Category Archives: Pediatric Dentistry

ARE YOU UNDER BIG STRESS AND HAVE PAINFUL GUM ULCERS?

What is acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis?

Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis is a disease of periodontal tissues, characterized by destruction of the gum tissue at tooth’s necks, particularly in spaces between teeth. It can be extremely painful. Affected gums are yellow or white in the areas near tooth. Bleeding is also possible, specially if the zellowish white coat is removed from the gum surface. Potential accompanying symptoms are fever, bad breath and swollen lymph nodes. 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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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

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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ARE SWIMMING POOLS HARMFUL TO YOUR TEETH?

Can pool water stain your teeth?

The optimum pH of the pool water is between 7.2 to 7.6 (nautral pH). Substances can be dissolved in the acidic environment and they become solid again in alkaline environment. In the pool water calcium and other minerals rather strengthen enamel, than dissolve it. High pH of pool water in combination with antimicrobial substances can form hard yellow or brown coating mainly on front teeth. This often occurs in professional swimmers who train in the pool for several hours per week. Such coverings can be removed by a dentist. Their formation can be repeated, so regular dental visits are recommended. Read more

SPARKLING MINERAL WATER

Is sparkling mineral water harming your teeth?

Carbonated mineral water contains carbon dioxide and some also variety of flavoring agents and colors. Unlike some other carbonated beverages (Coca Cola, etc.). Sparkling water still has acidic pH due to carbonation, which occurs when adding carbon dioxide into pure water. In some studies has been measured a pH between 3 and 4, which is near the acidity of an orange juice. The addition of gaseous carbon dioxide into the pure water initiates the formation of carbonic acid, which lowers the pH of the drink. Carbon dioxide is the source of bubbles in a sparkling drink. These drinks can have an adverse effect on teeth and can cause erosion of enamel, if it is consumed several times a day. Flavored sparkling water can have even bigger erosive effect on teeth than orange juice, which is considered very erosive. Read more

WHY DO WE HAVE SALIVA?

Did you ever wonder, what contains our saliva?

The saliva is mainly composed of water. Remaining components are also the electrolytes and organic substances.

Why is saliva important?

Digestion Digestion of food starts in the mouth. Saliva contains the enzyme amylase, which has the capability of degradation of carbohydrates. Saliva also contains mucus, which makes it easier to swallow food. Partially digested food enters the esophagus and travels to the stomach, where digestion continues. Softer food is easier to swallow. Read more

PLAQUE DISCLOSING TABLETS

Do you think, your teeth are clean, if you do not see anything on them?

Many people believe teeth are clean, if they do not see anything on them. But this is not so simple. Millions of bacteria are found on the surfaces of the teeth in a form of dental plaque, that is invisible to our eye. Visual becomes after a few days of bad oral hygiene, because the plaque thickness with time. Read more