Caring for teeth with braces

Want straight teeth? Braces are one of the most popular ways to go. This orthodontic appliance is usually placed in patients ages 12 to 15 to correct crooked or overcrowded teeth. “The benefits of braces are many,” said Kevin Sheu, DDS, Delta Dental senior dental consultant. “Straight teeth, an attractive smile, improved dental function and,…

Confused about the Different Types of Toothpastes?

If you look at the range of toothpaste available at your local supermarket or chemist then it’s easy to become confused and overwhelmed by the choice. Should you go for fluoride toothpaste or perhaps something that offers tartar control, whatever that is? Even though the choice might seem bewildering it’s easy to narrow it down…

Common questions about cosmetic dentistry

Does bleaching damage the teeth? No. When carbamide peroxide, the active whitening agent, contacts water, hydrogen peroxide is released which whitens the teeth. Bleaching does not soften, demineralize or weaken the teeth.   Do over-the-counter bleaching products work? There is some evidence that over-the-counter bleaching products do whiten teeth, however, many of the products are…

Tooth Regeneration Gel Could Replace Painful Fillings

THE GIST – A new gel could soon eliminate painful fillings and root canals. – The technology doesn’t prevent cavities; it heals teeth by regenerating them. – Although this is good news for teeth, the research could also be applied to heal bones and other tissues in the body. Dentists could soon hang up their…

Teen gives illicit dental services

An enterprising 17-year-old girl, who is waiting for her SPM results, was caught offering illicit services – in dentistry, Harian Metro reported. She learnt how to carry out procedures by watching YouTube and also from a friend studying to become a dentist. The main suspect was detained with her cousin, 24, and two assistants for…

Test Your Dental Knowledge: What is Your Dental IQ?

Don’t eat copious amounts of candy, brush your teeth, visit the dentist. We are all lucky to have been raised in a society where the basic pieces of advice have steered us toward dental health. You probably would not be surprised to know that aside from the basics, many people don’t really know much else…

How is Laser Whitening Different from Ordinary Tooth Whitening?

Laser tooth whitening is a tooth bleaching treatment that is often carried out at your dental surgery, although nowadays it’s possible to purchase a home whitening kit that includes a special light. The process uses hydrogen peroxide gel, or carbamide peroxide gel if you’re using a kit at home. The bleaching gel is a carefully…

Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia

Dental anxiety is very common and is described as the feeling of being nervous or afraid of going to the dentist. Common fears include fear of dental pain, loss of control, the clinical environment, and needle phobia. Dentists are used to treating nervous patients and have a range of solutions for making the visit easier,…

[Video]: What is a Cavity?

Caries means rotten or foulness in Latin. Dental caries, also known as cavity, refers to a decayed or rotting portion of a tooth; Caries is a tooth disease caused by bacteria and leeds often to tooth ache. Source: http://www.checkdent.com/

Fluoride Fights Tooth Decay in Your Youngest Kids, AAP Says

Researchers say you should start flouride with baby’s first teeth Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but the good news is that it also preventable. Researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say using fluoride toothpaste, even as teeth are first emerging, is key to stopping cavities from forming. AAP recently…

Info-graphics: Dental Anxiety Scale

This chart shows the behaviors associated with the brain wave states. The brain waves to the Alpha level of 8-12 cycles per second where it is physically impossible to have an anxious response.