Halloween candy and teeth

Post by: Gerarda on 31 Oct 2014

Halloween is here and the trick or treating and parties mean candies, and lots of them.

halloween

When your child eats sweets the bacteria in the dental plaque uses the sugars which results in acid production. Each time we eat or drink something, especially something containing sugar, a new acid attack occurs. The acid dissolves the enamel, the hard outer layer of the tooth. Brushing and flossing removes this plaque and prevents cavities from forming. Damage to teeth depends on how often sugar is consumed and for how  long it stays in the mouth.

Use this time to brush up on good oral hygiene habits and remind them of the importance of healthy teeth and gums.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Posted on Friday 31st October 2014 at 9:42 am

Dental Examination

Post by: Gerarda on 20 May 2014

The importance of a dental examination cannot be understated as it is an integral part of preventive dental health care. Many dentists suggest that it is necessary to have one every 6 months but our dentist, Dr. Mikael Kahn, recommends having a dental check-up once a year, provided that you maintain good oral hygiene, meaning that you brush and floss daily. In many cases the dental examination is combined with scaling & polishing (dental cleaning).

During the dental examination Dr. Kahn will take digital x-rays, especially if it is the first time he sees a patient. Normally, two x-rays are taken on each side. If on the other hand it is an adult patient who comes regularly, x-rays might be taken  every second or even every third year, depending on the oral health of the patient. Dental x-rays are necessary to see the bone level and to be able to see whether there is any tooth decay (caries) between the teeth further back in the mouth. In the front region, a dentist can normally find caries between teeth without any dental x-rays. Appointment for the Dentist

Dr. Mikael Kahn will check your occlusion (how the upper & lower teeth fit together when you close your mouth), your TMJ (the joint which sits immediately in front of your ear) for stability or any clicking sounds and check your mouth as a whole for any abnormalities.

If you have questions about your oral health, your examination is a good time to ask.  Many patients use that time to ask about cosmetic procedures – they want new crowns or a bridge, or they might want dental implants, and therefore, want to know whether they are a good candidate for implant treatment. This is also a good time to share with Dr. Kahn if you are anxious about dental treatment as a whole or any specific part of dental treatment, so adjustments can be made appropriately.

Even if you are partially edentulous, or no longer have teeth, it is still important to have a consultation with your dentist to maintain good oral health and have your prosthesis assessed to see that they still fit well, in order to preserve the bone for as long as possible.

Once Dr. Kahn has assessed your oral health, he will discuss it with you and let you know if you have any caries (tooth decay), gingivitis or gum disease (bone loss) or any other oral health issue, and give you suggestions for what needs to be done. If you are at risk then you may need more frequent check-ups, otherwise, he will see you in a year.

Floss Your Teeth

Post by: Gerarda on 21 Feb 2014

The importance of flossing cannot be stressed enough. If you read most things I say on Facebook, it has to do with brushing or flossing. There is a reason for that.

Flosser

Flosser

The toothbrush cannot get between the teeth no matter how hard you try. Therefore, in order to remove plaque stuck between the teeth and under the gum line, you have to floss.

If you consume fizzy drinks or sugars, it is important to at least rinse your mouth, if you cannot brush or floss. One of our oldest patients is 104 years old and still has teeth. Of course genetics plays a part here, but for my purposes, I will not get into that. The point is that you can keep your teeth forever, if you look after them.

If you have not yet started to floss for whatever reason, below are the steps to help you understand the concept until you get the hang of it.

Interproximal brushes and floss pick

Interproximal brushes and floss pick

Besides using dental floss by itself, there is a variety of implements which can help you, such as a Y-shaped dental flosser or floss picks, if you are new to flossing or if you are teaching your child to floss. Super floss and interproximal brushes are especially helpful if you have braces or a bridge.

It can be difficult at first to get used to flossing, but in time it will become second nature.

Whatever way you choose to floss, the important thing is that you do it.

 

Flossing Instructions

Start with about 45-50 cm of floss. Wrap most of it around the middle finger of one hand, the rest around the other middle finger.

Superfloss

Superfloss

Grasp the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, and use a gentle shoeshine motion to guide it between teeth. The active part should be no longer than 1.5 – 2 cm and well stretched for better control.

When the floss reaches the gum line, form a C shape to follow the contours of the tooth.

Hold the floss firmly against the tooth, and move the floss gently up and down. Be careful not to floss so hard that you cut the gum line.

Repeat the entire process with the rest of your teeth, unwrapping a fresh piece of floss as you go along.

Happy Flossing!

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Posted on Friday 21st February 2014 at 10:04 am

Extend Your Life Span By Flossing Your Teeth

Post by: Stockholm Dental Clinic on 25 Jan 2013

Christmas is a memory and New Year´s resolutions are fast diminishing their importance as 2013 sees the near end of its first month. Many of our good intentions are quickly flying out the window as time slips by as if it were collecting triple air miles on some exclusive airline. Where is January going? And why is it travelling so quickly?

If one of those resolutions you made with very good intentions was to floss daily, then that is one resolution to keep. If though, you seem to be finding every excuse under the sun not to floss, then I am sure we have heard them all and we can also give you a way around them all.

Do you say that your gums bleed when they floss? Chances are you have gingivitis, something for which you really need to be flossing, or maybe you have the floss too long and it is snapping between the teeth instead of you guiding it with a shorter piece. If you say that the floss shreds when you floss perhaps you have a broken tooth or you have an ill fitting crown. Then you need to see your dentist. If you feel you don´t have time to floss then think of it as part of your daily hygiene. You wash your face and brush your teeth before getting into bed, then add an extra 1-2 min for flossing. What will you do with the 1-2 min you saved otherwise? If you don´t think that food gets between your teeth then you are mistaken, unless your teeth are so spaced that you can see between them. As your tooth brush doesn’t get between the teeth then you need to floss. The micro particles left after eating and drinking need to be flossed away as otherwise they become plaque. Plaque is what causes tooth decay over time, or inflamed gums or periodontal disease.

There are a host of other excuses people use for not flossing, but if research from the prestigious Emory University is to be believed then, “Periodontal disease is a serious health problem that is not just isolated to the mouth and gums,” says Dr. Steven M. Roser. “It can become a portal for infection to enter the body and cause other serious health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. It has also been proven to affect pregnancy, increasing the risk of low birth weight similar to that of smoking.” And if that is still not enough then, Michael F. Roizen MD states in his book “New Age” that “flossing can add 6.4 years to your life”.

Now what do you think of that extra minute?

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Posted on Friday 25th January 2013 at 12:40 pm