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HELP! My 2 year old refuses to have her teeth brushed…

HELP! My 2 year old refuses to have her teeth brushed…

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Kids / Oral Hygiene

Brushing your toddler’s teeth can definitely be a challenging task that most parents would rather avoid. I’m suremost of usunderstand the importance of Oral Hygiene and a daily brushing routinebut what if your 2-year-old JUST REFUSES to have her teeth brushed and this...


10 Tips to Cure Bad Breath

10 Tips to Cure Bad Breath

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Cavities / Oral Hygiene

Whether it’s a fleeting case of morning breath or a lingering bout with halitosis, everyone has bad breath sometimes. Unfortunately, for as easy as it is to get bad breath, getting rid of it can be a lot more complicated. For some, employing a toothbrush, floss and mouthwash more frequently...


A Guide To Flossing Your Teeth

A Guide To Flossing Your Teeth

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Oral Hygiene

Cleaning the spaces between your teeth and along your gums with dental floss is as important to your oral health as cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush. Just like you brush your teeth every day, flossing should be part of your daily routine. . To better understand why flossing is so...


Beyond Teeth: What’s Inside Your Mouth

Beyond Teeth: What’s Inside Your Mouth

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / General / Oral Hygiene

Good oral health goes beyond brushing and flossing. Find out more about the inside of your mouth and the role its various structures play in speech and digestion. By Connie Brichford, Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH . Your mouth is made up of more than just teeth, so good oral...


Oral ill health raises dementia risk

Oral ill health raises dementia risk

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Oral Hygiene

Remember your mother propagating the habit of brushing your teeth twice a day. The habit surely promised healthy teeth and gums. But now researchers have found that indulging in the habit may also give you a healthy brain. . According to the findings of a new study, people who brush...


Something sweet that’s actually good for your teeth…?

Something sweet that’s actually good for your teeth…?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet / Oral Hygiene

WHAT???? Xylitol? Xylitol is a sweet-tasting naturally occurring sweetener which is low in calories and dentally friendly. Xylitol was first discovered by German chemist, Emil Fischer in 1891 and has been used as a sweetener in food since the 1960s. Xylitol is a substance similar in appearance...


Are We Getting Too Much Radiation From Dental X-Rays?

Are We Getting Too Much Radiation From Dental X-Rays?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / General / Oral Hygiene

by Dr. Thomas P. Connelly . I remember when I was a little kid, and I went to the dentist for X-rays. It was a very uncomfortable procedure, with me laying back in a chair, a heavy weight placed on me (obviously to crush me), biting down on a metal torture device, while a cannon shot radiation...


Poor Oral Health Damages Economy

Poor Oral Health Damages Economy

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / General / Oral Hygiene

Over 2 million people in the UK say they have taken time of work due to poor oral health. . The UK’s economy is being damaged unnecessarily with an estimated two million workers taking sick time off work due to poor oral health over the past five years. . Most problems with teeth and gums...


Women’s HORMONES Now Associated with Gum Disease

Women’s HORMONES Now Associated with Gum Disease

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Oral Hygiene

Women, keep those toothbrushes and dental floss handy. A comprehensive review of women’s health studies by Charlene Krejci, associate clinical professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, has shown a link between women’s health issues and gum disease. . Across...


Most People Don’t Brush Their Teeth Effectively To Prevent Tooth Decay

Most People Don’t Brush Their Teeth Effectively To Prevent Tooth Decay

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Oral Hygiene

A Swedish study found almost all Swedes brush their teeth, but only one in ten brushes teeth in a way that effectively prevents tooth decay. Now researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, are eager to teach Swedes how to brush their teeth more effectively. . Most...


Hair on your tongue?

Hair on your tongue?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Oral Hygiene

The name — black hairy tongue — may sound scary, but the condition is actually harmless. Black hairy tongue is caused by bacteria or fungi in the mouth, which make the tongue appear black and hairy. It’s easily remedied by good old-fashioned oral hygiene. . What Causes Black Hairy Tongue? A...


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...


Brushing Teeth: New ‘Massage Method’ Quadruples Protection Against Tooth Decay, Study Suggests

Brushing Teeth: New ‘Massage Method’ Quadruples Protection Against Tooth Decay, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2012) — Do you really want to avoid cavities in your teeth?Try massaging them with a high-fluoride toothpaste after lunch. “Rubbing toothpaste onto your teeth increases the fluoride protection by 400%,” says Anna Nordström, dentist, PhD and researcher at the...


Did you know…April is National Cancer Control Month

Did you know…April is National Cancer Control Month

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Articles / Oral Hygiene

Hope you had a wonderful LOOOONGGG weekend! . Did you know….April is national cancer control month. We thought it would be a good idea to focus on Oral cancer prevention. . You might not be aware of the fact that incidences of oral cancer are on the rise. Few people think about oral cancer, but...


ACID ATTACK! Is your diet destroying your teeth?

ACID ATTACK! Is your diet destroying your teeth?

We have all heard the story about how a tooth will dissolve when placed in a glass of COLA. If you have ever wondered about the answer…it is TRUE! Everyday our teeth are exposed to whatever we eat or drink. . ACID ATTACK is a major cause for tooth wear and dental decay. Plaque produces ACID...


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....


Dental Health Experts At Nationwide Children’s Hospital Remind Parents About Scheduling Toddlers For Dental Visits

Dental Health Experts At Nationwide Children’s Hospital Remind Parents About Scheduling Toddlers For Dental Visits

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Dental IQ / Diet / Kids / Oral Hygiene

While infants under 12 months old may only have a few teeth, experts say they should been seen by a dentist within the first year of life. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s revised guidelines on infant oral health recommend infants 6 to 12 months old should to be seen by a...


Let your string sing!

Let your string sing!

The main purpose of flossing is not to remove unwanted food particles between you teeth, but to REMOVE dental plaque. 40% of all tooth surfaces are between your teeth that cannot be reached by brushing alone. . Leaving these areas unclean can result in: Tooth Decay Gum Disease (leads to...


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...


Are Vitamin Deficiencies causing our teeth to rot?

Are Vitamin Deficiencies causing our teeth to rot?

Cavities and gum diseases are not often regarded as serious diseases, yet they are epidemic throughout our society, from the youngest of children to the oldest of senior citizens. Research more than suggests that the same good nutrition that prevents cavities and gum diseases may also prevent...


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...


TOOTH REGENERATION GEL COULD REPLACE PAINFUL FILLINGS

TOOTH REGENERATION GEL COULD REPLACE PAINFUL FILLINGS

THE GIST A new gel could soon eliminate painful fillings and root canals. The technology doesn’t prevent cavities; it heals teeth by regenerating them. Although this is good news for teeth, the research could also be applied to heal bones and other tissues in the body Dentists could soon hang...


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...


So many reasons to avoid SUGAR!

So many reasons to avoid SUGAR!

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet / Oral Hygiene

Not only is sugar really bad for your teeth and one of the main reasons for cavities, it’s also the cause of many other health problems! READ MORE… 76 Additional Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health In addition to throwing offyour body’s homeostasis and wreaking havoc onyour metabolic processes,...


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...


Pregnancy and your Teeth

Pregnancy and your Teeth

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Diet / General / Oral Hygiene

Pregnancy is a wonderful time for both the mother and family, but very often big dental concerns arise. . BIG MYTHS ABOUT YOUR TEETH: Teeth become very weak during pregnancy Babies need lots of calcium to grow and calcium is thenremoved fromthe mother's teeth Pregnancy causes bad teeth...


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...


Less cavities? Use this instead of sugar

Less cavities? Use this instead of sugar

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet / Oral Hygiene

Some 120 years ago German chemist, Emil Fisher and French chemist, M.G. Bertrand discovered the natural occurring sugar substitute xylitol. In the early 1940's Finland began to use xylitol in place of sucrose. In the early 1970's the University of Turku in Finland began to research xylitol and...


Eat this after meals to decrease chances for cavities

Eat this after meals to decrease chances for cavities

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Diet / Fun Facts / Oral Hygiene

The sequence that foods are eaten can determine the risk for cavities. If you eat sugary foods after meals, you decrease the chance for cavities, as opposed to eating sugary foods alone. How does this work? Plaque bacteria feed on sugary sweets and produce acid that eats away at our teeth and...


Is flossing really necessary?

Is flossing really necessary?

Since childhood we have been taught to brush our teeth and to floss, but nobody ever told us really why and how to use that ‘sleazy' piece of string? Almost 40% of the surface of our teeth are in-between them and brushing alone cannot clean these hard to reach areas. Leaving the plaque between...