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The hidden dangers of gum disease

December 21st, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistGum disease may not seem that serious but it is one health aspect that shouldn’t be ignored.

Key takeaways:

– Gum disease can lead to pockets of infection around the teeth, leaving you susceptible to acquiring other illnesses due to a weakened immune system.

– Gum disease has been linked with other more serious conditions such as heart disease and some forms of cancer.

– Expectant mothers with gum disease may give birth prematurely or have a low weight baby

“If you’re experiencing any signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.”

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Your One-Day Implant Option

December 18th, 2017

teeth, health, smile, dentistIf you have been looking to quickly restore your smile, it might be a good idea to speak with your dentist about same-day dental implants. How does this alternative function and what can you expect? Let’s look at three takeaway points to keep in mind.
– It is now possible to create temporary crowns thanks to 3D dental technology.
– Once these crowns are replaced with an implant, there is virtually no visual difference.
– In order to qualify, your jaw bone will need to be strong and dense.
”Dental implants are permanent replacements that are secure, functional, and look just like your natural teeth.

How Can a Diet Impact the Health of Our Teeth

December 14th, 2017

teeth, health, smile,dentistMost of us associate healthy teeth with trips to the dentist and adopting the proper brushing techniques. We still need to point out that the foods we consume are just as critical. In fact, there are some substances which are known to actively impact the health of our mouths.

– Almonds can be an excellent addition, as they are high in calcium and low in sugar.
– Celery can remove trapped food particles from between teeth.
– Onions are known for their anti-bacterial properties.

“What you eat is linked to your wellness and this includes good oral health.”

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Your child’s dental health is more important that you think

December 11th, 2017

teeth health smile dentistYour child’s dental health could have a lasting impact on the rest of their life.

Key takeaways:

– Stained teeth or a crooked smile can negatively affect your child’s self-esteem, so make sure your child’s smile is something they are proud of.

– Establishing a good oral care routine in childhood ensures your child has healthy teeth for life.

– Try to treat checkups at the dentist as a fun and rewarding experience rather than something to dread.

“By encouraging effective brushing habits at home, you can help your child grow their confidence in their smile.”

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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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