If you have ever looked at the side of a tube of toothpaste and wondered what fluoride is and why you apply to the teeth, you're not alone. Many people are unsure what fluoride is and why it's important for teeth. Keep reading to learn more.
What is fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. It is used in dental therapy as it combined with the molecules in the mouth to create fluorapatite, which fills any holes or small cavities in the mouth.
Your pregnancy may limit your teeth whitening options. If you want to make your teeth whiter, you're unlikely to get your dentist to agree to give you a professional treatment while you're carrying your baby. You should also typically avoid home or salon treatments while you're pregnant.
According to Essential Baby, chemical teeth whitening is viewed as an unsafe procedure in pregnancy. While there is no hard evidence that the chemicals in teeth whitening kits will harm your baby, there is also no evidence that they won't.
High dental care expenses can discourage you from attending to all your dental needs. Missing your dentist's appointment has a negative impact on your overall dental health and may lead to other health conditions associated with oral ailments such as heart disease. This article provides effective strategies you can adopt for yourself and your family to help you minimize dental expenses and hence avoid the temptation to miss an appointment.
For chronic teeth grinders TMJ ("temporomandibular joint") pain can be a huge issue. Over time the jaw moves and becomes misaligned leading to more pain and issues with the stability of the teeth. As a result your orthodontist may recommend that you wear a splint. Here are some of the splints that may be recommended to you.
A protective night splint
If you tend to grind at night the orthodontist may recommend a splint to sit over your top jaw and prevent you from causing any further wear to your teeth.
Periodontal disease, also commonly referred to as gum disease, is a serious oral health disorder that should be addressed as soon as you notice the symptoms. One of the most common causes of periodontal disease is a high accumulation of plaque on your teeth, which ends up providing prime breeding ground for bacteria. However, it should be noted that some people are genetically predisposed to developing gum disease, thus they need to take extra measures to ensure that they are not at risk of developing this problem.