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Women's Health Week: Menstruation

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The way in which your period may affect your teeth and gums are quite varied.

You could find that days leading up to the start of your period that you experience increased soreness in your mouth your gums may swell and bleed. This is caused by increased amounts of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone in your body as well as a build-up of plaque.

On the other hand, you may find you experience little to no ill-effects at all.

However your mouth reacts to your period, the best advice is to keep brushing and flossing as normal, this phase will pass as long as you are ...

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Women's Health Week: Menopause

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If you’re going through menopause, which most women undergo between the ages of 47 and 55, you may have noticed a difference in your oral health such as inflamed gums, burning sensations, altered taste sensations and dry mouth.

You may also find you are more sensitive than normal to hot and cold food and drinks, and that everything tastes a little odd, either really salty, peppery or sour, or bitter & metallic. This can be a by-product of what’s known as burning mouth syndrome (BMS).

With no definitive cause, other than likely being brought on by the sort of hormonal changes you experience during menopause, BMS can make the front ...

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Women's Health Week: Pregnancy and your Dental Health

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Did you know that when you’re pregnant the increase in hormones can affect the health of your gums? These hormonal changes can increase your body’s response to plaque, the layer of germs on the teeth, therefore increasing the risk of gum disease.

 You may find your gums are swollen, sore and bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth. This is called ‘Pregnancy gingivitis’ which is a form of gum disease. This type of condition usually occurs within the first two months of pregnancy, and if kept on top off through regular cleaning and dental check ups, will settle after pregnancy. However, it can cause some long lasting damage to the ...

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Women's Health Week: Aging Generation

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As we age, everyday use, wear and tear has an effect on your teeth. But there's still a lot you can do to keep them for life and in great shape.

All that chewing, grinding, and biting wears away the hard outer layer of your teeth (enamel). It also wears down the parts you use when you bite and chew.

You can't erase a lifetime of wear and tear, without having it fixed by a dentist, but you can keep it from getting worse. Don't chew ice or other hard foods that can cause chips or even break your teeth.

Teeth can also be worn down by a poor bite, which may require ...

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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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