Treats That Make Your Dentist Scream

Post by: Gerarda on 20 Oct 2016

The season of treats is upon us. That means your teeth and any ill-fitting crowns and bridges will be put to the test. What test? The sugar and sticky sweet test!

We all know the dangers of too much sugar: weight gain, an increased blood sugar level and cavities to name a few. As this is the season of Halloween and that means eating more sweets than usual, I will focus on sugar and the hazard it is to dental health. That sweet tooth you have, well the naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth also has a sweet tooth. In fact it loves sweets more than you do. This might actually turn you off your candy for a while, but as this bacteria is nourishing its sugar fix, it is doing nasty things to your teeth. The acid produced by the sugar lowers the pH level in your mouth, leaving you susceptible to a higher rate of tooth decay and tooth erosion.

Remember as a child when you tucked into those ultra-sticky treats? It took time to eat them as they became trapped between your teeth and wedged in any previously eroded parts of your teeth. You ate them just the same as they were so good. Since it took time to eat them, it gave bacteria more time to binge. That prolonged exposure to sugar meant that there was a perfect environment for the production of acid, leaving your teeth vulnerable.

Which sweets are the biggest offenders and give dentists the largest headaches?

Sour Candy
As well as an assortment of acids and artificial colors, you have the added bonus of 36 grams of sugar in a small package. And if that is not enough – what is in a name? Sour! Because they are sour, they have more than usual amounts of citric acid affording you even faster erosion of tooth enamel. Sour Candy

Caramels
One of the biggest culprits in patients losing a crown, or having a bridge or an orthodontic wire come loose. A dozen of these sticky, delectable treats will also provide you with 32 grams of sugar.

Caramel toffee and sauce isolated on a white background

Candy corn
Weighing in with 32 grams of sugar in just a handful and is soft and sticky.

Closeup image of a scary hand coming out of jar into pile of candy corn

Fruit Chews
The perfect storm of sugar, gelatin and citric acid. That means high sugar content (22 grams), gelatin that sticks to your teeth and acid that lowers pH level in your mouth. Yum!

Colorful sugar jelly candy strip over glittering white background

Sherbert
At practically 100 % sugar it contains 13 grams of sugar in one small packet. Different Coloured Sherbet

Snickers
My personal favorite. However, with nearly 300 calories, 27 grams of sugar, the possibility of breaking a tooth on the chocolaty, caramel peanuts, I try not to eat too many. But, oh they are tasty! Closeup of chocolate bar isolated on white

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Posted on Thursday 20th October 2016 at 11:54 am

The Toothbrush

Post by: Gerarda on 18 Mar 2015

Toothbrushes

Not all toothbrushes are created equal. Regardless if you are choosing a manual or an electric toothbrush, there are a couple of things to look for.

Size: There are many sizes available, but see that your toothbrush allows easy access to all surfaces of your teeth, also on the molars – those large teeth at the back of your mouth.  If the head of the brush is too large, it will be difficult to use and therefore, will be ineffective.

Bristle texture: Again whether it is a manual or an electric toothbrush, you can choose between soft, medium and hard. Today most stores selling toothbrushes also carry the extra-soft variety. If you clean your teeth regularly, twice a day, then an extra-soft toothbrush will be good.  If you brush too enthusiastically, then a hard toothbrush is the last thing you want to be using. You could actually do more damage than good to your gums and more so to the root surfaces of your teeth, should they be exposed.

Providing you clean your teeth regularly using a proper brushing technique, you should be able to get rid of the plaque and by doing so keep your teeth and gums healthy.

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Posted on Wednesday 18th March 2015 at 10:47 am

Face & Jaw Excercises before Dental Treatment

Post by: Gerarda on 18 Jun 2014

Jaw and facial tension is a very common stress-related problem. The most easily recognized symptoms are unconscious grinding or clenching of the teeth, pain around the eyes, headaches, and neck pain. Chronic jaw tension can even cause shoulder pain and lower back problems.

Face & Jaw Treatment will give you powerful and effective techniques for relaxing your jaw and facial muscles. As tension disappears, you will also lose some of those unwanted lines and wrinkles. This is an excellent exercise to do before and/or after going to your dentist.   Neck treatment 000041424112

You will need a comfortable chair or seat, or an exercise mat.

  • Go slowly
  • Make each movement small and easy
  • Repeat each movement 4 times
  • Relax as much as you can
  • Rest briefly after each movement

Starting positions either seated or lying down

Seated:  Find a comfortable position. Rest your hand on your thighs. Your feet should be flat on the floor, shoulder width apart, directly below your knees.

Lying down: Lie on your back and rest your arms by your sides. Either stretch out your legs or bend your knees and rest your feet flat on the floor, shoulder width apart, directly below your knees.

1.    Very slowly open and close your mouth, just a little bit.

  • Go slowly & make each movement small and easy
  • Repeat each movement 4 times
  • Relax as much as you can & rest briefly after each movement

2.    Simultaneously, open your mouth while tilting your head back a little. Then slowly close your mouth and bring your head back to the starting position.

  • Notice that tilting your head back helps your mouth to open more easily
  • To make this movement easier, relax your neck

3.    Open your mouth a little and keep it open. Slowly move your lower jaw to the right very slightly. Then let your jaw return to the middle, close your mouth and rest.

  • Put your left forefinger on your chin so you can feel the movement of your lower jaw more clearly. Does your lower jaw move smoothly or does its movement seem rough and uneven at certain points?
  • Go slowly and relax your jaw, so the movement can be smooth and easy.

And now, rest.

  • Feel the right side of your mouth and jaw beginning to relax.

4.    Open your mouth a little and keep it open. Slowly move your lower jaw very slightly to the left. Then let your jaw return to the middle, close your mouth and rest.

  • Put your left forefinger on your chin so you can feel the movement of your jaw more clearly.
  • Does moving your jaw to the left feel different from moving it to the right?
  • To make this movement smooth and comfortable, go slowly and move your jaw only a small amount.

Relax your jaw, neck and shoulders. Make each movement relaxed and easy.

Rest for a moment.

  • Feel your jaw, mouth and entire face relaxing. As your jaw relaxes, headaches, neck and shoulder pain often begin to disappear.

5.     Open your mouth a little and keep it open. Alternately, slowly move your lower jaw to the left a little and then to the right a little. Move your lower jaw slowly from side to side.

  •  Use as little muscular effort as possible.
  • Relax your eyes. Notice how they are moving from side to side to side slightly, following the jaw movement.
  • Rest often so the muscles of your face and jaw do not get tired.

6.    Open your mouth a little and keep it open. Slowly move your lower jaw forward a little so your lower teeth are slightly more forward than your upper teeth. Then let your jaw return to its normal position and rest.

  •  Put your finger on your chin so you can feel the movement more clearly. When your jaw moves forward, does it move straight forward, or does it veer slightly to the right or left?

Go slowly and rest after each movement

7.    Open your mouth a little, move your lower jaw forward and keep it there. Slowly move your jaw to the right a little. Then let your jaw return to the middle and rest.

  •  Relax your tongue and throat as much as possible.
  • Breath freely.

8.    Open your mouth, move your lower jaw forward and keep it there. Slowly move your lower jaw a little to the left. Then let your lower jaw return to the middle and rest.

  •  Relax your arms, stomach and legs.
  • Does moving your jaw to the left feel different than moving it to the right?

Use as little effort as possible

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9.    Open your mouth a little, move your lower jaw forward and keep it there. Then alternately, move your lower jaw slowly so the right a little and then to the

left a little. Move your lower jaw from side to side, gently.

  •  Make this movement smooth and continuous.
  • Relax your face and entire body as much as you can.
  • Don’t let your jaw get tired.

Rest for a moment.

  • Feel the ease and relaxation in your face and neck.
  • Notice how relaxed and comfortable your mouth and jaw feel.

Measure your improvement: simply open and close your mouth a few times.

  •  Let gravity and the weight of your lower jaw open your mouth gently.
  • Notice that when your mouth and jaw are closed and relaxed, there is a slight space between your upper and lower teeth.
  • Notice how much more easily and comfortably your mouth can open now.

When you stand up and walk around, enjoy your improvement!

You have just done a Feldenkrais exercise.   Do you want to try more ATM (Awareness Through Movement) lessons? This one is from Relaxercise by Mark Reese & David Bersin. You can also try Open ATM  http://openatm.org/ or visit the website of the International Feldenkrais Federation where you will find links to your national Feldenkrais Guild.   http://feldenkrais-method.org/en

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Posted on Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 12:02 pm

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