It’s a fact that dental hygiene is an afterthought when it comes to real security. But after the recent lockdown on Parliament Hill, the public might want to consider what they can do to maintain their teeth’s health while the government is in the process of getting them back to normal.
In the aftermath of the May, 2015 gun control legislation in the U.S., there’s bound to be an influx of contrarian comments on the news. Rather than take sides, I’ll focus on how the law will affect Canadian gun owners. First, the good news: the new law in the U.S. is unlikely to impact Canadians because, for the most part, Canadians aren’t allowed to own guns. The latest amendment to the Firearms Act, which came into effect on June 2, 2013, extended the prohibition on the civilian possession of handguns and other restricted weapons to include the prohibited weapons listed in the act. The amended act also makes it illegal for any person under the age of 18 to possess any prohibited weapon.
The lockdown, the holiday season, the festive holiday, the holiday season, the lockdown, the holiday season, the festive holiday, and so on. For some, these three words will be etched into their minds for the rest of their lives.
Don’t be afraid to show your smile (Photo: Getty Images)
According to a new study by Bupa Dental Care, the country is suffering from a lack of smiles. In the UK, a third of people do not do this because they wear a mask.
And with the British Dental Association reporting that around 20 million dental procedures were not performed last year, compared to 2019, the pandemic is having a major impact on our ability to use our teeth with confidence.
During the lockdown, the number of routine appointments dropped dramatically. This will allow early detection of problems such as cavities, gum disease and oral cancer, which will have a major impact on oral health in the country, said Dr Kamila Azimova, a cosmetic dentist.
In addition, Locaud has led to lifestyle changes in many people, which can result in increased consumption of sugar and alcohol, which affect oral health.
In general, the deterioration of tooth enamel and tooth decay are the main problems.
Gum inflammation, caused by plaque, is a common condition that causes swelling and pain of the gums. If left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis, affecting the tissues that support the teeth.
Chipped teeth are also a problem and are usually caused by hitting the tooth with an object or biting down on a hard object. However, receding teeth can also be a sign of something else, such as tooth decay, teeth grinding, age, poor eating habits or an eating disorder.
Now that dentists have reopened their doors, but appointments are still scarce, it’s time to take the bull by the horns and make sure you’re doing everything you can (not your teeth) to keep your smile bright and healthy.
In the UK, private clinics and the NHS have been stretched to the limit during the pandemic, says Dr Geoffrey Sulitzer, head of clinical services at Smiledirectclub. Most people know that brushing and flossing several times a day not only keeps the mouth clean, but can also reduce chronic gingivitis and preserve tooth structure.
Brushing too hard can further weaken your teeth (Photo: Getty Images/Tetra Images RF)
However, it is a myth that the more often you brush your teeth, the cleaner they become. If you brush too hard or use too hard a toothbrush, the hard enamel that protects the inside of the tooth from decay can wear off, and the soft tissue of the gums can also wear off.
Remember to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, and if your gums start to bleed, don’t stop brushing.
Bleeding gums can be an early sign of gum disease. The best thing you can do is to keep brushing your teeth gently, as this helps remove harmful bacteria that can make gum disease worse.
The quickest and easiest way to create the illusion of a perfect smile is to whiten your teeth.
Ideally, professional bleaching or at least a bleaching toothpaste can help remove stains, says Dr Uchenna Okoye, clinical director of the London Smiling Dental Group and cosmetic dentist in Channel 5’s 10 Years Younger.
Cosmetic bleaching can drastically change the color of your teeth (Photo: Getty Images/Westend61)
Toothpaste can lighten up to two shades, but don’t choose an abrasive variety that can scratch enamel and cause even more discoloration. Whitening strips are effective, but they only work on the central area, and you can see the color difference on the side.
Bleaching pens can be used to treat smaller areas, and professional home bleaching baths are made to order and provide results within two to three weeks. Laser bleaching is the most expensive, takes only two hours, uses a more powerful gel, and you can refill it at home with spoons.
The three best ways to improve your smile
Trays are a less visible alternative to braces (Photo: Getty Images).
Clear Aligner therapy is specifically designed to treat mild to moderate crowding and deviation problems, says Dr. Jeffrey Sulitzer, chief clinical officer of Smiledirectclub.
Each mouthpiece is designed to gently and gradually move your teeth into the desired position. Traditional braces cost up to £6,000. This teeth straightening solution is prescribed and supervised by an orthodontist, costs 60% less and does not require monthly visits to the doctor.
Customers generally have two options: You can sign up for 3D tooth impressions at the clinic or order an at-home impression kit with a prescription from your dentist. With our service, teeth can be reshaped in as little as four to six months, and many clients see changes in their faces after only 60 days.
Bonding of composites
Composite bonding requires less drilling than traditional veneers (Photo: Getty Images)
A composite is a resin (the same material used for white fillings) that can be applied to a tooth to correct chips, lengthen and add volume, explains cosmetic dentist Jovan Ilangakun (@dryovaan).
The major advantage of this treatment is that it is minimally invasive and requires no tooth preparation, unlike traditional porcelain veneers and crowns that require more drilling. The larger the bore, the greater the risk that the tooth will die and require root canal treatment. Your dentist can make a temporary composite model very quickly to show you what your final smile will look like before you decide to start.
A filling can change the look of your smile (Photo: Getty Images)
You can improve your smile with minor procedures like Botox and fillers, says Dr. Sophie Schotter, medical director and founder of Illuminate Skin Clinic.
If someone feels that their smile shows too much gum tissue (chewy smile), we can inject a small amount of Botox to relax the muscles so that the gums are less visible when they smile.
We can also inject filler into the corners of the mouth to pull them up. It can restore the dark appearance. Some people have asymmetrical lips that can affect their smile, and we can also use fillers to even this out.
Are you too scared to go to the dentist? How to deal with dentophobia
If the thought of visiting the dentist makes you feverish, you may be suffering from dentophobia – the fear of the dentist.
More than half of the UK population suffers from anxiety or fear of visiting the dentist, according to a study by Dental Phobia. But why is it so common?
Children are not born with a fear of the dentist, says Dr. Kailesh Solanki, dentist and consultant at Dental Phobia.
In general, traumatic treatment leads to the development of dentophobia, and it is not uncommon for those affected to cancel their appointments altogether. So what can be done? It’s important to talk to your dentist about your fears, so that together you can make sure you feel comfortable, he adds.
Once the rules of social distancing are relaxed, visit the dental clinic and get to know the staff, the building and, if you can, the instruments. We believe that educating and even helping the patient with their treatment will help them feel more in control and less likely to panic.
Distraction techniques such as taking music to appointments, mindfulness, hypnotherapy and counselling can also help. Some people ask to be sedated before treatment.
This is usually done via a cannula placed in the back of the hand. You don’t fall asleep, but you go into a sleep-like state, so you’re not aware of what’s happening, says Kailesh. Hoping that your teeth will take care of themselves inevitably leads to problems.
A chipped tooth or bleeding gums means dragging yourself to the nearest doctor’s office, where you are told that because you missed several appointments, the work needed to repair your teeth and gums is much more extensive than it originally was, which can cost
more stress and money.
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PLUS At-home teeth whitening kits are dangerous because they burn the gums and can lead to tooth loss.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you look after your teeth in lockdown?
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