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Making a bite: The problems behind dental occlusion analysed

It’s a phrase that’s probably not an everyday term, but dental occlusion is something that affects a surprising amount of people. To put it in simple terms, it refers to the process where your teeth don’t fit together properly – your ‘bite’ just isn’t ‘right’. Fortunately, this is a condition which can be treated relatively simply. While a dentist will usually have to be spoken to first, there are occasions where something as simple as altering your diet can resolve the problem relatively quickly. As you might imagine, it’s a problem which can be caused by multiple issues. Speak to any Reading orthodontist and they would real off several possible reasons, as we take a look at four of the most common to get to the bottom of your bad bite. Cause #1 – Your teeth Unsurprisingly, there’s every chance that it’s just your teeth which are causing the problem. In short, those teeth which are out of line will naturally not come together properly – although there are other teeth-related problems. For example, those people who tend to have frequent toothache are unlikely to have a perfect bite, while anyone who has experienced multiple fillings or loose crowns is […]

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Keeping little teeth clean: It all starts with the toothpaste

Few parents will disagree; teaching your child to brush their teeth on a consistent basis is easier said than done. On most occasions there will be tears, tantrums and everything else involved in avoiding the habit. In simple terms, it’s just something that a little person doesn’t want to do. While we could mull over all of the techniques to make the “convincing process” easier, we’ll leave that to the parenting experts. Instead, we’re going to look at the role of toothpaste and how this is crucially important in developing young teeth. Sure, the previous sentence may sound obvious, but some of the facts regarding infant toothpaste aren’t well-documented yet can make life of the parent easier. It’s something that the children’s dentist Great Portland Street, London would back up and that in itself highlights just how this information simply must be taken into account. Let’s now take a look at some of these toothpaste-tips for young children. There’s no such thing as a “children’s toothpaste brand” Let’s get one of the common misconceptions out of the way first, there’s no such thing as a “children’s toothpaste brand.” In fact, while we aren’t going to name any names, there are […]

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Clean eating: Your teeth are what you eat

It’s something of a cliché, but when it comes to your teeth few would disagree with the notion that “you are what you eat”. While a solid dental routine is obviously going to cover you, if you can couple this with a diet that isn’t going to wreak havoc for your teeth then you’re onto a winner. For children, who are seemingly more susceptible to problems, this is even more crucial. This Children’s dentist in Meath has highlighted how important eating the right foods can be for infants and we have therefore created the following guide. Of course, it’s going to be relevant for any adult who wants to take care of their teeth as well. Rather than concentrate on all of the sugary foods which are renowned to be detrimental to your teeth, we’ll instead take a look at some of the foods which can actually benefit you from a dental point of view. Here goes. Carrots The old saying might be that carrots make you see in the dark, but you shouldn’t forget their power in relation to your teeth as well. While the fibre-factor with carrots is obviously important, the very fact that they are crunchy can […]

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Why you must start flossing

From an early age, we are taught the importance of looking after our teeth. It becomes a daily routine to brush our teeth, something that we don’t even think about, and it’s a routine that stays with us throughout our lives. It is an important part of personal health, for teeth serve a very important purpose: without them, eating your favourite meals would be very difficult! Teeth can decay easily if they are not looked after, which results in the need to have fillings or extraction. So, what can we do to make sure we have healthy, clean teeth? We’ve already mentioned how important regular brushing is, but have you considered flossing? It is highly recommended by dentists, and many believe it should be a vital part of your daily routine. Even if you have a busy schedule – perhaps you are a full-time student, a doctor or any of many people who are hard-pressed to find the time – you really should take a little extra time to start using dental floss, and for good reason. About Plaque and Tartar While a good toothbrush is a necessity, brushing will inevitably miss some of the harder to find scraps of […]

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Is it Possible to Regrow Teeth Enamel?

According to the National Institutes of Health the most prevalent form of chronic disease is tooth decay. Janet Moradian-Oldak at USC has  investigated methods to regrow tooth enamel which is a difficult undertaking as tooth enamel is not a living tissue. She collaborated with Sauma Prajapati and others to investigate matrix metalloproteinase-20, an enzyme found only in teeth which facilitate organized enamel crystal formation. Her team is the first to define the function of an enzyme for preventing protein occlusion inside a crystal. MMP-20 is released at a very early stage of enamel formation. MMP-20 chops up proteins during the crystallization of enamel. Together with other enzymes, it gets rid of ‘sludge’ so the enamel making cells in the body can add more mineral and make enamel, the hardest bioceramic in the human body. The team also looked an amelogenin-chitosan hydrogel which could repair early tooth decay by growing an enamel-like layer that reduces lesions by up to 70%. The team feels that MMP-20 can help in understanding the mechanisms of enamel formation and help in dental restoration and repair. The researchers feel that one day it may be possible for people to use an overnight mouth guard or teeth strips saturated with hydrogel to regrow enamel-like substances […]

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