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Modern Technology to Reduce the Presence of Adult Braces

October 12th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistMillions of adults desire straight teeth and in the past, their dentist would have few options other than traditional braces. Times have indeed changed. Patients are now provided with a kaleidoscope of unique choices. Some worthwhile considerations include:

–  Clear plastic aligners which are removable when eating.

–  Ceramic braces that match the colour of the teeth.

–  Lingual braces mounted to the backs of teeth.

“Patients usually have the option of using a tooth-coloured wire as well, which will help the braces blend in with your teeth even more.”
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Choosing the Best Toothbrush for Your Needs

October 9th, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistAlthough we use a toothbrush every day to keep our teeth clean and to avoid the dentist, many of us are uncertain what to look for when buying a new model. Let’s take a look at a few key recommendations provided by industry experts.

– Find a brush equipped with soft bristles.

– Replace your toothbrush after any type of oral treatment.

– If bristles are frayed, the brush needs to be replaced.

“This device is so important to your oral health that the little details about your toothbrush shouldn’t be ignored.”

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How To Get Your Children Ready For A Dental Appointment

October 5th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistIt’s often recommended to take your little ones for their first dental appointment once their teeth being coming in. Here’s how to make the whole experience less daunting.

Key takeaways:

– Turn it into a game by playing dentist with stuffed toys

– Bring your child to your own appointments to familiarise them with the environment

– Take time to explain to your kids what happens at check

Lesser-Known Tips to Help Prevent Gum Disease

October 2nd, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistProtecting our teeth and gums is critical to avoid periodontitis. Some studies have even linked this condition to serious ailments such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

Visiting a dentist is always important to keep teeth and gums health, but your everyday dental care at home is also critical. Here are three useful suggestions:

– Sterilise or replace your toothbrush after an illness.

– Regularly floss between your teeth and gums.

– Schedule regular cleaning appointments with a dental hygienist as this will help to address any unseen problems in advance.

“Don’t overlook brushing your tongue; bacteria hide there too.”

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Stem Cells: Are They Potential Saviours of Damaged Teeth?

September 28th, 2017

teet,health, smile, dentistWhile there is no doubt that the common dental implant is an effective way for a dentist to replace lost teeth, the role of stem cells may prove to be even more effective.

– Stem cells are primitive cells that can become any kind of cell

– Stem cells could be used to repair tooth decay or even replace entire teeth

– Animal-based trials have resulted in the natural replacement of a tooth through this method.

– Clinical trials involving humans may not be far off.

“Instead of replacing entire teeth, stem cells may help to heal teeth as an interim step in the dental chair.”

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The Link Between Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s Disease

September 19th, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistKeeping teeth and gums healthy is not only critical to avoid dental complications. Research has revealed a link between gum disease (periodontitis) and Alzheimer’s disease.

– Chronic gum disease increases risk of Alzheimer’s by 70 percent.

– Gum disease causes inflammation throughout the body that could trigger Alzheimer’s.

– Regular brushing and flossing are critical to preventing gum disease.

“Chronic gum inflammation, known as periodontitis, is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.”

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Diabetes and gum disease: is there a link?

September 14th, 2017

teeth,smile, dentist,healthA study in mice has shown a link between diabetes-related changes in mouth bacteria can cause periodontitis (gum disease).

Key takeaways:

– Controlling blood sugar helps prevent these changes.

– Talk to your dentist about this link with diabetes.

– Practice good oral hygiene – brushing and flossing regularly – to prevent these complications.

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At what age should I start getting screened for oral cancer?

September 11th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistOral cancer is a killer disease that can be averted by going for regular screenings and leading a healthy lifestyle. But how old should you be to start receiving screenings?

Key takeaways:

– Symptoms are persistent mouth sores, numbness, recurring sore throats, white patches on gums and tongue.

– Non-smokers and people without any symptoms should go for screenings from the age of 18.

– Smokers should start booking bi-annual screenings as soon as they hit their first tobacco.

As your dentist is checking your teeth, ask them to assess you for oral cancer.

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Chewing Gum Can Detect Inflammation

September 7th, 2017

teeth health dentist smileA chewing gum has been developed in Germany that can detect inflammation following dental implant surgery. The gum reacts to bacteria and releases a bitter-tasting agent that will alert the patient to the problem which can then be related to the dentist. Even years after dental implant surgery problems can still arise such as:

– Inflammation of the gums

– Build-up of harmful bacteria

– Possible bone loss under the affected teeth

According to the inventors “anyone can use this new diagnostic tool anywhere and anytime” and the gum should be available inside two or three years.

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Are Your Teenage Children Grinding Their Teeth?

August 31st, 2017

smile teeth health dentistTeeth grinding is often linked to anxiety, but in teenagers this habit may also mean something else.

Key takeaways:

– A study found that teenagers who are being bullied are more likely to grind their teeth

– This habit can wear the enamel down the very quickly

– Stress management is a key part of treatment for this habit

Speak to your dentist if you notice that your teenage children show any evidence of teeth grinding. Prompt treatment can avoid lots of problems!

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