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Coronavirus Precautions and your Dental Visit

Do you have a dental appointment coming up?  Are you frightened by what you have been hearing on the news concerning the coronavirus?  Chances are, if you have answered yes to both of these questions you may be very anxious for your upcoming dental visit. The following tips and suggestions are meant to be applied to a dental visit but can certainly be applied to any appointment from haircuts to eye exams, to teeth cleanings.  Following these suggestions can certainly help, but if you ever have any specific health related concerns, always be sure to ask your personal physician! 1. If you are sick with a fever or persistent sneezing and coughing, it is a good idea to call your dentist and reschedule your visit. 2. If you have any emergent treatment needs, try to get these scheduled right away.  If the virus does escalate it is possible that cities may be placed on quarantine preventing routine dental visits. Getting emergent dental treatment taken care of now can prevent dental emergenc
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Charcoal Toothpaste: Is it safe for your Teeth?

Charcoal toothpastes and powders are fashionable oral hygiene products. It is promoted as   'tooth whitening' product. The popularity of charcoal toothpastes is increasing in many countries across the world .  Manufacturers claim that such charcoal-based products have whitening, remineralization, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties of charcoal in such products. However, there is no substantial scientific evidence for these claims. Some of the studies have in fact showed increased enamel abrasion and tooth decay. It is advised to be cautious when using charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices with unproven claims of efficacy and safety. What else works for teeth whitening? You have plenty of safe and effective options : In-office Teeth whitening Dentist supervised at-home teeth whitening

How to put on take off and dispose a mask

Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask. Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks. To remove the mask: remove it from behind (do not touch the front of mask); discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Source: World Health Organisation

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding): Causes and Therapies for a Potentially Troubling Behavior

What exactly is bruxism?   Bruxism refers to the para -functional ("para" – outside; "function" – job or duty) grinding of teeth. In other words, the stress is placed on the teeth and jaw muscles outside the normal range of chewing, biting, etc. What are the types of Bruxism?   Bruxism is divided into two separate categories: daytime (diurnal) grinding, which occurs while you are awake, and nighttime (nocturnal) grinding that occurs while you are asleep.   What are the Causes of Bruxism 1.      It seems to be related to a pattern of brain activity that happens during the sleep cycle. This pattern, called the arousal response, occurs when an individual passes between states of deeper and lighter sleep or wakefulness. Several studies indicate it can trigger muscular activities that result in teeth grinding. Based on this research, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine now classifies nocturnal bruxism as a sleep-related movement disorder. That classification

Fluorides and Oral Health

Tooth decay, also known as dental decay or dental caries, is a major health concern. It is caused by acids made by bacteria in dental plaque. Each time you have sugary food and drink, the bacteria produces acid that attacks teeth, eventually leading tooth decay. Fluoride works by restoring minerals to tooth surfaces where bacteria may have eroded the enamel. It can also inhibit the growth of harmful oral bacteria and further prevent cavities. There are three basic fluoride delivery methods for caries prevention; community based (fluoridated water), self- administered (toothpastes and mouth-rinses) and professionally administered (fluoride gels, varnishes).   Water Fluoridation :   The crucial requirement for community water fluoridation is a well-established, centralized, piped, water supply. It is safe and cost-effective and should be introduced and maintained wherever socially acceptable and feasible. The optimum fluoride concentration will normally be within the range 0.5-1.0 mg/L.

Top 5 guiding points for Teeth Scaling

What is Plaque? Plaque is a soft, sticky film that forms on your teeth. The bacteria in the plaque feeds off sugars in food and drink that we take and produce acids that dissolve and break down the enamel of the teeth. When you don't clean your teeth properly, the plaque eventually hardens into calculus which makes it even more difficult to clean your teeth. Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned? There are hard-to-reach areas that we can't clean thoroughly when we brush our teeth. Once plaque up and hardens into calculus (tartar), brushing alone can't remove it. Dentists use special instruments to meticulously remove the hard deposits of calculus on your teeth. How often should I undergo teeth cleaning? It is recommended that you get dental cleaning every six months. Patients who are highly prone to periodontal disease may be advised to see their dentist more frequently. Do Scaling weaken your teeth? Scaling do not cause any harm to your teeth. You may hav

What shape & size of tooth brush you need to select?

A toothbrush is the primary tool used every day to maintain optimal oral health, so it’s no wonder you want to choose the best one. But when you walk into a local store, you may face a dazzling display of toothbrushes! Selecting the right one may seem like an overwhelming task.   What are the basic functions of Tooth Brush? (1) To remove dental plaque (an invisible film of bacteria) and food debris from teeth (2) To minimize tartar build-up   (3) To stimulate gum tissue and prevent or reduce inflammation (gingivitis) Do we need to select Soft or Firm Tooth Brush? Although hard bristles would result in better cleaning, they cause gum recession. This condition exposes the root surfaces of teeth to abrasion and erosion, resulting in sensitivity to touch, heat and/or cold, and acidic foods. A soft brush, in contrast, can remove plaque without harming the teeth or irritating the gums.   So, most dentist s recommend a “soft” toothbrush,   Do increase in length and rounding of