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Basic Steps To Prevent Tooth Loss

Losing one or more teeth is a worrying prospect, but there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood of this happening and to enjoy better oral health.

Key takeaways:

  • Don’t skip appointments with your dentist, even if you don’t have any obvious problems. Regular appointments help detect problems in their early stages. Regular cleanings help keep teeth and gums problem-free.
  • Quit smoking, as this habit increase the risk of developing infection and gum disease, which can lead to tooth loos.
  • Take oral hygiene seriously by brushing and flossing daily.

Missing teeth can be replaced, but prevention is always better than cure.

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Laughing Gas: A Serious Matter

Laughing gas, more properly known as nitrous oxide, is often a subject of humour — but laughing gas has a very serious application in dentistry.

Nitrous oxide is commonly used as a sedative to relax patients during minor procedures involving the teeth and gums. 

The benefits of laughing gas:

  • Relaxes patients without rendering them unconscious
  • Is ideal for nervous patients and children
  • Is considered safe and effective

Although reactions from laughing gas are rare, they can happen if the dentist accidentally administers too big a dose but such incidents are extremely unlikely. 

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The Dental Health Risks from Crooked Teeth

Crooked or misaligned teeth are quite common, but for some people it may impact on their dental health. Your dentist can advise on the treatment options available to correct alignment issues.

Key takeaways:

  • Crooked teeth are harder to clean thoroughly, leading to a buildup of bacteria which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Having crooked teeth can result in a misaligned bite, placing you at increased risk of pain and discomfort from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
  • A misaligned bite can make chewing difficult and uncomfortable.

If you have crooked teeth, talk to your dentist about orthodontic options (braces) that can give you straight teeth quickly — and that are often barely noticeable.

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Tips for Cleaning Teeth while Wearing Braces

Metal braces are great for straightening teeth but can make brushing and flossing difficult. 

Top tips:

– Use an electric toothbrush because the smaller rotating head is very effective at removing plaque.

– Talk to your dentist about using interdental cleaners or flossers to help clean under the metal wires.

– Consider using mouthwash too.

If you are struggling to keep your teeth clean, talk to your dentist who will be able to provide more tips.

“If you do choose to stick with a manual toothbrush, keep in mind that your toothbrush bristles may wear out faster than normal.”

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Three Good Reasons To Quit Smoking Today

Dental treatments like extractions, root canals, and implants have a high success rate, but a smoking habit could jeopardise the outcome of these and other treatments.

Key takeaways:

  • Smoking affects the immune system, making it less able to fight infection and other possible complications.
  • Tobacco use interferes with blood circulation, so swelling and delayed recovery are common among smokers.
  • In some cases, the procedure may fail or may need to be reversed.

Save yourself the hassle by investing in the health of your teeth and gums. A chat with your dentist is a good first step toward quitting smoking.

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Halloween Candies 101: How to Protect Your Teeth

Are you looking forward to eating candy this Halloween? If so, you are not alone. However, let’s also keep in mind that your oral health needs to be taken into account. Here is some “sweet” advice to consider:

  • Chewy or gummy candies can become easily lodge traces of stickiness between your teeth.
  • Healthier alternatives include sugar-free gum, nuts and dark chocolate.
  • Nuts within candy may help to scrape away sticky substances between your teeth.

“Always remember to drink water to help buffer your teeth from sugar, and keep your regular appointments with your dentist for a healthy smile.”

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Do Infected Teeth Always Hurt?

In the vast majority of cases a tooth infection will cause pain and possibly swollen gums. However, there are times when infection can spread through a tooth and down into the roots — without causing pain or even discomfort. 

Regular check-ups at the dentist is the best method of detecting possible infection early. This is vital as infection can lead to:

  • Abscess
  • Root damage
  • Extraction

Cracks, chips or any kind of trauma to the teeth are known gateways for bacteria — the prime cause of infection. Any damage to the teeth should be brought to the attention of your dentist as soon as possible. Read more about tooth infections at

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