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All-on-Four Implants for Missing Teeth

While dentures are an acceptable way of replacing missing teeth there is a better alternative. All-on-four dental implants basically consists of a set of replacement teeth that are firmly attached to a dental bridge which the dentist anchors to the jaw using four (sometimes six) implant rods.
The result is a permanent, natural-looking set of artificial teeth that:

- Looks, acts and feels like real teeth
- Requires no special maintenance or cleaning
- Lasts a lifetime
All-on-four dental implants have a particularly high success rate and are very effective in restoring a natural, confident smile as they are permanently fixed and cannot slip as is the case with dentures.



Why You Should Never Ignore a Root Canal


Delaying treatment of a root canal leads to extended pain and can also impact your overall health. If your dentist says you require a root canal, it is best not to put off the procedure.

Key takeaways:

-  Infection can spread to other teeth and the gums when you delay having root canal treatment -- and can result in tooth loss.
-  The sooner your dentist can address a root canal problem, the easier it is to remove all infected matter.
-   Your oral health can affect your overall health as infections move to other areas of the body through the bloodstream.

"The longer you wait, the further the infection spreads. This makes it tougher to treat, especially in back teeth that have more roots for the infection to spread to."

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Jaw Tightness and Tension



Tightness or tension in the jaw is unpleasant and often painful. Your dentist can help identify the reason why you are experiencing this, so you can get treatment.

Key takeaways:

- Teeth-grinding can cause on-going jaw pain and damage teeth.
- A misaligned bite or jaw (temporomandibular jaw disorder) can be painful.
- Stress and anxiety can also cause tension in the jaw, causing pain.

Your dentist can help diagnose and often treat jaw pain. If you are experiencing pain, tension or other jaw issues, contact your dentist today.
"...symptoms often point to a larger problem that can easily be addressed with your dentist."


The Link Between Diabetes and Gum Disease


An increase in plaque and tartar caused by diabetes can affect the health of your teeth and gums. Your dentist can help play a role in both maintaining your oral care and caring for your diabetes.

Key takeaways:
- Diabetes can make it harder to control and treat infections arising from gum disease.
- Gum disease may impact on your diabetes as it can make it harder to control blood sugar levels.
-  check-ups with your dentist help spot the signs of gum disease early, which include swelling and gum recession.

"Diabetes may also interfere with the healing process of the body, making it imperative that you catch gum disease early. Regular exams with your dentist can tell you if you have any early signs of gum disease!"

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Should You Consider Dentures?



Contrary to popular belief, dentures are not only for older people. Here are some reasons why it might be worth considering this dental treatment.

Key takeaways:

-  Dentures can replace anything from a single missing tooth to entire rows of teeth.
-  They can replace missing teeth without surgery or invasive procedures.
-  They can be customised to match your natural teeth in terms of colour and shape.

If you are considering dentures as a possible way to restore your smile, book a consultation with your dentist to find out if you’re a good candidate.

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Solutions for Gapped Teeth


A gap between the teeth, regardless of how big or small, can cause embarrassment and loss of self-confidence. In the majority of cases, however, help is at hand as the modern dentist has several methods of treatment at his or her disposal. The most common solutions for gaps include:

- Dental bonding is an option that involves tooth-coloured composite resin to fill a gap.
- Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that discreetly moves and straightens teeth to close any spaces.
- A dental bridge is used to secure an artificial tooth where a tooth has been lost.

These three methods can fill or cover a gap between the teeth in a relatively short space of time. There is also the option of having braces fitted or using the Invisalign tray system for straightening your teeth or closing the gap that is causing embarrassment.

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How To Choose The Best Toothpaste For Your Kids



Children should be taught a brushing routine as soon as their first teeth appear, ideally using toothpaste specifically created for them. Here are some tips on how to choose the right one.

Key takeaways:
-  If children are under 3 years old, choose a toothpaste without fluoride.
-  Fluoride toothpaste can be used as soon as a child is able to brush and spit the toothpaste.
-  Good-quality toothpaste will have a seal or industry certification.

You can also ask your kids’ dentist for specific toothpaste recommendations.
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Taking Good Care of Invisalign Retainers


Made from clear, moulded plastic, Invisalign retainers are almost invisible and one of the most popular methods for straightening teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign retainers are removable and need some care and attention in order to function to maximum effect. This is done by:

- Brushing and cleaning the retainers twice a day
- Brushing firmly but gently
- Never immersing the retainers in hot water to avoid warping

It may be possible to use a cleaning solution rather than toothpaste which may scratch or damage the retainers but this should only be done after discussing with your dentist whether this is feasible. Read more about Invisalign care at

What You Should Know About Laser Dentistry


Laser dentistry may be relatively new to you, but dentists have been using this procedure for some time now -- and the results are pretty impressive. Here are some of the key things you ought to know about this innovative medical procedure.

  Key takeaway:

-  Laser dentistry uses a piercing beam of light that acts as a cutting instrument which removes any damaged oral tissue.
-  The procedure can be used to remove tumours, whiten teeth, treat gum disease and repair decayed teeth.
-  Laser dentistry is usually a quick, pain-free procedure that often minimizes bleeding and swelling.

Visit your dentist today for laser treatment.

How to Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay


Babies and toddlers are vulnerable to tooth decay -- especially their upper front teeth. There are ways you can help prevent this.

- Never dip their dummy in sugary solutions.
- Avoid using sweet juices in their bottles.
- Clean baby's mouth daily, even before teeth arrive.

Schedule an appointment with a dentist around your child's first birthday. The dentist can check their teeth are developing properly. This will give your child a great foundation for their dental health.

"...your dentist can help ensure the teeth are healthy and developing properly for a bright smile!"

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