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Do You Qualify for An Oral Reconstruction?

Oral reconstruction

Full mouth reconstruction involves a series of procedures used to enhance your smile’s appearance. This often requires a combination of crowns, fillings, veneers, inlays, on-lays and dental implants. 

Key takeaway:

•If you’ve had severe trauma to your mouth, you could be a suitable candidate for a full mouth reconstruction. Trauma may cause fractures and chips in the teeth that may worsen decay and sometimes affect speaking.

•Excessively decayed teeth may also qualify for a reconstruction. Your dentist may use fillings, crowns or inlays to protect your teeth from future decay.

•People with extremely worn down teeth can also benefit from this procedure. Teeth wear out from conditions such as bruxism, acid reflux or a poor diet.

Life’s too short to go without a beautiful smile. Talk to your dentist to see if you’re a candidate for a full mouth reconstruction. 


Dentists Can Provide an Alternative to CPAP for Sleep Apnoea

For those with sleep apnoea, treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine can be uncomfortable and noisy so it might not be used every night as recommended. The dentist can provide alternative treatment options:

– Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) involves a custom-made retainer-like device worn over the teeth at night to prevent the airways collapsing and the tongue blocking the airways.

– Research has shown that OAT is as effective as CPAP.

– Your dentist will be happy to discuss this further.

“For many patients, these devices provide a way to successfully manage sleep apnea without the need for a machine!”

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Dental Sedation to Ease Anxiety

Dental Sedation to Ease Anxiety

If you get nervous about dental appointments, your dentist can help. There are a wide range of sedation options available, depending on your level of anxiety. Your dentist will be happy to discuss the best option for you:

– Laughing gas is one of the mildest forms of sedation that means patients can still drive afterwards.

– Medium-strength oral sedatives can be used to quell any anxiety but allow you to remain conscious.

– If you have severe anxiety about procedures on your teeth, general anaesthesia may be the best option.

“Laughing gas may be a good fit for you if you feel uncomfortable with deeper levels of sedation.”

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The Causes and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

Causes and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can affect anyone, but it is most common in children. Also called bruxism, children usually grow out of the habit around the same time as they lose their baby teeth.

Key takeaways:

• Stress, anxiety and depression are linked to bruxism in older children and adults.

• Symptoms include worn or chipped teeth, worn enamel, a sore jaw and headaches.

• A dentist may recommend wearing a protective mouthguard overnight, a time when many people grind their teeth.

“In many children, bruxism is their natural reaction to growth and development. These cases can’t be prevented. But stress-related teeth grinding in children and adults can be avoided. Setting a calming bedtime routine is the first step you can take to avoid teeth grinding.”

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Teenagers and Oral Health

Teenagers and Oral Health

Adolescence may result in some additional oral health needs:

– Braces may be required to straighten teeth, improving confidence and enabling improved dental hygiene.

– Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can help improve bad breath and spot any problems such as impacted wisdom teeth, which can result in infections and pain.

– Professional teeth whitening is available to improve a teen’s self- confidence.

“Adolescence is an especially important time to pay special attention to good oral health.”

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The Dangers of Constant Snacking

Dangers of Constant Snacking

Although dietary specialists often recommend eating smaller meals throughout the day, there are instances when this may have a negative impact upon your overall oral health. Why should you be careful in regards to your eating habits in order to prevent issues such as cavities and gum disease?

  • A constant intake of sugars can increase your risk of cavities.
  • The same holds true in regards to complex carbohydrates.
  • The acids produced within the mouth can slowly erode the enamel of your teeth.

“Grazing may not be so healthy for your teeth depending on what you eat.”

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Follow-Up Dental Care after Braces

Dental Care after Braces

When the dentist finally removes your braces, you will be thrilled to see your beautifully straight teeth and smile. However, this is only the end of one phase and the beginning of another. Although your teeth are now perfectly aligned, they need follow-up care to keep them in top condition. 

Certain steps will now need to be taken:

• The dentist will have to fit a retainer to keep the teeth in place

• Rinsing with a fluoride-based solution is necessary to remove any bacteria build-up and strengthen the enamel

• Tooth whitening should be considered to further beautify your smile

Tooth whitening is optional but it’s only natural you would want white teeth to enhance your new smile.

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How Cleaning Your Tongue Can Help Your Overall Wellbeing

Cleaning your tongue

Cleaning the tongue helps play an important role in oral health, as well as your overall health. The tongue if not cleaned can host bacteria which affects your digestive tract when swallowed with food.

Key takeaways:

  • A biofilm forms on the tongue if it is not cleaned, which creates the environment for bacteria to thrive.
  • You can use a tongue cleaner tool or a metal spoon, bowl facing down, to clean the tongue.
  • Use a gentle pressure when scraping the tongue clean, rinsing off the tool you use between each scraping.

“When the tongue isn’t cleaned regularly, it creates a low-oxygen environment where bacteria like Klebsiella can thrive. In fact, the majority of the microbes in our mouths live on our tongue.”

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Should I Get Porcelain or Acrylic Dentures?


Porcelain and acrylic false teeth are similar in price and have different pros and cons:

– Acrylic dentures are quieter when chewing, look slightly more natural than porcelain dentures, and are more suitable for those with bone loss; however, they will wear out more quickly.

– Acrylic dentures will need soaking overnight to remove bacteria; porcelain dentures are more delicate and need careful handling during cleaning to avoid chips.

– Your dentist will be happy to discuss which option is best for you.

Selection of the most appropriate material for your needs involves careful consideration of wear, durability and maintenance.

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