September 15, 2015
If you haven’t been to the dentist in quite some time, you should consider scheduling an appointment with your dentist who can determine if you still have a healthy smile.
According to Oral B, you should have your teeth examined every six months. Even more so if you have a disease such as diabetes that could cause gum disease or excessive dental caries.
Regular professional teeth cleaning and thorough checkups will make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy.
Recent research has indicated that there could be a relationship between gingivitis or periodontal disease and heart disease, diabetes and other systemic diseases. Your dentist explains that it may have something to do with bacteria leaving your gums and flowing into your blood stream.
Health issues aside, regular checkups with your dentist will help you keep your teeth. If you have issues with chips in your teeth or leaking fillings, something more evil could be lurking below those seemingly innocent cracks. Most people have no idea that fillings can be hiding more tooth decay.
When you schedule an appointment with your dentist, he or she will also give you an oral cancer screening. During your oral cancer screening, your tongue, the roof of your mouth and your neck will be checked for signs of anything abnormal. If your dentist detects something that is just not right, you may be referred to a specialist for further investigation. If your dentist has discovered a lump or spot, a biopsy may be necessary.
Don’t wait until you have a toothache, bleeding gums or a lost filling before you schedule an appointment as being proactive about your oral health is imperative if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Call and schedule an appointment with your dentist today for a thorough dental exam, and don’t forget to ask about an oral cancer screening during your check up as well. Call or click today.
June 15, 2015
Pulp Disease is a serious condition that needs to be taken care of by your dentist as soon as possible. If you suffer from poor oral health, it could lead to pulp disease that may require a root canal or even tooth removal.
Web MD explains that poor oral hygiene is the number one contributor to tooth pain, tooth decay and other tooth and gum conditions. Without good oral hygiene, habits that include brushing twice and flossing once each day, plaque, that sticky film that comes from food particles and other debris, could begin to develop. Plaque will cause dental caries and gum disease.
If cavities are left untreated, the tooth decay can affect the pulp, or center of your tooth. Tooth pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and tissue and if infected will eventually result in pulp disease. If you do not schedule an appointment with your dentist for pulp disease, you could eventually suffer from tooth loss.
According to your dentist you may be suffering from pulp disease if you have any of the symptoms below, which could vary in intensity, however, if the nerves inside your tooth have already died, you may not have any symptoms at all. Symptoms include,
- Tooth or teeth pain when eating or drinking something cold, hot, or sweet
- Intense and sudden mouth pain
- Mouth infections
If you have not seen your dentist for quite some time, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can give you a clean bill of health when it comes to pulp disease.
There are several types of pulp disease,
- Reversible Pulpitis
- Irreversible Pulp Disease
- Dental Pulp Calcification
- Dental Pulp Exposure
A mild inflammation, also known as reversible pulpitis can be offset with good oral hygiene; however, a filling may be necessary.
Severe inflammation is a sign of irreversible pulpitis and usually needs a root canal. If a root canal is unsuccessful, tooth removal may be necessary.
Dental nerve compression causes dental pulp calcification. Also called dental pulp stones, root canals are usually the only treatment for this type of pulp disease.
If you have damaged the external covering of your tooth because of a crack or cavity, the pulp may be exposed to bacteria and food particles. A trip to the dentist is imperative to avoid a serious infection.
Although some pulp disease is caused by trauma or injury because of a broken tooth, the majority of pulp disease is normally caused by poor oral hygiene. If you see your dentist regularly, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies and brush and floss regularly, you may be able to avoid pulp disease all together.
May 15, 2015
Kicking the habit is not just good for your body, but good for your teeth and gums as well.
According to your dentist, smoking and using tobacco products will cause bad breathe and tooth discoloration. If you are a heavy smoker and have nicotine stained fingers, you can only imagine what smoking is doing to your teeth.
Tobacco products can inflame the salivary glands on the roof of your mouth, and increase plaque and tartar buildup. Continued use of tobacco products can also cause jawbone loss. If you smoke cigars, cigarettes, pipes, hookah pipes or chew tobacco, you are increasing the risk of white patches, or leukoplakia inside of your mouth. Tobacco use can also delay the healing process if you are having any type of oral surgery including tooth extractions, periodontal treatment, or dental implants. In fact, the success rate of dental implants is considerably lower for people who smoke or chew tobacco. Not only does tobacco increase your risk for oral cancer, but can also cause gum disease, which if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.
Tobacco can cause gum disease as it affects the soft tissue and bone attachment to your teeth. The American Dental Association explains that smoking affects the normal functions of your gum tissue cells. This interference makes tobacco users more susceptible to periodontal disease and other infections. Because smoking and chewing tobacco impairs the flow of blood to your gums, it can also slow the healing process.
Just like cigarettes, pipes, cigars and hookah pipes will eventually lead to all sorts of oral health problems. A 23-year study showed tooth and bone loss in cigar and pipe smokers that was equivalent to cigarette smokers. Although cigar smokers do not inhale, they are still subject to other oral health problems including gum disease, stained teeth, bad breath, and oral cancer.
If you thought you were safe with smokeless tobacco products, think again. Because snuff and chewing tobacco contain over 28 chemicals they will increase your risk of throat and oral cancer. It’s a fact that chewing tobacco has more nicotine than cigarettes making it difficult to kick the chewing habit. One pinch will deliver more dangerous nicotine than 60 cigarettes.
Chewing tobacco irritates your gum tissue causing recession. Once the roots of your teeth are exposed, you are increasing the risk of dental caries. Exposed roots will also cause tooth sensitivity. If that isn’t bad enough, sugar is sometime added to enhance the flavor of chewing tobacco that can also put you at risk for tooth decay.
The best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is to stop smoking and practice good oral hygiene that includes brushing twice and flossing once each day and enjoying a good health diet that is full of fruits and vegetables. Of course, regular checkups with your dentist should also be included in your oral health regime.
For more information regarding tobacco use and your oral health, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.
February 15, 2015
Gum disease is reversible as long as you take care of it immediately. If your gums are red and swollen and bleed when you brush, floss, or take a bite out of an apple, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a professional cleaning.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can be nipped in the bud with a professional cleaning from your dentist, but if it has progressed to the more serious periodontal disease, Root Planing and Scaling may be recommended to help your gums heal.
According to Web MD, a stubborn case of gum disease can be reversed with Root Planing and Scaling. This procedure will remove the tartar and plaque from your teeth to help your gums become pink and firm.
During the Scaling portion of the procedure, your dentist may or may not numb your gums and the roots of your teeth using a local anesthetic. Although the procedure is not painful, it can be uncomfortable.
After your gums are numb, your dentist will use tools to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar from your teeth both below and above your gum line. This is called Root Scaling. Some dentists may use an ultrasonic tool or a combination of the two.
Once the Root Scaling has been completed, your dentist will begin Root Planing. This involves smoothing out the rough spots on your teeth and the roots in order to prevent the bacteria and plaque from adhering to your teeth.
Although Root Planing and Scaling can usually be taken care of in a single visit, your dentist may prefer to do a quarter, or quadrant, or half of your month during each dental appointment.
Root Planing and Scaling is a simple procedure, but it is important that you let your dentist know your health history as the treatment can introduce certain bacteria into your bloodstream. This is especially true if you have liver disease, a systemic illness, heart problems, or an immune system that has been compromised.
For more information regarding gum disease and Root Planing and Scaling, schedule an appointment with your dentist who can determine if your teeth and gums are healthy.
January 15, 2015
An attractive smile not only boosts your self-confidence but can also make you more appealing to others. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of those who responded felt that an attractive smile made the person more appealing.
Of course, your dentist explains that good oral health goes beyond your smile. Your mouth is literally the gateway to your entire body meaning that the condition of your teeth and gums will affect your overall health.
Brushing regularly is the first step when it comes to good oral health as it helps remove the bacteria loving food particles, freshens breath, and cleans your teeth. Use a fluoride toothpaste recommended by the American Dental Association and be sure to brush at least two minutes twice each day. If you have a tough time, consider purchasing an electric toothbrush with a built in timer.
Flossing once a day helps to remove the bacteria that your toothbrush can’t get to. Flossing helps prevent gum disease and when you floss before bedtime, you are helping your mouth become less vulnerable to bacteria. When you sleep, your mouth produces less saliva making you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Only your dentist can spot gum disease in its earliest stages. Schedule twice-yearly cleanings and checkups with your dentist. If you are more prone to cavities and gingivitis or periodontal disease, consider seeing your dentist quarterly. In addition, if you have diabetes, cancer or other immune disorders, ask your dentist how often you should schedule appointments.
Examine your mouth regularly checking for any irregularities. If you have a sore that just won’t heal, bleeding or sensitive gums schedule an appointment with your dentist as quickly as possible.
Eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin C can help boost your immune system. Because your teeth are mostly made up of calcium, dairy foods and other calcium rich foods such as kale and sardines can keep your tooth enamel strong. In addition, vitamin C can help prevent gingivitis as it helps keep your gums healthy.
Avoid sticky and sugary foods and keep starchy foods to a minimum as they can stick to the crevices in your teeth. Bacteria will feed off the sugars while releasing cavity-causing acids. If you must indulge, rinse or brush as soon as you can.
Kick the habit and you are less likely to be diagnosed with gum disease. Your teeth will be noticeable whiter and your breath won’t scare others away if you give up tobacco products.
Your dentist also recommends tooth whitening, dental veneers, and other cosmetic restoration procedures for a healthier and more attractive smile.
For more information regarding cosmetic dental restorations or a total mouth makeover, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.
September 15, 2014
If you or someone in your family has been toying with the idea of lip, tongue, cheek, or uvula piercing, schedule an appointment with your dentist who may be able to persuade you or your kids otherwise.
According to Web MD, oral piercings can cause serious health issues to your entire body, including your teeth and gums.
The actual wound that is created by the needle can easily become infected, as your mouth is already home to millions of bacterium. If additional bacteria are introduced from the open wound or the jewelry itself, your dentist will tell you that you could be asking for an infection.
Lip, cheek, uvula, and tongue piercing could put you at risk when it comes to the transmission of blood borne diseases including Hepatitis B, C, D and G and the Herpes Simplex Virus.
If you have undiagnosed heart problems, your dentist explains that you could be setting yourself up for an inflammation of the heart or the heart valves. Known as Endocarditis, it is caused by bacteria entering your bloodstream through the oral piercing wound.
Some loss of sensation or numbness is normal after cheek, lip, tongue, or uvula piercing, but if the person who performs the oral piercing accidentally hits a nerve, it could become permanent.
If one of the blood vessels accidentally is punctured, you could be in for prolonged bleeding, or worse yet, severe blood loss.
Some dentists have seen cases where the tongue has swelled up so severely it restricted the air passageways making breathing next to impossible.
Jewelry Aspiration occurs if you accidentally breathe in part of the stud, ring, or barbell. If swallowed that jewelry could make you to choke or cause injuries to your lungs or digestive track.
Oral piercing can cause problems with chewing, eating, and speaking. Excessive saliva production is also a consideration, and could make uncontrollable drooling permanent.
People tend to play with mouth jewelry, which could cause gum disease and damage to your gum tissue. Once gum recession begins, it is very difficult to stop and may eventually lead to tooth loss.
According to a recent study, over 47 percent of people who wear mouth jewelry have cracked or chipped at least one tooth.
If you would like more information regarding oral piercing, schedule an appointment with your dentist who may be able to convince you that ear piercing is a much safer option.