Invisalign Attachments: Why They Fall off and Why You Need to Call Your Dentist Immediately
12 December 2016
For some Invisalign patients, it is necessary for a dentist to employ handles, or buttons, along with the usual treatment. These attachments aid in the movement of teeth by serving as anchorage points on certain teeth. Generally square or rectangular-shaped, these attachments make it possible for your Invisalign aligners to move certain segments of teeth while keeping others in place. These buttons also give your aligners more surface area on which to grip as they move your teeth.
3 Tips for Treating Denture-Related Stomatitis
30 November 2016
Denture-related stomatitis is a common condition affecting up to 70% of denture wearers. It is characterised by redness, soreness and inflammation of the gums under the dentures and is generally caused by a build-up of Candida, a fungus that is usually harmless to healthy people at normal levels. Many denture wearers are unaware that they have denture stomatitis, with the condition only discovered during a routine examination. However, for others, the infection can be painful, and for this reason, it is often termed 'denture sore mouth'.
Smoking After an Extraction: How to Smoke Without Getting Dry Socket
17 November 2016
For smokers, getting a tooth extracted comes with an additional challenge. You are faced with the glaring questions: When is it okay to smoke? When is it safe? While most dentists recommend waiting at least 48 hours before smoking, for some smokers, this may be too long.
However, if you are unable to refrain from smoking for 48 hours, you run the risk of dry socket. Dry socket, as the name suggests, occurs when the blood clot that forms after an extraction either dissolves or is dislodged.
Swiss Army Teeth: 6 Ways You Treat Your Teeth Like Tools and Why You Need to Stop
25 October 2016
It can be tempting to treat your teeth like Swiss Army Knives, especially when you are young and bold. As a child, you make short work of sweet wrappers, and can easily crush even the biggest gobstoppers into dust with a victorious grin. Later, with most or even all your teeth intact, gobstoppers evolve into pencils, beer bottle caps and even finger nails. And why not? Your teeth are composed of the hardest substance in the human body: enamel.