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Need to Know: Diabetes and Gum Disease



People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease which can lead to loss of teeth. Gum disease can also increase insulin resistance which makes diabetes harder to control.

Key takeaways:

- Regular dental checkups are essential if you have diabetes.
- Keep blood sugar under control to help reduce oral bacteria.
- Dry mouth can allow oral bacteria to build up, so keep hydrated with water.

It's important to monitor your oral health to prevent gum disease if you have diabetes.


Tips To Keep Dental Veneers In Top Condition



Veneers are placed over natural teeth and give you a brand-new smile. Here are some tips to ensure you get the most out of this dental treatment.

Key takeaways:

-  Brush gently with non-abrasive toothpaste or with toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
-  Don’t use your teeth to bite hard objects.
-  If you grind your teeth (called bruxism), you will damage your veneers.

There are several types of veneers available. Your dentist can explain the details and recommend the best option. If you grind your teeth, your dentist can also provide treatment for bruxism.

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Need to Know: Tooth Discolouration



Not everyone is blessed with perfectly white teeth. Discolouration can be caused by heredity conditions affecting the strength and colour of tooth enamel. There are external factors that cause staining, too.

Key takeaways:
- Dark-coloured food and drinks like wine, coffee and berries stain teeth over time.
- Tobacco use causes brown or yellow teeth stains.
- Use of tetracycline antibiotics as a child, or during the mother's pregnancy can result in discoloured tooth enamel.

Whatever the cause for stained or discolured teeth, a dentist can help brighten them. Most causes of discolouration aren’t genetic.

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Good Oral Health While Wearing Braces



Wearing braces is extremely helpful in straightening teeth for a lovely smile. However, it can cause tooth decay and aggravate cavities. There are several ways you can keep your mouth healthy while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Keep reading to find out more.

Key takeaways:
-  Take care of your oral health by using an electric toothbrush instead of a standard toothbrush.
-  Get started with interdental cleaners which will help remove food particles.
-  Use mouthwash after brushing to achieve long-lasting fresh breath and prevent cavities.

Visit your dentist if you encounter any trouble brushing your teeth during your orthodontic treatment.
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Want to Stop Snoring? See Your Dentist


Dentists do much more than fix teeth. If you have sleep apnoea, where your airway becomes obstructed during sleep, and air can't reach your lungs properly, your dentist may be able to help.

Key takeaways:
- Sleep apnea increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.
- Reduce the risk of snoring by avoiding tobacco, alcohol and maintaining a healthy weight.
- A dentist may be able to make a custom mouthguard to hold the jaw in place and prevent snoring.

If snoring is affecting your sleep, see your doctor or dentist.

"Ask your dentist about oral appliance therapy..."


Why You May Feel No Pain With a Tooth Infection


An infection can arise when bacteria gets inside a tooth. Not everyone with a tooth infection will feel pain, yet they will still require treatment from a dentist to prevent the infection from spreading.

Key takeaways:
-  A tooth’s inner tissue can die due to an infection, resulting in an absence of pain although the infection still exists.
-  An infection can be ongoing even without any pain and it will worsen without treatment.
-  Have your teeth examined regularly by a dentist to check for infection.

"Getting treatment is essential because the infection can spread to the tissues around the tooth, and may even enter the bloodstream, at which point it can become life-threatening."

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Why a Tooth Aches



There is no single reason why a tooth hurts but it always signifies an underlying problem with the teeth or even the gums. Although the aching may be intermittent, or may even disappear over time, toothache should be taken as a wake-up call and the problem discussed with the dentist.
The toothache can usually be traced to one of several main causes:

- Tooth infection

- Damaged tooth enamel

- Chipped or cracked teeth

- Teeth grinding and gum disease

Whatever the reason your tooth will almost always get worse without treatment and the underlying cause should always be investigated. Find out more at

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