Archive for April, 2015

Helping Your Child Cope with Braces

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Unfortunately for some children and young adults the formation of teeth from birth, coupled with the usage and the environmental effects throughout their lives, may cause the need for braces.  While your kids may loathe the thought of having braces and groan at the parents who are recommending it, they will thank you later on!

 

For children and young teens, getting braces can cause a lot of mental anguish.  They may ...

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What is gingivitis? What causes gingivitis?

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Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth – plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitisGingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease. ...

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What is a Root Canal Procedure?

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The root canal; you may have heard of this eerie and ominous procedure.  If you have never had a root canal procedure, aka Endodontic Treatment, performed and need one, then you may be freaking out!  Your dentist warns you to brush your teeth and floss regularly to avoid it.  Maybe a friend of yours has had one done and have heard that they can be painful.  If you are about ...

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Beyond tooth decay: why good dental hygiene is important

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In this spotlight feature, to coincide with National Dental Hygiene Month, we peer beneath the plaque to investigate what other – perhaps unexpected – health conditions are affected by poor dental health.

Alzheimer’s disease

In 2010, researchers from New York University (NYU) concluded that there is a link between gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease, after reviewing 20 years of data on ...

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Do Dental X-rays Pose a Health Risk?

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The Dental X-ray is the most commonly used preventative and diagnostic test that dentists utilize to check for tooth issues in their patients.  It is the standard when going in for your six month to 1 year checkup.  Your dentist may perform Bite Wing X-rays amongst many other types of X-ray scans.  X-rays are taken to identify any indications of harm or oral infection not noticeable amid a standard dental ...

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Tooth decay: sugar industry ‘behaved like tobacco manufacturers

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The authors say their findings are a “historical example” of the industry’s self-interest “that can inform policy makers today” over opposition to current sugar policy proposals.

Having noted that, in the case of the tobacco industry, reviews of historical internal documents were “key to informing policy and litigation successes in tobacco control,” the authors set to work on an archive of 319 internal sugar industry documents created ...

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Reasons why you should visit a dentist

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Having a fear or phobia of going to the dentist is one of many reasons why you may avoid going. For some people the cost may put you off going as dental treatments can become very expensive if a lot of work is required. Other people just do not see regular dental visits as high priority and feel that they can maintain their teeth without the need to see a ...

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New research into materials for tooth fillings

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Tooth decay is a serious health problem and it is often necessary to repair cavities. Today they often use a composite filling material made of acrylate compounds, as it resembles the colour of the teeth and is reasonably strong so it can handle the rigors of the powerful chewing movements. But composite filling materials have some disadvantages and now researchers are working on an interdisciplinary collaboration between physicists ...

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Stress free trips to the dentist with children

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When taking children to the dentist it can be very stressful for both the children and the parents. From dealing with the fear of the dentist to challenging behavior there is lots to consider before you go and when you get there. Luckily, there are a number of things that you can do to make the whole experience less stressful for both you and your child or children.

 

The first step ...

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