Are you brushing your teeth too much?

Cleaning our teeth at least twice a day is essential for perfect oral health. It kills bacteria and prevents discolouration. But how much cleaning is enough?

Key takeaways:

– Flossing your teeth once a day is enough but excessive flossing could tear your gums and cause gum disease.

– Mouthwash which is used to kill oral bacteria but may also cause oral cancer if used excessively.

– Brushing our teeth with using excessive force and a hard-bristled toothbrush destroys the enamel.

Please, talk to your dentist about the best teeth- cleaning method for you.

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All you need to know about the effects of trendy health fads on your teeth

When it comes to dental health, certain health trends can cause more harm than good. Overuse of acidic substances and avoiding fluoride are just two examples.

Key takeaways:

– Never clean your teeth with cider vinegar which can attack tooth enamel.

– Choose a fluoride toothpaste if you want to protect your teeth against decay.

– Hot water with lemon drinks are acidic and damaging to tooth enamel.

– Charcoal can damage tooth enamel, and does not contain fluoride.

Talk to your dentist if you have been practicing any of these health trends.

“Fluoride is the main protective ingredient in toothpaste…”

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Raiding your cupboards to ease toothache

While you need to see a dentist about a toothache, you may be surprised at just how many household items can be used to ease the pain temporarily.

Key takeaways:

– You can apply aloe vera gel, clove oil or a brewed peppermint teabag directly to the affected area

– You can make a cool soothing mouthwash with thyme, peppermint tea, saltwater or 3% hydrogen peroxide solution

– A cold compress or an ice pack can help ease dental pain, especially if a toothache is due to injury or swollen gums.

It is a good idea to book an appointment with your dentist if the pain lasts longer than a couple of days

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Veneers can protect against sensitivity

Veneers are a wonderful treatment to cover up minor imperfections in teeth. Some people experience a little sensitivity when veneers are fitted. However, for people who already have compromised tooth enamel, veneers can actually protect against sensitivity.

Key takeaways:

– Porcelain veneers cover your existing teeth with a natural looking surface, disguising any chips, stains or minor gaps.
– When fitted, a tiny portion of your enamel is removed to allow the veneers to bond permanently to your teeth, resulting in sensitivity for some people.
– If tooth sensitivity lasts two months, speak to your dentist.
“Porcelain veneers may actually be able to help alleviate your tooth sensitivity.”
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Tips to prevent stained teeth

teeth, health, smile, dentistStained teeth can be caused by food stuck on a tooth’s surface or by the affect of food on the enamel.

Key takeaways:

– Avoid dark-coloured edibles like dark chocolate, beetroot and red-wine and tobaccos like cigarettes.

– Practice proper oral cleanliness by brushing your teeth twice daily using toothpaste or teeth-whitener and flossing after every meal.

– Rinse your mouth after snacks to remove any food particles from the surface of your teeth.

Visit the dentist regularly for cleaning and consult on cosmetic whitening.

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Should I get my overbite checked?

If you have an overbite this means that your upper teeth cover your lower teeth. This can cause some dental problems.

Key takeaways:

– An overbite can make your teeth rub and wear more easily.

– Overbites can be accompanied by pain in the face and jaw.

– Occasionally the lower teeth can hit the gums causing damage and inflammation.

See your dentist who may be able to correct your overbite and avoid further issues.

“Overbites can cause your teeth to wear down in ways they wouldn’t normally if the overbite wasn’t present.”

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Instant ways to improve your smile

You may not realize there are several options available that can improve your smile in a relatively short space of time.

Key takeaways:

– A ‘snap-on smile’ involves a durable resin mould that fits over your natural teeth, hiding any chips, stains or missing teeth.

– Dental veneers to resolve gaps, stained or pointed teeth.

– Same-day implants replace missing teeth with a very natural-looking secure tooth.

– If you’re interested in improving your smile with a quick fix, speak to your dentist today

“You can have a beautiful new smile in less time than you think.”

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Can you have cavities even with fillings?

teeth, health, smile, dentistTooth fillings are meant to protect your teeth from further decay and reinforce your tooth. However, here’s how cavities can develop underneath fillings.

Key takeaways:

– When fillings get damaged or cracked, space is created where food can hide, facilitating bacteria.

– If the filling has a weak seal, food particles can enter the gap, bacteria forms, and decay occurs under the filling.

– It’s impossible to tell if a filling is damaged. As prevention, you should see the dentist for regular checkups.

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