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What is leukoplakia and how can I prevent it?

October 21, 2017

Leukoplakia is an unpleasant long-term condition that manifests as thick white raised lesions on the gums, tongue and inside cheeks. Key takeaways: – White patches (with or without red speckled regions), difficulty eating and pain while swallowing are also symptoms to watch for. – The biggest risk factor for developing leukoplakia is long-term smokin.g –… Continue reading »

Tooth discoloration after trauma: what are my options?

October 20, 2017

When a tooth experiences trauma it can become discoloured if the dentin becomes stained with blood (i.e. a tooth bruise). In some cases, the colour change will disappear in time but for others it remains. Key takeaways: – If the centre of your tooth is dead, you may need a root canal filling – Tooth… Continue reading »

The secret history of teeth

October 20, 2017

The microscopic structure of teeth can reveal information about the person’s health, meaning researchers can analyse teeth from skeletons and use the information to improve aspects of modern healthcare. Key takeaways: – Teeth develop at different rates, producing concentric layers like trees – Trees can provide information about vitamin D deficiencies which can result from… Continue reading »

Dental implants and antibiotics

October 19, 2017

Dental implants have a high success rate in replacing missing teeth and are becoming increasingly popular. Antibiotics are often prescribed as a matter of course to prevent infection; however, antimicrobial resistance poses a concern. Key takeaways: – Antibiotic use should be used by people more prone to infection such as diabetics and smokers. – Antibiotics… Continue reading »

The impact of stress on your oral health

October 19, 2017

Demi Moore recently divulged that she lost her two front teeth due to stress. Many people don’t realise the effects stress can have on their oral health. Key takeaways: – Stress can cause tooth grinding which can result in a translucent appearance and worn-down teeth. If the nerve becomes exposed this can lead to root… Continue reading »

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