Over time, much has changed about the human body in terms of evolution. However, some parts of the body still represent a throwback to ancient days and may not be of much use to modern-day humans. If you're going through pain associated with what are euphemistically known as 'wisdom' teeth, then you may agree with this statement, especially as there seems to be little use for these spare molars today. Be that as it may, what can you do to alleviate your suffering and move on with your life?
28 August 2018
Your family dentist has probably advised you to floss your teeth daily as part of your teeth-cleaning regime, and it's quite possible you've ignored this advice. What are the benefits of flossing that make dentists so keen to recommend it? Prevents plaque Flossing helps prevent the build-up of plaque on the teeth by reaching parts of the surface of the tooth that your brush can't get to. It is very easy for small pieces of food and other debris to get stuck between the teeth, which can contribute to the build-up of plaque.
27 July 2018
In the long distant past when dentistry was less advanced, there was no alternative but to extract infected teeth. Alarmingly, back in the 1600s, unqualified but experienced individuals would extract teeth with just a pair of pliers. However, as painful as it was, extracting a tooth in that manner would often save someone's life. Back then, tooth infections were around the sixth leading cause of death in London. The short answer to your question then is yes, it is safe—safer at least than leaving an infected tooth untreated.
10 July 2018
In pursuit of the perfect smile, many people are ready to take whatever steps are necessary and will often ask their dentist how they can deal with teeth that are not in their right place. This type of misalignment can build up over the years and can only be rectified through the use of dental braces. However, recent developments have made the process a lot easier to deal with, allowing patients to remove the devices if needed, for practical purposes.
12 June 2018
You might think that you misheard your dentist. Did they just say that your teeth are crazy? It's more likely that they actually told you that your teeth have craze lines. You might have even noticed them yourself, which could be the reason for visiting your local dental services provider. These vertical lines which can form on your teeth can vary in their noticeability, and develop gradually. So if one day you look in the mirror and begin to suspect that there are vertical lines running down your teeth that seem to be becoming more prominent, then it's time to learn all about craze lines (and of course, what you can do about them).
18 May 2018
Gingival recession (otherwise known as receding gums) can drastically increase your chances of experiencing serious dental problems, including chronic tooth sensitivity and tooth loss. As such, it's important to take steps to minimise your risk of developing this issue. Here are two ways to do this. Be careful about how you brush your teeth Your tooth-brushing technique can play a significant role in your chances of developing gingival recession. For example, moving your toothbrush from side to side can push your gum line upwards.
12 April 2018
Cosmetic dentistry has the potential to boost your confidence and transform your smile. As one of the first features others notice about you, your teeth are worthy of a little extra attention from time to time. However, before you opt for a procedure, take a step back to consider what you will benefit from. Factors such as your budget, what you need to change, and underlying dental concerns will affect which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you.
19 March 2018
If you look in the mirror and find your teeth looking different from usual, chances are you may steadily be developing receding gums. The reason why you may not be entirely aware that this is happening is that the process is subtle. As a result, you may have an inkling that something is not right but you cannot put your finger on why your teeth appear strange to you. Nevertheless, it would be advisable to see your dentist so they can determine whether this is happening and have it remedied before it escalates.
23 February 2018
When you have an overbite, your front upper teeth overlap your front lower teeth. While there are many people whose upper teeth protrude over the lower ones slightly, an overbite can become a severe problem when eating is a challenge or if your jaw starts aching as a result. Overbites typically result from a poorly formed jaw that grew unevenly when a person was growing up. Additional factors such as thumb sucking and feeding on a bottle could worsen the problem.
25 January 2018
A dental emergency is an unforeseen injury, pain or trauma that affects your teeth, gums or jaw. Case in point, picture yourself walking down the stairs and take a fall or trip up on a cable in your house, and one of your teeth gets knocked out. Of course, when such an emergency occurs, you should see an emergency dentist as soon as possible. However, what are the emergency steps you can do on your own after your tooth is knocked out before you reach the dentist's office?
8 January 2018