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Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Teeth

Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Teeth

Dental Health, NEWS
Taking care of your general health and your mouth is the key to making the most of your smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day (last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion) with fluoride toothpaste and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help to keep your teeth healthy. Diet, smoking and drinking alcohol also have an effect on dental health. The followings are what you should know. Reduce sugar to prevent tooth decay Limiting the amount of sugar you eat and drink is important to prevent tooth decay. A lot of the sugars we eat and drink are in food and drinks such as: fruit juice, including unsweetened fresh fruit juice and smoothies buns, pastries and fruit pies sponge puddings and other puddings table sugar added to food or drinks, such
7 Ways to Get Rid Of Mouth Odour or Bad Breath

7 Ways to Get Rid Of Mouth Odour or Bad Breath

Dental Health, NEWS
When you are in the company of someone with mouth odour or bad breath, it can be really bad. Imagine you are halfway through an amazing dinner date, and you lean over the table to say something charming and she is hit with a wall of bad breath. Often, during situations like this your success or failure comes down to a few small details. In those moments, it no longer matters that you suited up and combed your hair, because you ignored the small details of hygiene. Interestingly, many people who have bad breath do not realise they do. The origins of bad breath are not mysterious. Hundreds of bacteria live in our mouths and some of them on the tongue or below the gum-line, or in pockets created by gum disease between gums and teeth for example, create sulphurous smells. According to the A...
Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Teeth

Lifestyle Tips for Healthy Teeth

Dental Health, NEWS
 Taking care of your general health and your mouth is the key to making the most of your smile. Brushing your teeth twice a day (last thing at night before you go to bed and on one other occasion) with fluoride toothpaste and having regular check-ups with a dentist can help to keep your teeth healthy. Diet, smoking and drinking alcohol also have an effect on dental health. A healthy diet is good for your teeth What you eat and drink can cause tooth decay, so a healthy diet is important for your teeth. A balanced diet includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as starchy foods, such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta (choose wholegrain versions and eat potatoes with their skin where possible). You should also eat sources of protein such as meat, fish, eggs, beans or other non-d
Dentists Decry NHIS Rating of Oral Care

Dentists Decry NHIS Rating of Oral Care

Dental Health, NEWS
Private dentists in the country have expressed their displeasure with the rating of dental care as secondary in the National Health Insurance Scheme. They made the complaints at the second annual general meeting of the Association of Private Dental Practitioners of Nigeria, held in Lagos. According to them, categorising dental care as a secondary service makes it less accessible to the public. President of the ASPDN, Dr. Ebere Nwauzor, explained that the health insurance scheme needed to be reviewed. She said, “The private dentist should be very accessible to the average man on the street. People see dental practice as expensive because they don’t have access to it. They don’t even know that they should go to a dentist and not general hospital when they have tooth ache. “We
Tooth decay and what you should know

Tooth decay and what you should know

Dental Health, NEWS
Do you know that your oral health is vital? Dentists usually advise that knowing how to properly take care of your teeth is very important. If left uncared for, it can lead to teeth decay. In fact, tooth decay is normally a consequence of poor oral hygiene. Studies have shown that tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world. It affects a huge portion of the population. What is tooth decay? Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, or cavities, occurs when bacteria living in your mouth make acid that then begins to eat away at your teeth. Untreated tooth decay may cause infection, extreme pain and the loss of tooth. The decay process begins with the unnoticeable damage to the enamel of your teeth and then steadily progresses to deeper layers of the tooth - eventually leading ...
Sparkling Water Is ‘Extremely Acidic’ And Can Ruin Teeth, Dentist Warns

Sparkling Water Is ‘Extremely Acidic’ And Can Ruin Teeth, Dentist Warns

Dental Health, NEWS
Sparkling water is often perceived as the “healthier” option when it comes to fizzing drinks, but it can still damage your teeth. According to Adam Stone, a dentist in London’s Harley Street, the majority of people have no idea that sparkling water is “extremely acidic”. “It’s pH3 on the acidity scale. The bubbles erode your tooth enamel – and over time this causes painful, yellow cracked teeth,” he said, according to the MailOnline. In comparison, most commercial distilled white vinegars tend to have a pH value that ranges between 2.4 and 3.4, meaning sparkling water can be more acidic than some vinegar. Professor Damian Walmsley, scientific adviser to the British Dental Association, explained how sparkling water becomes acidic in the first place. “Carbonated water gets its fizz from
Gingivitis

Gingivitis

Dental Health, NEWS
If you have tender, red, swollen and bleeding gums, it may be a sign that you may need gingivitis treatment. Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth - plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. Among the different forms of gum disease, gingivitis is the most common to occur in humans, with a prevalence of 59.8% in adults between the ages of 35 and 44, and 51.6% in people between 65 and 74 years. This means that more than half of the population over the age of 35 has gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is reversible with good oral hygiene; however, without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, in which the inflammation of the ...
Your Oral Health Care Plan

Your Oral Health Care Plan

Dental Health, NEWS
Good oral health involves more than just brushing. To keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime of use, there are steps that you should follow. Here's what you should consider: 1. Understand your own oral health needs. Talk with your dentist, other oral health care specialist, or hygienist about any special conditions in your mouth and any ways in which your medical/health conditions affect your teeth or oral health. For example, cancer treatments, pregnancy, heart diseases, diabetes, dental appliances (dentures, braces) can all impact your oral health and may necessitate a change in the care of your mouth and/or teeth. Be sure to tell your dentist if you have experienced a change in your general health or in any medications you are taking since your last dental visit. 2. Dev
Top 3 Reasons Why Teeth Hurt

Top 3 Reasons Why Teeth Hurt

Dental Health, NEWS
When you start feeling pains or sensitivity in your teeth, you may begin to dread an inevitable visit to the dentist’s office. Although some dental pain requires immediate attention from a dentist, not all of it is a sign of something serious or permanent. In fact, most of the dental pains that you experience are likely to resolve themselves with some adjustments to your habits. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons that your teeth might hurt. Reasons Why Teeth Hurt: Tooth Decay and Cavities Tooth decay and cavities are where our minds usually go when we first experience pain in our teeth. Damage caused to your teeth by an accumulation of bacteria can lead to painful, expensive procedures. However, most dental pains aren’t caused by tooth decay. You should take awhile to analyse the t
Five Oral Manifestations of HIV/AIDS

Five Oral Manifestations of HIV/AIDS

Dental Health, NEWS
HIV weakens your immune system, making you vulnerable to a wide variety of diseases. Oral diseases are especially common. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the US, more than a third of those who are HIV-positive suffer from oral health problems that are a direct result of their condition. Here are five oral manifestations of HIV to which you should pay attention. Oral Warts Oral warts can develop anywhere inside your mouth. These warts aren't painful, but look like raised or smooth bumps that can develop as one or many blemishes. They're caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), and are much more common among those who are HIV-positive than in the general population. Dentists can remove warts by freezing them or cutting them away with lasers, but the
These Habits Can Destroy Your Teeth

These Habits Can Destroy Your Teeth

Dental Health, NEWS
Dental health does not come easy; it comes with a whole lot of discipline and requires the necessary lifestyle behaviours so you can maintain the right kind of smile, and overall dental heath. Research has found that the following habits of many are things you must be very careful about, and indeed avoid at all cost. Not using a mouth guard According to the American Dental Association, mouth or tooth guards prevent 200,000 sports-related mouth injuries every year. The fact is that an estimated 5 million teeth are knocked out every year through sports. Therefore it behoves every sports person to wear a preventive device such as a tooth or mouth guard when engaging in (rough) sporting activities, or you may be regretting later. Teeth grinding Many at times you tend to grind your teeth un...
The Importance of a Good Diet

The Importance of a Good Diet

Dental Health
In a perfect world, there would be no cavities – but unfortunately that would mean there would have to be no sugar, and let’s be honest, that’s never going to happen. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet isn’t just important to your overall health, it’s important to your oral health as well. Frequent or prolonged intake of sugary foods enables bacteria to maintain an acidic environment on the surface of your teeth. Soft and sticky foods cling to the biting surfaces of the teeth and stay there until it’s brushed off. Saliva will spread the sugar between the teeth, and to the front and back. So how do cavities occur, and that ugly dental decay? Every time you eat, plaque and bacteria in your mouth mix with the sugar and starch from the food you ingest, creating an acidic environm
The Importance of a Good Diet

The Importance of a Good Diet

Dental Health, Food And Nutrition, NEWS
In a perfect world, there would be no cavities – but unfortunately that would mean there would have to be no sugar, and let’s be honest, that’s never going to happen. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet isn’t just important to your overall health, it’s important to your oral health as well. Frequent or prolonged intake of sugary foods enables bacteria to maintain an acidic environment on the surface of your teeth. Soft and sticky foods cling to the biting surfaces of the teeth and stay there until it’s brushed off. Saliva will spread the sugar between the teeth, and to the front and back. So how do cavities occur, and that ugly dental decay? Every time you eat, plaque and bacteria in your mouth mix with the sugar and starch from the food you ingest, creating an acidic environm
Periodontitis

Periodontitis

Dental Health, NEWS
Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth. These include the gums, the cementum that covers the root, the periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone. In the earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, the infection affects only the gums. In more severe forms of the disease, all of the supporting tissues are involved. What Causes Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on your teeth soon after you have brushed. In an effort to get rid of the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that inflame and damage the gums, periodontal ligament or alveolar bone. This leads to swollen, bleeding gums, a sign of gingivitis (the earliest stage of periodontal di...
World-first Therapeutic Dental Vaccine Trials Could Start in 2018

World-first Therapeutic Dental Vaccine Trials Could Start in 2018

Dental Health, NEWS
A world-first vaccine developed by Melbourne scientists which could eliminate or at least reduce the need for surgery and antibiotics for severe gum disease, has been validated by research published this week. A team of dental scientists at the Oral Health CRC at the University of Melbourne has been working on a vaccine for chronic periodontitis for the past 15 years with industry partner CSL. Clinical trials on periodontitis patients could potentially begin in 2018. Moderate to severe periodontitis affects one in three adults and more than 50 per cent of Australians over the age of 65. It is associated with diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, dementia and certain cancers. It is a chronic disease that destroys gum tissue and bone supporting teeth, leading to ...