Everything you Need to Know About Invisalign Clear Aligners in Cape Town

Active Aligners Cape Town

Everything you Need to Know About Invisalign Clear Aligners in Cape Town Are you concerned about your crooked and misaligned teeth affecting your smile? Do you wish to get your teeth straightened but do not want to wear those unesthetic and inconvenient metal braces? Then, you can join the great smile club.    What is an […]

Brushing and Flossing: How Much Is Too Much?

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Brushing and flossing are essential to keep healthy teeth and gums, but is it possible to overdo these two habits? Key takeaways: – Brushing aggressively can damage the dental enamel – Flossing more than once a day can cause sensitivity and make the gums recede – Using an alcohol-based mouthwash more than twice a day […]

Losing a Tooth is a Big Deal

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Not just because of the gap it leaves behind, but also because of the way your mouth, teeth, jaw and face will move to accommodate and rectify the loss.   When you lose a tooth, a few things will start happening. The most obvious effect of missing teeth is aesthetic – the way you look […]

Why Should You Care for Tooth Enamel?

The enamel present upon the surface of our teeth will help to prevent decay and stave off cavities. However, this coating can become thin and worn down over time. Let us take a look at some suggestions put forth by the professional dentist. – Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will help to maintain the […]

Wait! Don’t Brush Immediately After Consuming These Foods

Certain food and drinks are known for causing plaque build-up and for being more likely to damage the enamel. Doctors advise waiting 30 minutes before brushing after you enjoy them, as this will help protect your enamel. Key takeaways: – Dried fruit contains high sugar amounts that can be harmful to the dental enamel – […]

How OptiSmile Can Help You

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Many people are self-conscious about their teeth and smile.   If you are unhappy with your smile and are looking for subtle improvements, wanting to replace outdated or broken dental work, or are having problems with the functionality and aesthetics of your teeth, an OptiSmile smile makeover could be the answer for you!   OptiSmile […]

Are All These X-Rays My Dentist Gives Me Necessary?

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The short answer is no – you do not need a full range of x-rays for every dental issue you encounter.   Often, dentists will order multiple x-rays in order to thoroughly examine the mouth and oral structures. There are times when dentists overdo it though – usually with new patients – and order multiple […]

Making sure your child looks after their teeth

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Good dental habits can be instilled at an early age, leading to healthy teeth for life. Key takeaways: – Encourage a fun, regular oral care routine by letting them choose their own toothbrush and brushing their teeth to a favourite song. – Teach your child about the damaging effects of sugar to help them understand […]

Dental health in a nutshell

Dentist Sea Point gives tips on products Not a day goes by that a patients doesn’t ask me “What kind of toothbrush should I use?” or “Can you recommend a good dental floss?” With millions of products flooding supermarket shelves, it can be difficult to know the difference between a quality product and the latest […]

Are Professional Cleanings Really Necessary?

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Yes. Yes they are. Sure, you could brush your teeth for the recommended 2 minutes a day after each meal, you could floss twice a day and you could abstain from sugar, coffee, wine and smoking. These things will improve the overall health of your smile – but even if you followed every recommendation made […]

Understanding same-day dental implants

Do you have missing teeth? A dental implant is a way of restoring your teeth and smile. However, with today’s hectic lifestyle, the process might seem too long. But is it? Key takeaways: – Same-day dental implants are very possible, as long as your mouth is in good health. – Temporary dental implants are installed […]

Things You Can Learn By Checking Your Teeth

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Problems with your gums, lips, cheek lining, teeth and tongue can indicate more serious issues in your body. Here are signs to look out for. Summary: – While two or more cavities at the same time could be a sign of diabetes. – Worn tooth enamel could mean you have acid reflux. – Bleeding gums […]

What you can do for your child’s teeth

There are several things you can do to help keep your child’s teeth in good health. Key takeaways: – For young infants aged 0-3 use a rice-sized amount of toothpaste to clean their teeth. Older children should use a pea-sized amount. – Fluoride prevents cavities by strengthening tooth enamel. It is advisable to use fluoride […]

Teeth Whitening Cape Town South Africa

  If you are looking for a dentist to professionally whiten your teeth in Cape Town why not give OptiSmile a call to whiten your teeth and smile with confidence Product info NATURAL + Relax while our experienced professionals whiten your teeth in an hour in the dentist’s chair – with guaranteed results OPALESCENCE GO […]

Is Blood Normal When Flossing?

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You might be concerned if you notice a bit of blood when flossing. While this could be completely normal, there can be other instances when blood signals a more serious issue with your teeth or gums. What does the average dentist have to say? – Those who have just begun to floss could initially irritate […]

Caring For Your Dental Bridge

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A dental bridge can last over 10 years if you look after it – here are a few tips to help. Top Tips – Avoid very hard sweets and nutshells as these can damage your bridge. – Clean and floss your teeth and bridge thoroughly. – See your dentist for regular dental check-ups and a […]

What Are The White Patches On Your Gums?

White patches on the gums can be a sign of more serious issues like leukoplakia. If you have white patches, visit the dentist for tests, diagnosis and treatment. Here’s more. Main takeaways: – Canker sores, tobacco leukoplakia, oral lichen autoimmune condition, oral thrush (Candida infection), and oral cancer all appear as white patches. – Accompanying […]

What Can Chip Your Dental Implants?

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Can your dental implants chip or break? Most patients ask the dentist whether their dental implants can last a lifetime. Here’s what can chip or break your implants. Key points: – Teeth grinding, falls and chewing on things like toys, pens and nails can break or crack dental implants. – If your crown is broken, […]

Parental Advice When a Child Damages a Tooth

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Children with adult teeth can often encounter problems if they are accidentally damaged. As a parent, it is your responsibility to know what do to in such an event. We have put together a quick checklist to consult if necessary. – Keep in mind that you have one hour before the nerve within the tooth […]

How to Improve the Appearance of Your Smile

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Your smile is the first thing that people notice about you. While a healthy and white smile increases your self-confidence, discoloured or broken teeth trigger self-esteem issues. So, how can you improve your smile? – Ask your dentist to replace silver fillings with white fillings. – Get dental implants for missing teeth. – Wear braces […]

Asthma Linked to Gum Disease

A recent study has concluded that asthma sufferers were almost 20% more likely to have periodontitis, or gum disease, compared to those who don’t have the illness. Asthma sufferers are advised to take extra care with oral health and to be aware of possible symptoms of gum disease such as: – Dry mouth – Stuffy […]

Your Caffeine Fix and its Effect on Your Smile – These Tips Can Help

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Most people enjoy a freshly brewed, hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The insatiable mixture of a deep, rich flavour and the caffeine fix tends to get you ready for the day – but it does have it’s downfalls too.   Yes, coffee is amazing, but it is acidic and contains tannins […]

Smile Tips Help Achieve Beautiful Looking Teeth

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Having beautiful looking teeth that make you want to smile is easier than you think! Good oral care: Firstly, good oral hygiene is essential. A clean and healthy mouth is always more appealing….not just to you but to those around you. Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and having regular oral hygiene and […]

My parents have awful teeth – will this affect me?

If your parents have crooked or crowded teeth, then there is a strong chance you have inherited these traits (unless you sucked your thumb, as that can also cause crooked teeth). Key takeaways: – If your parents have poor dental health then you may have a higher risk of developing problems in the future. – […]

What Can Cause a Cracked Tooth?

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A cracked tooth can be caused by many things such as grinding, trauma or biting into something that is too hard. Cracks can be vertical, and run down the length of the tooth, splitting the tooth if left untreated. Hairline or craze cracks are tiny cracks in the enamel of teeth that are usually harmless. […]

Invisalign – The Most Convenient Treatment Solution

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It was once believed that braces offered a permanent solution to crooked teeth and that a few months of sacrifice would translate into a perfectly straight smile for life – but years of research and investigation have proven that this is actually not the case. The only way to maintain the results achieved by braces […]

Dry Mouth: More Than Meets the Eye

Not only is dry mouth a bit uncomfortable, but it can irreparably damage our teeth and gums over the years. What causes this condition and why is it always important to seek the advice of a qualified dentist? – Always drink a sufficient amount of water, as dehydration is a primary cause. – Drinking too […]

The Criteria for Implant-Supported Bridge Treatment

If you meet the necessary conditions, your dentist might recommend implant-supported bridge treatment rather than a regular bridge. Where a regular bridge is supported by the surrounding teeth, the dental implants offer extra strength and security. The criteria: – You must have at least one tooth missing – There must be sufficient jawbone to support […]

Spotlight on Dr. Smeyatsky

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  Dr. Harris Smeyatsky began his career at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1986 and served 2 years as a Dental Surgeon in the South African Defense Force before emigrating to the United Kingdom in 1988, where he worked at a private dental facility until he moved to Cape Town and joined the […]

Reasons Why You May Be Getting A Cavity Under A Filling

You may think that fillings keep your teeth protected against cavities, but this is not always the case. Key takeaways: – Cracked fillings make it easy for bacteria to build up. – Using the incorrect technique to place a filling may leave gaps that eventually lead to cavity formation. – Habits like teeth grinding may […]

Dealing with a Bad Taste in the Mouth

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A bad taste in the mouth is often caused by easily treatable problems and can be cured without visiting the dentist. If the problem is due to simple factors such as bad dental hygiene, medications, or diet, then the remedy can be as simple as: – Brushing and flossing teeth properly and regularly – Changing […]

Can My Dentist Help With Sleep Apnea?

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People who suspect they may have sleep apnea can benefit from a visit to their dentist. Key takeaways: – Dentists can easily spot common symptoms of sleep apnea, such as dry mouth or teeth damage. – A dentist can also refer you to a sleep specialist to get the diagnosis confirmed. – Dentists can offer […]

Cosmetic dentistry repairs teeth damaged by acid reflux

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Acid reflux is medically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and can erode your enamel. This often results in chipped and discoloured teeth. You can now repair and restore your damaged smile through cosmetic dentistry. Key takeaways: – Porcelain veneers are thin ceramic shells to cover up cracked, chipped, and discoloured teeth. – Dental bonding is another method […]

What Periodontal Surgery Involves

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Patients with gum disease that has advanced beyond mild gingivitis have periodontal disease. For them, a dentist may recommend periodontal treatment to remove concealed tartar (bacterial deposits), restore the health of the gums, and save the affected teeth. – Periodontists are specialist dentists who treat diseased gums, inflammation and any resulting damage. – Gum disease […]

Dentist Sea Point

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Looking for a Dentist in Sea Point? Tired of hiding your smile from others? Wish you could finally do something about your discolored, cracked, or missing teeth? Or, do you simply want to build upon your natural oral aesthetics? Your search is over! Reputable Dentist in Sea Point, Dr Clifford Yudelman can help you get the […]

Tips For Cleaning Your Teeth When Wearing Braces

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Braces At Optismile we assist patients with straightening teeth and restoring smiles. However, it can be challenging to clean your teeth when in braces. This increases your risk of having gum disease, decay and bad breath. We offer Invisalign Clear Aligners to get results faster than conventional braces. It is perfect for adults and teens that are looking […]

What is a Gum Graft?

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In severe cases of gum disease gums recede and roots of teeth are exposed making them vulnerable and sensitive. Following treatment for gum disease, a gum graft may be required to cover these roots. Main points: – Gum disease is preventable with proper oral hygiene at home and regular dental cleanings. – Receded gums make […]

Milk Teeth Provide Autism Clues

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Detailed examination of infants’ teeth has shed new light on the roots and diagnosis of autism. Key takeaways: – Scientific research has shown that how infants metabolise two mineral nutrients (zinc and copper) might predict autism. – Lower levels of copper and zinc in baby teeth have been linked to autism. – Both autism and […]

What Happens After Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

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Here are a few pointers to keep in mind for anyone undergoing wisdom teeth removal. Key takeaways: – Some swelling, discomfort, and bruising in the area are to be expected. – You can take painkillers to help with the discomfort, or any other medication prescribed by your dental surgeon. – Stitches are removed 1 week […]

Bad breath getting you down?

Bad breath is a real confidence killer. Not only is it embarrassing, but it also negatively affects both your personal and professional relationships, and causes social rifts that can be so easily avoided. The good news is that bad breath can be prevented, but it all comes down to identifying exactly what’s causing it. Usually […]

6 Teeth Whitening Myths Busted!

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Teeth Whitening is a quick, inexpensive and easy way to improve the look of your smile, so it’s a wonder that a lot more people aren’t giving it a try. The reason whitening isn’t as popular as it should be is mainly due to the myths associated with it – so we’re going to break […]

More Than Aesthetics: The Impacts of an Overbite

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Most of us associate overbites with an off-balanced smile and yet, the misalignment of our teeth could potentially lead to other situations which might be a bit more serious. Let’s take a look at why an overbite should always be assessed by your dentist. – If the upper teeth grind against the lower row, valuable […]

Is a Miracle Dental Jab on the Horizon?

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It seems that there may be a means to effectively prevent cavities from forming with a potential vaccine. What does this concoction contain? – One of the main ingredients is a bacteria known as Streptococcus mutans. – This substance is then combined with E. Coli as well as proteins referred to as flagella. – These […]

How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help Your Smile

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Special events and functions usually mean good food, great company and a lot of pictures! With the amount of media sharing networks and websites around, you want to be able to look your best in each one and a bright, beautiful smile is key to achieving this! Thankfully, there are a number of quick cosmetic […]

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

Your 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 […]

Emergency Dentist Cape Town

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Take Better Care Of Your Teeth! Brushing twice a day is not enough anymore when your aim is to keep your teeth in perfect condition. We all want our teeth to last us a lifetime, but the sad truth is that not all of us are committed to strict oral hygiene practices. Emergency dental services […]

What is TMJ and How is it Treated?

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders cause pain when children chew, speak or yawn. The joint connects the lower jaw to the skull and reaches its adult position during the teenage years. Key takeaways: –  A dentist will identify the cause of your child’s TMJ pain before a treatment plan is developed. – Non-invasive treatments such as […]

Oral Hygiene and the Importance of Taking Care of Your Teeth

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Oral hygiene and maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a lot easier than it sounds. With OptiSmile’s expert tips, you’ll never have to worry about bad breath or cavities again. As we’ve said before, dentists are a lot like doctors. If you’ve got something wrong with your mouth, the sooner you see us, the better […]

When Will The Effects Of Dental Anaesthesia Wear Off?

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Here’s what you need to know if you are having a dental procedure that requires anaesthesia. Key takeaways: – If you’ve been given Novocaine, you can expect numbness to last for up to 1 hour. – You may feel the effects for longer than that if you’ve been given other drugs. – Anesthesia takes longer […]

A Filling or Root Canal – Which Do I Need?

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Some cavities only need a basic filling to repair them whereas others require more comprehensive work known as a root canal filling. Key takeaways: – A small cavity that only causes minor sensitivity or pain can usually be fixed with a basic filling. – For larger, painful cavities where the root of the tooth might […]

Flossing Required After Problem Foods

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Certain foods tend to get stuck between the teeth and may require additional flossing. Food debris, left unattended, can lead to a build-up of plaque and, in turn, cause cavities. Many foods that require a lot of chewing can be problematic but special attention should be paid to your teeth after consuming: – Caramel or […]

Why Your Toddler Should Visit The Orthodontist

Parents should take their children to the dentist or orthodontist by their 7th birthday. As baby teeth fall and permanent teeth erupt, its easy for orthodontic issues like bad bites and crowded teeth to develop. Key points: – Orthodontic treatment makes it easier to clean teeth, thus enhancing oral hygiene. – Protect your child’s self-esteem […]

We go where technology takes us

We recognise that it can be difficult deciding on a new dentist for you and your family. Without the advice of a trusted friend who may know the crème de la crème of dentists in Cape Town, you may be faced with having to Google and choosing a name, at random. This is obviously a […]

Could Your Jaw Pain be due to one of These Causes?

Jaw pain can arise from a multitude of sources. It is important to see your dentist to establish the cause, to ensure the most appropriate form of treatment is administered. Key takeaways: – Untreated gum disease, teeth grinding and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can result in jaw pain. – Jaw pain can also result from […]

Why Are Wisdom Teeth So Problematic?

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Many people experience pain when their wisdom teeth come in, but there’s a reason why these molars are problematic. Key takeaways: – Our ancestors needed these “extra” teeth to chew hard roots and tough meats, and their jaws were larger to accommodate the teeth. – Modern diets don’t require big molars, so when these teeth […]

How to Treat Acid Reflux

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Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and can cause serious enamel erosion. This often results in chipped and discoloured teeth, negatively affecting your smile. Cosmetic dentistry has come along way, and smiles can be restored with minimally invasive dental work down under microscope to ensure the least amount of tooth is removed in the […]

Things You Need To Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants have become a popular solution to missing teeth due to their many advantages. Here are three things you need to know about them. Key takeaways: – Implants can be a lifelong investment as long as they are properly cared for. – Getting an implant fitted is a painless procedure done under local anaesthetic. […]

The Undeniable Link Between a Healthy Diet and Oral Hygiene

While a dentist can clean teeth and address any oral issues, patients should also be aware that a healthy mouth revolves around the foods that they consume. What are some of the top recommendations provided by the experts? – Cheese may help to lower the levels of acidity within the mouth; lessening the chances of […]

How to deal with teeth grinding

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Do you grind your teeth when anxious, angry or asleep? This is called bruxism. Unfortunately, teeth grinding can cause many dental complications like enamel erosion, cavities, sensitivity and discolouration. Key points: – Morning headaches, sore jaw and a grinding sound at night are all symptoms. – Teeth grinding will erode the teeth, possibly requiring dental […]

Worried that dental veneers might increase tooth sensitivity?

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Veneers are a great option to cover up minor imperfections in teeth. Dentists usually have to remove the enamel to fit the veneers. This is a highly accepted procedure and should not cause concern. Key takeaways: – Veneers can correct stained teeth, gaps, alignment, and sensitivity. – It is normal to experience some temporary sensitivity […]

How to ease toothache pain before you see the dentist

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Toothaches can keep us wide awake at night. Toothaches are caused by infections, broken fillings, loose teeth or receding gums. It’s important to see your dentist immediately when a tooth starts hurting. In the short-term, you can ease the pain with a few home remedies. Key takeaways: – Numb the pain by taking painkiller like […]