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Teeth & gums
June 19, 2018

Why is the roof of my mouth sore?

A swollen palate can be caused by an allergic reaction, irritants, an injury and infections that can lead to a burning sensation. This makes it difficult to eat and drink. Here are some common causes why the roof of your mouth could be sore: Bumps Hot tea or coffee and spicy foods are the main culprits that cause bumps on your palate. The skin on the hard palate is much more delicate than your tongue. A minor burn on the palate can cause bumps. The burns can damage the roof of your mouth, make blisters, and cause swelling. Usually a…
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Teeth & gums
April 20, 2018

Food to give you a bright smile

Are you really what you eat? Well, your teeth can attest to that. A quick bite of your favourite meal may satisfy your hunger and cravings, but what is it doing to your teeth? It’s important to remember, your milk teeth days are gone. The pearly whites you have today are the only ones you’ll have for your life, so we need to look after them! As you age, your tooth enamel tends to degrade. Aside from brushing, flossing and regular dental visits, certain foods can strengthen tooth enamel, prevent cavities, ward off gum disease, and even whiten your teeth.…
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Teeth & gums
March 23, 2017

Do you have gum disease?

Your gums are made of soft skin-like tissue which covers the bone that supports your teeth. When your gums are healthy, they form a tight seal with the tooth that limits the places bacteria can hide. How do you know your gums are healthy? Do a quick mirror check. Healthy gums are usually a light or coral shade of pink, but may also contain other pigments depending on your ethnicity. Colour changes in your gums (redness, yellow spots), as well as gum tenderness and bleeding, could be signs of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque building up along…
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Teeth & gums
February 23, 2017

Natural ways to brighter, whiter teeth

Your teeth are one of the first things people notice about you. They can make you “appear” more attractive, healthy and youthful. What’s more, a winning smile can make you more appealing to the opposite sex, according to a survey done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. The bad news is that if you’re a smoker, wine drinker or coffee lover, you may not have the pearliest of smiles. Here are some potential home remedies, that could help keep your teeth clean and bright. Some home remedies can help certain people, so see what works for you first. Note that…
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Healthy LifestyleTeeth & gums
February 12, 2017

Don’t let a bad breath ruin Valentine’s Day!

Kissing is one of life’s ultimate pleasures. And when V-Day rolls around it takes on even more importance. But oops, what if your breath is less than sparkling? Getting a second date when you brandish death breath on the first one is unlikely. Garlic, booze and food can create a pungent potpourri that can stun a dentist at 40 paces. Either way, your love life will suffer. Let’s find out how we can banish the bad breath. Do you have physical sores in your mouth? It could be a symptom of something more serious. Speak to our doctors here to get…
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Teeth & gums
January 26, 2017

Do you have tooth nerve damage?

You’ve been craving your favourite drink all day and when you finally take your first sip, a jolt of pain shoots through your mouth. Ouch! Your mouth has been sensitive lately and you don’t know why. It could be tooth nerve damage. Your tooth nerves help with the development and formation of your teeth. They are also known as dental pulp. These nerves are pink and soft and made of connective tissue, blood vessels and nerve axons. When you’re young, they’re large and as you grow older they slowly shrink. Their main purpose besides developing your teeth is to keep…
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Healthy LifestyleTeeth & gums
January 16, 2017

The wine-lover’s guide to healthy teeth

Sharing a bottle of quality wine with friends and family, is about more than just the taste: wine has the power to enhance the flavour of certain foods or diminish that of others, while all the while tantalising our senses. It has a pleasant, relaxing effect, and, from the moment you crack the cork, to the last drop, is filled with pleasant memories of times shared with our loved ones. There is definitely a certain  je ne sais quoi to the whole experience.  However, when it comes to your teeth, there is a downside: it can harm your teeth, and…
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Mental & Emotional HealthTeeth & gums
January 4, 2017

How bulimia and anorexia harm your teeth

By Dr. Corne Smith Thanks to those Photoshopped magazine covers, adverts and social media, body disorders and eating disorders are more common than we realise. Young women, trying to look and feel more attractive, go to extreme measures to fit into impossible dress-sizes. Apart from the health risk, eating disorders, such as bulimia or anorexia, can also cause serious harm to your teeth.   Bulimia disorder is characterized by recurrent self-induced vomiting after eating high volumes of food. This continuous vomiting causes gastric acids and other substances to travel to the mouth resulting in: Tooth enamel erosion Cavities Teeth discoloration…
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Teeth & gums
September 14, 2016

6 Things to do if you want the brightest smile

By Dr. Corne Smith We all know that keeping our teeth and gums healthy means taking care of them every day. Beyond giving you a killer-smile, your teeth actually help you speak and eat properly. Good oral health is essential to your overall well-being. You may be brushing every day, but are you doing enough to avoid losing your teeth later in life To get the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine, follow these simple tips: 1. Use dental products that contain fluoride The first step towards keeping gums and teeth healthy is by brushing twice a day…
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