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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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4 Reasons Why a Lack of Money is No Excuse For Ignoring a Toothache

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons Why a Lack of Money is No Excuse For Ignoring a Toothache

When your budget is tight, you may be tempted to cut back on dental visits to make your money stretch further. However, when you have a toothache, putting off a trip to the dentist is never a good idea, no matter how difficult your financial situation. Here are three reasons to see your dentist when your tooth starts to hurt, even if you’re worried about the cost. 1. Waiting Increases the Bill Ignoring a toothache can leave you facing a much bigger bill when you eventually get treatment. The most common cause of toothache is dental decay, where erosion of the protective enamel covering the tooth exposes the sensitive nerve inside. In its early stages, dental decay can be treated by filling cavities in the teeth, but if you leave it to progress you may need more expensive treatment, such as root canal therapy or tooth extraction. The cost of replacing a tooth with an implant or dental bridge can be very high, so it’s less expensive in the long run to save the tooth if you can. 2. Payment Plans Can Spread the Cost You don’t always have to pay the full cost of dental payment upfront. Many dentists offer dental payment plans, which allow you to spread the cost of the treatment over many months. If your savings account is empty, talk to your dentist about payment plans, which could allow you to fit paying for your dental treatment into your monthly budget. 3. You Might Be Able to Get Help With the Costs Do you receive support payments from the government? If you are currently receiving assistance or have a Healthcare Card, you may be able to get free or cheap treatment through a country subsidy dental program. Visit the dental section of the Department of Health website to find out about government programs for adults and kids. 4. It’s Not Only Your Dental Health That’s at Risk Losing a tooth is bad enough, but it’s not the only risk of ignoring a toothache. Going without treatment can lead to an infection, which in rare cases can be fatal. Swelling around your tooth is a sign of infection and indicates that you need to see your dentist quickly. No matter how tight your budget or how much you worry about money, you need to book an emergency appointment to get the infection under control and then treat the underlying...

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How to Manage Your Pain After Having Immediate Dentures Fitted

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Manage Your Pain After Having Immediate Dentures Fitted

If you’ve decided to have immediate dentures fitted straight after having your teeth extracted, you don’t have to worry about walking around without teeth until your gums heal. While this may give you a bright new smile on the spot, wearing dentures on top of a new extraction site may also cause you some discomfort and pain. What steps can you take to manage any pain you might have? Take Pain Relief Before Your Anaesthetic Wears Off The pain you feel after having immediate dentures fitted is sometimes caused by the extraction procedure rather than the dentures themselves. While you may feel fine during your surgery, you should remember that this is probably down to the anaesthetic you had before your teeth were extracted. Once this anaesthetic wears off, your gums may start to hurt. Typically, your dentist will recommend that you take over-the-counter pain relief such as paracetamol or a medication containing ibuprofen for a day or so until your wound sites start to heal. Paracetamol is good for general pain relief; ibuprofen also helps reduce swelling. If your extractions were tricky, and your dentist feels that you may have unusual pain, you may be prescribed stronger painkillers. It’s a good idea to start taking pain relief before your anaesthesia wears off rather than when your mouth starts to hurt. This may help reduce the pain you’ll ultimately get by taking the edge off before the pain takes hold. Warning: Don’t use aspirin unless your dentist tells you to. Aspirin can make extraction sites bleed more, which may make your healing time take longer. Don’t Take Your Dentures Out Too Soon While your new dentures may feel plain weird when you first have them fitted, it’s best not to mess with them. Typically, you’ll be advised to leave them in for the first 24 hours after having them fitted after extractions. Your mouth may actually feel less painful when your teeth are in. Dentures give your gums a layer of protection. They also help stop bleeding and minimise swelling by pressing against your gums. Bear in mind that your gums are likely to swell in the first few hours after your extraction and, if you don’t have your dentures in, your gums may swell enough to make it hard for you to get the dentures back in comfortably or at all until the swelling goes down. Your dentist may then recommend that you start to leave your dentures out for a few hours at a time, typically overnight. This gives your gums a break once they’ve settled down so they can continue healing. Have Your Denture Fit Checked Immediate dentures won’t necessarily exactly fit the shape of your mouth. If you have dentures moulded while your teeth are still in place, your dentist has to estimate the fit. As your extraction sites heal and your gums adapt to losing their natural teeth, your mouth may change shape slightly. If your dentures don’t fit exactly, they may rub on your gums, making them painful and sore. Your dentist can fix this by relining the dentures to make them fit better. It’s important to stick to follow-up fit-checking appointments if your dentist recommends them; if your dentures rub against your gums and become uncomfortable, you should make an appointment to...

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Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist: What to Expect

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist: What to Expect

If your baby’s cute gummy smile is gone and the first teeth have arrived, you might be wondering when it’s time to book your child’s first appointment with the family dentist. The answer is as soon as possible. The Australian Dental Association recommends that the initial checkup happens when a tooth becomes visible or when the child turns one, whichever comes first. Here’s what you can expect during your first visit. What will happen during the visit? The dentist will check all of your child’s teeth for spotting or decay, as well as assess potential problems with gums or jaws. In most cases the examination won’t take long at all and your child won’t be required to sit still for a long time.  Your dentist will then discuss with you how to care for your child’s teeth. You’ll learn techniques for effective brushing, as well as some ways to deal with reluctant kids, who try to avoid brushing at all cost. You’ll have all your questions answered about dental hygiene, decay prevention, your child’s sucking habits, teething and suitable nutrition. Make a note of everything you’d like to ask in advance, so that you don’t forget.   Will it be stressful for your child? Family dentists have been trained to work with babies and children. They know exactly how to get children’s attention and how to distract them when needed. There may be a few toys that will keep your child occupied and you may even come out with a little gift like a sticker or a new, special tooth-brush. These early visits are important not only as a way to monitor your child’s dental health, but also for developing trust and a positive relationship with the dentist. When there’s a real problem, dental treatment will be less stressful for your child if it’s done by someone they know well and they’ve shared lots of laughs with. How can you prepare? Let your child know in advance what’s happening, while not making a big deal out of it. Stay positive when you’re talking about the family dentist and don’t use the dental visit as a threat when your child is not keen on brushing. If you have any fears or distressing memories of your own, be careful not to pass them on. Most adults aren’t looking forward to their dental appointments, but for your child a visit to the family dentist may very well become an exciting adventure.  For more information, contact a family dentist like DC...

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