In August 2015, a Queensland hockey player was hit in the face with a hockey stick and found out the hard way that not all mouthguards are created equal. The over-the-counter mouthguard she had purchased did little to protect her teeth, and extensive emergency dental work was required to repair the damage. As someone who plans to start playing hockey this summer, there are two good reasons why you should visit your dentist before you pick up your hockey stick and head onto the field.
If you're struggling with bulimia, your dentist is probably not top of your list of people to discuss your illness with. However, they can support you to maintain your dental health, so let them know. Your dentist will not divulge anything you share with them to colleagues or other patients but can advise you on steps you can take to protect your teeth and gums from the corrosive hydrochloric acid they are exposed to when you vomit.
Spitting blood after tooth-brushing, discoloration of the gums and bad breath are a few symptoms of gum disease, the mildest form of which is gingivitis. Often, gingivitis does not cause any pain, but if left untreated, it can progress to a more serious and painful gum disease called periodontitis, with the risk of tooth loss, abscesses and destruction of the jawbone around the teeth.
If gingivitis is caught in its early stages, it is straightforward to treat, and good dental hygiene can prevent any future occurrence.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with investigating cosmetic dental procedures for the sake of your appearance alone, as no one likes to feel as if they need to hide their mouth or their smile when they're with other people. However, there are some procedures that actually protect your own health as well as your appearance.
Many people don't equate the appearance or condition of their teeth with their overall health or even their oral health, but note a few ways that cosmetic dentistry procedures can protect both.
Most people agree that one of the more unpleasant aspects associated with a trip to the dentist is the feeling when you get an injection. However, it's likely that you are misunderstanding the source of the discomfort. What's the real reason you're worried about that shot, and how are new developments helping to eliminate any pain?
It May Not Be The Needle
The vast majority of dentists are able to administer local anaesthetic before a procedure without causing too much discomfort to the patient.