Health

What causes bad breath, and how can I prevent it?

Help, my breath smells! Bad breath not only causes embarrassment and anxiety, it has given rise to an industry of flosses, washes, gums and tongue scrapers! Finding the source Determining the origin is the key to appropriate preventive measures. The majority of bad breath is caused by factors within the mouth, which leaves a proportion…

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Tips to help manage dental pain

Dental pain relief tips before you see the dentist It’s possible that dental pain and scary dentists feature more in movies than back pain and various ‘body workers’ such as physiotherapists, masseurs and chiropractors. Surely this comes from widely held fears and unpleasant memories of tooth ache? Understanding pain relief options Dental pain can come…

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Do my wisdom teeth need removing?

When to extract wisdom teeth When wisdom teeth grow nicely into place behind the second molars and are free of decay, there is no reason for removal. Problems come when they are impacted, which means they are angled in the jaw. As they try to erupt, or emerge from the gum, they push against the…

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Caring for your children’s teeth

Keep tooth brushing fun for toddlers There is no reason why tooth brushing small children’s teeth should be a ‘big deal’ – unless they perceive that avoiding it or fighting it is a ‘big deal’ for parents! Aside from keeping it a stress-free ‘no fight zone’, there are few things to keep in mind. Getting…

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What to look for when choosing dental floss

Types of dental floss As with so many things these days, even dental floss comes in a confusing variety of forms. There’s waxed and unwaxed, flavoured or unflavoured, tape (ribbon), string and woven! And now there’s a vegan version which avoids bees wax. Waxed dental floss Studies suggest that waxed floss slides between the teeth…

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Tooth sensitivity and what you can do to prevent it

Tooth sensitivity is no laughing matter! If just the thought of eating ice cream puts your teeth on edge, you already know what tooth sensitivity feels like. But what causes it? Most commonly, sensitivity results from the loss of the tooth’s normal protective mechanisms. Enamel is the hardest structure in the human body. It protects…

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Periodontitis, what it is and what to do about it

How it starts . . . Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. When gums are inflamed, they bleed easily when flossing or brushing, or even biting into an apple. Many of us have experienced this from time to time. It is easy to treat –if it’s just in one or two places, paying attention to…

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Diabetes and gum disease . . .and diabetes

Relationship between periodontitis and diabetes Type 2 Diabetes is considered to double the risk of periodontal disease compared with healthy individuals. Type II is the acquired diabetes associated with obesity. Other consequences of poorly managed Type II diabetes include heart and kidney disease, peripheral nerve damage and damage to other organs including the eyes. Diabetes…

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