Why you might need to see your dentist more often than twice a year
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Why you might need to see your dentist more often than twice a year

Some people sail through their dental check-ups twice a year, only requiring non-invasive treatments such as a simple teeth cleaning. However, because we are all unique and have changing circumstances, some people run the risk of oral health issues cropping up, so they have to visit the dentist more often in order to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
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What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
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What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Having a sensitive tooth can hinder you from enjoying hot or cold beverages and food, as the tooth could send a spike of pain through your mouth when it comes into contact with these consumables. When a tooth is sensitive, it is usually because the tooth enamel had been damaged or the nerves on the inside of the tooth are exposed. Causes of enamel damage or nerve exposure are as follows:
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Wisdom Teeth Removal
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Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth erupt in sets of four (upper right, upper left, lower right and lower left), however, not everyone will have four wisdom teeth, as the number of wisdom teeth can vary, you may have four or less wisdom teeth, but never more than four. Wisdom teeth have short roots and can't adequately support bridges or partial dentures. Therefore, wisdom teeth are considered to be a vestigial organ, as it has no useful function.
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Sedation Dentistry
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Sedation Dentistry

For many people, the thought of visiting a dentist makes their body numb with fear. Odontophobia (the fear of visiting a dentist) is quite common amongst children and adults alike. People who have this phobia would rather endure the agony of toothache than visit a dentist.
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The dangers of smoking
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The dangers of smoking

Whether you are a smoker or non-smoker, everyone knows the dangers of smoking. Cigarette manufacturers make a point of warning us about the consequences of tobacco products by adding warning labels to their packaging.
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Root Canal Treatment | What it entails
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Root Canal Treatment | What it entails

Root canal treatment (endodontic treatment) is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly damaged or infected. The procedure involves the removal of the infected tooth pulp - the tissue inside the tooth that keeps the tooth alive. The tooth pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.
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What Causes Crooked Teeth?
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What Causes Crooked Teeth?

There are several reasons why people have crooked, twisted, overlapping or overcrowded teeth. In the past it was thought that people have crooked teeth because their mouths are too small for their teeth, which causes teeth to shift and overlap. However, modern research has shown that myofunctional habits, such as mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking are the real causes of crooked teeth.
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Dental Amalgam VS Resin Composite Fillings
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Dental Amalgam VS Resin Composite Fillings

Dental fillings are used to repair cracked or broken teeth, as well as teeth that have been worn down. It is also used to fill a cavity in the tooth. Thanks to technical advances in dentistry, patients now have a choice between the tooth-coloured resin-based composite fillings and the traditional silver amalgam fillings. Although the resin composite fillings are more aesthetically pleasing, it does not reduce the suitability of traditional dental materials which are stronger, more durable and less expensive.
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Smile Makeover | What does it entail?
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Smile Makeover | What does it entail?

If you are unhappy with your teeth or the appearance of your smile, a smile makeover procedure may be of particular interest to you. One of the aspects of a smile makeover is that it is tailored to suit your specific dental requirements, and it could include a series of invasive or non-invasive treatments. The smile makeover procedure may include one or more of the following cosmetic treatments:
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Biomimetic Advancements in Dentistry
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Biomimetic Advancements in Dentistry

Teeth are made up of durable and unique structures that are composed of different layers and numerous micro-platelets. A material that is similar to a tooth, is that of a seashell. Over the years, it has been a challenge for scientists to create a material that imitates the properties and structural complexity of a tooth or seashell.
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5 Foods That Are Good For Teeth
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5 Foods That Are Good For Teeth

In our previous blog (7 Foods That Damage Your Teeth http://jjteeth.co.za/7-foods-that-damage-your-teeth), we discussed the negative effects that some foods might have on teeth. Thankfully, there are a number of foods and beverages that have been proven to eliminate bacteria that causes plaque. Here are 5 of the most popular foods:
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7 Foods That Damage Your Teeth
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7 Foods That Damage Your Teeth

There are two main elements of food that could tarnish your teeth: sugar and acid. Sugar feeds the bacteria that is already in your mouth. The bacteria then causes plaque build-up and produces acid which erodes your tooth enamel. Because acid naturally occurs in many foods, bacteria isn't necessary to produce acid and cause tooth decay. Instead, acidic food eats away at your tooth enamel directly.
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Oral Health For Kids
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Oral Health For Kids

You can prevent your child from getting tooth decay by starting his or her dental care at an early stage. You can begin by taking good care of your own oral health, as this sends a message that oral health is important and should be valued. You should also encourage your children to brush their teeth, by making brush time fun. To help your children protect their teeth and reduce their risk of cavities, follow these simple steps:
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The Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene Part 2
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The Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene Part 2

In our previous blog ("The Effects of Poor Dental Hygiene" http://www.jjteeth.co.za/the-effects-of-poor-oral-health), we discussed the dangerous consequences that poor oral hygiene could have on you overall health. We highlighted Pancreatic Cancer and Alzheimer's disease and spoke about the research that had been done to determine how they are linked to oral health problems. Here are three more serious health problems that are linked to gum disease:
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Bruxism
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Bruxism

Bruxism is a common condition in which adults and children grind or clench their teeth. Patients who have bruxism subconsciously clench their teeth during the day, or grind them at night. Although bruxism is caused by a number of factors such as stress and anxiety, it occurs more often while a patient is asleep and may also be the result of a sleeping disorder such as sleep apnoea.
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The risks of “at-home” teeth whitening products.
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The risks of “at-home” teeth whitening products.

Everyone wants a whiter and brighter smile. Therefore, people are constantly trying new products that promise to make your smile more attractive. With teeth bleaching products readily available in grocery stores and pharmacies, it is no surprise that people opt for over-the-counter whitening products. However, these products could cause serious damage to your mouth and general health, which would be painful and expensive to repair.
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The 7 worst oral habits
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The 7 worst oral habits

You practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth, flossing regularly and visiting your dentist twice a year. This is the best way to obtain optimal oral health. However, you might be unaware of bad oral habits that could compromise your dental health. Many people engage in these bad habits, without knowing how severe they could be. Here is our list of the 7 worst (yet common) oral habits:
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InVu Braces | Innovative Orthodontic Dentistry
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InVu Braces | Innovative Orthodontic Dentistry

Remember when braces consisted of what looked like over sized train tracks that run across your teeth? Thankfully, with the advance in orthodontic treatment, braces can be as inconspicuous as possible. The current trend in aesthetic braces is the InVu braces, which has been around for over a decade.
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Traditional braces VS Invisalign
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Traditional braces VS Invisalign

Invisalign braces have become increasingly popular since it was first introduced to dentistry in the year 2000. Made of clear plastic trays that can be removed at any given time, it is easy to see why over 3 million people worldwide have opted for this innovative orthodontic treatment. But is Invisalign really better than traditional braces?
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It’s never too late to obtain that perfect smile
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It’s never too late to obtain that perfect smile

Although braces have always been associated with pre-teens or teenagers, a recent study has shown that almost 40% of all orthodontic patients are adults. With the rise of subtle braces - such as ceramic braces and Invisalign - patients of all ages are now able to finally get the perfect smile they've always wanted.
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