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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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How to enhance your smile

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to enhance your smile

People’s teeth affect both their physical and psychological well being. In addition to helping them to smile, and to speak clearly and coherently, they also enable them to break down the food they eat, so that their body can begin the process of digestion. Additionally, the condition of a person’s teeth can affect their overall physical appearance; missing teeth can actually altar the shape of the face, causing skin bunching and sunken cheeks. Moreover, severely discoloured, crooked or chipped teeth can often negatively affect a person’s perception of themselves, and lead to low self-esteem. For all of these reasons and more, it is essential to look after your teeth; here, we offer a few pieces of advice on how to do this. Master the basics A consistent and thorough daily dental hygiene routine is an absolute must if you want to prevent oral diseases, and keep your smile in tip-top condition for the rest of your life. The website Dental Health recommends that people brush their teeth at least twice a day, using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Additionally, you should use floss or inter-dental brushes each night, to clean out any food particles between your teeth that your toothbrush may not have caught. Pay a visit to your dentist Regular trips to your dentist for check-ups and teeth cleaning will also greatly enhance your smile, by helping to reduce the risk of stain build-up and tooth loss.  During a check-up, your dentist will carefully examine your teeth, looking for things such as tartar, cavities, gingivitis and other signs of decay and oral disease. Depending on what they find, they may then recommend further treatment. They will also usually carry out a teeth cleaning, during which they will remove tartar build-up and polish the teeth to remove stains. Ideally, you should visit your dentist for a routine check-up and cleaning every six months. Keep your teeth pearly white Whitening your teeth can have a surprisingly significant effect on your general appearance, and is a relatively simple way to enhance your smile. The first step towards a brighter smile is to avoid drinks like red wine, tea and coffee, as these contain tannins which can cause staining. However, whilst this can help, the most effective way to lighten your teeth is to book an appointment with your dentist for a professional whitening treatment. They will typically do this usin a solution of hydrogen peroxide, which they will then apply to the teeth using a custom-made tray. In some instances, where a person’s tooth discolouration cannot be addressed using standard whitening treatments, veneers may be a better alternative. WebMD explains that these are extremely thin tooth-shaped covers, usually made from porcelain, which can improve the appearance of a tooth’s colour, size and shape. For tips on dental health, contact your local...

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Will Breastfeeding Affect Your Baby’s Dental Health?

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Will Breastfeeding Affect Your Baby’s Dental Health?

Like many mothers, you probably read up on the benefits of breastfeeding before making your feeding decision. Most books and articles talk about how nursing lowers your baby’s risk of SIDS, allergies, viruses and infection. However, very few talk about the how breastfeeding relates to your baby’s gums and developing teeth. Did you know that nursing has an effect on your little one’s dental health? Many mothers don’t. Thankfully, breastfeeding has a positive impact on your baby’s teeth, but it’s not a miracle prevention for dental problems. Here are 2 positive dental effects to expect from breastfeeding, and 1 negative to watch out for. Upside: Lower Risk of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay Tooth decay is often associated with eating sugary foods over a prolonged period of time, so many mums are surprised when they hear that their baby could be at risk too. While it’s true that mouth bacteria uses sugars to produce its harmful acids, it’s not true that unhealthy eating is the only culprit. In fact, a baby doesn’t need to be able to eat at all to get tooth decay — they can get it from their bottle. Aside from water, almost all drinks contain some level of sugar. This includes animal milk and infant formula, as well as fruit juices and other seemingly healthy choices. When babies drink from a bottle, this sugary liquid pools in their mouths and gives bacteria a field day. This is known as baby bottle tooth decay. Breastfeeding eliminates this problem because milk only flows from your breast when your baby is sucking and swallowing. Indeed, studies found that tooth decay was rare in babies before bottles and formula were invented. Some research even suggests that the proteins in breastmilk attack and kill decay-causing bacteria. If you’re a breastfeeding mum, rest assured that you’re lowering your baby’s chances of needing fillings. Upside: Lower Risk of Crooked Teeth No one wants their child to have crooked teeth. Aside from the aesthetic downsides, crooked teeth (known as ‘malocclusion’ to dentists) can have an effect on your overall dental health. Crooked teeth leave more places for bacteria to grow, and it’s harder to clean between all the teeth because of their positions. Malocclusion also leads to tooth wear, bad breath, and chewing difficulties. Luckily for breastfeeding mums, a 2015 study found that breastfed babies were 72% less likely to have crooked teeth and 44% less likely to have an open bite. Downside: Your Baby Can Still Get Dental Problems Don’t get complacent. While breastfeeding can help reduce your baby’s chances of tooth decay, cavities, and bite problems, it’s can’t prevent them completely. You still need to look after your baby’s teeth in the same way a bottle-feeding mum would. The best way to further decrease your baby’s risk of tooth problems is to begin cleaning them shortly after birth. Moisten a soft washcloth and use it to wipe your baby’s gums twice a day, preferably after feeding. When your baby’s first tooth comes through, you can begin using a soft toothbrush and a grain-sized amount of toothpaste. To prevent malocclusion, try to wean your baby off of sucking on a dummy or a finger before the age of 3 or 4. Remember to take start taking your little one for dental check-ups at...

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How to Avoid Going to the Dentist Unnecessarily

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Avoid Going to the Dentist Unnecessarily

Most dentists are probably not offended when someone tells them that they hate to see them, as a dental visit can sometimes be uncomfortable and unpleasant. However, you can typically avoid many dental problems if you take care of your mouth and teeth every day and are sure to manage your overall oral health properly. Note a few tips for how to avoid going to the dentist unnecessarily and how to keep your mouth and teeth healthy and strong. 1. Floss properly You may know to floss every day, but do you floss properly? This would include not pushing the floss into the gum line so that it causes cuts or abrasions, as these can then allow germs and bacteria to settle. In turn, you may be doing more damage with your floss overall. You also want to ensure you floss thoroughly; bend the floss in a C-shape around the front and back of each tooth, rather than just sliding it up and down between teeth. This will get the most food particles out of your mouth for a healthy smile. 2. Avoid drying agents Saliva is needed to rinse away food particles that may cause cavities and other health problems, so you need to avoid drying agents that cause your mouth to become dry and sticky. While you might enjoy the taste and fresh breath you get when using a mouthwash, note that if it has a high alcohol content, it might actually be doing more harm than good. Alcohol dries the skin and the mouth so that you cannot easily rinse away those stuck food particles. Opt for mouthwashes and other products without alcohol, or rinse your mouth with water after using them so that the alcohol gets rinsed away as well. 3. Protect your teeth Your teeth are meant to be strong enough to eat hard foods and to withstand some pressure when you hit something with your mouth, but they’re not unbreakable. Protect your teeth from becoming weak by avoiding foods and beverages that have a high acid content, such as colas and sugary foods. The acids in these foods will weaken tooth enamel so that the teeth themselves are more prone to cavities and breaking. Get into the habit of chopping up hard foods like carrots and apples so you don’t put unnecessary pressure on the teeth when you eat, and always wear bite guards when playing any sport or even when out biking, skating, or doing anything that increases your risk of falling and breaking a tooth. For more tips on the best preventative care for your teeth, talk to your...

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