Article for 'Patient Ed'

Antibiotics & Dentistry

Many of you take an antibiotic prior to dental treatment. The purpose is to use an antibiotic prior to an infection to prevent an infection. It may be because of a mitral valve prolapse, certain types of implants, a joint replacement, or a heart murmur cause by a roughened heart valve. Antibiotic prophylaxis began initially [...]

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Dry Mouth

(Xerostomia)
Dry mouth is the condition of not having enough saliva to keep your mouth wet. It is known as xerostomia
Saliva is necessary to help protect the teeth in these important ways:

Saliva constantly flushes the mouth to clear food debris that may act as a food supply for the bacteria in plaque.

It reduces the pH [...]

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Caries (Decay)

Tooth decay is the disease known as caries or cavities. Unlike other diseases, however, caries is not life threatening and is highly preventable, though it affects most people to some degree during their lifetime. Tooth decay occurs when your teeth are frequently exposed to foods containing carbohydrates (starches and sugars) like chocolates, sticky sweets, ice [...]

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Brushing

BRUSHING TECHNIQUE – MANUAL TOOTHBRUSHES
The following BRUSHING TECHNIQUE is commonly recommended by dentists. You should see your dentist to ensure that you are using a technique that meets your needs.
Use a soft bristled brush (synthetic bristles preferably because natural bristles tend to harbour the oral bacteria as the bristles are more porous). Be sure it [...]

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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

More than 90 million people suffer from chronic halitosis or bad breath. In most cases it originates from the gums and tongue. The odor is caused by bacteria from the decay of food particles, other debris in your mouth, and poor oral hygiene. The decay and debris produce a sulfur compound that causes the unpleasant [...]

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Baby Teeth

Usually the first baby teeth to come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. They begin to appear when your child is about 6 to 8 months old. They are followed by the 4 upper front teeth.The remainder of your baby’s teeth will appearperiodically, usually in pairs on each side of the jaw, [...]

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Dental X- rays

The term x-ray is actually referring to the radiation that is used to make the image on the film. The radiograph or picture on the film is the resultant picture that we see. A radiograph is an extremely important diagnostic tool. These pictures show the dental professional many things that are not visible by just [...]

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Toothpastes

First and foremost, a toothpaste and a correct brushing action work to remove plaque, a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth that causes caries, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss if not controlled.
Second, the toothpaste contains fluoride, which makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which [...]

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Use of Tobacco & Dentistry

Chewing tobacco affects your dental health as well as the rest of your body. If you use smokeless tobacco and have thought about quitting, your dentist can help. In the meantime, here are a few facts that may help you decide to join the many who are tobacco-free. Chewing tobacco includes snuff, a finely ground [...]

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Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of anticipation and change.  There are many obvious changes throughout a woman’s body and some not so obvious, that occur within the mouth, or oral cavity.  While temporary, pregnancy does affect how and when dental care is provided,  so one needs to consult a dentist during this physical change in a [...]

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Flossing

Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent degenerative conditions in India, afflicting adults beginning in their late 20’s. It is the disease that causes people to lose their teeth by slowly dissolving the supporting bone structure surrounding teeth. The most common symptoms of the disease are BAD BREATH and BLEEDING GUMS.
Flossing is a simple [...]

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