Aphthous ulcers, also known as canker sores, are very painful mouth ulcers. In this brochure you can read more about.
Bruxism: Signs and Symptoms
If you find yourself waking up with sore jaw muscles or a headache, you may be suffering from bruxism — the grinding and clenching of teeth. Bruxism can cause teeth to become painful or loose, and sometimes parts of the teeth are literally ground away. Eventually, bruxism can destroy the surrounding bone and gum tissue. It can also lead to problems involving the jaw joint, such as temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
Dental caries, or tooth decay, is the formation of cavities in the teeth by the action of bacteria. The causes of caries are plaque bacteria, dietary sugars, exposure to acid attack and susceptible tooth surfaces.
If you have a toothache, take an appropriate painkiller and see the dentist as soon as possible.
If there is an object wedged between teeth, try to remove the object with dental floss, guiding the floss carefully to prevent cutting gums. If you can't remove the object, see a dentist.
Importance of Childhood Oral Hygiene & the Role of Parents
The foundation for healthy permanent teeth in children and teenagers is laid during the first years of life. Poor diet, poor habits of food intake and inadequate toothbrushing habits during the first 2 years of life have been shown in several studies to be related to tooth decay in children. The development of caries in primary teeth further increases the risk of developing caries in new permanent teeth.
Kid's Brushing Chart
Help your child learn good brushing habits with the Colgate Smiles brushing chart.
Plaque and Periodontal Disease
Plaque is the film of bacteria which is constantly forming on all teeth. Plaque causes dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease).
ProClinical A1500 Patient Leaflet
Finally, an electric toothbrush that automatically adjusts to clean different tooth surfaces
Many patients tend to brush the same way at all tooth surfaces, resulting in ineffective cleaning and a higher risk of caries and gum problems.
Colgate® ProClinical™ A1500 is the first electric toothbrush that automatically adjusts to engage different speeds and cleaning actions based on the position it is held in the mouth. Read more about the new electric toothbrush in the folder
Information about sensitive teeth and how you can solve the problem
What is tartar? Tartar, sometimes called calculus, is plaque that has hardened on your teeth. Tartar can also form at and underneath the gumline and can irritate gum tissues. Tartar gives plaque more surface area on which to grow and a much stickier surface to adhere to, which can lead to more serious conditions, such as cavities and gum disease.
The Dental Visit
How Do I Look for a Dentist?
A good place to start is by asking for a referral from people you trust - your friends, family, acquaintances, work associates, pharmacist or family doctor. Ask them how long they've gone to their dentist, how comfortable they feel asking questions, what type of dentist they go to (general or specialist). It is important that you find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable.
Tooth wear is a term that describes the loss of hard tooth tissue. Tooth wear can become a problem as severe as caries and periodontitis if it is not controlled in time
What are Cavities?
"Cavities" is another way of saying tooth decay. Tooth decay is heavily influenced by lifestyle — what we eat, how well we take care of our teeth, the presence of fluoride in our water and toothpaste. Heredity also plays a role in how susceptible your teeth may be to decay.
What are the Stages of Gum Disease?
Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. It is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colourless film that constantly forms on your teeth.
What is Good Oral Hygiene?
Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means your teeth are clean and free of debris, gums are firmly held against teeth and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss, and bad breath is not a constant problem.
What is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth. It is the main cause of cavities and gum disease, and can harden into tartar if not removed daily.