6 Dec 2018

The Relationship Between Mental Health and Childhood Bruxism

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The Relationship Between Mental Health and Childhood Bruxism

Stress plays an important role in oral health, particularly children who grind their teeth. A morning headache is often the first symptom. Speak with your dentist to find answers to this problem, and explore ways to help decrease your child’s stress. Key takeaways: – Children who are tense are more likely to grind their teeth. […]

1 Dec 2018

What to Do If You Have Bad Breath

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What to Do If You Have Bad Breath

When 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 […]

29 Nov 2018

Why Only a Dentist Should Remove Children’s Loose Teeth

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Why Only a Dentist Should Remove Children’s Loose Teeth

Children’s baby teeth establish the position for where the permanent teeth will grow. When the first set naturally loosen before falling out it can be tempting for parents to speed up the process and perform their own “home extraction” to alleviate the child’s discomfort. This, however, is not a recommended course of action as it […]

25 Nov 2018

How Menopause Can Impact Oral Health

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How Menopause Can Impact Oral Health

Hormone changes during menopause can affect the whole body, including dental health. It is best to consult your dentist for advice on maintaining healthy teeth and gums during this transition. Key takeaways: – The alveolar bone which supports teeth can lose density due to lack of estrogen and osteoporosis. – Low estrogen can also cause […]

22 Nov 2018

How to Avoid Cavities

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How to Avoid Cavities

Cavities are the main reason that children and adults need dental treatment. Looking after your teeth is more than just brushing and flossing twice a day. There are some healthy food habits that will reduce the risk of cavities: – Eat lots of vegetables, fruit, and dairy – Choose water rather than fizzy drinks – […]

15 Nov 2018

What Can Cause A Dental Abscess?

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What Can Cause A Dental Abscess?

Teeth abscesses are a painful dental condition that has two main causes: infection or gum disease. This is what you need to know about abscesses and their causes. Key takeaways: – Dental infections result in a pus build-up, which will need to be drained before treatment. – Abscesses caused by gum disease may require a […]

12 Nov 2018

Why Does My Jaw Ache?

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Why Does My Jaw Ache?

There are a number of potential dental reasons why your jaw may ache first thing in the morning. Although an aching jaw is quite common, you should visit a dentist to have it checked out. Key takeaways: – Dental problems which can cause jaw ache include gum disease, cavities and abscesses. – The most common […]

3 Nov 2018

Why Are My Gums Receding?

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Why Are My Gums Receding?

A receding gum line happens when the gums pull back from the teeth to expose tooth roots. Your dentist will notice if your gums are receding and advise treatment to avoid more serious issues — including loose teeth. What are some of the leading causes associated with receding gums? – The majority of cases are […]

31 Oct 2018

Antibiotics Doing More Harm than Good?

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Antibiotics Doing More Harm than Good?

Although antibiotics are necessary in combating certain dental and medical problems, they can be overused and have a negative rather than a positive effect. When overused, the body can build a resistance to antibiotics and render them almost useless. According to new research, antibiotics affect infection fighters like: – Resident “good” bacteria – Fatty acids […]

29 Oct 2018

Why Am I Having Tightness in My Jaw?

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Why Am I Having Tightness in My Jaw?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the complex jaw joint which allows the jaw to chew, speak, open and close. When this joint does not work as it should it can lead to tightness in the jaw. Key takeaways: – TMJ disorders place stress on jaw muscles, with clicking noises or not being able to open […]