Tooth Extraction What You Need to Know

All about tooth extraction


What is a Tooth Extraction?

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth.

Teeth are extracted due to various reasons such as:

  • Tooth damage
  • Tooth decay
  • Extremely loose tooth
  • Tooth unable to erupt through the gum
  • Baby teeth have not fallen out in time and maybe restricting the eruption of permanent teeth
  • Overcrowding of teeth in the mouth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth which cause gum swelling and pain. 

What happens in a tooth extractionWhen you have an extraction, it is normal that changes will take place in your mouth afterward.

It is necessary to talk to your dentist about what to expect before getting an extraction. Your dentist will tell you if the tooth extraction is right for you and may give you instructions to follow during and after the extraction.

Who does the Tooth Extraction?

If you need to have a tooth extraction, your general dentist may do it, or he/she may refer you to a specialist if needed.


What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?

Before removing your tooth, the dentist will review your medical history and your dental history.

It is important to mention any medications or supplements that you are taking. If you are taking any blood thinners or have any allergies to medication, make sure your dentist is aware of it.

One of more x-rays are taken to determine how the tooth is sitting and how close it is to structures in the mouth.

On the appointment day, the dentist will give the patient anesthesia to numb the affected tooth and its surrounding areas. The patient’s mouth will remain numb for a few hours after the extraction.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare: Healing and Recovery

After any type of tooth extraction, you need to follow the instructions given by the dentist for oral care, including the following tips:

  • Take care of your teeth.  Avoid brushing teeth immediately next to the area of tooth extraction on the first day after the treatment, but do brush the rest of your teeth.
  • Two days following a tooth extraction, obtain a good oral care routine.
  • Eat soft foods.  After extraction, drink lots of liquids, eat soft and nutritious foods. Do not drink hot or alcoholic beverages. Avoid using a straw.
  • For the first few days after the procedure limit your diet to soft foods, and try chewing food on the opposite side of the extraction site.
  • Later on, when you find it comfortable, you must resume chewing on both sides of your mouth.
  • Medication.  Follow the instructions of your dentist, if he/she has prescribed medicine to control pain or to prevent infections, use it only as directed. In case, the pain medication prescribed does not seem to work for you- inform your dentist.


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July 18, 2019 |

Frequently Asked Questions About Dentures


Frequently asked questions about dentures10 Frequently Asked Questions about Dentures

If you have several missing teeth or a severe tooth decay or a mouth trauma of some sort, it’s wise to consider dentures. Dentures will restore your smile to normal in a short while, and they’re quite easy to maintain.  Here are 10 frequently asked questions on using dentures:

  1. What should I eat or not eat with my dentures on?

It’s hard to bite into hard foods if you have a removable denture, upper or lower. Eat soft foods, or move your food around on your tongue till it softens. Opt for foods that don’t require much chewing, such as eggs, potatoes and other soft foods. Cut your food into small pieces so that it’s easy for you to chew and swallow it.

  1. How hard are they to clean?

After each meal, take off your dentures and clean them with a denture cleaner and a brush. Clean them over a soft surface so they don’t slip and break on contact with a hard surface. You can brush permanent dentures just as you would brush your regular teeth.

  1. Will I face difficulty while eating?

Your ability to eat with your dentures on will depend on the kind of dentures you choose. If you’re using removable dentures, you will need to eat soft, well-sliced foods. With permanent, implant dentures, you can chew foods as you would with normal teeth and swallow them with ease.

  1. How long will my dentures last?  

Removable dentures usually last anywhere from five to ten years. Over time, the porous plastic removable dentures tend to absorb stains and have to be replaced. Implant dentures, on the other hand, can enjoy the lifespan of your normal teeth. They can last you just as long, if you maintain them properly.

  1. How much will my dentures cost?

The cost to your dentures depends on several factors – mouth structure, personal preference, oral health and so on. The service aspect to preparing and positioning the dentures also needs to be considered. After placement, it takes time to evaluate sore spots and improve the fit for chewing. Sometimes it’s necessary to correct the look as well, by adjusting them. All of these factors result in different costs. Talk to your dentist and obtain a custom quote for your exact denture treatment.

  1. Is it possible to whiten my dentures?

Dentures are made of a sturdy plastic not enamel; they cannot be whitened. We recommend that you clean them every day, preferably after every meal to minimize staining. Avoid eating foods with artificial colouring in them. Also avoid drinking coffee and tea to keep your dentures looking as pristine as the day you first put them on. Plaque and bacteria will collect on your dentures if you don’t clean them thoroughly, so brush them with a soft toothbrush. If stains develop, use a moist brush and apply a denture paste that is non-abrasive. Most regular toothpastes are too abrasive.

  1. How to store my dentures overnight?

Clean your dentures thoroughly with a non-abrasive toothpaste and a brush and soak them in warm water for the night. Never wear them to bed; always soak them in water and leave them on a soft surface where they cannot fall and be broken.

  1. My father’s dentures don’t fit properly; he’s barely able to open his mouth to get a fork in. What could be the problem?

There could be several possible reasons for this, including that the dentures might be too large for your father’s mouth. It’s possible that the dentures have left very little space between the lower and upper jaws, thereby limiting his ability to eat. As he is living in a hospital under care, see if you can get a prosthodontist to visit him and inspect his dentures in person. A prosthodontist is a specialist dentist who’s trained in the care of denture maintenance.

  1. How soon after getting new dentures can I eat comfortably? Right now I cannot stop gagging; I am unable to eat anything.

It takes some time for new dentures to settle in and for the patient to become accustomed to the feel of a denture, lower or upper. If you’re gagging, it could be because they are loose. Loose dentures tend to move around and touch parts of your mouth such as the throat and tongue. Or, it is possible that they are too big and they need to be relined or even remade to prevent them from touching your oral parts. Contact a prosthodontist near you and get them set right so that you can continue eating and drinking as before.

  1. What must I eat or drink when I first wear my dentures?

It takes time for your mouth to get adjusted to new dentures. There’ll be some chafing and pain. To minimize the pain, we suggest that you eat only soft food that does not require biting and chewing. Boiled eggs, soft cooked meat and fish, pasta and mushy vegetables are recommended. Be sure to make your knife and fork do most of your pre-chewing work for you and always keep in mind that you have dentures on. This way, you can minimize the pain and manage go get some nutrition in while getting used to the dentures. You can get your dentist to use a small amount of denture adhesive to keep your dentures in place. Make regular visits to your dentist or prosthodontist for denture adjustment as you walk through the normal healing process towards total adjustment.


When you opt for dentures, whether upper or lower, it takes time to adjust. We recommend that you study up on dentures, what to expect when you have them on, the pain realities, maintenance and other aspects before you get a pair of dentures fitted. Once you get used to your dentures, you can lead a normal life just as before. Till then, you’ll have to adjust a little and visit your dentist regularly for adjustments if any.

Sandy is Dental Hygienist at Platinum Dental Care Livonia, one of the most trusted dental care services providers in Livonia, Michigan that specializes in offering advanced dental treatment procedures including Dental implants, Dentures, dental crowns and teeth whitening solutions.

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February 4, 2018 |

Dental Hygiene During Christmas Holidays

Dental hygiene during Christmas holidays

Strong teeth and gums: Good oral health through the holidays and beyond.

It’s dentally advisable, but wholly unrealistic, to expect people to avoid sweets and Christmas goodies that can cause cavities and damage teeth during the holidays.

After all, there are just so many tasty treats to sample at this time of year it’s practically impossible for any but the most resolute practitioner of oral health to stay on the straight and narrow.

Giving into temptation now and then doesn’t have to result in a mouthful of cavities and swollen gums as long as you’re mindful of some basic tenets of good dental hygiene during Christmas holidays.  It wouldn’t be Christmas without all the sugary, gooey, crunchy delights most of us have always enjoyed at Christmas time. The trick is not to abandon your toothbrush, dental floss and mouthwash while you’re enjoying yourself.

Dental Hygiene During Christmas Holidays Diligence

Sweet edibles are everywhere during the holidays, beginning just after Thanksgiving and running right through New Year’s. There’s no avoiding them and, frankly, there’s no resisting them either. And you should enjoy them, along with everyone else. Just take care to step up your dental hygiene routine while you’re at it, which means carrying a full complement of tooth care tools with you to work and while you’re out battling the crowds shopping.

A heavy holiday lunch, some free samples, and your daily caffe latte means you’ll need to do battle with the forces of tooth decay while you’re out and about. No need to get too fancy, just a mini tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush, and a little floss and you’re ready to roll. If you forget to bring them along, some sugarless gum can help clear your mouth of food remains that can form cavities.

Drop in on the Dentist

Busy people sometimes have to skip dental appointments during the year. Make a special point to show up if you have one scheduled in December or January. Getting your teeth cleaned and checked in the midst of the annual holiday eating orgy can help boost your dental health at a time when it’s most vulnerable. Even better, if you have the time make a special point to schedule an appointment in December. Your teeth will be in prime condition while you’re enjoying your holiday smorgasbord.

And if the Food Wins…

Don’t put off seeing a dentist if you break a tooth crunching down on something that’s super hard. Otherwise, you could spend your holiday shoving gauze into your mouth and ingesting a lot more pain reliever than pie. Getting into the dentist as soon as possible can head off the possibility of infection and the risk of long-term damage. Dentists usually give priority to emergency cases, so don’t feel shy about asking if they can fit you in right away.

And make sure you take your dental insurance policy information with you if you plan on traveling during the holidays. You may need it for an impromptu visit to an out-of-town dentist.

An Ounce of Prevention

Much of the damage that food, drink and other factors do to your teeth can be avoided by practicing a few simple tips. Drinking wine during the holidays, especially red wine, exposes your teeth to high acidity levels.

One way to minimize that exposure is to drink water between glasses of wine, taking a moment to swish it around and spit before moving on to your next glass.

Drug Use, Oral health and Dental Hygiene

Protracted use of drugs such as methamphetamines can erode one’s dental health considerably. Taking action as soon as possible to counteract the effects of drug abuse, including practicing good regular dental hygiene and visiting a dentist on a regular basis, can also help improve overall health.

Manage your Oral Health

Physical suffering shouldn’t be part of anyone’s holiday agenda. There’s too much fun to be had and things to do. Managing your oral health at this busy time of year can make the difference between misery and a merry Christmas.


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December 15, 2017 |

Toothache Relief


Bearded Man seeking Toothache Relief

How to Soothe a Toothache

As an emergency dentist in Brisbane, I have seen that for some of my patients, toothache has come in unexpectedly. It can happen in the middle of the night or while you are travelling. When it happens, it would be best to search and find an available dental care provider as quickly as possible; the sooner you see a dentist the higher is the chance of preventing further damage to the nerves and blood vessels in your mouth.

Causes of a Toothache and Pain

For some people, a minor toothache can cause tremendous amount of pain and affect their ability to work. Many different factors can cause dental pain. Dental pain is caused due to irritation to the nerve of a tooth. When the nerve is irritated it is felt as a toothache. Some of the main causes of toothache include:

• Food pieces stuck between the teeth
• Exposed root (rough brushing)
• Tooth decay (bacteria)
• Cracks inside the tooth
• Infection or abscess
• Pulp irritation
• Cavities
• Anxiety

Toothache tends to intensify over time. It tends to hurt more when you lay down, eat or when your tooth is exposed to hot and cold food and drinks. Like other pain, toothache is a sign that something is awry in our body. Antibiotics do not solve dental problems and for a lasting relief from toothache you need to find a dental clinic. Dentists have the required knowledge and equipment to find the source of a toothache. With dental x-rays dentists can look inside the tooth and search for the signs of infection or decay inside the tooth. Although some dental problems like toothache caused by fine cracks cannot be detected by x-rays and dentists use other techniques to find or treat invisible tooth fractures.

Pain Killers for Toothache Relief

Dentists may recommend ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain management and toothache relief. These are over-the-counter pain relief medication and should be available from your local pharmacy. You can also use these medications along with clove oil (read below).

Temporary Toothache Relief Remedies

Until You Find a Dentist, Salt Water May Ease your Toothache

While you are waiting for your emergency dental appointment you can try swashing lukewarm salt water to control your toothache. A lukewarm salt water mouth rinse can be useful for soothing a toothache. Use of salt water to fight infection is an old technique and its anti-inflammatory effect has been known to ancient Egyptians and Greeks.

Bacteria turn food to acid and the acid attacks the tooth and the nerves and causes wear in the tooth and pain in the nerves. Use of salt water causes the PH of the mouth to rise which provides a short-term relief from the pain. In other words, salt water temporarily changes the mouth environment from acidic to alkaline which is an undesirable environment for bacteria activity and it can temporarily cause the toothache to ease.

Some dentists recommend a lukewarm salt water rinse 24 hour after a tooth extraction. Because salt water has some healing properties and it can promote healing process. So yes, you can use salt water as a gentle healing aid. In addition to soothing toothache you can use salt water to heal mouth sores quicker, or fight sore throats and common cold. You can also use salt water when you have forgotten your toothbrush while travelling, etc. just remember that salt water is great but it is just a supplement and not a replacement for brushing and dental flossing.

To make a Mouth Rinse Using Salt-Water:
• Add half a tea spoon of salt to a lukewarm glass of water and
• Rinse your mouth every 3 hours or as required.

Natural Herbs

Dentists (by today’s standards) were not around a few centuries ago. Perhaps at those times natural remedies and extraction were the only option to deal with dental pain. Some modern dentists believe that herbs can help with easing the toothache to some extent. For example, according to literature a plant called Spilanthes Oleracea (eyeball plant) has some level of numbing effect when you chew on its flower or leaves. This plant is also called toothache plant for its numbing and oral antiseptic properties and some people use it as an anti-infective to ease toothache and gum infection in the absence of dentistry (e.g. when you are in remote areas and have no access to dentists).

People in tropical areas have been using clove for hundreds of years to stop dental pain. Some claim that clove oil is often effective on a painful toothache. Clove oil provides temporary relief from toothache because it numbs the nerves. A bit like turning the alarm off for a while (it does not replace a dentist).

Clove oil contains Eugenol which is a natural anaesthetic. Clove oil has antibacterial properties and can often reduce inflammation in the mouth. Clove oil should not be used for young children because it has side effects if it is swallowed. Its taste is unpleasant and eating clove oil should be avoided when it is being used by adults. If you decide to store clove oil in your house make sure you store it away from children in a drawer or on a top shelf where they don’t have access.

How to use clove oil for toothache management:

  • Soak a cotton swab with a few drops of the oil
  • Gently wipe the swab over the gum next to the pain source

If you don’t have clove oil handy, you can put a whole clove on the point of pain and keep it there until the pain is reduced.

Permanent Toothache Relief: Make an Emergency Dental Appointment

The best thing you can do when seeking toothache relief is visiting a professional dentist. A modern dental clinic is equipped with material and instruments to provide the optimum treatment for toothache. Clove oil and salt water can help with the management of the pain and are often effective in reducing the inflammation and swelling, however they are merely used to reduce the symptoms of the problem. For a lasting relief from toothache, always see a qualified dentist.

By Dr. Ellie Nadian from Pure Dentistry.


Profile of Dr. Ellie Nadian, DDSDr. Ellie Nadian is a general dentist in upper mt Gravatt 4122, Brisbane. She is certified by Australian Dental Council and is a member of Australian Dental Association.

Dr. Ellie is an Invisalign certified dentist in Brisbane Southside and practices in general aspects of dentistry with special interest in Cosmetic dentistry, Children’s Dentistry and orthodontic treatments. Visit for more information about her practice.

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September 4, 2017 |

New Trends in Laser Dentistry


About Laser Dentistry

The use of lasers in general and specialized dentistry has been around for decades. With dental technology advancing, new practices and new technology are in the process of being adopted into general and specialized procedures. This advance of dental technologies is changing the way dentists and hygienists treat patients. Here are 3 of the new and upcoming laser dentistry procedures and tools that could be used by multiple dentists in the near future:

Tooth Regeneration

A recent study by a research team at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine used laser dentistry to stimulate the stem cells of a rat’s broken tooth aspiring that it would grow back. The experimentation proved successful as the rat’s tooth slowly regenerated over the course of 12 weeks. The researchers then tested the same technique on a human tooth, and this experiment was also successful as a layer of dentin was produced. Here is an image to visualize:

Laser dentistry used to stimulate stem cells of a rat’s broken tooth to grow back.

Figure 1 Here are the results of the x-ray imaging from the experiment (source from WYSS Institute at Harvard). 2 different stains were used to display the newly acquired tertiary dentin. The yellow hashtags (#) represent the newly formed dentin on the rat’s toot

This technique is expected to branch off beyond dental use into the regeneration of other parts of the body like muscle and bone tissue.

Prevention of Third Molar Development Using Lasers

In contrast to using lasers to regenerate broken teeth, a recent study has shown that at a young age, the use of a 20-watt diode laser could stop the development of third molars (also known as wisdom teeth). Throughout the experiment, this procedure is shown to work 80% of the time with minimum side effects. This whole process would take place over the course of 6-7 weeks. During the process, a 20-watt diode laser is placed overtop of the third molars’ tooth buds when they are forming underneath the oral mucosa. After this was done, the 2 intra-oral sites that received the oral treatment did not develop the third molars.

Here is an image to display for the laster dental treatment:

An image of a dental laser used to stop the development of a tooth.

Figure 2 Here is a simple image of the process that takes place when using lasers to stop the development of a tooth. This is a very painless process, a much better alternative to the use of drills and needles.

The Use of CO2 Dental Lasers

Very recently, the Solea CO2 laser developed by Convergent Dental has been approved by the FDA for the use on hard and soft oral tissue. This is the first CO2 laser to be approved for any kind of dental use in the United States and the world. Convergent Dental said that 95% of patients do not need anesthesia, and virtually no patients experience oral bleeding, a rather high percentage for a new piece of dental tech that is the first of its kind to be released. This original model of the CO2 laser has expanded across the dental market quickly, and in not too long from now, most dentists will be using a Solea Laser in their treatments.

A CO2 dental laser by Convergent Dental, an easier, quicker way of treating harmed or irritated teeth over using drills and dentures.

Figure 3 The First Model of Convergent Dental’s Solea CO2 Laser (Source from Covergent Dental).

CO2 Lasers have proven to provide an easier, quicker and more effective way of treating harmed or irritated teeth than the past method of using drills and dentures. This opens the way for on going change to the dentist. The Solea CO2 dental laser has also won the “Best of what’s new award” on This instrument is looked on as an instrument that could change the perception of going to the dentist.


What is a Dental Laser?

A dental laser is piece of dental technology that generated a beam of concentrated light. This beam will help make it easier for dentists to perform tasks on your mouth.

What can Laser Dentistry be Used For?

There is a very wide range of uses for lasers in dentistry. Laser dentistry can be used for:

  • Fillings
  • Gum Treatments
  • Oral Surgeries of the Uclers, Biopsies, Tongue Ties, Wisdom Teeth, Broken Teeth
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Tooth Decay

Is Laser Dentistry Safe?

The use of lasers in dentistry is completely safe. Every procedure that will be performed on you must be approved by the American Dental Association (ADA).

How Long have Lasers Been Used in Dentistry?

Lasers have been part of the dental practice since the 1960s. However, this does not mean that the procedure is outdated. Laser dentistry is the most quickly developing practice in dentistry as of now.

What are the Downsides of Laser Dentistry?

  • Lasers cannot be used on teeth with fillings already in place
  • Anesthesia could still be necessary (even though very unlikely)
  • Can be an expensive procedure
  • Dental lasers do not always eliminate the need for drills or needles
  • Lasers cannot yet be used in common procedures

About the Author

Rhys has a passion for general and laser dentistry. He is currently a dentist working out of Ontario, Canada. He likes to read books and expand his knowledge on oral health and dentistry and learn from more experienced dentists on how to run a great dental centre. He takes pride in his work and looks forward to what he does everyday.

Rhys currently runs an information’s dental blog ( that covers the newest practices, technologies and procedures when it comes down to dentistry, along with some more patient-friendly articles as well.

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June 1, 2017 |

Tooth Sensitivity – Causes and Treatment

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What is Tooth Sensitivity?

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.

The dentin contains a large numbers of pores or tubes that run from the outside of the tooth to the nerve in the center. When the dentin is exposed, these tubes can be stimulated by changes in temperature or certain foods. Here is an image of what the dentin tubes look like under the microscope:

Tooth sensitivity, microscopic view of dentin |

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Exposure of the dentin can occur due to a number of factors. Some of the more common reasons are:

  • Gum recession due to age or improper tooth brushing
  • Acidic beverages (such as soda) that cause enamel erosion and dentin exposure
  • Tooth grinding – this may actually cause most or all of the teeth to feel sensitive
  • Brushing with a very abrasive toothpaste, brushing incorrectly and/or brushing more than three times a day could result in a loss of enamel
  • Gum disease, which can result in gum recession
  • A chipped or fractured tooth may expose the dentin

In addition, some dental treatments can cause sensitivity. Treatments such as such as teeth whitening, professional dental cleanings, having braces put on or getting a filling placed have been known to cause sensitivity during or after the procedure.

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment

The first step in doing something about dental sensitivity is to find out what the cause is. A dental professional can help you with this. If the sensitivity is due to exposed dentin, there are a number of steps you can take, as can your dental professional, to help reduce the sensitivity. These can include:

  • Using a very soft bristle tooth brush
  • Brushing correctly to help prevent abrasion of the enamel and recession of the gums
  • Using a toothpaste specially formulated to help reduce sensitivity.

In treating tooth sensitivity, a dental professional can:

  • Apply a fluoride varnish on the sensitive areas to help strengthen the tooth
  • Prescribe a high fluoride tooth paste to use every day
  • Place a dental restoration to build up the areas that have lost enamel.

In the end, whether you need an in-office procedure or over-the-counter products, the most important step is to see a dental professional.  A dental professional  can determine the cause of the tooth sensitivity and help you find a solution that will work.
For more information on tooth sensitivity, what it is, its causes and treatments, visit Colgate’s Oral Care Center. As well, here’s the American Dental Association downloadable quick information sheet on this subject.


This article is courtesy of Colgate Professional, a Colgate-Palmolive Dental Resource Website.


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April 16, 2017 |

Develop good brushing teeth habits in kids


Brushing teeth in kids | VancouverDentistInfo.comDeveloping good habits in kids is something every parent tries to do in his or her lifetime. Since habits define the personality of a human being in the long run, the importance of good habits early in life is essential.

Getting kids to brush their teeth is quite a task that every parent has to undertake to ensure the well being of their kid’s teeth. Good brushing teeth habits help kids take care of their oral hygiene and develop a nice personality with shining teeth which can be a big reason for their awesome smile for life.

Start kids brushing teeth early in life

Brushing teeth needs to start as soon as teeth appear. Some parents feel that since the teeth which are coming up will be falling off in due course before permanent teeth start showing up, so brushing kids’ teeth is not needed yet is absolutely a wrong practice.

Primary teeth are a precursor of permanent teeth and need to be cared like permanent teeth since they are going to decide the fate of permanent teeth and oral cavity in the long run. Underneath the primary teeth, permanent teeth are building up which need to be provided with a conducive environment that is free from all bacteria and infections.

Kids tend to have candies and sweet stuff more than adults. Thus their oral cavity becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. Hence, brushing kids’ teeth at an early age becomes all the more necessary to ward off any oral hygiene problems. Research has proven that kids who develop cavities at an early age are prone to develop cavities as an adult.

The ideal toothbrush for kids

Introducing children early to brush their teeth is the best you can do to gift them permanent long lasting teeth for a lifetime. Choosing the appropriate tooth brush for your kid is as important as brushing itself. There are numerous brands of tooth brushes available in the market especially manufactured for kids that come in fancy shapes, colors and makes. These tooth brushes create an interest within the kids to brush their teeth in a playful way.

However, there are a few things that you as a parent need to keep in mind to derive optimum results out of the brushing. Make sure to use a soft tooth brush for your kid’s teeth which has a small head and a long handle. Allow your kid to handle the brush himself since they need to be comfortable with it.

Toothpaste for your kids

Any toothpaste that has fluoride in it will be good enough for your kids. You need not go in for a specialized or medicated tooth paste for your kids.

If your kid’s teeth have just erupted, the amount of toothpaste you are going to allow on the toothbrush should be of the size of a grain of rice. Once your kid is three year’s old increase the toothpaste volume to the size of a pea. A fluoride tooth paste will be good enough for your kid’s teeth. Do not worry even if the kid swallows a small amount of tooth paste.

Gradually teach your kid to rinse and spit out the remaining tooth paste. You need to supervise the brushing process of your kid till the age of 6. At age 6 your kid will be able to brush, rinse and spit by himself.

Yes you need to make the kid brush twice a day.

Brushing teeth the right way

Teach the right technique of teeth brushing to your kid early in life since this is going to become his habit and a process that he will be following for life. The learning at this moment will stay with him for the rest of his life in his sub conscious mind. Thus the right brushing technique needs to be introduced and etched early in life probably from day one.

The brush needs to be held at an angle of 45 degrees to the gum line and the brush needs to be rolled or swept away from the gum line. As a parent you may have to demonstrate it to the kids before they actually know what exactly needs to be done. Brush the outer surface, the inner surface and the chewing region. To clean the inner surface you need to tilt the brush vertically and do up and down strokes.

Kids tend to follow adults. Brush with your kids since that is going to give them the motivation to brush their teeth regularly.

Apart from that you can make brushing a fun activity with your kid’s favorite song on while they brush their teeth or even getting toothpaste with a different color every time.

Do not instill the fear of a dentist just to get your kids to brush their teeth. Visits to the dentist should be regular (every six months). Help your kid understand the importance of visiting a dentist along with brushing teeth two times a day.

Author Bio- Walter has been writer for Prodental Clinic London and he has been writing about various topics like healthcare and dental health. Walter is a consistent writer for Prodental Clinic London from the past couple of years. Prodental Clinic London is a Cosmetic dental clinic which provides dental services in London. They provide dental solutions like Dental implants, Invisalign teeth straightening, All-on-4 implants and Damon braces.

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March 12, 2017 |

5 Dental Healthy Smoothies Formulations that are Great for your Dental Health

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Crown and Fillings | VancouverDentistInfo.comBrushing regularly, flossing and practicing good dental hygiene are essential. You must constantly see your dentist for cleanings and check-ups. This helps in keeping the gums and teeth in good health.

However, hygiene isn’t the only factor that needs to be taken care of in dental health. What one drinks and eats are also important in deteriorating or fortifying your teeth and gums.

Every single thing that is put in the mouth gets past the gums and teeth and this indeed has a major impact. If you are aware as to which ingredients cause harm and which ones are healthy, antioxidant dental healthy smoothies can be made.

Smoothies, Sugar, Teeth and Gums

Dental healthy smoothies | VancouverDentistInfoSmoothies shouldn’t be loaded with sugar; although it tastes good, it contributes towards gum diseases, cavities, tooth decay and various problems. The plaque that gets formed on the tooth invites bacteria. Regular flossing, brushing and professional cleaning help in minimizing plaque.

If acids and sugars are kept to a minimal level and if some good anti-oxidant ingredients are added to your smoothies, your teeth and gums can be kept in good shape.

Given below are 5 add ons to your smoothies which will make them dental healthy smoothies for your teeth and gums.

5 Dental Healthy Smoothies Add Ons

1. Yogurt

As long as high-sugar yogurts are avoided, this smoothie can promote good teeth growth. Yogurts contain phosphates and calcium and it helps in rebuilding the teeth, thereby strengthening it.

2. Low-Sugar Fruits

Although fruits contain a lot of sugar, they can be used instead of sugar. If the teeth are really bad, only berries must be used. Fresh fruits with lower amounts of acids and sugars like bananas, pears and apples can also be used.

3. Tea

Both black teas and green teas are great smoothie ingredients for various reasons. Tea is very rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants and has a great impact on the tooth. Tea contains polyphenols which are definitely very good when it comes to controlling plaque. These compounds kill bacteria and keep them away from acid.

4. Cranberries

Unsweetened cranberry juice and fresh cranberries have compounds for stopping bacteria from sticking to teeth. When sugar is added to the tart fruit, the benefit can be neutralized. If the sour flavour can be handled, pure cranberry juice must be considered and a handful of frozen or fresh berries can be added.

5. Coconut Oil

It is a superfood and there are various reasons for putting them in smoothies. The reason is because they have antibacterial properties, which are excellent for the tooth. Moreover, research shows that the bacteria growth is controlled in the tooth. Hence, infections and other cavities are prevented in the mouth; coconut oil is very good for oil pulling therapy too.

6. Extra: Yes, Cod Liver Oil

One more option is that of cod liver oil. Although it doesn’t sound that good, it is very nutritious. Just apt to its name, it comes from cod liver fish and is quite healthy when it comes to fatty acids, vitamin D and vitamin A.

Author Bio: Lisa Parker, a reader, writer, shopaholic and explorer who likes to write about anything to everything. She is expanding her zone in writing and tries to cover different fields. She wrote articles on shopping products, teeth whitening strips, management and on many different topics.

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February 11, 2017 |

A Patient Guide to Crowns and Fillings


Crowns and Fillings | VancouverDentistInfo.comWhen a tooth becomes damaged or decayed, your dentist may recommend a crown or filling. Crowns and fillings are both means to protect the tooth from further destruction. Which one is right for you? It depends on a number of factors. Though these are common terms, many people are unaware of how each functions. Let’s explore the reasons why these methods would be recommended and how they work.

When Are Crowns and Fillings Necessary?

Dentists recommend crowns and fillings to patients who have experienced mouth trauma. This can result from something big, like a car accident, or something as small as biting into a piece of bone. In any of these instances, if a tooth is cracked, it must be fixed. If left unattended, bacteria can leak into these holes and cause an array of health concerns.

Tooth Decay and Plaque

More often than not, tooth decay is the reason for a crown or filling. Though we often think of decayed teeth as completed rotted, even small cavities are versions of decay. In many cases, a patient doesn’t notice these issues until they’re in advanced stages.

Tooth decay begins when bacteria of the mouth feeds on sugars you consume. The developing plaque becomes acidic over time. These acids slowly dissolve the tooth’s enamel. When caught at this stage, a dentist can remove the plaque and suggest specialized toothpastes to address the issue.

When plaque is left in the mouth, it makes its way into the dentin layer of the tooth, which is comprised of nerve endings that become irritated—leading to pain and discomfort. This area of the tooth is softer than enamel, causing decay to accelerate.

If bacteria move all the way to the tooth’s root, pain increases. At this point, there may be additional health concerns. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream through root systems, a process which has been linked to increased risks of heart disease and diabetes. This is partly why dentists take tooth decay seriously, even when it’s small. Most dentists will avoid pulling teeth unless absolutely necessary, as it disrupts bite patterns. This is where fillings and crowns come in.

When Are Fillings Appropriate?

If your dentist finds mild to moderate forms of decay, he or she may recommend fillings. These are also used for patients who have unusually worn teeth due to grinding or intensive nail biting. Dentists will assess the teeth visually and use a small metal instrument to probe the decayed areas. In some cases, dyes are also used to pinpoint cavities.

The Fillings Dental Procedure

To prepare for a filling, the dentist clears away decayed areas with a miniature drill or laser. Once all of the decay has been removed from the tooth, the area is thoroughly disinfected. The material your dentist uses to fill the tooth will depend on the location and severity of the cavity.

Many dentists will place a fluoride-based liquid liner into the newly cleaned area first. This helps prevent further decay. Filling material, which is molded to match the surface of your tooth, follows this.

Fillings are remarkably strong and made to last. However, there’s still the risk that they can crack or come out over the years. It’s vital to maintain good oral hygiene after fillings are placed. Brushing with fluoride-based toothpaste twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash each night should be part of your normal routine. If any cracks, holes, or sensitivity develops in the filled tooth, call your dentist right away.

When Are Crowns Appropriate?

Why Do You Need A Crown?

For some patients, a filling won’t completely address their needs. Crowns are used when there isn’t enough natural tooth left to sustain a filling, when a tooth is severely cracked or weakened, or after a root canal. In some instances, crowns are also used to cover poorly shaped or discolored teeth.

What Are Crowns?

A crown caps the tooth entirely, adding structural support and protection. Many crowns are made of porcelain, though metal alloys, acrylic, and ceramic are sometimes used. Crowns are molded to fit the patient, so they fit properly and replicate normal teeth. The damaged tooth is reduced in size to make room for the crown, and then the dentist creates molds. Patients will use a temporary crown while the impressions are sent to a dental laboratory. Once the dentist completes the custom crown, he or she cements it into the mouth. See the video below for an overview of this procedure.

Crowns are designed to last a lifetime. However, it’s the patient’s responsibility to maintain oral habits that will allow this. Maintaining good hygiene will go a long way toward keeping the whole mouth healthy. By ensuring that surrounding teeth and bone are strong, you’re protecting your crown as well.

This article is courtesy of William Rice Dental. Dr. William Rice has been practicing dentistry in Athens, GA since 1982 and has over 30 years experience.

The mission of William G. Rice, DDS of Athens, GA is to improve the oral health in the patient population we serve by delivering the highest quality dental care and experience. Services are provided in a pleasant environment in our modern office. Patients are seen by a caring, experienced staff to insure a comfortable experience. Visit Dr. William Rice’s website today to learn more about his practice.

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January 17, 2017 |

Dental Cavities – Causes, Risks & Treatment


Dental cavities are a sign of tooth decay. They show that your teeth are not doing fine and in fact, you have not taken proper dental care. Such a dental problem is age neutral and can strike to anyone at any stage of life. Be it kids, adults or grown-ups, all are prone to be hit by dental cavities in case proper oral care is not observed. In kids, the level of risks are higher because they eat more sweet items and they also don’t do brushing or follow dental hygiene tips in the desired manner.

What Causes Cavities

For grown-ups too, dental cavities are a big challenge as it can lead to loss of teeth, if ignored. It’s therefore important for people to never ignore cavities and rather catch the habit of visiting dentists on a regular basis. More so, people should first understand the reasons and causes of dental cavities and this will keep them in good stead in terms of following prevention methods in a superior manner. They should know that it all starts with bacteria which lead to the formation of plaque followed by tartar. The plaque should be removed at the earliest to avoid the risks of cavities.

Cavities Treatment Options

If the plaque is not removed in a timely manner, it can lead to tooth decay as the enamel thus gets damaged in a gradual manner. This is how holes are created in the tooth and once this stage is reached, nothing in the world can help except a visit to the dentist. The dentist will offer you two treatment options or choices – filling and crowning – and you can go with the one suiting your dental conditions perfectly. Both the treatment options are safe and patients can select either of them to let the problem of dental cavities get treated in the best possible manner.

Fillings Versus Crowns

Out of the two available treatment options, filling is more common and more prevalent globally as it’s been in practice for decades. In this, the dentist often removes the damaged part first and then go ahead and fill in the vacant spaces or holes with fillings made of either porcelain or composite resin. Both these materials are used extensively as they come closest to natural teeth in terms of appearance and look and feel. Similarly, the crowning option is used where cavities are extensive in nature and in this also, the decayed part is removed first and a crown is placed over the teeth to help patients.

Here’s a video on what a cavity is:

Consult With Your Dentist

Quite clearly, there are treatment options for you to tackle with dental cavities and their issues. You should therefore not delay meeting a dentist as leaving the cavities to fester means aggravating the problems further, which should never be done. You can visit the dentist and go for pain-free treatment and get your cavities treatment. In fact, if you had visited the dentist timely and on a regular basis, then your problems could well have been treated with natural treatment routine itself. So, never delay meeting the dentist for your dental problems.

Roman Beres is an expert writer and blogger with a strong passion for writing. He shares views and opinions on a range of topics such as Business, Health/Fitness, Lifestyle, Parenting and lot more. He works for Wasserman Family Dentistry in Flushing, NY, USA.  

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