Dental Care Gum disease weakens tooth foundations

Gum disease and diabetes: there may be a link

Diabetes increases the risk of gum disease Late onset, or Type ll diabetes, is now considered to double the risk of periodontal disease compared with healthy individuals. Other consequences include heart and kidney disease, peripheral nerve damage and damage to other organs including the eyes. When caught early this form of diabetes is considered easy…

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Tooth-brushing for toddlers – make it fun!

Toddlers and tooth brushing… The main reason tooth-brushing for toddlers ends in fights is they perceive that avoiding or fighting is a ‘big deal’ for parents! Aside from keeping it a stress-free ‘no fight zone’, there are few things to keep in mind. Clean the gums before first teeth appear The first method of tooth…

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Don’t brush your teeth straight after eating . . .

Demineralisation makes tooth enamel vulnerable to wear During and following eating and drinking, our teeth receive an acid wash which leaches minerals from tooth enamel. This everyday process is known as demineralisation. The acids come from our choice of food and drink, but also from the activity of bacteria in plaque after we eat and…

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Why sticky foods pose an extra risk to teeth

Sticky foods are in a category of their own! It’s well known that diet choices are important for dental health as well as our general health. Sticky foods are generally ‘sticky’ because of their high sugar content, and frequent snacking on them increases the risk of tooth decay. These foods are a special category of…

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Dental CareHealth Dreid fruit and syrup are sticky foods

Sticky food – a double assault on tooth enamel

The first problem with sticky food: They generally have a high sugar content because it’s sugar that gives them their stickiness! These foods are considered a special category of sweets because their sticky residue is not readily washed away by the normal action of saliva. This means the bacteria natually found in the mouth feed…

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Tooth brushing technique: how to be effective

Correct tooth brushing technique removes plaque Plaque is a clear film that collects on the teeth. It results from the action of bacteria in the mouth, can cause tooth decay but is easily removed with a tooth brush. Optimal plaque removal requires good brushing technique – so it makes sense to know how to do…

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Disclosing tabs: what are they and how do they work?

Disclosing tabs show how well you are brushing your teeth Regular tooth brushing has been shown to prevent decay and keep the gums healthy, particularly when brushing technique is effective. Apart from a visit to the dentist, there is one other way to test – and measure improvements in – your oral hygiene techniques. Using…

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How does plaque cause tooth decay?

From plaque to tooth decay Tooth decay can develop when plaque is not removed. Plaque is a clear film that coats the teeth; it is produced by the bacteria living in our mouths. Particles of our food stick to this film, in turn becoming food for these bacteria. The bacteria feed, release acids as they…

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