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Diagnosing Cracked Teeth

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Sometimes a crack in a tooth is so small that it will require a dentist to identify the problem. The presence of a crack is often characterised by sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink or pain while chewing.

Should these symptoms manifest themselves they should be discussed with your dentist who has a variety of options available to locate the crack.

These options include:

• Magnifying glass
• A pointed tool called a dental explorer which catches on any crack
• Dental dye


During an examination the dentist “will check the gums for signs of inflammation” which is a common side-effect of cracked teeth.

More detailed information can be found at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322015.php

What Are Dental Veneers and How Do They Work?

 

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Dental veneers are used to improve the look of your teeth. They are thin shells which your dentist can colour to match your natural teeth.


Key takeaways:


- Dental veneers are very thin shells of porcelain that can be used on discoloured, chipped, broken or misaligned teeth to enhance their appearance.
- If your dentist thinks veneers are suitable, they will first prepare your teeth for the veneers.
- The veneers are then cemented on to the tooth, making any necessary adjustments beforehand to ensure a good fit.


"Veneers can be different shades of tooth colour, so it’s important to discuss your needs with your dentist to determine which shade is right for you."


Read the full story here
https://www.getholistichealth.com/56688/what-you-need-to-know-about-dental-veneers/

How To Care for New Dental Fillings

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You should take proper care of your mouth after getting a cavity filled. You may go back to your normal routine but consult your dentist for any issues that may arise.

Key takeaways:

-  Brush and floss gently to prevent your new filling from getting damaged
-  Be careful when eating or drinking. Chew gently and on the opposite side of where the filling was fixed
-  Avoid extremely hot or cold foods. Follow up with your dentist for any arising issue

Call your dentist if you have any questions or concerns and always keep your teeth clean.

Read the full story here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/the-best-ways-to-take-care-of-your-new-filling/

 

Adult Braces: What Are My Options?

 

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If you need braces to straighten your teeth, you’ll be pleased to know that advances in modern dentistry have made a new generation of adult braces available. Here are some of the most popular options.


Key takeaways:


-  Removable aligners like Invisalign are unobtrusive braces that can be removed for eating, sleeping and special events.
-  Clear braces feature transparent brackets that work like regular braces without being as obvious.
-  Traditional braces are fixed to your teeth and are more conspicuous.


Your dentist can discuss these options with you and recommend the one that’s likely to suit your lifestyle best.


Read the full story here:

https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/adult-orthodontics/the-best-options-for-adult-braces-1112

Heartburn: More Than Just A Digestive Problem

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Although heartburn is a digestive disorder, this unpleasant condition can have a negative effect on the health and overall condition of your teeth and mouth.


Key takeaways:


- When you have acid reflux, stomach acids can get pushed up into the esophagus and even into the mouth.


- Over time, the acids brought into the mouth can damage the dental enamel.


- Dry mouth can even make the situation worse and create a breeding ground for bacteria.


- This can lead to a host dental and gum problems, ranging from teeth sensitivity to pain.


If you suffer from heartburn, have your teeth assessed by your dentist to treat any issues this condition may have caused.


Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/acid-reflux-harms-your-dental-health/

 

Gum Disease Linked To Pancreatic Cancer

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Poor oral health and harmful oral bacteria have been linked to pancreatic cancer. That is why you should regularly brush and floss your teeth.


Main takeaways:


- Pancreatic cancer has a low survival rate as is often diagnosed late because there are no symptoms.
- Gum disease and poor oral health increase your risk of pancreatic cancer, oral cancer and heart problems.
- Two oral bacteria - Porphyromonas gingivalis and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans increase the risk of gum disease and pancreatic cancer.

- Smokers are at a higher risk of pancreatic cancer.

See the dentist regularly for checkups and to prevent harmful oral bacteria.


Read more here:
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/309303.php

Do You Floss Regularly?

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Habits are difficult to develop if not approached in the correct manner. The same holds true for oral care habits such as flossing our teeth. This is why it is a good idea to embrace "triggers" in order to become accustomed to a routine. How does this method work?


  - A trigger is an action or event which causes you to think about flossing.
  - It should occur on a daily basis.
  - Over time, flossing will be adopted as a part of your normal oral hygiene regimen.


"Think of it as something that will save you time, money and anxiety at the dentist’s office."


Check out additional habit-friendly techniques below:
https://www.drmichaels.com/blog/make-flossing-your-habbit

Dental Myths & Facts

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Regular dentist check-ups are important as part of a good oral health routine. Some myths still persist regarding dentistry which you need to be aware of, so let’s cover real facts instead.

Key takeaways:

- One myth is baby teeth cavities are irrelevant, which is wrong as they can affect the development of permanent teeth.
- Time of day does matter when brushing teeth, with brushing before bed especially important.
- Sugary pop is not the only drink which affects teeth, as some juices and sports drinks contain more sugar.

"Your dental health is very important, and knowing how to take care of your teeth means knowing the truth from the myths."

Read the full story here

https://www.getholistichealth.com/78995/6-dental-myths-busted/

 

The Importance of Mouthguards in Preventing Injury

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A mouthguard helps protect against impact injuries which otherwise can result in eating and speech difficulties. A dentist can advise you on selecting the right mouthguard and can fit a custom-made mouthguard.

Key takeaways:

- A mouthguard should be a vital part of your sports gear from an early age.
- Your dentist can check your mouthguard at a regular checkup and advise when it needs replacing.
- A well-fitted mouthguard can be even more important for those who wear orthodontics such as braces.

"While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, any athlete may experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating."

Read the full story here:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/m/mouthguards?utm_source=mouthhealthyorg&utm_medium=mhteensrotator&utm_content=mouthguards

Benefits of Early Braces for Children

 

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Braces have come a long way in recent years. This is why a growing number of parents are choosing to have early orthodontic work performed on their children. Also, at an early age, it’s much easier and quicker to adjust the position of teeth.


Early orthodontics can prevent the need for braces later on -- so your child grows up with a beautiful smile -- along with self-confidence.


What unique options are now available and how might these benefit the child?
- Brightly coloured elastics have become standard practice.
- A child can choose his or her favourite colours.
- This allows them to feel more involved in the procedure itself.


"To make braces more acceptable and fun for young people, manufacturers have made brightly coloured elastics."


Take a look at the other advantages associated with early orthodontics:
https://www.colgate.com/en-ph/oral-health/cosmetic-dentistry/early-orthodontics/early-orthodontics-may-mean-less-treatment-later

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