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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!

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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

    Why You Shouldn't Ignore Any Missing Teeth

    If you are a mature adult, it's quite possible that over the years you have lost one or more of your teeth. This can happen for a variety of reasons. If you lose one of your front teeth, it's highly likely that you have had it replaced as this can significantly affect your smile. People do place a great deal of emphasis on the "front facing" appearance, but if it's a back tooth, they may just leave it as is.

    Exclusive Use of Non-Fluoridated Bottled Water Might Actually Damage Your Kid's Teeth

    On the shelves of grocery stores and kitchen counters, bottled water is now a staple of the Australian dietary landscape. However, bottled water with no fluoride might actually be contributing to reduced dental health for your kids. Fluoride is a salt produced from the mixture of fluorine with soil and rock minerals. Generally, local municipalities voluntarily add fluoride to tap water in order to alleviate the threat of dental cavities. In contrast, the decision to include or not include fluoride is left to the individual producers of bottled water.

    Closing the Gap: How a Dentist Can Treat Diastema

    Many Australians suffer from diastema. Diastema is the medical term for a space between two teeth. These spaces provide the ideal location for food debris and plaque to collect. Once trapped between your teeth, the plaque and debris can cause tooth decay. As well as causing dental damage, diastema can also harm your self-esteem. If you are self-conscious about your teeth, you may avoid smiling in public. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about diastema.

    Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Risk of Gum Disease: What You Need to Know

    Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune condition which can increase the risk of you developing gum disease, which can result in swelling, pain, bleeding and bad breath. Below is a guide to all you need to know about the link between rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease. Risk Factors Below is a list of risk factors which can increase the likelihood that someone with rheumatoid arthritis will develop gum disease. Dry mouth: Some medications which are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis can cause a reduction in saliva levels.

    Common Speech Problems Caused by New Dentures

    If you have recently had a new set of dentures fitted, you may encounter problems with some aspects of speech. This is because dentures change the contours and shape of your mouth. These changes can restrict the natural movement of your tongue and teeth as you attempt to enunciate words. While these problems can be frustrating, as you adapt to your dentures the problems should be resolved. Below is a guide to 3 of the most common speech problems related to wearing dentures.

    Basic Brushing for Those Who Don't

    To avoid any unnecessary trips to the dentist because of a severe toothache, you need to look after your teeth on a daily basis. Over 30% of Australians avoid visiting the dentist on a regular basis, and so maintaining good daily oral hygiene is essential. Following these tips give you a whiter smile and fresher breath, and it'll help to kill off harmful bacteria that can build up and cause discolouration and painful issues like gum disease.

    Common Dental Hygiene Mistakes

    It might come as a surprise to learn that even a consistent, twice-daily dental hygiene routine isn't always enough to stave off tooth decay and gum disease. There are quite a few mistakes you might be making that could lead to you needing extensive dental work in a few years' time. Here are some of the most common oral hygiene errors that people make.  Brushing immediately after a meal It's common knowledge that the acid produced by bacteria-laden plaque instantly begins to attack your tooth enamel after you finish eating something.

    Veneers Vs Lumineers: Which Should You Choose?

    If you have imperfections of your front teeth, such as staining and discolouration, spaces between the teeth, and oddly-shaped teeth, you might be looking to correct your smile. A popular option is to get dental veneers, which are made from pieces of porcelain adhered to the front of your teeth. There are also Lumineers, which are similar but are thinner and applied slightly differently. Here are some things to think about when deciding between veneers or Lumineers.