Dentistry Archives

It is estimated that 75% of people in the developed world suffer from some form of gum disease. This could be something as mild as gingivitis to something far worse such as periodontitis. With that being said, it is believed that just over 2% of these people actively seek treatment for these forms of gum disease. It should be mentioned that it is extremely important to take care of your teeth and gums, as certain studies have shown that there is a link between gum disease and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of the link between periodontal diseases and their health. In fact, many of us wouldn’t give a second though to gum disease, even though this can have some serious health implications. What follows are some facts you should be aware of.

 

Bleeding Gums

 

A major sign of periodontal disease will typically be gums that are red and swollen and prone to bleeding. If you happen to notice that your gums bleed whenever you brush, floss, or even when eating it’s a good idea to book a dentist appointment. You should explain what the problem is and then your dental professional can check for potential periodontal disease. As mentioned, not only may gum disease lead to you losing your teeth, it may also contribute to some of the other lethal diseases mentioned above.

 

Flossing

 

To be completely honest, you should be brushing your teeth after all meals and flossing at least once a day. However, it is estimated that less than 1 in 8 people actually floss on a daily basis, and there are even those who never floss at all. You oral care should take the form of brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing once a day, and scheduling dental appointments at least twice a year.

 

Scared of the Periodontist/Dentist

 

Whichever dental professional you are visiting, whether this is a dentist, oral hygienist or a periodontist, the vast majority of us are struck down with fear. This may be the fear of the equipment they will use, the fear of being hurt, or even in some cases the fear of being lectured or told off for not taking adequate care of our teeth. However, it must be said that dentistry is yet another industry that has seen huge advancements in the technology used, and all of these are aimed at making your visit as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

 

Tooth Loss

 

Gum disease probably makes the biggest contribution to tooth loss. However, periodontists are the people who are able to replace missing teeth via dental implants – these are permanent replacements and are yet nothing more than artificial teeth. There are studies which indicate that dental implants have a near 100% success rate and allow you to continue with your daily (mouth-related) tasks with complete confidence. You should be able to eat, drink and smile without any problems even with dental implants.

Don’t believe that poor oral hygiene is the only contributing factor to gum disease. The effects of tobacco, stress, a poor diet can cause gum disease, and of course let’s not forget that it may even be hereditary. Therefore, to avoid the potential onset of gum disease make sure you make regular visits to your dental professional.

 

Today’s feature writer, Lily Scott, is an employee at Bathurst Dupont Dental which provides an extensive range of dentistry services in Toronto. Her hobbies include swimming and gardening. Log on to http://www.bathurstdupont.com/ for more information on her company.

It doesn’t matter how gorgeous your face is, if your teeth aren’t up to scratch then you’re letting yourself down. Have you ever clocked someone you thought was hot, smiled at them, and been horrified when they smile back revealing teeth like a broken piano? It’s not a good look. Cosmetic dentistry used to be reserved for the rich and famous, but now it is affordable and available to everyone, so there is no excuse for your teeth not to be pearly white. Here are some of the many options available to help anyone with a less-than-perfect smile:

Whitening Services

Yellow may be in this season but yellow teeth will never be. Everyone’s teeth yellow over time, but there is plenty you can do about it. Firstly, it’s essential that you use a good quality whitening toothpaste every day. This really helps your teeth stay as white as possible. Then, once a year, have a whitening polish carried out by your dentist. You will have to pay for this, but when you think about how much you spend on your hair every year it’s nothing in comparison. A white smile says you are young, vibrant and you care about yourself. A word of warning though – there is a fine line between white teeth and a Donny Osmond blinding gleam – don’t cross it!

Basic Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s totally possible to get veneers and dental implants done if one of your teeth is less than perfect. Go along to your local dentist (you may have to compare a few online to find the best one), show them the problem and ask what the way to fix it is. You will be surprised at how easy they will say it is. If you’ve got one tooth letting the rest of your smile down it’s worth fixing – if only so you can finally smile in photographs again! Chipped teeth, missing teeth, gaps and worn down teeth can all be fixed, so don’t suffer any longer – you can get it sorted.

Braces

If your teeth need some realigning, then don’t discount a brace. You might think braces are reserved for gawky teenagers, but these days they can be really discreet. Wearing it might be an inconvenience for a while but it will correct your teeth, leaving you with so much more confidence that it’s got to be worth it. Visit a dentist to ask about your options – they will take a mould of your teeth and design a brace that will fit well and help them get back in line. When the brace is removed you will be left with a perfect set of gnashers that anyone would be proud of. You might need to get them whitened afterwards to complete the look.

What price can you put on a good smile? Women spend hundreds, if not thousands, every year on new bags, clothes, haircuts and accessories. But, as a famous orphan once said, ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile’. Never a truer word was spoken!

 

Today’s guest author, Jessica Phelps, is a receptionist at Advanced Dental Artistry, a dental clinic based in Perth. She is a warm person and a humanitarian. She enjoys listening to soft music in her spare time.

The festive holidays are upon us! Regardless of the state of the economy, people will consume more food and drinks at this time of year. Enjoy yourselves by all means but try to remain healthy by keeping in mind some feasting facts while you celebrate.

Wine and food

Foods with added sugar reduces good cholesterol levels, increases blood fats and adds to the risk of heart disease. Carbonated drinks, sweetened beverages and sports drinks are the main source of sugar. Cakes, candies, cookies, sweetened cereals and dairy products like flavoured yogurt are other major sources of sugar. Sugar makes our food taste better, but it also adds up the calories and does not provide any nutrition. Sugar causes tooth decay, gingivitis, and bad breath if left in the mouth. Drinking alcohol causes dehydration and depletes our body of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. It contains relatively high amounts of calories and certainly not recommended for obese or weight conscious people. Alcohol also cause bad breath and dry mouth. Excessive drinking can cause decreased immune responses. This can directly affect the gums and teeth and the rest of your body, as well. People tend to eat unhealthy finger foods when they drink alcohol at the same time, especially beer.

Alcoholic drinks can burn the stomach lining when consumed in large amount within a short time. This may damage the liver as it has to break down the alcohol and produce toxic substances in the process. Women are more susceptible to alcohol-related diseases due to their smaller body size and liver volume.

If you have to drink, choose wine instead of beer as it aids digestion and is good for the heart. Fruit juices are also good alternatives. You might already know that consuming spicy food can cause bad breath. Spicy food usually include ingredients like garlic, onions and pepper which can cause long term oral disorders such as bad breath. Although these ingredients contain important nutrients and vitamins, it is better to choose non spicy recipes than the usual spicy cuisines. Eat more fruits and vegetarian dishes as they are good choices and healthier for your teeth and gums.

Manage stress with Yoga

Manage your stress. Take some time out to meditate, attend a yoga class, or just curl up with a good book or music CD. Anything that makes you feel relaxed and eases your mind will be helpful in reducing your stress. Your oral hygiene routine is important during the festive holidays when you tend to drink and eat excessively. If possible, brush and floss your teeth after every meal, or at least rinse your mouth with water. Be mindful that all the eating and drinking during the festive holidays may affect your teeth, gums, breath, and your overall health.