Category Archives: Operative 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

TETRACYCLINES

What are tetracyclines?

Tetracyclines are antibiotics, which can stain children’s teeth and rarely change the shape of the teeth. Side effects on the teeth are shown only if the mother takes them during pregnancy or if the children with developing teeth are taking them up to 10 years. So use of tetracycline antibiotics is contra-indicated with them.

What is tetracycline discoloration?

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ARE YOU SURE, YOU DON’T HAVE A TOOTH DECAY?

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay (caries) is the unfortunate result of poor oral hygiene. Between teeth are accumulating food and bacteria day after day. If these spaces are not cleaned well every night, teeth start to demineralise and this is what we start to call caries. Caries is a highly prevalent infectious disease of the oral cavity. It can start on visible tooth surfaces, which is obvious to a patient, but if it starts between teeth, which is unfortunately in most cases, it can pass quite a long time, before patient can see it. When it becomes visible, it means it is now deeper and more dangerous for the health of the tooth. Tooth decay between teeth can be in the beginning asymptomatic, which may represent a late reacting to the hidden problem. However, sometimes that kind of teeth can be sensitive to external stimuli, such as temperature change or by ingestion of sweet and sour food. 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

INTERDENTAL FLUORIDE GEL

Why do we use interdental fluoride gel?

Interdental gel protects your teeth and fights the formation of tooth decay, since it contains fluoride. It has no abrasive particles. Gel is thick and does not leak, therefore it is easy to apply.

How do we use it?

It can be applied in the interdental spaces and on the chewing surfaces of back teeth with an interdental brush or single toothbrush. You can pour the gel into the cover of the packaging, where you can dip a brush. Apply gel on clean back teeth, because there is the most risky area for development of caries. Do not rinse it with water after use. One application per day before sleep is often enough. Read more