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Things You Can Learn By Checking Your Teeth

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 is a sign of acute gum disease, which can result in kidney and heart disease and stroke.

– White patches are a warning sign for oral candidiasis, dry mouth and oral cancer.

See your dentist immediately for treatment.

Read more here:

http://www.health.com/oral-health/oral-symptoms#91e274f6-0309-4f45-89fc-0efbd737ab40%22.

 

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Is Blood Normal When Flossing?

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 their gums.

– Flossing incorrectly could cause your gums to bleed.

– It is best to floss vertically (up and down) as opposed to side-to-side.

“You shouldn’t bleed when you floss unless it’s your first time flossing in a long time. ”

Learn more here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-can-i-know-if-im-flossing-correctly/

 

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Caring For Your Dental Bridge

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 professional clean.

Looking after your bridge and the surrounding teeth will help to keep the bridge healthy and prevent gum disease.

“Tooth decay underneath the crowns that hold up the dental bridge is one of the most common problems associated with dental bridges.”

Article:

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

 

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What Are The White Patches On Your Gums?

Teeth, Health,Smile, Dentist, Oralhealth, DentalhealthWhite 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 symptoms include bleeding, sensitivity, open sores, swelling, cotton-like sensation, cracking, redness and metallic tastes.

– A blood test, biopsy and study of medical history will help in diagnosis.

Please clean your teeth twice daily and visit the dentist for check-up.

Read more here:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321454.php

 

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What Can Chip Your Dental Implants?

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, rush to the dentist to have it repaired or replaced with a new one.

– Guard your teeth and dental implants by wearing a mouth guard to sleep and sporting activities.

See your dentist regularly for follow-ups.

Read more here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/can-dental-implants-chip-or-break/

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Parental Advice When a Child Damages a Tooth

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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What Can Cause a Cracked Tooth?

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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The Criteria for Implant-Supported Bridge Treatment

Teeth, Health,Smile, Dentist, Oralhealth, DentalhealthIf 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 an implant

– You must have good oral health.

If you have gum disease or another type of oral health condition, it’ll need to be fully treated before you can be considered for this procedure.”

Read more about candidature for implant supported bridge treatment here https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/who-is-a-candidate-for-an-implant-supported-bridge/

 

 

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Dealing with a Bad Taste in the Mouth

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 the medication but only under doctor’s orders

– Eating healthily while avoiding problem foodstuffs and drinks

Sometimes a persistent bad or strange taste in the mouth can be an early indication of more serious “health issues and medical conditions” and should be discussed with the dentist who will assess the problem.

Book an appointment with our periodontist

You can find out more at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321438.php.

 

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Can My Dentist Help With Sleep Apnea?

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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What Periodontal Surgery Involves

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 and bacterial buildup are significant causes of tooth loss.

– Having regular dental checkups helps to minimise the risk of periodontal problems.

Left untreated, periodontitis and the body’s natural inflammatory response will, unfortunately, destroy soft tissue and jaw bone.

Click here for more detail. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321168.php

 

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Tips For Cleaning Your Teeth When Wearing Braces

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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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What is a Gum Graft?

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 teeth look longer and the gum line uneven.

– Exposed roots are often extremely painful and sensitive.

To avoid gum disease, maintain good oral habits, eat a healthy diet, and see a dentist regularly.

“Before getting a gum graft, your dentist will evaluate your smile and attempt to treat your gum disease without surgery.”

Article:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-is-a-gingival-graft/

 

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Milk Teeth Provide Autism Clues

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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What Happens After Wisdom Tooth Surgery?

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 after surgery, and healing should be complete after 2 weeks.

Your dentist will let you know about the best ways of speeding up the recovery process while at home.

Read the full story here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321657.php

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Is a Miracle Dental Jab on the Horizon?

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 proteins are then used to physically “clean” the teeth as well as to help prevent cavities.

“You will still have to brush their teeth twice a day to avoid a trip to the dentist.”

Read here for more details:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4906656/Don-t-like-seeing-dentist-Try-tooth-decay-vaccine.html

 

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What is TMJ and How is it Treated?

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.”

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

 

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When Will The Effects Of Dental Anaesthesia Wear Off?

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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Why Your Toddler Should Visit The Orthodontist

Teeth, Health, Smile, Dentist,Dentalhealth, OralhealthParents 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 by treating their underbite, crossbite or overbite.

– Early orthodontic treatment will ensure perfect oral health for your child, thus saving you time and money.

Visiting the dentist is also good for preventing cavities and gum disease.

Learn more here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-are-the-benefits-of-early-orthodontic-treatment/

 

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Why Are Wisdom Teeth So Problematic?

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 come in they often do it at an awkward angle.

– The human jaw has evolved and become smaller, so wisdom teeth don’t have room to come in and push other teeth out of place.

– These teeth can easily cause infection along the gumline.

Prevention is key, so get your wisdom teeth checked by your dentist if you notice any discomfort as they come in.

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/do-we-need-our-wisdom-teeth/