The Word Of Mouth Blog



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30th June 2019 Uncategorised

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 dental check ups all help to ensure a healthy mouth and definitely helps towards achieving a healthier body.

Oral health always comes first, so any cosmetic work should take a back seat until their is no more infection in your mouth, such as decay or inflamed / infected gums.

Brushing your tongue is also something that needs to be done twice a day, and there are great tongue scrapers on the market to help you control the bacteria and debris that can collect and cause bad breath.

Water / Chewing gum:

Drink plenty of water and chew sugar free, preferably xylitol chewing gums especially after meals that are high in acid and natural sugars e.g. coffee, pineapple, lemon, vinegars, fruits. Only chew until the flavour is gone, just enough to stimulate the saliva and neutralize the pH in the mouth.

Never brush immediately after eating or drinking anything with high acid or sugar as it causes chemical erosion on the tooth surface and you can brush away the enamel more easily this way.

Breakfast is the worst time as we often rush and brush and head off to work. Rather brush first, and use a good mouthwash after breakfast and head to work, or wait 30 minutes and then brush.

Teeth Whitening:

When it comes to whitening your teeth, always speak to your dental professional. Whitening products over the counter can be very acidic and abrasive, whereas most professional ones that are used according to your hygienist or dentist’s instructions will not cause damage to the teeth or gums.

Toothpastes and mouthwashes can remove surface stains only but professional whitening, known as bleaching, change the internal colour of the teeth, giving you a beautiful pearly white smile. Each mouth has a different whitening potential and you can’t simply choose the colour you would like your teeth to be.

Your dental clinician should be able to guide you here, but if its glow in the dark, light up pitch black alley type teeth you are looking for, then you can only achieve that with crowns and veneers.

Old fillings:

Replacing old and discoloured fillings is a also easier than you think. Discuss doing this after your whitening so they can match them to your newly brightened smile.

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Invisalign:

Correcting overlapping / crowding teeth also helps improve the way you smile, the way you are able to clean, and of course saves the teeth from unnecessary wear from opposing teeth as a result of an incorrect bite.

This can be done using braces, or an easier method which is even more appealing to every day busy lifestyles, Invisalign. The latter is a series of clear aligners which are like hard clear trays, worn about 20-22 hours a day for 6-12 months to achieve amazing results.

We offer FREE Invisalign consultations with Dr Smeyatsky on Mondays and Wednesdays, so give reception a call on 087 702 6886 and book your free slot to see what he can do for your smile. Read up a little more here: www.optismile.co.za/dental-solutions/invisalign/

Emma King, our Teeth Whitening specialists also offers 20 minute FREE consultations to have a look at your teeth and gums and work out a whitening program to suit you and your teeth.

Implants:

Implants have been a life saver for so many people that have lost teeth for a variety of reasons. In some cases, same day implants are possible, but most require a few appointments and even a little bone work.

We have a great periodontist, Dr Feheem Bhamjee who can help you with individual missing teeth, full mouth implant cases, and more.

No more loose dentures and restricted diets! Being able to chew your food properly is also an essential part of your overall health, so its not always just about the aesthetics. Read more here: www.optismile.co.za/dental-problems/missingteeth/

Lip Balms:

Lip balms help to prevent your lips from cracking and create a beautiful healthy frame around your teeth. I absolutely love the natural ones like Burt Bees, as well as the Aloe and Tea tree ones.

Check out Takelot and Faithful to Nature. Otherwise, Blistex is a must have item in your bag, car or office desk drawer! You can buy Blistex at Clicks.

If you’re thinking of an entire smile makeover then its best to combine your overall treatment with what both your dentist and oral hygienist have to offer. At Optismile we work together as a team, and we always know what the other clinicians are doing as we plan our treatment together.

Oral Hygiene / dental work:

Oral hygiene and whitening is sorted out first and any dental work is always done once the colour has settled, but thorough dental check up with X-rays and photos is required before on embarking on any dental journey. You need to wait atleast 2 weeks between bleaching and the bonding of any new fillings.

Reason to smile:

Making sure you give yourself a reason to want to smile every day is also important. Think of things that make you happy and keep doing them. There’s a definite mental side to this that shouldn’t be ignored or underestimated.

Surround yourself with good friends and loving family and make sure to take off to enjoy the more important things in life. For most people, a smile is the first thing they notice when they meet someone for the first time.

If you want your smile to be your most important feature, give us a call on 087 7026886 and book a consultation today.


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16th August 2018 Uncategorised

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

OptiSmile is a state of the art dental practice based in Cape Town. We are not only dedicated to providing a wide array of quality dental services in the Sea Point area, but we are also committed to helping our patients by giving them the best advice possible.

We focus on providing you with the dental care that you need, rather than leaving you feeling as though you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.

Emergency contact:

Accidents can happen at any time. Give us a call on 087 7026886 or WhatsApp Dr Yudelman directly on 071 3374807

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Back to taking care of your teeth

Your lifetime commitment to healthy teeth begins the moment you read our reasons why you should make your teeth a priority.

Ageing Gums

As you get older, the chances of getting gum disease and other related illnesses like bleeding gums can actually result in bone lose and receding gums. Women are particularly at risk of this happening, when between the ages of 30 and 50. Hormonal fluctuations can make women more susceptible to gum disease, which makes having regular dental appointments very important.

Flossing is a big deal

You’d be surprised by the number of people who don’t floss their teeth. One of the biggest reasons why people don’t floss is because they find it time-consuming and somewhat unnecessary. But the truth is, flossing is well worth the time it takes, even if you should find that it is a bit of a struggle. We recommend the Waterpik for easy flossing and healthier gums!

Don’t skip your dental appointments

Speak to just about anyone and you’ll probably find that most people don’t stick to their bi-yearly dental appointments. Life gets busy, sometimes dentists are a bit pricey, and in general, most people simply don’t think it is that important to stick to those appointments. Right now your teeth might be in a great condition, but in the long run, missing appointments can do more harm than you think.

Mouth bacteria can affect your body

Your overall health can be affected by the bacteria in your mouth, especially unhealthy bacteria. The bacteria that cause gum disease can be found in other parts of the body. Gum disease has also been associated with diabetes and cardiovascular problems. It is good to note that gum disease is not the cause of these health problems.

Make Contact 24 hrs a day

OptiSmile’s dental clinic in Cape Town aims to help you achieve optimal dental health care. Along with having a 24-hour emergency dental service, we can take care of all of your day to day dental requirements. Contact us to book your appointment.


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7th July 2018 Uncategorised

OptiSmile Advanced Dentistry in Sea Point believes in daily brushing and flossing to help remove food particles and bacteria to protect your teeth and gums. Dental Sealants prevents tooth decay and can also stop decay in its earliest stages.

Dental sealants can protect against tooth decay by preventing food particles and bacteria settling on the tooth’s surface. In summary, sealants:

– Are applied quickly and painlessly over teeth by a dentist and should last for several years with no side effects.

– Can be placed over early signs of decay to prevent further damage.

– Should never replace a good oral hygiene routine.

Brushing and flossing daily and seeing your dentist for regular checkups are the best protection against tooth decay.

“Ask your dentist if sealants are a good option for you and your family.”

Read the full story here: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sealants

 


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3rd July 2018 Uncategorised

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 for an alternative, but we offer oral hygiene cleaning for all patients, including those with braces.

Here are some cleaning tips:

Oral Hygienist

Visit the oral hygienist at least every 6 weeks to 3 months depending on how well you are coping with cleaning your braces. Superfloss from Oral B is the best floss to use with braces as it has a hard section on one end used for threading the floss underneath the wire and between the teeth.

Waterpik

We give all our patients with braces, veneers, crowns, implants, bridges, periodontal problems and just generally difficult to reach areas, a Waterpik! Most of our patients are pretty much allergic to flossing so a Waterpik can be invaluable for almost all patients anyway! The ergonomic design of the Waterpik makes it easy to hold and use. Have a look at www.waterpikflosser.co.za for the various models available. The rechargeable device is by far the most popular and we sell them at cost!

Its a great shame to spend all the time and money having braces only to end up with unsightly demineralised areas on the teeth as well as decay and gum disease. Oral health should always come first.

Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes are amazing for carrying around and using at work after lunch or snacks for example. We love the Curaprox interdental brushes. They come in a variety of different sizes and are all easy to hold no matter your age. We always have them in stock!

Mouthwash

A great alcohol free mouthwash is also a complete must! It helps you get to all those hard to reach places without causing dehydration in the mouth due to high alcohol content. We absolutely love the Philips Sonicare Breath Rx mouthwash, as well as the Gum / Butler Original white mouthwash available at Clicks / Dischem. We always have the Breath Rx mouthwash and Toothpaste in stock.

Toothpaste

Use a toothpaste with good antibacterial agents as well as fluoride. There is an increased chance of plaque accumulation during braces, so you need as much help to prevent decay as possible. Again, the Breath Rx is our toothpaste of choice.

Toothbrushes

Brush twice a day with a manual toothbrush. I find the smaller the head the better so you can reach the back areas more easily. The braces already take up quite a large amount of space, limiting it even further. A kiddies toothbrush is perfect. Brush where the gums join the tooth, the angle down towards the brackets at 45 degrees, brush directly onto the brackets at 90 degrees, and lastly up towards (or down depending on which arch) the brackets. So, all in all four brush placements on the outside alone. Don’t forget to brush the biting surfaces and the inside of the teeth next to the tongue! I also find the electric toothbrushes’ heads get messed up very quickly with the braces so manual brushes are just easier!

Orthodontist

Don’t avoid your Orthodontist. See them as prescribed – monthly or 6 weekly or when there is a problem. Always remember to still visit your regular dentist for check ups once a year even during braces. Your oral hygienist may clean and your orthodontist may check on the movement of your teeth but neither are doing a dedicated check up for cavities.

 

 


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30th June 2018 Uncategorised

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 a splint can help reduce stress on the joint and reduce teeth grinding.

– A misaligned bite deemed to be causing the TMJ pain may need to be referred to an orthodontist.

“If your child is grinding their teeth, either a TMJ splint or a mouthguard will be needed to help curb the damage. You can also limit hard foods, use warm or cold packs on the affected area, or employ the help of physical therapy or even massage to help stop your child’s TMJ discomfort.”

Read the full story here

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/tmj-treatment-options-for-children/

 


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26th June 2018 Uncategorised

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 ADHD might in the future be revealed in the “growth rings” in baby teeth.

Researchers also plan to use baby teeth to investigate brain metabolism cycles, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related conditions.

Read more on this story here:https://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-health-information-26/autism-news-51/baby-teeth-give-clues-to-autism-s-origins-detection-734271.html

 


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19th June 2018 Uncategorised

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. A cracked cusp will cause pain or sensitivity to biting and can break if left.

In mild cases the sensitivity from cracks can be treated from rubbing desensitizing toothpastes over the cracks daily, or having your dental clinician apply a varnish layer over the crack to seal it. In more severe cases, fillings, root canals and crowns are necessary. Patients with severe grinding problems will need to fix the teeth then have a bite plate made to protect the bite / teeth at night time when the patient is most prone to grinding and clenching.

Many people don’t even know they have cracked teeth!

 

 


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16th June 2018 Uncategorised

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 to wear off if one or more teeth are infected.

The exact timing and effects vary from person to person, so don’t hesitate to ask your dentist about what you can expect in your specific situation.

Read the full story here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321880.php

 


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8th June 2018 Uncategorised

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 oral sleep appliance treatment, which helps keep the airways open while you sleep.

A final takeaway message: don’t delay making that dental appointment, because your health is at stake.

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-does-a-dentist-diagnose-sleep-apnea/

 


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5th June 2018 Uncategorised

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 begins to die.

– If the tooth was knocked free, clean it thoroughly.

– Reinsert the tooth gently before going to the dentist.

“If your child fractures or chips a tooth, call your dentist instead of the emergency department.”

Click this link for additional advice:

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-to-do-if-your-child-chips-loosens-or-loses-a-tooth/


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