Baby Teeth Affect Your Child’s Health

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A common belief about primary teeth, also known as “baby teeth,” is that they are not as important to take care of because they will fall out to make way for permanent teeth. The health of baby teeth has a bigger impact on future oral health than many people may realize. Although it is true that a cavity in a baby tooth will leave the mouth when that tooth falls out, infection and decay around baby teeth can lead to periodontal disease if untreated. Cavities and Gum Disease Cavities can negatively impact a child’s oral health. If a cavity is left untreated, bacteria have more access to the inside of the tooth and can cause infection and gum disease over time. Infected teeth can make children sick just like it can an adult. Infected teeth are the reason for many emergency room visits for ch ...

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6,500 Year Old Dental Work Shows Dental Advancements

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Technological advances have made tooth care more efficient and comfortable than ever. With the comfort and efficiency of dentistry today, it is hard to think about where dentistry started. Dentistry has been around in different forms for thousands of years. Archeologists and anthropologists do not yet know how far back dentistry goes because physical evidence of dentistry is limited. One of the oldest discoveries of dental work dates back 6,500 years. 2012 Beeswax Filling Discovery In 2012, researchers found a 6,500 year old human jaw bone in a cave in southern Slovenia that showed possible evidence of early dentistry. One of the teeth was cracked, and traces of a beeswax filling was discovered. Modern analysis techniques revealed that a vertical crack running through the tooth exposed the ...

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The Damaging Nature of Sports and Energy Drinks

Many athletes risk developing tooth damage caused by drinking sports and energy drinks, but they are not the only ones at risk. We live in a fast-paced world that demands a lot of energy from us. A large number of people look for fast energy solutions in their everyday lives that can help them to keep up. Energy and sports drinks are one of the most popular solutions and more people are drinking them. An estimated 68 percent of adolescents and 30 percent of adults consume these stimulants on a regular basis. They are becoming so commonplace that it is even estimated that 18 percent of children under the age of 10 drink energy drinks. Unfortunately, these drinks significantly increase your risk of tooth decay. Sugar content The large amount of sugar in these drinks is just one of the reason ...

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Olympic Athletes At High Risk Of Oral Health Problems

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Many sports require athletes to wear mouthguards to protect their teeth from common damage caused by collision. These guards save hundreds of athletes from severe tooth injury. What is not as well known, however, is the other oral health complications common to athletes. Bad teeth are a problem currently plaguing Olympic athletes, even those who do not participate in contact sports. Evidence from the 2012 London Olympics During the 2012 Olympics held in London, a dental clinic consisting of 30 dentists was set up in the athletes’ village. This clinic had around 1,900 visits over the duration of the games. Athletes were coming in late into the night to have root canals and other dental work so that they could focus better in their events. Many of these athletes had advanced tooth decay and ...

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Cosmetic Dentistry Repairs Tooth Trauma

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News networks and newspaper articles frequently report on car accidents and physical assaults. They detail the injuries suffered by victims from heavy bruising to broken bones, but they don’t always delve into the dental damage that many people suffer in these situations. A September 2014 attack on British model and former beauty queen Rebecca Mason brought the lasting dental trauma suffered in her assault to the forefront of the report. Articles detailing her injuries discuss how cosmetic dentistry was able to help repair the damage done to her mouth. Rebecca Mason’s Brutal Attack Damages Her Teeth Rebecca Mason couldn’t have anticipated that her trip to a nightclub on September 27th would result in extensive dental damage that would endanger her career. The assault occurred when she put ...

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