What can make tooth decay worse?
The longer tooth decay goes untreated, the worse it gets. Continuing to have sugary food and drink, not brushing your teeth properly, not flossing and not drinking fluoridated water all can make tooth…
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
The length of dental implant surgery varies according to the number of implants and the type of surgery being performed. Your dentist will discuss all the details of your surgery, including the time i…
What is flossing?
Flossing is cleaning the surfaces between the teeth by passing thread-like 'floss' between the teeth in a sawing motion.
For how long do I need to brush my teeth?
To clean your teeth thoroughly, the inside, outside and chewing surface of each tooth needs to be brushed. This takes around 2-3 minutes.
Can tooth decay be prevented?
You can help reduce the risk of tooth decay by brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day and avoiding between-meals sugary foods and snacks.
How is tooth decay treated?
If caught early, tooth decay is treated with a fluoride varnish. If caught late, when the decay has reached the soft middle of your tooth, it may require root canal treatment or tooth extraction.
What causes bruxism?
While the exact causes of bruxism have not been identified, factors that are thought to contribute to development of bruxism include: stress and anxiety; sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apn…
What is mouth cancer?
Mouth (or oral) cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow uncontrollably in the mouth and oral cavity, which includes the lips and tongue. Mouth cancers can invade local tissues and/or spread to other pa…
Will dental implants last forever?
If properly looked after, implants can last a lifetime. Depending on how much wear and tear they get and how much force is put on them, the artificial crowns or bridges that are placed on top of the i…
Do I need to floss?
Flossing regularly helps to remove dental plaque that may form between teeth and prevent tooth decay and gum damage. Brushing cannot effectively reach these areas.
What are the complications of surgery for mouth cancer?
Complications of surgery for mouth cancer include speech problems, difficulty swallowing and facial disfigurement, depending on the extent of surgery required.