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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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Good Reasons To Consider All-On-Four Implants


If you have one or several teeth missing, your dentist may recommend all-on-four implants -- which are known for being more highly effective and convenient.

Key takeaways:

  • All-on-fours are usually a more cost-effective restoration than having multiple single implants.
  • They are a permanent and custom-made alternative to dentures.
  • They can help prevent jaw bone loss and even regenerate areas that have lost bone density.

All-on-four implants can save you precious time and money in the process of restoring the beauty and function of your smile.

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Missing or Damaged Teeth? Weak Jawbone Is A Risk


Bone resorption is a loss of jawbone that can have an impact on your smile. Loss of jawbone can result from missing or damaged teeth teeth -- and can cause jaw pain as well as a change in your facial profile.

Key takeaways:

  • Your dentist can replace lost teeth which will help stimulate bone growth and avoid bone resorption.
  • Teeth damaged by severe tooth decay or loosened through an impact injury can potentially lead to bone loss in the jaw.
  • Gum disease can cause bone resorption by affecting the ligaments supporting the teeth and impacting on the jawbone.

"When a natural tooth is lost and not replaced, the body will eventually get rid of the bone where the tooth root was over time. In addition, the lost tooth will cause a gap, and the neighboring teeth will shift to fill its place, which can cause a symptom of jawbone loss—shifting teeth."

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Can Dental Veneers Be Removed or Are They Permanent?



A dentist can fit dental veneers over your natural teeth to correct issues such as chipped and stained teeth. Dental veneers are thin shells made from porcelain which allow you to retain your natural teeth.

Key takeaways:

  • Dental veneers are viewed as a permanent solution as your dentist will need to remove a small amount of tooth enamel before the veneer can be bonded to the tooth.
  • Using 3D imaging, your dentist can let you see in advance what your dental veneers will look like and how they may improve the appearance of your teeth.
  • Lumineers are thinner than regular dental veneers, and can be reversed if desired as less enamel needs removing from the tooth before they are fitted.

"While veneers are considered to be a permanent treatment, you may have the option of choosing Lumineers to enhance your teeth while still retaining the option for removal in the future."

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What’s It Like To Have A Root Canal?



Modern dentistry has made great advances in both techniques and results, and that applies to root canal treatment. This is what you can currently expect from this dental procedure.

Key takeaways:

  • Your dentist will use high-precision tools, so the impact on your teeth is minimal.
  • Microscopes are used to ensure decay and infected tissue are fully removed.
  • Custom-made crown are fitted at the end of the procedure to keep the affected teeth protected.

As a result, there’s no reason to fear having a root canal.
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The Top Advantages Of Dental Crowns


When it comes to partially or fully replacing -- or restoring -- damaged teeth, there are several procedures available. Having a dental crown is one of them, and this is what you should know about it.

Key takeaways:

  • Crowns are custom-made, so they match the size and colour of your natural teeth.
  • They are an excellent solution that will stay firmly attached to your jaw.
  • They will complete your smile, and also help prevent infection in teeth affected by trauma.

Your dentist will decide if you’re a good candidate for crowns.
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