Maintaining Dental Bridges in Top Condition

Dental bridges are designed to last for ten years and more but this lifespan can often be severely shortened by lack of proper maintenance. Once properly fitted and bedded in, a dental bridge looks and feels like natural teeth. The bridge can be looked after in the same way with a few additional measures to ensure the best possible condition is maintained.

– Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste

– Have teeth regularly cleaned by a dentist

– The bridge should be regularly assessed

These basic measures also aid in the “prevention of gingivitis and periodontitis” and more information can be found at https://www.news-medical.net/news/20170922/Care-for-Dental-Bridges.aspx.



Reasons a Root Canal May Fail

smile, oralhealth, dentist, teeth,Root canal work is a common procedure performed on adult teeth. New technologies and anaesthetics help to ensure that a root canal procedure is as comfortable as possible. The treatment is usually very effective but on a rare occasion, it may fail.

Reasons for failure:

– An error by the dentist

– Erosion of the tooth or sealant over time

– An additional canal in the tooth not spotted by the dentist

– An obstruction that caused incomplete cleaning of the canal

– Vertical cracks in the tooth

– Leakage in the restoration

– Poor dental hygiene

People who experience severe continuous pain should report it to the endodontist for further evaluation.

Read more about root canals in general here https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320978.php



What is the best solution for a tooth cavity?

smile oralhealth dentist teethWhen you discover a hole in your tooth, obviously a visit to the dentist is required. The dentist will examine the tooth/teeth and decide on either a filling or root canal work.

A filling is generally for less severe cavities where the erosion has only eaten through two layers – the enamel and the dentin.

If the cavity is deeper and is accompanied by nerve damage and maybe also pain, root canal therapy is the best solution.

“Fortunately, a root canal isn’t much different from getting a filling these days. Technology has made it possible for your root canal to be performed with no pain and you’ll be able to save your natural tooth!”

Find out more about the differences in treatment for cavities here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/is-a-filling-okay-or-will-i-need-a-root-canal/



Periodontal Disease and Potential Link to Esophageal cancer

smile dentist oralhealthOral bacteria which causes periodontal (gum) disease may also increase the risk of esophageal cancer. This cancer is the 8th most common and 6th leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.

Key takeaways:

  • Regular dentist appointments and teeth cleaning can fight against periodontal disease.
  • Some bacteria types have been linked to higher chances of esophageal cancer.
  • Certain bacteria though could help in strategies to prevent esophageal cancer.

Esophageal cancer is a highly fatal cancer, and there is an urgent need for new avenues of prevention, risk stratification, and early detection

Read the full story here:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171201090955.htm



Do Sensitive Teeth Get Better Over Time?

teeth, health, smile, dentistDepending on what is causing your tooth sensitivity, it may clear up all by itself or need treatment.

– Long-term sensitivity may be due to a chipped tooth or enamel erosion due to overly aggressive brushing, teeth grinding or acidic drinks.

– Temporary sensitivity often follows procedures such as having veneers, teeth whitening or extractions.

– Sensitivity can be treated with fluoride toothpaste.

– Sensitivity can be prevented by not brushing too hard and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups.

“If you’re a teeth grinder, a custom mouthguard can protect your smile at night.”

Read the full story here: https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/can-teeth-sensitivity-go-away-over-time/



Severe gum disease leads to early death

Results from a small study of oral health in patients with liver cirrhosis were presented at the 2017 International Liver Congress.

Key takeaways:

– In 184 patients with liver cirrhosis, severe periodontitis (gum disease) was associated with higher all-cause mortality, related to complications of cirrhosis

– Bacteria from the gums and teeth can travel to the liver, causing inflammation

– See your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings to prevent gum disease

“Further studies are now required to determine if improving gum care can improve outcomes in patients with liver cirrhosis.”

Learn more:

Read the full story here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/317063.php



The best treatment for cavities

smile health dentist teethIf you have cavities, you might be wondering whether to get fillings or root canal therapy. Take your cavities to the dentist immediately to prevent tooth loss.

Key takeaways:

– You will only require fillings if your cavity is normal sized and there’s no pain.

– Root canal therapy is needed where the cavity has eaten into the third layer of the tooth and exposed the pulp.

– A root canal procedure will end the intense pain.

– Prevent cavities by cleaning your teeth properly and seeing the dentist regularly for cleaning.

Book an appointment with the dentist immediately, to save your tooth.

Read more here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/is-a-filling-okay-or-will-i-need-a-root-canal/



Brush extra longer after eating these foods

teeth, health, smile, dentistIts common knowledge that we should brush our teeth every day. However, some foods are so bad for our teeth that we are required to brush extra long after eating.

Key takeaways:

– Foods that stick to teeth like chocolate, white bread, candy and dried fruits cause plaque build-up.

-Soda contains acids and artificial sugars and it can penetrate to small gaps and cause decay.

– Alcohol corrodes the enamel and you should drink it along with water, to make sure it doesn’t stick to teeth.

See your dentist regularly for cleaning.

Read more here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/spend-some-extra-time-brushing-after-eating-these-foods/



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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.

Read more here:

https://yourdentalhealthresource.com/is-it-possible-to-brush-floss-and-clean-your-teeth-too-often/