Dental Patient Education Articles

  • What Are The Stages Of Gum Disease

    Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If not removed through daily brushing and flossing, plaque can build up and the bacteria infect not only your gums and teeth, but eventually the gum tissue and bone that support the teeth. This can cause them to become loose, fall out or have to be removed by a dentist.
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  • What Is Gingivitis Signs and Symptoms

    Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and is the initial stage of gum disease and the easiest to treat. The direct cause of gingivitis is plaque - the soft, sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms constantly on the teeth and gums.
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  • History Of Toothbrushes And Toothpastes

    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
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  • Caring for Your Implant

    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.
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  • Bad Breath: Do You Have It? You May Not Know You Do

    Avoiding a few common foods and bad habits in this list could help end your bad breath.
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  • Oral Care During Orthodontic Treatment

    Orthodontic treatment is an important investment for your future. Everyone helping with your orthodontic care wants you to have the best results possible. While you are wearing braces, it is essential that you take care of your teeth and gums. This brochure explains why and how.
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  • Dental Erosion

    Is your lifestyle putting your oral health at risk?
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  • Oral Health For Teens And 20s

    The teenage years and early twenties are exciting times of many changes - starting high school, first jobs, many new relationships, finishing high school, technical training, university, moving out of home, starting careers, engagements, weddings and young families. These are years of exploring new interests and testing boundaries. These changes and challenges can affect conditions in the mouth and can form habits that have long term effects on oral health.
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  • Oral Health For Infants And Toddlers

    Children´s primary (baby) teeth are important for many reasons. They play a vital role in healthy diet, learning to speak and showing a child´s unique personality. In addition, primary teeth keep the correct spaces for the permanent (adult) teeth to move into later on. For all these reasons, it is important to take good care of the primary teeth.
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  • Oral Health For Children 3-12

    By 3 years of age, your child will have all 20 primary (baby) teeth. The primary teeth are important for many reasons and need to be taken care of until the adult teeth replace them. From about 6-12 years of age your child will lose all the baby teeth as the permanent teeth emerge.
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  • Colgate Optic White Professional Patient Information Brochure

    Interested in professional tooth whitening?
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  • Maximise Plaque Bacteria Removal Between Teeth

    Maximize Plaque Bacteria Removal Between Teeth
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  • New Zealand Prescription pad

    New Zealand Prescription pad
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  • Australian Prescription Pad

    Australian Prescription Pad
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  • Oral Health Through Everyday Care

    Toothbrushing technique, Use floss to clean where your toothbrush can´t reach, Disclosing tablets.
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  • Family Guide To Oral Health

    By following the information in this guide, you and your family can have healthy teeth and gums to last a lifetime. As a parent, you can work with your children.
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  • What Is Plaque?

    Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth. It is the main cause of cavities and gum disease, and can harden
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  • Caries Free Teeth for a Healthy Smile

    What you should know and what you can do.
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  • What Is Dry Mouth?

    Dry mouth means you don't have enough saliva, or spit, to keep your mouth moist. Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while, especially if you're nervous
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  • Dry Mouth

    Everyone has a dry mouth once in a while - if they are nervous, upset or under stress. But if you have a dry mouth most of the time, it can be uncomfortable
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  • Can Medications Have An Effect On My Oral Health?

    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.
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  • Importance of Childhood Oral Hygiene & the Role of Parents

    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. The development of caries in primary teeth further increases the risk of developing caries in permanent teeth.
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  • The Importance of Dental Implant Care

    Good oral hygiene is critical in caring for your implant. It takes special effort to maximize plaque bacteria removal every day.
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  • What Is Plaque?

    Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth. It is the main cause of cavities and gum disease, and can harden
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  • Better Oral Health May Mean Better Overall Health

    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.
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  • Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

    Learn about sensitive teeth and instant relief.
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  • Dental Erosion

    Is your lifestyle putting your oral health at risk?
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  • Colgate® Sensitive Pro-Relief™ Patient Education Guide

    A chairside guide to show patients how Colgate® Sensitive Pro-Relief™ works.
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  • Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Options

    Tooth sensitivity is due to the exposure of dentin, the part of the tooth which covers the nerve, either through loss of the enamel layer or recession of the gums. Temperature changes and certain foods (acidic or sweet) can cause the tooth or teeth to be painful. The pain usually subsides after a short period of time.
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  • Tooth Sensitivity General

    Tooth sensitivity is something that affects a number of people. It is often caused by eating or drinking something hot, cold, sweet or acidic. Under normal conditions, the underlying dentin of the tooth (the layer that immediately surrounds the nerve) is covered by the enamel in the tooth crown, and the gums that surround the tooth. Over time, the enamel covering can get thinner, thus providing less protection. The gums can also recede over time, exposing the underlying root surface dentin.
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  • What Is Tooth Sensitivity?

    Tooth sensitivity is a common name for dentin hypersensitivity or root sensitivity. If hot, cold, sweet or very acidic foods and drinks, or breathing in cold air, makes your teeth or a tooth sensitive or painful then you have sensitive teeth.
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  • Gingivitis

    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
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  • Periodontal Disease: Causes and Prevention

    Periodontitis is a term used to describe a group of conditions that involves inflammation of the gums and other structures that support the teeth. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria found in dental plaque and often, but not always, starts as gingivitis.
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  • What Is Tartar?

    Tartar, sometimes called calculus, is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Tartar can also form at and underneath the gumline and can irritate gum tissues.
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  • What Is Good Oral Hygiene

    Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.
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  • Toothbrush Care And Replacement

    To keep your toothbrush and yourself healthy, make sure you let it dry out between uses. Toothbrushes can be breeding grounds for germs, fungus and bacteria, which after a while can build up to significant levels. After using your toothbrush, shake it vigorously under tap water and store it in an upright position so that it can air out.
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  • How To Brush - Teeth Brushing Techniques

    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.
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  • How To Floss - Flossing Tips

    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.
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  • Taking Care Of Your Teeth

    Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people than ever before are keeping their teeth throughout their lives. Although some diseases and conditions can make dental disease and tooth loss more likely, most of us have a good deal of control over whether we keep our teeth into old age.
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  • Keys to Controlling Bad Breath

    Treat bad breath with these simple tips and learn how to prevent future occurrences.
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  • Bad Breath (Halitosis)

    Bad breath (also known as halitosis) is breath containing an unpleasant odor.
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  • Illustrations: How A Tooth Decays

    Enamel is the hard outer crystal-like layer. Dentin is the softer layer beneath the enamel. The pulp chamber contains nerves and blood vessels and is considered
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  • Dental Caries (Cavities)

    Dental caries is the medical term for tooth decay or cavities. It is caused by acid erosion of tooth enamel.
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