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So, you fear visiting the dentist’s office and at the same time, you’re also concerned about your dental health. Well, here are a few tips that’ll help you cope with this fear:

  • Remember that the most important decision that you’ll make regarding your oral health is the selection of a dentist. So, be very wise with choosing your dentist- preferably someone you’re comfortable with or who is known for their outstanding patient satisfaction results.
  • It is better to consume a high-protein diet before a dental checkup. His is important because protein has calming effects on the mood, which is something you can’t expect from the consumption of sugary foods.
  • It is recommended to avoid having a caffeinated beverage before your visit as caffeine induces nervousness.
  • Try your level best to focus on keeping the breathing regular and slow. When people are experiencing nervousness, they tend to hold their breath. As a result, the oxygen levels are affected, causing the person to become more anxious.
  •  In case, the dentist’s office doesn’t have a radio or TV, try to do something that relaxes you during the examination. You could use your iPhone or play around with your phone while you’re out there.
  • It is also recommended that the most comfortable and convenient time is selected fir the visit.

 

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According to dentists, proper oral care always starts from your home. If you’re engaged in the right oral hygiene practices, which includes daily tooth brushing and regular dental visits, you can prevent great trouble ahead.

So, is there a particular way to eliminate or reduce your chances of developing cavities? Well, when it comes to the prevention of cavities, there’s a lot you can do in terms of plaque removal.  This bacteria layer covering your teeth is the root cause of most dental problems and the most ideal way of combating these bacteria is regular tooth brushing, which should be done at least 2 times throughout the day. Apart from removing plaque, this habit will also take care of your gums by stimulating the gums and preventing oral problems.

Did you know that there are certain toothpastes containing abrasives, foaming agents and even detergents? But, it’s fluoride that plays an active role in cavity prevention. So, make a note of that- especially when it comes to buying your toothpaste.

If plaque isn’t removed on time, it takes the form of tartar that has even more harmful effects on your teeth and gum health. So, a great idea would be to look for anti-tartar toothpastes in the market. Also, make sure that you focus near your salivary glands while brushing your teeth as it tends to slowdown the buildup of new tartar.

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Tooth Health: Fizzy Drinks & Teeth

by on April 3, 2012 | Posted in diet

Have you ever counted the number of pop or soda glasses you consume every day? While fizzy drinks are simply irresistible for most people, they are one of the major contributors to most dental and health problems.

A majority of fizzy drinks have sugar in surplus amounts that participates in tooth decay and other dental problems. But, how could a single glass of pop harm you? You may not know this but just one glass actually has sugar in an amount equal to around three to four chocolate bars. Now, you can easily imagine the harmful effects the continuous supply of excessive sugar will have on your teeth.

Apart from excessive levels of sugar, most fizzy drinks contain phosphoric acid along with citric acid that actually offers a sour flavor to the drinks you consume. These acids are actively involved in tooth enamel erosion, which can have severe dental health consequences. Once your enamel has softened, the erosion from these acids starts at a much faster rate, which keeps on weakening your teeth as time goes on.

At the end of the day, limiting your intake of sugary beverages is the most ideal solution for preventing severe consequences. Remember, good oral hygiene practices combined with regular dental checkups will always keep you away from getting into dental trouble.

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Dental Health Terms

by on March 29, 2012 | Posted in General dentistry

Dentists use some common terms to depict totally unrelated things thus making it difficult to understand them. The importance of being familiar with these terms is to be able to follow the dentist during consultations. This article explains a few of the common terms used by dentists.

An abscess is a common term that many dentists and doctors use to refer to an infection. The infection can be located in the tooth, a bone or any soft tissue. When there is an abscess, it is important to initially treat the infection before doing anything else to the tooth. It is dangerous to pull out the infected tooth while it is still infected. An antibiotic is usually administered in order to deal with the infection. After the infection has gone down, the tooth is abscessed by the dental health care professional to see the best thing to do with it. In many cases the infection is cleaned and then filled with composite or the rotten tooth may be extracted if it is too damaged or rotten.

Another term is pulp. It refers to the innermost nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue in the tooth. If the infection- often called pulpitis- reaches this area, pain and discomfort are certain. The pulp is located in a chamber inside the tooth. There is a procedure that extracts the pulp from the tooth which is commonly performed on children. The full removal is called pulpectomy while partial removal is called pulpotomy.

Halitosis is another common term in dentistry. It refers to the occurrence of bad breath in an individual. The origins of bad breath can be rooted in improper oral health care or gastrointestinal based. The dentist whose patient suffers from halitosis should initially find out the causes of the halitosis in order to ably recommend the right way to treat it. Gum disease may be culprit for this or some other condition in the digestive system.

Attrition is a term that depict the natural wear of the teeth causing loss of structure. Having misaligned teeth can cause uncommon but natural wear on certain teeth. Correcting the crooked teeth helps in preventing further loss of structure.

Dental caries or cavities refer to the damage or holes that are caused by the lack of proper care and hygiene in the oral cavity. They lead to rotten teeth and excessive pain and discomfort when they are severe. They are prevented by regular brushing of the oral cavity, flossing and visits to the dentist at least twice a year.

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Causes of Dental Plaque

by on March 28, 2012 | Posted in General dentistry

Dental plaque is a soft deposit that accumulates on the teeth. It is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. The buildup of dental plaque on teeth is a normal physiologic process, occurring in both healthy mouths and mouths with and cavities. Plaque on teeth favors the development of dental diseases. It is comprised of colonies of bacteria and other microorganisms mixed with bacteria by- products, dead cells and food residuals.

Dental plaque starts when bacteria that are usually present in the mouth attach to teeth and begin multiplying. Plaque can form on teeth both above the gum line, where it is called supra gingival plaque. Failure to remove dental plaque by regular tooth brushing allows its build up in a thick layer. As it matures, different types of microorganisms appear. At the lower layers of plaque, nearest to the tooth surface, the composition of dental plaque changes in favor of anaerobic respiration. This respiration produces acids which lead to demineralizing of the adjacent tooth surface and dental caries. With time, the acids destroy the enamel resulting in tooth decay. Irritation of the gums around the teeth leads to gingivitis, periodontal disease and tooth loss. The bacteria adhere to a clear sticky substance from saliva, called glycoprotein, which binds almost immediately to the surface of a freshly cleaned tooth. The combination of bacteria and glycoprotein on the tooth surface is called a pellicle or biofilm.

Plaque can be prevented in the following ways:

  • Brushing the teeth at least twice a day with a soft rounded toothbrush. Particular attention should be put to the space where the gums and the teeth meet. A toothpaste containing fluoride should be used.
  • The teeth should be flossed at least once a day to remove food particles and bacteria
  • A dentist/ oral hygienist should be visited every six months for a check- up and teeth cleaning.
  • Ask your dentist if a dental sealant is appropriate for you. Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to protect them from cavities and decay.
  • A balanced diet should be eaten and a limit in the number of snacks. Snacks should be foods such as plain yoghurt, cheese, fruit or raw vegetables. Vegetables such as celery help remove food and help saliva neutralize plague- causing acids.
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