Teeth And Tears: Dental Dramas Of A School Nurse

4 Practical Ideas to Prepare Your Child For a Dental Filling Procedure

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Practical Ideas to Prepare Your Child For a Dental Filling Procedure

Dealing with a child during a dental filling procedure can be a daunting task, even for a dentist who is nice with kids. As a parent, you will need to prepare your child adequately so that they can learn that although the procedure is quite invasive, it is painless. For a parent, watching the dental filling can be a nerve-racking affair as you are forced to witness the drilling and poking of your child’s teeth. Here are some tips to help you calm your child’s nerves and lessen that dental phobia.  Role-Playing and Simulation – Prior to the appointment date, role-play with your child and let them be in charge. Have all the gear available to simulate the situation as accurately as possible. You can let the child be the dentist, and you play the patient. Switch the roles to familiarise the kid with the perspective of the patient. Role-playing and simulation are the safest and most effective ways of preparing the child for the dental procedure. Composure — The whole dental filling procedure is not for the weak-hearted. Therefore, the parent who accompanies the child to the dentist should be comfortable with this procedure. If you exhibit any signs of fear in front of your kid, they will replicate your demeanor. A calm parent assures the child that all will be well even if that is not usually the case. If the sight of blood, needles, and probing is not your cup of tea, then you better let your partner take over. Oral Sedative and Laughing Gas — Kids can be very anxious, especially if this procedure is being performed for the very first time. Anxiety can breed panic, causing the kid to be aggressive, and thus, they may put the whole process in disarray. An oral sedative is appropriate for young children because it does not have that strong punch that can be detrimental to them. As for older children, the dentist can administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to alleviate anxiety, allowing the dental filling procedure to run smoothly. These substances also numb the pain associated with this procedure. Toys — It can be helpful when you give your child their favorite toy to cuddle during the entire procedure. The toy offers a sense of security and familiarity that the dentist or parent cannot provide when the child needs them most. Ensure that the toy is appropriate for the child’s age. Also, note that this trick might not work on children who have long discarded their favorite toys. As such, you may be forced to pull another trick from your...

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How to Look More Polished

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Look More Polished

If you’re fed up of looking permanently frazzled, read on for some tips on how to create a more polished and put-together look. It’s easier than you think; just a couple of simple changes to your personal grooming routine can have a hugely positive effect on your appearance. Treat yourself to regular manicures and pedicures Your hands are one of the few parts of your body that are always on display. During the warmer months of the year, your feet too, will be on show to the world most of the time. As such, it pays to put some extra time and money into looking after your finger and toenails. Few things look worse than scraggly cuticles and misshapen, discoloured nails; even if you put a lot of effort into creating a flattering outfit and hairstyle, this seemingly-small feature can spoil the entire look. Conversely, a simple outfit can suddenly seem much more elegant if you have a tasteful French manicure or a pop of bold red polish on neatly-shaped nails. Whilst it’s certainly possible to take care of these areas of your body at home, getting professional manicures and pedicures is a nice way to treat yourself. Whichever option you decide to go for, make sure the treatment includes exfoliation (to remove dead skin cells), nail buffing and shaping, and a cuticle massage (preferably done using a nourishing oil, such as almond or coconut). Have your teeth whitened Although daily brushing is of course, an essential part of personal grooming, it’s not always enough to give you that put-together appearance. If you smoke for instance, or love to drink coffee and red wine, brushing alone won’t stave off that unsightly, yellow staining that these activities cause. Even if you’re fortunate enough to have straight, healthy teeth, you’re unlikely to look very polished if they’re noticeably discoloured. In such cases, it’s best to book an appointment with a dentist that specialises in teeth-whitening. Whilst you can buy an at-home whitening kit, the results that this type of product produces are often disappointing; cosmetic dentistry practices have medical-grade products that can deliver a much more dramatic effect, lightening the colour of your teeth by several shades in just one or two sessions. For more information on cosmetic dentistry, contact a local dentist. Take care of your clothing Many people assume that if they want to look well-groomed, they must spend a small fortune on expensive, designer-label clothing. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The key to achieving that ‘effortlessly’ chic look is to spend a bit of time taking care of your clothing and removing any items from your wardrobe that are irreparably stained, or have lost their shape. There are a couple of inexpensive products that will greatly improve the appearance of your garments; a lint roller, to remove hair and fluff from darker-coloured items and a basic sewing kit, to repair loose buttons and broken zips. It’s also worth finding a good tailor, who will be able to tweak your existing clothes so that they fit your individual body shape better. One or two minor alterations done by a talented tailor can transform a mediocre garment into one that makes you appear taller, slimmer and more...

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Dentures Versus Implants – A Comparison

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dentures Versus Implants – A Comparison

If you’ve suffered multiple tooth loss, you’ll be faced with the choice of dentures or implants in order to repair your smile.  But how do the two options compare and what’s best for you?  Read on for a helpful point by point comparison. Dentures There are a number of advantages to having dentures fitted including, having dentures fitted is a completely non-invasive process and consequently there is no recovery time required dentures are easily customisable dentures are easily replaced dentures can be removed when required dentures are generally less expensive than implants Although there are undoubtedly plenty of pros to wearing dentures, there are also some cons to bear in mind including, dentures are not secure and can move around when you are speaking or eating the fitting process can be lengthy, requiring multiple visits to your dental prosthetist dentures require special care and cleaning dentures can have a rather unnatural appearance as you become older, your lips and mouth can shrink, meaning that your dentures will cease to fit properly and you’ll have to have them replaced Implants Dental implants are more permanent in nature than removable dentures and have other advantages including, implants can be used to replace individual teeth as well as groups of teeth implants look completely natural and are crafted to match your existing teeth dental implants can be cared for just like your natural teeth and require no special cleaning dental implants can help to strengthen the bone in your jaw by improving blood flow dental implants feel totally natural, just like your own teeth implants are designed to last a lifetime and should not require replacement or adjustment once they have been fitted Implants also have a few disadvantages including, the procedure to fit implants involves surgery, which can present a risk there is a lengthy healing process following implants and complications can arise dental implants tend to be more costly to have fitted than traditional dentures if you lost your teeth following trauma to your face or disease that resulted in damage to your jawbone, it may not be possible to have implants fitted In summary Both dentures and implants present advantages and disadvantages.  If you have lost several single teeth, implants may be the best choice for you.  They look and feel just like your natural teeth and are simple to care for, although they can be expensive, depending on how many you need.  However, if you don’t like the idea of invasive surgery and would prefer a cheaper option for multiple tooth loss, removable dentures could be the best solution for you. Have a chat with your dentist or dental prosthetist for more advice and information on which option would best suit your...

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Worried That Your Teeth Look Too Sharp? Here’s What You Can Do

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Worried That Your Teeth Look Too Sharp? Here’s What You Can Do

Do you feel that your teeth look too sharp? If this is something you worry about, it’s probably your cuspid teeth that are causing concern. Your cuspid teeth can also be known as canine teeth, and sometimes it might feel like there is something just a little bit too animal-like about these pointy teeth. It’s not particularly complicated for your dentist to change the appearance of these teeth. Since the shape of your cuspids don’t generally have any impact on your overall dental health, having their appearance changed is considered to be cosmetic dentistry. So what are your options when it comes to reshaping teeth you might not be happy with? Contouring The simplest and most inexpensive option when it comes to reshaping your cuspid teeth is a process known as dental contouring. It might not sound particularly pleasant, but it shouldn’t result in any discomfort. Your dentist will simply file a tiny amount of the tooth away using a small handheld buffer, giving the teeth a more rounded appearance. The whole process is very quick and the results are immediate. There are a couple of things that your dentist will need to do to ensure that you’re a candidate for dental contouring. An x-ray might be needed. This is so your dentist can check the precise location of the dental pulp for the teeth in question. The pulp is the tissue and nerves in the centre of the tooth, and your dentist just needs to check to what degree the tooth can be contoured without exposing this dental pulp. Exposing the pulp can result in pain and discomfort, and can leave your teeth more susceptible to periodontal disease. Your dentist will also want to check the overall health of the teeth to be reshaped, as well as any surrounding teeth. The contouring is an abrasive (though painless) procedure and the vibrations might damage a tooth that already has an untreated cavity. In a worst case scenario, it might simply be that your dentist will treat the cavity before reshaping the tooth. Veneers If you’re not a candidate for dental contouring, your dentist might suggest veneers. This is when a tiny amount of the tooth is filed off, essentially preparing its surface for the actual veneer. The veneer is a durable porcelain composite that is bonded to the front of the tooth, improving its appearance and essentially hiding the problematic pointy end of the cuspid. It’s generally more expensive and time-consuming than dental contouring, so it should perhaps only be an option when contouring is not possible for any reason. So if you’ve ever considered changing the appearance of your cuspid teeth, it’s interesting to know that it doesn’t have to be so difficult....

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Picking Your Mouthguard for Contact Sports

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Picking Your Mouthguard for Contact Sports

Martial arts are a fantastic way to get fit and healthy. However many injuries occur because people fail to wear the correct safety gear, which can lead to prolonged periods where training is difficult or even impossible. Taking care of yourself should be the number one priority of any young fighter and investing in a quality mouthguard will reduce the risk of injury to your teeth and gums. There are many different companies that produce mouthguards; some are customised to fit your mouth, some are covered in crazy designs and some are just unsuitable for use.  When Do I need a Mouthguard? Mouthguards are required for contact sports when the risk of impact to the head is high. All contact sports such as judo, kickboxing, American football and rugby require a mouthguard, as well as many other sports where even trauma to the mouth can cause the head to snap back.  What Type Should I Get? Always go for the best mouthguard you can afford and preferably one that has been approved by the Australian Dental Association. The two most popular choices are custom fit mouthguards and boil and bite guards. The ADA recommends custom fit guards as they are precisely moulded to fit your teeth and gums with minimal movement. These types of mouthguard, whilst expensive are far superior and worth the investment if you plan on using them frequently. They are often made by dental professionals who get you to bite down hard on a special type of dental putty, this is then used to make a mould which can be coloured to suit your style. These mouthguards usually take a week or so to make because they have to be personally constructed. These are highly recommended for boxing and kickboxing in which trauma to the teeth, gums and jaw is expected. The second type of mouthguard is much cheaper and can be purchased from any good sports shop. However even if you have a custom fit guard it’s always a good idea to keep one of these handy for emergencies. Retailing at approximately $15-$20 they are a cheap but worthwhile investment. Boil and bites are still moulded to your own mouth but they are not as durable and can often slip out of place. To make them you must place them in freshly boiled water for a few minutes before cooling them under the tap for a couple of seconds. Then you place them in your mouth and use suction to vacuum pack them into your gums and teeth. After a minute or so you cool them off and they are ready to...

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Learn About the Process For Getting Braces

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Learn About the Process For Getting Braces

Orthodontic treatment allows you to have straight teeth without gaps and to fix any bite issues you have. It can sometimes be scary before you go in for braces, so here are some things to know about the process in order to become more familiar with it and ease your anxiety. The Exam and X-Rays The first step of getting braces is to have your initial examination and x-rays. Even if you have already had x-rays from your regular dentist, you will likely need to go to the orthodontist’s office and have more x-rays done before the consultation. There are different types of x-rays often performed, including cephalometric and panoramic x-rays. The panoramic ones are full mouth x-rays that look at all the teeth, bone structures, and jaw. With the cephalometric x-ray, it is looking at the head with a profile view. Together, the x-rays determine what type of orthodontic treatment you need and how best to move your teeth to improve your jaw and teeth. Getting the Braces On After your exam and x-rays, you will return to the orthodontist to have the braces put on your teeth. A special bonding is used to first place the brackets on each of the teeth, which shouldn’t cause pain, but might be a little uncomfortable. You will then have the wire placed between each bracket, which is where some of the discomfort comes in as the wire is being tightened. You might also have elastic bands around the brackets to secure the wire to the brackets. Expect to be a little sore for a few days, but you will soon get used to the feeling. Return For Adjustments When you have braces put on is not the only time you need to see the orthodontist. You will return every couple months so they can take more x-rays, see how the results are coming along, and make adjustments as needed. When your teeth start to shift, these adjustments allow the braces to continue moving your teeth and jaw to what will eventually be their new position. The adjustments can be a little uncomfortable since the wires are being tightened, but just like when they were first put on, it lasts a short period of time. The amount of time you have to wear your braces depends on how much alignment work needs to be done. Large gaps, overlapping teeth, and deep overbites typically require wearing them for a little longer. When you go to have the braces removed, keep in mind you might be asked to wear a retainer for a while to keep your new tooth...

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Tips for Helping Your Schizophrenic Relative with Physical and Dental Health Issues

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Helping Your Schizophrenic Relative with Physical and Dental Health Issues

It’s difficult watching a relative deal with the problems schizophrenia creates for them. Medication may be working well to manage their symptoms, but medication can have horrible side effects. These effects can place them at increased risk of other health issues. If you’re helping your relative to manage their illness, you might be wondering what you can do to help them with their overall health. These tips should help. Poor Hygiene People with schizophrenia can struggle with organisation, and while medication can help, it can also cause tiredness, reducing their motivation to care for themselves. This can lead to issues with poor personal hygiene. If this is the case with your relative, you can help by making them a checklist of activities that they should do every day. Add brushing teeth, showering and getting dressed to the list. Get them to check off the activities as they’ve done them. Try to encourage them to do these at the same time daily to help establish a routine. Taking care of hygiene can help give your relative some confidence and boost their self-esteem. It will also help them to build social relationships, allowing them to get back to some normality. Dental Health The antipsychotic medication your relative takes can have side effects that contribute to poor dental health. A common side effect of some medication is dry mouth. The lack of saliva increases the chances of bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. It can be difficult for schizophrenics to remember to schedule regular dental appointments and here’s where you can help. Make sure you register them with your family dentist and set reminders to make sure they attend regular checkups. Ensure that they tell the dentist about their medication. You can also encourage them to drink water regularly and chew sugar-free gum to help combat the effects of a dry mouth. Incontinence The risk of suffering incontinence is increased by some antipsychotic drugs. This can be a big problem in older people. If this is an issue for your relative, consult with their doctor about a change of medication or an adjustment of the dose. If this isn’t a possibility, then strengthening the pelvic floor muscles using Kegel exercises can help. Speak to a physiotherapist about starting a strengthening programme. There may also be additional medications that can help with the issue. Weight Gain Some antipsychotic medicines can lead to obesity in patients taking them by increasing appetite and causing tiredness. Weight gain is one of the biggest health challenges that people with schizophrenia face. It can also lead to secondary problems such as diabetes. The risk of diabetes may also be increased by certain medications due to their effect on insulin action within the muscle. Help your relative by encouraging a change in lifestyle — eating differently and exercising can assist them with this. Seeing a dietician can be a good start in helping them to re-educate themselves about food. Taking a brisk walk with your relative daily for 30 – 40 minutes will provide a good daily workout and should contribute to making a...

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Why Tooth Coloured Fillings Would Be Ideal For You

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Tooth Coloured Fillings Would Be Ideal For You

In years past, the material most commonly used for fillings was metal amalgam. Over time though, more and more people are also considering the aesthetics of these fillings, leading to the growth in popularity of tooth coloured fillings. These types of fillings are made of a durable composite resin that is customised by your cosmetic dentist to match the shade of your natural teeth. The result is a filling that is virtually impossible to detect, hence restoring the aesthetics of your teeth. The following are some of the reasons why tooth coloured fillings would be ideal for you. Tooth coloured fillings are long lasting One of the main advantages of tooth coloured fillings is that they are extremely durable. By carrying out the proper maintenance procedures, you can be assured that your fillings will serve you for a significant time to come. In addition to this, it is recommended to set regular dental appointments so that the dentist may spot any signs of wear and tear as they occur. This will ensure they are caught in time and remedied before they can affect the entire filling. More of your tooth structure is salvaged With metal fillings, the cosmetic dentist will have to remove a significant amount of your tooth’s structure. This is to ensure there is significant room for the silver amalgam that will be inserted into the tooth. The composite resin of tooth coloured fillings is malleable. Therefore, all the dentist needs to do is insert it and mould it into the exposed parts of the tooth that were extracted due to the infection. If the infected parts are minimal, you can rest assured that there will be a significant amount of your natural tooth remaining to provide support and maintain the overall structure of your tooth. Tooth coloured fillings do not react to temperature changes One of the disadvantages of metal fillings is that they conduct heat. As such, when your mouth experiences temperature changes from the beverages and foods you ingest, the metal fillings have a propensity of expanding and contracting. This perpetual expansion and contraction will eventually play a toll on the fillings and they may need to become replaced over time. The expansion and contraction of the metal can also make the affected teeth weak and this makes them susceptible to injury. Since tooth coloured fillings are made from a composite resin, they are non-reactive to the temperature changes. This makes them a more suitable alternative when it comes to the preservation of your teeth’s inherent...

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Managing Excessive Saliva in Pregnancy: How Your Dental Hygiene Routine Can Help

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Managing Excessive Saliva in Pregnancy: How Your Dental Hygiene Routine Can Help

Some women suffer from an increase in the amount of saliva they produce in their mouths during pregnancy. Known as ptyalism or hypersalivation, this condition often comes hand in hand with morning sickness and often goes away when you get over your morning sickness. While producing too much saliva won’t do you – or your baby – any harm, this can be an extremely unpleasant condition in itself, which may also make your morning sickness worse by increasing your nausea. While there is no specific treatment for this kind of excessive saliva production, your daily dental hygiene routine may help you get it under some control. Brushing and Flossing May Help Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is an important part of a good dental hygiene routine. This routine may also help control the amount of saliva you produce. For example, brushing your teeth may help reduce the amount of saliva that comes into your mouth, especially if you use a mint-flavoured toothpaste. This may, at the very least, give you some temporary relief from excess saliva. Using a minty toothpaste may also be useful if your saliva tastes bad and makes you feel more nauseous, as it may make your mouth taste fresher. You may find that it helps to brush your teeth more than twice a day to get some additional relief. For example, it may help to add a midday brush to your dental care routine. If you’re finding that your saliva flow is making eating uncomfortable for you, then it may also help to brush your teeth before you eat a meal. Warning: You do need to be careful when you brush your teeth to avoid damaging them. Your teeth start to deal with acids and sugars directly after you’ve eaten. This process makes your tooth enamel temporarily weaker. It’s best to wait a minimum of 30 minutes after eating before you brush your teeth after a meal. Consider Using a Mouthwash People who suffer from hypersalivation outside of pregnancy may be advised to use an alcohol-based mouthwash after they’ve brushed their teeth. The alcohol in these kinds of mouthwashes helps dry up your mouth, adding to the positive effects of brushing on salivation.   You may not, however, be happy to use a mouthwash that contains alcohol when you’re pregnant. While some people believe that this kind of product has no effects on your baby because you don’t swallow the mouthwash, others, such as the NHS, believe that you should avoid using alcohol-based mouthwashes when you’re pregnant. Before coming to a decision, it’s worth asking your dentist for advice. Your dentist may be able to recommend safe or alcohol-free products that may also help control your saliva production. In some cases, hypersalivation may be a side effect of gum problems, so your dentist can also check over your gums to make sure that they aren’t contributing to your saliva...

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Top tips for new mums recovering from root canal treatment

Posted by on Apr 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top tips for new mums recovering from root canal treatment

As a pregnant woman or new mum, it’s easy to neglect your dental health in favour of focussing on the demands of your new baby. Looking after your teeth is vital to maintaining your health, so it is important to prioritise dental treatment as a new mum. To ensure a quick recovery so that you can keep up with the demands of parenting a newborn, check out these top tips for new mums recovering from root canal treatment. Go easy on the tooth After your initial and subsequent root canal treatment visits, your tooth and gums may feel tender, irritated or inflamed. Give your tooth a break in between root canal visits and resist the temptation to chew on the tooth until your root canal treatment has been completed. While it is easy to neglect your dental routine when you are knee-deep in laundry and nappies, it is important that you maintain your routine dental care after your root canal treatment with regular tooth brushing and flossing. If your tooth or gum is sensitive to brush, just give it a gentle clean. In between visits for your root canal treatment, your tooth will have a temporary filling that may be difficult to floss around, so take care when flossing and discontinue if you feel the floss snag or get wedged on the affected tooth. Let your dentist know if you have had any trouble brushing or flossing at your next visit. Prepare soft foods ahead of time As a new mum who is short on time and energy, it’s easy to choose hard or crunchy quick meal options such as toast, apples, carrot sticks, and perhaps a little hard candy treat. If can find the time prior to your root canal treatment visits, prepare some nutritious, soft meals ahead of time and pop portions in the freezer. This way, you’ll only have to worry about reheating a meal after your root canal treatment, and won’t try to settle for foods that may damage your tooth. Alternatively, ask supportive friends or family members to deliver a home-cooked meal after your treatment appointments- it’s a great way to make them feel involved and helpful after the birth of your child. Manage your discomfort and pain You shouldn’t suffer from significant pain or discomfort after your root canal treatment appointment, and if you do it is important to contact your dentist for expert advice. A little discomfort and pain from is normal- the tooth and gums are tender from the procedure, and there may be some inflammation of tissues that have been irritated during the treatment. Pain and discomfort can be temporarily treated with an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or aspirin. If you are breastfeeding it is important to confirm that any medication is breastfeeding-friendly with your dentist and chemist prior to consumption. For more information and advice on how new mums can successfully recover from root canal treatment, contact your local dentist (or visit sites like...

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