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Root canal treatment ‘could save teeth’


Why you should see root canal treatment as a good thing.  Having root canal treatment could save people from being left with gaps in their mouths, one expert has pointed out.

In response to a recent Adult Dental Health Survey which showed that 30 per cent of adults are extremely anxious about having treatment involving drilling, endodontics specialist Julian Webber told Medical News Today that it may be best in the long run.

He explained that saving a tooth is better for the general health of a patient's mouth and a well-treated tooth can survive for many years afterwards, sometimes even for the rest of a person's life.

"Many patients will not want a gap in their mouth and will seek some form of replacement … Keeping your natural teeth is often more economical in the long term," Mr Webber added.

Naturopath Mim Beim recently said in an article for the Sydney Morning Herald that Rescue Remedy and belly breathing could help people with anxiety about visiting their dentist.


Toothache ‘may need the advice of an emergency dentistry professional’


A serious toothache may call for emergency dentistry. People with toothache should seek the advice of an emergency dentistry professional in case it is something serious.

Medical News Today said that knowing what to do in certain dental emergency situations could mean the difference between keeping or losing a tooth.

In the event of a toothache, a minor one should be treated using a cold compress for 20 minutes to reduce swelling.

However, when it is extremely painful and goes on for a long time, patients should seek an emergency dentistry professional, the news provider said.

"The greatest risk comes if the toothache is from a bacterial infection. If left untreated, this could become life-threatening," it pointed out.

People who have been guilty of putting off dental treatment in the past may be pleased to know about a recent invention from scientists at Kings College, Brunel University and the London South Bank University, which cancels out the sound of the dentist's drill.


Children ‘must have good dental hygiene’


Children 'must have good dental hygiene'Children who suffer from tooth problems could require emergency dentistry for tooth loss, according to one publication.

Medical News Today has claimed tooth decay is the most common childhood disease and can have a significant effect on all aspects of a youngster’s life.

Being taught how to maintain a daily tooth cleaning routine that covers all aspects of oral health, such as brushing and flossing, is vital the paper explained.

It said that failure to maintain dental hygiene can have painful consequences and the child may find they become ill, cannot eat or sleep and in some cases it could even affect their growth.

Dr Ronald Smith, president of the Canadian Dental Association said: “A child with tooth decay can suffer from great pain and an inability to learn … children should not have to wait for urgently needed dental care.”

His comments came after the Wait Times Alliance (WTA) report card found that some children in Canada have to wait long periods of time for dental treatment.

Individuals were recently warned by Dr Thomas Connelly in the Huffington Post that nail biting can damage teeth.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19856039-ADNFCR

Relieve stress ‘to prevent tooth grinding’


Relieve stress 'to prevent tooth grinding'Stress can aggravate teeth grinding and result in jaw and tooth damage, according to one industry reporter, who recommends meditation to help.

Writing for the Detroit News, Alison Johnson claimed deep breathing and exercise can help to diffuse stress and reduce the likelihood of people grinding their teeth as they sleep.

Relaxing before bed by reading a book or listening to calming music and avoiding alcohol and caffeine were also recommended techniques.

Jaw pain, worn or chipped teeth, early morning headaches and gum tenderness are all signs of night time clenching and grinding, Ms Johnson explained and should be assessed by a dentist.

She also suggested that some people may find wearing a mouthguard protects their teeth by preventing them from rubbing together throughout the night.

The rise in the number of people seeking treatment for the condition is of concern, according to recent reports in Medical News Today, which said severe cases could result in tooth loss.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19842780-ADNFCR

Nail biting ‘damages teeth’


Nail biting 'damages teeth'Damaged enamel and chipped, weakened teeth are some of the side effects of regular nail biting, according to one dental specialist.

Writing in the Huffington Post, dentist Dr Thomas Connelly stated that although not everyone will experience problems, he often observes patients displaying evidence of harm caused by the habit.

Dr Connelly explained that due to the number of clients he treats who want cosmetic dentistry to fix their smile, he has plenty of evidence to draw the conclusion that there is a direct link between tooth damage and chewing fingernails.

“I’ve seen too much first-hand to ignore this, in my mind – and professional opinion – it’s a fact that nail biting can hurt your teeth,” he said.

Meanwhile, industry professionals have reported a rise in the number of individuals seeking treatment for problems such as sensitive teeth and worn away enamel caused by teeth grinding, according to Medical News Today.

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