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How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

It is normal to feel apprehensive about going to the dentist office but if you find yourself only going to the dentist when absolutely necessary due to this apprehension; you may be suffering from dental anxiety. This is a condition that you can manage but it might be worth tracing the possible root of the problem in the first place.

What Causes Dental Anxiety?

There are multiple causes for dental anxiety including;

Pain: people have varying thresholds for pain and what may feel like discomfort for one person may be unbearable for another. Most people fear going to the dentist because of possible pain.

Loss of Control: other times, it may be the sense of relinquishing control when you are lying on the dental chair. Having a dentist and assistant hovering over your open mouth may trigger feelings of claustrophobia or helplessness.

Past Negative Experiences: one bad dental treatment can change the way you interact with dentists. It might be a botched procedure or a particularly painful treatment. Whatever the case, a negative bad experience can cause a patient to fear going to the dentist especially if it happened as a child.

Embarrassment: some people may be embarrassed about the dentist looking into their mouth especially if they haven’t been taking good care of their oral hygiene. Others still are big about personal space and may feel embarrassed about being in close proximity with the dentist especially of the opposite gender.

Dealing with Dental Anxiety

Fortunately, you can overcome your anxiety of going to the dentist. It may take some time but a few of tips should help you along the process. Remember to be patient with yourself.

Understand Your Fear

As earlier pointed out, there are multiple possible causes of dental anxiety. It may help if you can identify the exact reason why you are apprehensive about going to the dentist. Bringing your fear to light brings you one step closer to conquering it.

Get a Good Dentist

The right dentist can make you feel at ease with the dental procedure especially if he has experience dealing with patients suffering from dental anxiety. It also helps if you get along with your dentist. Choose a dentist who is personable, friendly, welcoming and patient with you.

Bring a Companion

It may help brining a family member or friend to your appointment for moral support. It is easy to get lost in your thoughts and fears if you are among strangers. Choose someone who isn’t anxious about going to the dentist. It’s a big plus if the person can accompany you into the treatment room as well.

If you are suffering from dental anxiety, you may be relieved to find that you are not the only one. This is a fairly common condition and can be overcome. Remember that your oral heath is a priority so use these tips to overcome your fear and visit the dentist even for a checkup. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 12/2/2017
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What is a Cavity? What it is, how it Forms and Treatment

Cavity is a word that is often thrown around but few people actually know what exactly a cavity is. Everyone can however agree that it is painful and treatment isn’t exactly the most pleasant process. You might be wondering what exactly a cavity is, how it forms and how it is treated.

What exactly is A Cavity?

A dental cavity is actually considered a disease. It is the most common chronic disease in adolescents and children. Nearly 90-percent of adults aged 20 and over have had at least one cavity in their lifetime.

The simplest and most accurate description of a cavity is a hole in the tooth. You have bacteria in the mouth which you use to break down food. This process produces an acid which unfortunately erodes enamel which is the protective layer of your teeth.

The hole in the tooth then exposes the nerves inside the tooth which is why you feel pain when you have a cavity.

How Cavities Form

There are several events or factors that play together to form a cavity. The process isn’t intimately understood even by dentists but on face value, here is what you need for a cavity to occur;

  • Saliva and teeth
  • Bacteria
  • Food
  • How many times these three come together

Generally speaking the bacteria that you use to break down food mixes with proteins naturally found in food and your saliva. This mixture adheres the tooth as a layer known as plaque.

The bacteria in the plaque 'eats' food just as you do. Anything that goes into your mouth is eaten and digested by the bacteria snugly settled in your teeth. The bacteria prefer foods that digest quickly such as processed foods and sugar.

Just as humans do after eating, the bacteria must excrete. The result here is acid which if concentrated on one area erodes tooth calcium over time.  

This process isn’t a problem if the plaque doesn’t stay in place for too long. The tooth has a natural ability to regenerate the lost calcium if given the time to do so. Cavities come about when the plaque stays in place for too long, continues to secrete acid which in turn erodes calcium or more practically drills a hole in your tooth.

Cavity Treatment

Fortunately, cavities are relatively simple and straightforward to treat. This process is commonly referred to as a tooth filling. The dentist drills into the tooth to remove all the decayed and damaged part and fills the hole with silver, amalgam, gold or porcelain.

If the cavity is extensive, you may require a root canal or dental crown.

The best way to protect against cavities is to stay away from sugar and processed foods as much as possible. Also brush at least twice a day especially after meals and before bed. Visit the dentist regularly so any issues can be spotted before they become serious. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/29/2017
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What is Tooth Enamel?

When you think about a tooth or what you see when you smile, that's enamel. Tooth enamel is the outer most layer of a tooth and its purpose is to protect the contents including dentin and tooth pulp. This layer is hard, even harder than bone.

Tooth enamel is an oxymoron of sorts because although it's a hard substance, it too is susceptible to corrosion and damage mainly from bacteria and acid.

What Tooth Enamel Does

The internal structures that make up your teeth are too soft to withstand the pressure of constant grinding and chewing. Just behind the enamel is dentin which gives your teeth their structure. The dentin could not withstand temperature sensitivity from hot or cold drinks or grinding food. The enamel therefore protects these internal structures just as a medieval soldier wears armor to protect his body and organs.

Unlike other body organs that re-grow or repair such as scar tissue, enamel does not naturally replenish itself. Remember that this is not a living organ and once it begins to erode or wear down only a dentist can restore your teeth.

What Causes Enamel Erosion

Although enamel is a hard substance, it is very vulnerable to bacteria and acid. Some of the worst culprits in this case include; sugar and acids found in drinks and food, dry mouth, certain medication, hereditary flaws and acid reflux.

Signs Enamel is Eroding

Most signs of enamel erosion are subtle and easy to ignore. The first and most common sign is tooth sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and drinks. Discoloration or yellow teeth are also a common sign of enamel erosion. Other signs include;

  • Chipped or rough teeth (especially around the edges)
  • Unusually shiny teeth

Protecting Against Enamel Erosion

Fortunately, there are a few simple pre-emptive measures that you can take to preserve your enamel. The most effective preventive measure is to watch what you eat and drink. Limit or eliminate from your diet;

  • Sports drinks
  • Soft drinks
  • Sour candy
  • Vinegar

Brush your teeth at least twice a day or after eating or drinking and use fluoride toothpaste. Note that most of the water you drink already contains fluoride so be careful about overusing fluoride products. Too much of a good thing is bad and this includes fluoride. Chees and milk help to neutralize acids found in the mouth which may compromise your enamel.

Lastly, visit a dentist at least twice every year for a dental checkup. Your enamel issues can be resolved easily and quickly if detected early. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/21/2017
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How to Create a Desirable Dental Office Ambiance

There are many words that you can use to describe a dental office but 'ambiance' is hardly one of them. Dentistry is competitive and having great experience and exceptional skills may not be enough to guarantee a success or longevity. Great ambiance may be what makes your practice stand out from dozens of other dental offices across the city. Consider implementing a few or these ideas to create a dental office that people actually want to come to.

You Don’t Have To Look Like a Dental Office

If you have been to one dentist office, you have been to all of them. At least that's what most patients think. Dental offices tend to look, smell and 'feel' the same. Smell is a particularly strong sense and has a way of invoking good or bad memories. Few people have rosy childhood memories of visiting the dentist so if your office smells like every other dental office, it is no wonder your patients look anxious and uncomfortable. Something as simple as aromatherapy diffusers with scented essential oils can make all the difference. A dental office that smells like chamomile or lavender will definitely give your patients something to remember and talk about.

Watch Your Colors

Just like smells, colors also evoke feelings in people. Waiting for a root canal procedure is grim enough so your walls don’t have to add to the patient's sense of misery. Choose light colors and shades such as light blue, beige or sage green. Simply repainting your wall can make a huge difference and you may not even need to invest in anything else save maybe for an inexpensive diffuser.

Focus on Lighting

If you can manage, natural light is the best accessory you can have in your dental office. Your office immediately stops feeling claustrophobic and dull and gives the patient the feeling of being outside. If you can't have natural light, consider soft lighting that doesn’t point directly to the patient's eyes.

Borrow From Spa Treatments

Visits to the dentist office are often tense and anxious but this doesn’t have to be the case. A few spa-like touches can help the patients to relax while they wait their turn. Consider small additions such as hot tea (preferably flavored), scented or heated towels and eye masks. This definitely doesn’t sound like a dental office but there is no rule that says your patients can't get a spa treatment to go with the new filling.

You owe it to your patients to make them comfortable and maybe even look forward to visiting your dental office. Don’t confine yourself to traditional designs and rather experiment with creating an inviting and peaceful ambiance for your patients. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/17/2017
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What Makes Crest White Strips Great?

There are many teeth whitening products available over the counter which means you don't necessarily have to pay a high price or schedule a dentist appointment to get your teeth whitened. Crest Whitestrips revolutionized the market by introducing disposable plastic strips that you place directly onto your teeth. These strips contain a whitening gel that, as the name suggests, whitens your teeth.  

Many more similar products have since hit the market. Some products work, others don’t work well while others don’t work at all.

It is worth mentioning that you should definitely consult with your dentist before purchasing and using over-the-counter whitening products.

There are a few qualities inherent to Crest White Strips that make this specific brand a better choice than most.

Made With Hydrogen Peroxide

If you have ever had teeth whitening done by a dentist, he definitely used Hydrogen Peroxide. Any teeth whitening product that does not contain this bleaching agent may not be very effective in doing its job. Crest White Strips use hydrogen peroxide in its entire range of whitening products. Not only that, but the product has to be enamel-safe so it doesn’t erode your teeth enamel. This is something that the brand has done well consistently since its introduction into the market in 2001.

Varying Levels of Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide may be a bleaching agent but it's not that simple. Most people assume that more peroxide means better which isn’t exactly the case. The amount of peroxide that would be appropriate for you depends on the severity of your staining. If you simply have mild stains, a product with high peroxide content may actually damage your teeth (such as tooth sensitivity) rather than help. Crest White Strips are available in varying peroxide content to cater to the different users.

It is for this reason you may want your dentist to recommend the best whitening product based on your specific condition.

Custom Product

The reason why professional laser treatment is so effective for teeth whitening is because it gets to all the nooks and crannies. Some whitening strips don’t conform to the individual's particular set of teeth and therefore leave some areas of the teeth untreated. This leads to uneven whitening which can be more visually unappealing than the original stained teeth. Crest 3D Supreme FlexFit solves this problem by conforming to the user's teeth and getting nice and even whitening just like a professional laser treatment.

Quick Whitening

Lastly, whitening products can be slow. Many white strips on the market are used for about an hour (or more) every day for up to two weeks. There are times when you simply can't wait this long to get the result you want. Crest 3D 1-Hour Express works in just one hour.

To reiterate, it is important that you speak to your dentist about the best Crest White Strips or other home whitening treatment. The dentist can make the best recommendation depending on the results you want to achieve and the severity of your staining. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/15/2017
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Do I Need Dental Insurance?

Most types of insurance such as medical, worker compensation, life and auto insurance are a no-brainer. The issue of dental insurance is however a complex one. Most people wonder whether dental insurance is even worth it in the first place. There are no easy answers to this question and it largely depends on your specific situation.

How Dental Insurance Works

Dental insurance is unlike medical insurance in that the former has a limit after which you are responsible for paying out of pocket. Most Americans pay anywhere from $15-$50 for dental insurance a month. Maximum coverage limits vary in the $1000-$2000 range.

Less than 4-percent of Americans actually exhaust their dental insurance limit every year which makes the issue of whether dental insurance is worth it even more complicated.

What Dental Insurance Covers

The typical dental insurance plan is what is known as a 100/80/50 coverage and works like this;

100-percent coverage: for preventive care such as X-rays, cleaning, exams and checkups

70 to 80-percent coverage: for basic procedures such as periodontal work, extractions and fillings

50-percent coverage (or less): for major procedures such as dentures, root canals, crowns, implants and bridges

This is just a general overview of how dental insurance plans work as they may vary from one plan to another. For example, one plan may consider a root canal as a major procedure while another may term it as a basic procedure.

Most plans don’t cover orthodontic care but allow you to purchase a separate coverage. Very few cover cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening. Note that dental insurance mostly covers preventive care.

Types of Dental Insurance Plans

There are three major categories for dental plans;

Free-for-service or Indemnity Plan

Here you are at liberty to choose a dentist. The plan pays for a pre-determined percentage of your dentist's fees. You can choose form a wide range of dentists and may have a higher annual maximum coverage than most plans. This is a good choice if you prefer a certain dentist or anticipate major dental work in the future.

Preferred Provider Organization or PPO Plan

This type of plan has certain preferred dentists or in-network for you to choose from. You may choose a dentist who is not in the network but you would have to pay more in out-of-pocket expenses. These plans typically pay more than other types of plans. This is a good choice if you want coverage in case of an emergency or don’t want to pay high premiums.

Health Maintenance Organization or HMO Plans

You can only choose from dentists within the insurance network. These plans typically pay for 100-percent of your preventive care and may have attractive co-pay for basic procedures. This is a good choice if you want to pay low premiums and have no preference for dental providers and don’t anticipate any major dental work.

It is important that you understand exactly what the insurance covers and doesn’t cover and the implications before you sign up to a plan.

Conclusion

Whether or not dental insurance is worth it is a personal choice. If you are living paycheck to paycheck and wouldn’t be able to cover a dental emergency, dental insurance is absolutely recommended. At the very least, dental insurance is a good way to guarantee that you go to the dentist for your bi-annual checkups otherwise its money down the drain. Preventive dental care can save you plenty of painful and expensive procedures in the long-term. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/15/2017
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How a Night Guard Can Help Manage Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is the medical name for teeth grinding and clenching especially during sleep. At least 8-percent of the population suffers from the condition. Symptoms of bruxism may include insomnia, facial pain and of course tooth damage.

A night mouth guard is a common and simple solution for bruxism. It may not treat the problem itself but it protects your teeth against damage and alleviates most of the symptoms including insomnia, jaw pain and headaches. Below are a few ways night guards may help people dealing with teeth grinding.

Protect Your Enamel

The first and most obvious benefit of wearing a teeth guard at night is to protect your tooth enamel. There are different types of mouth guards depending on the severity of your condition.

Soft rubber: is a good choice if you regularly clench your teeth rather than grind.

Hybrid laminate: works for people with a moderate teeth grinding problem. This mouth guard has a soft interior and a hard exterior.

Hard acrylic: is specifically made for people with heavy teeth grinding issues. These also have a soft interior so you don’t hurt your teeth and gums.

The idea behind the night guard is to create a protective layer between your teeth. Rather than your teeth getting worn, the guard takes the bulk of the damage. You may need to replace the night guard anywhere between a year or five years depending on the type of guard and the severity of your condition.

Relieve Jaw Pain

People who clench or grind during the night often wake up with soreness or pain around the jaw and cheeks. The human jaw can exert a force of up to 1,300 Newtons which is why you wake up with jaw pain after a full night of clenching and grinding. A night guard creates a cushion between your upper and lower teeth and therefore protects your jaw from excess tension.

Get Better Sleep

This is especially true for custom made nigh guards. The nigh guard helps to reduce or even stop grinding and clenching. At the very least, the guard will reduce the intensity of your clenching or grinding sessions. This in turn leads to far better sleep.

You may want to get custom-made night guards that fit your particular set of teeth comfortably. These guards have proven effective for managing and sometimes stopping bruxism. At the very least you will be able to treat or manage the symptoms of the condition. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/11/2017
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Causes for Cold Sores in the Mouth

Cold sores are small, painful sores or blisters which are typically filled with fluid. These may appear on the mouth, lips and even nose. These cold sores are caused by a virus and typically only stay for a few days. Cold sores may however recur because unlike ordinary viral infections, this particular virus does not completely leave the body even after the sore disappears.

Causes for Cold Sores

The virus responsible for cold sore is known as HSV or herpes simplex virus. HSV comes in two varieties; Type 1 and Type 2. The one specific to cold sores is Type 1.

Cold sores are contagious and typically spread through close contact with an infected person such as kissing. You may not always notice that the other person has the virus and their skin may appear normal. This is because the virus continues to be active even while the skin is shedding it. The virus may also be spread via saliva.

Active sores that look like blisters are very contagious. The risk of spreading however goes once the blister has dried and crusted over. The sore should heal in a few days. It is not always clear why the cold sore may return once it has healed.

Most people erroneously believe that you can get cold sores from sharing washcloths, towels and other contaminated surfaces. The risk of spread is minute in this case.

Other conditions that may trigger cold sores include;

  • Flu, fever or cold
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes such as during adolescence and menstruation
  • Changes in the immune system
  • Skin trauma

What Happens When You Are Infected

Once you are infected with the virus, penetrates the nerve cells. It then travels along the nerve until it reaches the ganglion. The ganglion is basically a collection of nerve cells. The virus may dormant at this stage and you might not show any symptoms. Once active, the virus begins to multiply again and continues to travel through the nerve and finally to the skin. This is when the blisters on the lips appear.

Treatment for Cold Sores

Cold sores typically resolve naturally in a few days. The symptoms can however be severe for people who are infected for the first time. Such an attack may include bleeding gums, multiple painful sores, swollen glands and fever. You may seek medical attention if you experience severe symptoms although these typically resolve in a week or two.

It is imperative that you visit a doctor as soon as possible if you have a weak immune system such as is the case with chemotherapy patients. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/11/2017
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What is A Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is a type of dental treatment used when the center of a tooth is infected. This center is called the root canal. The procedure is also known as endodontics.

The infection comes from bacteria found in plaque which destroys the tooth. A root canal infection may happen due to;

  • A leaky filling
  • Tooth decay
  • Damaged tooth due to trauma such as after a fall

The root canal system begins at the crown of the tooth and goes all the way to the root. This system consists of dental pulp and one tooth may contain more than one root canal.

When Is Root Canal Treatment Done?

The dentist would first have to take a dental x-ray to confirm that there is a bacterial infection in the pulp. This will show up on the x-ray as damaged pulp. The bacteria kill the pulp which gives the bacteria room to spread and multiply.

Symptoms of Root Canal Infection

There are a few symptoms that indicate the early onset of root canal infection including;

  • A loose tooth
  • Pain during chewing or biting
  • Pain when drinking or eating cold or hot food or drink

The symptoms may disappear for a while if the infection is left untreated. This is because the pulp has died. The symptoms eventually reappear when the infection has spread through the root canal system. The symptoms may include;

  • Pus coming out of the affected tooth
  • Return of pain when chewing or biting
  • Swollen gum around the affected tooth
  • Swollen face
  • Tooth color turns dark

It is important that you visit your dentist immediately you experience a tooth ache. Bacterial infections do not resolve themselves and actually get worse over time.

What is Root Canal Treatment Like?

The first step of the procedure is to numb your tooth with a local anesthesia. The dentist then uses a drill to make a hole in the tooth. He removes all the dead or diseased pulp. The dentist also shapes the inside of the tooth using a small file and washes away the remaining pulp with water.

The dentist uses a material known as gutta percha or similar material usually made from a rubber-like substance. He then closes up the hole with a temporary filling.

A second appointment is required to remove the temporary filling and fit a permanent crown or other restoration.

It is important that you visit your dentist as soon as possible if you suspect you have a damaged tooth or a cavity. Good oral hygiene and scheduling regular appointments with your dentist also helps to protect your teeth from root canal infections and a host of other dental issues. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/8/2017
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Basic Tooth Anatomy: The Three Main Parts of a Tooth

Understanding basic tooth anatomy may help you discover more about how your teeth work and hopefully improve your dental hygiene. Although there are multiple complex parts that work together to form what we refer to as a tooth, there are three main parts that you should know about.

Tooth Crown

The tooth crowns is what you actually see when you smile. Most people think of the crown when they refer to a tooth or teeth. This crown is covered by a white layer of enamel which is what protects the content of the tooth. The enamel is actually the hardest part of the human body. This portion may get eroded by bacteria and acids which is what the dentist means when he says you have a cavity.

Dentin and Pulp

The pulp and dentin is what is contained just under the enamel. The dentin is thick, yellow, bone-like layer on which the enamel is supported. It is softer than enamel. The dentin sends signals to your brain which is what you experience when you have a tooth ache or sensitivity. It also carries some nerve fibers.

The tooth pulp is often referred to as the nerve. It is actually a soft tissue which is located in the middle of the tooth structure. The tissue contains lymph vessels, blood vessels and nerves. This collection of vessels and nerves is what makes you feel the tooth such as in a tooth ache. Decay that reaches the pulp often requires a tooth canal treatment. The pulp also receives nourishment for healthy teeth.

Tooth Root

Finally, the tooth root is invisible but is what anchors your tooth to the bones in your mouth. The root is located below the gum line. Much like the roots of a tree, the tooth root supports the tooth so you are able to chew and bite with ease. There is a connection between the root (cementum) and the actual jawbone known as the Periodontal Ligament.

Each set of teeth; the incisors, canines, premolars and molars contain these three basic layers.  Tooth ache, discoloration and other dental issue indicate a problem in one or more of these layers. Good dental hygiene helps to preserve your teeth and ensure that you can cut and chew food comfortably. Brushing twice a day, flossing every day and regular dental checkups stand out as the best methods for preserving your teeth. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/5/2017
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Is Mouthwash Good For Brushing?

There has been a lot of debating recently on whether mouthwash is effective or even necessary in the first place. Claims that mouthwash might actually be dangerous are not entirely unfounded but recent studies show what there are a number of benefits of using mouthwash. It is not simply about whether mouthwash is good for you per se but whether you are using the right one. You may need to speak to your dentist to recommend a good brand that you can use along with daily brushing and flossing.

The debate aside, there are a few great benefits for using mouthwash every day after brushing.

Kill Bacteria

Brushing and flossing may take away most of the plaque and bacteria but there is no harm in taking an extra precaution. Most good mouthwash has excellent antibacterial qualities which is great for areas that you might have missed. Gurgling also takes care of any bacteria that might have been left in the very back of the mouth where a toothbrush cannot reach.

Brighten Teeth

A number of brands are specifically formulated to brighten or whiten teeth. If used consistently for a long time, you may begin to see a noticeable difference in your teeth shade. This beats paying for an expensive laser treatment.

Fight Bad Breath

Mouthwash is also a nice complementary product to use along with brushing for fighting bad breath. Again, swirling or gurgling the mouthwash reaches areas where you wouldn’t be able to reach with a toothbrush. Mouthwash also specifically fights halitosis which is the bacteria responsible for bad breath.

Removes Plaque

A mouthwash is portable so you can carry it with you to use after meals of after snacking. The anti-bacterial qualities help to eliminate plaque and food debris that you might otherwise have sticking around throughout the day. Leaving plaque to accumulate in the teeth eventually hardens into tartar which is much harder to remove even with flossing and brushing.

Prevent Cavities

Mouthwash contains fluoride which promotes strong teeth. A regular dose of fluoride can help protect against cavities. Note that there is such a thing as too much fluoride, which can erode your tooth, enamel. Watch how much fluoride is in your dental hygiene products. Also remember that most tap water contains fluoride.

Most dentists would recommend that you use a mouthwash. The only word of caution is to check the product's label for a seal of approval from the American Dental Association. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/5/2017
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All You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, as the name suggest, is a sleep disorder that happens when breathing is interrupted during sleep. If left untreated, the person experiences repeated moments when he stops breathing while asleep. This can happen up to hundreds of time in a night. The danger here is the brain and the entire body isn’t getting enough oxygen.

Kinds of Sleep Apnea

There are two main types of sleep apnea;

Central Sleep Apnea: in which case there is some kind of instability or issue with the respiratory control center. The brain simply isn’t telling the muscles to breath. This condition is also known as CSA for short.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: this type is what most people experience. In this case, the person experiences some kind of blockage in the airway. This blockage typically happens when the soft tissue located in the back of the throat collapses while the person is sleeping. This condition is also known as OSA for short.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

There are multiple potential causes for sleep apnea. This condition is more common in males although females do experience it as well. Men with neck sizes greater than 17 inches and 16 inches or more for women are more prone to sleep apnea. People prone to sleep apnea include those who are;

  • Overweight
  • Have small jaw bone, large tongue or large tonsils
  • Are aged over 40 years
  • Have Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
  • Have a family history of sleep apnea
  • Have a nasal obstruction such as sinus problems, allergies or deviated septum

What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?

There are multiple common symptoms of sleep apnea. You may experience some or most of these symptoms including;

  • Grinding teeth during sleep
  • Waking up in the middle of the night with a gasping or choking sensation
  • Waking up to a very dry throat or sore throat
  • Restless sleep
  • Snoring loudly during sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Waking up tired or drained of energy
  • Moodiness and memory problems

Effects of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition and can have serious ramifications if left untreated. Some of the common effects of prolonged sleep apnea include;

  • Fatigue during the day
  • Heart problems and high blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Teeth problems from constant grinding
  • Liver problems
  • Metabolic syndrome

It is important that you seek treatment if you suspect that you might have sleep apnea. This is also an issue to bring up with your dentist on your next appointment especially if you are taking medication for your condition. Fortunately, the condition is treatable and manageable especially if detected and treated in its early phases.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/3/2017
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A Guide to Proper Flossing

Brushing twice a day or after every meal is commendable but it might not be enough if you are not flossing. Gum disease often starts between the teeth and at the gum line so flossing can help to remove plaque that is notorious for causing gum disease. A toothbrush is not able to effectively rich these areas where plaque may accumulate over time.

The trick therefore isn't simply to floss every day but to do it properly.

Proper Flossing Technique

The first step is to wash your hands thoroughly since they'll be going in your mouth.

Step 1: Wind the Floss

Start with about 18 inches of dental floss, winding a large potion around the middle finger of one hand (whichever you prefer). Repeat the same on the other hand, making sure to wind the floss on the same finger on each hand.

Step 2: Hold the Floss

Use the thumb and forefinger of each hand to hold the floss. Make sure to hold tight.

Step 3: Insert the Floss in Your Teeth

With a gentle rubbing motion, guide the floss slowly in between the teeth. Do not snap or jerk the floss into place because this can injure your gums.

Step 4: Begin Flossing

Once the floss is at the gum line, make a C-shaped curve, placing the floss against the first tooth. Slide the dental floss gently between the tooth and the gum. Use up and down motions, rubbing gently against the side of the tooth. Repeat the process with each tooth not forgetting the back side of each of the last teeth. Use a clean area of for each tooth as you go along.

Different Types of Dental Floss

There are a few varieties of dental floss and a brief look at each type may help you choose the best one for you.

Un-waxed Floss: is made from thin nylon yarn. 35 strands are twisted together to make the floss strong. Although this type of floss is particularly good for closely spaced teeth, it is prone to fraying and breaking than waxed floss.

Waxed Floss: is coated with a thin layer of wax. It is less susceptible to fraying and breaking than the former but may be difficult to insert in tight spaces and closely spaced teeth.

Polytetrafluoroethylene Floss: is made from a similar fiber found in high-tech rain gear. It is good for cleaning closely spaced teeth and around the gums.

Dental Tape: is available in waxed and un-waxed varieties. It is flatter and broader than your traditional floss. Works better than traditional floss but may be difficult to use on closely spaced teeth.

Your dentist can recommend the best type of dental floss and possibly a brand that works best for your particular set of teeth and flossing requirements.  Speak to your dentist about proper flossing the next time you go in for a dental checkup.

 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/3/2017
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5 Tricks on How to Smile for the Camera

It would appear, at least on the surface, that some people are more photogenic than others.  The truth; it really is all about how you pose and smile for the camera. Have you ever wondered how celebrities somehow manage to look great in every photo? Well, you too can learn how to smile for the camera with these 5 simple tricks.

#1: Close Your Eyes - before the photo!

Shut your eyes for at least a second or two and open them slowly just before the photo. This helps your eyes look more alert and will complement your smile. If your eyes don’t reflect your smile, your smile looks more like a grin. Just make sure to open your eyes in time for the photo!

#2: Whiten Your Pearly Whites

All the smiling tips in the world wouldn't help you if your teeth are stained or you feel insecure about your teeth. Consider using teeth whitening products or going in for a cosmetic procedure. Some of these procedures last up to a year so it's a good investment especially if you regularly find yourself at events or where your photos will be taken. Also remember to maintain good dental hygiene including brushing and flossing daily.

#3: Recreate Happy Memories

A fake smile comes through in the photo so the only way to get a genuine smile on demand is to think happy thoughts. Pretend the camera is a loved one you haven’t seen in a long time and smile your happiest smile. Alternatively, think about something that makes you laugh or giggle. If you can give out an actual giggle the better. There is no substitute for a genuine, happy smile.

#4: Take a Deep Breath

Again, you can fake a smile but you will look strange with a plastic smile and a stiff jaw, neck and shoulders. Take a deep breath and exhale slowly and feel your whole body relax. Let go of tension in your shoulders, neck and jaw. Your smile will look more natural this way. Your body says as much as your face does so try to relax before taking the photo.

#5: Practice As Much as You Can

If you are insecure about taking photos, try smiling for the mirror and see how your face looks. Practice your best smile and you will have something you can pull out quickly in an instant. You also feel more confident about your smile and pose with good practice.

You can actually make yourself more photogenic if you feel insecure about taking photos. Practice these tips the next time you are asked to smile for the camera and you'd be surprised at the result. 

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5 Common Flossing Errors and How to Avoid Them

If you are brushing your teeth at least two times a day and are flossing daily, you are on the right track to preserving your oral and dental health. The only problem is, it might not help much if you are not flossing correctly to begin with. There is actually an art to proper flossing that unfortunately many people miss.

Identifying some of the most common flossing mistakes and how to avoid them may help you to take better care of your teeth and avoid cavities, gum disease and other dental health issues.

Mistake #1: Using the Same Section of Floss Throughout

The whole idea of flossing is to remove plaque and harmful bacteria from between your teeth. This isn’t the case if you are using the same section of floss over and over again. All you are doing is removing plaque from one area and depositing it in another.

Solution: Cut a long piece of floss, about 18-inches, and use a clean section for every new area.

Mistake #2: Snapping the Floss into Place

Some teeth are closer together than others and the temptation might be to force or snap the floss into place between the teeth. Forcing the floss nicks your gums causing cuts and injuries. In addition to this, your gum-line may begin to recede or get exposed to gum disease.

Solution: when you come to spaces where teeth are too close together, slide the floss back and forth gently to work it into place.

Mistake #3: Forgetting the Back of the Last Teeth

You may be flossing all your teeth properly but forgetting those at the very back. You may also neglect teeth that have big spaces next to them. Neglecting these areas over time leads to plaque buildup and gum disease and/or cavities soon follow.

Solution: Get the back of the each of the last teeth and the back of teeth with wide open spaces next to them.

Mistake #4: Flossing Once in A While

Flossing isn’t exactly the most mentally stimulating activity you can take part in but regular flossing is mandatory if you want to maintain good oral hygiene. The plaque builds in the course of a few hours so flossing once a week or once in two weeks may not be doing much for your oral health. Accumulated plaque and the bacteria that come with it can also find its way to the blood stream in case you expose your gums while flossing.

Solution: It's ok not to floss once in a while but make it a daily routine. Make it into a ritual and within a few weeks it should be engrained as a habit that you cannot forget or miss.

Mistake #5: Not Paying Attention While Flossing

Lastly, it's easy to lose concentration and daydream your way through the flossing. This makes it likely that you skip one or two teeth.

Solution: Have a clear method as to where you start and stop. Pay attention to the progress you are making so you don’t skip any teeth.

Knowing these common mistakes can help ensure that you don’t make them yourself. Also ask your dentist for any suggestion or flossing tips to ensure that you get the most benefits out of the process. 

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Your Smile and Job Hunting

There is nothing as exciting as when you are called for a job interview. This proves that someone has seen your worth as an employee and would like to hire you. For you to get this job, first impression will count. The interviewer is not considering your skills anymore. How you look and present yourself will determine whether you get the job or lose it to someone else.

 

Studies show that people hardly forget the smile of someone they meet for the first time. You definitely need to smile more often. A smile could be the reason why you get that job. This is why you need to commit to your dental appointments and take care of your teeth. If your teeth are making you smile less, you should visit a dentist for bleaching and other dental procedures.  Here are other reasons why wearing a smile while job hunting is good for you:

 

  1. Perception: There is nothing as important as people’s perception during a job interview. Showing a smile automatically shows that you are confident in your skills and that you belong there. No one will know that you are shaking and anxious in the inside when you smile. The interviewer’s perception of who you are as a person is important in order to get that job.
  2. Salary and benefits: Studies show that people who smile during job hunting and interviews while having a conversation with people are likely to be offered more salaries than their counterparts. This shows that you know what you are doing and have the ability to deliver in your line of work. Studies also show that workers who visit their dentists to get their teeth whitened also get a raise and other benefits at work.
  3. Breaks the ice: Anytime you meet new people especially during job hunting, there is always a giant elephant in the room. A smile shows that you are willing to warm up to the interviewers and actually get to know them. This also allows them to understand and know the real you. You might be surprised how establishing a relationship with these people could be the only reason why you are more qualified than your counterparts.
  4. More opportunities: You will be surprised at the doors that a smile can open for you. People have landed better job positions and promotions because of their smiles. A smile shows people that you are approachable  
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Worst Drinks For Your Teeth

While awareness concerning oral hygiene and appropriate preventative measures has improved considerably over the years, the availability and prominence of candy and junk food has skyrocketed ever since. Unless you drink water only, it is unavoidable to protect your teeth against acidic, sugary, and potentially stain-threatening drinks.  Although maintaining good oral hygiene and recognizing beverages that are dangerous to your teeth will protect you against the buildup of bacteria, these drinks are notorious for affecting your teeth:

 

 

Soda

It is not surprising that drinking excess sugary sodas can result in cavities. What most people do not know is that the acids present in carbonated soft beverages seem to harm teeth. Although sugar free alternatives are better, acidity still plays a major role in dental issues. Elevated sugar amounts combined with elevated acidity levels, both of which make soda tastier, can make your tooth enamel wear thin over time, increasing vulnerability to staining. If you must drink soda, it is advisable to use a straw or take the soda during a meal instead of sipping it during the day. This helps in neutralizing the acid.

 

 

Sports and Energy Drinks

Similar to soda, these beverages comprise elevated levels of acidity and sugar. This causes your enamel to break down, resulting in a higher likelihood of developing tooth cavities and decay. These soda substitutes can result in the most damage since they attack your tooth enamel, which you can neither fix nor replace.

 

 

Coffee

Although the caffeine content in this beverage may stimulate you, its dark brown color can turn your teeth yellow over time, if you do not care for your teeth. Many people include this drink in their diets. To reduce its effects on your teeth, try limiting the amounts you take every day. Alternatively, you could follow every cup with constant water consumption.  If you feel you could benefit from a whitening boost, seek your dentist's advice.

 

 

Tea

All teas, especially black and other dark combinations stain your teeth in a similar manner as coffee.  Although tea may appear to have a subtle effect, this is not the case when it comes to your teeth. Some black tea may have a higher staining effect than coffee. Similar to red wine, black teas usually have an elevated content of tannin, which encourages staining.

 

 

You will not ruin your teeth with these beverages. However, long-term exposure is what could lead to severe damage. Nevertheless, increasing your water intake, using a straw, and flossing regularly will help guard your teeth against decay and sugar buildup. 

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Why We Yawn

Yawning is a semi voluntary act characterised by a simultaneous inhalation of air, accompanied by stretch and followed by exhalation of breath. It is often perceived as an indicator for sleepiness, hunger, boredom or fatigue. Yawning can be triggered by sociological, physiological and neurological factors. People yawn for various reasons that may include some of the following:

 

  1. To regulate brain temperature

When you yawn cool air is drawn into the body creating a cooling effect in the brain, blood flow to the brain is also increased when the jaw stretches. This is thought to increase the cooling effect.

 

  1. Yawning is infectious

Simple daily observations can attest to the fact that yawning is contagious. Yawning is a non-verbal form of communication whereby you can yawn because someone else has yawned; this is because human beings have a tendency of imitating and empathising with other individuals in a social group while communicating.

 

  1. Yawning as an arousal mechanism to maintain alertness.

Yawning is an arousal mechanism to maintain alertness and delay the desire to sleep. When you yawn you stretch your jaw muscles, which aid blood flow to the brain, this results in stimulating the brain to consciousness. Yawning brings with it a desire to stretch. Stretching promotes alertness and prepares the body for action.

 

  1. Yawning because of neurological stimuli.

Yawning is a respiratory act aided by neurological factors. Chemicals in the brain associated with moods and emotions such as serotonin, dopamine, glutamine and endorphins have been linked to yawning. Increased levels of Serotonin and dopamine have been seen to increase yawning activity while chemicals such as endorphins reduce yawn frequency.

 

  1. Yawning as a diagnostic tool in medicine.

Excessive and frequent yawning has been associated with medical conditions such as psychosis and multiple sclerosis and has been perceived as an early indicator of neurological disorder. 

 

While on the other hand the physiological role of yawning has been proposed as an arousal reflex to reverse brain hypoxia.

 

When yawning always maintain etiquette. Yawning is interpreted differently by different people. Remember that during a yawn your teeth and a large part of your mouth are visible. Depending on your oral hygiene people may see your stained teeth or get a whiff of that not so fresh breath from your mouth. In most communities it is socially acceptable to employ the following rules of etiquette during a yawn:

 

  • Cover your mouth.
  • Be discrete.
  • Do not yawn out loud. 
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Why See a Dentist

Regular visits to your dentist are necessary for maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Your teeth form a significant element of your body and maintaining their cleanliness also helps keep your body and mouth clean. A considerable number of people do not recognize that dental checkups play a vital role in their oral hygiene as well as in the early detection and prevention of severe medical issues such as oral cancer and gum disease. These reasons indicate why you should see a dentist:

 

Disease Prevention

Visiting your dentist regularly could help protect you against various conditions such as gum disease. Gum disease, particularly gingivitis is a major cause of tooth loss and tooth decay. If your dentist discovers this disease early, you can receive treatment. However, if untreated, you could develop periodontitis, which researchers have linked to the likelihood of developing a stroke or heart attack.  Regular visits will therefore reduce your risk of getting dental infections. For instance, cavities not only cause pain but could also be potentially dangerous. The infection could spread to your bloodstream, resulting in septicemia.

 

Early Detection

When your dentist detects problems such as cavities early, you will obtain simpler treatment procedures and better outcomes. For instance, non-surgical techniques can treat mild and moderate forms of gum disease. However, advanced forms may require a surgical procedure. Early detection also enables your dentist to reverse the early symptoms of a cavity through re-calcification of your enamel using fluoride treatment. If untreated, a cavity could expand and affect the pulp and dentin of your tooth. At this point, your dentist may recommend a filling or root canal treatment.

 

Financial

Regular dental visits can offer financial benefits by helping you cut down on dental expenses. The treatments for the initial phases of oral problems tend to be simple and less costly. However, treating a problem in its advanced phase will need complicated procedures, which will typically be expensive. For instance, a filling will cost you less than a root canal treatment.

 

Avoid Complications

Early detection can avoid various complications. For instance, if your dentist does not identify and treat a decayed tooth accordingly, it may produce pus around your tooth's roots. This will in turn produce excruciating pain. Bacterial infection from the pus could also spread, causing complications such as bone infection, sinusitis, and a dental cyst.

 

Maintain good oral health

Regular dental visits enable you to maintain a good oral health. During your visit, your dentist could discover plaque and consequently offer you advice on how to prevent further accumulation. 

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Why It Is Important to Replace Missing Teeth

Losing a tooth in the course of one’s life is not uncommon. People lose their teeth to tooth decay, accidents, cracks and gum disease amongst many other reasons.

 

Importance of teeth

 

Our teeth play a vital role in our lives.

 

  • Teeth are important for chewing and biting. Without teeth, we would not be able to bite or chew food to enable digestion.
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  • Teeth are important for maintaining face structure. The teeth contribute to the overall structural components of our face.
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  • Teeth contribute to our appearance. They are of high aesthetic value. A healthy set of teeth contributes to a beautiful smile and is a boost in self-confidence.
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  • Teeth are important for speech. They assist in the sounding of words.
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Why you should replace missing teeth

 

We often don’t take the loss of a tooth seriously. However, even the loss of a single tooth can set off a chain reaction with serious repercussions. There are many reasons to replace a missing tooth including:

 

  • A loss in functionality of some teeth. When you extract a tooth, the function of the opposing tooth is immediately compromised. For example, the opposing tooth can no longer be used for chewing as there is no surface against which to chew. In reality then, you will be losing two teeth not just one.
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  • When a tooth is extracted, you are basically removing a supporting surface for the adjacent teeth. Teeth adjacent to the gap will tilt or lean as a result of the lack of support. The result is an unstable bite. This in turn affects your ability to chew food properly. You may either not enjoy eating or fail to chew food properly and develop digestive problems.
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  • In addition to developing an unstable bite, there are chances of developing gum pockets around the leaning or tilting teeth. These gum pockets will trap food debris as well as bacteria. This can lead to the build-up of plaque and the development of cavities. It can also result in gum disease.
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  •  The missing tooth will result in the moving of your back teeth further back into your mouth. The result is the exposure of the roots of these back teeth. Exposure of the roots will result in the decay of the teeth. Because the roots of the teeth are exposed, the decay will occur much faster than with teeth whose roots are covered.
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If you have any missing teeth, talk to your dentists about getting implants and having your teeth replaced. 

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Why Does Food Get Stuck in My Teeth?

Foods which maintain a longer contact by lingering in the mouth include processed foods such as chocolate, sweets and cakes., Healthy fruitsounds such as raisins and grapes are chewy and sticky thus they stay in the mouth for longer and can cause dental cavities. Food can get stuck on your teeth because of a number of reasons which includes:

 

  1. Food properties.

 

Some foods like peanut and jelly are sugary, sticky and chewy and . They have a tendency of adhering on your teeth when you are eating. wWhen they accumulate over a period of time on your teeth, they resulting into plaque. The bacteria in plaque produces acid that corrodes the tooth enamel causing cavities.

 

Meat has fibres that stick in between adjacent tooth, when not properly cleaned can accumulate over time resulting to plaque, gum disease and dental carries.

 

  1. Spaces between teeth.

 

Some people have dental contours or natural spacing between two adjacent teeth while other people have cracks in between their teeth caused by crowning or fillings. tThese spaces can trap food particles.

 

  1. Cavities.

 

When you have cavities, sticky foods that remain on your teeth after chewing can hasten the decaying of your tooth and also cause sensitivity.

 

  1. Improper brushing and flossing technique.

 

When brushing your teeth always employ the proper brushing technique. Using a soft bristled tooth brush and gently moving the brush in short strokes, ensuring you remove plaque from under the gum line. Flossing should be practisedpracticed with great care not to pushressure food debris in between your teeth and into your gum line.

 

  1. Dental braces.

 

Always clean your braces with patience and precision, removing tiny food particles and thick sticky plaque which might have formed between your teeth and gum.

 

When you eat foods that easily stick on your teeth you should:

 

  • Brush your teeth after every meal or use sugar free chewing gum to inhibit formation of plaque and also remove food particles which might linger in your mouth.
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  • When flossing use the proper technique to ensure you get rid of food particles that have stuck in between your teeth.
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  • If you have dental braces clean your teeth with precision to make sure your braces and arch wire do not trap food particles that can accumulate over time forming plaque and tartar.
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  • Always check your mouth when you are done with your cleaning routine to make sure all visible food and plaque have been removed.
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Why Do Teeth Darken?

Teeth may darken for a number of reasons, but top on that list are the foods that you eat and your dental hygiene practices. With good hygiene practices, you can still eat them without adversely affecting your teeth in the process.

 

Tooth discoloration is classified into:

 

  • Extrinsic discoloration – this stains the outer layer, or enamel of your teeth
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  • Intrinsic discoloration – this occurs when staining goes as deep as the dentin (found under the enamel).
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Here’s why your teeth might darken:

 

  1. Food and beverages – Some fruits and vegetables, such as potatoes, apples, as well as taking large amounts of tea, coffee, wines and colas will slowly change your teeth color.
  2. Smoking and tobacco chewing
  3. Poor oral hygiene – If you don’t regularly brush your teeth or floss to remove plaque and the staining substances in the foods that you eat, your teeth will stain and darken in time.
  4. Diseases – Oral diseases which attack the enamel and dentin (the uppermost and second uppermost layers of the teeth), as well as treatment regimens for certain diseases can cause darkening. For instance, chemotherapy and radiation around the head and neck areas can lead to teeth discoloration. Also, if an expectant mother suffers certain infections, the fetus’s enamel development may be interfered with, leading to discoloration.
  5. Medication – Some antibiotics, such as doxycycline and tetracycline can cause tooth discoloration, particularly if given to children below 8 years of age, whose enamels are still developing. Others include mouthwashes with cetylpyridinium chloride or chlorhexidine, anti-psychosis medication, antihistamines (e.g. Benadryl) and anti-hypertension drugs.
  6. Age – With age, the enamel of your teeth gets worn down, revealing the dentin, which is naturally yellow.
  7. Heredity and genetics – Some people are born with thicker or brighter enamels.
  8. Dental treatment regimens – Using amalgam restorations and dental materials containing silver sulphide will give your teeth a grayish-black color.
  9. Environment –Exposure to excess fluorine, either in drinking water or other applications to the teeth will cause tooth discoloration.

 

Prevention and management

 

Tooth discoloration is easily preventable. For instance, cut back on coffee and tea intake and quitting smoking if these are your Achilles’ heel. If you absolutely can’t stop, try cleaning your teeth right after or rinsing with a mouthwash.

 

Make sure your oral hygiene regimen is strictly followed, brush and floss regularly, and then visit the dentist or dental hygienist for cleaning and plaque removal every six months or so. Should the discoloration persist even after you have adopted good practices, schedule a visit to the dentist to ensure that there aren’t any underlying ailments. 

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Why is Candy Bad for Your Teeth

Candy is a treat that everyone loves to indulge in once in a while. It is not only sweet to the mouth but also a convenient way to get a quick dose of sugar for energy. There are many reasons why candy is not good for your teeth. It is important to ensure that everything that finds its way into your mouth does not damage your teeth in any way.

 

  • Not good for your enamel – The enamel of the teeth is the hard component on the surface. It may look tough but enamel is liable to get damaged and cause you problems. Hard candy wears away at the enamel making it weak and liable to crack in due time. This is a possibility for anyone who has the habit of using the teeth to crunch at the hard candy.  Soft candy will get stuck on the teeth making it easy for plaque to form which damages your teeth.
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  • Sugars – Most candies have sugar as a primary ingredient. Sugar in the mouth causes bacteria to convert it into acids that eat away at the teeth making them to rot. Sometimes the sugar is left in hard to reach parts of the tooth meaning you might not get rid of it with simple brushing.
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These reasons are why dentists discourage the use of candy and other sweets. If you suffer from a sweet tooth the best option is to substitute candy with healthier alternative. You can opt for sugarless treats. Some candy is made from sugars that are not easily broken down by the bacteria in the mouth to cause havoc to your teeth.

 

You can also opt for sweet fruits and vegetables as they are a safer alternative. This alternative not only protects you from the bad sugars but helps you get the necessary nutrients that are essential for strong gums and teeth. You can choose fruits that are easy to pop in the mouth such as grapes and the like.

 

If you eat a lot of sweets, taking care of your teeth should be given priority. You should ensure that you brush and floss regularly. Brushing ensures that you have a clean mouth that neutralizes the sugars in the mouth. It also ensures that any candy stuck to the teeth is scrapped away. You can also drink lots of water daily so that you can dilute the sugar in the mouth and wash it away too. 

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Which Foods Give You Bad Breath - Part 2

One of the reasons why people go to the dentist is to deal with bad breath. Having bad breath is not only damaging to your teeth but can also ruin your social life. There are cases where bad breath is caused by medical conditions or oral infections. In most cases, bad breath is caused by the food we eat.

 

 Naturally, it is not teeth that give you bad breathe but bacteria that are found in our mouths. When food particles are left on your teeth and gums, bacteria multiplies and releases waste products that not only cause tooth decay and gum diseases but also make your mouth smell. This can ruin people’s mood anytime you speak. To ensure that this does not happen, it is important to know the foods that give you bad breath. Here are some of them: 

 

  1. Garlic: When the body is digesting garlic, allyl methyl sulfide is released to the bloodstream. This is transferred to the lungs and air. Garlic is also released on the skin. This is the reason why it is ranked as the top food that causes bad breath.
  2. Onions: Onions smell great when put in food and salads. This vegetable also adds flavor in food. However, when eaten, they produce a smelly compound, halitosis, which stays in your mouth and causes bad breath. Halitosis is expelled from the body every time you exhale.
  3. Alcohol: Many people love alcohol because it relaxes them and is considered a social drink. When alcohol is taken, it creates an environment where bacteria can grow in the mouth. This is because alcohol makes the mouth dry and reduces saliva in the mouth. This makes bacteria multiply in the mouth causing bad breath. 
  4. Coffee: This is the most popular drink in the world. People love coffee because of the smell and the taste. However, this drink is responsible for bad breath. Acidity and enzymes in coffee are responsible for bad breath when it mixes with saliva.
  5. Indian curry: This curry is included in food because it acts as an anti-bacteria agent. However, the spice usually leaves you with bad breath after eating.
  6. Horseradish: This is sauce that is commonly used in beef sandwiches. It is responsible for adding flavor to the sandwich. This flavor comes from isothiocyanate, which originates from plants. This compound is responsible for bad breath. 
  7. Dairy products: These include milk, cheese and other milk products. 
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Who Invented What in Dentistry

Dentistry is filled with numerous inventions that have helped further its achievement in promoting effective oral care. The inventions of equipment and procedures trace the history of dentistry back thousands of years. This shows that concern for oral health is not a modern event but something even ancient people were grappling with.

 

Tooth Brush

The toothbrush was first invented by the Chinese long ago where they used the hair found on pigs’ neck as bristles. The toothbrush has been modified since then with the first mass produced toothbrush hitting the market in England and was created by William Addis. The electric toothbrush was invented in 1939 in Switzerland.

 

Toothpaste

The invention of toothpaste goes as far back as 500 B.C. and was used in India and China. Modern toothpastes were first created in 1800s with Dr. Peabody being the first to use soap as part of the ingredient of toothpaste. Modifications of the content of toothpaste have continued to evolve. Advancement in technology has seen the use of synthetic soaps and addition of fluoride. It has also seen the change in packaging from toothpaste in a jar to use of collapsible tubes which were introduced in 1892 by Dr. Washington Sheffield.

Dental Floss

Use of dental floss and toothpicks can be traced back to prehistoric civilizations. The invention of modern floss is attributed to Levi Spear Parmly in 1815 who promoted the use of a silk thread. Dental floss has seen evolved to use of nylon as opposed to silk for flossing.

 

Toothpicks

Although signs of toothpicks used are seen in prehistoric times, the modern invention of toothpicks go to Silas Noble and J. P. Cooley who patented the first toothpick making machine in 1872.

 

Dental Filling

The French dentists are credited with the use of mercury dental fillings in the early 1800s.  Arculanus was the first to advocate for use of gold leaf filling in 1848.

 

Dentist’s Drill & Chair

The first dentist drill was patented in 1875 by George Green while the dentist’s chair is credited to Waldo Hanchett in 1848.

 

False Teeth & Use of Pain Killers

Installing false teeth is an ancient practice that goes back to 700 B.C. Here false teeth were designed from ivory and bone which were then held in place by gold bridgework. The Chinese used acupuncture from around 2700 B.C to treat tooth pain. The use of cocaine as an anaesthetic was introduced in 1884. Novocain was created in 1905 by Alfred Einkorn.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 12/5/2014
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Which Foods Give You Bad Breath

One of the reasons why people go to the dentist is to deal with bad breath. Having bad breath is not only damaging to your teeth but can also ruin your social life. There are cases where bad breath is caused by medical conditions or oral infections. In most cases, bad breath is caused by the food we eat.

 

 Naturally, it is not teeth that give you bad breathe but bacteria that are found in our mouths. When food particles are left on your teeth and gums, bacteria multiplies and releases waste products that not only cause tooth decay and gum diseases but also make your mouth smell. This can ruin people’s mood anytime you speak. To ensure that this does not happen, it is important to know the foods that give you bad breath. Here are some of them: 

 

  1. Garlic: When the body is digesting garlic, allyl methyl sulfide is released to the bloodstream. This is transferred to the lungs and air. Garlic is also released on the skin. This is the reason why it is ranked as the top food that causes bad breath.
  2. Onions: Onions smell great when put in food and salads. This vegetable also adds flavor in food. However, when eaten, they produce a smelly compound, halitosis, which stays in your mouth and causes bad breath. Halitosis is expelled from the body every time you exhale.
  3. Alcohol: Many people love alcohol because it relaxes them and is considered a social drink. When alcohol is taken, it creates an environment where bacteria can grow in the mouth. This is because alcohol makes the mouth dry and reduces saliva in the mouth. This makes bacteria multiply in the mouth causing bad breath. 
  4. Coffee: This is the most popular drink in the world. People love coffee because of the smell and the taste. However, this drink is responsible for bad breath. Acidity and enzymes in coffee are responsible for bad breath when it mixes with saliva.
  5. Indian curry: This curry is included in food because it acts as an anti-bacteria agent. However, the spice usually leaves you with bad breath after eating.
  6. Horseradish: This is sauce that is commonly used in beef sandwiches. It is responsible for adding flavor to the sandwich. This flavor comes from isothiocyanate, which originates from plants. This compound is responsible for bad breath. 
  7. Dairy products: These include milk, cheese and other milk products. 
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When, Where and How to Floss

Flossing is one of the most important dental hygienic routines that everyone should be able to do regularly. Children under the age of twelve can be assisted by their parents to floss properly so that they can learn and carry the habit into their future. Sadly, only very few people floss. Additionally, the few that floss sometimes do not do so properly.

 

One of the misconceptions about flossing is that it is hard work. When you know how to floss, you will not only prefer it as opposed to tooth decay but you will also reap the benefits of strong and healthy teeth. Dental floss also prevents gum diseases. It removes plaque that is between teeth and on gums.

 

It is important to learn how to floss properly. You need to know when and where to floss so as not to have the excuse of not having time for the activity. Here are a few suggestions:

 

When to Floss

 

  1. Floss only when you are at your highest energy level and enthusiasm.
  2. If you are a morning person, you should have your breakfast and brush your teeth. After this, you can floss.
  3. People who are active in the afternoon can floss after they have had their lunch.
  4. Anytime your eyes and brain are ready to begin the day, you should floss and ensure that your teeth are well taken care of. People who are active in the evening can floss right before bed.

 

Where to Floss

 

  1. Remember that flossing is a cleaning process and there is bound to be some leftover food particles on the string or on your hands. It is therefore important to do this activity in the bathroom. This is because you can use the water to rinse your hands and teeth when you need to.
  2. Some people floss in the shower.
  3. If you rarely have time to do this at home, you can take advantage of the time you will spend in traffic and floss in the car.
  4. Those who love watching movies and television can floss as they enjoy their shows.

 

How to Floss

 

  1. Wrap the floss thread on your middle fingers. Make sure you have at least eighteen inches of thread in between.
  2. Hold the floss with your thumb and index finger and push it inside the spaces of the tooth. This should be follow an up and down movement taking care not to injure the gums.
  3. Do this several times in between the teeth. Make sure you also clean near the gums gently. Use clean floss each time you remove it from the spaces. 
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What's Sleep Apnea?

Many of us think of snoring as nothing more than a nuisance. We never think that regular and loud snoring could be a sign of a more serious problem. Loud and frequent snoring can be a sign of a breathing disorder known as sleep apnea.

 

Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder exhibited by loud snoring and irregular breathing. In sleep apnea, breathing will repeatedly stop and start again as the person sleeps. The way the person breathes while sleeping is affected by sleep apnea. Breathing can stop for between 10 to 20 seconds at a time. These stops in breathing can occur more than a hundred times at night. They result in interruptions in normal sleep rhythm. As a result, people with sleep apnea will spend most of their night in a light sleep instead of deep restorative sleep that is needed for rejuvenation.

 

Most people with sleep apnea experience drowsiness during the day, poor concentration and have slow reflexes. They are therefore at a higher risk of being in an accident.

 

Symptoms and signs of sleep apnea

 

Identifying sleep apnea can be difficult. This is especially because it occurs when you’re sleeping. However, it can be identified with the help of a loved one who can record your habits while you’re sleeping.

 

The most common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

 

  • Prolonged pauses in breathing while snoring followed by gasping or choking.
  • Drowsiness during the day after a full night’s sleep.
  • Headaches in the morning.
  • Problems with learning or memory. A general inability to concentrate.
  • Irritability, depression and mood swings. Some people exhibit complete personality changes as a result of the lack of sleep.
  • Frequently waking up to urinate.
  • Sore throat or dry mouth upon waking up.

 

Sleep apnea in children

 

Contrary to popular belief, sleep apnea is not restricted to adults. Children can also be affected by sleep apnea. The following are common symptoms of sleep apnea in children:

 

  • Loud snoring
  • Bizarre sleeping positions
  • Bedwetting especially in children who had already stopped bedwetting
  • Night terrors
  • Excessive perspiration while sleeping

 

Types of sleep apnea

 

  • Obstructive: Caused when the soft tissue at the back of the throat blocks the airway during sleep. It is the most common type of sleep apnea.
  • Central: Involves the central nervous system. It occurs when the brain fails to send signals to the muscles that are responsible for controlling breathing. This type of sleep apnea is seldom exhibited by snoring.
  • Complex: It is a combination of central and obstructive sleep apnea. 
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What's Your Favorite Music In The Dental Office?

When you visit the dentist, you will notice that there is always music playing in the background. This music is used to relax and calm the patients. Dentists always want their patients to relax when they come for an appointment. Indeed music in the dental office can make a big difference in the overall experience you have at the clinic.

 

Music also affects the mood of patients and dentists. Studies show that music increases people’s productivity because it calms and soothes them. It is a fact that each individual has his or her own taste in music. People’s favorite music falls under classical, oldies, rock, jazz and blues. While there are people who love listening to music at the dental office, there are others who love listening to the news as they prepare for their appointment.

 

With the unlimited choices of music that we have, it can be challenging for the dentist to choose a genre that his patients will enjoy. While classic music soothes an individual while working, the same genre can be someone else’s boredom. However, there are some dentists who are very creative when it comes to ensuring that their patients hear only their favorite music at the clinic. Here are some of the ways that they ensure this is possible:

 

  1. Plug and play: Dentists allow their patients to plug in earphones while in the office and choose a genre of music that they love. This is mostly encouraged when the dentist is administering treatment as it makes the patient relaxed.
  2. Radio stations: Different radio stations are known to play music in certain categories at certain times. There are times when only classical music is played while other times, hits are played. Dentists will choose the most popular radio stations or program on radio while their patients are waiting for their appointment.
  3. Surveys: Dentists are always encouraging their patients to share their thoughts about their experience while at the clinic. They find out the kind of music that their patients like and provide it based on popular demand.
  4. Paid music services: There are dentists who prefer having paid subscription to music services. This is because there is continuous playing of people’s favorite songs. The song selection is also very wide and uninterrupted.
  5. Playlists: There are certain dentists that will design playlists based on the selection of their patients. They will therefore have the playlist on CDs and DVDs that will play uninterrupted music.
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What's Living in My Mouth?

If it was possible to take a look at the organism living in your mouth you would be very amazed. The mouth is not a sterile place and is full of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi. These organisms are not harmful as such as long as there numbers remain in just the right quantity. These organisms are found in all corners of the mouth including the tongue and the teeth.

 

They are helpful to the function of the body and their duties include:

 

  • Keeping at bay harmful bacteria that are not good for your health.
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  • They feed off each other therefore managing the population in the mouth.
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  • They feed on the food that gets stuck in the teeth, helping to keep the mouth clean.
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One strain of bacteria that occurs naturally in the mouth but is responsible for cavities is the Streptococcus mutants. It is believed that it may have started out like good bacteria but due to changes in diets and introduction of refined sugars, it mutated such as to produce excessive acidic compounds from sugars. The large quantity of acids produced may have overwhelmed the body’s natural defence to neutralize the acids effectively.

 

The body was designed such as to manage these organisms that have taken residence in the mouth. As long as the environment is left at optimal conditions, these organisms will continue to work in the body as they were meant to offering protection from harmful pathogens. The undesired pathogens such as the cavity causing bacteria however should not be allowed to thrive in the mouth.

 

Observing ideal hygienic practices will ensure that your mouth is healthy. Managing your intake of refined sugar is the first thing that you can do. When you eat healthy and avoid sugary food and drinks, you will starve the bacteria of their primary source of food. Also you will make your teeth and gums stronger to resist the effect of the acids. Regular brushing of your teeth and flossing will also remove any food debris that can be used to manufacture the acidic compounds that are harmful for your oral health.

 

Regular visits to the dentist will ensure that you get professional cleaning once in a while. You will also get advice on the best care to take to ensure that the organisms in your mouth do not cause harm to your oral health.

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What Your Favorite Candy Says About Your Personality

Candy comes in every shape and size. With such a wide variety, you may find yourself liking one type of candy over the others. This is the candy that you keep within reach and would not pass an opportunity to indulge in it. Maybe you just love the taste and feel of the candy but did you know that the type of candy you prefer reflects your personality type?

 

  • Lollipops - If you like popping this type of candy in your mouth, chances are that you are a thinker. You take time to think things over before making a decision. Outsiders may even consider you wise and smart. You take things slowly and are never in a rush.
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  • Sour gummies - This type of candy is unique in that it does not invoke any sweetness but speaks to the part of the tongue that is sour. This type of candy is sour in the mouth but there are people who eat these sour sweets with relish without even making a sour face. The personality type that can be associated with this candy type someone who can hide feelings. Such a person is also considered adventurous and fun.
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  • Gum balls - A person who likes gum balls is always on the move. Such a personality has a ready to go off and do something attitude. The person is also organized and good at multitasking.
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  • Chocolate lover - If you love chocolate, you are a sincere and truthful person. You can also be considered to be a very good friend.
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  • M & M’s - Anyone who loves M & M’s is a fun person who is the life of the party. You are social and into fun events and even enjoy organizing them so that you can invite your friends. You also are creative and good at making crafts and carrying out building projects.
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  • Snickers - If you like this treat, then you are a blatantly honest person. You are also caring in nature and protective of everyone that you love.
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  • Skittles – If this is your favorite sweet then you are a generous person who is big at giving. You like having pets and care deeply about animals. You are also helpful and go out of your way to help others in need. You are always volunteering your time and services to others. 
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What To Do If You Break A Tooth

While your teeth are very strong, they can break under some circumstances, causing pain and a considerable amount of anxiety and discomfort. Incidents such as falling or biting something hard can cause your tooth to break. When your tooth breaks, you may not experience pain but your tongue typically feels the sharp area rather quickly. Breaking your tooth can be upsetting. However, you do not need to worry provided you can see a dentist rapidly. Recognizing the treatment for a broken tooth could help with pain management until you receive a permanent solution from your dentist.  These measures are vital in helping you deal with a broken tooth.

 

  • Dental appointment

If possible, see your dentist 2-3 hours following the breakage. Anything longer decreases the chances of reviving your tooth while increasing the likelihood of infection or losing the whole tooth. Your dentist will assess the damage and establish the appropriate treatment course.

 

  • Recognize the various types of breaks

Teeth can break, chip, or fracture. Chipped and broken teeth are more severe than fractures. However, you should still exercise care and receive medical attention to any form of tooth breakage. When huge pieces of your tooth break off, the tooth nerve could cause considerable pain when exposed to air, saliva, cold, or hot stimuli such as beverages or food.

 

  • If possible, save the pieces of your broken tooth

You can do this if you are mindful at the time of breakage. It is essential that you prevent your tooth from drying. Therefore, you should store it in water and take it to your dentist. You can also rinse your tooth pieces under water while taking care not to lose them. 

 

  • In case of pain, take a pain reliever

You can take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug for instance ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These medications will relieve the pain before you obtain stronger medication from your dentist.

 

  • Rinse your mouth

You should use salt water to rinse your mouth. It is important to gargle with salt water to help prevent possible infection.

 

  • Apply gauze in case of bleeding

Apply gauze to the affected area for about 10 minutes until you stop bleeding. If gauze does not stop the bleeding, wash with cold water. This helps in contracting your blood vessels, thereby controlling the bleeding.

 

  • Use a cold pack to reduce swelling

Place a cold pack to your cheek to reduce swelling while awaiting treatment.

Treatment for a broken tooth will depend largely on the severity of the damage. A badly broken or damaged tooth may need a more costly and lengthy procedure. 

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What is Invisalign and Clear Correct

How teeth are aligned in the mouth will affect the smile that you flash to the world. Previously, if someone had misaligned teeth and did not have them corrected during childhood, he or she was doomed to live like that as nothing much could be done after teenage years have passed. The good news is that now adults and people in their late teens can have the spacing or crowding problems they may have corrected in a very effective and subtle way.

 

The only way that the teeth can be aligned and spacing problems corrected is by use of braces. Traditionally, braces were created from metals that were visible for all to see. They were attached to the teeth and had to remain in place for as long as they were needed. Thanks to advancement in technology, you can now have your teeth alignment problems sorted without having to deal with the unattractive side of braces.

 

Invisalign and Clear Correct are the latest in tooth aligning tools. They are different from conventional braces in that they are made from a clear material that makes them hard to see. When using these aligners, no one will even know you have them on unless you tell of course. These two use a system of clear aligners that slowly align the teeth, getting rid of spacing and crowding problems.

 

Apart from being invisible, they are different to traditional braces in many other ways:

 

  • They are flexible therefore you can remove them at any time you want to brush your teeth and floss.
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  • They are easy to use as you just place them in the mouth. You do not need to visit a dentist to have them installed and removed.
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  • They work within a short time and you will have them for just as long as you need.
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  • They are comfortable to use. They are custom made for a perfect fit therefore comfortable for you.

 

They have helped add a cosmetic appeal to anyone who wants to correct their teeth alignment. They give adults a second chance to correct how their teeth look and therefore improve their self-confidence. The aligners work in sets that are changed as the treatment progresses. Once you are through with the last set, your teeth will have been straightened. A dentist will be able to let you know if you qualify for Invisalign and Clear Correct.

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What is Fluoride?

One of the common dental routines is the brushing of teeth at least twice a day. Dentists also insist that their patients use toothpaste with fluoride. Sometimes, you find yourself asking what this fluoride is. Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in the soil, food and water. This means that fluoride is natural and found all over the earth.

 

In the United States, fluoride is added in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. Indeed studies show that people who drink fluoridated water decrease chances of having tooth decay by two thirds than those without fluoride in the water. This is why the American Dental Association approves the adding of fluoride in water. Here are some facts about fluoride:

 

  1. Fluoride prevents cavities: This mineral promotes bone growth in teeth. It hardens the enamel and allows children and adults to have strong and healthy teeth. As you grow old, your bones will be able to hold the teeth in place because of fluoride. When the enamel is hard, your teeth will also be strong.
  2. Re mineralization: Anytime we eat or drink food and fluids that contain acid, saliva will carry this acid and cause demineralization of the teeth. Calcium in the teeth is dissolved under the surface of the teeth. When the saliva has little acid, re mineralization occurs. With the presence of fluoride, the minerals that are deposited under the surface of the teeth remain for longer and strengthen bones and teeth.
  3. Getting the right amount of fluoride: It is important to get the right amount of fluoride in your teeth as this prevents dental diseases. Too much fluoride is discouraged. Dentists agree that if the drinking water has fluoride, brushing with toothpaste that has fluoride is enough to strengthen your gums and teeth. If the water you use is from a public water system, it is important to find out if it has fluoride. You can do this by calling the water district. You can also have the water tested if you have a private water supply system such as a well.
  4. Seeking dental advice for fluoride: Dentists prescribe fluoride to patients who have tooth decay or do not receive enough fluoride for their teeth. There are fluoride tablets and drops that are available for children and adults. The recommended dosage should be taken daily. The dentist is the right person to prescribe the right amount of fluoride for the family as he or she understands your dental history. 
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What is a Dental Cap or Crown?

A dental crown or dental cap is a tooth-shaped covering that is placed on a tooth to cover it. It is often used to restore the size, shape or strength of the tooth. Dental caps can also be used to improve the appearance of a tooth.

 

Dental crowns are cemented into position. The completely cover the visible part of the tooth, which is the part that lies above the gum line.

 

When is a Dental Crown Used?

 

Dental crowns can be used in a wide variety of situations. Some of the most common situations include:

 

  • Holding dental bridges in place.
  • Covering a dental implant.
  • Covering a weak tooth and thereby protecting it from breaking or cracking. The tooth may be weak as a result of tooth decay or other physical damage.
  • The replacement of severely worn or broken down teeth.
  • The support of a tooth that has a large filling. A dental crown will be used when there is little of the original tooth left. The crown offers support to the filling and the remaining tooth.
  • In cosmetic dentistry, crowns are used to cover discolored or misshapen teeth.

 

Typed of dental crowns

 

The materials used to make permanent crowns vary. Some of the most common types of crowns used today include:

  • Metals:

 

These are usually alloys of precious metals such as gold, nickel or chromium. These dental crowns offer the advantage of reducing the amount of tooth structure that has to be removed in order to insert the crowns. The wear to the opposing teeth is also minimal. These types of dental crowns are long lasting as they are resistant to wear and tear caused by chewing. They rarely break or crack. Their only drawback is their color.

 

  • Stainless steel:

 

These are usually used as a temporary measure. They are prefabricated and used to protect the tooth or lining until the permanent crown is inserted.

 

  • All-resin:

 

These are some of the most expensive crowns available today. They however wear down over time. They are also more prone to cracking and fractures than crowns that are made of porcelain fused to metal. They however cause less damage to opposing teeth.

 

  • Porcelain fused to  metal:

 

These crowns can be made in a color similar to adjacent teeth giving them a natural look. The metal under the porcelain portion however may show as a dark line under the crown. The porcelain portion is vulnerable to chipping and breaking. 

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What are Veneers?

Have you admired the smiles that celebrities flash on cameras while they are one the red carpet? If the answer is yes, then you are not alone. Many people think that celebrities were born with these smiles. This is far from the truth. A beautiful smile is an investment. The key to most of the beautiful smiles that you see is veneers.

 

 What is a veneer? It refers to a thin film of porcelain that is used to cover the surface of your tooth. The purpose of veneers is to enhance the look of your teeth permanently. It is one of the innovative procedures in cosmetic dentistry that have been discovered to correct how teeth look.

 

What Do Veneers Do?

 

  1. If you have crooked teeth, you can consider getting veneers because they help in giving the appearance that your teeth are straighter.
  2. Close spaces- when you have gaps on your teeth, they do not make your teeth look good. Closing these gaps can be done using veneers
  3. Fix small chips- it is important to note that if you have a huge chip on your teeth, you might need extra help. Veneers can be used to fix small chips that occur on the enamel.
  4. Lighten discoloration- a beautiful smile requires your pearly whites to be the right color. Veneers will help in whitening your teeth to look white.

 

Getting Veneers

 

Some of the things that you need to note about veneers when going for the procedure include:

 

  1. You should get this procedure from a qualified cosmetic dentist. They are better equipped to handle the procedure. A regular dentist might offer you the best services.
  2. Veneers are a minor dental procedure. You might get them in 2-3 dental visits.
  3. The dentist will remove a little enamel from your teeth, to prepare your teeth for the procedure.
  4. In some cases, you might need anesthesia for the procedure. The procedure is not painful but some people need the drugs to calm down during the procedure.

 

If you are not happy with your smile, you can always visit a dentist to see whether your teeth can be perfected by veneers. Veneers change the color, shape and even size of the teeth. The veneers will make your teeth look like they are evenly shaped and have a beautiful white color. This means that you can have the smile that you have always wanted.

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What are Teeth Made of?

We hardly take notice of our teeth until we are in pain or in need of some specialized dental care. Apart from regular brushing and flossing, it is not common to find people concerned about their teeth and their health.

 

Whether your children are asking you questions about the construction of your teeth or not, it is important to find out more about the structure of your teeth. This information will help you take better care of your teeth.

 

What are teeth made of?

 

Teeth are much more complex than they appear to be on the surface. They are comprised of layers.

 

  • The innermost layer is known as the pulp. The pulp consists of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels. This is the living layer of the tooth.
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  • The dentin is the next layer to the pulp. It makes up a large part of the tooth. The dentin is the protective layer of the tooth. It is the dentin that protects the tooth from the wear experienced when chewing. It is also protects the pulp from sudden changes in temperature. The dentin supports the enamel layer of the tooth that lies above it.
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  • The enamel is the lawyer that is visible. It is much harder than the dentin that lies beneath it. It covers the while exposed part of the tooth.
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  • The cementum is the layer of the tooth that coats the roots of the teeth. The cementum is what holds the tooth in place within the gum. It lies below the gum line.
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Are teeth like bones?

 

Teeth and bones bare many similarities. Many people therefore make a connection between bones and teeth because they both contain a large amount of calcium. They are also very strong and have a white color.

 

Bones and teeth however are not one and the same thing. The difference lies in their construction. Bones contain a living tissue known as collagen. This tissue provides bones with the strength they require to withstand pressure. The collagen also enables the bones to grown.

 

Teeth obtain their strength from the dentin lawyer. Teeth in reality are much stronger than bones. They are much harder than bones. It takes much more to break or wear down a tooth than it does to break a bone. The strength of teeth is attributed to the enamel and dentin. Enamel is the hardest tissue that is found in the human body. 

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What Are Different Types of Tooth Fillings

Dentists use fillings to repair your teeth and treat cavities. Currently, you can select from various filling materials depending on your dentist's recommendations. Your dentist can fill your teeth with materials including gold and silver amalgam. Your dentist will select a suitable filling depending on the extent and location of the decay, cost and insurance coverage. It is important to bear in mind that regular cleaning of your teeth and maintaining a healthy diet can help prevent tooth decay hence avoid fillings. Moreover, regular checkups will ensure that your dentist identifies and treats any dental problems early.

 

Silver amalgam

Your dentist will recommend dental amalgam especially for teeth that are prone to excess wear and tear for instance molars. These fillings provide durability and strength at an affordable cost. However, they are likely to cause tooth cracks more easily than other materials. The main drawback of this material is that it is prone to contraction and expansion, creating spaces between your filling and tooth. Consequently, this enables the formation of cavities.

 

Composite

These fillings are popular because their color can match your teeth. However, they are not as resilient as metal fillings. Furthermore, they may need replacement after five years unlike metal, which requires replacement after 10-15 years.

 

Gold

These fillings are non-corrosive and sturdy. Gold fillings can last up to 15 years. Numerous patients find these fillings aesthetically pleasing.  However, they tend to be costly and require several dental office visits.

 

Ceramic

These fillings are porcelain-made and are durable. They are also aesthetically pleasing. Moreover, this material is more costly compared to other materials. They are also resistant to abrasion and staining compared to composite fillings. The drawback of this material is that it is more fragile than composite fillings. Your dentist may have to decrease your tooth's size in order to create space for this material.

 

Glass ionomers

These fillings use acrylic and glass as materials. Although they are not durable, they are ideal for children because their teeth are still undergoing changes. Additionally, they can emit fluoride, which can help fight against tooth decay. The drawback of this material is that it is considerably weaker than composite and is more prone to fracture or wear and tear. This material does not match the tooth's color as composite does.

 

Tooth-colored fillings

Dentists place these fillings in your front teeth for cosmetic purposes. Recent enhancements have made them more affordable. They frequently function as a substitute to amalgam. However, these fillings are not always suitable. For instance, this material may be unsuitable for a huge filling in your back tooth. 

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What are Cavities?

Cavities are holes in your teeth resulting from tooth decay. Cavities typically occur in older adults, teenagers, and children although everyone is prone to have them regardless of age. They commonly cause tooth loss in young individuals. They develop due to a blend of factors including oral bacteria, frequent snacking, and sugary foods /beverages. If untreated, they become larger and affect the teeth's deeper layers. They can also lead to infection and severe toothache. Regular visits to your dentist and maintaining good flossing and brushing habits help prevent cavities.

 

Types of Cavities

Coronal

 

These cavities commonly affect adults and children.

 

Root cavities

 

As you age, your gums recede, leaving parts of your tooth root bare. As a result, the exposed areas decay easily because you no longer have enamel to cover your tooth roots.

 

Recurrent decay

 

Decay can develop around existing crowns and fillings. This occurs since these areas tend to accumulate plaque, which could ultimately result in decay.

 

 

Symptoms

 

The symptoms of cavities differ depending on the location and extent. When a cavity is in its initial stages, you may not experience any symptoms. However, your dentist may inform you that decay has begun and will recommend steps to prevent it from worsening. Cavities develop below your tooth's surface where you cannot see them. The best way to spot and treat them involves regular dental visits. As the decay increases in size, it may produce symptoms such as:

 

  • Tooth pain particularly after having hot, sweet, or cold beverages and foods
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  • Visible holes or pits in your teeth. Cavities on your front teeth are the easiest to spot and will appear like black or brown spots. Cavities that exist in other parts of your mouth are frequently not noticeable without undergoing an X-ray
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  • Tooth sensitivity
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  • Pain when biting down
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  • Pus around your tooth particularly when you press your gums
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Treatment of Cavities

 

Cavity treatment depends on the severity and your situation. Various treatment options exist including:

 

Fillings

 

Dentists install fillings by eliminating the decayed areas and replacing them with various materials such as silver and porcelain. Numerous dentists consider gold and silver alloy to be more durable than resin or porcelain. However, these materials are rather visible hence; dentists normally place them on your back teeth.

 

 

Caps or Crowns

 

Dentist will use this option if the decay is extensive, leaving a weakened tooth. With this option, your dentist will remove the weakened or decayed area and fit a crown over the remaining tooth. Crowns are typically made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain joined to metal.  

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Ways Your Dentist Helps You Look Younger

Some of the dental challenges that come with old age are changes in the appearance of the teeth, gum diseases, tooth decay and a dry mouth. Oral cancer is also an all-time high in patients above the age of forty. Dental visits increase as you get older because of these challenges. No matter the challenge you face, it is important to see a dentist and look for a solution. This is because teeth aging will contribute to your appearance and make you look old.

 

No one ever wants to look old. In fact, aging individuals always feel like children. It would be disastrous if they feel so young and yet look old. When the elderly visit dentists, their main request is that they want to look and feel attractive. When your teeth and skin age, there is a shifting of the teeth in the mouth causing changes in your smile.  A dentist can assist you to get your beautiful smile and confidence back in the following ways:

 

Teeth cleaning

With aging, our teeth have a very high chance of having plaque. With the decrease of saliva, this can cause multiplication of bacteria. Bacteria cause inflammation and this affects the gums and tissues. The gums start to recede and this causes long teeth. A dentist will ensure that his patient does not suffer these problems by cleaning the teeth. There are patients that have their teeth cleaned once a week or a month depending on the condition.

 

Bleaching

Teeth enamel has tiny pores that soak in stains because of food, drinks and time. This causes the teeth to become dark. If you have dark teeth because of your genes, chances are that they will get darker with time. To solve this challenge, a dentist will make whitening trays to brighten teeth. Patients carry these trays home and use them to brighten their teeth. The best thing about these trays is that they are cost effective.

 

Bonding

Here, the dentist will solve problems of uneven teeth, spaces between teeth and chipping. Bonding is a filling material used to repair teeth. The material matches your tooth in color and restores your teeth to their original shape and size.

 

Teeth Implants

As soon as you lose your teeth, the bone on the sockets start sagging. This can cause tilting of other teeth surrounding it. Empty spaces in the mouth also change your appearance. Your cheeks can sag and the lips become thinner than they normally are. This is when you can get teeth implants to maintain your facial tone. 

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Using Mouth Guards During Sports

Sports activities are at best very vigorous. People taking part in sports activities are at a risk of having accidents that may make them lose one or two of their teeth. This is because in all sports, the body is in motion and controlling it when things get out of balance is not as easy. The face is usually on the receiving end and more so the teeth as they are easily knocked out. There is need to protect the teeth from such damage. One way that is recommended is the use of the mouth guard.

 

This piece of equipment may seem only necessary for those in contact sports such as rugby. However, it is vital for all sports people to use it to protect the teeth from being knocked out. This protective gear is worn over teeth and also protects the teeth from grinding. The basics to look out for when choosing a mouth guard are:

 

  • It should fit properly to help anchor the teeth.
  • It should be comfortable.
  • It should be able to last long therefore it should be able to withstand constant use.
  • It should be easy to clean.
  • Its design should allow easy breathing and talking.

 

A dentist should recommend a good mouth guard for you when you are looking for one. Basically, they can be classified into three types:

  • Readymade or stock mouth protectors.
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This can be found in many sports stores and departments and they are usually not expensive. The downside to this type of mouth guards is that they are not easy to adjust to fit the user. They are also bulky, impede breathing and speech and they do not provide the best protection.

 

  • Boil and bite mouth guards

 

These are also available from sports stores and departments. They are made from a thermoplastic material. A user immerses the mouth guard in hot water to soften it and then using his fingers and tongue to shape it to the size and fit of his mouth.

  • Custom mouth guards
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These are custom made at the dental clinic or professional laboratory. They are the best type as they are made to the specification of the users therefore offer the best protection. The material used is specially designed for mouth guards. This type of mouth protectors are great because they are comfortable and are assured to provide the needed protection.

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Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

The toothpaste that you use to clean your teeth is important if you want to maintain good oral health. Like most shoppers, you probably head for the familiar brand when buying toothpaste for your family. Before reaching for that toothpaste however, the ideal thing to do is to analyze the needs of your teeth. You can look at the needs based on the following:

 

  • Sensitivity
  • Tooth whiteness
  • Gum diseases
  • Cavity

 

Based on the prevailing condition of your teeth, you can then make the right choice of toothpaste. A simple toothpaste guide can therefore be classified as follows:

  • Toothpaste for normal teeth
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  • If you have normal teeth, most probably you are not plagued by dental issues such as cavities and gum diseases. The best toothpaste for your type of teeth is one that helps you to maintain your teeth condition. Most toothpaste can help do this job so you are free to choose one that helps in preventing cavities and other gum diseases.
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  • Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
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  • There are people who are prone to suffer from tooth sensitivity. What this means is that they feel pain when the tooth comes into contact with either hot or cold food or drinks. The choice that they have is toothpaste that prevents sensitivity. The toothpaste also helps to strengthen the tooth itself.
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  • Toothpaste for stained teeth
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  • If your teeth are stained, regular brushing with whitening toothpaste is the recommended as it helps to reduce the staining. In fact most stained teeth are easily whitened using toothpaste without the need to use complicated whitening products that may cause damage to the teeth. Most of the whitening toothpaste has incorporated other ingredients that make the teeth not just whiter but stronger.
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  • Fluoride Toothpaste

 

This is recommended for teeth that are not just cavity prone, but also to prevent the cavities. Fluoride is widely accepted as having the ability to strengthen teeth.

 

  • Natural toothpaste

 

This is for anyone who wants clean teeth without the added risk of using chemicals. It is given that ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are not good for the health of users. Therefore the alternative is natural toothpaste that is made from herbs and spices which do not cause harm to the body and are good for the general health of the mouth.

 

There are toothpastes available to suit different oral needs of consumers. Your dentist can help you narrow down what you need in your toothpaste choice for the best oral health results.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/26/2014
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Ultimate Toothbrush Guide

The toothbrush is the primary tool when it comes to the maintenance of good oral health. Like all dentists will tell you, brushing your teeth is the most effective way to fight plaque and other bacteria that causes tooth decay. You will find many options when it comes to choosing a toothbrush to use for your teeth. When it comes to dental care it is prudent to go with the option that suits your circumstances.

 

  • Electronic or manual toothbrushes
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A manual toothbrush is what many people use as it is most commonly available. Electronic toothbrushes can be considered expensive from the initial cost to the purchase of new heads every three months and accessories such as chargers. Electronic toothbrushes though expensive are considered to be more effective as they clean more deeply. Your choice between the two will be decided by your budget. Manual toothbrushes still do carry out the function of cleaning teeth so they are not an inferior choice.

 

  • Size of toothbrush head
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An ideal toothbrush head should be small so as to reach all corners of the mouth and easily maneuvered. A big toothbrush head may limit the reach of the toothbrush to the back of the mouth.

 

  • Bristles on the toothbrush
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The toothbrush bristles come in soft, medium and hard. People always go with their preference as some may feel soft bristles are not effective for them or hard bristles are too clumsy in the mouth. As much as personal preference plays a part in the choice of toothbrush, a softer bristle is better as it does not injure the gum. Soft bristles are also more effective in reaching between teeth and their flexibility makes them ideal when brushing behind the teeth.

 

  • Handle on the toothbrush
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  • This may seem to be a non-issue, but the handle is important to how effective the teeth cleaning will be. The handle should make it easy to use the toothbrush. A handle that is too rigid or too soft may hinder the controlling of the toothbrush over the teeth. They are some handles that snap as they cannot bend to the task of reaching all corners of the mouth. The handle should be flexible enough to accommodate your movements as you brush your teeth.
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Choosing a toothbrush may either seem too easy if you don’t care about the toothbrush you use or too daunting if you do not know where to start. Talking to your dentist will help you understand what you should look for in the toothbrush that you use. Remember, for teeth cleaning to be effective, toothbrushes have to be replaced every three months.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/25/2014
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Ultimate Mouthwash Guide

A mouthwash is regarded as an extra help in the fight for good oral health. This is a liquid used to rinse the mouth after brushing and flossing and comes in different types. It is used to help in further cleaning of the mouth but it cannot be used in the place of brushing and flossing as a way to clean teeth.  It is therefore a secondary method for maintain healthy teeth and gums. That said, mouthwash is useful for oral health. If you want to incorporate it to your daily routine, you should pick one that will help you achieve what you want in your oral health.

 

  • Cosmetic mouthwash
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If all you want is to have an extra boost for a fresher breath, then a cosmetic mouthwash will do just fine. This type of mouth wash is ideal for when you want to have extra breath. It however does not kill plaque or other bacteria that cause bad breath. It offers no protection from cavities but is just useful for masking bad breath.

 

  • Antiseptic mouthwash
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This is a stronger mouthwash that has antibacterial and other antiseptic agents. This mouthwash is very active in dealing with plaque and other bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath. They are reputed to kill up to 25% of plaque in the mouth thus making them ideal for the task.  Like all other types of mouthwash, antiseptic mouthwash is used as a further aid to oral health practices and therefore is not a replacement of brushing teeth.

 

  • Fluoride mouthwash
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This mouthwash is ideal for people who have to deal with tooth cavities and decay. Fluoride is an active ingredient in strengthening teeth and its use in mouthwash and toothpaste offers protection against tooth cavities. Cavities usually come about when the tooth enamel is eaten away by food particles which turn acidic when they come into contact with plaque. Fluoride therefore helps the enamel to remain strong therefore not prone to cavities.

 

Your choice of mouthwash should match what your needs are. Your dentist will help you make the right choice of mouthwash based on your oral needs. If you want to strengthen your teeth, then the fluoride mouthwash offers the best choice.   Mouthwash should be used as directed. Children should use mouthwash under strict supervision as the alcohol content in the products may not be good for their health if swallowed. 

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Treating Mouth Sores

Mouth sores are small and painful ulcers that appear in your mouth and often make talking and eating uncomfortable. In most instances, they are harmless and resolve on their own without needing treatment. However, you should seek treatment if they do not clear within a few days or if you experience recurring attacks. To help alleviate pain and promote speedy recovery, various treatment options ranging from topical ointments to mouth rinses exist.

 

Mouth rinses

If you experience numerous sores, your physician may prescribe a mouth rinse to decrease inflammation and pain. Oral suspensions of tetracycline can also decrease pain and promote fast recovery. However, tetracycline can make you vulnerable to oral thrush.

 

Topical pastes

Prescription and over-the-counter pastes that have active ingredients for instance benzocaine can help alleviate pain and hasten healing when applied to individual sores once they emerge. Your physician may recommend you apply the paste 2-4 times daily.

 

Topical anti-inflammatory medications

Steroid medications can topically reduce inflammation from mouth sores. These medications typically need a prescription. You should use this medication according to your physician's directions.

 

Topical antibiotics

Your physician or dentist may prescribe these medications if you face the possibility of getting bacterial infection. Signs of infection include redness, fever, and pus discharge. 

 

Nutritional supplements

Your physician may prescribe a nutritional supplement if you consume low quantities of vital nutrients for instance folic acid and vitamin B-6.

Besides medical treatment, various home remedies can also treat mouth sores including:

 

Lysine

Lysine deficiency could trigger mouth sores. Therefore, it is essential to maintain a diet that comprises this important amino acid. You can obtain lysine in food and as a supplement. Dietary lysine is safe. However, elevated doses of supplements have been associated with gallstones. Moreover, if you suffer from liver or kidney disease, you should take the supplement under your physician's advice.

 

Iron and Folic Acid

Also called vitamin B3 or folate, folic acid may be an essential vitamin for mouth sores since it helps in healing wounds. Together with iron, folate is essential for red blood cell production and oxygen transportation in your body. Deficiencies in folic acid and iron may contribute to frequent mouth sores. Therefore, nutritional supplementation helps in delaying or diminishing their recurrence.

 

 

 

Yogurt

You can control mouth sores considerably with yogurt. Yogurt helps cure these sores as well prevent their occurrence. However, you must consume yogurt in its non-sweetened form. 

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Toothache Pain Relief

The health of your teeth is imperative for you to enjoy life. Teeth are no just important for aesthetic value. They also play a significant role in nutrition and general health of the body. When your teeth are not fine, it is not possible to sit and relax. A toothache is a clear sign that your teeth require help. If possible get, professional help for your teeth.

 

Notably, one will get a toothache when the problem with their teeth has escalated. It is advisable to take care of your teeth an avoid waiting for a toothache to seek help from a professional. It is wise to schedule regular visits to the dentist to help you detect problems earlier and fix them. There are several things that cause toothache and it is important to find quick remedies for them when they odour. This is because toothaches can be unbearable.

 

  1. A simple remedy for toothache at home is applying cold or hot compresses on the area that has been affected. Ice packs and hot water bottles can be extremely handy at this time. You should press these compresses on the area for at least fifteen minutes.
  2. It is advisable to avoid things that will make the tooth more painful.
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  • If you have a toothache because of tooth sensitivity, you should avoid both hot and cold things
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  • Prop your head with pillows to reduce the pressure inside the tooth. This will in turn help in reducing the pain you are experiencing on the tooth.
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  1. If you have a toothache as a result of cavity or a tooth that is broken there are a few things that can help within the home. However, this is a serious condition and seeing a dentist immediately will be advisable.  Some of the things that you can do at home for simple relief on your tooth include:
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  • Placing sugar free gum on the fractured or cavity filled tooth
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  • Cotton bud dipped in clove oil can help in settling the nerve
  1. If the pain is from swollen gums or growing of wisdom teeth, you can find relief by
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  • Using antiseptic mouthwashes and gels. They help in numbing the area affected.
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  • Luke warm water with salt can also relieve the pain.
  1. You can also get pain killers to help you relieve the pain however; you should only use medicine that you know is safe from a recognised dentist.
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Tooth Pain After a Root Canal

Procedures on root canal are usually painful. In fact, some patients usually express more pain after a root canal procedure. There are many of these procedures that are done on patients every year. There is indeed evidence of pain after treatment and sometimes, this pain persists for a while. This pain can remain for six months depending on the procedure.

 

One of the acute pains that patients experience after a root canal procedure happens around the tooth. This almost always happens when the patient needs emergency appointments to re-evaluate the teeth. This pain is known as post-endodontic flare-up pain. One of the causes is because of dental anxiety. The tooth will definitely have pain that is normal after dental surgery. Treatment of post-endodontic flare-up pain includes prescription medication for drugs that are taken orally. 

 

Other reasons why you may suffer from tooth pain after root canal procedure is the following:

 

  1. When there are complications during or after the procedure. You can get an infection when one of the root canals is left unclean.
  2. There are times when there is a crack at the root of teeth that can go unnoticed.
  3. Defective dental restoration. This makes bacteria enter the teeth and re-contaminate the teeth.

 

There are cases where patients suffer from tooth pain even after medication. This is known as post-operative pain. This is pain that patients experience within six months of root canal procedure. There are cases where the pain causes patients to suffer so much so that their routines are affected. Solutions for this persistent pain include:

 

  1. Minimal chewing and speaking: Until the procedure is finished, it is important to minimize activities such as chewing and speaking. This will assist you in avoiding contamination. Additionally, you will also prevent breaking until the tooth is completely healed.
  2. Take the medication that the dentist has prescribed. Avoid over the counter medication or recommendations from friends without checking with your dentist first.
  3. Observe oral dental health after the procedure. Typically, your normal routine will change after a root canal procedure. It is important to speak with your dentist concerning the changes so that you can recover without inflammation and infection. Brushing and flossing gently is also important.

 

Scheduled dental appointments are also important so that the dentists can re-evaluate the procedure. The dentist will also be able to assess your progress. 
 

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Tooth Fairy Takes a Trip Around The World

Your teeth are a reflection of who you are and largely contribute to your confidence. Indeed, people who have great teeth tend to smile often and socialize with other people. Dentists worldwide sensitize their patients in the importance of following a dental routine to ensure that their teeth remain strong and healthy. One particular group that dentists encourage this habit is children.

 

It is a proven fact that if teeth are taken care of from an early age, then the benefits will be reaped in adulthood. The American Dental Association creates awareness on oral health especially for children. This is why a whole month is dedicated to children’s dental hygiene.

 

One of the ways that children are encouraged to take care of their teeth is through the tooth fairy. The tooth fairy is a symbol of change, hope and growth. She visits her friends and plays with them anytime they lose their teeth.  Children love the tooth fairy and see her as a magical princess who visits and rewards them anytime they lose a tooth. Here are a few tooth fairy tales from around the world:

 

Asia

When children lose their lower teeth, they throw them on roof tops. If they lose their teeth from the upper jaw, they throw them beneath the ground or floor. When throwing the tooth, a child shouts for a mouse tooth. The tooth fairy turns into a mouse when collecting the teeth. Mice are known for having strong teeth their entire lives. This makes the child look forward to having strong teeth and taking care of them.

 

Children in Japan will either throw their teeth up or down. This is done in a straight manner because they believe their teeth will grow straight when done this way. Children in India cover their lost teeth in cloth and offer it to the sun by throwing them to the sky.

 

North America and the UK

Children here see the tooth fairy as a magical goddess with a gown and wings. She flies from one home to the next finding teeth beneath the pillows and rewarding the children after taking the teeth.

 

Europe

Children in Europe bury their teeth or throw them in the fire. This is because of the belief that should a witch find them, she could have powers over the children.  The French believe that the tooth fairy turns into a mouse and replaces a child’s tooth with coins.

 

Middle East

Children are seen throwing teeth on the sky as a symbol of offering. They also ask for better replacement of teeth. This offering is given to the sun. 

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Tooth Fairy and Inflation

Every child expects a visit from the tooth fairy after the loss of a tooth. Most parents are at a loss on how much money they should place under the pillow. A quarter will only go so far even if it is being used on treats. Parents are also under pressure to match what other parents are giving. Considering that children will brag in the playground of how much they received from the tooth fairy, you might find yourself under pressure to give your child the same amount.

 

When your child loses a tooth, you can arrive at how much to give him or her using many methods.

 

  • Use the national average
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Data collected from a Tooth Fairy Calculator application shows that the average amount being left under the pillow is at $ 4. You can use this amount as a reference to how much you can leave under the pillow.

 

  • How much you can afford
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The amount that you can spare will depend on your capability to give. You can give as low as a dollar just as a token especially considering some children may lose their teeth at a fast rate within a few given months. The amount that you give should be just right to make your child appreciate the visit from the tooth fairy but still reasonable to your budget.

 

  • What other parents are giving
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You can find out from your circle of friends how much they are giving their children. You can use these figures to work out how much you can give such that your child does not feel shortchanged when comparing with others. In your quest to keeping up with the Joneses, ensure that you do not exceed what you can afford to give.

 

Some parents give a high amount on the first tooth and subsequent teeth receive lower amounts. This is a good control on how much you spend on teeth.

 

Losing teeth can be an exciting time for children and a visit from the tooth fairy makes it even better. You however do not need to go overboard in your quest to match what other parents are giving. You can use your judgment as what is suitable for your children. You can also use this chance to teach your children about the value for money and it is never too early to start those lessons on savings too.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/22/2014
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Tongue Twisters

Tongue twisters are a fun way to play with words. They are phrases or words that are hard to express articulately. They can also have rhyme and usually involve sounds that may seem similar but are distinct. Mostly used sounds include ‘s’ and ‘sh’, which offer a challenge when used in a repetitive pattern in a sentence. Some tongue twisters can be found in a single sentence or more lines.

 

There are many variations of tongue twisters and apart from making it a fun way to pass an afternoon they are also useful in many ways.

 

  • Improve diction
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Hard words and tongue twisters are useful in improving how a person pronounces words. They are a great aid for anyone studying any language as they can be found in almost all languages. From the tongue twisters, language learners can be able to learn how different sounds are applied in any given language.

 

  • Speech therapy
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The complicated arrangement of words and long words helps a person focus on the pronunciation. This is helpful for anyone dealing with speech problems such as lisps. By focusing on the individual sounds and elements of the tongue twister, the speaker is able to work on their speech defects.

 

  • Exercise the mouth, jaws and lips.
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Tongue twisters are a great way to improve the flexibility of the mouth, jaws and lips. This is useful as it helps to improve the clarity of what you are saying by improving the way you form vowels. Speech therapists and vocalists use these words as warm up exercises.

 

  • Helps with teeth grinding and clamping
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There are some people that have to deal with teeth grinding and clamping especially at night. This condition is brought about by a badly set jaw. Using tongue twisters and especially words that call for long pronunciation, can counter this. This is because saying the words out loud helps to set the jaw where it is supposed to be naturally therefore reducing the wear and discomfort that is brought about by the condition.

 

Tongue twisters are therefore useful tools that you can incorporate into your daily routine. The harder they are the better they are in helping you improve in some aspect of your speech. You can be able to get samples of tongue twisters from online sources. You can also use tongue twisters to help your children learn sounds in a fun way. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 11/22/2014
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