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Dental seal function

When it comes to preventing tooth decay we have at our disposal all sorts of interesting alternatives that have the purpose of preventing the appearance of one of the most common oral diseases. An example of these recommended practices comes hand in hand with the routine related to oral hygiene since this habit considerably reduces the chances of developing this pathology, however there are other interesting options such as sealing pits and fissures, a simple intervention and painless of which we are going to know next. What is the function of the dental seal? Avoid caries | Dental seal function To understand the function of dental sealants, it is necessary to know that the vast majority of caries (more than 90% of cases) occur in the pits and fissures located in both molars and premolars. In this way, protecting this area is of vital importance to avoid this common oral…

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Dental whitening is fashionable

Many times, the world of health and aesthetics meet, because it is really difficult to show beauty without appearing to be in good health, in this sense many fashions emerge that, due to the needs of the masses, health professionals have to unite, as happens in the case of dental clinics and teeth whitening. As we saw in the post about teeth whitening tricks , more and more people are concerned about showing an unpolluted white smile, the more resplendent the better, and although many people opt for those tricks of doubtful effectiveness, there are also many people who spend by dental clinics to learn about teeth whitening. The tooth whitening is a cosmetic treatment that seeks only to clarify the color tone of the enamel of the teeth to make them look whiter and clean, which are a symbol of beauty and health as opposed to yellow teeth. The…

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Disorders of the salivary glands

Salivary gland disorders are conditions that lead to inflammation or pain in the saliva-producing tissues around the mouth. The salivary glands produce saliva, which moisturizes food to help in chewing and swallowing, they contain enzymes that initiate the digestion process and also help in cleaning the mouth, removing bacteria and food particles. Saliva keeps the mouth moist and helps keep orthodontic or dental appliances in place. There are three pairs of salivary glands: The two largest are the parotid glands, one on each cheek in front of the ears. Two glands under the floor of the mouth (sublingual glands). Two glands that are in the back of the mouth on both sides of the jaw (submandibular glands). All salivary glands pour saliva into the mouth through the ducts that open in various parts of it. The salivary glands can become inflamed (irritated) by infections, tumors or stones. Symptom Abnormal flavors,…

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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…