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Does age really hurt the gums?

Nineteenth-century horse dealers were not particularly reliable so seasoned buyers often checked the animal’s mouth. If the teeth looked long it meant that his gums had retracted, indicating that he might be older than he was told. Is it the same with human beings? Gingival recession, as it is formally known, is more common among the elderly. A study done in the United States of almost 10,000 people found that 38% of those between 30 and 39 years of age suffered from this condition to some degree, compared with 71% of the group aged 50 to 59 years and 90% among those aged between 80 and 90 years. However, that does not mean that aging is the cause. It is a long process that can start in adolescence and can be triggered by various factors. Heritage and Hygiene In some cases, there is nothing that people can do to reduce…

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Does my child need a space maintainer

Has your child moved a tooth at an early age? Was a baby tooth extracted due to tooth decay? You may need to use a space maintainer to help protect your dental health. Many young children are treated with this technique to conserve the space between one tooth and another and thus do not crowd them or that the tooth that is to come does not find it difficult. A space maintainer is an appliance made of acrylic or metallic material and can be removable or fixed with cement in your child’s mouth. Its purpose is to keep the space open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and for it to reach its place. Milk teeth are the guide par excellence for permanent teeth, that is, for them to find their position. If a space is not maintained, then the teeth can move into the open space. It is…

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Enemies of oral health

Knowing the enemies of oral health will be of great help when it comes to avoiding certain foods, practices or behaviors that may call into question proper oral health. Through this article we will know the reasons why it is harmful to consume sugary products or those erroneous practices related to oral hygiene. Do not miss it! Enemies of oral health | Identify them We started by talking about sugar as one of the great enemies for oral health. But … Why is its consumption harmful? It is important to know that both sugar and carbohydrates have the ability to create the acid that causes tooth decay, for this reason if we consume food such as candy, bread or pasta and we do not brush our teeth then we allow these food residues to start to decompose causing the creation of the acid that will attack the enamel, meaning in…

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Enemy of your oral health

Smokers with multiple oral health problems are presented daily in our practice. Tobacco is one of the main enemies of the health of your mouth, but how does its consumption really affect the well-being of your teeth and the organs that make up the oral cavity? The mouth is the first recipient of tobacco smoke and this smoke affects all the organs that compose it: the teeth, the tongue, the gums, the mucous membranes … The complications derived from tobacco use have a double facet, on the one hand the aesthetic and on the other the one that has to do directly with oral health. The most obvious aesthetic problem is the staining of the teeth. The material that makes up the teeth begins to gradually stain due to the action of nicotine and tar that dissolve in the saliva and go through the enamel, even reaching the dentine. The…

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External tooth whitening

The external tooth whitening is now one of the aesthetic resources simpler and conservatives. Although it is called external, what you are trying to bleach is dentin. The crown of the tooth in its structure is formed by enamel (outermost part), dentin (intermediate layer) and dental pulp (internal structure). The enamel has no color, it is translucent like glass. The dentin is what really gives us tooth color. ARE THE TEETH WHITE? We must know that the internal intrinsic color of the dentin is determined genetically, it is therefore an innate characteristic of each of us, as is the color of our skin. They can have an infinite variety of color range within the target (orange-yellow, gray-greenish, gray-pink or reddish-brown) and within each of these groups, different gradations of intensity. The professional will have to determine that base color, since it is not modified by any whitening, what can be…

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Food for healthy teeth and gums

The health of our teeth and gums depends on our diet. In addition to calcium and vitamin D, other minerals and vitamins play an essential role for teeth and gums: phosphorus, fluoride, vitamin A, B and C. These nutrients are indispensable in the diet of all ages to get a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile Food is a determining factor in our general health. Logically, it also influences the state of our oral health. There are nutrients whose participation in the formation and health of the teeth and gums is fundamental; among them are calcium, phosphorus, fluorine, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamins of group B. Milk and milk products are a group of foods that are an excellent source of most of these elements: calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, D, and B. Nutrients for healthy teeth and gums Calcium¬†¬† It is an essential element in the formation of…

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Food friends and enemies of their teeth

If it is true that we are what we eat, then it is especially true for our teeth and gums. When you drink beverages with sugar and eat starchy foods, not only do you feed: you also feed the plaque that can cause problems in your mouth. And while some foods can cause tooth decay, others can help fight plaque buildup and have healthy teeth and gums. The “friends” who fight cavities Fruits and vegetables rich in fiber: foods that contain fiber stimulate the flow of saliva, which is a natural defense against cavities. Saliva not only removes food particles and cleanses your mouth, but also, approximately 20 minutes after eating something, saliva begins to neutralize the acids that attack your teeth. Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots and celery. Cheese, milk, natural yogurt and other dairy products: calcium, phosphates and vitamin D from cheese, milk and…

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Four interesting facts about teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a professional procedure that uses technologies at the level of intrinsic or extrinsic stains that serves to improve the appearance of the teeth. This aesthetic treatment can be taken both in the clinic and in the home, as long as it has been approved by your primary dentist. Stains Intrinsic stains are fostered below the enamel. It is usually produced by the consumption of medications. The extrinsic ones are those that are performed on the outside of the denture. The foods that generate it are those that have preservatives. Feeding habits The foods with very high positive and negative charges, deteriorate the enamel of the teeth, being difficult to eliminate completely with traditional washing. Products that have neutral pH are ideal to prevent staining. Meats, fruits and vegetables are some examples, however if they have suffered any chemical alteration it is preferable to avoid their consumption. Periodicity…

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Dental pyorrhea causes, symptoms and treatment

The gum is a mucosa that covers the bone that surrounds the teeth. Without any alteration, the gum is a pale reddish color and its main function is the protection of the teeth, also helping to hold them. In many occasions, we present alterations in this important tissue that leads to multiple consequences, we can find from a remarkable change of tissue coloration, which can give us indications that something is happening, up to dental changes, affecting from the aesthetic to the principal functions. What is dental pyorrhea and what are its symptoms The chronic periodontitis or also called pyorrhea is a common pathology oral infectious type level produced by the presence of bacterial colonies located on the gums. It is a disease that leads to the destruction of the dental support bone and, therefore, to the loss of the main functions of this tissue. Symptoms of pyorrhea Among the…

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The importance of going to the dentist

Dentistry has made huge leaps in technology and treatments. Beyond the distorted image that an infant can have on a dentist, we can say that today most dental procedures do not cause any pain, so the frightening image that some people cause to go to the dentist (and that In fact has been an issue in several horror films) is disappearing. Now the real challenge is not fear, but the importance of awareness among people about why they should go to a dental clinic at least every half year. The go to a dental clinic for an evaluation at least every six months is not something recommended for children or elderly people. It is important that a professional dentist evaluate the health of the teeth, regardless of the age you have, because they are already 5 years or 65, it is not less serious to have a condition in teeth…