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For those chewing-gum lovers out there, here’s an interesting piece of good news. Chewing sugar-free gum can actually play an important role in improving your oral health. Surprisingly, sugar-free gum can contribute toward reduction in plaque formation in addition to having a positive impact on a person’s oral hygiene as well as dental care.  Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum can play an important role in remineralizing the tooth surface while preventing dental caries?

Typically, saliva is secreted at a constant rate at around 500ml per day. However, this saliva can be stimulated. If you chew a sugar free gum, the salivary flow rate can be increased by a factor of ten. Apart from clearing your mouth from plaque-forming carbohydrates, this saliva has increased amounts of remineralizing ions as well as bicarbonate for buffering the harmful acids developed from plaque. Using sugar free gum after eating foods can be very helpful in promoting enamel lesions’ remineralization along with reducing the development of caries by around forty percent. Furthermore, this stimulated saliva actually has an increased remineralizing effect on the demineralised enamel.

 

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Bulimia is a health problem that can make you have an uncontrollable binge on food. People who suffer from this eating disorder usually go through a phase of regretting on the foods they’ve overeaten which involves ways like vomiting or overusing laxatives to keep from putting on additional weight. The sufferers may even start over-exercising to get rid of the extra pounds while eating more and more at the same time.
Statistics shows that the percentage of women suffering from bulimia is more than that for men. Parents are mostly concerned about teens that normally develop this condition as a result of emotional stresses or other triggers.
Not only is the condition highly dangerous for your well-being, it is equally devastating for your oral health. So, is it really possible for the dentist to detect if you’ve bulimia? The answer is yes.
Signs a dentist typically looks for…

• Inflammation in the jawline or cheeks
• Front teeth having a clear appearance at their edges or teeth appearing worn from stomach acid
• Dryness or soreness in the tongue
• Bruised mouth’s roof
• Sore throat
• Unusual or impacted tooth enamel

 

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Inflammation of the dental pulp can lead to pain in the teeth. Dental pulp is characterized by a soft tissue structure composed of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues. The tooth pulp has no function in a completely developed tooth, but it might be the cause of toothache.

Pulpitis can be classified into two forms, namely; reversible and irreversible pulpitis.

A mild inflammation can cause reversible pulpitis, which might resolve before causing infection. Irreversible pulpitis is severe and can cause tooth abscess and pulp necrosis.

Germs in the tooth decay causes tooth pulp inflammation. People experiencing cavities are likely to develop reversible pulpitis, due to which the teeth become sensitive to hot, sweet and cold. Pulpitis occurs when the root surface gets exposed as a result of gum recession.

Reversible pulpitis causes the teeth to become sensitive and, if left untreated, this extended sensitivity can lead to irreversible pulpitis. People experiencing irreversible pulpitis suffer from pain on biting.

Make sure to consult a highly skilled dental professional if you experience sensitive teeth. Normally, canal therapy is recommended by dentists to treat irreversible pulpitis.

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A number of lifestyle factors as well as an unhealthy diet can be damaging for your oral health. Here are some of the factors that can lead to a poor oral health:

Smoking:

We all know that smoking is a bad habit that is responsible for causing various health conditions. Smoking pipes, cigarettes and cigars can cause gum infections, tooth decay, as well as oral cancer. 

Sugar consumption:

Eating foods or drinking beverages that have a high sugar content can cause infections in the gums, cavities and might even lead to tooth decay. Due to sugar consumption, bacteria easily attack the gums and teeth, leading to formation of plaque on your teeth. If this plaque isn’t removed, it will harden to form tartar that can only be scraped off your teeth by an experienced dentist. 

Alcohol Consumption:

Drinking alcohol adds to dental health issues as it can lead to a dry mouth, which allows germs to attack your gums and teeth. This causes various dental health conditions. 

Medication:

There are some medications, like certain antibiotics that can cause teeth staining. 

Gain or Loss in Weight:

Gain or loss in your weight can negatively affect the way your dentures fit in your mouth. To maintain a proper dental health, it is extremely important to keep your weight in check. A diet rich in high-fibre fruits and veggies can combat tooth decay as well as maintain a healthy weight.

 

 

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If you’ve always wondered whether oral health products like a tongue scraper help fight halitosis or not, then here’s the answer for you. While many people are in favor of brushing their tongue following regular tooth brushing, experts believe that using a tongue scraper, which is the proper oral health device designed for cleaning your tongue, is extremely beneficial. Yes, tongue scrapers have proved to be more useful in fighting bad breath.

So, how do tongue scarpers work?

This useful oral health device works by dislodging food debris, cells as well as bacteria that are trapped on a person’s tongue. Food that accumulates over time and is not cleaned or removed properly from between a person’s teeth, on the tongue as well as around the gums eventually starts decomposing. As a result, there is an unpleasant odor in the mouth.

If this problem of bad breath is left unmanaged, things can get even worse. So, it’s always a good idea to have a written record of foods eaten and medicines consumed on a regular basis. Talking to your dentist about the possible causes of the odor in the mouth is also important.

While using a tongue scraper is very important for preventing bad breath, don’t forget to consult your dentist if the odor persists for prolonged period.

 

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Adhesive dentistry is a branch of dentistry that is concerned with adhesion or bonding of the adhesive material to the natural substance of teeth such as the enamel and the dentin. Adhesive dentistry is a science that studies the strength and the nature of the adhesion to the hard tissues of the mouth. It also deals with the properties of adhesive materials, causes and mechanisms of failure of the bonds, clinical techniques for bonding and new applications for bonding for instance, bonding to the soft tissue.

Adhesive techniques have penetrated almost all fields of dentistry but a gap still remains between the accepted treatment modes and what is carried out in daily practice. New methods are beneficial for the dentition but dental practitioners hesitate to this change as they need more data, more information and argument.

The new applications and materials that are used in adhesion have transformed the delivery of dentistry. The techniques used in bonding have been restricted to the tooth hard tissue, the enamel and also the dentin. These have obvious applications in operative and preventive dentistry and also in esthetic and pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics and orthodontics. Recent developments of adhesive techniques for soft tissues and slow – releasing agents expand applications to periodontics as well as oral surgery. Adhesive dentistry allows dentists to treat teeth in the most conservative fashion.  Bonded restorative materials do not only replace missing tooth structures due to tooth injuries or decay but they also strengthen and support the remaining tooth structure without removing the healthy tissues.

Over the years, dental adhesives have evolved and improved their systems. The development of products has improved not only the physical properties but also the convenience. The universal adhesives bond to all dental substrates, which include the enamel, dentin, metal, porcelain, ceramic and zirconia, with a single application. Dental adhesives can be used with light cure self cure and dual- cure materials.

Most of the research conducted in adhesive dentistry is aimed at simplifying clinical protocol. Developments are still progressing to eliminate the ambiguity that is associated with the wet bonding technique. The adhesive technology provides an expanded treatment option that can create confidence in the techniques used in restorations. Refinements will still be conducted to improve techniques and materials used in adhesive dentistry.

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Children who have certain disabilities frequently experience dental issues like having an increased risk of developing gum disease or experiencing problems like having missing teeth.There are some health conditions that need particular dental care like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, hearing impairments or learning problems.

 

So, why are special kids at risk of developing dental problems?

 

  • Most of the rimes, children with special needs have to consume drugs or medicines that may affect their dental health.
  • In some cases, these kids are advised to have a soft diet, which may become a cause of dental health concerns.
  • There are some kids who have physical limitations that are more or less related to their dental hygiene habits like flossing and tooth brushing.

But the good side of the picture is that the dental health measures for kids with special needs have improved over the years. So, parents have many options of helping their children maintain healthy smile.

It is best to consult a pediatric dentist for your child as these are trained professionals who understand any ways for dealing with the dental concerns of special kids. Remember, skipping or putting off dental visits isn’t good for your child and may cause severe oral health concerns.

 

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Wisdom teeth which are actually third molar teeth, last in line, on both sides of the upper and lower jaws. The usual eruption time of wisdom teeth is between the ages of 14 to 18 years.

The name is just a misnomer as not an iota of wisdom is associated with the eruption or presence of wisdom teeth; rather these teeth tend to bring trouble at times. As they are erupting late and the jaw is already crowded, there is often little room for wisdom teeth. This results in incomplete eruptions, eruptions staying within the gums or other tooth problems. When they fail to erupt out of the gums, the condition is known as impacted teeth.

Impacted teeth may remain silent without causing any trouble but can cause problems in the form of infection of the gum or bone. In order to avoid trouble with wisdom teeth, regular dental visits are necessary. The dentist can predict even before their eruption that there is enough room for them on the jaw. The ideal approach typically is getting them removed before they become a source of trouble.

The removal of wisdom teeth can be performed by the dentist in his clinic as an out-patient procedure. All four wisdom teeth can be removed in one go and the procedure is completed in an hour.

 

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Dental bonding has its own limitations due to which it is considered suitable only for small cosmetic changes, for temporary correction of cosmetic problems as well as for teeth correction in low bite pressure areas.

The Good

  • Dental bonding is the most common and easy procedure in cosmetic dentistry.
  • The procedure can be performed in the dental clinic.
  • Usually anesthesia is not required unless the teeth are decayed.
  • The procedure can be completed in a single visit to the dental clinic unless several teeth are involved.
  • During the procedure, very little or no dental enamel is removed.
  • The duration of the procedure is between 30 to 40 minutes.
  • It is not an expensive procedure.

 

Some Considerations

  • The dental bonding material is not very strong as compared to other procedures.
  • As compared to crowns, veneers etc. dental bonding can easily chip off or break.
  • Dental bonding is not a long lasting procedure and may need replacement in a few years.
  • The material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant but when compared with crowns, the stain resisting property is inferior.
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Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied on the tooth with the help of adhesives and a high intensity curing light.  This material bonds with the tooth and gives a natural appearance. It is a painless procedure which can be done in minutes.

 The uses of dental bonding:

  • For improving the look of discolored teeth.
  • For repairing decayed or rotten teeth.
  • For repairing broken, chipped or cracked teeth.
  • For filling gaps between teeth.
  • For altering the shape or color of teeth.
  • For making the teeth last longer.
  • For replacing amalgam fillings.
  • For providing protection to the exposed dental root due to gum receding.

 

Procedure of dental bonding:

 

  • Painless procedure usually performed without anesthesia.
  • Anesthesia may be needed if used for decayed teeth.
  • The dentist selects the matching color of composite resin with the help of a shade guide.
  • Then the dentist roughens the tooth surface and applies conditioning liquid.
  • Next the tooth colored resin is pasted, molded in the desired shape, and is smoothed out.
  • Now the material is made to harden by using ultraviolet light or laser.
  • Finally the tooth is trimmed and polished to make it resemble closely with the adjoining teeth.
  • The whole procedure takes about 30 to 60 minutes for each tooth.

 

 

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