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Periodontal Disease

February 27th, 2015

When the tissues that support your teeth become infected, it is known as periodontal disease. In its milder, early stages it is known as gingivitis, or gum disease. This is reversible. Later stages, called, periodontitis, can involve permanent damage, bone and tooth loss.
Periodontal disease occurs just below the gum line, where your teeth attach to the bone. As tissue damage progresses, pockets develop. The deeper the pocket, the more severe the condition is.
Early stages may have no symptoms. Regular visits Read More

Plaque

February 27th, 2015

Plaque is a thin sticky layer of bacteria naturally forms on all tooth surfaces. These bacteria consume sugar in anything you eat (and there is some sugar in most foods). The bacteria then produce an acid that softens and dissolves the hard protective surface of the teeth (enamel).
Since enamel doesn’t contain any nerves, you won’t feel any pain at first. But in time, tooth decay results. Which is to say, painful cavities, once the decay works through the enamel. Ultimately, Read More

Pregnancy and Oral Health

February 27th, 2015

“Studies have demonstrated that mothers of low-birth-weight infants tend to have more severe periodontal disease (gum disease) than mothers with normal birth-weight babies. Additional work is needed to determine whether periodontitis is a risk factor.” U.S. Surgeon General’s Report

Why are pregnant women prone to oral health problems?
What oral problems are pregnant women likely to experience?
What precautions should be taken for teeth and gums during pregnancy?
What special precautions will the dentist take with pregnant patients?
Can the foetus be protected if the Read More

Preventative Dental Care

February 27th, 2015

Prevention is designed to preserve the health and life of your teeth and to keep them pain-free. When it comes to oral hygiene, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure.
If you know and follow proper preventative dental care, chances are you’ll keep your smile and your natural teeth your whole life.
The four most basic components are daily brushing, daily flossing, periodic professional teeth cleaning, and periodic dental examination.
It’s mostly about plaque removal. That prevents cavities and Read More

Prosthodontistry

February 27th, 2015

Prosthodontistry involves replacement or restoration teeth which are damaged, missing, or had to be removed (extracted), as well as treatment of TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).
Several different types of restoration are common. Removable dentures and partial dentures are used when all or many of the upper or lower teeth, need to be replaced.
Where one or a few teeth are missing with healthy teeth on either side, permanent bridges may be used. Implants can be used for permanent replacement of one or Read More

Replacing Your Fillings

February 27th, 2015

If you have had one or more fillings to fix tooth decay you should know that fillings don’t last forever. Fillings can last for as little as five years or they can last for more than fifteen years. Sometimes, but not often, fillings can come loose right away.
If you have had fillings you should be visiting your dentist at least annually so he can make sure your fillings are still doing their job. You may not even know that your Read More

Replacement of Teeth

February 27th, 2015

According to the ‘U.S. Surgeon General’s Report’, “Missing teeth are linked to a poor diet. Quality of life clearly suffers when individuals are forced to limit food choices, and the foods chosen do not provide optimal nutrition.”
There are many reason that teeth need to be replaced. Results can be severe if missing teeth are not replaced. Teeth adjacent to spaces may drift and tilt into them. Your general health and chewing will be affected. The appearance of the smile and Read More

Root Canals

February 27th, 2015

The root canal is the interior pulp of a tooth containing nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. This can become infected causing pain and potentially further damaging the tooth. Root canal surgery, or “root canal” for short is the solution.
In this procedure, the area is numbed and a hole is drilled in the back or top of the tooth. The pulp is removed and interior of the tooth cleaned. The space is then filled with an inert plastic material.
Following the Read More

Saliva and Teeth?

February 27th, 2015

“Saliva contains components that can directly attack bacteria which cause decay, and it is also rich in calcium and phosphates that help to remineralise tooth enamel.”
“Saliva contains antimicrobial components, as well as minerals that can help rebuild tooth enamel after attack by acid-producing, decay-causing bacteria.” – U.S. Surgeon General’s Report

Where does saliva come from?
What are the functions of saliva?
How does saliva prevent tooth decay and gum disease?
What influences the flow of saliva?
What is xerostomia?
What are the effects of dry mouth?
What Read More

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February 27th, 2015

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