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After Gum Draft Surgery

If you are scheduled for a gum graft, you should know that there are certain do’s and dont’s that can help with the recovery process.

Key takeaways:

– Do keep the area clean and prevent plaque build-up by using a mouthwash.

– Don’t eat anything hard, as this can interfere with healing.

– Don’t brush your teeth or floss the treated area until your dentist says it’s safe to do so.

Your dentist or periodontist will discuss the best aftercare routine with you prior to the actual procedure.

Read the full story here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322115.php

 

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Bonding: A Reason to Smile

Bonding is one of the simplest dental procedures and also one of the most popular solutions to many dental problems. The dentist will use a pliable plastic tooth-coloured resin which can be moulded to almost any shape. Tooth bonding is quick, painless, permanent and relatively inexpensive.

Tooth bonding can be used to:

– Repair chips

– Fill in small gaps

– Cover cracks

The resin can be “customised to match the colour of your teeth” thus restoring confidence to your smile. Your dentist can discuss whether bonding is the solution to your dental problems and you can find out more at https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-can-tooth-bonding-improve-my-smile/

 

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All You Need To Know About Dental Care With Braces

Keeping your teeth clean while wearing braces helps avoid the increased risk of gum disease:

– Firstly, you should rinse your teeth with water to dislodge as many food particles as possible.

– Although it doesn’t matter whether you floss before or after brushing, dentists recommend flossing at the end of the day, to minimise plaque build-up while sleeping.

– Interdental brushes can help remove food trapped by brace wires.

Your wires and brackets create extra areas for plaque and food particles to hide,

increasing your risk of gum disease while you’re getting your smile straightened.”

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-should-i-brush-my-teeth-when-i-have-braces/

 

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Does My Child Need Surgery To Treat TMJ?

Children affected by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can experience pain and discomfort when eating and yawning. You may have heard about TMJ surgery, but this is not the only treatment option.

Key takeaways:

– There are several non-invasive TMJ treatments available.

– Mouthguards can help correct or manage TMJ if teeth grinding is the cause.

– Orthodontics may help if a bad bite is the cause.

– Surgery is often seen as a last-resort solution.

If your child has been diagnosed with TMJ, let your dentist evaluate the root cause of the problem to decide the best treatment.

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/tmj-treatment-options-for-children/

 

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Baby Teeth May Hold Clues to Origin of Autism

Experts believe that certain nutrients may have links to the developmental disorder known as autism.

Key points:

– Researchers are examining baby teeth to see what nutrients or chemicals they have been exposed to.

– Baby teeth form in the womb, their growth layers can be studied like tree rings.

– Researchers have identified differences in levels of zinc and copper in the baby teeth of children with and without autism.

Speak to your dentist if you would like to know more about dental needs during pregnancy.

“To determine the effects of abnormal zinc and copper metabolism on developing autism, Curtin’s team focused on baby teeth collected from Swedish twins.”

Article:

https://consumer.healthday.com/cognitive-health-information-26/autism-news-51/baby-teeth-give-clues-to-autism-s-origins-detection-734271.html

 

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Tips to Prevent Infant Gum Disease

Lack of good oral hygiene can lead to gingivitis in infants, the beginning of gum disease. It is essential to clean your baby’s mouth after feeding, even when they are still without teeth.

Key takeaways:

– Use a clean, damp wash cloth to clean the gums of your child after feeding, or a small toothbrush if they have teeth.

– Signs of gum disease include swollen gum tissue, bleeding, sensitivity and redness of the gums.

– Consult a dentist straight away if you suspect your child may be developing gum disease.

“Once your baby has two teeth that touch together, you can use dental floss to gently floss in between the teeth in addition to their regular brushing routine.”

Read the full story here

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/can-infants-suffer-from-gum-disease/

 

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Need to Know: Sleep Apnea

People with sleep apnea stop breathing frequently during the night. Often a dentist is the first professional to spot this problem.

Key takeaways:

– Teeth grinding and enamel erosion, due to a dry mouth, may indicate sleep apnea.

– A dentist can refer you to the appropriate person for diagnosis.

– Some treatments include oral sleep appliances which help keep the airway open.

A dentist can play an important role in the treatment of sleep apnea.

 “People who receive oral sleep appliance therapy from their dentist are often more able to comply with their treatment…”

Read the full article:

 https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/how-does-a-dentist-diagnose-sleep-apnea/

 

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First Aid After Your Child Breaks His Tooth

Children break their teeth from chewing hard substances, playing without a mouth-guard and other accidents. If your child has a broken tooth don’t be alarmed. Here’s how to save your child’s broken tooth.

Main takeaways:

– First, call the emergency line of the nearest dentist for medical assistance.

– As first aid, clean the tooth and gently press it back to its original position.

– Your child might need x-ray to determine the extent of damage and stabilising wires to secure the tooth.

Have your child use a mouth guard during physical activity.

Read more here:

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/what-to-do-if-your-child-chips-loosens-or-loses-a-tooth/

 

Should My Child Use Mouthwash?

teeth, health, smile, dentist,dentalhealth, oralhealthChildren over the age of six can use mouthwash if an adult supervises them.

Top tips:

– Explain that mouthwash is not a drink and must be spat out.

– Mouthwash helps loosen food debris, so is great for children with braces.

– A dentist can recommend a children’s mouthwash which is not alcohol based.

Mouthwash isn’t a substitute for brushing teeth but it can help prevent plaque and cavities.

“Your dentist can make recommendations for when to begin using mouthwash and may recommend a specific kind that your child may benefit from based on their unique smile.”

Article:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/should-children-use-mouthwash-what-kind-is-best/

 

What Are These White Spots In My Mouth?

teeth, health, smile, dentist,dentalhealth, oralhealthWhile most white spots in the mouth are harmless, others are serious. For example, a condition known as leukoplakia might require a biopsy in order to check for precancerous cells. Even if you have healthy teeth, this is an important step to take.

Some primary reasons are outlined below:

– A small percentage of leukoplakia cases are associated with precancerous lesions.

– A biopsy performed by your dentist will provide reliable results.

– Even white patches that are painless may indicate a different underlying condition.

“Sometimes a doctor may take a small sample of tissue from oral lesions to diagnose…cells associated with leukoplakia.”

More details are found at this link:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321454.php