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Worried About A Crooked Gumline? Here Are Some Solutions

 

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A crooked gumline can affect the appearance of your teeth and smile, but there are several treatment options available depending on the root cause of the problem.


Key takeaways:


-  Where gum disease is the cause, getting this condition treated will improve a crooked gumline.
-  Gum reshaping treatments can help where crooked gumlines are a genetic problem.
-  Laser treatment or gum contouring is an option to improve a gummy smile.


If an uneven gumline concerns you, speak to your dentist about how to restore it.


Read the full story here: http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-can-be-done-to-treat-an-uneven-gumline/

Three Reasons To Keep Regular Dental Appointments

 

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Postponing dental appointments is a false economy, since regular checkups are essential to catch problems early -- and before they end up needing expensive treatment.


Key takeaways:


-  You may have cavities that aren’t visible.
-  You may also have gum disease and not show any symptoms for a while.
-  Inconsistent oral care can lead to severe gum disease and eventually to tooth loss.

So don’t skip your next appointment with the dentist. Your teeth and gums deserve proper care to be healthy.

Read the full story here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/avoiding-the-dentist-is-costly-to-your-smile-and-wallet/ 

Replacing Missing Teeth with Partial Dentures

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Although partial dentures can be used to replace a single tooth, they are better suited to patients with several non-adjacent teeth missing.


Custom-moulded to fit the patient's mouth, the artificial teeth are firmly attached to a plastic and metal base and designed to fit comfortably over the existing teeth.


Although other replacement options (like dental implants) are available to the dentist many patients prefer partial dentures because they:


-  Can be fitted relatively easily and quickly
-  Require no intrusive surgery
-  Look, feel and act like natural teeth


Partial dentures are also “easy to wear and remove for cleaning” and colour matched to the existing teeth making them unnoticeable to others.

Find out more at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/partial-dentures-may-be-your-solution-for-missing-teeth/

Sensitive Teeth and Gums

 

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Any sensitivity of the teeth or gums could be a precursor to more serious issues further down the line. However, it is not necessary to notify the dentist immediately as is often possible to remedy these issues by simply taking better dental care.


Sensitivity is often due to plaque, tartar and bacterial build-up so eliminating these is key to avoiding any problems. This means:


-  Brushing and flossing daily
-  Scheduling regular dental check-ups
-  Avoiding sweetened foods


Sometimes, tooth sensitivity can be easily treated using a desensitising toothpaste and a fluoride gel may aid with sensitive gums. Read more about these issues at https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/tooth-sensitivity/sensitive-gums-vs-sensitive-teeth-0415

Common Foods Which Can Harm Your Teeth

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Most of us are aware certain hard foods such as popcorn kernels and hard candies can damage teeth. However, your dentist can advise on other foods which most people may not consider potentially harmful to teeth.


Key takeaways:


- Olives and plums contain stone-like seeds that can cause damage when bitten down upon.
- Hard or crisp breads like baguettes can damage teeth and any dental restoration work you may have.
- Sugar in foods like caramel can stick to the teeth longer, increasing the risk of tooth decay.


"However, soft breads aren’t in the clear either—some softer breads can stick to teeth, leading bacteria to attack tooth enamel. The healthiest breads for your teeth include whole wheat and sprouted kinds."


Read the full story here
https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/boo-top-scary-foods-that-can-hurt-your-teeth/

What Triggers Gum Disease?

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Gingivitis is an oral health condition that causes the inflammation of the gum tissue. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to gum disease, including advanced gum disease (periodontitis) and tooth loss, therefore the need to be treated promptly.


Key takeaway:


- Gingivitis can be caused by poor oral hygiene, smoking, hormones and a dry mouth.
- Symptoms include swollen gums, tender gums, bleeding, loose teeth and bad breath.
- Your dentist can treat gingivitis by using several medications depending on your underlying issue.


Schedule regular visits to the dentist in addition to proper oral care at home.


Read more here:
yourdentalhealthresource.com/gingivitis-top-causes-and-how-to-treat-it/

Missing Teeth: Getting All-Four-Implants

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If you need dentures or a bridge, you might talk to your dentist about All-on-Four dental implants. The implants are single replacement teeth that are secured to your jaw, and four implants can be used to stabilise either dentures or a bridge -- so there’s no slippage.


Key takeaway:


•All-on-four implants are designed to replace your missing teeth and improve functionality.
•You need to have enough bone and healthy gums.
•If you have insufficient jaw bone, you might need a bone graft.
•If you have gum disease, getting that problem treated can prepare you for dental implants.


Talk to your dentist about All-on-Four implants if you’re missing a row of teeth.


For more information, read here:
https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/are-you-a-candidate-for-all-on-four-implants/

The Connection Between TMJ And Migraines

 

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Temperomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) affects the jaw joint, has been recognised as a cause of migraines. We now know that the effects of jaw disorders can be felt in other parts of our bodies and not just the jaw or teeth.


Key takeaways:


-  TMJ can cause inflammation and this can develop into migraines.
-  This disorder puts the head and neck under a lot of stress.
-  TMJ and a misaligned bite go hand in hand and can cause unnecessary strain.


If you’re affected by migraines and your doctor cannot figure out the cause, it may be time to have a chat with your dentist.


Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/understanding-the-link-between-tmj-and-migraines/

 

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/

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