1. 19 Habits That Ruin Your Teeth

    30th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic
    mouth guard prevents grinding

    mouth guard on teeth

    Chewing on hard frozen ice is akin to chewing on hard substances which may cause damage to the teeth. It is not a harmless habit as some people think.

    Key takeaways:

    • Cough drops are laden with sugars which may encourage plaque buildup and growth of bacteria that leads to cavities.
    • Piercings in the mouth or tongue will raise the risk of infection and sores. Biting down on the metal studs may cause cracked teeth and damage to gums.
    • Teeth grinding caused by stress or poor sleeping habits damages teeth. Using a mouth guard could help prevent damage to teeth.

    For example, there are only 10 more grams of sugar in orange soda than in orange juice. Fruits are naturally sweet, so look for juice that has no added sugar. You can also reduce the sugar content by diluting juice with some water.

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  2. A Happy Patient Shares Her Experience

    29th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teWe’re always pleased to hear from our patients – especially when they have such positive things to say about their treatment. Take a look at the kind words from this happy patient:

    “I have been a nervous patient for many years, getting into a dental surgery was always a difficult experience for myself but dealing with treatment is something I have never been willing or comfortable to proceed with.

    Having had a chipped tooth which decayed for years and years which lead to the point of necessary extraction, I seeked extra help in the form of a dentist I felt comfortable with.

    Dr. Claire Holly Wilkinson was the answer I had been looking for. Her professional but polite and friendly manner was ultimately what led me to know that The Courtyard clinic was the place for me.

    She was extremely comforting and reassuring in explaining the need for extraction having given me all the time in the world to give her my story and past experiences and was rest assured that Claire was not going to give me an experience to forget.

    Having gone through with the extraction I now no longer have any fear or insecurities over visiting the Dentist whatever the issue may be!

    Her front door staff and receptionist Alison are exceedingly welcoming and make it a very niche experience that I would recommend to the utmost highest of commandment! 10/10, I will be visiting the surgery regularly and there are no ways to improve the service these ladies provide. Outstanding!”

  3. 6 Mistakes Linked To How You Brush Your Teeth

    by thecourtyardclinic
    Young woman brushing cleaning teeth. Girl with toothbrush in bathroom. Oral hygiene.

                         brushing teeth

    Swishing oils in the mouth, like coconut oil, is an age old practice also referred to as oil pulling. It has, however, not received endorsement as a standard way of dental hygiene.

    Key takeaways:

    • Electric brushes move water and toothpaste better and at greater speed ensuring effective removal of plaque. The brushes   also help people to avoid over-brushing.
    • The toothbrush should be positioned and held at a 45-degree angle into the teeth and the gums to remove any buildup that could lead to gum disease.
    • Dentists recommend fluoride toothpastes to prevent cavities.

    You have to remove plaque in order to prevent disease, reminds Martins, adding: “Any floss is better than no floss.” So keep up with the practice, making sure your floss hugs your teeth on either side, she notes.

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  4. Could Old Skulls Explain Why We Have Crooked Teeth?

    27th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Old man holding glass with alcohol dring and laughing laudly

    Something must have changed within human evolution causing the appearance of crooked teeth. In past era, it was uncommon to come across these dental problems.

    Key takeaways:

    • People from distant ages did not have dental problems. These people had straight and symmetrical teeth as evidence from fossils and skeletons indicates.
    • There is no proper answer why people have crooked teeth despite millions of dollars used on retainers and braces in an attempt to get a perfect smile.
    • Some significant change must have happened during the Industrial revolution marked by a shift to urban lifestyles. People now have narrower mouths.

    Mouths are narrower today, Monge says, but we have the same number of teeth as always. And so the idea goes: that causes crowding, an overbite, snaggle teeth or wisdom teeth that have no room to grow in.

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  5. Brushing Guidelines for Your Patients

    by thecourtyardclinic
    A little girl brushing her teeth against a white background.

                  A little girl brushing her teeth 

    Effective brushing of teeth helps to prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. Learn how to effectively brush teeth by following these tips.

    Key takeaways:

    • Taking care of the teeth is often forgotten about. The teeth are important for oral health as well as for your general health and well-being.
    • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice every day with fluoride toothpaste.
    • Brush your teeth the last thing before jumping into bed and on one other occasion during the day.

    Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste not only helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease, it can also prevent bad breath.

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  6. Loss of Teeth Raises Risk of Physical and Mental Disability in Older Adults

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Portrait of happy senior manA study has discovered a serious link between tooth loss and changes in functional capacity.

    Key takeaways:

    • The maintenance of good oral health is important for older adults to prevent disability and a host of other health problems.
    •   Older adults who had significant tooth loss were less functional when compared with people who lost fewer teeth.
    • Older adults should receive the necessary support required to maintain good oral health self-care practices and to access adequate dental care.

    Tooth loss is associated with future decline in higher-level functional capacity. IPW models suggest that treatment for tooth loss attenuates decline in higher-level functional capacity.

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  7. How to Practice Mindful Brushing

    26th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic
    Beauty and funny young woman brushing teeth with comical expression

    brushing teeth

    Mindful brushing can be a good way to kick-start your day. The following tips will help you to practice mindful brushing.

    Key takeaways:

    • Immediately after beginning to brush, relax the neck and the jaw and breathe through the nose slowly and deliberately.
    • Loosen your grip on the toothbrush and feel the bristles move over the teeth and the gums. You should feel the taste of the toothpaste.
    • Breathe deeply through the nose as you rinse the mouth. Feel and take note of the clean teeth.
    • Feel gratitude for your teeth and for the tasks they allow you to accomplish such as chewing, speaking and smiling.

    Mindful brushing, says Dr. White, gives your brain a chance to rest and “sets a peaceful tone for the day ahead or the night ahead.”

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  8. New evidence suggests that Coffee can Prolong Life

    by thecourtyardclinic
    Man relaxing at home on the couch and having a coffee break, he is smiling at camera and holding a cup

                Man having coffee break

    Coffee is now gaining prominence in the health world. However, coffee should be sipped with a straw to avoid it from staining the teeth.

    Key takeaways:

    • Review of research indicates that coffee may prevent bone loss in the jaw offering better support for the teeth.
    • Green coffee has antibacterial activity that will help protect the gums.
    • Coffee in moderation will confer a number of nutritional benefits such as alertness, protecting the liver and reducing cancer. People should limit their intake to five cups.

    Some of the health benefits of coffee – which may lower the incidence of metabolic disorders and prevent cell damage – can be attributed to the high chlorogenic acid content, which has antioxidant properties.

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  9. Take Good Care Of Your Children’s Teeth with Sealants

    23rd September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Close up portrait of preschooler girl with open mouth without milk tooth

    21 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 11 years have been reported to have cavities in their permanent teeth. The results support the need to have dental sealant treatment to protect teeth.

    Key takeaways:

    • Dental sealants are recommended for children when their first molars grow at between 5 and 7 years and yet again when the next set of molars grows at 11 through to 14 years.
    • A study indicates that children without dental sealant treatment had cavities in 77 percent of their teeth compared to 27 percent of teeth in those with sealants.
    • Resin-based sealants and glass ionomer sealants are the most common with the difference being the resin based lasts longer.

    The review estimated that in a population of cavity-free children with a 40 percent chance of getting a first cavity over the next two years without sealants, application of sealants would reduce the rate to just 6 percent.

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  10. Oral Health Tips for Older Adults

    21st September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic
    old couple laughing isolated

    old couple laughing

    Diseases and some medications can lead to oral health problems among older adults. They should take great care of their mouths

    for good oral health — as it also impacts overall health, including heart disease and diabetes risk.

    Key takeaways:

    • Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing will help to remove dental plaque that may lead to gum disease and tooth loss.
    • Check for changes in the mouth such as numbness, sores, lumps, even difficulty chewing — and immediately see a dentist or doctor.
    • Dry mouth is a concern especially for people with diabetes. It can lead to infection, cavities and difficulty when talking or swallowing.

    It’s especially important to take care of your teeth and gums if you have a health condition like diabetes or heart disease – or if you are taking medicines that can cause oral health problems.

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