Have you noticed raised white patches on your gums, teeth or tongue? If so, you might be suffering from a condition known as leukoplakia. In the majority of cases, these lesions will not impact your smile and they will disappear within a short period of time.
However, there are other instances when it is wise to seek the advice of a dentist or a similar professional. Maintaining proper oral hygiene involves much more than your teeth alone. What are some of the warning signs that you may be suffering from a more serious illness?
– Having difficulty chewing, swallowing or otherwise moving your jaw.
– If the white patches develop purple or red spots within their confines.
– Any type of sore that does not disappear after more than two weeks has elapsed.
“As with most health conditions, there is no single or definitive cause for leukoplakia.”
For most people, going to the dentist is not the most pleasant experience, but things are set to change thanks to the arrival of new technologies.
– Cavities can now be treated using oral lasers instead of traditional (and painful) drilling and filling techniques
– Lasers can also be used to kill the bacteria responsible for teeth decay during root canal treatment, and in approximately 10 years, stem cell treatment could revolutionise the way root canals are done
– 3D printer technology is currently used to create customised implants, and researchers are studying how nanotechnology could aid bone regeneration after dental implants are fitted
However, there is one thing that new technologies cannot replace: good oral hygiene habits, which remain essential when it comes to looking after your smile.
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Heading off to the local dentist to clean our teeth, to fill a cavity or to address an issue with our smile is a decidedly modern practice. However, this observation may soon be changing. A set of teeth dated to no fewer than 13,000 years in the past is beginning to challenge these perceptions.
Several modifications seem to be related to medicinal requirements. These could indicate that a crude understanding of oral hygiene was present much earlier than previously thought.
– They found bitumen within the teeth; a possible indication that it was used to treat an infection.
– Some chipping of the surfaces could have been done to remove a damaged portion of enamel.
– It is not yet known whether these are signs of a rudimentary dental intervention.
“So, was this therapeutic dentistry? Maybe not—after all, lots of these neolithic groups modified their teeth for non-health related reasons, write the authors.”
Hormone replacement therapy has been developed to help women manage the symptoms of menopause, but according to recent studies, it appears that HRT could also contribute to a better dental health.
– Changes in estrogen levels (which are characteristic of menopause) entail a higher risk of gum disease, inflammation, and tooth loss
– The study found that one in four post-menopausal women lost one or more of their teeth within five years
– Women taking hormone replacement therapy were less likely to experience gum disease, and some even reported an improvement in their symptoms and overall gum health
Whether you are taking HRT or not, it’s important to look after your smile by maintaining good dental hygiene practices and reporting any problems to your dentist as soon as the first symptoms appear.
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Tooth abscesses are very painful infections on the teeth and around gums. Patients with tooth abscesses can hardly afford to smile because of the awful pain and swellings around the infected areas. If left untreated, a tooth abscess could lead to the destruction of the pulp and loss of teeth. Here is how you could be at the risk of getting teeth abscesses and how to treat it.
– Teeth abscesses are caused by severe cavities and teeth-trauma, meaning you are at a higher risk if you smoke or have poor oral health habits.
– Treatment could either be with root canal therapy, sealing your cavities and tooth removal.
– Symptoms include toothaches, fevers, swollen or red gums, sensitivity and a strange taste in the mouth.
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Dental implants are the perfect solution to replace missing teeth, regain a sparkling smile and restore confidence in your appearance. Following a simple procedure, the implant only takes a few days to heal, before providing you with a lifetime of satisfaction. Follow these key tips, in order to look after your new implant:
– After the implant is fitted, there may be some slight swelling and the area will require a few days to heal. During this period, you may be advised to initially apply ice to relieve any discomfort and excess swelling. However, hot or cold foods may slow the healing process. Although the implant and surrounding gums should be kept clean, avoid using a toothbrush for the first few days.
– After any swelling has reduced and the area has begun to heal, brush and floss daily to keep the whole mouth clean and healthy.
– Speak to your dentist if you have any concerns about the healing of your implant and continue to attend regular dental check ups.
Staying on top of your oral care will provide the best results!
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If a dentist or orthodontist has recently removed your braces, you might feel a sensation as if your teeth are moving. Do not be alarmed, for minor adjustments are commonplace and they are generally no cause for alarm. However, this is why it is very important to wear your retainer.
Retainers act as removable “guides” which will help to keep your pearly whites aligned correctly as they find their permanent positions. Let us look briefly at some other suggestions to adopt after wearing braces.
– Always follow the recommendations provided by your orthodontist.
– If you feel major shifts within your mouth, immediately tell your doctor.
– There can be times when a retainer will require slight adjustments so that it fits correctly (particularly if you are in a significant amount of discomfort).
“Getting orthodontic work done is one of the best things you can do for your smile.”
Dental phobia is a condition that makes its victims so scared of the dentist that they often withstand gruesome toothaches instead of booking an appointment. According to research, the dental clinic’s environment and genetics are its main causes. Here is a guide on dentist phobia and complications it could cause that will ruin your smile.
– Reliable statistics show that about 10 to 20 percent of adults are scared of the dentist.
– Avoiding the dentist can result in more serious diseases like diabetes, dementia, heart disease and cavities.
– The dental-care phobia can be reduced by dentists making the clinic more friendly and relaxing through art and music.
Self-care helps to reduce the need for excess dentist visits. If you are scared of the dentist, eat healthy, regularly brush and floss your teeth and use natural remedies like coconut oil and baking soda to remove toxins from your mouth.
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We all know and accept that sleeping well is important to our overall well-being but it would seem it is also crucial for our dental health. According to a recent article from Dr. Samir Alaswad, a good night’s sleep is an important factor in maintaining healthy teeth and a reason to smile.
While some people can seemingly get by on just a few hours sleep a night, eight hours is the recommended amount for most adults. Repeated failure to meet this accepted amount of sleep can have detrimental effects on not only our bodies but also our teeth and gums as the body doesn’t have sufficient time to repair and restore itself.
Lack of proper sleep can result in inflamed and tender gums and, in turn, loosened teeth so it is important to maintain a regular bedtime routine to ensure a good night’s rest.
– Try and go to bed at around the same time every night.
– Turn off phones, televisions, tablets etc before sleeping to avoid any distractions.
– Do NOT eat any later than two hours before bedtime to allow time for proper digestion.
As stated in Dr. Alaswad’s article “sleep is crucial to our bodies” and that includes our teeth and gums. If you want to avoid unnecessary physical and dental problems and a visit to the dentist then a good night’s sleep is a good starting point and you can find out more in the article at http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/your-lack-of-sleep-may-be-impacting-your-dental-health/.