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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.

– 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.

Call The Dental Barn in Hailsham East Sussex on 01323 325397  for further information or to make an appointment with one of our dentists or dental hygienists.

 

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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.

– 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.

Call The Dental Barn in Hailsham East Sussex on 01323 325397  for further information or to make an appointment with one of our dentists or dental hygienists.

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Teeth Grinding and Sleep Apnea

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

– 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.

Call The Dental Barn in Hailsham East Sussex on 01323 325397  for further information or to make an appointment with one of our dentists or dental hygienists.

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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.

– 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.

Call The Dental Barn in Hailsham East Sussex on 01323 325397  for further information or to make an appointment with one of our dentists or dental hygienists.

 

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

 

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Should You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Wisdom teeth are often painful when they emerge, which leads to getting them extracted. Here are reasons why you should not fear having your painful wisdom teeth removed.

Summary:

– Our ancestors needed these teeth to chew tough meat and roots. Wisdom teeth aren’t necessary for modern soft foods.

– Humans have evolved to having smaller jaws and our mouths don’t have enough space for wisdom teeth.

– Your dentist will most likely perform  x-ray to reveal where your wisdom tooth is and if it is impacted.

Our ancestors might have needed wisdom teeth for meat and roots, but we don’t.

Read more here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/do-we-need-our-wisdom-teeth/

 

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Understanding The Bad Taste In Your Mouth

Bad taste in the mouth is a condition commonly caused by respiratory issues, bad diet, smoking, drinking and medications. But if bad taste persists, you should see your dentist or doctor.

Main points:

– You might be at risk of oral diseases like gingivitis (gum disease), abscesses and oral cancer.

– Bad taste can also indicate neurological issues, Hepatitis B, hormones during pregnancy and menopause, cancer therapy and excessive chemical exposure.

– For treatment, brush your teeth regularly, quit smoking and alcohol, minimise sugary and acidic foods, and visit your doctor.

Also, drink enough water.

Read more here:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321438.php

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Guide To Brushing Teeth Without Eroding Enamel

Although brushing your teeth is good for your health, overdoing it will damage your teeth and fade your smile. It is possible to brush twice and floss once daily and still get tooth decay. Here is a guide on brushing your teeth without causing damage.

Main takeaways:

– Always use a soft-bristled or an electric toothbrush to clean your teeth.

– Brush twice per day, with each session lasting up to 2 minutes.

– Avoid brushing within thirty minutes of finishing a meal.

Schedule regular sessions with your dentist for assessment

Find out more here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/am-i-brushing-my-teeth-too-hard-what-are-the-signs/

 

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Does Your Toothpaste Live Up to Its Claims?

Unless they ask a dentist for a recommendation, most people make their choice of toothpaste based on what the product claims it does best.

Recent years has seen a growth in toothpastes promising to protect enamel due to a increased in enamel erosion and dentin hypersensitivity. It sounds logical but recent studies have shown that the promises being made to your teeth are far from being kept.

To prevent enamel erosion and hypersensitivity:

– Ask your dentist about an appropriate toothpaste

– Cut sugary and acidic foods and drinks from your diet as they harm tooth enamel

– Don’t brush too aggressively as that will also harm enamel.

Dental erosion is multifactorial. It has to do with brushing, and above all, with diet.”

Read more about the studies and the results here https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180313152118.htm