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Month: June 2019

Great dental health for kids

Great dental health for kids

All parents pay a lot of attention to the well-being of their children. Kid’s oral hygiene deserves an attention as well. However, getting kids to brush and floss regularly is easier said than done. Right? Let us help you with creating the good oral hygiene habits for this.

Healthy diet

Healthy snacks like veggies and cheese aren’t just better than sweets and candy because they pack more nutrients. Cheese, for example, is full of calcium and protein — great for the teeth. And veggies like chopped broccoli and carrots can actually help keep teeth clean.

Hydration

Especially now, in summer months, it is important to be well hydrated. Dehydration can lead to bad breath, gum tissue problems and decay. But not only these, it can also cause teeth grinding.  Remind your children to drink water regularly.

Create a dental routine

The key to practicing long-term dental health and minimizing the likelihood of problems developing is to create the routine of regular dental visits.

  • For the first six months, a child’s teeth are still developing in their gums. The most important part at early stage for a dental care is to provide your children with a healthy diet.
  • As soon as your children’s teeth come in, visit a dentist for an first check-up and plan next visits once every six months. It will let you to monitor their oral health and be aware of any potential problems but also it will benefit from them being used to the dentist visits. They will have a good habit in the future to remember about dentist’s regular check-up.
  • The milky teeth fall out and the permanent teeth replace them when children are 6 to 11 years old. At that stage children should be brushing their own teeth twice a day. As they develop dexterity, you can help them learn to floss. Children usually develop the ability to floss on their own around the age of 10.

Good dental habits

Below you can find some tips to help educate your child about oral care:

  • Get started with books and tv programs. There is plenty of options available from a simple books and cartoons to the programs and books with more advances content.  Watch TV shows and read books together to help introduce your children at an early age to the value of good oral health.
  • Be consistent. If you want to teach your children how important is brushing twice a day, make sure they brush their teeth twice a day. Often parents try to be consistent, but if they don’t see results quickly, they give up or they might think that one or two exception will be fine. Unfortunately, it’s not fine.
  • Take the children for a shopping. To help your children get more interested in teeth health, take them with you to the store and let them pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpastes.
  • Make a dental chart. To help your children with learning create a dental chart. You can do it together. Cut out pictures and instructions from magazines, leaflets or books, draw it or let your children to draw it. Hang this chart in a convenient place and remind them to read and follow it when they go brush their teeth.
  • Be an example. Brush yours the same time when your children brushing theirs. The children learn by an example much quicker, so when they see you care about your teeth, they will know it’s important. It is also best way to teach them how to brush correctly.
  • Be patience. It’s essential to teach your children about the importance of oral health but remember to have patience and provide support throughout the entire process.

Book their first dental appointment early.

Finally, teach your child that visiting the dentist is not a frightening experience and it should be regular habit. Book their first appointment as early as their first birthday or even earlier, when the first tooth is coming in. Keep it simple and positive. Even if your childhood dental experience is not positive stay calm to make the dental visit more like an adventure then unpleasant experience that must be done. Before the first dentist appointment, give the children an idea what to expect by talking about it in words that they do understand – and that won’t terrify them.

Find an understanding dentist. Ask friends and family or look for someone who specialises in treating little patients. In Sistova Road Dental Studio all of our dentists make sure the appointment is calm and comfortable for children. Also, the first appointment is a simple check-up and chance for your children to meet the dentist, so don’t worry about having any treatment.

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Did you know? 15 interesting facts about teeth.

Did you know? 15 interesting facts about teeth.

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  1. The average person spends 38.5 days for brushing teeth over a lifetime.
  2. During the lifetime, the mouth will produce enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools.
  3. If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces.
  4. Tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in the human’s body, and it’s made of calcium and phosphate, like bones, but teeth are not bones. Enamel is stronger because of the specific proteins and crystallites that form it.
  5. Enamel protects the soft dentine beneath it, which is made of living cells and calcified tissue.
  6. If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew food on your left side.
  7. Commercial floss was first manufactured in 1882.
  8. The first toothbrush with bristles was made in China in 1498. They used bristles from hogs, horses, and badgers. Modern toothbrushes with nylon bristles was introduced in 1938, and the first electric toothbrush was made in 1954. 
  9. Each tooth has its own unique shape, size and position in the mouth. There are no two identical teeth and smiles.
  10. Your mouth is home to millions bacteria of 200 – 300 varied species.
  11. Brushing within half an hour of eating or drinking certain foods can actually damage enamel as the enamel is softer. Wait an hour before brushing.
  12. The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 it was sold in London for £730 (£730 in 1816 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £70,500 in 2019). The tooth was set in a ring.
  13. In 1905 Irene Newman, who was the dental nurse, was trained to clean teeth as a hygienist. Officially she became Dental Hygienist in 1917 when she received the world’s first dental hygiene license in Connecticut, USA.
  14.  “Bluetooth” is named after Danish King Harald Blatand (eng. Bluetooth) because of his ability to unite warring Scandinavian factions, just as Bluetooth unites wireless devices. Why Bluetooth? The legend says the King was consuming blueberries so regularly and in such an amount that they stained his teeth blue.
  15. Not too long ago, in Victorian era, dentures were common wedding gifts in the British Isles. When a woman got married, all her teeth were pulled, and a set of dentures made up to help her and her husband save on the very expensive cost of dental work later.
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What you should know about chipped tooth repairs

What you should know about chipped tooth repairs

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Although the enamel that covers your teeth is the hardest and most mineralized tissue in the body, its strength is limited.

There are several things that can cause damage to your teeth. Hitting your mouth when falling or biting into hard things can obviously cause a tooth chip or break. But not only this can have an impact on your teeth. Teeth that are weak because of cavities, trauma from an accident, past sports injuries, poor nutrition or grinding and clenching your teeth can also cause the teeth to be chipped or broken.

 If you discover you have broken or chipped tooth, don’t panic! I know… broken front tooth is a good reason for panic, especially before the night out, but remember that there are many things your dentist can do to fix it.

At Sistova Road Dental Studio we are always able to see you the same day in a case of an emergency!

If your tooth is cracked, broken, chipped or fractured, book an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible. Chipped teeth aren’t necessarily medical emergencies by themselves but bear in mind that if left untreated for too long a chipped tooth can lead to:

  • Smile imperfections that might be expensive to correct
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Enamel damage
  • Tooth pain if your chip is large enough to expose a nerve
  • Infection because the nerve is less protected from bacteria in the mouth
  • Abscess
  • Tooth loss if not treated

Size matters

The size of the chip determinates the type of dental treatment you’ll need.

Small chips:

A small chip is usually the case with a minimal loss of the tooth surface not large enough to do damage to the enamel or the sensitive layers beneath your enamel.

Tiny chips usually don’t need a complicated treatment to be fixed. The dentist might be able to use a polishing instrument to remove all appearances of the chip and smooth out any rough edges that may remain.

However, just because you think the chip is small, it doesn’t mean there is no risk. See the dentist for a consultation anyway. There is always a reason why your tooth chipped and it’s better to be safe and make sure there is no any infections and other problems related to the chip.

Medium Chips:

If your chip is medium size or in other words is large enough to damage some of the layers beneath the enamel, there is a risk to health of your tooth and even to your health in general if you do not seek professional dental care quickly enough after the chip occurs.

There is nothing to worry about, the dentist can easily repair medium sized chips and treat the dental infection and pain, especially if you act quickly and see the dentist as soon as possible.

Dental Filling or Bonding?

If you have chipped off just a piece of tooth enamel, the dentist may repair the damage with a filling or bonding. If the repair is to a front tooth or can be seen when you smile, the dentist will likely use bonding, a procedure which uses a tooth-coloured composite resin. Requiring a single visit, bonding lasts several years. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration, however, it is less destructive to the tooth structure than porcelain restorations. When teeth are only chipped bonded composite resins may be the material of choice. If the chip is at the back of your mouth or the tooth is decayed the dentist will use dental fillings to fix the chip because dental filling can be cosmetic material as well, but their main use is for health-related purpose.

Large Chips:

Large chips often cause more problems. Except the aesthetic problem because they are very visible they also present the high potential for an exposed nerve and potentially excruciating pain.

With the large chip, it is very important to see the dentist within 24 hours if possible. This will not only relief you from the pain but will also increase the likelihood that you won’t lose the tooth.

Depending on the severity of damage to your tooth, it can result in the need for crown or a root canal treatment to save it.

If a large piece of tooth breaks off or the tooth has a lot of decay, the dentist likely will file away part of the remaining tooth and cover it with a crown – tooth-shaped cap made of porcelain or metal or a combination of both that is placed over a tooth. The dentist will match it up to the shape and colour of your other teeth to make sure there will be no visible difference. Crowns are recommended to cover a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength and to improve its appearance. The root canal treatment will be needed if the entire top of the tooth is broken off, and the cavity in a tooth becomes very deep and reaches the nerve in the root of the tooth. After this procedure the dentist will build up enough of a structure onto which a crown can be fitted. In some cases this might be the only option to save the tooth.

Cosmetic treatment for chipped tooth – why not?

Veneers are – next to fillings, bonding and crowns – an option for fixing the chipped tooth. Veneers are definitely more cosmetic solution to the problem however, because they can be used to change the overall appearance of your smile, they are excellent for not only hiding a chips or cracks but also discolorations, gaps, and other imperfection like oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked teeth. Talk to your dentist about that option if you feel that’s might be something for you.

And no matter what size of the chips happens to you – act quickly.

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Why dental hygiene treatment is important?

Why dental hygiene treatment is important?

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What “oral health” means to you?

I guess that first thing in your mind was – no new decays! Well, you’re not wrong, that’s important part of it. But the fact is, that “oral health” means much more than a lack of cavities. Good oral health means a mouth that’s free from disease – that can be anything from not dangerous gum inflammation to oral cancer. Good oral health means bite that functions without causing a pain when you eat or discomfort during the night. And last but not least, it means a smile that makes you feel confident, beautiful and fresh.

What you can do to achieve it?

One of the most important things you can do to keep your mouth healthy is to maintain a daily oral hygiene routine. Effective oral hygiene includes brushing two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing once per day to remove the plaque build between the teeth.

You don’t have significant control over genetic factors that may cause gum disease – but you can control few other things, for example your diet – sugar level in your meals and daily food routine. You can control if and how often you exercise, do you smoke and how often you drink. You must know that your diet and habits play very important role in your oral health. Also, you have a control over how often you visit the dentist.

Dentist really can help

If you only see a dentist when the problems arise, it might not be enough to keep your mouth healthy. Prevention is better than cure. At your regular dental check-up dentist always check for any signs of oral cancer, tooth decay, gum disease, and any other oral infections. They will also be able to explain why and how often you should visit the hygienist.

Hygienists focus on providing services based on prevention and they are experts when it comes to the health of your gums. Hygiene treatment is thorough scaling of your teeth to remove any plaque or tartar build-up in the areas brushing cannot reach and a clean and polish to remove any superficial stains on your teeth. Hygienist can also show you how to effectively brush and floss and can help you to understand your disease and teaches you how to help yourself.

Hygienist is a perfect first step when it comes to treating early stages of gum disease you might not even be aware of.

Check below what regular hygienist visit can help you with.

6 things a dental hygiene can do for you:

Prevent cavities

The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing, flossing and dental cleanings.S

Stop tooth loss

Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene habits.

Brighten your smile

Drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco can stain your teeth. A hygiene treatment can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. The result? A whiter, brighter smile!

Freshen your breath

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, getting a cleaning is a wonderful way to keep your mouth healthy and odour-free.

Boost your overall health

Studies have shown a connection between oral and overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for some diseases, like heart disease and stroke. Many medical conditions, some of them life-threatening, can be detected in their initial stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam.

Save money

Regular examination and hygiene treatments not only helping you keep a healthy mouth but also can save you money and time!  If you take advantage of your benefits now, you can avoid more costly and expensive procedures in the future.

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