Oral Health

Dental Care For Older People

Problems associated with ageing As you get older, your gums may recede and your teeth may become a little more sensitive as a result. The dentist or hygienist will be able to advise you on the best brushing methods to keep any gum problems under control, and may suggest you use a mouthwash or special toothpaste to help with the sensitivity. You may also find that brushing gets a bit more...

Nutrition for The Teeth and Gums

Nutrition for The Teeth and Gums In addition to brushing and flossing, a prudent diet - with natural or added fluoride) protects teeth from decay and keeps the gums healthy. Tooth decay (cavities and dental caries) and gum diseases are caused by colonies of bacteria that constantly coat the teeth with a sticky film called plaque. If plaque is not brushed away, these bacteria break down the sugars and starches in foods to produce...

What to Expect from a Dental Hygiene Appointment

What to Expect from a Dental Hygiene Appointment Dental hygienists are licensed oral health care professionals who have completed extensive educational and clinical preparation in preventive oral health care. In all states but one, to become licensed, dental hygienists must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene education program, pass the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination, and pass a state/regional clinical licensure examination....

A Nose for Trouble

Constant allergy symptoms are not to be sneezed ? Self-diagnosis addict Susie Steiner gives herself up to the experts The word "allergy' is bandied about all too often, not least by me, when a miserable eight months of unex-plained nose-blowing turned me into a monstrous medical-trivia obsessive. Plagued by sleeplessness, my addiction to medical websites spiralled. These advised pulling up...

Looking After Children's Teeth

When will my baby's teeth appear? Your baby will start teething at about six months and will continue until all 20 'milk teeth' are present at the age of about two years. The permanent teeth usually develop between the ages of six and 14 years. Is teething painful? Most children do suffer teething pains to some extent. Biting on hard, cool objects seems to help, and some teething rings can be...

Understanding and Eliminating Bad Breath

Understanding and Eliminating Bad Breath Do you ever worry that you’re the only one in the room with bad breath? Well, guess again. Nearly 40,000,000 Americans commonly suffer from bad breath, also known as oral malodor or halitosis. Yet, it is a curable condition that is generally caused by strong foods such as onions or garlic; poor oral health habits; or medical problems such as stomach disorders, an excessive postnasal drip, or...

Dental Care for Older Children

Encouraging good dental health in our children helps them to make the most of their appearance and gives them confidence. It also helps avoid the mouths full of bad teeth needing fillings and extractions that used to be common in children. Why looking after milk teeth matters Dietary advice for children Setting up a dental care routine Your child and the dentist If your child knocks out a tooth...

Sore Throat

Crush a tablet of aspirin in a wineglassful of warm water, gargle, and then swallow it. If soreness persists get a doctor. Be sure your child is fully immunised against poliomyelitis, diphtheria, etc. : many infectious fevers begin with sore throat. Splinters Small easily removed splinters may be treated by easing the point out with a needle dipped in spirit, and then pulling it out with small...

Diseases of the Spleen

Diseases of the Spleen The spleen is an organ about the size of the palm of the hand, which lies in the left upper abdomen, tucked away under the left lower margin of the ribs. It is a composite organ and one of its functions is to act as a blood reservoir. Rupture of the spleen may occur as a result of injury to the abdomen. It is commonest when the organ is diseased and enlarged, as in typhoid fever or malaria. It...

If You Have an Oral Health Problem, It Might Well Be One of The Following

Gingivitis, Periodontitis: Red and swollen gums, possibly with bleeding. Gums may recede, exposing more of the tooth. There may also be bone loss around teeth roots. Poorly controlled diabetes leads to a much higher incidence and severity of these problems. Good News: In one study, adults with diabetes who got regular dental care (ultrasonic scaling and curettage, or gum trimming) and took oral...

Why Oral Care Matters?

Why Oral Care Matters? Did you know the health of your teeth and gums affects the health of the rest of your body? There is substantial evidence supporting a link between periodontitis (inflammation of the gum tissue around your teeth) and diseases of the kidneys and heart. Periodontitis is the most common chronic infection worldwide, and people with diabetes often have the worst cases of periodontitis. People with...

When to Visit Your Dentist

When to Visit Your Dentist Every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup If your gums bleed easily or are swollen, reddened, or soft If you notice a change in your bite If you have an injury to a tooth or it is dislodged due to an accident. (It can often be replanted if you are seen by a dentist immediately.) If you have any discomfort from a tooth If you have a tendency to grind your teeth, experience pain near the jaw joint...

Imperforate

A term applied to an organ lacking a normal opening. For example, a baby may be born with an imperforate anus with no outer opening, or the oesophagus may be closed so that it is not connected with the stomach. Such defects can usually be corrected by surgery.

Know Your Risks

If you have an oral health problem, it might well be one of the following: Gingivitis, periodontitis: Red and swollen gums, possibly with bleeding. Gums may recede, exposing more of the tooth. There may also be bone loss around teeth roots. Poorly controlled diabetes leads to a much higher incidence and severity of these problems. Good news: In one study, adults with diabetes who got regular...