Negative Effects of Soothers

Alternately called dummies or pacifiers, soothers are used by parents throughout the world to quieten babies. Apart from soothing a child, dummies have also been linked with a reduced risk of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, soothers can also impact negatively on a child’s teeth and oral health.

Because of the constant sucking motion, the overuse of soothers can lead to:

• Impaired jaw growth

• Misaligned or protruding teeth

• An overbite or open bite

Dental experts recommend that infants should be “completely weaned off a pacifier by age two” and many suggest it should be even sooner. Regular check-ups with the child’s dentist will help in spotting potential issues early and further information can be found at


The Causes of Gum Sensitivity

Your gums can be sensitive even if you don’t have sensitive teeth. Gum sensitivity can be painful and also be a precursor or indicator of another medical condition. Your dentist will look for the following potential causes:

– Overly aggressive brushing or flossing

– Periodontal disease

– Chronic stress

– Pregnancy

“By seeing your dentist and getting a check-up to evaluate your gum health, you can help protect and nourish your teeth with healthy gum tissue for life!”

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Looking at the Benefits, Risks and Candidacy of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can be a good option for people who have a badly damaged or decayed tooth. They are used by a dentist to restore the structure of the tooth, allowing it to function and feel like your natural teeth.

Key takeaways:

– A crown is a protective cover to a weakened tooth and can also hold together a fractured tooth.

– A crowned tooth retains a nerve and there can be increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

– You will need a crown after undergoing a root canal and possibly after a large dental filling.

“One of the most obvious advantages is that this capping of the tooth looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth and restores your overall bite strength, thereby improving your ability to bite down comfortably.”

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Will Dental Implants Prevent Gum Disease?

A dental implant is a strong tooth replacement, which along with a crown restores a missing tooth. The implant is screwed in to the jaw by a qualified dentist and is designed to last a lifetime.

Key takeaways:

– The dental implant supports the alveolar bone, helping to prevent jawbone loss where teeth are missing.

– Gum disease can affect the tissue around an implant, therefore a dentist will check for healthy gums before proceeding.

– A candidate for a dental implant will need enough jawbone to support it and no existing gum infection.

“When your alveolar bone is strong, you’re less likely to lose teeth. Jawbone naturally recedes when a tooth is lost, as the bone is no longer being stimulated by that particular tooth and so the body doesn’t see a need for it.”

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Potential Complications Following Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth extraction is considered a safe dental procedure, which many people will require. However as with any procedure, complications can occur for which you should consult with your dentist.

Key takeaways:

– One of the more common complications is dry socket, when the resulting blood clot is dislodged or does not form properly.

– Infection in the extraction area is rarer, and symptoms include persistent swelling, pain and a bad taste in the mouth.

– Although some bleeding is to be expected, you should see your dentist if you are experiencing excessive bleeding.

“There is a chance you may develop an infection in one of the areas where your wisdom teeth were removed. Less than 5% of cases experience infection following the procedure, making this a rarer complication of wisdom tooth removal.”

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What Causes Tongue Discolouration?

Don’t ignore your discoloured tongue. Tongue discolouration can be a sign of deeper issues like diabetes and oral cancer. Here are the causes of tongue discolouration.

Causes of discolouration:

– Fever and dehydration.

– Oral thrush, a condition that also causes white patches, burning and bad taste.

– Tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, malnutrition

– Leukoplakia and medication.

See your dentist for examination and cleaning of your teeth and tongue. Always rinse your mouth after consuming staining foods like wine and grapes.

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Is It Possible To Have Braces On Top Of Veneers?

If you’ve had veneers fitted but have uneven teeth, you may be wondering whether braces are an option. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Key takeaways:

– If your veneers are in good condition, brackets can be usually attached without damaging the surface.

– In some cases, the veneers will have to be polished after fitting the braces.

– For most orthodontists, the treatment of choice is Invisalign (removable plastic aligners).

Book a consultation with your dentist to get expert advice on whether these two treatments can be used together in your case.

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Changing Your Relationships by Brightening Your Smile

It can be surprising how confidence in your smile can affect relationships, both professional and personal. Professional teeth whitening from a dentist can brighten teeth and return confidence to your smile.

Key takeaways:

– With professional teeth whitening you can make a bigger first impression with a brighter smile.
– When you have confidence in your smile at work, you tend to put more focus on the job at hand.
– Be sure to maintain regular teeth cleaning with your dentist after teeth whitening to prevent future staining.
“With white teeth, you have even more reasons to smile. Smiling not only boosts endorphins and therefore your mood, but it also makes you appear more attractive and draws people to you.”
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How to Choose a Good Family Dentist

Any dentist is qualified to look after teeth and treat dental problems but not all are suited to treating both adults and children. Getting the best dental care is the primary consideration but time, money and convenience are also important.

Once satisfied that the dentist is suitably professionally qualified other factors come into play.

– Convenient location of the office

– Flexible opening hours

– Emergency service

These are some of the factors to consider when choosing the right dentist for your family. There are many excellent dentists “who offer services for the entire family” and the ideal one should be conveniently located and child-friendly. More items to consider are detailed at



Teething Pain Treatments

From about six months old, an infant’s first teeth erupt and it can be a difficult time for both baby and parents. Symptoms of teething include irritability, drooling and difficulty sleeping because the baby’s gums may be inflamed and sensitive. Some simple home treatments that can help alleviate the child’s discomfort are:

– Gently massaging the gums with a finger

– Keeping the child relaxed with warm baths

– Soothing pain with chilled items to chew on such as teething rings

Teething should proceed naturally and consulting a dentist is rarely necessary. However, if the child seems overly distressed the dentist may suggest a teething gel “to provide your baby with quick relief” and more tips can be found at