Benefits of Regular Dental Check-ups & Cleanings

Post by: Gerarda on 03 Apr 2023

 

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can provide a number of benefits for your oral health including:

1. Detection and prevention of oral diseases such as cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer, at an early stage.

2. Early detection of tooth decay: Regular check-ups allow the dentist to detect tooth decay early, which can then be treated before it becomes a much bigger job.

3. Professional teeth cleaning: A dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar that can build up on your teeth and gums, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

4. Fresher breath: A dental cleaning can help to improve bad breath.

5. Maintaining overall health: Dental health is linked to overall health. Many systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, pneumonia and diabetes are thought to be due to the bacteria and inflammation present in the mouth that can enter the bloodstream; so, it is important to maintain a healthy oral cavity.

6. Save money: By catching oral health issues early, it can be treated before it becomes a bigger problem which can save you money in the long run.

Schedule a dental appointment today.

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Posted on Monday 3rd April 2023 at 3:06 pm

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Post by: Gerarda on 02 Nov 2022

Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing or damaged teeth. They are small, titanium screws / fixtures that are surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as the base for replacement teeth.

There are many benefits to choosing dental implants over other tooth replacement options, such as bridges or dentures.

Improved appearance: One of the main benefits of dental implants is that they look and function just like natural teeth. They are designed to blend in seamlessly with your existing teeth, so no one will be able to tell that you have a replacement tooth. This means that you can eat, speak, and smile with confidence, without worrying about your replacement tooth looking or feeling unnatural.

Better function: In addition to providing a strong foundation for replacement teeth, dental implants also help to preserve the jawbone. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone in that area begins to deteriorate, which can lead to a sunken-in appearance of the face and the loss of other teeth. Dental implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing further deterioration and maintaining the natural shape of the face.

Increased durability: Dental implants are extremely durable and long-lasting. With proper care, dental implants last a lifetime, making them a cost-effective option in the long run.

Convenience: Dental implants are also very easy to care for. They are cleaned just like natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. There is no need for special cleaning solutions or procedures, as is the case with dentures.

Better oral health: Dental implants do not require abutment teeth being used as in the case of a tooth-supported bridge. Because individual implants can replace single teeth, there is no need to use healthy teeth to serve as anchors on either side of the bridge for support. Dental implants can be used both to support a bridge or a denture.

Dental implants are a great option for anyone looking to replace missing or damaged teeth. They offer many benefits, such as being natural looking and functioning as replacement teeth. They are durable, preserve the jawbone, have easy maintenance, and are a good treatment choice. If you are considering a tooth replacement option, be sure to book a dental appointment to see if dental implants are the right choice for you.

Medications and the Effects on the Oral Cavity

Post by: Gerarda on 23 Aug 2022

Medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, painkillers, diuretics and even radiation therapy for cancer can cause the salivary glands to reduce saliva production in the mouth. Saliva controls the number of bacteria and fungi in the mouth and help wash away any remaining particles of food after eating or drinking.

Medications can have various negative effects on the oral cavity. Some common effects include dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral health issues, as well as changes in taste and an increase in plaque and tartar build-up. Certain medications can also cause inflammation or discoloration of the gums and tongue. It is important to speak with a healthcare provider or dentist about any potential oral side effects of any medications you are taking. They may be able to recommend ways to mitigate these effects or suggest alternative medications.

Commonly used medications & the negative effects on the oral cavity:

Antihistamines – which are commonly used to treat allergies, can cause dry mouth, which can then lead to an increased risk of tooth decay and infection.

Decongestants, which are used to relieve nasal congestion, can also cause dry mouth and a change in taste.

Antidepressants – such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can cause dry mouth and changes in taste, as well as an increased risk of oral infections.

Painkillers, such as opioids, can also cause dry mouth and may lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Diuretics – which are used to remove excess fluid from the body, can cause dry mouth and an increased risk of tooth decay.

Radiation therapy for cancer – can also affect the oral cavity, causing dry mouth, changes in taste, and an increased risk of tooth decay and infection. It is important for individuals undergoing radiation therapy to maintain good oral hygiene and have regular dental check-ups.

As you can see, many medications can have a significant impact on oral health. It is important to inform your dentist or dental hygienist of any medications you are taking when you have a dental examination / dental check-up, as they can help monitor any potential oral side effects and make recommendations for maintaining your oral health.

Is Visiting Your Dentist Regularly Important

Post by: Gerarda on 19 Jul 2022

The short answer to that is a resounding, yes. Visiting your dentist regularly is important for maintaining good oral health. Not everyone though needs a 6-month visit. If you brush at least twice a day and floss regularly on a daily basis, then chances are you only need to see your dentist once a year. Once a year is a regular visit, as long as you are consistent.

Regular dental check-ups can help prevent problems such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss, and can also detect early signs of other health issues.

At times you will hear Dr. Mikael recommend that you visit every six months, and sometimes more frequently. That is for patients who have acute problems that need attention more frequently, until the problem is under control. The patient can then have dental check-ups / dental examinations at longer intervals.

The important thing to remember is to be consistent in your visits.

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Posted on Tuesday 19th July 2022 at 1:15 pm

Does Flossing Help Your Gums?

Post by: Gerarda on 18 Apr 2022

Yes, flossing helps to remove plaque and debris from between the teeth and along the gumline, where a toothbrush cannot reach. This can help to reduce inflammation and bleeding in the gums, prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and promote overall oral health. It is important to floss daily and use proper technique to achieve the best results.

A 2006 study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology found that brushing alone was not as effective at reducing bleeding gums as brushing and flossing together. The study included 51 sets of twins, and researchers found that twin pairs who flossed in addition to brushing had significantly less bleeding on probing (a measure of gum health) than those who only brushed. This suggests that flossing can help to reduce inflammation and bleeding in the gums, and is an important part of maintaining oral health.

Many people who suffer from sensitive or bleeding gums may be tempted to avoid flossing for fear of making their gums bleed more. The fact is, flossing can improve the health of your gums and as a result helps to prevent them from bleeding.

The fact is, flossing daily, together with brushing and rinsing, helps protect against gingivitis by removing plaque and food particles. This helps keep your teeth and gums healthy, while giving you a beautiful smile.

You want a beautiful smile no matter your age? Floss!

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Posted on Monday 18th April 2022 at 5:40 pm