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Brushing but Still Getting a Toothache? Watch Out for These Common Dental Hygiene Errors

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There’s no way that you can go wrong with dental hygiene, right? All you need to do is brush and floss. Unfortunately, those two steps aren’t enough. If you’re brushing but still suffering from toothache and other dental problems, you may be making some common mistakes. Here are the dental hygiene errors to stop making. Brushing Too Hard The blood from your mouth may not just be due to gum disease. You may be doing some damage to your gums because of your brushing. Brushing hard doesn’t help get the plaque off your teeth. It cuts the gums and can lead to them receding. This exposes your teeth roots, causing tooth decay and other issues in the future. The same can happen if you brush for too long or too often throughout the day. Not Brushing Long Enough Showing your teeth the toothbrush isn’t going to do anything to fight off tooth decay. Most dentists agree that you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes, according to Colgate. Longer than this could cause some damage to your gums, as already covered. If you have children, help them brush their teeth and encourage them to brush for the full two minutes. You can use a timer in the bathroom. Some electronic toothbrushes are now timed to vibrate every 30 seconds to help make sure you brush for a long enough period. Brushing as Soon as You Eat You’ve had something acidic or sweet. You may think that now is the perfect time to brush, but this isn’t actually the case. Give your mouth enough time to produce the saliva needed to remove the bacteria and acid from the teeth. Brushing right away will just spread the sugar and acid around your mouth, doing more damage to your teeth. You can even brush the sugar into the gaps of the teeth, damaging the enamel further. Getting the Wrong Toothbrush Toothbrushes come with different sized heads and length of bristles. Getting the right one for your mouth is important. If you have to open your mouth wide to make the toothbrush fit, you’re not going to clean your teeth effectively. It should be comfortable and easy to hold. Likewise, avoid bristles that are too hard for the gums. This will do the same damage as brushing too hard. Simply brushing and flossing your teeth isn’t good enough. You may still end up with toothache and dental problems, because you’ve made the mistakes mentioned above. Visit your dentist regularly and find out the steps you need to take to look after your...

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Should You Be Thinking about Replacing Your Crowns?

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It seems that nothing lasts forever, and with the passage of time you often start to think about those dental crowns that you had fitted all those years ago. Maybe it’s time to replace? What situations could lead to a need to replace your crown? How Long Should they Last? It’s important to realise that (for crowns that were fitted some time ago) the average life expectancy should be between five and 15 years. However, this will depend a lot on your “bite” and how those teeth come together, as well as your oral hygiene practices. Beware of Fractures When you bite, you exert a tremendous amount of pressure and over time this can cause damage to the porcelain part of the crown. Any damage can cause a tiny fracture all the way through. If this situation has arisen, it’s not possible to repair that crown and it has to be replaced instead. Most often, dentists will fit a different type of crown called “fused to metal” these days, especially for back teeth where the pressure is even greater. Root Canal Complications If at any time you should need a root canal in the area where you have had a crown fitted, then your dentist has two options. Firstly, today’s technology allows them to create a perforation in the crown in order to access the area for treatment. Sometimes, this can cause the actual structure of the crown to be affected and this may not allow a filling to be placed following the root canal work. In this second case, the crown may have to be removed before treatment, but it can be replaced afterwards. Wear and Tear Could Signal Crown Replacement You may have noticed that the teeth opposite the crown are exhibiting more wear and tear than is normal. This could be because they are coming into contact with a crown made of more abrasive and harder material. In this case, ask the cosmetic dentist whether you can replace the crown with materials that are less likely to cause this damage over time. Outer Damage May Be Repairable Fused to metal crowns are made from porcelain, with a metal “jacket” designed to actually cover the tooth. The porcelain element is the outer layer, which is fused to that jacket and gives it the proper appearance. Usually, damage will occur to the outer porcelain and not the inner metal jacket. If your dentist notices only damage to the porcelain, then that can be repaired, but if there should be any issue with the metal jacket beneath, then that calls for a full crown replacement. Stop Clenching for Longer Life If you have a habit of clenching your teeth at night, then you should ask the dentist to help you stop this behaviour. Otherwise, over time the crown can be perforated, which will allow dental plaque to penetrate and potentially form a...

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Dental Implant Surgury: What You Need to Know

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Tooth loss doesn’t have to mean that your days of smiling are over. If you have lost or are missing teeth, your dentist might be able to offer dental implant surgery. Below is a brief guide as to what you should expect if you choose to have dental implants, the surgical procedure and the different types of implant available.  Dental Implants Dental implants involve inserting an artificial tooth in place of a lost or missing tooth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are surgically attached to the jaw. This will help to stimulate the jaw bone, helping to prevent it from deteriorating. If your jaw bone deteriorates, it can cause your face to look caved-in and prematurely ages you. Dental implants restore your smile and are longer lasting when compared to other tooth replacement options such as dentures.   Pre-Surgery Assessment Dental implants are held in place by titanium posts which perform the same job as the root in a natural tooth, holding the artificial tooth in place. Before performing dental implant surgery, your dentist will perform an examination to determine if there is enough jaw bone to install the titanium post. If there is not enough jaw bone, your dentist may recommend a procedure which takes bone from another part of the jaw and grafts it on to the area that needs it. Treatment Once your dentist is happy with the jaw bone, he will perform the first part of the surgery. This involves the insertion and attachment of the titanium post into the jaw. It is likely you will have to wait between 2 and 6 months for the titanium post to fuse with the jaw. Once this has happened, your dentist will attach the artificial tooth to the post and the treatment will be complete. Types of Implant Endosseous Implants: These implants are screwed into the bone. These are the most commonly used implants, provided your jaw is the correct depth and width to accommodate them.  Subperiosteal Implants: These implants use a metal frame work which sits on top of the jaw but underneath the gum tissue. They are often used as an alternative when endosseous implants will not fit the patients jaw. Transosteal Implants: These implants are normally used when the patient has very limited jaw bone material. The main disadvantage is that it can only be used on the lower jaw and require extensive surgery which requires hospitalisation. If you are considering dental implants, contact your dentist today for more information and to book a consultation...

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Four non-surgical ways to correct bad bites in kids

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A bad bite is a condition where the upper and lower jaws severely misalign when the jaws are closed. This condition is also known as malocclusion.  Bad bites can either be underbites, where the lower jaw protrudes over the upper one, or overbites, where the upper one significantly protrudes over the lower one. Other types are openbites or overbites. These conditions not only interfere with one’s appearance but also lead to improper chemistry between your teeth and jaws, thereby hastening tooth wear. However, these conditions are treatable. If you’ve discovered such conditions in your kids, then here are some of the best treatment options you can use without taking your child to surgery. Braces Braces have proven their effectiveness in getting these bad bites under control. An anchor at the back teeth is connected to the brackets at the front teeth by a metal wire. The wire exerts tension over the teeth and gradually gets them back to their proper position. The tension is steadily increased untill the teeth retain their shape. Braces can treat all kinds of bad bites. If your child doesn’t like the look of braces, you could go for clear braces that are made from polymer. You could also get your child lingual braces that fit at the back of the teeth, making them practically invisible. Palatal expanders Expanders are another option when treating bad bites. This is a wire-frame device fitted on the teeth to assist in widening the jaws. Unlike braces that only move the teeth, palatal expanders move the right and left parts of a jaw. This technique works best in children because their jaws are in constant growth. The expanders are normally adjusted every night to expand the jaws. They can also be used to shorten the time your child will wear braces. When dealing with an underbite, for instance, an upper jaw expander can be used to widen the upper jaw till the teeth stop closing inside the lower jaw. Tooth reshaping Another option is to go for a tooth reshaping treatment. This is a good option when the bad bite is not as pronounced, and the teeth are fairly aligned. It works by evenly shaping out the teeth in a way that exerts minimal pressure across your gums. Reverse-pull face mask Chin cups or reverse-pull masks are also an option in treating bad bites. A chin cup is a device that looks like a headgear. It has got elastic bands placed around your child’s head that connect to metal bands in the jaws. It works by limiting the growth of the lower jaw in relation to the upper one, thereby getting the teeth back into proper position. Chin cups can treat moderate to excessive bad...

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Child Oral Surgery 101: 2FAQs

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A large number of young patients dread visiting their family dentist for simple dental procedures. For such patients, the thought of going through an oral surgery is more than frightening. A parent is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that they make the thought of oral surgery less-frightening for their child(ren). Discussed in this article are answers to two questions that concerned parents often have in relation to pediatric oral surgery. Why Must One Pay For A Medical Evaluation And A Dental Evaluation Before Surgery? Before an appointment is made with an oral surgeon, a parent will have to take his or her children for a full medical evaluation at the doctor’s office and a full dental evaluation at the family dentist’s office. A full medical evaluation is required to determine whether a potential candidate for pediatric oral surgery has pre-existing medical conditions that may cause complications during surgery, or conditions that may compromise the effectiveness of surgery as an intervention for a child’s problem. On the other hand, a dental evaluation is needed to establish the status of the child’s dentition. Through the dental evaluation, a family dentist will establish whether potential candidates for pediatric oral surgery have developing tooth follicles in their oral cavity. The presence of these follicles increases the risk of traumatic injuries on a child during surgery. Such injuries can have long-term negative effects on a child’s future growth and development. How Do Oral Surgeons Deal With Child Anxiety? A child is bound to have various unvoiced fears about going for an oral surgery, and dental health practitioners understand this all too well. During the actual procedure, sedatives are administered to the young patients so that they’re able to sleep through the procedure. This is commonly done through the administration of local anesthetics and/or nitrous oxide gas. Before it gets to this point however, the young patient is taken through a session of behavioral guidance in a bid to bring down his or her levels of anxiety. Behavioral guidance allows a dental health practitioner to assess the social, psychological and emotional status of a patient before the actual surgery. During this assessment, the child gets an opportunity to have their questions about the procedure answered by the practitioner and their fears addressed. As a responsible parent, it is important to share relevant and factual information with potential candidates of pediatric oral surgery as this might boost their confidence levels with regards to the procedure at...

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Can Chewing Gum Get Rid of Bad Breath?

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If you’ve eaten something particularly stinky or are having a bad-breath day after last night’s curry, you may already chew gum to try to sweeten your breath. While you may think that it’s simply the flavour of the gum that masks the smell of your mouth temporarily, chewing gum may have positive longer-term effects on how your breath smells. How can chewing gum help cure bad breath? Chewing Gum Gives Your Teeth an Informal Clean Chewing gum’s stickiness can be a useful way of cleaning out food particles that get stuck between your teeth. These particles may be part of the problem that causes bad breath. Your oral bacteria break these particles down when they get stuck in your mouth and, during this process, the bacteria may release smelly compounds that make your mouth smell less than fresh. Chewing gum, especially after eating, can help make keep your teeth food-particle free until your next brushing and flossing session. Chewing Gum Creates More Saliva You may not pay much attention to the saliva in your mouth; however, this fluid plays an important role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. When saliva washes around your mouth, it can pick up bacteria from your teeth, gums and soft tissues and remove it. This may also remove some of the bacteria that is giving you bad breath. Chewing gum can also encourage better saliva production generally. If you chew gum regularly, your saliva glands grow and work more effectively. If your mouth is dry, you may notice that it smells worse; getting more saliva into your mouth may help shift some bad breath smells on an ongoing basis. Some Gum Flavours Kill Bad Breath Bacteria While any flavour of gum can help you deal with stuck food particles and can increase your saliva flow, some flavours may have a more active effect on the bacteria that causes your bad breath in the first place. For example, chewing gums that contain plant oils such as cinnamon may contain compounds that remove the bacteria that create bad breath smells by 50%. Chewing Gum Tips Always make sure to chew sugar-free gum. Regular gum that contains sugar may help fix your bad breath; however, the gum’s sugar content may also increase dental problems such as tooth decay. If you suffer from bad breath all the time and can’t work out why, talk to your dentist. Bad breath is often caused by food, drink and habits like smoking; however, it can also be a sign of an underlying dental problem such as decay or gum disease. Chewing gum is a useful dental tool; however, you should not use it as a replacement for brushing and...

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Reasons Why Kids and Adults Have Different Orthodontic Needs

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As orthodontic treatments have become increasingly advanced over the years, more adults are seeking this treatment to remedy oral defects that they have had to endure since childhood. However, it should be noted that orthodontics designed for children and teenagers are not the same as those designed for fully-grown adults. As such, you cannot simply walk into an orthodontist’s office and demand a specific type of dental treatment without them establishing whether you qualify for it or not. If you are seeking orthodontic treatment, here are some of the things you need to know as to why kids and adults will have different needs. The age difference is a factor for orthodontic treatment As you age, you develop other health related issues that children will not have. For instance, adult patients that are seeking orthodontic treatment will have significantly less bone in the roots of their teeth than younger patients. The reduced bone mass affects the supply of blood in your mouth and puts you at risk of developing other conditions that kids may not be susceptible to, such as developing gingivitis. Additionally, adult bones are not growing anymore and tend to be harder and more brittle when compared to younger bones. As such, adults tend to need a longer period of time to adjust to their orthodontic treatment, as your teeth will not move into place as easily as those of younger patients. These biomechanical limitations that adults are prone to make orthodontic tooth realignment a more complex process when compared to children. The bite correction is different A common reason why both children and adults would require orthodontic treatment is to remedy an improper bite or a malocclusion. With adults, suffering from a deep overbite would require the orthodontist to create additional space in your mouth for your teeth to move into place. This will typically involve the extraction of multiple teeth. Additionally, suffering from bite problems from childhood can cause it to be severely worse as you get older due to the gradual wearing down of your teeth. Thus, you will find some adults requiring perio-restorative solutions as part of their orthodontic treatment. All these are concerns that children will not have, as their dental formula is still forming as they grow. Problems stemming for previous tooth extractions Another consideration that makes orthodontic treatment differ in children and adults is prior tooth extraction. Some adults will require tooth extraction or various reasons such as broken teeth, oral infections and more. If these prior extractions sites are not conducive for the movement of teeth into their place, the orthodontist will have to seek other methods to facilitate the treatment such as incorporating prosthetic bone into the affected area. This is not a common concern in children, as they are mainly dealing with gaps from baby teeth rather than permanent teeth.  If you’re interested in getting orthodontic treatment as an adult, it’s best to consult with an experienced dentist who specializes in orthodontics about whether or not usual orthodontic methods will work for...

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What is laser gum therapy?

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If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you might need laser gum therapy. This is a type of treatment that is done to gums suffering from advanced gum disease. Here are some things to know about laser gum therapy. Gum Therapy is Done Before Scaling and Root Planing One thing you should know about laser gum therapy, is that with severe periodontal disease, it is going to be one of the first treatments you get. It is often done before getting scaling and root planning done. This is the procedure of removing plaque and tartar from the teeth, below the gumline, and the roots of the teeth. Before this can be done, laser gum therapy helps to remove the inflamed and infected gum tissue. This is removed from the root of the tooth in order to make room for removing all of the plaque that has built up there. After this has been accomplished, the roots and gums will then regenerate. It is Necessary for Advanced Gum Disease Laser gum therapy is not often something that everyone needs to have performed, but is for people with advanced gum disease. Periodontitis affects the health of the gums and teeth, often causing deterioration of the tooth bone and loss of teeth. To prevent this from happening, the dentist tries to remove the excess plaque as much as possible. You know you have advanced gum disease when your gums bleed easily and often, you are starting to have gums that pull away from the teeth, your teeth seem longer or loose, and you have bad breath that doesn’t go away with brushing, mouthwash, or mints. Your dentist can also perform X-rays to look for signs of advanced periodontal disease. There Are Minimal Risks It is also important to know that this is a safe, routine procedure for the dentist to perform. In fact, it is often safer than using other methods to get rid of that gum tissue. Lasers help the periodontist quickly and easily get rid of infected tissue so that you can start healing your gums. With the laser, you only need a local anesthetic. The lasers will target the area of gums that need to be removed. It also has limited risks of blood clotting since there is less bleeding overall with this type of procedure. You may also notice that the recovery time is easier than with other dental procedures. For more information, talk to a company like The Happy Tooth Kurri...

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4 Treatments for Periodontal Disease

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Periodontal disease is gum disease that ranges from gingivitis to periodontitis. It is important that you see your dentist and get treatment as soon as possible, or it can worsen and cause many issues with your gums and teeth. Here are some different treatments that are available.  Scaling and Root Planing This is often the first treatment done if you are found to have any stage of periodontal disease. It allows the dentist to remove all tartar and plaque from the tooth surfaces, both above and below the gumline. Different tools are using for this treatment, including a basic metal scraping tool for the surface of the tooth and beneath the gumline, along with new ultrasonic devices. These devices are great for removing large chunks of tartar, which is common for people with a severe form of periodontal disease. It removes it quickly and easily, and with less discomfort to you. Tray Delivery System Your dentist may also recommend tray delivery system treatment. This is done when you need additional medications to help treat your periodontal disease. It is more commonly done with severe periodontitis as opposed to gingivitis. A custom tray is first made that fits over your teeth, similar to a mouth guard. This tray is filled with medication, which is delivered to your teeth and gums when you wear the trays. Bite Therapy If your teeth have moved and it is affecting your bite, the dentist might also use occlusal bite therapy. This is recommended when the bite has changed dramatically and is causing issues like grinding or clenching your bite. It can also help with teeth that are still loose in your mouth. There are many different treatments involved in bite therapy, including adjusting your bite with orthodontic treatment, cold laser therapy, replacing tooth restorations, and replacing some of your damaged teeth. Surgical Treatments Your dentist or periodontist will recommend non-surgical treatments first, though depending on the severity, you might also need some surgical treatments. For example, if you need to have some of your teeth extracted due to being loose or severe decayed from the disease, you will need to get dental implants or other tooth replacement options. Gum tissue regeneration procedures may be needed to encourage more growth of gum tissue that has deteriorated from severe periodontal disease. Speak to a dentist if you think you might have gum disease and want to discuss the different...

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3 Things to Know About Periodontal Disease

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If you have red, swollen gums, or bleeding gums, you might have periodontal disease. This is a type of gum disease that affects your gums, teeth, and the deep tissues of your teeth. Here are some things to know about periodontal disease, including what treatment options are available.  There Are Different Types of Periodontal Disease The first thing you should know about periodontal disease is that there are actually two different types. The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, which is what many people are talking about when they mention gum disease. This is the less serious form of gum disease, often resulting in swollen and red gums, often with bleeding gums, but not many other symptoms. When it isn’t treated properly, it can lead to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease. This often includes a variety of other symptoms, such as gums separating from teeth, gum infection, and issues with spacing between the teeth and loose teeth. You May Have a Variety of Signs and Symptoms The sooner you get treatment for gum disease, the more successful it will be. If you can get to the dentist before it turns into severe periodontitis, you can save your teeth and reduce the type of gum infection you get. It is important that you pay close attention to the many signs and symptoms of gum disease. It often starts with the red, swollen gums, as well as gums that bleed easily. It may then advance to other symptoms, such as a bad taste in your mouth, bad breath that doesn’t go away with mints or brushing your teeth, or teeth that feel loose. You may also have a different bite than you used to have, which is a sign of your teeth shifting because they are loosening from the gum disease. Some People Have a Higher Risk You may also not realize that some people have a higher risk of getting periodontal disease, even if you have excellent oral hygiene. For example, if you smoke cigarettes or chew tobacco, you may have a higher risk of getting gum disease. Your genetics may place a role, along with having teeth that are difficult to clean because of being severely misaligned. Pregnancy, diabetes, and taking certain medications can increase your risk of getting periodontal disease. This includes calcium channel blockers, cancer therapy drugs, and steroids. If you have signs of periodontal disease or you are at a higher risk for developing it, it is important that you schedule routine visits with your dentist. They will inform you of proper treatments to put a stop to the gum...

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