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14
12
2015

Christmas Is Coming


Christmas is coming and, with the nougat, also comes a time where we need to pay special care and attention to our teeth. During these days we have numerous dinners with family and friends and its normal that we overindulge a little with the food. These are dangerous times for our diet but even more if we want to keep our teeth white and healthy.

The majority of cavities and dental problems caused by excessive consumption of sugar and poor cleaning occur during in these dates. Christmas is...


23
11
2015

How to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?


The milk teeth are less mineralized, there is less protection of the dentin and the pulp is broader, which makes infants more vulnerable to cavities that´s why it is important to prevent cavities in children under 5 years old.

Why is it important to prevent cavities?

Cavities are an infectious disease that can be prevented. The impact of cavities are multiple and eventually severe. It can start with a painful episode, local swelling, acute complications or long-term hospitalizations. The...


21
10
2015

The sticky sweets of Halloween can cause mischief in children´s teeth


Every year, at this time of the year Spanish people spend more on sweets and in October many of these sweets end up damaging children´s teeth that come to offer trick or treat. However, you might be surprised to know that when it comes to tooth decay not all sweets are prepared in the same way.

The decay and the deterioration of the teeth are caused by prolonged exposure to sugar. Parents can help their children to combat caries by decreasing the amount of sugar that comes into contact...


22
07
2015

Green Tea For Healthy Teeth And Gums


Green tea’s ability to help reduce symptoms of periodontal disease may be due to the presence of the antioxidant catechin. Previous research has demonstrated antioxidants’ ability to reduce inflammation in the body, and the indicators of periodontal disease measured in this study, PD, CAL and BOP, suggest the existence of an inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria in the mouth. By interfering with the body’s inflammatory response to periodontal bacteria, green tea may actually...


01
07
2015

The “terrible” effect summer has on our teeth


Our change in habits in the summer, especially the holiday period can cause more cavities and dental erosion.

The increase in consumption of sugary drinks, changes in food habits and a general neglect in brushing are the main causes.

Another risk for dental health is to remain too many hours in contact with the chlorine in swimming pools which erodes the tooth enamel.

Summer is the season more conducive for neglecting dental health because of changes in diet, increased consumption of...


05
06
2015

Diastema


The space you have between your teeth has a name: diastema. Diastema

Diastema dental

Dental diastemas are very common, especially among children. They are a typical part of childhood and usually correct themselves. In fact, 97% of children have diastemas, this percentage progressively decreases as you enter adolescence. If the diastema remains into adulthood, then the diastema becomes permanent and can only be closed by orthodontics.

Causes of diastema

There are many reasons why...


25
05
2015

Post-treatment care after a tooth extraction


There are many reasons why your dentist might recommend a tooth extraction – a cavity, to facilitate an orthodontic treatment and even more commonly the removal of a wisdom tooth.

While the removal of a tooth is in itself a serious procedure the after care is also a delicate matter.

In the clinic: the length of time the oral cavity has a numbed affect varies according to the type of anesthesia and where it has been applied.

The effect of the anesthesia can last for various hours and can...


15
05
2015

Home Remedies fo Halitosis


It´s estimated that nearly 90% of all cases of bad breath are caused by problems related to oral hygiene, so therefore it is important to find the cause of origin. So, we need to improve our oral hygiene, brushing our teeth, gums and tongue after eating, using dental floss and mouthwashes to reach those areas which can´t be cleaned with a normal toothbrush. It is also necessary to regularly go for check-ups, at least once a year, in order to prevent cavities and other oral problems and to...


08
05
2015

Stress and Toothache


Stress usually occurs in situations that the people consider to be difficult or unmanageable. Its effects can even reach to the oral cavity where there is a relationship between stress and tooth ache.

Stress causes a person to tighten or grind their teeth to overcome nervousness.

 The grinding or clenching of the teeth (bruxism) causes discomfort in the jaw (TMJ) and worn teeth, which makes a visit to the dentist necessary because of the pain.

 The anxiety, the nervousness and stress...


06
05
2015

Tobacco and oral health problems


In Clinic Sunil Daswani we feel it is necessary to make our patients aware of the dangers related to smoking and their oral health as well as their health in general. Smoking is the principal cause of most health problems and in some cases can be fatal. With regards to oral health, smoking can severely damage the mouth, gums and teeth, causing gum disease, tooth loss and including oral cancer. So, exactly how does smoking affect our teeth?

 

  • Oral cancer: thousands of people are...

24
04
2015

Mouthguards and bruxism


Today more and more people have problems with bruxism -clench and grind your teeth. The economic situation, the stress of everyday life and other factors that can eventually cause a problem.

To minimize these, dentists usually recommend the use of a mouth guard. It is a transparent plastic device, which is 2 -3 millimetres thick, which is placed on one of the two dental arches with the objective that the upper teeth when they come into contact with the bottom, cushion the friction. This...


16
03
2015

80% of patients undergoing chemotherapy have oral infections


World Oral Health Day

80 % of patients undergoing chemotherapy in Spain have oral infections, ranging from mouth ulcers to fungus, and in the case of radiotherapy this can also generate problems in the teeth because of the high doses of radiation that remains in the teeth after treatment, so on the occasion of World Oral Health Day, which takes place on the 20th of March, experts have recommended that before undertaking any oncological treatment you should previously visit your...


06
03
2015

Are you a fan of drinking gin and tonics? You are destroying your teeth


Dental erosion, a less well-known condition that affects adolescents and youngsters because of their excessive consumption of acidic beverages like carbonated soft drinks and gin and tonics. More and more often we see people destroying their mouth with these types of diet.

Recent studies demonstrate the relation between drinking and oral health of youngsters, assessing how the high consumption of alcohol affects their teeth, taking into account particularly the acidity and pH of certain...


25
02
2015

The Connection Between Oral Health and Heart Health


Heart disease is a terrifying diagnosis that many people attempt to stay one step ahead of and circumvent. You can watch what you eat, keep tabs on your cholesterol and blood pressure, and have regular exams by your cardiologist. But did you know that visiting your dentist may help keep heart health in check too?

According to the American Heart Association, there is no conclusive evidence that preventing gum disease can prevent heart disease or that treating gum disease can lessen the...


06
01
2015

New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 regarding oral hygiene


Starting a New Year always leads to making a list of New Year’s resolutions: quit smoking, joining the gym, start studying etc. One aspect that we should also try to improve is our oral hygiene. It´s definitely worth the effort.

We should improve our dental hygiene. I´m not only referring to brushing after meals but also flossing and regular visits to the dentist. And of course using the right toothpaste.

Toothpaste can do more harm than good

The next time a patient innocently asks...


13
10
2014

“The Wand STA”, the computerized anaesthetic


We all know that some people are more sensitive than others and that become more nervous even with the slightest mention of the word injection or needle. It is for this reason that we administer our local anesthetic by a new revolutionary system called the WAND. This consists of a local anaesthetic controlled by a computer.


1· It doesn´t hurt.
2· Doesn´t look like a syringe.                            
3· It Works better than a syringe.


Even if...


30
07
2014

What should we do if we have a dental abscess?


An abscess is a concentration of pus as a consequence of a bacterial infection in the root of a tooth. Normally, this is the result of an untreated filling.

 

Its Origin

An abscess forms when there is an access between the teeth which allows bacteria to penetrate to the root of the tooth, either because of cavities, which is the more common reason, or because of tooth mobility as a consequence of periodontal disease.

The bacterium through this open way, infect the tooth, the pulp, the...


03
07
2014

The Dental Implications of Being a Smoker


Everyone knows that smoking causes ugly white stains on teeth and causes considerable bad breath. Certainly, nicotine is not a mouth´s best friend, but not only because of the so-called “aesthetic “effects but also because smoking has proven to be on of the main causes in the development and the progression of periodontal disease.

How does tabacco affect your teeth?

So if you´re a smoker and your worried about your teeth perhaps you should consider quitting smoking . This article is...


19
06
2014

35% of older adults have gum problems


Tooth loss in older adults, is due to many reasons, the most common of which is badly treated gingivitis which in turn leads to periodontitis which causes the jaw bone to wear down and which could in turn lead to insufficient support for the tooth and cause tooth loss.

There exist diseases such as diabetes which can cause older adults to lose their teeth but this can be avoided with special care.

With special hygiene and regular checkups to the dentist tooth loss can be prevented, and...


09
06
2014

How to recover the whiteness of your teeth


There exist in Internet hundreds of home remedies for recovering the whiteness of our teeth without a visit to the dentist. Most of the ideas in Internet suggest the use of abrasive products like bicarbonate and lemon with salt for teeth whitening.

These types of whitening treatments only wear down the enamel, which can in turn cause our teeth to weaken and produce in turn hypersensitivity.

In order to minimize these problems it is necessary for the dentist to assist us in discovering...


28
05
2014

Caring for Sensitive Teeth


A lot of people suffer from tooth sensitivity, an alteration that can convert our lives into a real nightmare. Sensitive teeth cause pain , discomfort, feelings which come about especially after eating or drinking certain food items. However, teeth sensitivity can be treated by a visit to the dentist.

Generally, this condition arises after drinking cold liquids, eating food at extreme temperatures or even breathing warm air. The pain can be unbearable, which can result in a severe dental...


19
05
2014

What is it that stains your teeth?


A lot of patients that visit our clinic are worried about stains on their teeth. These changes in colour are often associated with improper dental hygiene, which often causes people with yellow teeth, brownish or greyish to have self-esteem problems.

 

The real reason for the appearance of these stains is the wearing down of the enamel which composes the harder exterior cover of the teeth which causes the exposing of the dentine which is made of a material less dense than the enamel...


12
05
2014

Normal toothbrush or electric toothbrush


More and more people are changing from traditional toothbrushes to electric toothbrushes.

A lot of people come to the Clinic and ask our dentist which is better for their teeth. Today I´m going to dedicate this article to discuss the advantages electric toothbrushes have over conventional toothbrushes.

The Electric Toothbrush

Electric toothbrushes are normally composed of a handle and a brush that can do hundreds of thousands of revolutions, vibrations and pulsations per minute.

Like...


28
04
2014

Loss of tooth color. Why?


The tooth as time goes by becomes darker, tooth aging, loss of enamel, makes the tooth become yellowish.

Another case is when the tooth has a composite filling and this deteriorates over time, staining and darkening the tooth.

Also when the tooth has received a pulp treatment or endodontic treatment, this tooth is left without a nerve and loses its natural bright colour and becomes greyish.

When we have dental caries the enamel demineralizes turning down the shade of the tooth, and...


18
04
2014

Loss of teeth related to Depression and Anxiety


A recent study has shown that people who suffer from anxiety attacks have a tendency to skip their scheduled dental visits, and this could result in them feeling pressured with respect to their dental health.

This information was obtained from a recent study presented by the American Dental Association by the University of West Virginia, where 77,000 people were evaluated and the participants had an average age of 19 years old and with a history of anxieties, depression and dental...


11
04
2014

The Story of my Teeth


The Story of my Teeth

“The Story of my Teeth” is the latest novel by, the Young Mexican writer, Valeria Luiselli. A story full of fantasy and humor in which teeth take on a satirical note in the story.

The key player in the novel is Gustavo Sanchez Sanchez, better known as Mr. Carretera, who was born with four premature teeth. This is the person who is spoken about the most in this novel about teeth. He´s an ugly man, with lots of luck and very charismatic, who has converted...


06
04
2014

The Dental Health of pregnant women: A Case Study.


 

70% of pregnant women have gingivitis or inflammed gums with bleeding, because of changes in their hormones, these changes cause the gums to inflame and just touching them with a toothbrush causes bleeding.

Also, in the first few months they may experience vomiting and this can cause a wearing down of the inner layers of the teeth , and so one has to take care against these types of affictions.

Another important thing is that when mothers see their childrens pacifiers fall on the...


30
03
2014

Early detection of oral cancer


In Spain, there are 4000 new cases of mouth cáncer diagnosed each year and only half of them survive for 5 years after detection. Also, 70% of all cases are diagnosed too late. That´s why early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions with risk of malignancy is fundamental to improve the diagnose of the disease.

New methods are available for early detection of mouth cáncer based on the projection of a luminescent chemo which allows you to see lesions which are not visible to the...


30
03
2014

Decalogue to smile


1. COLOUR

In smile design one of the most important considerations is the color. But not the only consideration! There are lots of people that believe that the most important thing about a smile is how white it is, but in my opinion, and other aesthetic specialists it is the alignment and shape of the teeth.

In order to achieve a natural,beautiful color you could use whitening systems, porcelain veneers (smile ceramic program) and composite layering materials (smile design system)

2....


30
03
2014

Bad breath, nobody talks to me


One of the main causes of bad breath is poor dental hygiene or average dental hygiene but just not thorough enough. In other words, if you have bad breath you could try maximizing your oral hygiene, which involves not only brushing your teeth three times a day, but using a tongue cleaner which is available in pharmacies. 

Tongue cleaning is a part of the dental higiene, because it is a waste disposal site for food and saliva and it causes halitosis.

You should brush your teeth with a soft...


30
03
2014

Use and change your toothbrush


It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every 3 months. This is because the active part of the brush loses its effectiveness in removing all plaque and food debris that lie between the teeth.

This recommendation varies, according to the intensity of use, the pressure between the teeth and the temperature of the water which can cause the bristles to open and therefore requiring toothbrush replacement in less than three months.

How to tell if you have to change your toothbrush?

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