dental health

Healthy Lifestyle
October 22, 2018

10 ways to use baking soda as a remedy

You probably use baking soda at home for cleaning and baking. Good news: it has health perks too! Cool down heartburn Heartburn is that painful burning sensation in the upper part of your stomach that can spread up into your throat. It starts when acid rises into your oesophagus (the tube that connects your stomach to your mouth). This can happen if you eat too much, feel stressed or eat spicy foods. Baking soda can help treat heartburn by neutralising stomach acid. - Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water and sip slowly. - Keep…

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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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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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August 30, 2016

The smart way of anti-ageing

Happy birthday! You’re one year older. But that didn’t happen last night. We tend to forget that we are ageing every. single. second. You’re already 5 seconds older than when you started reading this paragraph. Don’t let that scare you, though. (more…)

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Teeth & gums
June 8, 2016

You are grinding your teeth and you don’t even know it!

Many of us grind our teeth or clench our jaws when faced with stressful situations. Although the occasional teeth grinding doesn’t do much damage, grinding your teeth on a regular basis can cause damage. (more…)

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