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teeth and gums

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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Healthy Lifestyle
September 28, 2017

5 health benefits of chewing gum

Chewing gum can be fun, and good for you. Here are the most interesting health-benefits: Combat stress and anxiety. Chewing gum can relieve nervous energy and reduce tension. This is a nice by-product of the act of chewing itself. According to an Australian study, the rhythmic motion of gum chewing can help lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, making you feel calmer and more relaxed. Boost memory. Chewing gum increases blood flow to the brain. This, in turn, increases oxygen to the brain, which can help enhance your memory and cognitive performance. Some studies have reported that chewing gum increases…

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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
February 23, 2017

Ouch! I have a sore in my mouth

Sores inside the mouth are common for many people. They can appear on the lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, and palate. Depending on their size, severity, and location; mouth sores can make it difficult to eat, drink, swallow, talk, and breathe. Causes Mouth sores may develop if you: Bite your tongue, cheek or lip. Burn your mouth from hot food or drinks. Brush your teeth too hard or use a toothbrush with hard bristles. Experience irritation from a sharp or broken tooth, braces, or poorly fitted dentures. Chew tobacco. Mouth sores can also develop as a reaction to a medicine. Medications…

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Ears, Nose & Throat
February 8, 2017

The ins and outs of earache

A ringing sound in your ear? A dull ache? It may be an on-and-off pain or a persistent throbbing. Either way, an earache shouldn’t be ignored. There are two categories of earaches to know about. A primary earache is due to some form of inner or outer ear disease. Secondary earache is due to or associated with problems elsewhere in the body, in which the pain is felt in the ear (this is known as referred pain). Earache is very common in children, as the anatomy of their Eustachian tube makes them more susceptible to more infections. Earache is also…

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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
July 8, 2015

There is blood in my saliva! What now?

There is nothing more worrying than seeing blood where there shouldn’t be blood- and blood in the saliva is one of those places. There may be small specks, or there may be quite a lot, either way it is a clear sign that there is something going on. Here are a few common causes: (more…)

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Teeth & gums
September 12, 2014

3 Common oral diseases

Finally got your pearly whites? Now let’s work on keeping them healthy and disease-free. You might not know it, but there are many conditions that affect you teeth, gums and mouth. Here are three very common conditions that you should keep an eye out for. Dental cavities You hear about these all the time on toothpaste adverts. They’re essentially holes in your teeth that are caused by tooth decay. This is usually a result of eating too much sugar and starch and not practicing daily dental hygiene – brushing, flossing and rinsing. When food gets stuck between your teeth –…

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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
August 23, 2014

5 Steps To Beat bad breath!

Halitosis! That’s the medical term for bad breath – a nasty condition that affects 25% of all adults, 1 in every 4 of us. Think of three of your closest friends, and if none of them have bad breath, then maybe you’re the one. How can you tell? Instead of blowing into your cupped hands, (or in your partners face), lick the back of your hand, let it dry for a few seconds, and then smell the surface. Bad breath is like any other body odour – it’s the result of bacteria living on or in the body giving off…

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Teeth & gums
August 14, 2014

5 Drinks that stain your teeth

It works for your general health, and also it works for keeping your smile bright and shiny: prevention is better than cure. Sure, you can go for expensive cleaning treatments every few months, but knowing (and managing) what stains your teeth in the first place just makes more sense. The main culprits: Black coffee. The darker the drink, the more staining-potential it has. Add some milk to reduce the staining effect. Black tea – the same rule applies. If you can’t add milk, don’t make the brew too strong. Wine. Bet you didn’t know this, but both white and red…

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