• 9 Easy Ways To Chip Your Teeth

    Chipped teeth are unsightly and sometimes seem to happen for no reason. But there are a number of things which can cause them which you may be doing without realizing it. By knowing some of the most common things which cause chipped teeth, you can avoid them in the future. Bad Habits Can Cause You To Chip Teeth Chewing on a pen or biting your nails can lead to chipped front teeth.  Work-related habits, such as a seamstress holding pins with her teeth, can wear down and chip the teeth. Not Wearing A Mouthguard When Playing Sport Teeth can easily be chipped when playing contact sports.  A mouthguard needs to…

  • Acid Erosion Of Teeth – What Are The Causes And Treatment Of Tooth Erosion?

    Acid erosion can cause permanent damage to the teeth and can be quite painful.  Acids of varying concentration and strength can bring harm to the teeth.  The hard tissues of the teeth can erode when they are frequently exposed to acids, so part of the tooth can wear away to expose deeper layers of the teeth.  Tooth erosion can make the teeth sensitive, causing discomfort and pain when eating. What Is Tooth Erosion? Since enamel is the outermost covering of a tooth, it is affected the most by acid erosion of teeth.  Enamel is a translucent hard tissue that does not have cells.  Therefore, when it wears away, cracks, or…

  • Toothache Caused By Sinuses And How To Treat It

    What Are Sinuses? Sinuses are the cavities filled with air in the skull.  There are a number of sinuses, but the pair of sinuses which are associated with toothaches are located behind the cheekbones in the upper jaw. The tips of the roots of the upper molar teeth are very close to the sinus cavity.  This close proximity is why sinusitis is often mistaken for a toothache. When the sinuses become inflamed, this is called sinusitis.  Fluid also builds up in the sinuses which can increase the pressure in the sinuses and cause pain. What Are Some Signs Of A Sinus Toothache? Pain in a number of the upper teeth. …

  • Early Childhood Caries (ECC) – Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

    Even though baby teeth are temporary, they play an important role in the oral health of your child.  Baby teeth help your child speak properly and chew food thoroughly.  Baby teeth also reserve space in the mouth for the adult teeth to come through.  Baby teeth (also called deciduous teeth or milk teeth) start to appear at 6 months of age.  They will continue to come through until your child is around 33 months old.  Children don’t lose all of their baby teeth until they are around 12 years old.  Therefore, their baby teeth need to be healthy and remain in the mouth for a number of years before they…

  • What’s In An Amalgam Filling And Do Dentists Still Use Them?

    It’s commonly known that amalgam fillings (also called silver fillings) contain mercury, hence the debate about whether they are safe to use or not.  But what other ingredients are in an amalgam filling? What’s In An Amalgam Filling? When an amalgam filling is placed in the tooth, it is soft and can be molded to the right shape by the dentist.  The filling will begin to harden within a couple of minutes and will reach its full strength after a few hours.  In order for amalgam to have the correct consistency, it is made up of a number of different metals.  Amalgam fillings typically contain 40-50% mercury with the remaining…

  • Diabetes Dental Care – Taking Care Of Your Teeth For Diabetics

    Taking good care of your teeth and gums is important for everyone, but even more so for people who have diabetes.  People with diabetes may face more dental problems if their blood sugar levels are poorly controlled. Dental Problems Linked With Diabetes People with uncontrolled diabetes are at higher risk of the following conditions: Gum Disease.  Also known as gingivitis.  People with uncontrolled diabetes are at higher risk of gum disease as they are less resistant to fighting infections.  Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums which is caused by plaque which irritates the gums.  Periodontal disease is a more advanced form of gum disease.  Gingivitis progresses to periodontal disease if…

  • What Is The Blue Curing Light Dentists Use And Is It Dangerous?

    Have you noticed the glow of blue light during your dental visits?  People often wonder what this light is for used for and whether it’s dangerous or not.  The blue light is called a curing light and it is used for setting white fillings. What Does The Blue Light Do? The blue light sets fissure sealants, fillings, and cement in a matter of seconds.  When fillings are placed in the tooth they are very soft so they can be molded to the correct shape by the dentist.  When the dentist is happy with the shape of the filling they will set it with this light.  The blue light makes the…

  • Fissure Sealants – Preventing Decay

    What Are Fissure Sealants? Fissure sealants are coatings that cover the fissures (grooves and pits) of children’s teeth to prevent tooth decay.  They are placed on the biting surface of the teeth to protect the fissures which are prone to decay.  These fissures are so small that food and bacteria can easily get trapped in them, but the bristles of a toothbrush are too large to properly clean them.  Fissure sealants, also called pit and fissure sealants, are different from fillings as they are preventative and are not used to treat existing decay.  They are placed on molar teeth soon after they grow into the mouth and before they have…

  • Dental Sealants – What Are They And What Is The Procedure?

    What Are Dental Sealants? Dental sealants (also called fissure sealants) are plastic coating which is placed on the surface of the molar teeth.  Dental sealants are usually placed on the biting surface, but they may sometimes be needed on the cheek or tongue side of the teeth if there are pits there. Why Should My Child Have Dental Sealants? Dental sealants are placed to prevent food and plaque from getting stuck in the pits and fissures of the teeth and causing decay.  The grooves of the teeth are difficult to clean and are susceptible to decay.  The material used in dental sealants is flowed into these pits and fissures creating…

  • Dental Implants – Replacing Missing Teeth

    What Is A Dental Implant? A dental implant is used to replace a single missing tooth or a number of teeth.  It is made up of a titanium screw that is implanted into the jaw bone and then a crown is placed on top of that to make it look like a natural tooth. A crown, or dental cap, is made of porcelain and is like a thimble that sits over the implant to make it look like a real tooth. A number of different dental professionals can place an implant including implantologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, periodontists (gum specialists), and some general dentists.  The process of having an implant…