A recommendation pad to use with your patients.
Bad breath (also known as halitosis) is breath containing an unpleasant odour. This odour can strike periodically or be persistent, depending on the cause.
Avoiding a few common foods and bad habits in this list could help end your bad breath.
Improper oral care may lead to plaque buildup and plaque formation may lead to gingivitis, which in some patients may progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease.
Yes, medications can have oral side effects – dry mouth being the most common. Be sure to tell your dentist about any medications that you're taking, even medicines that you purchase without a prescription.
What you should know and what you can do.
Tooth implants have been used successfully for many years. Your implant should last for a very long time if you take the following points to heart.
Interested in professional tooth whitening?
A chairside guide to show patients how Colgate® Sensitive Pro-Relief™ works.
Dental caries is the medical term for tooth decay or cavities. It is caused by bacterial acids dissolving tooth minerals.
Is your lifestyle putting your oral health at risk?
You may have sensitive teeth if you experience short, sharp pain in response to cold, heat, and pressure.
Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while – if they are nervous, upset or under stress. But if you have a dry mouth all or most of the time, it can be uncomfortable and can lead to serious health problems.
By following the information in this guide, you and your family can aim to have healthy teeth and gums to last a lifetime. As a parent, you can work with your children to help them understand why good oral care is important – and show them how to do it right!
People with gingivitis have inflamed gum tissue around their teeth, caused by bacteria found in dental plaque. Normal, healthy gums should be firmly attached to the teeth and underlying bone.
Toothbrushing tools date back to 3500-3000 BC when the Babylonians and the Egyptians made a brush by fraying the end of a twig. Tombs of the ancient Egyptians have been found containing toothsticks alongside their owners. Around 1600BC, the Chinese developed "chewing sticks" which were made from aromatic tree twigs to freshen breath.
Proper brushing takes at least two minutes – that's right, 120 seconds! Most adults do not come close to brushing that long. To get a feel for the time involved, try using a stopwatch. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes, paying extra attention to the gumline, hard-to-reach back teeth and areas around fillings, crowns or other restoration.
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach – under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.
Enamel is the hard outer crystal-like layer. Dentine is the softer layer beneath the enamel. The pulp chamber contains nerves and blood vessels and is considered the living part of the tooth.
The foundation for healthy permanent teeth in children and teenagers is laid during the first years of life. Poor diet, poor habits of food intake and inadequate toothbrushing habits during the first 2 years of life have been shown in several studies to be related to tooth decay in children.
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