1. 9 Ways You Stain Your Teeth without Even Knowing It

    7th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Glass of strawberry yoghurt, with fresh strawberries and a spoon.

    Sports drinks can be grouped among foods that cause damage to the teeth since they contain high amounts of sugars.

    Key takeaways:

    • Lemonade contains high amounts acid and sugar that are detrimental to dental health. The acid wear out the enamel on the teeth.
    • Juices and smoothies can stain the teeth since they contain lots of vegetables and berries.
    • Green teas may stain the teeth in a similar way to the black and brown teas albeit in a mild way.

    Colorful cough syrups are full of sugar that can cause deterioration. These meds will also leave stains on your teeth if you take them repeatedly over a decent amount of time, says Dr. Rosen.

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  2. Ways to Prevent Grinding Your Teeth

    by thecourtyardclinic
    Woman put mouth guard on teeth

    mouth guard on teeth

    Coffee and alcohol may trigger or worsen teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) — especially when consumed closed to the evening.

    Key takeaways:

    • Teeth grinding often occurs at night making it difficult for people to know if they are grinding.
    • Stress is a major cause of bruxism. Exercise helps to alleviate stress and prevent teeth grinding.
    • Wearing a custom-made mouth guard from the dentist will help prevent damage caused by grinding or clenching.

    Your dentist can also look for symptoms, like changes or abnormalities in your teeth as well as jaw tenderness. Severe bruxism can lead to loose or broken teeth, and can wear them down so much that crowns, implants, root canals, bridges, or dentures may be needed.

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  3. 54 Per Cent Of Women Feel So Conscious Of Their Teeth That They’re Considering Braces– Here’s What You Need To Know Before You Invest

    5th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    The selfie culture could be the main reason why women are more conscious of their looks. It has led a good number to getting braces to align their teeth.

    Key takeaways:

    •        Braces are available in different types: fixed braces, lingual braces and Invisalign braces that can be removed when eating and for cleaning.
    • Braces can be worn for as long as two years to produce the desired correction.
    • Teeth whitening is required immediately after the removal the braces since they cause discoloration.

    “You should consider how much tooth movement is required, the level of visibility you want and the amount of speech disturbance you’re happy with, as well as your budget,” says Bradstock-Smith.

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  4. 15 Habits You Should Avoid If You Want Healthy Teeth, According To Dentists

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Healthy woman teeth and a dentist mouth mirror

    Seemingly harmless habits — drinking bottled water — could compromise your teeth if the water contains very little fluoride.

    Key takeaways:

    Avoid chewing on ice, which is likened to chewing on rocks and may cause teeth chips or cracks.

    Avoid drinking sports drinks as they contain acidic, chemical additives and sugars that cause dental health problems.

    • Brushing immediately after meals could cause teeth problems. Highly acidic foods weaken tooth enamel hence brushing immediately easily wears out enamel. Wait for at least 45 minutes.

    “Saliva is our body’s own best defense against cavities, so anything you can do to increase saliva production, especially after a meal, can help protect teeth,” says Dr. Schwartz.

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  5. Do You Need Dental Implants?

    3rd September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Illustration of teeth showing dental implant structure

    Dental implants are typically used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. In some cases, implants can help stabilize partial dentures — so they are more stable. Care for dental implants is simple and similar to the care for natural teeth. You will simply need to regularly brush, floss and have check-ups.

    Key takeaways:

    • Dental implants have numerous advantages such as improved speech, improved smiles and appearance, better chewing, convenience and improved oral health.
    • Dental implants have a success rate of about 98 percent.
    • Patients who have healthy gums, enough bone, and are committed to oral hygiene qualify to have dental implants.

    Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, a small connector post, called an abutment, is attached to the post to securely hold the new tooth. To make your new tooth or teeth, your dentist makes impressions of your teeth, and creates a model of your bite (which captures all of your teeth, their type, and arrangement).

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  6. Oral Health and Cognitive Decline May Be Related

    2nd September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    The risk and severity of cognitive impairment and dementia increase with age and researchers project that these will double by the year 2050.

    Key takeaways:

    • Conditions such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes will aggravate oral health problems since they lower the body immunity and ability to fight off infection.
    • Oral health measures include number of teeth, presence of cavities, and/or dementia.
    • Factors that cause poor oral health (poor nutrition and diabetes) are associated with poor cognitive function.

    Dr. Wu says: “Clinical evidence suggests that the frequency of oral health problems increases significantly in cognitively impaired older people, particularly those with dementia.”

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  7. This Dentist Office on Wheels Gives Teeth Cleanings and Exams in Silicon Valley Parking Lots

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Studio Dental incorporates technology and smart design to bring dental services right to the doorstep.

    Key takeaways:

    • Studio Dental is the first dental office on wheels aimed at visiting patients at their workplaces such as at Airbnb and Google.
    • A wide array of services can be offered right from the parking lot ranging from teeth cleaning to tooth extraction. The idea not only appeals to techies but also to other people.
    • Patients are able to book appointments online, receive receipts after their visit via email, and view digital x-rays and impressions on the Studio Dental website.

    “Dentistry is in serious need of sprucing up — the industry is stigmatized as old, smelly, and often times scary,” cofounder and dentist Sara Creighton told Rock Health in a 2014 interview.

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  8. Mountain Dew vs Coca-Cola: Which Soda Is Worse For Your Teeth?

    by thecourtyardclinic

    Assorted Organic Craft Sodas with Cane Sugar

    People should learn to brush their teeth immediately after consuming their favorite soda to limit the damage to their teeth. The following findings will surprise you.

    Key takeaways:

    • Morning Dew contains a pH of 3.1 whereas Coca-Cola has a pH of 2.5. Coca-Cola is therefore six times more acidic than Mountain Dew.
    • Two molars were soaked in each soda for duration of 2 weeks and 5 days and observed for any changes.
    • The tooth soaked in Mountain Dew lost 14 percent of its mass while the Coca-Cola tooth lost 7 percent of its mass.

    The video also explains why the organic citric acid in Mountain Dew does more damage to tooth enamel than the phosphoric acid in Coca-Cola.

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