Preventing Dental Problems As You Grow Older

In senior years, our teeth and mouth require extra care to make sure they remain functional and in good health. Key takeaways: Prevent dry mouth and you’ll reduce the chances of developing tooth decay. Do this by limiting your sugar intake and drinking plenty of water. Invest in an electric toothbrush if you have arthritis…

Posted 20/08/2019

Get Your Kids’ Teeth Ready For The New School Year

The back-to-school period is the perfect time to make sure your children’s teeth and mouth are in good shape. Below are some easy-to-follow suggestions: Key takeaways: – Get enough toothbrushes, fluoride paste, and floss to last through the year while you shop for school supplies. – Ask your child’s dentist about mouth guards, especially if…

Posted 14/08/2019

Easy Ways to Keep Teeth and Gums Healthy

Now that oral health has been shown to impact your overall health, it’s even more important to keep your mouth in good condition: – As well as brushing twice daily with soft-bristled toothbrush, floss once a day as well to ensure all trapped food particles are removed. – Antibacterial mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine can reduce plaque…

Posted 08/08/2019

Can a Pacifier Impact My Child’s Oral Health?

Pacifiers used over a long period of time can have a detrimental effect on your child’s oral health. Talk with a child-friendly dentist for advice on how best to use a pacifier. Key takeaways: – Lengthy use of a pacifier can alter the shape of the mouth, in particular the roof of the mouth. –…

Posted 30/07/2019

Why Choose Composite Fillings?

If one of more of your teeth are affected by decay, composite fillings can help restore your smile without being as noticeable as amalgam fillings. Key takeaways: – They are made taking into account the colour of your teeth for a natural-looking result. – They are a treatment option to restore both front and back…

Posted 23/07/2019

Why Snoring Should Not Be Ignored

Snoring can be embarrassing to many and annoying to partners. Yet snoring should not be ignored, especially if you have a feeling of being constantly tired during the day. This could point to a disorder called sleep apnoea, for which loud snoring is the main symptom. Sleep apnoea occurs when the airways become obstructed while…

Posted 17/07/2019

5 Things To Appreciate When Caring for Your Baby’s Teeth

A baby’s teeth need caring for to help the development of their future permanent teeth. Once the first teeth appear around the age of 6 months you should brush them twice a day, using a dot size of baby-friendly toothpaste. Key takeaways: – Even before the first teeth emerge, you can clean the gums using…

Posted 11/07/2019

How Can Cosmetic Dental Treatments Benefit You?

Cosmetic dental procedures are always in demand due to the multiple benefits they offer. Here are some of the most popular treatments and their advantages. Key takeaways: – Dental veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of cracked, chipped, deeply discoloured or uneven teeth. – Braces and aligners can straighten your teeth and are usually inexpensive….

Posted 02/07/2019

The Threat to Overall Health from Dental Emergencies

In a rare occasion, you can experience a dental emergency which requires immediate attention. By not seeking treatment straight away it risks further serious health problems. Key takeaways: – An infection is one of the possible reasons for intense pain in a tooth or in the jaw. – Bleeding which cannot be halted, even after…

Posted 26/06/2019

10 Useful Tips to Prevent Bad Breath

Most people will suffer with bad breath from time to time, but for some it can be a persistent problem. This may be due to an ineffective oral care routine or another health problem such as diabetes. Key takeaways: – Ensure you brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and maintain regular dentist check-ups….

Posted 19/06/2019

The Causes and Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth

Pain is a sign you’ve got a dental problem, possibly a cracked tooth. It’s important to visit your dentist to prevent further complications. Key takeaways: Symptoms of a cracked tooth include pain when chewing, swollen gums, sensitivity and discomfort around the teeth. You can crack a tooth with an impact injury, biting too hard on…

Posted 11/06/2019

Common Dental Problems Among Senior Citizens

A lifetime of chewing and grinding results in wear and tear of the teeth. Treating dental problems early will prevent chronic health issues as a senior. Key takeaways: Gingivitis – Gum disease damages the bone around the teeth. This usually leads to tooth loss. Tooth decay and sensitivity – Older adults also get affected by…

Posted 04/06/2019

Treat New Fillings Gently

Once firmly set, teeth with fillings can be treated the same as your other teeth — but care is needed when fillings are new. The compounds used by the dentist require time to fully harden and this can often take a few weeks to do. Immediately following a filling care should be taken to: Brush…

Posted 28/05/2019

Common Causes Of A Receding Gumline

When gums recede, they pull away from teeth. A receding gumline increases your risk of several oral and dental conditions, including gum disease and tooth loss. Here’s an overview of the most common causes of receding gums. Key takeaways: –  Brushing your teeth and flossing too harshly. –  Teeth grinding can damage both the enamel…

Posted 28/05/2019

How Can You Tell if Acid Reflux Disease is Affecting Your Teeth?

Acid reflux disease can slowly erode the enamel of your teeth and cause serious oral health issues. This occurs when stomach acids are pushed up into the esophagus and even into the mouth. It’s wise to know the associated warning signs. What do you need to look out for in advance so you will know…

Posted 28/05/2019

Oral Bacteria and Cancer Concerns

The presence of certain kinds of oral bacteria can have more serious results than just gum disease. Bacteria are necessary to keep teeth and gums healthy. But too much of the wrong types have been linked to serious medical issues including pancreatic cancer. This is because the oral bacteria can migrate into the body and…

Posted 28/05/2019

Tips to Help Make Flossing a Daily Habit

Making flossing a daily habit is one of the best habits you could have. When you do not floss you miss out on cleaning around 35% of your teeth surfaces, increasing the risk of more time required at the dentist. Key takeaways: Choose a memorable time of the day as a trigger for flossing, such…

Posted 28/05/2019

5 Things to Consider Before Getting Dental Implants

If you have a missing tooth and are considering a dental implant, you should consult with your dentist to see if you are a suitable candidate. The implant is fused in to the jaw and the gums will need to be relatively healthy to proceed. Key takeaways: – A dental implant is an artificial replacement…

Posted 28/05/2019

Taking Care of Mouthguards

Like any protective equipment, mouthguards need to be looked after in order to function properly. When not in use, mouthguards should be kept clean and dry and there are some important maintenance tips that should be followed: – Always rinse after use with toothbrush and toothpaste – Clean regularly with cool or lukewarm soapy water…

Posted 28/05/2019

The Advantages of Early Orthodontics in Children

If your child has dental problems like crowded teeth or protruding front teeth, early orthodontic work may be beneficial: – Orthodontic work in children age 6 or 7 is effective because the jaw is still developing; it can encourage adult teeth to come through in the optimal position. – Early orthodontics could prevent braces in…

Posted 28/05/2019

How are Food, Drink and Tooth Decay Linked?

We love a juicy orange, but did you know citrus fruits can harm your teeth? Also, those who regularly drink soda are more likely to encounter problems with their teeth. While there is no doubt that dissolved sugars play a very important role, what other factors could play a role in tooth decay? Let’s look…

Posted 28/05/2019

Uses of Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays are an important aid in identifying underlying problems with teeth and gums. The low level of radiation generated produces a picture of the inside of teeth, gums, and bone which can be interpreted by the dentist. Most commonly, X-rays are used when certain dental conditions are suspected but need confirmation. The most common…

Posted 28/05/2019

Could Oral Inflammation Impact Long-Term Cognition?

It now seems that the health of our teeth and gums can have an impact upon our long-term cognitive abilities. This is because mouth bacteria can travel in the bloodstream. What has research found and why should you be sure to regularly visit your dentist? –  Oral bacteria seems to bypass the blood-brain barrier. – …

Posted 28/05/2019