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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Research indicates that teeth-grinding in teens is a sign of bullying

teeth, health, smile, dentistLook out for teeth grinding in your teenager because it could be a sign of bullying. Recent research shows that teens being bullied have higher chances of suffering from bruxism.

Key takeaways:

– Bruxism is a condition whereby people grind their teeth when frustrated, asleep or anxious.

– Symptoms of teeth-grinding are; headaches and jaw pains in the morning and chipped and cracked teeth.

–  Bruxism is manageable through getting enough sleep, using other stress-coping mechanisms and avoiding smoking and alcohol.

Take your child to the dentist, immediately you notice signs of teeth-grinding.

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Why having a dry mouth is increasing your risk of tooth decay

teeth health smile dentistResearch shows that people with dry mouths are at a higher risk of tooth decay. Whether it is from dehydration, medication or mouthy breathings, here is how a dry mouth can cause tooth decay.

Key takeaways:

– Saliva is important in keeping our teeth moist, balancing PH, thus preventing decay from harmful acids.

– Saliva prevents a permanent case of enamel erosion, which facilitates decay and sensitivity.

– Saliva helps in flushing out plaque-causing food particles between teeth.

Prevent decay by, drinking water, closing your mouth during workouts and regularly visiting the dentist.

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What if your dental health problems are genetically inherited?

teeth health smile dentistIf your family has a history of dental illnesses, see your dentist regularly. Researchers have revealed that genetics have a great effect on our teeth’s strength, shape and size and susceptibility to infections.

Key takeaways:

– If you inherit poor immune genes from your parents, you are more prone to gum disease.

–  It is possible to inherit orthodontic problems like crooked, uneven and crowded teeth.

–  If your parents had tooth decay, you have higher risks of developing cavities.

See your dentist for regular checkups and maintain high standards of oral care.

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What is dry socket and how can it be avoided?

teeth health smile dentistAfter a wisdom tooth is removed, a blood clot will temporarily form to protect the gum and nerves. If these are exposed, a condition known as ‘dry socket’ can develop, causing sensitivity, pain and infection.

– Help to keep the area clean whilst it heals. Brush and floss your teeth regularly, taking care around this area.

– Smoking, stress, carbonated drinks and straws can slow the healing process.

– If you experience sensitivity, pain, discharge or a strange taste in the mouth, speak to your dentist straight away.

Allowing the wound to heal undisturbed can help prevent dry socket.

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Do I need antibacterial dental products?

teeth, health, smile, dentistOur bodies have an amazing ability to keep us healthy naturally. Using antibacterial toothpastes and mouthwashes might interfere with those natural cycles. Some experts suggest it can lead to deficiencies in nitric oxide production – which can cause ill health.

Your tongue is especially sensitive to antibacterials, and mouthwash containing triclosan can kill the good bacteria on the tongue. This causes inflammation in every part of the body, and over time can increase risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases.

Key takeaways

– Make sure you eat a healthy diet and include green, leafy vegetables and beets, which contain nitric oxides.

– Brush your teeth not your tongue with antibacterial toothpastes

– Avoid antibacterial mouthwash

Visit your dentist regularly and talk to them if you are concerned about which products to use.

“That’s why we should not use antiseptic mouthwash”

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