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Safety of Dental Sedation During Pregnancy

September 14, 2021

For certain dental procedures, a dentist may administer some form of sedation. This could be very mild just to relax a nervous patient or strong enough to render a patient unconscious for more complex and extensive surgery such as root canal treatment. 

All forms of dental sedation have been tested over many years and can be considered as safe. But there are always exceptions to the rule — and a case in point is sedation during pregnancy. Many commonplace sedatives employed by a dentist should not be administered to a pregnant woman and these substances include:

  • Benzodiazepine drugs including Xanax and Valium
  • Nitrous oxide (commonly known as laughing gas)
  • Any strong sedative that is administered by injection

The generally accepted opinion is that strong sedatives should not be administered to pregnant women although this may be unavoidable in cases of an urgent dental emergency. 

For serious issues with the teeth or gums — where treatment is required — your dentist will discuss safer sedatives that may be used without causing harm to you or your unborn child. However, it is far more likely that any procedure requiring sedation will be postponed if possible. 

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Advantages of Restorative Dentistry

September 13, 2021

There are many ways in which you can improve the appearance of your smile  –and one of the most popular options involve what is known as restorative dentistry. 

What Procedures are Involved?

While this process is often concerned with aesthetics, it is important to note that it will also positively impact the specific functions of your teeth. Here are a handful of treatments a dentist might use: 

  • Dental bonding and/or veneers to improve the look of your teeth
  • Bridges, implants and crowns to replace or repair teeth
  • Filling any cavities and performing more in-depth treatments such as root canals — to preserve your teeth

Above all, restorative dentistry is one of the most effective ways to enjoy a healthy and attractive smile over the years. Be sure to speak with a dentist in order to learn more about your options as well as the associated benefits.

“Restorative dentistry refers to dental procedures that help restore the function of your smile.”

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Do Children Suffer TMJ Disorders?

September 9, 2021

The temporomandibular joints connect the jawbone to the skull and are prone to various disorders. TMJ disorders can usually be traced back to an injury, inflammation, teeth grinding (bruxism), diseases like arthritis or issues with the teeth such as a misaligned bite. 

Although TMJ issues are unusual in children, problems can arise and those most at risk include children who:

  • Regularly grind their teeth or clench the jaw
  • Have a misaligned bite
  • Suffer a facial injury during sport or play

Jaw deformities or disease can also cause TMJ disorders and even simple things like overexerting the jaw by frequent chewing can lead to issues with the TMJ. 

Early symptoms include earaches, headaches, pain in the jaw and clicking noises when moving the jaw. If these symptoms appear, they should be discussed with the child’s dentist — who can carry out a detailed examination and make suitable arrangements for treatment if necessary. 

Depending on the cause, treatment varies from simply reducing stress on the jaw to medication or surgery. You can find more detailed information at

Routine Dental Care for Children

September 7, 2021

Proper dental care should begin at an early age as the habits learned early will last a lifetime. Taking good care of teeth and gums is paramount to good dental care and children learn best by example. 

Parents play a crucial in the development of good dental health habits — and establishing a proper routine. Once a child is old enough to brush and floss his or her own teeth, parents should:

Establish a Regular Routine. As far as possible, brushing and flossing should be done at the same time every day so it becomes second nature to a child.

Make Brushing Fun. Brushing and flossing can become a fun activity for all the family — by including little games during this time. Ensure that younger children are supervised, and that they are doing things correctly.

Pick a Friendly Dentist. Selecting the right child-friendly dentist is just as important as brushing and flossing correctly. Visits to the dentist should be looked forward to and not feared.

It cannot be stressed enough that “setting a good example for your child” is vitally important for their dental health. Children imitate their parents and are more likely to care for their teeth if they see their parents do the same. 


Can Gum Disease be Treated At Home?

September 2, 2021

Gum disease is one of the most prevalent oral health problems and if left untreated, serious consequences (such as losing teeth) could occur. This is why it is important to schedule regular cleanings with your dentist as well as to schedule an appointment at the first sign of trouble. The good news is that there are plenty of options which can help to restore your smile.

However, what steps can you take after a procedure has been completed? There are actually numerous home-based recommendations to ensure that your gums remain healthy. For example, flossing thoroughly and choosing a toothbrush with softer bristles are often wise choices. Here are three additional takeaway points:

  • Sipping on green tea could help to reduce the inflammation associated with gum disease.
  • Rinsing with saltwater can help to eradicate any bacteria that may be present close to the gum line.
  • Research has shown that taking vitamin D supplements may also have a beneficial impact.

Of course, make it a point to consult with a professional to obtain even more targeted advice.

“To successfully treat gum disease, your dentist will conduct a deep cleaning, called a gum scaling.”

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