of this bad habit are unaware of its harmful effects. Here is how nail biting is damaging your teeth and smile!
Key takeaways:
– The hard substance that makes up our nails (keratin) cracks your teeth, erodes your enamel and tears your gums leading to oral diseases.
– Biting nails to relieve stress leads to Bruxism, a condition where one grinds their teeth during sleep or anxiety.
– Unless you often wash your hands, nail biting introduces bacteria to your body, thereby infecting your mouth’s cavity and general health.
Protect your smile by using other means of relieving stress, trimming nails with a nail cutter and visiting your dentist for treatment of damaged teeth.
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What can happen if you don’t brush your teeth

May 22nd, 2017

teeth health smile dentistFor some people, cleaning their teeth is a necessary chore done only to maintain healthy, white teeth and a great smile. Recent research shows that brushing your teeth and maintaining good oral hygiene might have more far more impact on your general health than most people realise.

Links are being studied between poor oral care and conditions such as dementia, heart disease, diabetes and oral cancers. The importance of maintaining a good oral hygiene routine cannot be emphasised enough.

Key takeaways

– Brush twice a day, floss once a day

– See your dentist once a year

– Replace your toothbrush each season

Good oral habits help prevent cavities and gum disease but they may have a significant role in protecting you against other medical conditions too.

“Brushing your teeth isn’t the most enjoyable activity, but it’s an important one for maintaining good health and hygiene!”

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Can GERD Affect the Enamel of Your Teeth?

May 18th, 2017

 teeth health smile dentistMany individuals are unaware that acid reflux and a condition known as GERD can impact much more than the digestive tract alone. In fact, it has been shown that the excess production of gastric juices such as hydrochloric acid can damage the enamel of teeth, affect a smile and lead to more trips to the dentist. In order to avoid such complications, are there any methods which can be adopted?
Let us look at what the experts have to say.

–  Heavy meals lead to excess acid production. Eating lighter meals can help to avoid this situation.
–  It is best to avoid eating for a minimum of two hours before going to bed.
–  Antacids may help to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux.

“Worst of all, if enamel damage becomes a problem yet your GERD continues to cause acids to end up in your mouth, damage can happen on a much larger scale.”
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Signs of Gum Disease and Natural Treatments

May 15th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistGum disease, or gingivitis, is an extremely common complaint that can be relatively easily treated by natural means. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to serious problems with the gums and teeth and one should be aware of the early indications of gum disorders to avoid developing periodontal disease which can require often lengthy and expensive treatment by a dentist.

– Gingivitis. Red and swollen gums that bleed easily are warning signs of gingivitis.

– Periodontal Pockets. Bacteria on the gums and at the base of the teeth harden to form plaque and tartar which creates pockets.

– Periodontitis. Chronic plaque, tartar and bacterial build-up destroys gum tissue and bone structure which may lead to loose teeth and possibly even require one or more teeth to be extracted.

However, good dental and oral care can prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar and there are also healthy high-fibre diets that can be followed to avoid and even reverse gum disease.

According to a recent article “fibre, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats” are all beneficial in maintaining healthy teeth and a natural smile and more information can be found at

What are Some Effective Treatment Options for Gum Disease?

May 10th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistIf your gums regularly bleed when brushing, or if they appear to be receding from the teeth, the chances are high that you may be suffering from a condition known as gingivitis (gum disease). This is a common ailment.

Foods that are high in sugar, emotional stress and improper oral hygiene habits are all factors that can eventually lead to a painful smile. However, there are also some remedies which can help to reverse the effects of gum disease.

– Cutting down on foods and drinks that are high in sugar will help to protect the gums.

– Unsweetened green tea contains substances that can fight gingivitis.

– It is critical to floss between the teeth at least two times every day.

Both plaque and tartar and the bacteria involved irritate and inflame the gums.”

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What Are the Lasting Effects of Early Preventive Dental Care?

May 5th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistA recent US study found that early preventative dental care in children may actually lead to more long-term dental care. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health analysed nearly 20,000 Medicaid records and published their results in JAMA Paediatrics.

Key takeaways:

– Official dental groups such as the American Dental Association recommend children start visiting a dentist as soon as their baby teeth come through (and you’ve captured their first toothy smile)
– Children who received early preventative dental care were found to have more dentist visits, more frequent treatment for tooth decay and higher spending on dental care than children who did not receive early preventative dental care
– The study had limitations such as not measuring water fluoridation or other dental health behaviour such as brushing teeth

Additional research among other populations and beyond administrative data may be necessary to elucidate the true effects of early preventive dental care.”
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Find the Right Dentist for Your Family

May 3rd, 2017

teeth, health smile dentistLike any kind of health care provider, not all dentists work well with all patients. There are some key considerations that can help you choose between multiple dentists when you plan to have your whole family visit them.

Key Takeaways:

-The best dentists don’t just do cleanings and treat immediate problems with your teeth and gums; they also take the time to advise ways to help take care of your smile in your day-to-day life.

-A visit to the dentist practice itself can tell you a lot, including its hygiene standards and its level of friendliness toward children.

-If you (or anyone else in your family) have a fear of dentists, you may be able to find a practice that uses sedatives or lasers to make the process less painful or troubling for you.

“From avoiding sugar to becoming a better brusher, your dentist should be invested in your oral health just as much as you are.”

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