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16th August 2018 Uncategorised

These Secrets Will Encourage You to 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. You should be taking better care of your pearly whites because there is nothing more devastating than losing your teeth when it could have been completely avoidable.

OptiSmile is a dental clinic based in Cape Town. We are dedicated to not only 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. 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, financially. We have also included emergency care in our list of services.

 

When you are hurriedly looking for an emergency dentist in Cape Town, keep us in mind! Accidents can happen at the worst of times, and you can’t always wait, especially when accidents happen over a weekend. Calling on an emergency dentist in the Southern suburbs of Cape Town when you are in dire need of assistance can quickly remedy an unfortunate situation.

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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 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. To make the whole process easier, you can always tie the floss in a loop. This will make it easier to use. Flossing can clean up to 2/3 of the tooth surface and it gets into places your toothbrush can’t reach.

  • 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. The thing is, you could be doing some serious harm by not visiting the dentist. 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, although it is good to note that gum disease is not the cause of these health problems.

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

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 are an excellent way of straightening our teeth and restoring our smiles. However, it can be challenging to clean your teeth when in braces. This increases your risk of gum disease. Here are some cleaning tips.

Main takeaways:

– Must-have cleaning tools include an interdental cleaner, a soft-bristled toothbrush, waxed floss, and a floss threader.

– Rinse your mouth with water before brushing to remove food residue.

– Brush twice daily and floss every day.

Consult your dentist on the best mouthwash to use when wearing braces. Also, book regular checkups.

Read more here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-should-i-brush-my-teeth-when-i-have-braces/


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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 is a common dental problem that can easily be fixed:

– Cracked teeth tend to result from injury, biting food too hard, or teeth grinding.

– Symptoms include pain or sensitivity when eating.

– Most cracked teeth can be restored with plastic resin, fillings, crowns or root canal filling.

– If the crack was caused by teeth grinding a mouth-guard can be provided to prevent future damage.

“A cracked tooth will not necessarily cause any symptoms. People often have cracked teeth without even realising it.”

Read the full story here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322015.php

 


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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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12th June 2018 Uncategorised

Babies’ organs are usually sensitive, including teeth and gums. Studies reveal that its possible for your infant to have gum disease even if they have no teeth yet.

Main points:

– Although health conditions like type Down’s Syndrome and type 1 diabetes trigger gum disease, poor oral hygiene is the most common cause.

– Symptoms are swelling, redness, bleeding and crying during feeding.

– Prevention includes regular cleaning and check-ups at the dentist.

Wipe your baby’s gums with a soft and damp cloth. Once of the first tooth erupts, use a baby toothbrush.

Read more here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/can-infants-suffer-from-gum-disease/

 


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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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