Many school leavers interested in the medical field are torn on what career choices to pursue due to the numerous disciplines available in the sector. Dentistry provides a fulfilling and highly rewarding choice for individuals who choose to pursue this path. However, before taking the plunge into dentistry one should consider the following vital factors: Flexibility: Like any other medical profession, dentistry requires one to be very flexible when it comes to working hours due to the sensitive nature of the job.
19 August 2016
If you are looking to improve the look of your smile but you can't afford the cost of professional whitening treatments, you might be thinking about investing in a tube of hydrogen peroxide toothpaste as an alternative. You may have some questions about how this type of toothpaste works and its safety. Below is a brief guide to hydrogen peroxide toothpaste. How does hydrogen peroxide whitening toothpaste work? Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent which is found in a wide range of everyday products such as anti-acne cream and hair colouring products.
2 August 2016
Most people are good at visiting their dentist for regular checkups and will only go to the dentist at other times if they have lost a tooth, are in significant pain or something else they deem more serious. However, there are some other reasons that should prompt you to make an appointment with your dentist between regular checkups for yourself or a family member -- reasons that you would perhaps not otherwise worry about.
18 July 2016
As someone who works in an office with a bunch of friendly other co-workers, you no doubt enjoy going into work each day. However, how do you feel about the idea that this wonderful working environment may be having a negative impact on your dental health? From birthday get-togethers to constant meetings, the extra sugar you consume in this 'cake culture' could be slowly rotting your teeth. Birthday Celebrations When an office worker has a birthday, it is often a tradition to bring a sweet treat or two into the office to put on the lunchroom table.
29 June 2016
While younger kids may have no problems allowing their parents to check their teeth, you may not find it as easy to monitor oral hygiene when kids turn into teenagers. At this age, kids are capable of brushing their own teeth; they are also likely to take any oral hygiene interference from parents as an insult. This can pose problems if you think that your teenager is a bit slack when it comes to cleaning their teeth.
14 June 2016
If you know that your dentures are starting to slide and slip a bit, it's time to get them refitted. However, this can often wait until it's convenient for your schedule, and you may need to simply live with the inconvenience of dentures that are slightly out of place. There are other times when it's good to have your dentures checked by your dentist as soon as possible rather than waiting, and this isn't just when they've broken in two.
25 May 2016
There are various reasons why your dentures may start to feel looser than they used to. For example, the shape of your mouth changes over time, and you may find that the false teeth that fitted snugly when you got them no longer fit that well after a few years. However, in some cases, you may have an oral health problem that makes your dentures feel loose even though they actually still fit the shape of your mouth well.
11 May 2016
Pericoronitis is most commonly caused when gum tissue overlaps the lower third molar, otherwise known as the wisdom tooth. Food and bacteria can get stuck underneath this gum flap, which makes the tooth difficult to access and clean. This can result in a large buildup of bacteria. Acute pericoronitis is when the symptoms – fever, swelling and pain – intensify due to the spreading of the infection. In many circumstances, in order to effectively treat pericoronitis, either the gum flap will have to be removed or the affected tooth will have to be extracted.
21 April 2016
The enamel on your teeth is not completely smooth; it may have tiny cracks and pits in it that can pick up colours from strongly coloured food and drink. If you're a red wine lover, you may be battling against the staining that your favourite tipple leaves on your teeth. While maintaining good teeth-cleaning habits such as brushing your teeth twice a day may go some way to help, you may not be able to avoid some staining, especially if you're a regular red wine drinker.
22 March 2016
If you have ever suffered from an abscessed tooth, you will know that it can be an unpleasant experience. It's important to recognise the early signs of a dental abscess. Dentists will need to repair the tooth that has become abscessed in order to prevent the infection from returning. Your dentist can only treat the tooth if there's minimal swelling on your gums, or ideally, no swelling at all. By doing everything within your power to keep swelling to a minimum you will be able to have your tooth repaired sooner, as the dentist will not need to wait for this swelling to dissipate.
1 March 2016