What You Should Know about Losing Baby Teeth

Children start to lose their baby teeth at around age six. Never try to pull a loose tooth, as this can cause bleeding, pain and even infection.

Top tips:

  • Let your child wiggle the loose tooth, but not pull it.
  • Encourage your child to look after their teeth by eating healthily and regular brushing.
  • Schedule regular appointments so your dentist can monitor progress.
  • Ideally, allow their baby teeth to fall out naturally.

"Caring for primary teeth until they naturally fall out can help your child have the best chance for a healthy smile."

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Which Teeth Whitening Treatment Should You Choose?

Over time, our teeth lose part of their natural white colour. In some cases, staining and discolouration become quite noticeable and can make people feel self-conscious about their smile. 

This problem can be addressed through teeth whitening treatments, whether they are professionally done by a dentist or at home. If you've been considering having a whitening treatment, here are some things to consider that can help you make a decision.

Key takeaways:

  • Although every dental procedure carries some level of risk, in the case of professional whitening treatments the risk is minimal. Usually, the only side effect people experience is some temporary tooth sensitivity.
  • Store-bought kits may pose a higher risk because they don’t usually come with a way of protecting gum tissue. As a result, people using these kits may experience gum swelling and irritation. In some cases, repeated use of store-bought kits can lead to permanent tooth sensitivity.
  • There are ways of minimising tooth sensitivity after a whitening session, such as a professional fluoride treatment.

Teeth whitening can improve the looks of your smile, and should always go hand-in-hand with a good dental care routine.

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Tooth-Coloured Fillings

Old style amalgam silver fillings are fast becoming a thing of the past as the modern dentist is moving towards using a composite resin instead. Silver fillings can be unsightly while a composite resin can be colour matched to the existing teeth and are almost unnoticeable. 

A dentist will usually be reluctant to replace existing silver fillings unless there is a valid reason to do so such as wear or damage. However, a patient can insist on having old fillings replaced despite any reservations a dentist may have. 

Modern tooth-coloured fillings not only look better than the silver variety but also:

  • Bond strongly to the tooth
  • Help strengthen the tooth
  • Last longer

Composite fillings also preserve more of the original tooth as “only the damaged area is removed” whereas silver fillings require healthy tissue to be excavated in order to properly fix the amalgam in place. 

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How to Calm Your Child Before an Initial Dental Appointment

It is a well-known fact that may be fearful of their first trip to the dentist. However, there are a number of steps which parents can take in order to ensure that they are calm and remain positive. Here are three worthwhile suggestions to keep in mind:

  • Be sure to remain outwardly optimistic before the appointment; keep any of your own fears to yourself.
  • Explain to the child what he or she can expect during the visit; playing “going to the dentist” can be a fun activity.
  • Choose a dentist who works well with children; check their website and/or speak to the staff to learn more.

Your child’s first dentist appointment will help ensure their teeth and gums are healthy. So it’s important to get your child off to a good start with the dentist.

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Should You Worry If Your Teeth Are Crooked?

Crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic problem, and they should be corrected before they start causing oral conditions that can be difficult to treat later on.

Key takeaways:

  • Crooked teeth are difficult to clean, and this can put you at a higher risk of developing gum disease.
  • If your teeth are misaligned, you’re more likely to grind them.
  • Misalignment can also cause an improper bite, jaw pain and stiffness.

Don’t let crooked teeth affect your oral health and speak to your dentist about the treatment options available.

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Here's How You Can Fight Sugar Cravings

Many people struggle with sugar cravings. Not only is sugar hazardous to your teeth, but it can also increase your risk of developing diseases. So if you've been thinking of reducing your sugar intake, here are some helpful tips that will get you started.

Key takeaway:

  • Keep a record of your triggers and avoid them. You should also seek stress management therapy and make sure you're getting enough sleep if you suffer from excessive stress and anxiety.
  • Whenever you get an urge for a sweet treat, opt for a healthy snack instead, such as fresh fruits which are naturally sweet and filled with nutrients.
  • If you find yourself having a sugar craving, a good distraction might help. Go for a short walk or a jog which will leave you strong and healthy.

Consult your nutritionist or dentist for more ways of battling sugar cravings.

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Common Symptoms Of Sleep Apnoea

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to our physical and mental health. Sleep apnoea (a condition that causes you to stop breathing in your sleep) can lead to serious medical problems as it deprives your body and brain of oxygen, night after night.

Key takeaways:

  • The most common symptom is snoring.
  • In severe cases, you may wake up at night gasping for breath.
  • Other symptoms are morning headaches and daytime fatigue.

Your dentist may be able to treat the condition by providing a dental retainer that keeps airways open during sleep. If that doesn’t help, your dentist can refer you to a specialist, who'll recommend the best treatment.



Ways to Reduce Your Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is often due to the erosion of tooth enamel, exposing the dentin layer beneath. However severe your tooth sensitivity, you can get relief.

Key takeaways:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush teeth more gently to help prevent enamel damage.
  • Use an over-the-counter de-sensitizing toothpaste.
  • A dentist may use an in-office fluoride treatment to help strengthen the enamel on your teeth.

You can still thoroughly brush your teeth, but there’s no need to be forceful—plaque can be removed just as well with a softer toothbrush and gentle cleaning action!

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Treatments to Correct Worn Down Teeth

A misaligned bite, crooked teeth and grinding can all lead to tooth wear and tear over the years. However, there are treatments to restore the shape and look of your teeth which your dentist can discuss with you.

Key takeaways:

  • A custom-made dental crown is a porcelain ceramic cap used to cover and protect damaged teeth.
  • Veneers are thin, porcelain shells which are bonded to the teeth to help restore their appearance.
  • Dental bonding is used to restore and protect a tooth by building up the tooth structure using a composite resin.

"If you have worn down teeth and are living with teeth that look short or flat, or have uncomfortable tooth sensitivity, it’s time to visit your dentist to talk about treatment options."

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