Dry Mouth and Tooth Decay

Saliva prevents harmful acids from eroding your teeth. It also helps us chew and swallow food, moving debris from between the teeth. A dry mouth can be damaging to teeth.

Key takeaways

- Dry mouth can be caused by medications, dehydration and mouth-breathing

- See your dentist or doctor if you suffer from dry mouth

- Keep rehydrated with water

Visit your dentist if you start to experience bad breath as this can be an early sign of oral problems.

“Getting the cause of dry mouth addressed is essential to having a healthy smile for the future!”

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Common tooth extraction complications: dry socket

Dry socket is a common and painful complication that can develop after tooth extraction, however, it can easily be treated.

Key takeaways:

- Your dentist can advise on preventing dry socket with self-care at home, such as avoiding carbonated, hot and alcoholic beverages and rinsing the socket regularly

- Treatment of dry socket includes medicated rinse/mouthwash, medicated gauze over the socket, pain medication, and antibiotics if infection is present

- Check to make sure your dentist has sufficient experience in removing teeth

“While medical management of dry socket will help relieve pain and promote healing, self-care at home is equally as important.”

Read the full story here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318202.php


Common mistakes that affect your dental health

There are several mistakes you may be making that negatively affect your teeth. Your dentist can advise if you are concerned.

Key takeaways:

- Using your teeth to bite things could result in cracked teeth and playing sport without a mouth-guard could result in tooth loss

- Going to bed without brushing your teeth gives bacteria the opportunity to multiply, producing acid which causes cavities and inflammation

- Make teeth and tongue cleaning a priority, and don’t forget to floss too

“Turn it into a habit by flossing when you watch the nightly news or do other some daily passive activity.”

Read the full story here: http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2017/05/25/common-mistakes-teeth/

Genetics and your dental health

Although genetics plays a key role in your dental health, it is more important to look after your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly, getting regular checkups and having a healthy diet.

Key takeaways:

- Genetics can mean you are more prone to developing problems such as crooked teeth and cavities

- People with a family history of autoimmune disorders are more likely to develop gum disease

- See your dentist to discuss any concerns about your family’s dental history

“By exercising the best care of your smile, you can balance your risk and have beautiful teeth for life!”

Read the full story here: http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/are-genetics-to-blame-for-poor-dental-health/

What You Need To Know After Having A Wisdom Tooth Removed

Avoiding dry socket is one of the main ways of ensuring a pain-free recovery after wisdom teeth extraction.

Key takeaways:

- Prevent inflammation by avoiding hot and fizzy drinks for a few days

- Don’t smoke, drink through straws, or touch the wound. Otherwise, you could     disrupt the blood clot

- Certain medications can make you more prone to dry socket, so speak to your     dentist to find out if you’re at risk

Following post-op instructions can make the healing process safe and speedy.

Read the full story here: https://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/after-wisdom-tooth-removal-watch-out-for-dry-socket-721946.html

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