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Is an electric toothbrush better than a manual one?

Brushing your teeth is the foundation of good oral health. Electric and manual toothbrushes each have their own benefits. If used properly, both will help promote oral health. Electric toothbrushes, however, are more fun and newer models have built in timers and the vibration of the bristles can help remove more plaque. Manual toothbrushes, while they dont have all the bells and whistles of electric ones, are great at getting the job done. They are affordable, accessible and when used correctly will remove just as much plaque as a vibrating electric toothbrush can. Best is to seek the recommendation of your dentist based on your individual needs.

What type of toothbrush and toothpaste should I use?

Brushing your teeth is an essential part of your daily oral hygiene routine, and selecting the correct toothbrush for your needs is the first step to optimising this routine. It is important to choose a toothbrush with soft or extra soft nylon bristles, they are strong enough to remove plaque without causing damage to enamel and the gums. Also, I prefer a toothbrush with a smaller head to be able to reach all the small spaces right at the back of the mouth. Most toothpastes will freshen and clean your mouth, but based on your needs you may need to choose a toothpaste that best suits your situation. Some toothpastes are specifically designed to treat sensitivity , or to whiten teeth. Speak to your dental professional to help you choose the product that best benefits you.

Do whitening toothpastes work?

Commercial whitening toothpastes vary in their ability to whiten teeth safely and effectively. They "whiten" by removing surface stains from teeth by using varying strengths of abrasives. Repeated use of abrasives can damage tooth enamel and can contribute to increased sensitivity. If you are interested in teeth whitening, or considering using a whitening toothpaste, consult with your dentist first.

What should I do about bleeding gums?

Generally when gums bleed, people stop brushing as frequently and effectively, because it may be painful or cause the gums to bleed again. Bleeding gums are usually a sign of the onset of periodontal disease or gingivitis, and proper brushing can actually help reduce inflammation causing the bleeding in the first place. Most importantly if your gums are bleeding you should see your dentist to have a full examination and periodontal screening done . Your dentist will be able to identify the cause of the problem and guide you regarding treatment options available to you . It is also worth noting that chronic dental pain and discomfort are obvious signs of a problem over the counter medications may provide temporary relief, but these will only mask the actual problem. Please see your dentist as soon as possible if your gums are bleeding .

Will pregnancy affect my teeth and gums?

About 50% of pregnant women experience a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. This condition can be uncomfortable and may cause redness, swelling and tenderness of the gum tissue. Pregnant women may also be at risk for cavities due to change in behaviors, such as eating habit. Dental care is safe and vital during pregnancy to avoid any oral health problems during or after your pregnancy.

What is root canal treatment?

A root canal is a restoration that extends into the nerve chamber of your tooth. The infected nerve tissue is removed, the canal is cleaned and medicated, and then a filling material is placed into the canal to seal out future bacterial infections. They are essentially a filling that extends through the length of your tooth, rather than just the top of it. Root canals have a bad reputation for being an uncomfortable and painful procedure, but at Dr H MAHOMED, you will be pleasantly surprised that a root canal is not any more uncomfortable than a normal filling with little to no pain.

Why do I need a root canal?

If a cavity goes very deep or a tooth is fractured, the nerve inside of the tooth can be compromised. Simply covering up the damaged tooth isn’t enough. Instead, the infected nerve must be removed and the canal medicated and sealed off to prevent reinfection. Root canals are often needed for teeth that have: Had previous trauma Abscesses Severe pain Evidence of a dying nerve (discoloration) Large cavities extending into the nerve chamber Large fillings that are leaking Fractured roots Don’t put your root canal off. Waiting too long for treatment , can result in the tooth breaking down to a point where it is no longer restorable, and may need to be extracted.

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease destroys smiles by causing gum recession, tissue detachment and bone loss. Symptoms of periodontal disease often include - Gums that bleed when you floss - Swollen gum tissue - Gum recession (“long teeth”) - Bad breath - Loose teeth - Food packing between the teeth Correcting periodontal disease as quickly as possible is the only way to prevent teeth from being lost. Otherwise the detached tissues continue to worsen until all of the teeth fall out. The condition often develops as a result of poor oral hygiene or lack of professional dental care.