Effective Care For Your New Dental Implant

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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Why do Teeth Shift Once Braces are Removed?

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.”

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Dealing with being genetically scared of the dentist

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.

Key takeaways:

– 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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Sleeping Well is Beneficial to Teeth

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


The dangers of not brushing your teeth

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you stopped brushing your teeth twice a day? Apart from the fact that you would almost certainly need to visit the dentist more frequently, there would also be some serious health risks that might well surprise you.

Recent research suggests that not looking after your smile and having poor oral hygiene leads to an increased risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and dementia, as well as gingivitis.

Key takeaways:

– A recent study found that patients in a care home who did not brush their teeth regularly were between 22 and 65 percent more likely to develop dementia.

– Gingivitis has strong links to HPV, a virus strongly associated with oral cancers.

– Some scientists believe that there is also a strong link between oral bacteria and plaque found in the arteries of the heart.

If you brush and floss just like your dentist tells you, you are leagues ahead of your fellow Americans in terms of maintaining proper oral care.

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Nail Biting and Your Teeth

Nail-biting often starts in childhood and may be a way of dealing with anxiety but if the habit persists you could be creating a number of problems in your mouth. Not only are you introducing bacteria from your fingers, you run the risk of damaging the gums with a jagged nail. If this wasn’t worrying enough, you can crack or chip your teeth on the tough, nail coating and start to wear away tooth enamel.

Key takeaways

– Biting your nails can cause damage to tooth enamel and gums

– Nail biting introduces harmful bacteria into the mouth

– Keep nails neat and short, never trim them with your teeth

Your dentist can’t reverse loss of tooth enamel so it is important to look after it if you want to maintain that beautiful smile.

“Our teeth are meant to chew food, not tough substances like fingernails!”

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Why Some People are More Prone to Dental Cavities

teeth health smile dentistRegular visits to the dentist and good dental care are vital if you want to have healthy teeth and a bright smile but some people are prone to cavities despite their best efforts. This is according to a recent article which lists a number of reasons why some of us are more prone to developing cavities.

Every time we eat or drink, billions of bacteria remain behind on the teeth and gums and simply brushing the teeth, flossing or rinsing the mouth will not remove them.

People that are more susceptible to developing cavities include those who:

– Overdo sugar-laden foods and drinks

– Suffer from microdontia which is a genetic abnormality resulting in undersized teeth

– Have an eating disorder leading to a poor diet which in turn causes damage to tooth enamel due to a build-up of acid on the teeth

These are just three of the reasons why some people are more likely to develop cavities and if you fall into one of these categories you should, as the article suggests, “schedule more frequent dental checkups to catch problems at their early stages” to avoid future problems and more detailed information can be found at


How Acid Reflux is Damaging Your Smile

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) also commonly known as acid reflux disease, could damage your teeth and kill your smile. It causes acid and undigested food to come up the oesophagus, leading to heartburns and corrosion of the enamel. Below is how acid reflux ruins your smile and how to manage it.

Key takeaways:

– Hydrochloric acid from the stomach and acidic foods like chocolate and sugar corrode the tooth enamel, by lowering the PH of your mouth to very acidic levels.

– After enamel gets damaged, teeth sensitivity increases, there is discoloration and pain when brushing and it could last for life if left unattended to by a dentist.

– Manage it by eating smaller, frequent, meals (hours before bedtime), reducing alcohol and smoking, avoiding acidic foods and treatment

Acid reflux can harm your smile but you can avoid damage!

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Top Tips to Prevent Gum Disease

Are your gums red and swollen or do they appear to be receding from the teeth? If so, you may be suffering from gum disease. This condition is caused by diet high in sugar, the regular consumption of acidic drinks and improper cleaning practices.

It is important to address gingivitis before any real (and potentially permanent) damage is done. How can you avoid trips to the dentist while still guaranteeing a healthy smile for years to come?

– Try to cut down on foods and drinks that are high in processed sugar.

– Eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.

– Speak to your dentist to learn about the proper brushing and flossing techniques.

“The most common gum and mouth problems are periodontal diseases that are bacterial infections that lead to inflammation and eventually destroy the gums and other supporting tissues surrounding the teeth.”

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Lasting effects of early preventative dental care in children

A study which examined the lasting effects of early preventative dental care raised more questions than answers recently. Researchers found that children who had received early dental care were more likely to have increased dental care costs and dental visits than those who had no early care. This is despite current recommendations that children should commence visits to a dentist when their baby teeth are appearing. Key takeaways: – Tooth decay and oral problems in children under 5 is increasing – More research into the effects of early preventative dental care is required – Factors such as tooth-brushing and fluoridation of water should be taken into account Every child should be able to have a beautiful smile plus healthy teeth and gums. “Authors analyzed Medicaid data from 19,658 children in Alabama, 25.8 percent of whom received preventive dental care from a dentist before age 2.” Read the full article here: