• 21 JUL 16
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    How to keep your teeth clean

    How to keep your teeth clean

    Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for about two minutes to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy.   Plaque is a film of bacteria that coats your teeth if you don’t brush them properly. It contributes to gum disease and tooth decay. Tooth brushing stops plaque building up. Try to make sure you brush every surface of all your

    • 16 JUN 16
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    Whitening: 5 things to know about getting a brighter smile

    Whitening: 5 things to know about getting a brighter smile

    Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When you asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response

    • 16 JUN 16
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    What problems could develop with a dental crown?

    What problems could develop with a dental crown?

    Discomfort or sensitivity- Your newly crowned tooth may be sensitive immediately after the procedure as the anesthesia begins to wear off. If the tooth that has been crowned still has a nerve in it, you may experience some heat and cold sensitivity. Your dentist may recommend that you brush teeth with toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

    • 16 JUN 16
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    What steps are involved in preparing a tooth for a crown?

    What steps are involved in preparing a tooth for a crown?

    Preparing a tooth for a crown usually requires two visits to the dentist — the first step involves examining and preparing the tooth, the second visit involves placement of the permanent crown.   First Visit: Examining and preparing the tooth.   At the first visit in preparation for a crown, your dentist may take a

    • 16 JUN 16
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    What types of crowns are available?

    What types of crowns are available?

    Permanent crowns can be made from stainless steel, all metal (such as gold or another alloy), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all ceramic.   Stainless steel crowns are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent teeth primarily as a temporary measure. The crown protects the tooth or filling while a permanent crown is made from another

    • 15 JUN 16
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    How wisdom teeth are removed

    How wisdom teeth are removed

    Your dentist may remove your wisdom teeth or they may refer you to a specialist surgeon for hospital treatment.   Before the procedure, you’ll usually be given a local anaesthetic injection to numb the area around the tooth. You’ll feel some pressure just before the tooth is removed, as your dentist or oral surgeon needs to widen

    • 15 JUN 16
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    Why are wisdom teeth removed?

    Why are wisdom teeth removed?

    Your wisdom teeth don’t usually need to be removed if they’re impacted but aren’t causing any problems. This is because there’s no proven benefit of doing this and it carries the risk of complications.   Sometimes, wisdom teeth that have become impacted or haven’t fully broken through the surface of the gum can cause dental problems. Food and

    • 15 JUN 16
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    What to do following an extraction – Main questions

    What to do following an extraction – Main questions

    I’ve had my tooth out – what should I do now?   Take it easy for the rest of the day. Take as little exercise as you can, and rest as much as you can. Keep your head up to avoid any bleeding.   What precautions should I take?   Avoid hot food or drinks

    • 15 JUN 16
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    After you’ve had a tooth pulled

    After you’ve had a tooth pulled

    Following an extraction, your dentist will send you home to recover. Recovery typically takes a few days. The following can help minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed recovery.   Take painkillers as prescribed.   Bite firmly but gently on the gauze pad placed by your dentist to reduce bleeding and allow a

    • 15 JUN 16
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    What to expect with tooth extraction

    What to expect with tooth extraction

    Dentists and oral surgeons (dentists with special training to perform surgery) perform tooth extractions. Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth pulled or if a tooth is impacted, your

    • 15 JUN 16
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    Reasons for pulling teeth

    Reasons for pulling teeth

    Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.   Other reasons include:   A crowded mouth. Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the