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How Your Dentist Could Help With a CPAP Alternative

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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is a treatment used to manage the disorder sleep apnoea. Committing to CPAP is essential in preventing serious health problems, but discomfort with CPAP therapy equipment (which involves a mask) can stop people using it every night.


Key takeaways:


-  An oral device may serve as an appropriate alternative, shifting the lower jaw and teeth forward to keep airways open.
-  The device easy to transport, encouraging continued use when away from home.
-  Research indicates people find it easier to comply with the therapy, called Oral Appliance Therapy.


Consult with your dentist if you feel it could benefit you more than CPAP therapy.

"Research shows that oral appliances can work as an effective alternative to CPAP for the majority of patients who suffer from sleep apnoea."


Read the full story here
https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/can-your-dentist-get-you-off-your-cpap/

Nervous About Dental Work? A Sedative Can Help

 

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If you feel anxious about having dental work done, it’s wise to discuss your worries with your dentist. Here’s an overview of the sedatives you may be recommended, with pros and cons.


Key takeaways:


- Light sedation using laughing gas is recommended if you have minor nervousness, and if you need to drive or work after the procedure.
- Oral sedatives help with moderate anxiety, but take a while to wear off.
- General anaesthesia offers complete sedation, but recovery takes longer.


Never postpone a dental appointment due to anxiety of fear – help is available and your teeth and oral health will thank you.


Read the full story here: 

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/which-type-of-dental-sedation-is-right-for-you/

Do You Grind Your Teeth At Night?

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Do you suspect that you might grind your teeth while sleeping? This is a condition known as bruxism and if left untreated, it can lead to severe damage. What are some of the symptoms which may indicate bruxism?


-  Worn or chipped teeth.
-  Becoming increasingly sensitive to hot or cold foods.
-  Chronic pain in the neck and/or jaw.
-  Morning headaches


"A physical exam can usually tell your doctor or dentist if you or your child have been grinding your teeth."


Learn about some of the causes and treatments for teeth grinding:


https://familydoctor.org/condition/teeth-grinding-bruxism/

The Importance of Good Oral Care for Teenagers

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Oral care should not be overlooked during the formative teenage years. By maintaining regular dentist visits, teens can be advised on good oral hygiene habits for healthy teeth and gums.


Key takeaways:

-  Braces to straighten teeth help make them easier to clean as well as improve their appearance.
-  Impacted wisdom teeth happen when there is not sufficient room for them to come through and may need dental care.
-  Have your dentist bleach your teeth rather than use products at home, some of which can irritate the gums.


"Bad breath, or halitosis, usually comes from bacteria — but what can you do about it? In many cases, a simple change in your personal or hygiene habits can freshen you up, starting with good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist."


Read the full story here
https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/teen-oral-care/teen-talk-teen-teeth

Bad Brushing a Bad Habit

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We are taught by our parents, and sometimes our dentist, how to brush teeth correctly but many people quickly forget these lessons and begin to brush in the wrong way. This quickly becomes a habit that is very hard to break and can cause untold damage to teeth, gums and overall dental health.

Three basic guidelines to follow are:


• Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
• Use circular motions rather than up and down or back and forth strokes
• Never brush aggressively but use firm strokes


Aggressive brushing causes “notching along the gum line” which can lead to receded gums. Other dental bad habits are listed and discussed at https://www.drlarrystone.com/blog/748-2/

How To Care For Your Teeth After Having Braces Removed

 

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Orthodontic treatments like braces will straighten your teeth, but once they’re removed you must make sure your follow a dental care routine to get long-lasting results.


Key takeaways:


-  Keep your retainer clean by brushing it with a fluoride-based toothpaste.
-  Rinse your mouth twice a day using a rinse that contains fluoride.
-  Choose a soft-bristled tooth brush and ask your dentist about the best brushing technique.


Be consistent with your dental care routine and follow any additional instructions your dentist gives you.


Read the full story here:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/adult-braces-before-and-after-what-to-expect-when-they-come-off-0714

The Importance to Oral Care of Cleaning the Tongue

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Research by scientists shows the mouth may house bacteria which causes gut inflammation. The majority of the microbes in the mouth reside on the tongue.


Key takeaways:


-  When the tongue is not cleaned properly bacteria can thrive in the biofilm created.
-  Cleaning the tongue is an important part of an oral care routine and is simple to do.
-  You can use a metal spoon with the bowl face down toward the tongue to gently scrape the tongue clean.


"Do this quick scrape 3-4 times and then spit and rinse. Not only will your mouth be healthier, but many people also find that this increases their ability to taste subtle flavors in foods."


Read the full story here
https://orawellness.com/tongue-cleaning-importance/

Choosing Between Porcelain or Acrylic Dentures

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Well-fitted dentures can look like natural teeth, with porcelain and acrylic resin the most common materials used. The pros and cons of each material can be discussed with your dentist when choosing the appropriate type for your dentures.


Key takeaways:


- Porcelain is harder and more durable than acrylic, which means it will resist wear more.
- Acrylic dentures are less likely to chip or fracture and can be less abrasive when fitted against natural teeth.
- Acrylic may be better for people with jaw bone loss as it transfers the force from chewing with less intensity.


"If the dentures do not meet properly when you bite down, the unbalanced pressure may cause further damage to the bone. Porcelain transfers that force with greater intensity than acrylic teeth. Acrylic also transfers less pressure from habits such as grinding, clenching or tapping teeth."


Read the full story here
https://www.livestrong.com/article/291153-porcelain-vs-acrylic-teeth/

Back to School Dental Prep

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Before your children return to school, it's a good idea to take them to the dentist for a checkup:


- Dental problems can result in pain and missed school days.
- Your child's dentist will check their teeth are healthy and they are following a healthy daily dental routine as well as changing their toothbrush regularly.
- Your child's teeth can also be protected by a mouthguard while they play sports at school.


"Include portable healthy lunch items and snacks in your child's sack lunch, including grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit."


Read the full story here:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/ada-08-consumer-news-back-to-school

Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums

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Everyone knows, or should know, the basic rules for good oral care. Brushing and flossing the teeth daily and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups should be part of our dental care routine but there are other guidelines for maintaining good dental health.

It is also recommended that we:

• Limit the intake of starches and sugary foodstuffs
• Replace sweetened drinks with water or unsweetened tea when possible
• Use an antibacterial mouthwash


Smoking discolours the teeth and tongue and is a risk factor for gum disease and cancer. Smokers should give up the habit for their dental and overall well-being. More detailed information can be found in the article at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324708.php

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