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Help Your Child Feel Good About Dental Visits


Visiting a dentist for the first time can be confusing and even slightly frightening for some children. This is why parents should begin to prepare them for what they can expect.

Indeed, fostering healthy teeth and gums at an early age is the best way to avoid problems in the future.

Here are three effective strategies to embrace:

  • Always answer any questions that your child may have.
  • Play a game of dentist at home.
  • Explain why dentists are important as well as some of the procedures that will be performed.

"Your child will likely have some questions or even concerns about going to the dentist."

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Are Dental Implants Suitable for Everyone?


Dental implants are a secure and permanent way to replace missing teeth. Many people prefer them to dentures. This is because the implant is fixed into the jaw.

The crown on top of the implant replaces the missing tooth and will match your existing teeth. However, your dentist will need to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.

Key takeaways:

  •  There must be sufficient bone in the jaw in order for the implant to be successfully inserted.
  •  Any other cavities, decay or gum disease should be treated prior to having dental implants.
  •  Smokers should quit or refrain from smoking or using tobacco.

An experienced dentist can assess your smile and check if dental implants are the best solution to replace one or more of your missing teeth. If you would like more information about dental implants, talk to your dentist today.


Factors Increase the Risk of Gum Disease


Periodontal (gum) disease affects millions of individuals from all walks of life. This is why properly caring for our teeth and visiting the dentist on a regular basis are so crucial.

However, it is just as important to appreciate some factors that may increase your chances of developing this condition. Here are three examples:

  • Those who smoke or use chewing tobacco are at a higher risk.
  • Genetics can play a role, particularly a predisposition to diabetes.
  • Taking certain medications may lead to dry mouth.

"Having a family history of gum disease may make you more likely to get the condition."

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What Is Tooth Resorption?



Once the inner or outer layer of a tooth deteriorates, your body may start the process of resorption – when the body absorbs damaged tissue. Without treatment, the tooth can continue to weaken and become more prone to injury, cavities and infection. However, your dentist has some treatment options.


Key takeaways:

- Root canal therapy may be used to remove damaged or infected tissue from the inner tooth.
- Gum surgery and fillings are sometimes needed to repair minor tooth and root resorption.
- Once a tooth has been treated, a dental crown may be used to restore a tooth and prolong its life.

Extraction of a tooth is usually the last resort. As symptoms are not always obvious, it is important to maintain regular check-ups with your dentist to monitor your oral health and to have X-rays if necessary to maintain your beautiful smile.

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Tips To Help You Manage Dry Mouth At Night



Dry mouth can affect the quality of your sleep and cause discomfort. If it isn’t treated, it could also damage your teeth and gums. Here are some tips to help you manage it.

Key takeaways:

  • Ensure you drink at least 4 glasses of water every day.
  • Limit your intake of salty foods, especially before bed time.
  • It can be helpful to reduce your caffeine intake and avoid alcohol-based mouthwashes.

If you’re on medication, talk to your dentist to see if the drugs could be causing dry mouth.
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Preparing for a Tooth Extraction?


After a tooth extraction, it’s important to follow your dentist’s advice on self-care. Your dentist will also advise you on tooth replacement options sooner.

Key takeaways:

  • Make sure you have soft foods such as fish, soup, yogurts and oatmeal for the days following an extraction.
  • Avoid eating immediately after the extraction and until the anaesthetic wears off.
  • Don’t drink anything hot or use straws after the procedure.
  • Fever, severe pain, nausea and vomiting are signs you may have an infection following an extraction.

"Bone preservation is when your dentist ensures the tooth socket remains intact to save space for a tooth restoration, such as a dental implant, following the extraction."

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What Causes Tooth Loss?


The principal reason why teeth fall out (or have to be extracted by a dentist) is basically a failure to take proper care of teeth and gums.
Brushing and flossing daily (and properly) will prevent dental issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. Both of these can result in tooth loss -- but there are other factors which can determine how healthy our teeth and gums are including:

  • A poor diet with too much sugar, leading to tooth decay
  • Use of tobacco and tobacco products
  • Excessive use of alcohol

Another common cause of tooth loss is injuries to the teeth -- which can best be avoided by using a protective mouthguard while participating in sporting activities.

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Oral Bacteria and High Blood Pressure


Studies continue to show a clear link between our oral health and general health. Poor oral health is associated with various conditions such as Alzheimer's, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A number of studies have looked at the links between high blood pressure and oral hygiene in particular.

Key takeaways:
- Recent studies indicate that good oral hygiene may boost your general health.
- People who have advanced gum disease have a far greater risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
- Overuse of antibiotics or mouthwash can kill off good oral bacteria and increase blood pressure.

Studies continue to demonstrate the links between good oral hygiene and better general health so it's really important to maintain your smile. See your dentist for regular check-ups and advice on how to use mouthwash safely. Brush and floss your teeth regularly because your health may depend on it!

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Dental Orthodontics for Adults


An orthodontist is a dentist who specialises in the prevention and treatment of irregularities with the teeth and jaws.
In most cases an orthodontist will treat children and teenagers who suffer with dental issues such as misaligned teeth and overcrowding and will typically correct these problems with dental braces.

However, it is not just younger people who can benefit from orthodontics as adults can also avail of these treatments to improve:

  • The appearance of teeth
  • Overall dental health
  • Self-confidence

Today’s orthodontic treatments are not confined to traditional braces as a dentist can also offer clear aligners or lingual braces which are more discreet and far less noticeable.

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Tips For Oral Care During Pregnancy


During pregnancy, the mother’s health can affect the baby’s health. This also applies to oral care, so here are a few dental care tips during those important nine months.

Key takeaways:

  • If your gums become red or swollen, get them checked by your dentist, as it could be a sign of gum disease.
  • Have all cavities filled to prevent the spread of bacteria beyond the teeth.
  • If you have ongoing dental problems, make sure they’re kept under control during pregnancy.

Remember that receiving dental care is safe, even when you’re pregnant.
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