Category Archives: Preventive Dentistry

HEALTHY TEETH

HOW HEALTHY ARE MY TEETH?

Complete self-exam and find out!

Your Self Exam is now complete. Congratulations!

You are at low-risk for tooth-related problems. Keep up the good work and do a regular dental check-ups.

Your Self Exam is now complete. Be careful!

You may be at higher risk for tooth-related problems. A dentist is an excellent choice to validate your teeth. Together you will achieve better dental health easier and more quickly.

How old are you?

< 18 years 19-30 31-60 > 60

Have you had any new fillings or crowns in the last 2 years?

Yes No

Are any of your teeth filled or crowned?

Yes No

Have you had any permanent teeth extracted? (except wisdom teeth or teeth removed for orthodontic reasons)

Yes No

Do you have any false teeth?

Yes No

Do you frequently snack on sugary or starchy snacks or drink sugared beverages between meals?

Yes No

Do you have any missing teeth that should be replaced?

Yes No

Have you had any pain from chewing, aching, or sensitivity to hot or cold in your mouth during the past year?

Yes No

Have you had a major health change (like diabetes, a heart attack, stroke, diagnosis of disease such as cancer, Parkinson’s, etc.) during the past 12 months?

Yes No

Does your mouth frequently feel dry?

Yes No

Do you drink fluoridated water, brush your teeth daily with a fluoride toothpaste, or use a nonprescription or prescription fluoride product (mouth rinse, gels…) on a daily basis?

Yes No

Do you have at least 1 dental check-up per year?

Yes No

Do you have developmental or special health care needs that prevent you from brushing or flossing properly?

Yes No

MEDICINES AND IMPACT ON ORAL HEALTH

Can medicines affect oral health?

Many medicines have adverse effects on the health of the oral cavity. These effects are usually short-lived and are reduced soon after you stop taking the medicine. Your dentist should know, what medicines you are taking, including those you buy without a prescription. Read more

BITING IN CHEEKS, TONGUE OR LIPS

What are the signs of biting into oral mucosa?

Many people are faced with frequent biting of lips, cheeks or tongue. You may feel pain and see some bleeding from the wound. The next few days you have to be careful when chewing, because a slight swelling can occur, which can cause that you will bite yourself repeatedly once again in the same area. It is best to rinse the mouth with warm salt water. Read more

HOW TO CLEAN A DENTURE?

Why is necessary to clean dentures?

In order to maintain a healthy mouth is necessary, to take care of dental prosthetic replacements, because they accumulate dental plaque even more than natural teeth. Every evening and after meals dentures are needed to be thoroughly cleaned. Teeth that anchor partial dentures can also develop dental caries and periodontal disease if they are not cleaned properly. Cleaning of dentures removes stains, dental plaque and prevents bad odor. Accumulated bacteria can lead to irritation and inflammation of mucosa under the denture. With good dental hygiene we can prolong life of the dental materials and teeth. Wearing of clean dentures also improves general well-being. Read more

IS IT POSSIBLE TO KEEP TEETH INTO OLD AGE?

Can elderly people maintain their own teeth?

Among people it is generally believed that with age we are losing vision, we get gray hair and we lose teeth. This belief is totally wrong, because with regular oral hygiene we can keep teeth healthy into old age. Today more and more people retain their teeth during old age. With the evolution of science, dentists can make better dental fillings and prevention today has even greater success. People are more conscious about their oral health and they understand the need of a good oral hygiene. There are smaller numbers of tooth decay and dental fillings than in the past. Read more

ORAL IRRIGATOR

Is oral irrigator obligatory?

Like a mouthwash, also oral irrigator represents an addition to basic oral hygiene, which consists of toothbrush, dental floss and interdental brushes. Oral irrigator does not replace brushing and flossing, because it can rinse away only bigger food residues and also dental plaque is not removed sufficiently. Dental plaque is securely attached on teeth in a form of biofilm, which can be completely removed only mechanically, that is by brushing. As an additional aid it is welcome, as it means additional effort to maintaining the cleanliness of teeth. Read more

TONGUE SCRAPER

Is it necessary to clean the tongue?

Cleaning the tongue is useful especially in the presence of an existing bad breath. The most common cause of bad breath is dental plaque on teeth and tongue. Cleaning the tongue may help to reduce bad breath, because it will remove food residues, bacteria, yeasts, dead cells from the surface. Tongue is made of many small buds that are favorable environment for growing oral bacteria. Food accumulates and stagnates in these small recesses and is then slowly degrading in addition, the bacteria continuously produce the sulfur compounds, which are also responsible for unpleasant odor of mouth. Read more

DENTAL INJECTIONS

What is a dental injection ?

Dental injection contains local anesthetic. Patients usually receive one at dental offices prior to some dental procedures. Local anesthetic causes loss of a pain at the site where it was administered. With its help, any interventions in dentistry are performed painlessly. Read more

SMOKING AND INFLUENCE ON ORAL HEALTH

Can smoking harm oral health?

Cigarette smoke contains toxic and carcinogenic substances that are harmful to smokers and passive smokers. There is no safe tobacco use and not safe boundaries for its use. A larger number of cigarettes smoked, the greater the risk of adverse effects on health. Smoking has also many negative effects on oral health, some of which are listed bellow. Read more

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MOUTH DURING A MEAL?

What is happening in the mouth during a meal?

Every time you eat you feed oral bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria begin with the formation of acids, that dissolve tooth enamel. Over time the saliva washes away the acid and remineralises softened tooth areas. If pH of the mouth is below 5.5, the saliva can no longer effectively remineralise teeth, which increases the risk of caries. Read more

SNACKS FOR HEALTHY TEETH

What snacks are healthy for your teeth?

  1. Wholemeal products. White bread is much more harmful in terms of oral health, such as wholemeal bread.
  2. Fresh vegetables or fruits.
  3. Plain yogurt with fruit. It is better to buy plain yogurt and than add fresh fruit at home. Purchased fruit yogurt are usually filled with sugar.
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DENTAL X-RAYS

Why are X-rays needed in dentistry?

X-rays are like an invisible light, which passes through the tissues that are irradiated and they are then projected on a sensor. As X-rays are passing through the mouth, they are absorbed in the tissues. The amount of absorption depends on the type of tissue or material through which X-rays pass. X-rays are passing through the teeth differently than through the gums, which is reflected on the x-ray picture. This allows us the identification of anatomical structures and pathology, that can’t be detected by clinical examination of the mouth.
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ARE YOU CHEWING ICE?

Do you chew ice cubes?

Some people chew ice cubes from their drinks. Such habit seems harmless, because ice is just a solid form of water, but unfortunately it’s not so simple. Do you simply love crushing and cracking feeling of ice between your teeth and you are chewing ice just for fun, when it unwaveringly became a habit? In such case it is better to chew apples or carrots, which less harmful to the teeth. If you are still unable to resist ice cubes, it is better to lick them, than chew. Try to eliminate this habit, because it is not doing any good for your teeth on a long run. Read more

FLU AND COLD

How cold and flu affect oral health?

Cold and flu can have a negative impact on oral health. Do not forget about good oral hygiene, even though you do not feel well. Try to avoid sugary medicines and prefer taking those without added sugar. During cold and flu we frequently drink sour drinks. For example, orange juices, tea with lemon and various drinks designed to relieve the symptoms of a cold and flu. They can be good for our general health and can help us to get well. Read more

WHAT FORMS OF FRUIT ARE GOOD FOR A TEETH?

Is fruit good for your teeth?

It all depends on the type of fruit we eat. Fruit in its composition varies, so it can leave different effects on your teeth. People often prefer fruits than vegetables, because of sugary taste. There are different ways you can eat fruit (fresh, frozen, canned, dried, in the form of juices or jams). Read more

SOUR FOODS AND DRINKS

Are sour foods and drinks harmful to teeth?

If you often crave for this type of food and drinks, it can start the processes of tooth erosion. The tooth enamel begins to decompose under the influence of acids. In the food and beverages you can find a variety of acids. An important factor is the number of times per a day such food is eaten. If food contains acid, you can check in the ingredients table on the back of the packaging. Even fruits and vegetables may contain acid. Teeth are made in a way that they can withstand a variety of oral pH. Teeth  are remineralised with saliva, which protects teeth. Despite consuming acidic food and drink, we can maintain healthy teeth. Like everywhere, even in the diet, there are some limits, which should be taken into consideration, so that we do not start the detriment of our own teeth. There is no need to absolutely avoid acidic food. You should just take into account that it is not consumed to often during a day. Read more

FLUORIDE IN DENTISTRY

Where can fluoride be found?

Fluoride can be found as an active ingredient in many dental products, such as toothpaste, mouthwashes, gels, and varnishes. Routinely use of small amounts of fluoride prevents the risk of caries. Fluoride reduces the loss of minerals from tooths enamel and accelerates remineralization, which means that the parts of the tooth, which are softened consolidate and thereby caries is less likely to develop. Fluoride also affects the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. The effect of fluoride is increased while having a healthy diet and good oral hygiene. Using fluoride is safe and effective and therefore, according to the professional doctrine, also recommended. Read more

ALCOHOL AND INFLUENCE ON ORAL HEALTH

What are effects of alcohol on oral health?

Alcoholism can also cause problems in the aspect of oral health. It has been proven that people, who are dependent on alcohol, perform oral hygiene that is less frequently and more poorly.
Frequent contact of alcohol with oral mucosa causes increased risk for oral cancer. People who drink a lot of alcohol tend to have gums that bleed more severely. The cause is often in altered function of the liver, since liver normally produce substances that are necessary for the formation of a blood clot. Wounds heal more difficult and slower and are more susceptible to various infections. Read more

SPORTS MOUTH GUARD

What are sports mouth guards?

When doing sport you can damage oral mucosa, teeth and gums. To protect them against trauma, protective mouth guard can be made. Dentist take an impression of the teeth and dental technician then produces a mouth guard, that is made for each individual.

Sometimes even athletes do not know that the sport in which they are involved require this kind of protection. Some teens simply do not like their appearance and do not want to be the only ones who wear it. Others say that mouth guard is uncomfortable to wear or they have problems with speaking and breathing. Despite these difficulties, it is important that the sport mouth guards are regularly used.

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