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Foods to have after an extraction

What to eat after an extraction Once you’ve scheduled the surgery, you might wonder what to eat after a tooth extraction. As you might expect, soft foods are ideal during the first few days of recovery. WHAT TO EAT: Unless you have particularly sensitive teeth, ice cream tops the list of what to eat after an extraction. It’s cool and soft so you can eat it comfortably even when your mouth is tender. Because ice cream is cold it can help minimise any natural swellings that occur in the mouth. Soft serve is ideal right after surgery as itdoesn’t require …

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Porcelain Veneers

PORCELAIN VENEERS Porcelain Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain shaped to fit over the front side of your teeth. Veneers are strong, look natural and are made to match the shape and colour of your own teeth. Teeth that are discoloured, chipped, decayed, or poorly shaped are good candidates for veneers. To prepare your teeth for veneers, the dentist will remove about one millimetre of enamel from each tooths surface, then an impression of your mouth is taken and then the veneers are custom made.  The veneers are then bonded on to the tooth. Discuss having your smile corrected with …

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Acidic foods and drinks

Acidic Foods and your teeth Oranges, Grapefruits, cranberries, coffee, alcohol, fruit juices are common foods and drinks that are acidic, which is why it is important to ensure that they don’t harm the enamel on your teeth. When the acids in the food you eat and drink cause the enamel to wear away, tooth sensitivity can occur as a result. The teeth can also discolour. Brushing after a meal is generally a good idea and making a habit of rinsing with water after acidic foods and drinks . See your dentist if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. Your dentist may …

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Baby teeth and teething

BABY TEETH AND TEETHING Teething can be uncomfortable for babies .Babies start teething around 6 months old, so knowing what to look for allows you to keep your little one comfortable. Obviously, teething takes place before you’ll see any  physical signs of teeth but you’ll be able to tell that your baby is teething  if he: Drools a bit more than normal Wants to chew on hard objects Becomes cranky or irritable Gums tender and swollen Has problems sleeping                                                                           If your baby seems uncomfortable during teething there are a few small steps you may consider. Applying a teething gel …

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WHY DENTAL CHECK UPS ARE SO IMPORTANT

WHY DENTAL CHECK UPS ARE IMPORTANT A regular dental check up is important as they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a regular visit at least every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist. There are two parts to a dental visit: The check up and xrays The clean                                                                                                              During the dental check up, your dental professional will check your overall oral health for any trouble area’s and may take xrays. During the cleaning, your dentist will remove any plaque and tartar build up and may polish your teeth.  A fluoride treatment  may also be …

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Symptoms of a cracked tooth

                          SYMPTOMS OF A CRACKED TOOTH The symptoms of a cracked tooth vary depending on the severity of the crack. Some of the most common symptoms of a cracked tooth include: Sensitivity to hot and cold Pain when chewing Spontaneous shooting pain Excessive pain when eating sweet or sour foods If the tooth does not have a visible crack or break, your dentist will typically take a dental xray to determine the degree and location of the crack. Your dentist may remove the weakened area and place a filling in the tooth. In some situations, a crown may be needed. …

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How often should I change my toothbrush?

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH? It’s easy to know when to replace your worn out shoes or faded clothes, but how often should you change your tooth brush ? Generally you should change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. If your tooth brush is frayed it won’t clean your teeth thoroughly. There are 2 types of toothbrushes to consider, manual or electric. Choose what makes you feel comfortable and what makes you want to brush your teeth regularly. Store your toothbrush in an upright position, in a cup or a holder away from other tooth brushes. Storing …

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How Winter Weather can cause toothaches and Sensitivty

HOW WINTER WEATHER CAN CAUSE TOOTHACHES AND SENSITIVTY Yes, cold weather can make your teeth hurt, in response to extreme heat and cold, your teeth contract. Breathing in the Cold weather air can give you that ouch feeling and sensitivity, just like when you bite into an ice cream with a sensitive tooth. Problems such as periodontal disease, cracked teeth, decay, brushing vigorously, acidic beverages, use of tooth whitening agents are just some factors that can cause tooth sensitivity. You should see a dentist whenever you experience tooth sensitivity. Your dentist will determine which teeth are sensitive and why you …

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DENTAL BRIDGES

                                         DENTAL BRIDGES A dental bridge replaces missing teeth with false teeth. The bridge is attached to the real teeth on either side of the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges are usually made of porcelain or metal, or a mixture of the two. They are fixed in place and for some people, are an alternative to dentures. You may need a dental bridge if you have a missing tooth or teeth and have healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth. To prepare for a dental bridge, your dentist will usually file down the …

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TOOTH MOUSSE

                                 TOOTH MOUSSE Tooth mousse is a water based crème containing recaldent. It is applied topically to teeth and gums to provide extra protection for teeth to help neutralize acid challenges from bacteria in plaque and other acid sources. Tooth mousse is suited if: You  suffer from a dry mouth . Prescribed  medication can also leave you with a dry mouth. If you are having orthodontic treatment including after having brackets removed.  If you have reflux or morning sickness from pregnancy.The acid from your stomach can dissolve on your teeth , so rubbing tooth mousse on your teeth after reflux …

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