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Problems with dry mouth

Problems with dry mouth

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, is a state where there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. It is a condition that has multiple causes, and it is sometimes possible to treat it, or at least make the situation more comfortable. Saliva is important to keep the mouth moist and clean teeth. It neutralizes the acids produced by plaque and gets rid of dead cells that accumulate on the gums, cheeks and tongue. Saliva also prevents infection by reducing the number of bacteria and fungi in the mouth. And nutrition, saliva helps digest food by making them soft.

There are some problems that may arise from xerostomia:

1. The risk of gum disease increases when the mouth is dry;
2. The risk for cavities also increases because the saliva limit the growth of bacteria that is part of a clean food debris and plaque;
3. Saliva enhances the ability to drip and swallowing food and in addition, the enzymes in saliva help digest food; xerostomia compromises so food because it reduces the ability to appreciate and digest food ;
4. Have a dry mouth can also make it difficult to wear dentures (dentures and partials) because contact with the gums is painful when they are dry.

What reasons can people lose their teeth?

What reasons can people lose their teeth?

Tooth loss is an unhealthy condition and many people believe that something is inevitable when older. The truth is that one need not lose his teeth if we take good care during his entire life. The teeth help to savor the food and feed to maintain health.

By understanding why people might lose their teeth, it is possible to give attention to all of his oral health to keep his teeth healthy for life. Here are the main causes of tooth loss:

1. Poor oral hygiene increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Dentists advise brushing your teeth after every meal, or at least twice a day, and move the floss at least once a day. It is also recommended to consult their dentist every six months for a routine check and clean teeth.

2. Poor nutrition can ravage the teeth. Foods that contain lots of sugar and acids damage the teeth and gums. These regimes initiate decay. (more…)

Sensitive teeth, drink cold or hot !

Sensitive teeth, drink cold or hot !

Sensitive teeth pain? pain that pierces you? Teeth are a sensitive reaction to one or more teeth triggered by hot food, cold, sweet or sour and beverages. The pain may even be triggered simply by breathing through the mouth in cold weather. Sensitive teeth are not reserved for old age, often young people also know the feeling.

Dentists estimate that 15-30% of the population suffer from hypersensitivity. The painful tooth sensitivity due to cold temperatures and / or hot (food, beverages, air), should be carefully interpreted as a warning signal that the tooth roots, which are normally protected by the enamel hard or gums are exposed.

The tooth root may be exposed following the failure of the enamel coating of teeth, recession of the gums, gingivitis, plaque between teeth and gums, teeth cracked and / or grinding teeth. The best prevention for sensitive teeth is a good oral hygiene, regularly clean all your teeth and mouth using a toothbrush with soft bristles.

Action against sensitive teeth.

Above all, learn and practice the correct technique of brushing. When in doubt, your dentist or his assistant can tell you the proper technique. Second, use of toothbrushes that have only soft proven effective cleaning soft but perfect. Studies have shown that a soft toothbrush clean and protect teeth better than hard brushes. Thirdly, use a toothpaste with a low abrasion value (RDA level 25-50). If this value is not indicated on the package, contact the manufacturer and only use products that declare their level of abrasion.

Brushing Teeth

Brushing Teeth

More toothbrushes are soft, the better!

Too big, too thick, too hard, most toothbrushes generally have the same denominator. This also applies to toothbrushes “medium” marketing term that is often recommended, it is also true for most toothbrushes for children. Be sure to mention the brushes (soft ultra-soft) and in particular on the surface of the brush (small). Use a toothbrush extra soft, with little head about 2 cm long, and / or brush teeth Fresh isolated (Solo model).

Adopt new technology especially the strand tapered very significantly higher than that of regular strands.

The role of the toothbrush.

The main function of the toothbrush is to remove dental plaque, ie destroy the evolving structure of the film to make the mass of the plate harmless. A total elimination of the plate is not possible or desired, because a sterile mouth is extremely unhealthy. Only bacterial relatively thick layers and old cause cavities and gum inflammation. And of course, always brushing “pink to white!” Or, in the sense of the gum around the tooth.

Difference between the hair and the hair usually taper.

The revolution of the conical pile (Konex): 6 times end, he reaches the most extreme places in between the teeth that are responsible for 90% of caries, increases very significantly the surface cleaning and gives you comfort Special brushing!

Over 30% of children every day have some tooth chopped

Over 30% of children every day have some tooth chopped

The 31 percent of children who eat sweets every day have some chopped tooth, according to results of a study by Clinics Vital Dent, on dental hygiene habits of children Spanish, made with data from more than 2,000 children between six and 12 years.

Specifically, the study reveals that 43.6 percent said two or trinkets to take three times a week, 21.4 percent do it once a week, 20.1 percent took sweets from time to time, 13 percent have this habit on a daily basis, and 1.8 per incant not take these products ever.

As for the tooth brushing habits, the results of this survey also show that 88.46 percent of Spanish children said brushing teeth every day, while 11.4 percent do not recognize this periodicity . (more…)

Do You Care About Your Child’s Dental Health?

Do You Care About Your Child's Dental Health?

Have healthy teeth and beautiful is the desire of each person, but when we were kids we did not care about our teeth so that when we adults have a variety of dental health problems. We will provide guidance for good parents, who care about their child’s dental health.

Enemy of teeth.

As early lactation, even if the baby has been fed only breast milk, we find the first danger. “We must not forget that breast milk contains elements that sugar could eventually lead to a demineralization of enamel. But help is easy. Only there are the preventive measures of hygiene of the oral cavity after each shot.

After six months, the diet is diversified and the situation worsens. We are beginning to eat refined sugar and food of soft, sticky consistency due to stay longer in contact with the tooth surface and the bacterial attack is prolonged. The worst time for the consumption of these foods is undoubtedly the night, hence the importance of a good brushing is done before going to sleep.

After three years, begins the socialization of children. Starts going to school, to interact with other children, stop eating at home and disrupt their schedules and regular diet. At this stage, is when most are increased nutritional habits in children, such as consumption of sweets, pastries, soft drinks or sugary drinks.

Friends of teeth.

Nutritional information is as important as the instructions for good oral hygiene that we must never neglect, like visiting the dentist at least twice a year.

Why and How Dental Caries Formed?

Why and How Dental Caries Formed?

Knowing how to take care of your teeth is very important, but knowed why and how dental caries formed is something more important.

Caries is a transmissible infectious disease, the most common affecting the teeth, in which the acids produced by bacteria dissolve the teeth.

Some bacteria such as Streptococci mutans and Lactobacilli, can be transmitted, for example, from parents to children. These bacteria are cariogenic (which means decay-causing) and create a sticky film known as plaque on the surface of the teeth. The bacteria in plaque feed on fermentable carbohydrates and convert them into acids. Fermentable carbohydrates are sugars and other carbohydrates from food and drink, bacteria can ferment. The acids formed dissolve minerals such as calcium and phosphate from teeth. This process is called demineralization.

But tooth decay is not inevitable. Saliva carries food debris left in the mouth, neutralizes acids produced by plaque bacteria and provides calcium and phosphate to the teeth in a process known as remineralization. Saliva also acts as a reservoir for fluoride toothpaste or fluoridated water. Fluoride helps control remineralising tooth decay and inhibiting bacterial acid production, which reduces or stops the decay process.

Tooth decay only occurs when demineralisation exceeds remineralisation over a period of time.

Tooth Care: Dental sealants

Dental sealants
A good care of teeth includes a good oral hygiene with brushing teeth and flossing, using fluoride toothpastes, fed with low blood sugar and a healthy portion of milk (rich in calcium) and course, a periodic visit to the dentist.

Dental sealants, also known as sealants are thin plastic coatings that are placed on teeth to form a protective cover against cavities. The teeth of the children have small grooves that can not always be cleaned with a toothbrush, sealants cover these grooves and stay prevents food particles and germs.

It is a liquid that is applied to the tooth, the same which hardens quickly without causing discomfort or pain. The sealant protects the tooth up to 10 years, but it is always necessary to review to ensure that it is in good condition, otherwise apply more sealant.

Should apply only child has its permanent teeth, usually by 6 years of age, in some cases, dentists also apply the sealant in primary teeth with deep grooves. If the child has a small cavity and it has been applied to the sealer, there is no problem since the sealant will isolate it from germs and not be extended.

How to clean your child’s teeth?

 clean your child's teeth

Tips to clean your child’s teeth:

* Before tooth eruption jaws rims clean with gauze or clean soft cloth wrapped around his forefinger. This practice can
continue until the appearance of the first four teeth. Finger cots may then be made with latex or small brushes for children. The best place for the hygiene of the mouth is the place where diapers are changed typically after bath to incorporate hygiene of the mouth to the rest of the body.

* From 9 to 12 months and eight anterior teeth erupted and as the dentition is complete chewing cycle stabilizes. When the upper and lower teeth touch, the muscles of the jaws begin to learn new roles, the first movements are irregular as those seen during the early stages of any motor skill.

* From 12 to 24 months continues the development and maturation of the masticatory system to be completed within 30 months with the presence of 20 teeth in the mouth. It is important to avoid foods containing high percentage of
carbohydrates, adhere to teeth and are slow release. Oral hygiene in this period is without toothpaste, just wet the brush with water. The most important cleaning is done before bedtime.

* From 2 to 5 years the child completed his teeth and all care will focus on prevention and early diagnosis of dental
and disorders in the masticatory system that prevent the normal growth and development of the jaws. The child used to introduce the toothbrush hygiene habit to six years but the brushing should be completed by parents or responsible adults, they do not have enough motor skills to make a correct elimination of microbes attached to the teeth.

Tooth Care

Tooth Care

The mouth fulfills vital functions in humans. It is the first contact with the outside world, all the nutrients pass through
it.  The expressions of joy and sadness, and speech sounds are  produced with the activity of the tongue, lips, cheeks and successively with the changes wrought by the eruption of teeth.

Oral hygiene is the most effective preventive measure during early childhood. At age 6 the first permanent molar erupts behind the baby molars,  without replacing any of the 20 teeth in the mouth. Often, if  there is no discomfort, neither parents nor the child perceive their eruption.

The lower front teeth (central incisors) will refill in the same period and the fall of the first baby tooth attracts the attention of the child and family group who shares his way to the permanent dentition.

Since its correct location in the dental arch is organized the rest of the permanent dentition.

The first consultation of the dentist should be made from 12 months to assess the risk in the oral health of children, intercept potential problems and advise parents on the prevention of disease. Most children reach almost all the features of swallowing mature between 12 and 15 months.

Children may be at high or low risk of dental disease. The oral health status of parents and / or caregivers has implications on children’s oral health. Remember that dental caries is a infeción produced by microbes that are transmitted by adults to share forks, blowing food, cleaning the pacifier in her mouth, test the temperature of the bottle or kissing on the mouth.