Dental articles

Basic dental care
Removing dental plaque by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing, is important to keep your teeth healthy, and to avoid gum diseases. Good oral hygiene starts with using a toothpaste that contains fluoride, anti-bacterial and anti-tartar ingredients.
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Types of gum disease
If plaque builds up and is not removed, you are at risk of developing gum diseases. The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. This is an inflammation of the gums, which may cause swelling, tenderness and bleeding, when brushing or flossing.
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Common lesions of the oral cavity (mouth)
Ulcers of the mouth may be caused by Infections Viral-Herpes simplex commonly known as herpes or cold sore. In children it appears as multiple vesicles(ulcers) on the inner lip or gums. Children may present with symptoms of malaise, fever, headache, sore throat and inflamed lymph nodes.
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Baby bottle syndrome
Baby bottle syndrome is defined as tooth decay that results from permitting an infant and children to go to sleep while sucking intermittently from a bottle of formula, whole milk, fruit juice, tea with sugar or water containing sugar.
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Dental pain
Toothache has many potential causes. Pain could be originating from the teeth themselves or any surrounding tissues such as the gums, the bone, the nerves or even pain originating from the skull referring to the area.
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Halitosis
Halitosis is the term used to describe the foul smell of breath (‘bad breath’) and is associated with psychosocial consequence and self-consciousness. Most primary healthcare practitioners have insufficient information on the diagnosis and treatment of halitosis. There are various causes of halitosis and therefore different treatments depending on the cause.
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