The Word Of Mouth Blog



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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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30th May 2018 Uncategorised

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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25th May 2018 Uncategorised

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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