1. What to Expect During a Dental Implant Procedure

    16th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    dentalimplants  smile teeth denturesYou may be considering having dental implants to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are very popular, and have given many people the great smiles they have wanted. 

    Key takeaways:

    ·    Dental implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, and can make dentures secure so they don’t slip.

    • The implant is usually made of titanium and will last a lifetime.

    ·         The screw-like parts are placed into the jaw bone and are meant to imitate the root of the tooth. The crown is colour-matched to your natural teeth.

    ·         Most patients report that they were much more comfortable after the procedure than they had anticipated.

    The surgery is done in the dental office with local anesthesia but can also be done with I.V.

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  2. DNA of Ancient Teeth Reveals Dog, Human Link

    14th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    teeth healthDNA analysis of fossils indicates that even 7000 years ago, dogs had the ability to digest starch — just like humans.

    Key takeaways:

    • A team of researchers has come across genetic evidence that both humans and dogs developed the ability to digest starch at the same time.
    • Through DNA analysis of fossils unearthed in Eurasia, the researchers identified copies of the AQmy2B gene, known to help digest starches.
    • The ability to digest starch is a unique characteristic among canines and it allowed dogs to co-exist with human beings.

    The finding also indicates that dogs likely developed a means for digesting starches during the same time period as did humans, a sign that dogs and humans were co-existing and that both were gaining an ability to live at least partly off the crops that humans learned to grow.

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  3. The Meaning of the Dream about Teeth Falling Out

    4th November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile beauty teeth Dreams are very much part of our sleep cycle occurring during REM sleep. For many people, their dreams do not make a lot of sense and may end feeling confused.

    Key takeaways:

    • Dreaming of losing your teeth can be terrifying and you may end up wondering what it all means.
    • Dreaming about the teeth indicates you are considering how confident and assertive you are.
    • Dreaming of wobbly teeth and teeth that are falling off suggest that you are losing your confidence in certain situations.

    Clenching together your teeth together in your dream suggests that you are trying to resolve the situation by simply gritting your teeth and saying nothing.

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  4. Women AND Men Opting for Botox Injections

    3rd November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile, beauty, botox, If you’re sad seeing those little wrinkles and lines on your face, you’re certainly not alone. Botox has become a popular treatment for both women and men who want to keep their youthful good looks.

    Key takeaways:

    • Injecting botulimum toxin type A (Botox) into facial muscles inhibits muscle action, thereby decreasing forehead furrowing, frown-lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
    • Botox can effectively combat excessive perspiration in the underarms, palms and soles of feet, known as hyperhydrosis.
    • Results last up to 4 months. Repeated injections visibly improve the appearance of the skin. These anti-wrinkle treatments are a preventative treatment.

    Brotox has risen over 40% over the past year, with up to one in five patients now male. What was once considered a procedure predominantly for women has seen a huge surge in popularity amongst men.

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  5. Growing Evidence Indicates That Wisdom Teeth Removal Is Unwarranted

    2nd November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile teeth beauty The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has advised against the removal of the third molars in patients who don’t have a problem. The removal of wisdom teeth is advised only when there are problems caused by wisdom teeth.

    Key takeaways:

    • Wisdom teeth may be impacted, may be infected, may cause tooth decay, push other teeth, cause cysts and cause excessive pain.
    • Dental experts are questioning if the wisdom teeth extraction is really necessary for cases without these problems.
    • Studies have shown that the risks of surgery far outweigh the risk of keeping wisdom teeth.

    The APHA also approved a policy that year saying the concerns of leaving wisdom teeth in don’t justify the risk of surgery – which aren’t small. Aside from associated risks of anaesthetic, the surgery can lead to possible nerve damage, loss of the sense of taste, and sometimes even death.

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  6. Is Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Safe for Teeth Whitening?

    by thecourtyardclinic

    smile teeth beautyActivated charcoal is an abrasive component in your toothpaste, therefore brush teeth gently. The frequent use of the product may lead to tooth damage — the erosion of tooth enamel.

    Key takeaways:

    • Activated charcoal is believed to absorb stains off the teeth since it has been used in emergency rooms to absorb toxins in cases of poisoning/overdosing.
    • There are no long-term studies that provide proof for the benefits of activated charcoal in whitening the teeth and removing bad breath.
    • Dentists recommend that people who want to try activated charcoal toothpaste start sparingly and with lots of caution.

    If you do decide to use activated charcoal toothpaste, dentists agree that you should do so cautiously and sparingly. Brush with it no more than once every other week, and not for an extended period of time, even if your teeth feel normal.

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  7. One=Quarter of Men Would Like Straighter Teeth

    1st November 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile teeth beauty A survey of men in the UK has provided some interesting findings into men’s appearances. Men between 18 – 24 were most likely to look into treatments to change their appearance.

    Key takeaways:

    • Up to 40 percent of men were found to have strong concerns about their appearance.
    • About 26 percent of men admitted that they would like to straighten their teeth if they had a single chance to change appearance.
    • Overall, men have some reluctance in taking the step towards getting an improved or new look.

    Issues regarding tooth appearance ranked highly as a personal concern. The statistics revealed that just over a quarter (26%) of men surveyed admitted that they would straighten their teeth if they could change one thing about their appearance.

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  8. Food to Avoid or Love for the Period to New Year’s

    27th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    smile beauty healthDo not avoid the platter of cheese at your next dinner setting. Cheese is quite good for your teeth since it contains casein that protects teeth from cavities.

    Key takeaways:

    • Spinach, kale and other green vegetables are good for healthy teeth. They require more chewing which  helps to release more saliva that washes the teeth.
    • Avoid too much citrus foods such as oranges, lemons, and lime that are highly acidic and cause erosion of tooth enamel. Citrus fruits can be enjoyed with large meals to limit damage to the teeth.
    • Candy should be avoided due to the high sugar content that fuels bacterial activity in the mouth.

    In general, you don’t need to deprive yourself of your favorite fall and winter treats to maintain a healthy mouth — just be sensible. “You can eat anything in moderation,” says Dr. Messina. “And make sure you brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist regularly.”

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  9. Reducing Soda Helps to Prevent Obesity, Keep Teeth Healthy

    14th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic
    Close Up of Soda Cans in Ice with Condensation

                             Soda Cans in Ice

    US federal guidlines recommend that people cut back on soda consumption. Soda and sport drinks contain high amounts of added sugar.

    Key takeaways:

    • You should consume less than 10 percent of calories from added sugars per day. The sugars are added to food during processing either to enhance flavor or as preservative.
    • Drinking soda or a glass of juice as an occasional treat is entirely different from habitually drinking them. Such habits are downright dangerous and the reason behind the rising cases of obesity.
    •        All this sugar leads to dental cavities and tooth decay.

    And according to a study just published in the medical journal The Lancet, reducing sugars added to sugar-sweetened drinks by 40 percent during a five-year period could prevent 1.5 million cases of people becoming overweight and obese.

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  10. Don’t Ignore This ‘Red Flag’ – It’s a Major Sign of Pain in Your Pet

    8th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Young woman hold Ragdoll cat blue eye and smile isolated on a white background

    Cats can be fed raw bones that help to maintain dental health by acting as floss and which help to remove tartar. Good dental health will safeguard against teeth grinding.

    Key takeaways:

    • Pain is the most common cause of teeth grinding in cats often due to bad alignment of teeth caused by overgrown fangs. The extrusion of the canines leads to misalignment of the jaw.
    • Periodontal disease also called inflammatory gum disease or gingivitis affects 70 percent of cats over the age of 3 in the U.S.
    • Mouth ulcers result from problems such as toxins, calicivirus, end stage kidney disease, pemphigus complex, thermal burns, and feline herpes and may cause teeth grinding.

    Tooth resorption is the most common feline oral disease, affecting between 30 and 40 percent of healthy adult cats, and from 60 to 80 percent of kitties who visit a veterinarian for treatment of dental disease.

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