Recent scientific breakthrough will leave people smiling. People can save their teeth through use of a drug meant for Alzheimer’s disease.
– The researchers have found that a drug used to treat Alzheimer’s is able to stimulate the tooth to generate new dentine.
– The drug works by stimulating the growth of stem cells already in the pulp to grow into new dentine.
– The simplicity of the treatment and the drug having been tested for Alzheimer’s makes it ideal clinical treatment for large cavities.
The novel, biological approach could see teeth use their natural ability to repair large cavities rather than using cements or fillings, which are prone to infections and often need replacing a number of times.
You can prevent the damage caused by alcohol to the teeth by brushing your teeth. Brushing should only be done after 30 minutes or so after drinking to protect tooth enamel.
– White wine sipped over a long period will affect the pH in the mouth and lead to enamel erosion due to its acidity.
– High alcohol drinks such as vodka and whiskey dry up the mouth by reducing the production of saliva leading to bad breath and bacteria growth.
– You should sip water as you consume alcohol to wash away the alcohol from the teeth and the mouth.
Red wine is rough on your teeth. “On top of being acidic, it also has chromogens — dark pigments,” explains Dr. Banker. “Plus, it contains tannins, an astringent from the peel of the grape that has a binding effect.”
Jaw clenching and teeth grinding are habits that cause chipped and fractured teeth. You can get rid of teeth grinding by eliminating or managing stress.
– Get help breaking bad habits like teeth clenching and teeth grinding.
– Stop biting nails and using teeth to open bottles
– Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice every day.
Dentists say another habit to break for both your dental health as well as your overall health is to stop snacking all day long, especially on sugary foods and drinks. Dentists say it can increase the chances of cavities.
Jaw clenching is the cause of a sore jaw and may even lead to the dislocation of the temporomandibular joint. You may also experience clicking and locking of the jaw.
– Bruxism originates from the central nervous system and can be triggered by stress, anxiety, alcohol consumption, smoking, and medications.
– Symptoms include worn tooth enamel, chipped or fractured teeth, earaches, headaches and tooth sensitivity.
– Your dentist will help to reduce the effects of grinding or clenching and minimize the symptoms.
Dental fabricated nightguards are designed to provide a stable bite that does not interfere with a healthy, comfortable jaw closure. Adjustment of the device by a dentist can help reduce contraction of jaw muscles during bruxism, which may minimize jaw joint stress and protect tooth enamel.
A good number of people with a cracked tooth will wait until it is too late before seeing a dentist. By that time, the crack may have advanced into the pulp and downwards into the root.
– Small cracks can become large cracks within no time meaning that you should seek dental treatment at the earliest possible moment.
– Early diagnosis and treatment of cracked teeth will prevent spreading of the crack and adverse outcomes.
– People can cut the risk of cracked teeth by avoiding chewing on hard things, clenching or grinding, and wearing a mouth guard when playing sport.
One major contributor to the observed uptick in cracked teeth cases is the increasing lifespan of the American population, which according to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has reached 78.8 years.