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Need to Know: Untreated TMJ Disorder


If the jaw or temporomandibular joint don't work correctly, it can create discomfort and a range of other problems. It is known as TMJ disorder.

Key takeaways:

  • Cartilage can deteriorate in people diagnosed with TMJ disorder and symptoms can worsen over time.
  • TMJ may be associated with tinnitus, headaches and dizziness.
  • Teeth-grinding is often linked with TMJ and this can damage teeth and place further stress on the joint.

A dentist can assess issues with the jaw and help formulate a treatment plan.
"Chronic pain can get worse over time when TMJ isn’t treated..."

Comparing At-Home And In-Office Teeth Whitening Treatments


Over time, our teeth can become discoloured and lose their natural brightness. To help with this, you can choose between at-home and in-office whitening treatments.

Key takeaways:

  • At-home kits may seem convenient, but they take longer to whiten your teeth. In-office treatments can show results in a matter of hours -- brightening your smile much more effectively.
  • It’s safer to get your teeth whitened by a dentist, who’ll make sure your enamel is strong enough.
  • Some at-home kits can leave you with unevenly discoloured teeth.

For the best results, always choose a dentist to brighten your smile.

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How Your General Health Affects Your Dental Health

Certain medical conditions can impact your teeth, gums, and oral health. Your general health affects your dental health.

Key takeaways:

  • Pregnancy and diabetes can raise the risk of gum disease.
  • Oral infections are more likely if you are receiving cancer treatment or a compromised immune system.
  • Cognitive disorders can affect memory and the ability to carry out tasks like brushing teeth.

If you are pregnant or have a medical condition, remember to schedule regular appointments with your dentist.

"Increasing evidence is showing that conditions in the body can actually affect your smile, and vice versa."


Foods to Eat and Avoid With New Dentures


Dentures are functional replacements for missing teeth. When you first have dentures, your dentist can advise you on the best foods to eat while you adjust to them.

Key takeaways:

  • Although designed to help you chew food better, you should stick to soft foods when you first have dentures.
  • Hard foods such as tough meats and sticky foods like candy are best avoided while you get used to dentures.
  • Your dentist will help maintain your dentures, allowing you to comfortably chew your favorite foods.

"If you’re learning to eat with dentures, don’t let the adjustment period discourage you. Soon, you’ll be eating all the foods you were able to enjoy with your natural teeth, and you’ll also enjoy increased confidence of being able to smile without worry!"

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Causes And Treatment Of TMJ


TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a condition that affects the jaw joint and that can have a significant impact on quality of life. These are the main causes and treatment options available for this disorder.

Key takeaways:

  • TMJ can be caused by habits like the excessive use of chewing gum; grinding your teeth during sleep can also cause TMJ.
  • Chronic stress and underlying medical or oral conditions can cause this disorder.
  • Treatment options range from stress management techniques to surgical solutions and the use of oral appliances.

Your dentist can diagnose TMJ and recommend the most beneficial treatment.
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Impacted Tooth Can Cause Dental Problems



It is not just wisdom teeth that can become impacted and cause dental problems. Any tooth can have difficulty in emerging through the gums -- with the result it will become impacted and can have serious dental consequences.

Problems caused by an impacted tooth:

  • Infections of the gum from bacterial build-up
  • Crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth
  • Damaged tooth roots

An impacted tooth can be difficult to identify. It is diagnosed by a dentist who can determine the best method of treatment for your specific situation.
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How Your Dentist Is Curbing COVID-19


To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to protect their health and that of their patients, dentists are taking extra precautions at their practices. Below are some of them.

Key takeaways:

• All patients must wear face masks and also be screened before the consultation.
• Dentists are using personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, face shields, gowns and gloves.
• Dentists are encouraging their patients to maintain social distancing as well as offering virtual consultations.

Talk to your dentist about what can be done to keep your teeth healthy during these trying times.

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Are You Due for a Professional Teeth Clean?


Professional teeth cleaning is a gift to your oral health, as you’ll have stains and plaque removed -- the basis of healthy teeth and gums. There are some signs to be aware of if you have skipped a regular cleaning.

Key takeaways:

- Puffy, red gums can indicate early signs of gum disease.
- Sensitive teeth can suggest damaged tooth enamel.
- Bad breath can be due to a build-up of plaque.

Your dentist may recommend that professional teeth cleaning is carried out every six months.
"teeth cleaning helps remove the plaque that builds up in your oral cavity to prevent disease and protect both the health and appearance of your smile!"

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How Technology is Improving Dental Implants


CBCT scans (cone beam computed tomography) take colour 3D images in seconds. These advanced images show your dentist the precise location for a dental implant.

Key takeaways:

- CBCT scans reveal bone quality and show the position of any tooth roots where an implant is required.
- Precise measurements mean dentists can make a smaller incision so healing times are faster.
- CBCT scans have less exposure to radiation than traditional X-rays.

If you need to replace any missing teeth, talk to your dentist about dental implants and cone beam technology.
' technology is changing the field of dentistry."


Why You Should Get A Wisdom Tooth Removed


Wisdom teeth may get removed if they erupt abnormally and result in major oral health complications. So what are these complications and how do they affect your smile? You can have your wisdom teeth removed if:

• Causes pain and swelling in your gums and jaw.
• Severely decayed and infected.
• Begun pushing against other teeth, as this will lead to crooked teeth.

Talk to your dentist if you suspect your wisdom tooth is becoming a problem.


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