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Toddler Teething – What To Expect

If your toddler seems cranky, is drooling more than normal, and seemingly bites on anything (even your fingers!), then your parenting instincts might kick in - something could be off.   Teething in a toddler is a common phase. Everyone (even mom and dad) went through the same painful and frustrating ordeal once upon a time. If your toddler isn’t his or her usual jolly and playful self then you’ll know there’s something wrong somewhere.    Soothing and pacifying an irritable toddler in the teething phase can be frustrating because you don’t know what is best to soothe his or ...
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What is dental erosion?

Erosion is the loss of tooth enamel caused by acid attack. Enamel is the hard, protective coating of the tooth, which protects the sensitive dentin underneath. When the enamel is worn away, the dentin underneath is exposed, which may lead to pain and sensitivity.   How do I know I have dental erosion?   Erosion usually shows up as hollows in the teeth and a general wearing away of the tooth surface and biting edges. This can expose the dentine underneath, which is a darker, yellower color than the enamel. Because the dentine is sensitive, your teeth can also be ...
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What to do following an extraction

I’ve had my tooth out – what should I do now?   Take it easy for the rest of the day. Take as little exercise as you can, and rest as much as you can. Keep your head up to avoid any bleeding.   What precautions should I take?   Avoid hot food or drinks until the anaesthetic wears off. This is important as you cannot feel pain properly and may burn or scald your mouth. Also be careful not to chew your cheek. This is quite a common problem, which can happen when there is no feeling.   If ...
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Enamel Erosion And Sensitive Teeth – What Do You Do?

At your recent appointment, you told your dentist you were experiencing tooth sensitivity. Your dentist confirmed that you have enamel erosion, a condition that results when the enamel on your teeth has been worn away. So why is this happening and what can you do about it?   Many people are affected by both enamel erosion and tooth sensitivity — pain or discomfort to the teeth that often occurs from dental erosion. Many factors can contribute to enamel erosion including:   - Consuming acidic food and beverages or foods, such as citrus foods, tomatoes and orange juice - Eating too ...
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Healthy Teeth and Your Child’s Diet

Other than regular toothbrushing, your child's eating habit will play a key role in his/her dental health. Why Sugar is the Big Villain  The more extended and more frequently your child's teeth are exposed to sugar, the greater the risk of cavities. "Sticky sugar" foods, like caramel, toffee, bubble gum, and dried fruit are particularly harmful when they remain in the mouth for lengthy periods of time. The teeth are essentially bathed in sugar until the sticky foods are removed. Therefore, make sure to always brush your child's teeth after consuming a sugary food item. It's also advisable to avoid ...
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