What You Should Know About Gum Disease

What You Should Know About Gum Disease
Technically referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is a chronic infection that affects the soft periodontal tissues. Gum disease typically results to a number of unwanted dental anomalies such severe soft tissue damage and tooth loss, among many others.

If left untreated for a significant amount time, chronic infection of the gums is known to negatively impact the heart, overall health, and general wellbeing, altogether.

Types Of Gum Disease

Gum disease typically falls under 2 basic classifications. Gum disease is either in its earlier age, which is referred to as gingivitis, or in its more advanced stage, which referred to as periodontitis.

Gingivitis

Typically characterized as early stage gum disease, gingivitis often manifests as swollen gums that bleed easily. For the better part of it, most cases of gingivitis are still easily treatable and even reversible.

All it takes to treat gingivitis is the rigorous practice of good dental habits such as brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing with good quality mouthwash, and rinsing with dentist recommended mouthwash. These, of course, are to be complemented with regular visits to your dentist.

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Tips On Choosing The Right Mouth Rinse

Tips On Choosing The Right Mouth Rinse

If you were to visit the local oral health section of your pharmacy, chances are that you would be confronted with an all too wide array of mouth rinse products, all of which promising to be the very best in protecting your teeth and gums.

Which of these products live up to their promises? And perhaps more importantly: Do you really need to use a mouth rinse?

According to Assistant Dean for Community Partnerships and Extramural Affairs at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Michelle Henshaw, DDS, MPH, there are essentially 3 major categories of mouth rinse from a consumer perspective.

First, there are mouth rinse products that are formulated with fluoride. Then there are mouth rinses that formulated to fight against plaque and gingivitis. And there are cosmetic mouth rinse products that most obviously freshens your breath.

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The Tooth Fairy Before The 1900s

The Tooth Fairy Before The 1900s

Together with Santa Claus and the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy is among the most recognizable figures of childhood. In true secret fashion, parents get the fallen deciduous tooth underneath the pillow, leaving a money bill or two in its place.

All around the world, parents go to great lengths just to make the story of the tooth fairy as real as possible in the young-unadulterated minds of their children. And not for nothing. The tooth fairy perhaps best symbolizes the earliest physical changes that people undergo during childhood.

Origins 

The story of the tooth fairy as it is told today has only been around since the early 1900s. Prior to this time, many of the early European cultures practice the ritual of burying the milk teeth of their children. People of the time believe that burying deciduous teeth deep in the earth ensures that the child grows a healthy set of adult teeth.

In other early European communities of the time, people practice the ritual of burying fallen deciduous teeth out of fear that witches might use them to place a curse on their children.

Eventually, as the world progressed into modernity and people moved from the country and into city, the ritual changed from burying deciduous teeth underground to planting them into flowerpots. It wasn’t until later on that the narrative and practice of the tooth fairy mythology was transformed into the tooth-underneath-the –pillow modern retelling that most of us are familiar with today.

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Teeth Whitening Addiction

Teeth Whitening AddictionTeeth whitening treatment is easily the most requested cosmetic dental procedure in Australia. If done properly under the supervision of an expert dentist, standard teeth whitening treatment poses minimal risk. 0But like most good things, there are people who, for some reason, figured that if a little teeth whitening works, then a lot of the same treatment must be better.

The Dangers Of Too Much Whitening

It is not rare for people who undergo teeth whitening treatments to experience teeth sensitivity and gum irritation for a couple of days. This is normal. However, for people who whiten their teeth more frequently that necessary, these unwanted side effects become either a prolonged or permanent experience.

Prolonged exposure to potent teeth whitening formula results to dentin hypersensitivity, dental discoloration, and severe blistering of oral tissues.

Responsible Teeth Whitening

Responsible teeth whitening starts when you seek to consult with a professional dentist about the available dental whitening options. Teeth whitening requires no less than a professional dental consultation before treatment actually begins.

As compared to teeth whitening treatments that are carried out inside beauty salons and day spas, teeth whitening treatment overseen by a dental professional comes with a comprehensive assessment on whether or not your gums can actually tolerate the procedure.

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Understanding Water Fluoridation

Understanding Water FluoridationFluoride is a naturally existing mineral that is commonly present is most public water supplies across the globe. Fluoridation is the process of adding and adjusting one part fluoride to one million parts water.

Over the course of the last 50 years, fluoridation has repeatedly been proven to be a safe and extremely effective means of reducing the risk of tooth decay.

Water fluoridation mainly works by supplying the teeth with low-levels of fluoride throughout the day.

And even now, when there are fluoride-formulated dental products, water fluoridation still accounts for reducing both the frequency and severity of dental decay to approximately 25%.

History

Back the in the 1930s dental experts first noted that both the occurrence and severity of dental decay was significantly lower among people who are exposed to tap water supply that contains elevated levels of natural fluoride. Major research and extensive studies soon followed these findings.

Dental experts were then able to prove that fluoride has the natural ability to breakdown plaque build-up, which are noted to be the most common culprit for tooth decay.

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Oral Health Management And Cancer Treatment

Oral Health Management And Cancer TreatmentAggressive cancer treatments generally make the mouth more vulnerable to unwanted oral health anomalies. Most people are aware that cancer treatments typically cause adverse physiological side effects including nausea, loss of appetite, and hair loss, among many others.

What most people don’t realise, however, is that approximately 1/3 of patients who are undergoing cancer treatments develop oral health complications.

Comprehensive, frequent, and regular professional dental care is all the more necessary to people who are undergoing cancer treatment. Oral health complications of head and neck radiation, chemotherapy, and blood and marrow transplant widely ranges from dry mouth to life-threatening bacterial infections.

What Can Be Done?

A high quality   before, during, and after cancer treatment is crucial in keeping your teeth and gums healthy and intact. A dental maintenance program that properly caters to the needs of cancer patients should, among many other things:

  • Reduce the risk and severity of oral health complications
  • Immediately identify and treat existing infection
  • Improve the patient’s tolerance to cancer treatment, oral health-wise
  • Prevent, eliminate, and reduce incidence of bone necrosis
  • Provide highly relevant information for patient education
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Missing Teeth Should Be Replaced Immediately

Having missing teeth does not only diminish the aesthetic quality of your smile. It can also negatively affect your oral wellness and overall health.

Even a single missing tooth in your smile can weaken your bite and as a result, your diet will be limited to specific foodstuffs that your weakened bite enable you to chew on. This then causes nutrition problems in time.

Before things get worse and out of control, seek to address tooth loss and missing teeth immediately using Restorative Dentistry which your trusted Gold Coast dentist at Main Beach Dental can provide you with.

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Preventive Dental Care: Saving Your Smile For Tomorrow

Preventive Dental Care Saving Your Smile For TomorrowIf you’re not taking good enough care of your teeth and gums, you’re not only compromising your oral health and general wellbeing, you are also setting your future self up for $80,000 worth of full mouth reconstruction treatment.

What Is Preventive Dental Care?

Alternatively referred to as preventative dentistry and preventive dentistry, preventive dental care is a branch of modern dentistry that actively works to prevent the very onset of common dental anomalies such as gum disease and tooth decay.

Preventive dental care constantly works to minimise the impairments that are commonly caused by these dental anomalies, which often result to bacterial infection and the loss of teeth. Preventive dental care programs largely consist of regular dental checkups, dental and periodontal screenings, and professional dental checkups.

At its very core, preventive dental care focuses on various dental hygiene techniques and processes that actively prevent tooth loss and chronic gum disease. General dentists are essentially preventive dental experts. Similarly, dentists who specialise in Orthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry are almost always practicing preventive dentistry as an active part of their patient treatment plans.

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Ward Off Your Bad Breath Naturally

Here’s a 2 minutes and 44 seconds Ward Off Your Bad Breath Naturally video. See full transcript below.

Halitosis or bad breath is a condition that afflicts about 2.4 per cent of the adult population.

Additionally, it is an oral health concern that goes on to affect other important aspects of your life such as your self-confidence and the way you interact with other people. Hence, you should address that stench in your breath with a sense of urgency before matters become a lot worse.

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