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How long do dental implants last?

December 7th, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistDental implants are powerful teeth replacements made of titanium. But are they permanent? Here is more about how long dental implants last, from the bridge to the crown.

Key takeaways:

Dental implants have 98% success rate.

– Under proper oral care, dental implants will last 10-15 years but the titanium post will fuse with your jawbone.

– Dental implants look and function like natural teeth and can be fitted to anyone with a healthy mouth.

– The procedure includes a 3D x-ray and your dentist or oral surgeon using local anaesthesia on you.

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Train Your Child to Brush and Floss

December 4th, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistYour child should have learnt how to properly brush their teeth by the time they get their adult set of teeth. They should brush teeth twice daily and floss once a day.

Key takeaways:

–           Children should be taught oral care from an early age.

–          Supervise brushing until they master proper care.

–          Do not forget to visit the dentist every six months.

Your dentist is your partner to ensuring your child has great teeth, so don’t skip those visits!

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Things that trigger TMJ disorders

November 30th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistTemporomandibular Joint Disorders damage the joint where your jaw attaches to your skull. Usually known as TMJ, the disorder causes pain, soreness and muscle tension.

Key takeaways:

– Using teeth for the wrong reasons like chewing pens and ice worsens TMJ pain.

– Grinding teeth and going through stress puts pressure on your jaw, causing inflammation and tension in the jaw.

– Bad posture like hanging your head and hunching your back causes more tension in the jaw.

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Need to know: bleeding gums

November 28th, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistGum disease is a common problem and bleeding gums are usually the first sign but you may also have some habits which are causing your gums to bleed.

Key takeaways

– Avoid aggressive brushing or flossing of the teeth

– Replace your toothbrush each season and choose a soft bristled brush

– Stop smoking as smoking irritates the gum tissues

If your gums are bleeding make an appointment with your dentist for an examination.

“It could be gum disease, or you may need to adjust your habits to ensure you have a healthy smile.”

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Managing your dentist fears

November 23rd, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistFear of the dentist is very common; fortunately, there are several ways you can make sure this doesn’t negatively affect your dental health.

Key takeaways:

– Talk to your dentist about where your fear stems from – is it the noise or claustrophobia? They may be able to reassure you and make things less frightening when examining your teeth

– Did you know that some dentists specialize in treating those with dental nerves

– Some dentists offer sedation dentistry so you don’t have to be conscious while being treated

“Millions of people suffer from a fear of going to the dentist.”

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Fixing a Gap in the Teeth

November 20th, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistA gap between the teeth is usually corrected by wearing braces or a retainer. But other solutions are available. The size and location of the gap will determine which dental procedure is most suitable.

The three main methods:

– Dental bonding uses a composite resin to fill the gap

– Veneers, thin shells over the teeth, are the usual method used for bigger gaps

– Dental Implants are screwed into the jawbone and used to replace a missing tooth

If you have an embarrassing gap in your teeth, you should schedule a consultation with your dentist.

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Are you making these classic dental care mistakes?

November 16th, 2017

teeth, health, smile,dentistA lot of people don’t brush their teeth as effectively as they could do, resulting in more problems at the dentist than necessary. Are you making these common mistakes?

Key takeaways:

– The worst thing you can do is not brush your teeth before bed, as night time mouth dryness provides prime conditions for bacteria to grow.

– Many people forget to brush all sides of their teeth and their tongue as well.

– Rinsing immediately after brushing removes the protective fluoride added by your toothpaste, causing more harm than good.

“3 in 10 Britons only brush their teeth once a day.”

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How teeth grinding damages teeth

November 13th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistTeeth grinding, medically known as bruxism could significantly damage your teeth. Although teeth grinding might seem normal, it can significantly impact your dental health. Here are the effects of teeth grinding.

Key takeaways:

– Bruxism causes fracture and chipping, which exposes dental roots to infections.

– The pressure exerted by the jaw during teeth grinding can wear down your enamel, leading to sensitivity and discolouration.

– Bruxism causes inflammation and tearing of the gum tissue.

Visit the dentist for repair of already damaged teeth and search for ways of stopping your grinding.

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How to manage itchy gums

November 9th, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistEver had an itchy gum? Medical research indicates that having itchy gums could be a sign of broader health issues. Here are the causes, treatment and prevention of itchy gums.

Key takeaways:

Observe oral hygiene and see a dentist if symptoms persist.

– Itching on the roof is an allergy symptom, irritation and redness could be gum disease and swelling could be teeth abscesses.

– Causes include plaque build up on teeth, a mild allergy, injuries, bruxism and hormonal changes.

– Treatment includes regular brushing, taking an o.t.c antihistamine and rinsing with saltwater.

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How to manage bad mouth odour

November 2nd, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistHaving bad breath is embarrassing and it can negatively affect your confidence. So, how do you manage bad odour and protect your teeth?

Key takeaways:

– Brush and floss more often than you already do, to clean away the teeth bacteria that causes bad breath.

– Regularly rinse your mouth with mouthwash to leave a refreshing feel and breath.

–  Scrape your tongue to remove food residue and chew gum after dinner to stimulate saliva production to prevent plaque.

Quit using tobacco, avoid strongly scented foods and visit the dentist frequently for checkups.

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