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How Dental Sealants Can Prevent Tooth Decay

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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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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. 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!

 

 

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more