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What causes sensitive teeth?

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Are you wincing when you smile? Sensitive teeth can be a complete pain (pun intended); luckily, there is a wide spectrum of solutions at your disposal.

Key takeaways:

– Common causes of dental sensitivity include overusing mouthwash, eating acidic foods/drinking fruit juices, using whitening toothpaste, brushing far too vigorously and grinding your jaw

– The good news is that these can be easily remedied by making small changes such chewing gum after drinking fruit juices, using a fluoridated mouthwash, a softer bristled toothbrush or a specially formulated sensitive toothpaste

– Sensitivity may also be due to recent dental work, receding gums, cracked teeth or tooth decay – and your dentist can advise on the best course of action to ensure your pearly whites are pain free in the future

Talk to your dentist to discover exactly what’s behind your sensitive teeth.”

Read the full story here: http://www.webmd.boots.com/oral-health/ss/slideshow-sensitive-teeth-causes

Gum Disease Increases Risk of Death for Older Women

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Data collected from over 57,000 women in their mid-50’s and older has led researchers to the conclusion that gum disease and tooth loss can increase the risk of early death. The recently released study, from the Journal of the American Heart Association, states that the risk of developing periodontal (gum) disease increases with age and this can lead to cardiovascular problems.

The study also contains some startling statistics:

– 47% of American adults over the age of 30 suffer from gum disease

– 70% of those over 65 suffer from the condition

– 19% of U.S. adults over the age of 65 had edentulism, a complete loss of the teeth caused by periodontitis

However, all is not doom and gloom and good periodontal care combined with regular visits to the dentist can avoid the development of gum disease. As professor of epidemiology, Michael J. LaMonte states in the report “older women may benefit from more intensive oral screening measures” which is at least one reason to smile.

The full article can be read here

http://www.healthline.com/health-news/older-women-with-gum-disease-risk-death.

Why the caveman might have hated going to the dentist even more than us

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Visits to the dentist are not usually pleasant, unless your dentist uses laser technology, dental treatment can be a miserable experience. At least, nowadays, dental clinics have relaxing music playing in the background, soothing art on the walls, friendly PR and enough light to make sure that the dentist doesn’t pull the wrong tooth. Here’s how cavemen protected their smile.

Key takeaways

– According to scientists, a 13000-year-old tooth was discovered in Italy, proving that cavemen practised some kind of dentistry.

– Judging from the tar, plant fibers and hair that was found in the tooth, the caveman was using rather uncomfortable methods of teeth treatment.

– There was no electricity, meaning the fear of the dentist digging into or pulling the wrong tooth was much greater than today.

Nowadays, dentists can offer painless treatment, meaning you can go for more checkups!

Read more at:

http://gizmodo.com/going-to-the-caveman-dentist-was-probably-a-nightmare-1794128593

The Hidden Epidemic of Tooth Grinding

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Although grinding one’s teeth can cause excess trips to the dentist and significant discomfort, many individuals from all walks of life are unaware that they are exhibiting this habit when they sleep. What are some of the potential causes of this condition?

– Many experts feel that stress plays a prominent role.

– Using alcohol and smoking cigarettes on a regular basis can trigger this effect.

– Caffeine can heighten the risk of tooth grinding.

“Many people grind their teeth at night, and some may not be aware they are doing it.” Your dentist can help with this problem.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/lifestyles/waking-up-with-headache-sore-jaw-you-may-be-grinding-your-teeth/

The Link Between Periodontitis and Alzheimer’s Disease

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Keeping 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.”

Read more:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/long-term-gum-disease-linked-to-alzheimers-disease_us_59974d9de4b0a2608a6c768a

Marijuana users at higher risk of periodontal disease

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Marijuana users should improve their oral hygiene and even quit smoking to protect their gums and teeth. According to recent studies, marijuana could cause periodontal disease.

Key takeaways:

– Periodontal disease is an inflammatory response to bacterial infection in the gum line.

– Research shows recreational marijuana users are two-times more likely to develop periodontal disease as compared to non-users.

– However, it is still not evident if medical marijuana has the same effect on teeth.

Marijuana users should practice twice as much oral hygiene and visits to the dentist for a checkup.

Read more here:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170524152634.htm

How to Properly Care for Your Dental Bridge

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

teeth, health, smile, dentist, dentalhealth,oralhealthA dentist will often install a dental bridge in order to protect teeth that may have become damaged. It is important to know how to care for these appliances in order to guarantee their longevity. Three takeaway points to keep in mind are:

– Always brush the bridge at least twice every day.

– Chewy foods and hard candy should be avoided.

– Schedule regular appointments with your dentist to check the status of the bridge.

“In the first few days after the dental appointment to place a bridge, it is common for patients to experience some tooth sensitivity.”

Have a further look here:

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170922/Care-for-Dental-Bridges.aspx

How to Manage Post-Root Canal Pain

Friday, March 30th, 2018

teeth, health, smile, dentist, dentalhealth,oralhealthA dentist will often perform a root canal in order to remove dead or damaged pulp from one or more teeth. The pain is usually mild and it can be managed with a handful of useful tricks. Let’s look at three options.

– OTC pain medication (such as acetaminophen) will often help to reduce pain and inflammation.

– Try not to use the affected tooth to chew foods.

– Always practice the proper oral hygiene techniques.

“Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers should be sufficient to relieve the pain after a root canal.”

This link provides additional information:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320978.php

Can Implants Break on Occasion?

Monday, March 26th, 2018

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A dentist will often recommend an implant if you have a missing tooth. While these replacement teeth are quite durable, they can crack on occasion. Why might this occur and how can you protect these implants to extend their longevity?

– Implants can become damaged due to a sudden impact

– If you accidentally bite something very hard you can damage your implant.

– If you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), your implant can get damaged. Wear a mouthpiece for protection.

“Dental crowns can become damaged from an injury such as a contact sport hit or a fall.”

Read more here:

Can Dental Implants Chip or Break?

Teenage Dread of Braces

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

teeth, health, smile, dentist,dentalhealth, oralhealthNo teenager relishes the prospect of wearing braces to correct problem teeth and will fight their parents and dentist tooth and nail to avoid doing so. However, there are now real alternatives that are less obtrusive and some almost invisible. The top modern dental alternatives to old-fashioned braces include:
– Invisalign trays are removable and virtually invisible
– Lingual Braces are secured to the rear of the teeth and are almost unnoticeable
– Damon Braces are similar to traditional braces but fitted on translucent brackets
Teenagers are “reluctant to get braces” but the newer options make correcting the teeth a less traumatic experience and further information about these alternatives can be found at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/my-teenager-doesnt-want-braces-what-are-my-alternatives/.