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Could an Improper Bite Lead to Teeth Grinding?

December 6, 2018

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teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealthOne of the many reasons why children may grind their teeth involves the alignment of their upper and lower jaw. Misaligned teeth can often lead to this condition (known as bruxism). A morning headache is often the first symptom.

Key takeaways:

– The pain associated with misalignment could result in grinding.

– Misaligned teeth can cause stress; another factor.

– Don’t ignore the problem; talk to your dentist about treatment to help preserve your child’s teeth.

“Children who have a misaligned bite may be more prone to grinding their teeth.”

Learn more:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-to-prevent-and-treat-your-childs-teeth-grinding/

 

What to Do If You Have Bad Breath

December 4, 2018

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teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealthWhen you have persistent bad breath and your dentist has ruled out an oral health issue, you will need to change your oral hygiene and other habits. There are also actions you can take:

– Brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and use a mouthwash

– Scrape your tongue (you can buy toothbrushes with scrapers)

– Avoid foods that leave a lingering smell and after-taste

– Chew mint flavoured gum as this will keep your mouth moist

“It’s easy to improve your breath and keep your teeth and gums healthy at the same time.”

This article contains more detail: https://www.modernghana.com/news/895255/bad-breath-and-what-to-do.html

 

 

Pulling Children’s Teeth?

November 27, 2018

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teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealthFrom about the age of six, children’s baby teeth begin to loosen and fall out to make room for the first permanent teeth. At this point it may be tempting for parents to speed the process along and pull the teeth themselves but this is a mistake.

Don’t try to pull the tooth yourself as it can cause:

– Unnecessary pain

– Bleeding

– Infections

It is best to let nature take its course and any extraction should only be performed by a dentist to “encourage proper tooth development” and avoid complications. Further guidance on this topic can be found at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/can-you-pull-your-childs-loose-teeth-or-should-they-fall-out-naturally/

 

Menopause and the Impact on Teeth and Gums

November 25, 2018

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teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealthMenopause sees the onset of hormone changes ending the menstrual cycle for a woman. These hormone changes can also affect dental health and your dentist can advise on best practices during this transition.

Key takeaways:

– Dry mouth through low levels of estrogen can impact on teeth enamel as saliva helps protect from bacteria.

– Regular dentist check-ups help identify issues such as loose teeth due to osteoporosis from lower estrogen levels.

– Menopause can worsen existing gum disease, leading to loose teeth, infection and tooth sensitivity.

“However, osteoporosis can affect alveolar bone as well, which is the bone that helps support teeth in the jaw. If alveolar bone becomes less dense, it can lead to loose teeth and even tooth loss.”

Read the full story here

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/can-menopause-impact-dental-health/

 

Best Ways to Avoid Cavities

November 20, 2018

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teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealthPrevention is always better than cure and the best way to avoid cavities is to keep gums and teeth in top condition. This involves proper brushing and flossing as well as regular check-ups at the dentist.

What we eat and drink also plays a crucial role in the well-being of teeth and certain items are far better than others. Foods and drinks to be avoided, or kept to a minimum, include:

– Fizzy, sugar-laden drinks

– Sweets and crisps

– Dried raisins and chewy fruit snacks

Plain tap water is the “healthiest drink option” as it contains fluoride and also rinses the oral cavity to keep teeth and gums clean. More tips can be found at https://healthminute.org/2018/11/5-ways-to-keep-your-teeth-cavity-free/

 

Treating a Dental Abscess

November 14, 2018

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teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealthAn abscess can be very painful and needs treating by a dentist as soon as possible. The abscess can be caused by an infected tooth or because of gum disease and typically results in a swollen area that is filled with pus. Depending on the cause and severity of the abscess treatment can include:

– Lancing the abscess to drain pus and other material

– Deep cleaning (root planing) the roots of teeth in the infected area

– Course of antibiotics to prevent infection recurring

If the abscess was caused by infected nerve tissue inside the tooth pulp “root canal therapy may be able to help” and more detailed information can be found at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-is-a-dental-abscess-and-how-is-it-treated/

 

Why Does My Jaw Ache in the Morning?

November 12, 2018

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teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealthJaw ache is a common issue and can lead to muscle tension and migraines. If you are suffering with jaw ache when you wake up it, could be a sign of an underlying dental issue.

Key takeaways:

– Teeth grinding and clenching while asleep due to stress is the most common reason for jaw ache. This is called bruxism.

– Your dentist may fit you with a mouthguard to wear at night to alleviate teeth grinding.

– Jaw ache may also be caused by cavities and gum disease which a dentist can treat.

“Ongoing grinding can cause sensitivity and weakening of the tooth structure, as well as cracks and breakages. Further consequences can come in the form of muscular pain in the neck and shoulders and even headaches.”

Read the full story here

https://www.glamour.co.za/wellness/fitness-exercise/this-is-why-you-should-never-ignore-jaw-ache-17536395

 

What Might Cause a Receding Gum Line?

November 3, 2018

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teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealthA receding gum line involves the gums coming away from the teeth and exposing the roots. Receding gums can be painful and a dentist should be consulted forteeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealth advice on the best treatment plan.

Key takeaways:

– Gum disease is the most common cause due to plaque buildup, and visiting a dentist is vital in reversing the disease.

– Toxins in cigarette smoke and tobacco products can lead to or increase a receding gum line.

– Try to avoid aggressive teeth brushing, especially with a stiff-bristled toothbrush.

“It’s important to invest in a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth gently yet thoroughly in order to effectively remove plaque at the gum line and keep your gum tissue safe and healthy.”

Read the full story here

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-are-the-causes-of-a-receding-gum-line/

Causes of Jaw Tightness

October 27, 2018

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teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealthThe complicated temporomandibular joint (jaw) can become tight or painful for various reasons. A dentist can often help with diagnosis and treatment.

Main takeaways:

– Grinding your teeth creates tension in the jaw and damages enamel.

– Poor alignment of upper and lower teeth can strain jaw muscles.

– Clicks, pain and tension of the jaw should be checked out.

A dentist can offer treatment for teeth grinding and improper bite to help prevent jaw pain and uneven wear on teeth.

“Teeth grinding can have numerous causes, with the most common being stress and an improper bite.”

More here:

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

What Is An Implant-Supported Bridge Used For?

October 24, 2018

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teeth, dentalhealth, smile, dentist, oralhealthIn restorative dentistry, bridges are used by the dentist to replace consecutive missing teeth with a natural-looking replacement:

– A traditional bridge is supported by neighbouring teeth.

– With an implant-supported bridge, dental implants are fixed to the jaw to support the bridge on either side.

– An implant-supported bridge can be more cost-effective than having a dental implant to replace each individual missing tooth.

– The implant-supported bridge can be advantageous for people who grind their teeth, as pressure is more evenly distributed.

“An implant supported bridge offers benefits over having other, less secure restorative work such as a partial denture.”

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-is-an-implant-supported-bridge/dentist

 

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