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Is Tooth Whitening a Good Solution for Teenagers?

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Tooth Whitening a Good Solution for Teenagers?

Teenagers will often obsess about their appearance. They live in an environment where fellow teens and their peers can be very critical and feelings can be hurt quite easily. These teenagers can also be recalcitrant when it comes to discussing any of these obsessions with their parents. Sometimes the teen is not happy about the appearance of their smile. As a parent, what do you need to be looking out for and what solutions are available? What to Look for You can usually tell if your child has an issue with their smile by observing their behaviour when they are interacting with somebody else. When they laugh, do they have a tendency to hold their hands up over the mouth? Do they tend to look down or away from somebody else when in conversation? These are usually signs that they are not happy with the appearance of their smile and this may be something that you overlook. After all, you may already have discussed the issue of whether or not they need braces and have found that this is not an issue. You may still have overlooked the fact that they are concerned about the colour of their teeth. Are Primary Teeth the Issue? There are many reasons why teeth could be discoloured. As teens develop, their primary teeth eventually fall away and are replaced by the permanent ones. It is certainly not unusual for primary teeth to be different colours to permanent replacements. Therefore, bear in mind that any attempt to colour correct may not be fully successful until all of the permanent teeth are in place. Are They Ready? In younger teens the tooth whitening procedure can lead to some irritation or sensitivity along the gum line. Many dentists will recommend that parents wait until the children are later in adolescence before considering professional tooth whitening, to reduce this sensitivity. This will allow the tooth pulp to be formed properly first. In Office Solution There are two different methods to consider if you’re ready to proceed. The first can involve chair-side bleaching, which requires several office visits of between 30 minutes and an hour. In this situation, a whitening gel is put on the teeth and then exposed to a special laser. It is possible to whiten teeth by a number of different shades. Bleaching Trays The second process involves the creation of custom bleaching trays by the dentist. Usually this is created in one office visit and then you are given the tray, together with bleaching gel, to take home. The teen will then use these trays a couple of times a day, or in certain circumstances they can be worn overnight instead. Results for this system are usually seen in a couple of weeks. The Right Solution If you are unsure whether your teen is ready for teeth whitening, or not sure what system is best in your case, consult with a cosmetic dentist for...

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New Dentures and Swollen Gums: How Vitamin E Can Help!

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Dentures and Swollen Gums: How Vitamin E Can Help!

If your new dentures are rubbing against your gums and causing them to swell, you may be seeking a home remedy to relieve the pain. Vitamin E might be the solution for you. Treating any inflammation of your gums will help to make wearing your new dentures more comfortable and will also reduce the chance that you will develop an infection or gum disease. Below is a guide to the benefits of vitamin E and how you should apply it to your gums. The Benefits of Vitamin E Vitamin E is a fantastic way to treat soft tissues which are damaged or inflamed. Vitamin E has an anti-inflammatory effect on your gums which helps to reduce the level of swelling you experience.  By reducing the swelling, you will find it much easier to adapt to wearing your new dentures. You will also find that tasks such as flossing and brushing your teeth are much less painful than before, allowing you to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine.  Vitamin E is also has powerful anti-oxidants which will help your body to repair any damaged gum tissue. However, you should be aware that, while vitamin E will help to heal your gums, it will not treat any underlying problems such as gum disease.  How to Apply Vitamin E While a balanced diet or supplements are an excellent way to ensure you absorb vitamin E, due to your age or other factors, the vitamin E from your diet may not reach your gums. If you are suffering from inflamed gums, the best way to apply vitamin E is by using a topical gel or oil directly onto the area of the gum which is swollen or painful. You can do this by first washing your hands and then applying a small amount of the vitamin E to your finger. Next, gently rub the oil or gel into your gums. The vitamin E will be absorbed directly into the gums and will begin healing the soft tissue immediately. Ask your dentist to prescribe a tube of vitamin E and follow their directions as to how often you need to apply it. If you have any concerns about your new dentures or your gums, you should book an appointment with your dentist. They will carry out a full inspection of your dental health and will then either adjust the fit of your dentures or treat any inflammation or disease which is affecting your...

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Why Tooth Reshaping Might be Right for You

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Tooth Reshaping Might be Right for You

Tooth reshaping, often called tooth contouring, involves both sanding down tooth surfaces and when necessary, adding filler to shape your teeth exactly the way you want them. This allows you to create the perfect smile. However, there are other benefits of reshaping besides the obvious cosmetic improvements. Below is a brief guide to these benefits. Quick and easy  Unlike other cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants and braces which can sometimes take months to have the desired effect, contouring is very quick. Often the process can be completed in just two appointments. Another benefit is that it is relatively painless as the process is carried out solely on the external enamel of your teeth.  A whiter smile Tooth reshaping often involves the removal of some enamel. This means that any stains and discolouration of the enamel will also be removed and new whiter teeth will be constructed. In this way, tooth contouring can brighten up your smile.  Healthy teeth and gums  Although contouring is a cosmetic procedure, the reshaping of your teeth can make it easier for you to maintain a high level of oral hygiene. For example, if your teeth are very close together contouring can even out the distances between the teeth to prevent build up of plaque and tartar in crevices behind and between overcrowded teeth. It will also make them easier to clean. In turn, this can reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.  Correct misaligned teeth Contouring can also be used to help to correct teeth that are misaligned. If your canine teeth are oversized, this can cause problems with your bite. By shaving down these teeth, your dentist can ensure that your teeth are properly aligned, correcting any problems with your bite. In some cases, contouring could correct issues which have otherwise required braces. Subtle and discreet treatment Tooth contouring is much more subtle and discreet when compared to other dental interventions such as braces. If you would like to avoid a drastic change to your mouth and would like to avoid people staring or commenting, contouring could be the option for you. Contouring of the teeth provides a positive change to your smile without drawing attention to the fact that you have undergone treatment. If you would like more information about the benefits of dental contouring or other cosmetic procedures, contact your dentist today. They will be able to assess your dental health and provide any suitable treatments. For more information, contact a business such as Shellharbour City...

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Braces: Traditional or Invisalign: Which is Right for You?

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Braces: Traditional or Invisalign: Which is Right for You?

If you are thinking about having dental realignment, you will have a choice of orthodontic treatments open to you. A major decision to make is whether to go for traditional braces or Invisalign retainers. There are a lot of different factors to consider when making your decision, and the options available to you will depend on the nature of your dental problems. Below are some essential facts to bear in mind when considering orthodontic work. Uses Generally speaking, Invisalign retainers work best for low-level corrections such as mild overbites or slightly crooked teeth. Traditional braces, on the other hand, are effective in treating a wide range of orthodontic complaints and can be used to adjust more severely misaligned teeth. If you need major realignment work, your orthodontist is likely to recommend full braces. With lighter adjustments, both options will be open to you.  Effects Both approaches are effective and with long term use will change the shape and alignment of your teeth and jaw. However, traditional braces are permanently fixed to the teeth for the duration of your treatment — the orthodontist will fit, adjust and remove them. This means that they are constantly working to realign the teeth, which gives a higher chance of a lasting positive outcome. Invisalign retainers, on the other hand, are removable; they only need to be worn a certain number of hours a day, and the patient can remove and replace them at will. This means that you could potentially forget or neglect to wear them, in which case long-lasting results are less likely to be achieved.  Appearance Invisalign retainers are the more discreet choice aesthetically speaking. They are made entirely of clear plastic and are hardly noticeable when worn. Another advantage is that they can be easily removed, which means cleaning both your teeth and the Invisalign forms is quick and easy. Orthodontic technology has advanced, and traditional braces aren’t the metal train tracks that they used to be. There are now more subtle braces available which utilise clear plastic and enamel so that they are not so visible. However, traditional braces will be fixed permanently to your teeth which can make regular, thorough cleaning a challenge.  Expense  Both options will burn a pretty large hole in your pocket, though costs will depend on the level of treatment required. In general, Invisalign is more expensive than the traditional method as they are necessarily more bespoke, moulded to each patient’s bite form.  Before making a decision on which treatment to use, carefully weigh up the costs and benefits. Your orthodontist will be able to help and advise you on the best choice for your...

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How Can a Timer Teach Kids How to Brush Their Teeth?

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Can a Timer Teach Kids How to Brush Their Teeth?

As your kids get older, you’ll gradually teach them the techniques they need to clean their teeth until they are old enough to do the job themselves. While kids typically learn basic brushing techniques easily enough, they may still not clean their teeth well enough for your liking. If your child knows how to brush their teeth but is still not doing a good job, they may not be spending enough time on each brushing session. If this is the case, you may find that a timer helps them brush more effectively. Why Timing Matters Dental advice recommends that people brush their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes per session. This timing gives you the best chance of giving all your teeth an effective and robust clean. While two minutes might not seem a long time to you, it may seem like an age for kids who need to clean their teeth before getting on with their day or going to bed. While your child may use the correct brushing techniques, these techniques may not be enough on their own to maintain good oral health. If your child rushes through each brushing session, the chances are that some teeth and areas of the gums won’t get as good a clean as others. If you think that your child is not spending enough time on brushing, it may be worth giving them more concrete timing guidance. Timing Options To help your child learn how long two minutes actually takes, you can use various timing options. For example, the following tips may help: Timers: Your child can use a watch, stopwatch, kitchen timer or even the timer on a mobile phone to make a two-minute countdown. Electric Toothbrushes: Many electric toothbrushes come with timing buzzers built in. The toothbrush will vibrate after one or two minutes so your child knows when to stop brushing. Some electric toothbrushes for kids also come with special timing devices that help kids build up to the recommended two minutes. For example, some play tunes or can be connected to apps that use cartoons to reward brushing times. Music: Playing two-minute long short songs or rhymes may also be a useful way of keeping your child engaged while they brush. Bear in mind that kids may not be able to go the two-minute distance from the word go when they start cleaning their own teeth. You may need to gradually build up the time spent on brushing. If they still get really bored after some practice, it may help to split each brushing session into two one-minute chunks. Here, you would encourage your child to clean their top teeth for a minute and then their bottom teeth for the second minute. For more information or advice, contact your family...

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Natural Ways to Kill Bacteria and Prevent Tartar Build-Up

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Natural Ways to Kill Bacteria and Prevent Tartar Build-Up

Investing just a few minutes a day on caring for your teeth is quick, simple and requires minimal effort. Yet the benefits can be fantastic, everything from whiter teeth, less trips to the dentist and better oral hygiene. Something that affects everyone is plaque, which is a layer of acidic bacteria that coats the teeth. It’s perfectly normal and is caused by food debris and dirt; however, when this plaque is not brushed away with regular brushing, it can harden and become mineralised. This is otherwise known as tartar, a hard white or yellow substance that stains teeth, damages enamel and can cause many issues, particularly around the gum line. Follow these three simple tips to ensure you halt plaque in its tracks and reduce the likelihood of tartar buildup.  Regular Brushing First and foremost, brushing with quality toothpaste should always be your number one method for keeping your teeth healthy. Brush twice a day both in the morning and in the evening to prevent plaque mineralisation. You can also supplement your daily routine with mouthwash, tongue brushing and dental floss. However for those people who like to use natural and/or organic products there are a number of natural remedies that can help to keep bacteria at bay. Cloves Cloves have been used for centuries for their ability to help alleviate toothache. They are known for their anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used alongside your regular toothpaste to boost your bacteria-killing power. Adding some simple crushed cloves that you can buy from the supermarket to your pea-sized dollop of toothpaste will help to maintain the health of both teeth and gums. It also acts as a gentle exfoliant depending on how fine the powder is. Alternatively you can just cover the top of the brush with the crushed cloves and use that by itself.  Aloe Vera Aloe vera is another superfood that has many health benefits. Not only can it help to kill bacteria (and thus tartar build-up), it is also effective at preventing gum disease and gingivitis. You can buy chemical-free aloe vera mouthwashes and tooth gels from good pharmacies, and they can be incorporated into your daily brushing routine.  Tartar prevention is all about killing the bacteria within your mouth. Making sure you and your family brush regularly is the best way to maintain your oral health and ensure you always have clean teeth and a great smile. Contact a dentist for more...

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Highly Sensitive To Allergies? You Need To Talk To Your Dentist Before You Get Veneers

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Highly Sensitive To Allergies? You Need To Talk To Your Dentist Before You Get Veneers

Getting veneers is an ideal way to correct dental defects such as chipped or crooked teeth. However, as a person who already has an overly sensitive body, you need to take extra precautions before you make the appointment to have your veneers bonded onto your teeth. An allergy to the dental bonding material is possible based on your current allergies, so these are the points you need to think about before you take the next step. What Is A Dental Bonding Allergy? Before the veneers are attached to your teeth, a natural-coloured adhesive is painted onto the surface of your teeth. The adhesive is made up of composite resin, and it has the potential to trigger an allergic reaction that spreads through the gums to other parts of your body. While dental bonding allergies are rare, they are more likely to occur when a person, such as yourself, has a higher than average reaction to common chemical compounds around them. How Will The Allergy Show Itself? As with other allergic reactions, you can expect to see irritated skin in the form of a rash, a burning sensation or small blisters. This response may occur inside the mouth, or it could spread to the head, neck or upper body area. The good news is that if the allergy did show itself, it would probably improve without medication a couple of days after it appeared. However, if you want to minimise the risk of an allergic reaction to the bonding adhesive, there are a couple of things you can do. Minimising Allergy Chances Before you have the veneers fitted, make an appointment with your allergist to have a skin test done with the bonding adhesive. A tiny amount of the glue will be placed on your skin and left there for 24 hours to see if a reaction occurs. If it does not, then you can move onto the veneer fitting without fear. If there is a reaction, there are still several options open to you. One is to talk to your doctor about increasing your allergy medication before fitting the veneers. By having a higher level of antihistamine in your system, the allergy reaction should be reduced. Secondly, discuss with your dentist what other materials can be used to bond the veneers to your teeth. Have a skin allergy test done with each of them until you locate one that does not cause your body to react. Having a sensitive body does not mean you have to miss out on beautiful teeth through veneers, but it does mean thinking about your allergies before the veneers are glued into...

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7 Tips to Stop Your Partial Dentures From Slipping

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 7 Tips to Stop Your Partial Dentures From Slipping

When you first get partial dentures, they can feel awkward. For example, you may notice them shifting slightly in your mouth as you chew. Try using these tips to help keep your dentures securely in place when you eat, drink and speak. 1. Chew on Both Sides of Your Mouth Chewing only on one side of your mouth can put uneven forces on your dentures, which can cause them to tilt and shift. Practice chewing on both sides of your mouth to keep your dentures securely in place. 2. Eat Small Pieces of Soft Food  Biting down on a hard nut or chewy hunk of steak can put a lot of strain on your dentures, which could make them slip. While you’re getting used to eating with dentures, stick to soft foods like soup and well-cooked vegetables. Cut your food into small pieces to remove the amount of chewing you have to do. 3. Don’t Chew Gum Gum sticks to dentures and can pull them out of place. Avoid chewing gum and instead suck on sugar-free mints to keep your breath fresh. 4. Keep Dentures Moist As dentures dry out, they can slightly change their shape. When you take your dentures out at night, keep them moist by soaking them in denture cleaning solution. During the day, sip water to keep your mouth and dentures moist. 5. Use Denture Adhesive If you’ve tried the tips above and you’re still struggling to keep your partial dentures in place, a denture adhesive could be the solution you need. You can use a denture adhesive paste or powder to keep your dentures in place throughout the day. In either case, you need to clean your dentures and then apply the denture adhesive to the part that is in contact with your gums when you wear them. After applying the adhesive, immediately put the dentures back into your mouth and gently press them into place to create a secure seal. 6. Be Gentle With Your Denture Applying too much force to your partial dentures can bend them out of shape. Never use force to push them into place; instead, line them up carefully with the gap in your teeth and gently slide them into place. 7. Have Regular Dental Checkups Over time, the shape of your mouth and gums can change, which can affect the fit of your partial dentures. See your dentist regularly to check the fit of your dentures. Your dentist will let you know when your dentures need to be adjusted or...

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Partial Dentures or Dental Implants? How to Choose Your Tooth Replacement Solution

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Partial Dentures or Dental Implants? How to Choose Your Tooth Replacement Solution

If you are missing a single tooth or several adjacent teeth in part of your mouth, you can choose to replace them with dental implants or partial dentures. Both these solutions create the illusion of a flawless smile, but there are important differences between the two treatments that you need to consider when choosing which option is right for you. What are Partial Dentures? Partial dentures are a set of one or more false teeth attached to a plastic framework that attaches to your neighbouring teeth. Typically, you would wear your partial dentures during the day, creating the appearance of a complete smile, but take them out in the evening so you can clean them thoroughly. What are Dental Implants? Unlike partial dentures, dental implants are not removable. They consist of a titanium support that is surgically inserted into the jaw and one or more tooth-coloured crowns. Dental implants are designed to permanently restore your smile and typically require little maintenance after the initial fitting. Advantages of Partial Dentures The fitting process for partial dentures is non-invasive. The dentist will ask you to bite down on a soft moulding material to create an impression of your bite. This mould is then sent to a dental laboratory, where custom partial dentures are created to fit your mouth. On the other hand, dental implants require a minor surgical procedure to fit the titanium supports. Partial dentures are less expensive than dental implants. Estimates of the cost of replacing one arch of teeth with partial dentures range from $1,500 to $2,500. In contrast, dental implants can cost as much as $5,340 per tooth. Partial dentures are a suitable option for most people, whereas some people do not have enough bone density to support a dental implant. Consult your dentist to find out whether your jawbone is sufficiently healthy to make dental implants a possibility. Advantages of Dental Implants Dental implants typically require less maintenance than partial dentures, which may need to be replaced every few years as the shape of your mouth changes. Dental implants also protect against future bone loss, as they transmit chewing forces through the jaw, providing the stimulation the jawbone needs to stay strong. Many people find dental implants more convenient, as they do not slip at all when you chew or talk. Partial dentures sometimes require adhesives to keep them in place, but implants stay permanently rooted. This lack of movement can help to give dental implants a very natural look and feel....

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4 Common Root Canal Myths

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Common Root Canal Myths

The words ‘Root Canal’ are enough to make even the bravest dental patient feel faint. There are many tales about the amount of pain and distress caused by root canal treatment, but how many of these myths are actually true? Below 4 of the most common myths about root canal treatment are dispelled. Myth 1—Root Canal Treatment Will Be Painful While having a root canal might have been painful in the past, advancements in dental technology and pain control mean that having the procedure performed today isn’t any more painful than having a tooth cavity filled. Myth 2—Root Canal Treatment Is Only Necessary If You Experience Tooth Pain If your dentist suggests that you undergo root canal treatment but you aren’t experiencing any pain, you may believe it is unnecessary. However, it is likely that the reason you can feel no pain is that the root of the tooth is dead. A tooth with a dead root still requires treatment even if you are not in pain. Your dentist is a professional who will use a range of equipment and tests to confirm that your tooth is dead. They will only recommend root canal treatment when it is appropriate and necessary. Myth 3—Root Canal Treatment Can Cause Other Illnesses This myth comes from discredited scientific research. In the early 20th century, Dr Weston Price made the claim that root canal treatment could cause other infections and illnesses to invade the body. Because of this, he advocated extraction of teeth rather than root canal treatment. This meant that many patients had to undergo painful operations to have their teeth removed. Modern dentistry has since shown that the original research, which was carried out before scientists properly understood how diseases and infections were caused, was poorly designed. However, the myth still persists to this day. Myth 4—Root Canal Treatment Only Provides a Temporary Fix The root canal procedure can provide long lasting benefits to your oral health, relieving pain you have been feeling while also helping to save and preserve the tooth. As well as allowing you to keep your natural teeth, a root canal is usually less painful and expensive when compared to dental implant surgery or tooth exaction. If you are have any other questions and queries about root canal treatment, you should book an appointment with a dental professional who will be able to offer help and advice about this...

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