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What Causes A Cavity?

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Since youth, we have all been made aware of the importance of oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing our teeth twice a day, as well as using mouthwash regularly is needed to get rid of food and bacteria. By failing to adhere to a consistent dental health plan, you run the risk of developing a number of health problems. Cavities are typically the first thing to occur when our teeth are not taken care of properly. Furthermore, it doesn’t take long for gingivitis and other forms of gum disease to start in the wake of prolonged poor dental hygiene. The reason oral hygiene matters A cavity is a formation in the surface of a tooth that is caused by the gradual erosion of the enamel surface. When plaque is allowed to build, it slowly eats away at the lining that covers our teeth and protects the delicate, underlying nerve endings. When…


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Common Mistakes Of DIY Teeth Whitening

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Getting whiter teeth has never been easier with options ranging from whitening treatments courtesy of your dentist to bleaching agents in strips and toothpaste. In fact, a trip to your neighborhood drug store or pharmacy will showcase a wide variety of teeth whitening products for the do it yourselfer. There are some products that can do a fairly decent job, but none of the off-the-shelf solutions will work as well as the professional treatments available from your dentist. If you decide to do it on your own, however, you need to be careful not to make some very common mistakes of DIY teeth whitening. Read on to find out what to do if you want to pursue a DIY teeth whitening strategy: Dentist Visit Before you buy any DIY teeth whitening product, you should ask for your dentist’s opinion. This is because if you have any tooth decay, you need…


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When can I Use Mouthwash After A Tooth Extraction?

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Good oral health can keep your teeth and gums healthy, but failing to brush and floss regularly can cause problems, which could eventually lead to a tooth extraction. Your dentist can walk you through what is a fairly straightforward surgical procedure, and he or she will more likely than not explain that you will be left with some degree of post-surgery discomfort for a period of time. Your dentist will definitely let you know about things to avoid in order to keep the pain at a minimum. With that, this blog post will look at the following question: When can I use mouthwash after a tooth extraction? You might be surprised to see how an everyday item that millions of people use in the morning, after lunch or before they go to bed can actually be injurious on the heels of a tooth extraction. Healing Time After you get a…


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Five Ways to Soothe Anxiety about Dentist Visits

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Some people find going to the dentist a relaxing experience. You sit in a chair and someone tends to your mouth. When you’re done, you run your tongue over your freshly cleaned teeth and relish that smooth and sanitary feeling! Sadly, that’s not the case for everyone. If you experience dental phobia or anxiety about going to the dentist, you’re not alone. From children getting their first cavity fixed to adults who have a long-standing fear, many people are afraid of the dentist. However, going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a fear inducing experience. Here are five ways to soothe your anxiety about dentist visits: Remind yourself that your teeth are important: Untreated mouth disorders like gum disease can lead to other problems like heart conditions. Oral care is high on the list of priorities for your overall health. By going to the dentist you are taking preventative…


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Is Anaesthesia Safe For Children?

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For many people, the use of anaesthesia is somewhat mysterious and a source of apprehension. For parents of children about to undergo a medical procedure, whether it be dental or otherwise, the uncertainty is even more pronounced. Is the anaesthesia safe? How does the process work? Who is administering the anaesthesia? Rest assured that anaesthesia is very safe. Some procedures will not require any anaesthesia. However, if your child’s procedure does require it, you can be confident that it will be safely administered. Here are some of the basics regarding anaesthesia to put your mind at ease. Local anaesthesia These anaesthetics numb just a small area of the body while you remain awake. Novocaine or lidocaine injections are examples of local anaesthetics commonly used in dentistry that you are probably familiar with. General anaesthesia This is the type that has the patient fall asleep for the duration of the procedure.…


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