After wearing braces, you look forward to having them removed — and seeing your beautifully straight teeth. Braces are easily removed by the dentist and it is a painless procedure. However, removing the braces is only the beginning of phase two in maintaining your perfectly aligned teeth and confident smile. Follow-up care includes:
• Wearing a retainer
• Rinsing with a fluoride solution
• Possible tooth whitening
Once the braces are removed a retainer must be worn to keep your teeth from moving and these devices can be removable or permanently fixed in an inconspicuous location in the mouth.
Did you know that proper oral hygiene involves cleaning your tongue on a regular basis? While brushing your teeth is obviously important, the tongue is one of the most overlooked areas of the mouth. Let’s take a quick look at why a dentist will always recommend that you clean your tongue.
- An improperly cleaned tongue leads to a low-oxygen environment within the mouth, where harmful bacteria can build up.
- This may lead to issues such as bad breath and gum disease.
- A medical-grade tongue cleaner or metal spoon can be used to scrape residue off of the surface.
“A critical step in navigating the path to greater whole-body health is to establish and maintain a healthy microbial balance.”
A dentist will often recommend implants or dentures if you have lost one or more teeth. These are frequently made of either porcelain or acrylic and choosing the right material is key in terms of longevity. What are a handful of factors to take into account?
- While porcelain is brittle, it is less likely to stain.
- Acrylic teeth are better for those with reduced jaw bone density.
- Porcelain tends to be more durable over time.
“Tooth loss is unpleasant to face, but well-fitted partial or full dentures can be indistinguishable from your natural teeth.”
Your dentist can help you weigh the benefits of each type and help you decide what’s best for your situation.
Uniforms, books and sundry supplies are all part of the annual back to school panic but dental care for the coming year is often ignored. Dental professionals stress that taking care of children’s teeth should also be part of the back to school routine as tooth decay affects almost twenty percent of students of all ages.
For this reason, dental professionals recommend:
• Regular check-ups at the dentist
• Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste
• Using a proper mouthguard when playing sports
Problems with the teeth, dental pain and gum disease can result in difficulty “speaking, playing and learning” as well as result in many hours absent from school for essential treatment.
Teeth should be brushed twice daily and flossed once but what else can be done to keep our teeth and gums in top condition? Obviously, seeing the dentist regularly, or when dental issues arise, is of prime importance but there are other best practices that should be followed.
• Using toothpaste containing fluoride
• Using an antibacterial mouthwash
• Limiting the consumption of sugary foods, snacks and drinks
Smoking and tobacco products should also be avoided as these not only stain the tongue and teeth but also slow healing after a dental procedure and increase the risk of gum disease.
If a pacifier (dummy) is used too much, it can have serious consequences on baby’s future oral health:
– Pressure from a pacifier can change the shape of baby’s mouth or cause jaw misalignment and protruding teeth.
– Unfortunately, these problems will not clear up of their own accord; they will only be able to be fixed by the dentist or orthodontics.
– Using honey with the pacifier can also cause tooth decay.
“Consider using the pacifier to soothe your baby only as a last resort once he or she is
past the age of one.”
A composite filling is the best choice when it comes to fixing minor decay. Composites are better than amalgam (silver) fillings aesthetically, a reason that has made the treatment popular over the years.
Composite fillings are less conspicuous as they are made to match the natural colour of a person’s original teeth. They can also be used to restore both the front or back teeth. This is unlike amalgam fillings that are darker in colour.
Unlike amalgams and other fillings, composites bond directly to the decayed tooth. This makes the tooth much stronger than when having a silver filling. Composite tooth fillings require a less tooth structure to be removed. They work best as a small filling.
Composites are an excellent choice but they are less durable than amalgams. However, with proper dental care, composites can last for years.
Placing composite fillings is generally more expensive and takes longer than getting amalgams. The procedure is also challenging as the area receiving treatment ought to be dry.
Choosing the right dental filling will not be an easy task. Your dentist will walk you through all the available options and help you make the right decision. Remember, proper hygiene prevents cavities.
Are you constantly kept awake at night due to the incessant snoring of your partner? While this is indeed annoying, it might also signal an underlying health condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
Sleep apnoea is related to airways that become too relaxed when you are resting. They begin to narrow and your body is unable to receive adequate amounts of oxygen. This can cause snoring and choking.
Sleep apnoea may lead to other chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and even stroke. Of course, feeling tired and lethargic throughout the day will often occur as well. When you have sleep apnoea, you are at much higher risk for accidents at home, at work, and when you drive.
The first step towards solving a problem is becoming aware of its existence. This is why professionals recommend procuring a sleep test that can be performed from the comfort of your own home.
It is also important to speak with your dentist at the earliest possible convenience if you suspect that your partner may have sleep apnoea. Dentists can often create comfortable mouthpieces that can be worn overnight; helping the airways to remain open. There is no reason why you or anyone should suffer from a lack of sleep and the good news is that solutions are always available.
Do you have sleep apnoea? An in-home Sleep Test provides a quick, convenient and affordable way to have sleep apnoea confirmed. All studies are independently analysed by experienced NHS-qualified sleep professionals, and use the WatchPAT recording device for unrivalled accuracy.
There are several things you can do to keep your baby’s teeth in excellent health:
– Before the first teeth appear, wipe the gums to keep them clean.
– As soon as their very first tooth emerges you can clean it using a soft baby toothbrush.
– Take baby to visit the dentist so they learn that regular dental checkups are normal and not to be feared.
– Avoid giving baby sugary juice or milk at bedtime as these can encourage decay.
“Experts recommend starting taking your baby to the dentist within six months after the first tooth erupts or around your baby’s first birthday whichever is first.”
As we age, our teeth become more susceptible to cavities and gum disease. You may experience tooth loss or cracked, crowded, or discoloured teeth. Today’s dentists have multiple options to improve the appearance and function of your teeth.
•Cosmetic dentistry involves all professional oral treatments that aim at enhancing the appearance of the mouth, teeth and smile.
•Some of the options available include dental implants, veneers and whitening.
•Cosmetic dentistry is painless, and can often be accomplished in just a few visits.
If you want to better your smile, consult your dentist about cosmetic procedures. It will help with cracked, crooked, crowded or discoloured teeth.