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Are You Suffering from a Misaligned Jaw?


Did you know that a misaligned jaw can create other issues than those related to your teeth? Many individuals are unaware that they have this condition. Here are three common symptoms:

-  You are experiencing discomfort/pain in your face and/or jaw.
-  You regularly breathe through your mouth.
-  It can be difficult to speak or eat at times.

"Your upper and lower jaw are connected by a complex joint called the temporomandibular joint."

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Treatments To Fix Cracked And Chipped Teeth



Fixing a damaged tooth doesn’t always involve a root canal or an extraction. There are dental procedures that can restore damaged teeth without extensive surgery.

Key takeaways:

-  Cracked tooth can be restored with a dental crown.
-  Bonding involves composite resin which can help fill in chips and even out the tooth’s appearance.
-  Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin sleeves that fit over the tooth.

Cracked or chipped teeth need to be assessed by a dentist to ensure they’re repaired before they get worse. Book in an appointment right away if you’ve noticed a damaged tooth.

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Braces Options for Straightening Your Adult Teeth


Orthodontic treatments such as braces can still help straighten your adult teeth. Your dentist can advise you on the options available if you are considering having your teeth straightened.

Key takeaways:
-  Traditional metal braces are effective and can address some of the more complex alignment issues.
-  For those looking for a more discreet option, ceramic braces are tooth-colored and less visible.
-  Fitted on the tongue side of the teeth, lingual braces will not be noticed by others when worn.

Clear aligners are very discreet, worn like a retainer and removed when you eat, sleep, and attend social events.

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Tender White Lesions in Your Mouth?


Oral thrush occurs when bacteria in the mouth grows out of control. It causes white lesions on mouth tissue, and can also cause burning and soreness in the mouth and throat.

Key takeaways:
- People with diabetes or weakened immune systems are more likely to develop oral thrush.
- Antibiotics can affect the balance of mouth bacteria so drink plenty of water with them.
- Always clean dentures on a daily basis and remove them at night to help prevent oral thrush.

Regular check-ups help maintain great teeth and oral health.

"Oral thrush is typically treated with antifungal medications that your dentist prescribes."

Need to Know: Diabetes and Oral Health


If you have diabetes you will need to take extra care of your dental health.

Key takeaways:

- High blood sugar encourages fungal infections and bacteria, so try to keep levels under control.
- Maintain good dental hygiene by brushing, flossing and schedule professional teeth cleaning.
- See your dentist if you experience any dental issues like sore, inflamed gums so treatment can begin early.
Keep blood sugar under control and see your dentist regularly.

"When your blood sugar is high on a regular basis, it can have several different effects on the mouth."

Overcoming Dental Anxiety in Children


While many children regard a visit to the dentist as part of a normal routine, or even a special occasion, others may become anxious or fearful. This anxiety is often a behaviour learned from their parents -- and this is why parents should NEVER:

-  Display their own fears and anxieties about a dental visit
-  Teach children that dental check-ups and procedures may be painful
-  Dismiss a child's anxiety as unimportant but discuss their fears

It is also crucial that a child visits the dentist at an early age. This should be done when the first teeth appear and enables the child to become familiar with the dentist and reduce the likelihood of future dental anxiety.

When choosing a dentist, make sure your dentist is experienced in pediatric dentistry.

How Is a Misaligned Bite Corrected?


People with a misaligned bite can experience discomfort or may worry about the appearance of their teeth. A misaligned bite may be an underbite or an overbite, where the two rows of teeth do not meet. You can discuss the available treatment options with your dentist.

Key takeaways:
-  Orthodontics, including metal braces and Invisalign, are the most common treatments.
-  Dental veneers are placed over teeth to modify them and correct a mild misaligned bite.
-  Surgery may be suggested for those with a severe misaligned bite, although this is a rare occurrence.

"While misaligned bites can cause aesthetic issues, they can also cause discomfort with eating or speaking. Some people with misaligned bites may even experience discomfort when their jaw isn’t moving."

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The Hidden (and Surprising) Risks of Snoring


Snoring has often been associated with problems with the teeth and gums such as dry mouth. However, did you know that snoring may be caused by a medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?

Let's take a look at three issues associated with OSA in order to appreciate why obtaining a professional diagnosis is important. Sleep apnoea can lead to health problems such as:

- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Daytime fatigue, difficulty concentrating, depression

Your dentist can help diagnose sleep apnea and prescribe a treatment that will help, including an oral device.
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