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Did You Know the Menopause Can Affect Your Teeth?

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The change in estrogen levels seen in the menopause can have a detrimental impact on your teeth:

– The menopause can cause dry mouth, worsened gum disease and potential tooth loss due to osteoporosis of the jaw bone (all a result of lower estrogen levels).

– Good oral care is vital during the menopause to maintain a healthy smile.

– Make an appointment with your dentist to discuss any concerns about your oral health during the menopause.

“You might be surprised to know that your teeth and gums may experience some changes with the onset of menopause.”

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/can-menopause-impact-dental-health/

 

How to Keep Cavity-Free with Better Food Habits

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Research points to a link between the health of our teeth and gums and our eating habits. Good nutrition is vital for good oral health, which in turn is key for good overall health.

Key takeaways:

– Drinking tap water helps reduce cavities since it does not contain sugar and washes away food stuck to teeth.
– Some foods are not as good for your teeth as you may think, including fruit drinks and sticky dried fruits like raisins.
– Snacking on foods high in sugar through the day feeds the bacteria which cause cavities.
“Most people think only candy causes cavities, but much of the food we eat like chips, crackers, and bread contain carbohydrates that turn into sugars in the mouth.”
Read the full story here
https://healthminute.org/2018/11/5-ways-to-keep-your-teeth-cavity-free/

Should You Worry About Jaw Ache?

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Although jaw ache is a fairly common problem, if you experience it, you shouldn’t ignore it nor hope it will go away on its own. There are various causes of jaw ache including:
– Teeth grinding
– Teeth clenching
– Gum disease
– Cavities
– Abscess
Jaw ache can lead to issues such as migraine, muscle tension and ear ache. As the causes are linked to oral health, you should book a visit to the dentist who will be able to advise the best treatment …
… “Or, if you suspect that the grinding is most likely related to stress, visit your GP or confide in a friend for help in managing your stress levels.”
More information is available here: https://www.glamour.co.za/wellness/fitness-exercise/this-is-why-you-should-never-ignore-jaw-ache-17536395

What Is An Abscess?

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An abscess is a painful swelling at the root of an infected tooth. An abscess develops as a result of severe gum disease or an infected tooth:

– Treatment depends on how severe the abscess is.

– The dentist will either drain the pus from the abscess with a lance or perform a root canal filling on the affected tooth to remove the infected pulp.

– In severe cases, the tooth may have to be extracted; luckily it can be replaced with a dental implant to preserve your smile.

“The abscess itself—which is a swollen area typically filled with pus—forms at the root of the tooth that’s infected.”

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-is-a-dental-abscess-and-how-is-it-treated/

 

Proper Dental Care Could Help Your Blood Pressure

teeth, health , smile, dentistResearch shows that there are more reasons than ever before to see your dentist at least twice a year. Gum disease may be linked to problems with blood pressure. What have recent studies uncovered?

– Those diagnosed with gum disease may not derive as much benefit from blood pressure medications.

– Regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene can prevent gum disease.

“Researchers reviewed medical and dental records of more than 3,600 people diagnosed with high blood pressure.”

Read this link to appreciate the reasons to care for your teeth and gums:

https://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/gum-disease-may-worsen-blood-pressure-problems-738756.html

 

Excessive Use of Antibiotics is Bad For Your Mouth

teeth, health , smile, dentistHave you been looking for ways to protect your teeth while lessening trips to the dentist? You might be surprised to learn that oral bacteria can play an important role. Let us briefly examine what many scientists have discovered in recent years.

– Some types of ‘beneficial’ bacteria can help to prevent fungal infections within the mouth.

– These helpful bacteria also play a role in reducing inflammation.

– Taking antibiotics too frequently can kill these ‘good’ bacteria.

– Limit the use of antibiotics to only the most serious infections — so you will protect the ‘good’ bacteria.

Read more about this study by following this link:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180926082539.htm

 

How Can Jaw Tightness Due to Bruxism be Treated?

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Many individuals grind their teeth and this habit can cause pain in your jaw. Also known as bruxism, it is important to seek the advice of a dentist. The good news is that there are options available.

– A mouthguard may be provided.

– Orthodontics such as braces might also be recommended.

– If stress is the root cause, personalised management techniques will come in handy.

“If you’re grinding your teeth, you may be doing it at night while you sleep or during times of stress and not realise it.”

Check out additional expert information by following this link:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-causes-jaw-tightness/

 

Fitting an Implant-Supported Bridge

teeth, health , smile, dentistWhether to replace one tooth or several, an implant-supported bridge is probably what your dentist will recommend. Once a patient is deemed to be a good candidate for this form of restorative work, the actual procedure is quite simple and relatively quick. Basically, the steps are as follows:

– Implants are fitted and fixed into the jawbone

– The implants are allowed time to fuse with the bone

– A temporary bridge will probably be fitted while the permanent bridge is constructed

When the bridge is securely fitted the dentist will attach “crowns that match your natural teeth” to the implants. More detailed information can be found at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-is-an-implant-supported-bridge/

 

Tips for Overcoming your Child’s Fear of the Dentist

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Addressing a child’s fear of the dentist is essential. Many adults with dental phobia avoid having dental treatment.

Key takeaways:

– Choose a dentist who specialises in treating children.

– Visit the dentist before the child’s first checkup, if possible, for a quick meet-and-greet.

– Talk to your child about the dentist using positive terms and simple language.

Children who see the dentist early in life get used to having regular visits. They should have an appointment as soon as teeth arrive.

“… if you want your child to feel comfortable going to the dentist, it typically helps to start dental appointments at a young age.”

More tips:

https://www.workingmother.com/afraid-of-the-dentist#page-2

Custom Fit Mouthguards for Children

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Sporting injuries to the mouth are quite common for children and a mouthguard can often prove to be the difference between minor and serious damage to the teeth and gums. A store bought mouthguard will provide a certain degree of protection but is not as good as one that is made to fit. A dentist can mould a mouthguard to the individual shapes and contours of the teeth which gives:

– A better fit

– More comfort

– Individual protection to teeth

Custom fit mouthguards are also longer lasting and “the strength and durability of these quality mouthguards” make them a worthwhile investment. More information can be found at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/should-my-child-wear-a-custom-fit-mouthguard-during-sports/