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How to keep all your teeth into old age

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Good habits and routine care

Over time, eating, grinding our teeth, and the acids in foods wear away the outer tooth enamel and biting edges of teeth. Good habits and routine care can reduce these effects of aging and help prevent tooth loss.

Daily care
It's best to begin as a child, but you are never old to start a healthy, daily teeth care routine that includes:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Flossing
  • Rinsing

Consistent daily care reduces the decay-causing bacteria and food residues in the mouth that feed them. The result is fewer dental problems and teeth that will last.

Regular dental exams
Nerves in the roots of teeth lose sensitivity with age. Regular exams can find ...

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How To Keep Your Children's Teeth Healthy This Season

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Children are more susceptible to cavities than adults. Even in children with healthy teeth, the enamel in their primary, or baby, teeth is not as hard or dense as that in adults.

Protect Your Children’s Teeth During the Holidays

Holiday treats and foods that are not part of the child’s normal diet can increase the possibility of decay. A few simple steps can protect their teeth and eliminate future dental problems.

Limit sugar

Sugars and starchy food promote the growth of bacteria that cause decay. By limiting the amount of sugar, your child consumes the likelihood of tooth decay decreases. Even during the holidays, when candy and treats abound, you can reduce the ...

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Why does my jaw ache?

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There are a number of possible causes of an aching jaw. Until the problem causing the pain is corrected, jaw ache can cause make it difficult to chew or drink. Severe jaw pain can even cause headaches and digestive problems. Arthur Street Dental has solutions for jaw pain. 

Is an aching jaw serious?

Not all jaw ache is a symptom of a serious condition. It can be caused by innocuous activities like excessive gum chewing or jaw clenching resulting from stress. This results in simple exhaustion of the jaw muscles and are easily correctable without a visit to a health care professional.

Sometimes the sources of jaw ache are not always so ...

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How Can Dentists Help With Snoring?

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If you or your sleeping partner snore, chances are neither of you are getting a good night’s sleep. Even moderate snoring noise, 40 to 70 decibels, can be as loud as a vacuum cleaner running beside your bed.

Causes and effects

Snoring is caused by a partial obstruction of the airway. The blockage may be the result of one or a combination of these factors:

  • Allergy or sinus infection
  • Overrelaxed throat muscles
  • Obesity
  • Excess fleshy tissue in the throat
  • Abnormal soft palate or uvula that narrows the throat and airway

Snorers and those nearby can lose hours of sleep each night. The cumulative effect of this loss of sleep has some serious health implications, including:

  • Interrupted breathing
  • High blood ...

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What you need to know about gum disease

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Have you ever brushed your teeth and noticed that your gums bleed a little? Perhaps you didn’t think much of it. However, gums that bleed consistently can hint that something is wrong with your mouth.

Early signs of gum disease

Bleeding is one of the first signs you would notice of gum disease. This happens when your gum line is inflamed due to a bacterial infection. These bacteria can form a plaque that sticks to your teeth that may not be removed from mere brushing or flossing alone. If the plaque builds up, it can infect your teeth and gums, eventually affecting the bone that supports your teeth.

How do you know ...

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Are you brushing your teeth correctly?

Using proper technique when brushing your teeth is important. There's much more to brushing your teeth than loading up your brush with toothpaste and sawing rapidly back and forth.

What is the right technique?

First of all, that sawing action is a no-no. It will damage your enamel and miss the debris between your teeth. Instead, place your bristles gently where your teeth meet your gums. Brush down on your upper teeth. When brushing teeth on the bottom, start at your gumline and brush upward. Repeat this motion for all tooth surfaces on both sides of your teeth.

Using gentle 'wiggly' motions, glide your bristles along the top of tooth surfaces when ...

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Bruxism and Tooth Grinding

Bruxism or tooth grinding is very common, and you may not know you are doing it.

I would estimate that 80 percent of my patients show some kind of effect from tooth grinding at some point in their life. Grinding of the teeth during sleep, also known as bruxism, is a huge problem. Stress is the main cause of bruxism, but it's actually considered to be a sleep disorder. There has been no real diagnosis for why tooth grinding happens, but I tend to believe it͛s because life is different these days. There are now a lot more pressures, which is manifesting in jaw clenching and tooth grinding. Unless you have reconstructive dental work, which can be costly, the damage is pretty much irreversible.

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