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Preventing Bacteria from Falling in With the Wrong Crowd Could Help Stop Gum Disease

Preventing Bacteria from Falling in With the Wrong Crowd Could Help Stop Gum Disease

ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2012)— Stripping some mouth bacteria of their access key to gangs of other pathogenic oral bacteria could help prevent gum disease and tooth loss. The study, published in the journalMicrobiology suggests that this bacterial access key could be a drug target for people who...


Myth or Fact?

Myth or Fact?

MYTH: Bleeding gums are normal. . FACT: Bleeding gums are NOT normal!!!! . It is a sign that something is wrong and that there is some form of gum disease present. Bleeding results from inflammation of the gums (gingivitis), due primarily from inadequate removal of plaque from the teeth at the...


The smoking issue

The smoking issue

Everyone knows about the dangers and risks of smoking and today it's a given fact that smoking causes cancer! Besides the obvious link to heart disease, stroke, emphysema and cancer, this habit also destroys healthy mouths and smiles by causing: . Bad Breath Tooth Discolouration Increased...


Gingi…what?

Gingi…what?

What is Gingivitis and what causes Gingivitis? . Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth – plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease....


Newly Identified Oral Bacterium Linked to Heart Disease and Meningitis

Newly Identified Oral Bacterium Linked to Heart Disease and Meningitis

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / General / Gum Disease

ScienceDaily (Feb. 22, 2012) — A novel bacterium, thought to be a common inhabitant of the oral cavity, has the potential to cause serious disease if it enters the bloodstream, according to a study in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. Its identification...


Close that gap!

Close that gap!

Which solution is best to replace a missing tooth? Sometimes the inevitable happens and the best option is to have a tooth removed. Tooth loss can be due to tooth decay, trauma or gum disease, but the important thing is to close the gap as soon as possible to avoid further complications. Losing...


Dried Licorice Root Fights The Bacteria That Cause Tooth Decay And Gum Disease

Dried Licorice Root Fights The Bacteria That Cause Tooth Decay And Gum Disease

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / General / Gum Disease

Scientists are reporting identification of two substances in licorice – used extensively in Chinese traditional medicine – that kill the major bacteria responsible for tooth decay andgum disease, the leading causes of tooth loss in children and adults. In a study in ACS’ Journal of...


Why do my gums bleed?

Why do my gums bleed?

What are bleeding gums? This may seem like a very straightforward question, but bleeding gums can mean much more than the obvious. Bleeding gums can be a precursor to serious conditions like gingivitis and periodontal disease. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you could be on the...


One way to get Gum Disease!

One way to get Gum Disease!

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Gum Disease / Oral Hygiene

Only your gums know for sure…. If you guessed the answer to be Don't Floss – I congratulate you for thinking about flossing, but unfortunately that is INCORRECT. There are many who do not floss and yet do not have periodontal disease. . The correct answer is avoid seeing a dentist in your...


Don’t Be Tricked by Advertising

Don’t Be Tricked by Advertising

If you really want to give your baby a head start in life by improving their social standing and guaranteeing their happiness, start feeding them Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other sugary carbonated beverages at the earliest age possible. Even babies as young as a few months old will enjoy the...


Titanium Toothbrush?

Titanium Toothbrush?

TiFinity – Titanium Toothbrush by Dane Robinson It may be impossible to reinvent the wheel, but the same thing is apparently not true for the toothbrush. Doctor Dane Robinson from Arizona is the brain behind a radically new toothbrush called "Tifinity." The bristles are made out of titanium and...


RISK FACTORS – Gum disease

RISK FACTORS – Gum disease

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Gum Disease

Gum Disease is the nr. 1 reason for tooth loss in adults In short gum disease means "inflammation of the gums and underlying bone". Common sense tells us that build-up of stains, plaque residue and bacteria on our teeth makesthem look "dirty" and "stained".The same build-up also takes place...


Foods that help protect your teeth and gums

Foods that help protect your teeth and gums

A beautiful smile and healthy mouth actually can come from in addition to regular brushing and flossing a daily diet that does not lack the essential vitamins and minerals that make vital contributions to a persona's oral health. Many people overlook the importance of good nutrition in...


10 Facts about Oral Health care you never know

10 Facts about Oral Health care you never know

New born babies have no caries forming bacteria. In fact, it is the babies mother who transmits the plaque forming bacteria by blowing on food before feeding and kissing the babies mouth Saccharine Sodium which is generally used as a sweetening agent in toothpaste is 500 times sweeter than...


Dentistry and Diabetes

Dentistry and Diabetes

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Gum Disease

Dentists Can Identify People With Undiagnosed Diabetes In a study, Identification of unrecognized diabetes and pre-diabetes in a dental setting, published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of Dental Research, researchers at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine found that dental...


Eat your oranges!

Eat your oranges!

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Gum Disease

Vitamin C and Gum Disease A Study in 2000 showed people who consume less than the recommendeddietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 1.5 timesmore at risk of developing severe Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the mildestform of Periodontal disease, and it causes the gums to becomered, swollen and...


Grinding at night – we can help!

Grinding at night – we can help!

Do you know of any of your family members grinding their teeth at night? Most people who suffer from teeth grinding are unaware of it, but can be causing severe damage to their teeth and health. Teeth grinding gives the powerful joint muscles (Masseter or TMJ) a constant workout. This leads...


Ways to prevent Oral disease

Ways to prevent Oral disease

Teeth, especially molars and pre-molars, contain fissures on the ‘chewing' surfaces. Plaque can easily accumulate in fissures which the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach, thus making teeth prone to caries. 1. Fissure Sealants Fissure sealants are tooth-colored resins to seal off deep...


GUM DISEASE

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Gum Disease

My dentist saysI have gum disease. Should this concern me? Gum disease is a serious and real thread to society today and is the biggest cause for tooth loss in adults world wide. All my patients get a complete report on the health of their teeth and gumsat their 6 monthly visits. Gum disease...