Routine dental exams check your teeth and mouth, but your dentist also checks for other health problems that could be contributing to bad oral health.
Your oral health says a lot about what’s going on in the rest of your body, so if you have problems with your teeth it could be a sign of some of these other health problems:
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can contribute to gum problems, including red and bleeding gums and even gum disease. If you suddenly start experiencing problems with your gums, it’s a good idea to have your blood pressure checked.
Additionally, certain medications that treat high blood pressure can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to tooth decay because saliva helps eliminate bacteria on the teeth.
Kidney disease is another health problem that is known to contribute to poor gum health, which can turn into a vicious cycle. Kidney disease negatively impacts the gums and in turn, chronic gum infections can cause inflammation in the kidneys and the rest of the body.
Obesity is linked to periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease. It starts as gingivitis, but over time can become far more serious. Those who struggle with obesity should take extra care to monitor and maintain gum health to avoid periodontal disease.
Loose teeth in older adults is a sign of fragile and weakening bones. Dental x-rays can reveal a lack of density in the jaw which is a good indication of osteoporosis. Your dentist will refer you to a doctor if he suspects you might have osteoporosis.
Diabetes is another disease that causes periodontal disease. Keeping your blood sugar under control can really help protect your gums if you have diabetes. Patients with both diabetes and periodontal disease are often referred to periodontists for treatment and might even need gum surgery.
Some of the earliest signs of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are evident in your mouth. Thrush, a yeast infection in the mouth, can be an early sign of HIV. The virus can also cause herpes, mouth sores and gum disease. Although HIV itself isn’t curable, most of the oral symptoms are treatable with medication.
Anemia is the condition of having too few red blood cells in the blood. Anemic patients usually have pale gums that might be sore to touch. The treatment for anemia depends on the cause, but if your dentist suspects you might have anemia they will refer you to the appropriate doctor.
There are many health problems that can result in bad teeth. If you suspect that your oral health is suffering due to an underlying illness, you should seek professional help right away.(01/18/2021)
Cheek biting, also known as morsicatio buccarum, is a chronic condition characterised by repetitively biting the inside of the mouth.
Cheek biting, similar to nail biting, is a stress-related habit that stems from anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and if left untreated, can lead to serious health concerns.
We speak to dental surgeon Dr Richard Marques about the common causes and potential health implications of cheek biting:
What is cheek biting?
Cheek biting is a self-injurious habit, which can be undertaken either accidentally or repeatedly on purpose, and is considered a mental health disorder if it interferes with your quality of life or causes serious injury or distress.
‘Cheek biting is relatively common especially in urban cities, such as London, where stress levels tend to be higher,’ says Dr Marques. ‘However, severe cheek biting and habitual cheek biting are more rare.’
Cheek biting causes
Common triggers include stress, anxiety and boredom. Previous research also suggests that body-focused repetitive behaviours such as this often begin in late childhood and can last throughout adulthood.
‘Sometimes it happens when people are grinding their teeth or eating,’ says Dr Marques. ‘Other times people chew their cheeks as a habit. Cheek biting is usually seen as lesions, which appear as white patches, on the inside of the cheeks that corresponds with the area where the teeth meet. It can also affect the lips and tongue, although the cheeks are the most common.’
Cheek biting dangers
Cases of cheek biting vary in severity, from one-off occurrences to deep and painful self-inflicted injuries. The primary consequence of biting the inside of the cheek repeatedly is injury to your mouth tissue, which can lead to mouth sores and ulcers.
Often, cheek biters have a favourite area to nibble away at, meaning that they repetitively break the skin in the same place inside the mouth.
‘Pain and ulcers are the most harmless outcomes,’ says Dr Marques. ‘However, ulcers can cause problems, as they are liable to get bitten again once formed.’
How to stop cheek biting
If you find yourself persistently biting the inside of your mouth, you might benefit from a bite-guard. Ask your dentist for advice.
‘If grinding is the issue then a bite-guard worn during the night, or even during the day, can help to stop the trauma on the cheeks,’ advises Dr Marques. ‘This is a semi-rigid device that prevents the teeth grinding on each other and also covers the sharp areas of the cusps; the biting surface.’
Stress and cheek biting
If it’s stress-related or an obsessive-compulsive issue, then you might benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
To minimise the damage done by cheek biting, give the following tips a go and see if they help:
Identify your triggers
Find yourself chewing away when you have a looming deadline or presentation? Once you know what sets you off, you can find something else to chew on, the most obvious choice being gum.
Use lip balm
Similarly, if it is a lip-biting problem, applying lip gloss or lip balm may help you abstain, or at least make you realise what you are doing.
Lower your stress levels and provide alternative, healthy anxiety solutions such as regular exercise and meditation.
In some instances, hypnosis has been found to help with obsessive-compulsive habits. Find a hypnotherapist through the Professional Standards Authority.(01/17/2021)
Your bark may be worse than your bite, but your bite is a very important part of your oral health. In orthodontics, “bite” refers to the way upper and lower teeth come together. A bad bite, called a “malocclusion,” happens when teeth meet improperly, or they don’t meet at all. While each individual bite problem is unique, there are seven broad types of bite problems that are common in children and adults.
When upper teeth fit inside of lower teeth. Can be caused by misalignment of teeth (including baby teeth) or a misalignment of the bone; can affect a single tooth or groups of teeth.
Possible consequences if not corrected: The jaw shifts to one side; lopsided jaw growth; wearing down of outer layer of the tooth called “enamel”.
Posterior crossbite: If the back teeth are affected, upper teeth are to the inside of bottom teeth.
Anterior crossbite: If the front teeth are in crossbite, the top teeth are behind the bottom teeth.
The lower jaw sits in front of the upper jaw.
Possible consequences if not corrected: Face has “bull dog” appearance; tooth wear; stress on jaw joints.
3. Open bite
Anterior open bite: Occurs when the back teeth are together, and the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. This can result from excessive sucking, tongue thrusting or mouth breathing.
Posterior open bite: Occurs when the front teeth meet, but the back teeth do not.
Possible consequences if not corrected: Swallowing problems; tongue pushes through teeth when swallowing. Possible speech problems.
4.- Deep bite
When the bite is closed, the upper front teeth cover the bottom teeth too much.
Possible consequences if not corrected: Upper teeth can bite into lower gums; lower teeth can bite into the roof of the mouth. Possible gum disease, early enamel wear.
Insufficient space for the teeth. This can be a result of big teeth or inadequate space in the jaw or both. This may result in teeth that overlap, are rotated, or take on a crooked/staggered appearance.
Possible consequences if not corrected: Hard to clean; possible cavities, especially in between the teeth; gum disease.
Too much space between teeth. It can result from missing teeth, undersized teeth, oversized jaws, or a combination of these conditions.
Possible consequences if not corrected: Food gets stuck in open areas. Possible cavities, gum disease.
Front teeth that stick out (“buck” teeth). Teeth may appear protrusive because the upper jaw is too far forward, the lower jaw is too far back, the teeth grew in at an angle, or a combination of these conditions. Sometimes people who have protrusive front teeth also have a deep bite.
Possible consequences if not corrected: Upper teeth are prone to accidental breaking; hard to comfortably close the mouth and lips, leading to dried out oral tissues followed by tooth decay. Speech problems. Long, narrow face.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has one of the seven common bite problems, an AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) orthodontist can help. Parents – there’s no need to wait until your child has lost all her baby teeth before you consult an orthodontist. It’s fine to talk to an orthodontist as soon as you think you see a problem in your child.(01/16/2021)
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Do you have a tooth that hurts every time you eat or bite down on it?
There are specific factors that can cause tooth pain when chewing. Understanding the warning signs can give you a head start on treating the cause and preserving your tooth. More often than not, our Ottawa dentists warn that the pain you feel from biting down boils down to one of seven different dental problems.
If biting or chewing is causing tooth pain, it’s most likely due to one of these factors:
The Tooth / Crown / Filling is “High”
“Occlusion” is the word we use to describe the way teeth bite together. When the upper and lower teeth occlude properly, the pressure is distributed evenly so that there aren’t any specific areas bearing the brunt of the weight.
In instances where a tooth, filling, or crown (”cap”) sits too high, it can cause pain when you bite down on it. This sensation is usually most noticeable right after dental treatment is completed and the anaesthetic wears off. The opposing tooth may also hurt, due to the extra pressure exerted on it when your teeth fully engage.
We can use a special type of marking paper to measure and evaluate your occlusion, making note of any areas that are hitting higher/harder than others. By adjusting your bite, that extra pressure is taken off and the involved teeth won’t feel sore from chewing anymore.
Large Cavity in a Tooth
Have a toothache or sensitive teeth after eating? Tooth decay (cavities) can leave lingering pain after you eat certain types of food. Many people are sensitive to sweets — whether it’s a flavoured coffee, a breakfast pastry, or even a soda — when they have a cavity. Large cavities can get food stuck in them which can cause pressure and result in pain.
Since advanced tooth decay can irritate the pulp (nerve) inside the tooth, you can experience painful flare-ups each time you bite, chew, or put food into your mouth. However, it’s important to note that not all cavities hurt. If you feel a rough edge, a possible opening in your tooth enamel, or a strange sensation when you bite down, be sure to schedule an exam with a dentist to have it evaluated to prevent further advancement into the pulp or worse.
You Have a Dental Abscess
When you experience pain with a specific tooth when pressure is being applied, it could be due to an abscess around the tip of the root. This swelling or cyst inside of the bone puts pressure against the tooth, causing pain when you bite or push down on it.
Abscess drainage and swelling can come and go, with symptoms feeling worse some days and going unnoticed on others. Fistulas — small pimples on the gums — often appear near the tooth and cause a salty tasting drainage to seep out of the area. The only viable treatment for preserving an abscessed tooth is to perform a root canal.
One of the most challenging and difficult to diagnose dental conditions is a cracked tooth. More often than not, there are no obvious symptoms other than pain when you bite down on it. If you have a toothache after eating, try to determine if it’s coming from a specific area. Using a special bite stick to see if there is tooth pain with pressure applied at specific points, we can help rule out a fractured root.
Although severe fractures can show up on dental X-rays, hairline fractures are more often undetectable on the X-ray. Special diagnosis and testing can determine whether the tooth is cracked.
Any time you have tooth pain when biting down, we want to consider the health of your gums.
During your dental exam, we will measure the attachment levels around each tooth. Depending on the severity of tissue detachment, you could also be experiencing symptoms of bleeding or swollen gums, spaces between teeth, exposed tooth roots, heavy tartar build-up, mobility and sensitive teeth.
Nasal / Sinus Pressure or Congestion
The roots of your teeth are situated in close proximity to your nasal sinuses. Tooth pain when you bite down may not necessarily mean there’s a dental problem. Rather, it could be because the sinuses are inflamed.
Usually, the teeth that are most sensitive are your molars (back teeth) or premolars/bicuspids (the teeth in front of your molars but behind your cuspids/”eye” teeth). Lower teeth are not affected.
Gum Recession and Root Exposure
Gingival (gum) recession doesn’t necessarily cause tooth pain when chewing, but it can make your affected teeth extremely sensitive if there’s pressure applied to the exposed root. If you’re eating or drinking and food comes into contact with your root surface, you’re likely to feel a sharp pain on that specific tooth.
Gum recession can be caused by factors like aggressive tooth brushing, trauma, teeth grinding, tooth position and gum disease.
Don’t Ignore the Signs
Tooth pain isn’t something that just goes away on its own over time. Unlike other types of body aches that improve with rest or an over-the-counter pain reliever, toothaches mean that something more serious is going on inside of your mouth and these pain symptoms shouldn’t be ignored.(01/15/2021)
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Are you one of those people that fall victim to laziness when it comes to oral hygiene? Maybe you’ve had a long, hard day and just don’t feel like brushing your teeth before going to bed. Or perhaps you don’t give it much thought, and before you know, you haven’t brushed or flossed your teeth in days! If this sounds like you, be mindful in what you’re about to read.
The mouth is one of the dirtiest areas of the body. It’s been said that the mouth harbors more bacteria than there are people on this planet, but whether that is an accurate statement or not, the mouth does host an abundance of bacteria.1 What is known, however, is that not all bacteria are bad; bacteria are needed to sustain homeostasis, but when bacteria have time to cultivate in the mouth it can lead to problems like periodontitis, a serious gum disease.2 Gum disease can complicate an already existing health issue or may even bring on a new one. It also makes for an unsightly smile.
It doesn’t take long to visibly see when one’s mouth lacks attention. In just a matter of days you’re able to see yellow buildup of dental plaque from not brushing. And when poor oral hygiene continues, the plaque builds giving way to inflammation of the gum and eventually infection.2
Oral Hygiene and General Health
In the not so distant past, oral hygiene was not considered a factor in one’s overall general health, but today, science has proven there is a strong link between the two.2
A poor oral hygiene regimen can be a bacterial breeding ground and when oral hygiene is neglected or ignored it will eventually cause periodontal disease.2Bacterium associated with periodontitis can enter the bloodstream via bleeding gums which is what links the two together.4 Here are just a few medical conditions linked to poor oral hygiene:
Heart disease – Bacteria in the bloodstream can travel to the heart and lead to a heart attack.2,3,4
Endocarditis – Bacteria may find its way to the inner linings of the heart and valves which in turn, create growth pockets of bacteria. These pockets cause inflammation and infection of the inner linings of the heart. 1,5
Stroke – There are a number of reasons why a stroke may occur – one of them is the narrowing of artery walls and another is blood clots. It is believed that oral bacteria may be a contributing factor to the arteries narrowing as well as blood clots easily forming because of the body’s negative response to the bacteria in the bloodstream. 3,4
Inflammation – Inflamed gums and bleeding may cause systemic inflammation. 4
Rheumatoid Arthritis – It is known that periodontal disease will worsen the pain already suffered by those inflicted with this auto immune disorder.2
Lung Condition – Those already suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and pneumonia may have their condition worsened due to an increase of bacteria in their lungs. 2
The best way to fight periodontal disease and health issues linked to oral bacteria is to have a good oral hygiene regimen. Removing plaque buildup is necessary to keeping your gums and teeth free from disease. Brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss regularly.2 If you’re unsure of the correct technique to flossing, at your next visit to your dentist have the dental assistant show you the correct procedure to flossing your teeth. Moreover, it’s crucial that see your dentist regularly (once or twice a year) for your checkups and cleanings. If you find you’re having dental problems, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your dentist to prevent further, more severe health complications.
Brushing and flossing is the best prevention to a healthy mouth!(01/15/2021)
Time to time, you will be suffering from an oral problem. The matter is the same with every person either with bad or good oral health. Yes, people who maintain proper dental care also suffer from minor dental problems. Minor dental problems are inevitable as our teeth also have nerves and tissues and our mouth is working most of the time. Our teeth and gums are affected every time we consume food or drinks.
Maintaining your dental health can lessen the effect of dental problems. But sometimes, there are some common oral problems that are temporary and go away with time, like the ones stated below.
Canker sores are one of the common oral problems that get healed over time. Cankers sores can appear on any soft tissue in the mouth like lips, inner cheeks, mouth roof, etc. Canker sores make one uncomfortable while eating and talking. There are several causes of canker sores that you may not even know of. Canker sores can appear three to four times a year, and they can last up to a week or less.
Sensitivity can be caused to anyone and any at age.
Sensitivity is the condition where you feel mild pain or discomfort when eating or drinking something hot or cold. The pain or discomfort in the teeth is a response to a stimulus that is hot or cold temperatures. Sensitivity can happen to a single tooth or several teeth at a time.
Most of the sensitivity can be treated by maintaining good oral health. One of the major causes of sensitivity is thinner tooth enamel. Thin enamel can be caused by reasons like brushing too hard or grinding teeth at night. You can visit your dentist to get a quick remedy for teeth sensitivity.
Bad breath is a dental problem that occurs mostly in adults. The bad odour can come from your mouth or teeth. In addition to that, you may also notice a bad taste in your mouth. The reason for bad breath can be keeping poor oral hygiene or consuming foods and beverages containing oil or any other strong smell. Smoking can also cause bad breath as it dries your mouth and affects salivation. Bad breath is mostly temporary and can be healed or prevented by maintaining good oral health. You can also use mouthwash to keep the bad breath away.
You don’t have to worry much about such problems but make sure you follow good dental care routine. Healthy dental care will save you from any such common oral problems.(01/14/2021)
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Lichen planus is a disease that can affect the skin and any lining mucosa. This could be the oral, esophageal, vaginal mucosa as well as the skin. Often, it is found only in the oral cavity. Overall, lichen planus affects approximately 2 percent of the population. Although the disorder may occur in all age groups, women over the age 50 years are most commonly affected.
The cause of lichen planus is not completely understood, but genetics and immunity may be involved. Findings suggest that the body is reacting to an antigen (i. e. an allergic type reaction) within the surface of the skin or mucosa. Some authorities think that lichen planus is an autoimmune disorder in which the skin cells lining the mouth are attacked by the white blood cells, but more research is needed. Others classify lichen planus as a cell-mediated immune response and believe that since a specific antigen has not been identified, it is premature to classify the disorder as autoimmune.
Appearance in the mouth
Lichen planus can appear in the mouth in several different patterns. The reticular pattern (see right) is commonly found on the cheeks as lacy web-like, white threads that are slightly raised. These lines are sometimes referred to as Wickham’s Striae. The name lichen comes from a plant that is often seen growing on rocks with its mossy, web-like appearance.
The erosive (atrophic) pattern can affect any mucosal surface, including the cheeks, tongue, and gums (see left). This form often appears bright red due to the loss of the top layer of the mucosa in the affected area. In most instances, individuals with erosive lichen planus are uncomfortable when eating and drinking, particularly with extremes of temperature, acidic, coarse, or spicy foods.
Lichenoid reactions are instances of mucosal disease that resemble lichen planus both clinically and microscopically, but are due to an allergic response (see Right). The list of potential offending agents is extensive and includes medications, oral hygiene products and occasionally, metallic filling materials placed by your dentist. Identifying the underlying cause of a lichenoid reaction is often challenging, but when successful leads to lesion resolution.
The severity and subsequent disability caused by lichen planus varies from inconsequential to severe. Skin lesions are typically present as a purple to brown in color, raised rash that can be very itchy (see Left). In addition to the oral mucosa, other mucosal surfaces such as the eyes, esophagus, and genitalia may be affected.(01/13/2021)
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An Amalgam Tattoo (also called a focal argyrosis) is the most common pigmentation of the oral cavity. It is anarea of permanent bluish-gray pigmentation resulting from amalgam (silver) filling particles falling into small, openwounds created during dental treatment or by trauma shortly after a dental treatment, when small, fresh amalgamparticles still cling to the mucosa.
What are the Signs & Symptoms of an Amalgam Tattoo?
The amalgam tattoo presents as a soft, painless, non-ulcerated, blue / gray / black macule (a small, flat, distinct,coloured area of skin that is ≤ 10 mm in diameter and does not include a change in skin texture or thickness) with nosurrounding reddening.
They are more common in the lower jaw than the upper, typically in the bicuspid-molar region. The tattoo is foundmore frequently in women than in men, perhaps because women more frequently seek dental care. It is also seenmore frequently with advancing patient age, presumably because of increased exposure to dental procedures overtime.
There are no symptoms of an amalgam tattoo. In most cases, you won't even know you have one.
How are they treated?
Reassurance. No treatment is necessary but a biopsy can be performed to rule out melanoma or anotherpigmented lesions.
Tattoos visible on the X-ray are usually not biopsied and those occurring on the visible part of the lips can beremoved for cosmetic reasons.
There is no malignant potential for this lesion.
Do they come back?An amalgam tattoo is permanent unless it is removed surgically. As amalgam tattoos do not cause harm, theprognosis is excellent.(01/13/2021)
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Black hairy tongue is a temporary, harmless oral condition that gives the tongue a dark, furry appearance. The distinct look usually results from a buildup of dead skin cells on the many tiny projections (papillae) on the surface of the tongue that contain taste buds.
These papillae, which are longer than normal, can easily trap and be stained by bacteria, yeast, tobacco, food or other substances.
Although black hairy tongue may look alarming, typically it doesn't cause any health problems, and it's usually painless. Black hairy tongue usually resolves by eliminating possible causes or contributing factors and practicing good oral hygiene.
Signs and symptoms of black hairy tongue include:
Black discoloration of the tongue, although the color may be brown, tan, green, yellow or white
A hairy or furry appearance of the tongue
Altered taste or metallic taste in your mouth
Bad breath (halitosis)
Gagging or tickling sensation, if the overgrowth of the papillae is excessive
When to see a doctor:
Though unattractive, black hairy tongue is usually a temporary, harmless condition.
See your doctor if:
You're concerned about the appearance of your tongue
Black hairy tongue persists despite brushing your teeth and tongue twice daily.
Black hairy tongue typically results when projections on the tongue called papillae grow longer because they don't shed dead skin cells like normal. This makes the tongue look hairy. Debris, bacteria or other organisms can collect on the papillae and result in discoloration.
Although the cause of black hairy tongue can't always be determined, possible causes or contributing factors include:
Changes in the normal bacteria or yeast content of the mouth after antibiotic use
Poor oral hygiene
Dry mouth (xerostomia)
Regular use of mouthwashes containing irritating oxidizing agents, such as peroxide
Drinking excessive amounts of coffee or black tea
Excessive alcohol use
Eating a soft diet that doesn't help to rub dead skin cells from your tongue.(01/12/2021)
If you are familiar with psoriasis, you know that it's an autoimmune disease and skin condition that typically takes the form of thick, silvery scales or dry, red, sometimes itchy patches on the skin. According to the Mayo Clinic, psoriasis occurs when the life cycle of skin cells is sped up, creating a buildup of rough, dead skin cells.
While psoriasis isn't contagious and incredibly common, it is a genetic immune disorder. The triggers vary from person to person—which means the onset of symptoms can come from stress, weather (especially dry weather), smoking, drinking alcohol, or existing infections.
Luckily, psoriasis is a common disease, and treatments are widely available.
How Oral Psoriasis Is Related to Regular Psoriasis
While psoriasis typically appears on the skin, psoriasis in the mouth can occur in rare cases—especially if you already have psoriasis on your skin. That being said, unlike psoriasis in the skin, psoriasis on the lips, tongue, or corner of the mouth does not have a regular pattern caused by known triggers, so outbreaks can come about without any reasons you might associate with outbreaks on your skin.
Psoriasis in the mouth is uncommon—but if you do think you're experiencing symptoms, talk to your dentist or dermatologist to make sure it's psoriasis (and not another common mouth sore like a cold sore or canker sore).
How to Tell if You Have Oral Psoriasis
Think you might be experiencing oral psoriasis? Here are some common signs, according to a 2019 article published in Cureus,
Small, whitish bumps that may bleed when scraped
Red and white plaques
How to Treat Your Symptoms
If you think you're experiencing symptoms, talk to your dentist or dermatologist to discuss the best way to treat and manage your symptoms. In most cases, your doctor will probably order a biopsy to ensure you're receiving the proper diagnosis. If it's confirmed oral psoriasis, then they'll prescribe you a treatment specific to your needs.
According to Medical News Today, common treatments for psoriasis in your mouth can be:
Topical steroid creams
Anti-inflammatory oral medications
These medications can help reduce inflammation and pain, making it easier to eat and drink. Also, you may find that your oral psoriasis improves if you're already treating skin symptoms.
While there's no cure for oral psoriasis, you can avoid flare-ups by taking some simple precautions, such as:
Avoiding spicy foods
Using a mouth rinse
Practicing good oral hygiene
Above all, be sure to talk to your doctor, dentist, or dermatologist before using any medication to treat your psoriasis. Psoriasis of the mouth can be uncomfortable—but with the right diagnosis and care, you should be able to manage and treat your symptoms.(01/11/2021)
Difficulty swallowing is also called dysphagia. It is usually a sign of a problem with your throat or esophagus —the muscular tube that moves food and liquids from the back of your mouth to your stomach. Although dysphagia can happen to anyone, it is most common in older adults, babies, and people who have problems of the brain or nervous system.
There are many different problems that can prevent the throat or esophagus from working properly. Some of these are minor, and others are more serious. If you have a hard time swallowing once or twice, you probably do not have a medical problem. But if you have trouble swallowing on a regular basis, you may have a more serious problem that needs treatment.
Causes of dysphagia
Dysphagia is usually caused by another health condition, such as:
a condition that affects the nervous system, such as a stroke, head injury, multiple sclerosis or dementia
cancer – such as mouth cancer or oesophageal cancer
gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) – where stomach acid leaks back up into the oesophagus
Children can also have dysphagia as a result of a developmental or learning disability, such as cerebral palsy.
Dysphagia can sometimes lead to further problems.
One of the most common problems is coughing or choking, when food goes down the "wrong way" and blocks your airway. This can lead to chest infections, such as aspiration pneumonia, which require urgent medical treatment.
Aspiration pneumonia can develop after accidentally inhaling something, such as a small piece of food.
Warning signs of aspiration pneumonia include:
a wet, gurgly voice while eating or drinking
coughing while eating or drinking
difficulty breathing – breathing may be rapid and shallow
If you, or someone you care for, have been diagnosed with dysphagia and you develop these symptoms, contact your treatment team immediately, or call NHS 111.
Dysphagia may mean that you avoid eating and drinking due to a fear of choking, which can lead to malnutrition and dehydration.
Dysphagia can also affect your quality of life because it may prevent you from enjoying meals and social occasions.
Dysphagia in children
If children with long-term dysphagia aren't eating enough, they may not get the essential nutrients they need for physical and mental development.
Children who have difficulty eating may also find meal times stressful, which may lead to behavioural problems.
How is it treated?
Your treatment will depend on what is causing your dysphagia. Treatment for dysphagia includes:
Exercises for your swallowing muscles. If you have a problem with your brain, nerves, or muscles, you may need to do exercises to train your muscles to work together to help you swallow. You may also need to learn how to position your body or how to put food in your mouth to be able to swallow better.
Changing the foods you eat. Your doctor may tell you to eat certain foods and liquids to make swallowing easier.
Dilation. In this treatment, a device is placed down your esophagus to carefully expand any narrow areas of your esophagus. You may need to have the treatment more than once.
Endoscopy. In some cases, a long, thin scope can be used to remove an object that is stuck in your esophagus.
Surgery. If you have something blocking your esophagus (such as a tumor or diverticula), you may need surgery to remove it. Surgery is also sometimes used in people who have a problem that affects the lower esophageal muscle (achalasia).
Medicines. If you have dysphagia related to GERD, heartburn, or esophagitis, prescription medicines may help prevent stomach acid from entering your esophagus. Infections in your esophagus are often treated with antibiotic medicines.(01/11/2021)
Your baby is very delicate and fragile. That’s why you make sure everything is well taken care of, including his things, toys and feeding schedule. However, there are times he may get cranky or irritable. There are many reasons why they become irritable, and one of the most common problems faced by babies and children are related to the oral cavity or the mouth.
What Could Be Causing My Baby’s Mouth Problems?
From a few days of life to toddlerhood, your child is sure to develop a mouth problem at some point. Here are the most common ones and how to curb them.
Chapped lips can be uncomfortable. Can you imagine how your newborn feels when their lips are chapped? Though this is a common problem among newborns, you should try to treat it immediately because it could negatively impact sleeping and feeding.
Though having chapped lips is common among babies, it is important to prevent it from making sure the baby is hydrated. Moreover, during hot summer months or dry winter, the risk of having chapped lips is higher. Make sure you protect their lips through covering the lips and preventing them from breathing through their mouth.
Oral thrush or yeast infection in the mouth is also a common mouth condition among infants. The most common cause of this oral problem is the use of antibiotics for either the mother or infant, previous vaginal fungal infection in the mother and low birth weight.
Candida albicans, the pathogen associated with oral thrush is a common living organism found in the mouth and other parts of the body. However, if the immune system becomes altered or compromised, it causes the fungi to proliferate, leading to oral thrush.
If your baby has oral thrush, the pediatrician can prescribe an anti-fungal oral gel or oral suspension for you to use. It is important to finish the treatment and sterilize all the bottles, nipples and pacifiers used. It will prevent reinfection and the passing of the infection from the baby’s mouth to your nipples if you’re breastfeeding.
Ulcers And Cold Sores
Ulcers and cold sores are more serious mouth conditions in babies. Cold sores, specifically, could be a sign of a viral infection that may affect the child’s health. Mouth ulcers in children between the age of 1 and five years old are most commonly caused by the herpes simplex virus.
These ulcers appear as flat, tiny and yellowish spots anywhere in the mouth and tongue. These could affect the child’s feeding and could take up to two weeks to disappear. Though this is common among children, newborns seldom develop this infection. However, if it does, it could lead to potentially fatal effects since their immune system is still immature and unable to ward off such infections.
It is important to keep your baby well hydrated. Be mindful of hygiene by washing your hands regularly and keeping your child’s belongings separate from others because this is an extremely contagious illness.
There are many conditions that can affect your infant or child’s oral cavity including the lips, tongue, and gums. The bad thing about these conditions is that some of them affect the child’s feeding or drinking. They sometimes become dehydrated, and that is a serious problem if it’s not attended to immediately. The bottom line is, no matter what oral condition your baby or child has, it is vital to make sure he or she drinks water regularly to prevent dehydration.(01/10/2021)
When you can’t open your mouth that is not normal. These problems can be treated without surgery.
Limited or restricted mouth opening can often be a difficult yet challenging problem to face. Decisions have to be made. Understanding of the condition also has to be deciphered as well as history as to how the problem occurred (e.g., was it from an recent accident, fall, yawning a certain way…) or was it a sudden onset and one wakes up with “locked” restricted mouth opening in pain?
When condlyes are compressed up and back and the disc are displaced typically anterior and medially there will be a lot of pain behind the eyes, headaches, facial pain, temporal pain and it is miserable…pain is no fun! The mandible is being forced back because of the clamping muscles, yet at the same time the disc is being squished and traumatized because the vertical dimension of the bite specifically in the posterior region of the jaw due to insufficient vertical biting support to allow muscles to relax and condyles to decompress to improve normalized joint space of the disc to reposition over the condyles as they are intended to be positioned. The bite will naturally feel off because of these structural mal alignments of the lower jaw and joint bones.
Cases with limited range of mandibular movement are often due to either:
Disc displacement disorders
Chronic mandibular hypo-mobility problems from either contracture of elevator muscles
Capsular fibrosis from trauma issues, ankylosis and or
Coronoid hyperplasia issues.
To unlock this problem various methods have been used to reduce (unlock, recapture, normalize) the disc over the condyles.
Direct manipulation mechanically in an attempt to unlock jaw restrictions.
Some have used to gagging techniques to create an automatic mouth opening response to unlock the joints.
Pivot appliances over the back molars unilaterally or bilaterally have been used as an attempt to decompress the joints.
Injection therapy into the joint compartment to reduce inflammation.
Anti inflammatory medications can also be prescribed.
Surgical intervention under sedation to manipulate the jaw open (for patients who are anxious and want something done immediately).
Combination approach – muscle relaxation therapy (low frequency TENS combined with decompression techniques to increase condylar space to reduce the disc (the later is done non surgically), but takes cooperation, understanding and patience on the part of both patient and dentist to slowly unravel the hyperactive muscles that doing a tug and war on the cranio-mandibular joint and occlusal system.
Depending on the philosophy of the dentist or surgeons some may even recommend surgery of the joints in severely damaged disc problems to “repair disc damage” and reposition it. (Remember there are always risks to any surgical procedure).(01/10/2021)
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If you suffer from bad breath but can’t pinpoint the cause, tonsil stones may be the culprit.
Most people probably don’t think much about their tonsils or even what purpose they serve. For some people, the tonsils are a continuing source of annoyance and pain. Tonsil stones are small calcium deposits that can build up regularly. They’re not a serious health risk, but they can harden and grow, and they sometimes need attention.
If you’ve never heard of tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths or tonsilliths, you’re probably not alone. Head and neck specialist Kyra Osborne, MD explains signs to look out for and tips for prevention and treatment.
What are tonsils?
Your tonsils help fight infection and the small, soft, fleshy bits of tissue sit at the back of the mouth on both sides. They can help detect and filter bacteria and viruses that enter through the mouth. Tonsils do this by producing white blood cells and antibodies.
Your tonsils are covered with the same mucous membrane, or mucosa, that lines your mouth, nose and throat. It’s the crevices, or crypts, in your tonsils’ mucosa that may lead to problems.
Signs of tonsil stones
When food or debris get caught in the crevices of your tonsils, they sometimes harden or calcify, forming temporary calcium deposits. These deposits are often small, invisible to the naked eye and harmless.
“Some people may not have any symptoms,” says Dr. Osborne. “There’s no medical concern if the tonsil stones aren’t causing problems.”
For others, however, tonsil stones cause noticeable problems and some large stones are only discoverable during an X-ray for a different cause. The most common signs and symptoms are bad breath, throat irritation, swelling and a whitish node or bump on your tonsil.
Bad breath and throat irritation can also be signs of tonsillitis. However, tonsillitis is caused by viruses or bacteria and generally causes red, inflamed tonsils as well as fever, headache and other symptoms. While tonsillitis can affect people of all ages, it’s most common in children but rarely occurs in children under the age of 3.
“Some people can develop tonsil stones once or twice, while others can get them several times a week,” says Dr. Osborne.
People with lots of crevices, or crypts, in their tonsils are more susceptible to tonsil stones. Although they are more common in teens, anyone with tonsils can get them.
Tips for prevention and treatment
Tonsils stones develop from food and other substances that get stuck in the tonsils. The best way to prevent them is to keep your tonsils free of debris.
Dr. Osborne recommends brushing your teeth and tongue thoroughly and gargling with salt water after eating to help prevent any buildup. Water picks help to flush out the mouth as well, which may help dislodge tonsil stones near the surface. Many people self-treat tonsil stones at home, removing them with a toothbrush or cotton swab. If the deposits dislodge easily, removing them yourself generally won’t present a problem.
“It’s a quality-of-life issue,” says Dr. Osborne. “If the tonsil stones happen frequently and they’re bothersome to you, surgery may be the right treatment.”(01/09/2021)
Breathing issues can cause all kinds of problems and illness.
Studies have shown that mouth breathing can change facial and oral development.
When nasal breathing is blocked, untreated mouth breathing leads to development of long, narrow faces with crooked teeth, receded jaw and can also cause TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) and headache issues.
When the jaw and airway don't fully develop, the airway can become easily obstructed during sleep. During the complete muscle relaxation of deep stage sleep, the muscles around the airway also relax and collapse. The airway is a tight space, often made tighter by large tonsils and adenoids in both children and infants.
If the airway becomes obstructed, the brain must bounce out of deep sleep and into a lighter stage of sleep in order to grind and clench to push the jaw forward to allow for breathing again. Grinding and clenching are the body's way of reopening a collapsed airway during sleep to start breathing again. This is why grinding and clenching are the new red flag for catching sleep apnoea early.
Mouth breathing can also impact on behaviour and personality. Deprived sleep due to mouth breathing in children can cause hyperactivity as a result of adrenaline used to compensate for sleepiness. They are poor achievers in their academic pursuits because their brains and bodies aren't at their best in this damaged, deep sleep-deprived state. These children are often diagnosed with ADHD and other behavioural issues. They have lowered immune systems, poor health and can also be overweight.
Although the natural order of things is to breathe through the nose, many children - especially those with asthma or nasal congestion - habitually breathe through the mouth. Children who regularly breathe through their mouth tend to develop negative alterations to their face, jaws and the alignment of their teeth. Mouth breathing affects the shape of the face in two ways. Firstly, there is a tendency for the face to grow long and narrow. Secondly, the jaws do not fully develop and are set back from their ideal position, thus reducing airway size. If the jaws are not positioned forward enough on the face, they will encroach on the airways. See for yourself: close your mouth, jut out your chin and take a breath in and out through your nose, noting the way air travels down behind the jaws. Now do the same but pull your chin inward as far as you can. You will probably feel as if your throat is closed up as you try to breathe. This is exactly the effect poorly developed facial structure has on your airway size. It is no wonder that those with restricted airways tend to favour mouth breathing.
Strategies for Parents:
Make sure your child can breathe through her/his nose with ease.
Make sure your child has seen a dentist by age one. Make sure that this dentist is concerned with recognizing mouth breathing and its implications.
Make sure your child is treated for allergies. Allergies can force children into mouth breathing.
Make sure that your child's diet and environment aren't contributing to allergies.
Ask your dentist if your child needs a referral to an orthodontist if he's mouth breathing.(01/08/2021)
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Saliva, produced by the salivary glands inside the cheeks, under the tongue and at the floor of the mouth, protects your teeth against bacteria, assists in the digestion of food, helps with swallowing and lubricates your mouth. There are a number of issues that can interfere with the production or drainage process, leading to a variety of unpleasant symptoms.
Common Salivary Gland Issues
Problems with your salivary glands can be caused by a number of issues.
Also known as sialoliths, salivary stones are formed from a buildup of crystallized saliva deposits. These stones can block the flow of saliva, causing pain and swelling. If they are not cleared, the gland can become infected.
When the ducts that drain saliva into the mouth are blocked, a bacterial infection can form. This leads to a painful lump in the gland and a foul-taste as pun drains into the mouth. When not treated, a bacterial infection can cause severe pain and a high fever.
A viral infection elsewhere in the body such as the flu or mumps can cause swelling in the salivary glands, specially the parotid glands on the side of the face.
Viral infections including Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, Coxsackievirus and HIV can also cause salivary glands to swell.
These pockets of fluids form when the flow of saliva is blocked, usually because of an injury, infection, tumor or stones. Cysts can interfere with your ability to eat or speak.
There are many types of tumors that can affect the salivary glands. The most common are pleomorphic adenomas and Warthin’s tumor. Both are benign (noncancerous) and form in the parotid glands.
Cancerous salivary gland tumors include:
Low-grade polymorphous adenocarcinoma
Malignant mixed tumor
How Salivary Gland Problems Are Treated
The treatment of salivary gland issues depends on the cause.
Conditions that block the ducts can be treated with a warm compress or sucking on sour candies to help increase the flow of saliva. If this does not work, the stones may require manual removal or the surgical removal of the affected gland.
Tumors, both benign and malignant may be removed through surgery. Radiation and chemotherapy may be required to treat some cancerous tumors.
Medications will be prescribed to treat a bacterial infection.(01/07/2021)
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Dental plaque can be a major issue. Although the saliva helps to protect against the bacteria and this is not always the job for you. Around 500 species of bacteria can be present in the mouth at one point in time. These invaders can result in dental plaque. Dental plaque is a colorless film, and sticky material that can get attached to the teeth and they can result in different health problems.
Make sure to visit the dentist every few months to check for any future problem. If you are looking for one then visit our dental clinic in Ludhiana and he can suggest the best possible option for your condition.
The mouth is the primary reason for infection:
If you are not brushing and flossing daily to keep your teeth clean then it can lead to the building of plaque along the gum lines. This creates an environment for the bacteria to feed on the gum lines in the space between the gums and teeth. The gum infection is referred to as gingivitis.
If the problem is left unchecked it can create problems in the future and more serious gum infection can occur which is known as periodontitis. More severe gum infection is acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis. The bacteria from the mouth does not enter the bloodstream.
The doctor can suggest you to sometimes opt for routine brushing and flossing if the problem is not severe. The doctor will suggest the necessary medications to correct the problem.
Is plaque one of the reasons for this condition?
With long term gum infection, there can be the issue of teeth loss. But that’s not all. Research has shown that there are different connections between oral infection & diabetes, preterm birth, and cardiovascular disease.
Gingivitis plays an important role in clogged arteries and blood clots. Research has shown that inflammation can affect the entire body which can also include the arteries. Some research shows that gum infection also increases the risk of stroke and heart disease.
If you have diabetes then the risk of getting gum disease is extremely higher. Moreover, the problem is extremely difficult to control, and it can lead to insulin resistance.
Research has shown that low birth weight babies are born and they are linked to oral problems. The oral bacteria will reach the mother’s bloodstream and affect the development & growth of the fetus. Also, there can be issues with premature labor.(01/07/2021)
Ever heard the expression that “loose lips sink ships”? When it comes to your oral health, loose lips—meaning not being able to keep your lips and mouth closed—can be more detrimental than you may realize.
This inability to maintain a lip seal is known as lip incompetence. It occurs when a person cannot maintain a comfortable resting posture with lips and mouth closed. When someone with lip incompetence does attempt to close their lips and mouth, it strains the surrounding facial muscles to the point the strain can be seen visibly.
Dentistry can “read” your lips and identify many problems with your oral health even before you open your mouth.
Lip incompetence literally can change the shape of your face. Why does this happen? Due to the absence of a lip seal, your other orofacial muscles have to work harder by overcompensating all of the time. Lip incompetence can cause other oral health issues, such as problems with tooth eruption, crooked teeth and jaw joint function. Breathing and swallowing also can be hindered.
The recommended treatment method for lip incompetence is a regimen of orofacial myofunctional therapy. This therapy, which is also known as OMT, works to resolve poor oral habits or other orofacial problems through a series of simple and pain-free exercises.
These exercises work the lips, mouth, tongue and orofacial muscles. In the case of lip incompetence, the goal of orofacial therapy is to attain a comfortable resting posture of the lips and mouth. OMT also can correct other problems, including jaw alignment issues, tongue posture and negative habits like tongue thrust.
For patients with lip incompetence, OMT is recommended at as young an age as possible. This is because a person’s lips stop growing at the age of 13 years old. Adults also can benefit from myofunctional therapy, however.(01/06/2021)
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What Is A Frenum (Frenulum)?
In our mouth, most people have two groups of tissue called frenums found in and around the gums and teeth. It is a piece of really soft tissue that appears as a thin line between the gums and lips. You can find it on the top and the bottom of your oral cavity. There’s also a frenum that extends along the bottom of the tongue and connects to the bottom of the mouth just behind the teeth. Different people have different frenums. It can vary in length and thickness.
Occasionally a frenum can get stretched or torn from kissing, eating, or wearing oral appliances like braces. Although this type of injury may bleed a lot, normally there’s no need for stitching or other serious medical procedure. Nevertheless, some dentists suggest treating a person with a cut frenum for indications of physical, cause this type of injury can often be a sign of abuse.
If your frenum tears constantly this may be painful and annoying so your dentist or oral surgeon may advise surgical removal. This type of operation is called a frenectomy. If you experience persistent problems with your frenulum mouth, teeth and gums may suffer severely if not treated properly.
Types Of Frenum
There are two basic types of frenums in your mouth:
Labial frenum – This type of frenum is placed in the front of your mouth between the upper lip and gum. His counterpart is positioned between the lower gum and the lower lip. If there is an issue with this type of frenum, it can change the way your teeth grow in and can influence your dental health. Particularly it can pull your gums away from a tooth revealing the root.
Lingual frenum – This type of frenum is located between the floor of your mouth and the base of your tongue. It comes in different sizes and sometimes it can limit the movement of your tongue. This means frenum is tight, and we call this condition: tongue-tie. If this happens, it can affect the way the tongue moves in your mouth. This problem is especially annoying for babies because it makes it hard for a baby to feed properly.
Historically, the absence of frenum was connected to various genetic and developmental conditions like Ehlers–Danlos syndrome.
Possible Problems With Frenum
The main purpose of a frenum is to give the lower and upper lip, as well as the tongue proper support and more stability in your mouth. If you suffer from an oversized frenum, it can lead to various problems that can affect your teeth, gums, and mouth.
Some of the conditions you may encounter if there’s an issue with a frenum include:
· frenum tear
· developmental malformations in your mouth
· trouble with swallowing
· speech difficulties if the tongue is tight
· disruption of the healthy growth of your upper two front teeth, which may cause a gap
· mouth breathing and snoring, due to deformities in jaw development created by abnormal frenum growth
· problems with nursing, due to lip-tie or tongue-tie in infants
· the gap formed between front teeth
· the difficulty of fully stretching your tongue
· receding of gum tissue away from the root of the teeth and revealing the tooth root.
Complications with the frenum may also happen after oral surgeries created by problems with operational techniques. An oral surgeon has to be extremely careful when cutting soft tissue in your mouth. Irregularities can cause the frenum to tear which may lead to constant problems with your teeth and gums.
What Is A Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a procedure that removes your frenum tissue. Luckily, most people feel instant benefits after a successful frenectomy. This routine procedure normally takes a couple of minutes and is pretty simple to perform. Although it is still a surgery, the patient will be released in no time with minimal pain and discomfort in the following days. When performing a frenulum surgery the surgeon numbs the area and creates an incision to free it from being so tight or sometimes he removes it completely.
Stitches are only required depending on the size and severity of the frenum tissue. Modern “surgery” technique uses laser surgery, making less tissue damage, and scarcer bleeding for improved healing time.
Frenectomy may be used as a preventative measure, especially with young children without permanent teeth. It is important to point out that frenectomy won’t make your already spaced teeth come together. That is why it is recommended to complete any orthodontic treatment before you get a frenectomy.(01/06/2021)
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A bitter or bad taste in the mouth can be a normal reaction to eating pungent or sour foods. However, when the taste lasts for a long time or happens unexpectedly, it can be concerning.
Taste is a complex sense that can be affected by many factors, including poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, or pregnancy.
A persistent altered taste in the mouth is known medically as dysgeusia. This taste is described as unpleasant and can last for a long time until the underlying cause is treated.
People with dysgeusia may experience a constant taste that they often describe as one of the following:
bitter, metallic, rancid or foul and salty.
The taste can be distracting, and may even make it hard to taste other things while eating or drinking. A person may still have the taste even after brushing their teeth. They may also experience other symptoms depending on the cause.
Many of the causes of a bitter taste in the mouth are not serious. However, the symptoms can be irritating and may interfere with a person’s regular diet or their enjoyment of daily life.
The following conditions can cause a bitter taste in the mouth:
A dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, occurs when the mouth does not produce enough saliva. Because saliva helps reduce the bacteria in the mouth, having less saliva means that more bacteria can survive.
People with xerostomia feel a sticky, dry feeling in their mouth. This could be caused by factors such as medications, pre-existing disorders, or tobacco use. A person can also get dry mouth if they have a stuffy nose because breathing through the mouth can dry it out.
People with a persistently dry mouth should talk to their doctor for a proper diagnosis.
Poor dental hygiene can also cause a bitter taste in the mouth. It may also cause an increase in cavities, infections, and gum disease or gingivitis.
Many common dental issues can be avoided by regularly brushing and flossing the teeth. Some people may also find that using a tongue scraper helps to clear up some symptoms.
Using an antibacterial mouthwash in between brushing may help keep foul-tasting bacteria to a minimum. A range of mouthwash is available for purchase online.
A bitter or metallic taste in the mouth is a common complaint during the first trimester of pregnancy.
The hormones in the body fluctuate during pregnancy. This variation can affect the senses, which can cause specific cravings and make some foods or smells seem disgusting.
Many people who are pregnant also notice a metallic, bitter, or tinny taste in their mouths. This can be annoying, but it usually goes away later in the pregnancy or after giving birth.
Burning mouth syndrome
Burning mouth syndrome is a condition that causes a burning sensation in the mouth. The feeling can vary, but many describe it as similar to eating spicy peppers. Alongside, some people may also experience a bitter or rancid taste in their mouth.
The symptoms of burning mouth syndrome may appear sporadically, but it can also be chronic and last for a long time.
Some people with the syndrome may have difficulty eating or drinking, while others may find that this relieves their symptoms.
Women going through menopause may also experience a bitter taste in their mouth. This could be due to lower levels of estrogen in the body, which can lead to a secondary condition, such as burning mouth syndrome. It may also be due to a persistently dry mouth.
GERD or acid reflux
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux may be the source of an unwanted bitter taste in the mouth.
These conditions occur when the muscle or sphincter at the top of the stomach becomes weak and allows acid or bile to rise up into the food pipe.
GERD tends to irritate the food pipe, causing a burning sensation in the chest or abdomen. It can also bring about a foul or bitter taste in the mouth.
Experiencing a bitter taste in the mouth is fairly common, and it should not be an immediate reason to be concerned.
Most bitter tastes are treatable, and a person may be able to manage this symptom while a doctor diagnoses the cause.
Once the cause is found and treatment begins, the taste buds should return to normal, and the bitter taste in the mouth should disappear.(01/05/2021)
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Stress impacts your health in more ways than you might think. While most people associate headaches with stress, you can also experience mouth problems caused by stress. With the help of a professional dentist, you can avoid long-term damage to your teeth and smile.
TOP 8 MOUTH PROBLEMS CAUSED BY STRESS
1. Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
The stress you have during the day can impact your sleep at night. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, happens when you clench or grind your teeth together in your sleep. While this condition more commonly occurs at night, it can also affect you during the day when you unconsciously clench your teeth together during intense concentration or stress.
Bruxism, like stress, happens to most adults at some point in their lives. Because not everyone gets treatment for this condition, estimates range from 50% to 95% of adults experiencing teeth grinding, making this one of the most common mouth problems caused by stress.
Unless you change your lifestyle to reduce stress and prevent tooth damage, bruxism could lead to severe headaches upon waking, loose teeth, damaged tooth surfaces, jaw pain, tooth sensitivity, and TMJ disorder. A dentist can help by fitting you with a customized nightguard that you wear to protect your teeth surfaces from grinding. You may also need restorative dentistry to repair any damage done to your teeth from grinding.
2. TMJ Disorder (TMD)
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and TMJ disorder (TMD) refers to a condition when the lower jaw shows a series of painful symptoms from muscle weakness, overuse, or damage. Signs of TMD can happen from stress or long-term bruxism.
Symptoms commonly associated with TMD include a clicking or popping sound when you open your jaw, pain in the jaw, difficulty chewing due to jaw pain, aching face muscles, and facial swelling.
A night guard can keep you from clenching your jaw and worsening the condition. You may also need other treatments to relieve pain and correct the condition.
3. Gum Infections
You may neglect oral hygiene during stressful times, which can raise the chances of gum disease. However, the stress of any type can increase your susceptibility to infections, including gum infections. The body’s ability to fight infections reduces due to its reaction to the stress in your life. Coupled with any type of oral health neglect, and you could have gum inflammation, tooth decay, bad breath, and bleeding.
4. Cold Sores
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, happen from an infection of the herpes simplex virus. These small eruptions often occur on the lips or around the mouth. Stress can trigger an outbreak of these highly contagious fever blisters. You can usually get over-the-counter remedies for these.
5. Canker Sores
Similar to cold sores are canker sores because they, too, can happen when you are under stress. You may have a minor mouth trauma before developing one. These appear inside the mouth as small circles with gray centers and whitish borders. They can feel pain when you eat or drink. Saltwater rinses may help ease the pain. Usually, they will heal on their own within a week, but if you have canker sores that don’t go away, make an appointment with your dentist to see if you have another condition causing the mouth sores.
6. Dry Mouth
Another of the mouth problems caused by stress is dry mouth. You may have experienced this problem temporarily during times of anxiety. But some people have this condition on a chronic basis, which can impact eating and speaking.
Dry mouth has several causes, including medications and health conditions. If left without treatment, this problem can lead to complications such as an inability to eat, difficulty speaking, mouth sores, nausea, tooth decay, gum disease, and fungal infections.
Since saliva protects the teeth and gums from damage, the dry mouth requires you to take extra care of your teeth and gums. Make regular dental appointments a priority.
7. Burning Mouth Syndrome
Burning mouth syndrome is one of the more mysterious mouth problems caused by stress. This is a description of various conditions inside the mouth. Symptoms include burning feeling in the mouth or tongue, a metallic taste, dry mouth, an inability to taste properly, or tingling.
Doctors don’t fully understand what causes burning mouth syndrome, but it may happen from stress. Some cases of burning mouth syndrome may also occur secondary to nutritional deficiencies, allergies, dry mouth, infections, or medications.
8. Oral Cancer from Increased Cigarette and Alcohol Use
Stress may cause some people to drink or smoke more than usual. While these alone are not mouth problems caused by stress, they can increase the chances of developing oral cancer. Try to stop smoking and drinking or find alternative ways to cope during times of stress. Also, schedule regular dental checkups to let your dentist look for signs of developing oral cancer. When caught in its early stages, you have a better chance of overcoming oral cancer.
SEE A DENTIST FOR CONCERNS ABOUT MOUTH PROBLEMS CAUSED BY STRESS
Don’t put off visiting the dentist if you experience stress in your life. By getting regular dental cleanings and exams, you can stop many mouth problems caused by stress before causing permanent damage.(01/05/2021)
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Dr. Suzanne Sablan enjoys helping people transform their smiles so that they can feel confident and pleased about their appearance, in addition to enjoying the health benefits associated with beautiful, properly-aligned teeth.
Having trained extensively in modern dentistry, including studies in Advanced General Dentistry, Orthodontics and TMJ, Dr. Sablan is uniquely qualified to assess your existing teeth, gums and jaw and help you achieve the look you want.
When people come to Dr. Sablan with something they want to fix or improve about their teeth or gums, she listens and advises them on how they can best achieve the look they want. She combines her naturally aesthetic eye with skilled use of high-tech dental procedures to reach and exceed expectations.
Dr. Sablan is especially good with children and very knowledgeable about all aspects of children's dentistry. Her friendly and calm manner reassures children and she has great success in helping children of all ages keep their teeth healthy and get any treatment they need.
Dr. Sablan is a mother herself, and has years of experience in helping parents and children take care of their teeth.
With our extended Saturday hours, we have many families that come to the dentist as a group. Dr. Sablan recommends that you start including your child in trips to the dentist from an early age so that they will become comfortable with tooth care as a routine activity.(01/04/2021)
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Around one in 700 babies are born with a cleft around the world.
In early pregnancy, different parts of a baby’s face develop separately and then join together. If some parts do not join properly, the baby is born with a cleft.
A cleft lip and/or palate is the most common craniofacial abnormality (a problem to do with the skull and face) which babies can be born with.
A cleft lip can range from a little notch in the coloured part of the lip to a complete separation of the upper lip which can extend up and into the nose. This can affect one side of the mouth (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral), and can be complete (meaning the cleft goes up into the nose) or incomplete.
A cleft lip can also affect the gum where the teeth come through. Again, this can range from a small notch to a complete separation of the gum into two parts.
Sometimes a baby with a cleft palate may have a small lower jaw (mandible) and a few babies with this combination may have difficulties with breathing. This condition may be identified as Pierre Robin Sequence.
No one knows exactly what causes a cleft. Research tells us it’s often caused by a combination of different genetic and environmental factors.
Genetics is all about things inherited from family members, like eye and hair colour. With a cleft, sometimes there is a clear family link, other times it just happens as a ‘one off’.
How is it treated?
Surgery is needed to close the gap left by the cleft. This will usually happen when the child is under a year old.
Every cleft is unique, just like every child, so the exact treatment pathway will vary. It may include further surgery to help with issues such as speech and growth of adult teeth. It may also include speech therapy, help with hearing, orthodontic work, etc.
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Dry mouth is medically known as “Xerostomia” and is a condition that causes a lot of discomfort in people suffering from it. There are medical conditions in which dry mouth can present as one of the symptoms and sometimes it can be due to various other reasons.
Causes of dry mouth:
Dry mouth is a common side effect of antidepressants, muscle relaxants and sedatives.
It is also one of the symptoms of conditions like Sjögren's syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, anaemia, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, Parkinson's disease, stroke, and mumps.
Medical treatments that damage the salivary glands can cause dry mouth too. These include chemotherapy, radiotherapy for cancer.
Dry mouth can occur as a result of nerve damage to the head and neck area as a result of trauma or surgical procedure.
Conditions that lead to dehydration, such as fever, excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhoea, blood loss, and burns can lead to dry mouth.
Congenital defect or surgical removal of the salivary glands.
Unhealthy practices like smoking or chewing tobacco.
To relieve your dry mouth:
Chew sugar-free gum or hard candies to stimulate the flow of saliva.
Cut back on the excessive coffee intake.
Use only alcohol-free mouthwashes.
Maintain your hydration levels.
Use a saliva substitute based on an expert dentist/ENT’s prescription only.
Practice nose-breathing, seek medical opinion if you are unable to that.
Routine practices to prevent dry mouth.
Avoid acidic or sugary foods that can increase the risk of tooth decay.
Use a fluoride toothpaste/ mouthwash prescribed by your dentist.
Make a visit to your dentist at least twice a year.
Drink lots of water.
The presence of saliva is crucial in maintaining proper oral hygiene. So, if any symptoms of dry mouth persist, consult your dentist immediately.(01/04/2021)
Are you prone to getting mouth ulcers? There are a number of different contributing factors and presentations of mouth ulcers; and thankfully most are harmless and heal on their own. However, there are some that can appear very similar but are in fact far more serious. If your mouth ulcer isn’t healing, we recommend you visit us immediately to assess the possibility of mouth cancer. Any mouth ulcer that has been present for more than three weeks must be treated as serious until proven otherwise.
What is an ulcer?
A mouth ulcer, otherwise known as a canker sore or an aphthous ulcer, occurs when there is a break in the skin of the mouth (mucosal lining), exposing the underlying connective tissue. It may have a 'crater-like' appearance and is often red and painful, similar to a blister in the mouth.
Most people experience a single mouth ulcer but it is not uncommon to develop several ulcers at once. Mouth ulcers affect both men and women, although women and teenagers are more commonly affected. The causes of mouth ulcers can be extremely variable, and there are a number of triggers that can be responsible.
Aphthous ulcers are the most common type of mouth sore, and are generally the result of some kind of trauma and/or reduced immune response. These sores typically heal in a week or two, but they can recur throughout the person's lifetime. 'Major' aphthous ulcers are greater than 1 cm in diameter and take much longer to heal. Common mouth ulcer causes that we see include:
An injury by something sharp, (toothpick, braces, denture, appliance, sharp food, accidental bite, hard tooth brushing)
Trauma from acidic or hot foods (pineapple, strawberries, citrus, hot drinks).
Reduced immune response due to stress or lack of sleep.
Hormonal fluctuations, especially in women and adolescents.
Lack of essential vitamins, especially B-12, zinc, folate and iron.
What is the cause of an ulcer?
Viral mouth sores are more commonly seen in children. Herpes simplex virus, which causes small, painful ulcers on the lips, mouth and throat, is often accompanied by fever and swollen neck glands. Preschool children are also vulnerable to a viral infection that produces small blisters on the hands and feet, along with the mouth ulcers—also known as 'hand, foot and mouth disease'. These conditions can be very uncomfortable and painful enough to interfere with eating, but they usually are not serious. If the child is healthy and has normal immunity, the viral infection usually clears up in 1 to 2 weeks.
Further testing may be required to identify a possible systemic cause when there is no obvious cause for an ulcer presenting. Miscellaneous mouth ulcers are associated with a number of underlying conditions including: blood abnormalities, medication side effects, skin conditions that produce ulcers on other areas of the body, intestinal disorders (like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), and radiation treatments in the head and neck area.
Unlike the relatively benign examples mentioned above, oral cancers may initially show up as a mouth ulcer. Oral cancer can present itself in many ways: some people first become aware of an ulcer that won't heal: these lesions are usually a painless mouth ulcer, but it doesn't come and go the way other mouth ulcers do. Any mouth ulcer that has been present for more than three weeks must be treated as serious until proven otherwise. Similarly, if you have developed a red , white or mixed red and white patch, you must urgently seek a professional opinion.
What are the stats for oral cancer?
If you look at the statistics, about 50% of people with oral cancer die from their disease even after extensive surgery and radiotherapy. While small oral cancers that are detected early have a 80-90% cure rate, many oral cancer sufferers don't see an expert until it is at an advanced stage.
Oral cancer mainly used to be a disease of older people, contracted after a lifetime of smoking and drinking (the main causes). But things are changing and both oral and maxillofacial surgeons are seeing an increase in young people with mouth cancer. This could be related to the spread of the human papilloma virus (HPV) through sexual contact.
What should I do?
Too many young people with oral cancer don't go to their doctor or dentist soon enough. This is either because they haven't heard of oral cancer or they don't believe they can get it because they don't smoke. The fact that oral cancer is becoming a serious cancer among younger people who don't drink or smoke is not getting through to people. Remember: young, fit and healthy individuals can get oral cancer too.
That's why youhave to take the time to complete a thorough oral-facial assessment for any changes, lumps or bumps in the soft and hard tissue in the entire head and neck region. Because early detection is the key and oral health is more than just your teeth! If you have noticed a mouth sore that won’t heal, be sure to book in a consultation with your dentist.(01/04/2021)
Tasting, swallowing, talking – none of this would be possible without your tongue. But how often do you think about this group of muscles or pay attention to it? The tongue can often act as a unique view point into a person’s overall health and wellbeing, and dentists are often the first to spot problems that tend to arise gradually. However, pain, swelling, and discoloration can start up out of nowhere and cause serious discomfort and make it hard to eat and drink. Our Cary dentist is sharing some common tongue problems, what they mean, and whether you should call your doctor or dentist.
What Is a Healthy Tongue?
Before we look at symptoms of a problem, let’s first look at what a healthy tongue is supposed to look like. The tongue is a group of muscles that is covered in mucosa, a moist pink tissue and papillae, which are the small bumps that are covered in taste buds. Each taste bud is a collection of cells that connect to nerves that send taste signals to the brain, and while the four types of taste are sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, those tastes can be detected at every part of the tongue.
The tongue itself is attached by additional mucosa and tough tissue. In the front of the mouth, the tongue is held by the frenum, and in the back, it’s attached into the hyoid bone.
Common Issues in the Mouth and Tongue
Now that you know what a healthy tongue is supposed to look like, when there’s something wrong, like pain or discoloration, you may be inclined to call your doctor or dentist immediately. We understand, especially when it’s hard to eat or talk, but if you’re not sure when to worry or when to wait it out, these are the common tongue problems that often go away with at-home care.
If your tongue has raised, red spots that may have a whitish border around them, this is a harmless condition called geographic tongue. Often, the spots go away on their own and sometimes the bumps shift locations. It’s typically painless and harmless.
Black, “Hairy” Tongue
The papillae grow over time, and while brushing regularly and eating tends to wear the papillae down, sometimes they continue to grow a bit longer. When this happens, bacteria adheres to the papillae making the tongue look dark brown or black and the longer papillae look like hairs.
This isn’t common and not serious, and it’s most commonly found in people who don’t have good dental health habits. However, people with diabetes or who are taking antibiotics may experience this condition. It’s generally recommended to use a tongue scraper and brush regularly to clean the surface.
These mouth ulcers are painful and unpleasant, but they are nothing to worry about. This common problem goes away on its own in around a week, and during this time they aren’t contagious. Research does point to stress being a cause, if you find yourself getting them regularly.
Tongue Problems That Require a Dentist or Doctor
If you experience signs of the following conditions, it may be a more serious problem that requires the attention of your family dentist or doctor.
Oral thrush is a yeast infection in the lining of the mouth that produces raise white patches on the mouth and tongue. Most commonly seen in babies, the elderly, and people who are immune compromised, this is a treatable condition that can go away in a few days with a mild antifungal medication.
Red or “Strawberry” Tongue
A red, strawberry tongue could be a sign of a folic acid deficiency, but in children, it could also be a sign of scarlet fever or Kawasaki disease. Both are serious and require medical attention immediately.
Atrophic glossitis is a condition in which the tongue loses bumps from the papillae, becoming smooth in texture. This is sometimes caused by a B vitamin deficiency or anemia.
Often starting as a white patch, growth, or ulcer on the tongue that grows steadily, oral cancer is a serious condition that is most often seen in people who smoke or drink alcohol in larger quantities.(01/03/2021)
If your smile isn’t all that it could be, you might have imperfections such as teeth that are gapped, chipped, stained or misaligned. As a result, you might not show your smile very often, and this could mean you feel less confident in your appearance.
Having a great smile can positively impact every facet of your life. With today’s cosmetic dentistry options, you no longer have to live with a smile you don’t love.
Versatile porcelain veneers can take a drab smile and make it dazzling. Chester Hill, NSW dentist Dr Hoang Nhan has the skills and training to create your best smile. We invite you to call LN Dental today for a consult. We would love the opportunity to improve your smile so you feel good about showing it to everyone.
Benefits of Veneers
In addition to the fact that veneers can dramatically change the look of your smile in just a few visits to the dental clinic, they provide the following benefits for patients:
A minimal amount of the tooth structure needs to be trimmed before the veneers are placed. This ensures the continued health of the teeth and more predictable success rates of the veneers.
Veneers are a long-term cosmetic treatment, and with proper care, your veneers can last for many years.
Veneers offer an immediate cosmetic option for those patients who have misaligned teeth but who do not wish to undergo orthodontic treatment.
Gum-friendly full ceramic veneers are also available for those who might suffer from receded gums.
Unlike your natural teeth, which can become stained and require regular whitening touch-ups, veneers will stay white and bright.
How Should I Care for My Veneers?
Care for your veneers just as you would your natural teeth. Be diligent about brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleans. Do not use your teeth for anything other than biting and chewing food.(01/03/2021)
Biofilms are a collective of one or more types of microorganisms that can grow on many different surfaces. Microorganisms that form biofilms include bacteria, fungi and protists.
One common example of a biofilm dental plaque, a slimy buildup of bacteria that forms on the surfaces of teeth. Pond scum is another example. Biofilms have been found growing on minerals and metals. They have been found underwater, underground and above the ground. They can grow on plant tissues and animal tissues, and on implanted medical devices such as catheters and pacemakers.
Role of oral biofilm in the aetiology of disease:
Oral biofilm is medically important because it has broad implications for maintaining not only oral health but also systemic health. It is estimated that biofilms account for over 80% of microbial infections in the body. Research has undoubtedly shown that biofilm-dependent infections, including oral diseases such as caries, and periodontal and endodontic disease, thus pose major public health and cost concerns globally.
Periodontal disease, in particular, is considered one of the most prevalent diseases worldwide, affecting up to 50% of the world’s adult population, according to FDI World Dental Federation. Previous research has established connections between periodontal disease and preterm births, low birthweight, diabetes, and risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease and stroke. Globally, periodontitis is responsible for an estimated US$54 billion per year in lost productivity and a major portion of the US$442 billion spent annually on oral disease, according to the European Federation of Periodontology.
Control of oral biofilm:
Owing to the vast implications of oral biofilm for dental and general health, its effective control represents a major challenge. There is no question that the formation and maturation of oral biofilm need to be tackled by dental professionals across all specialties in all countries worldwide.
“The backbone of any therapeutic and preventive approach is the disruption of the intra-oral biofilm. An example of technologies that have been successfully demonstrated to aid supra- and subgingival instrumentation are air polishing devices with low-abrasive powders that can disrupt the biofilm on all intra-oral surfaces, including mucous membranes and difficult-to-reach subgingival areas, without harming the hard tissue and the even more vulnerable soft tissue,” Beikler explained. “Their effects can be augmented by antimicrobial and immune- and microbiome-modulating strategies. Regarding the latter, probiotics offer an interesting and promising alternative to the use of unspecific antimicrobial agents like chlorhexidine or phenolic compounds. However, additional research, that is, appropriately designed and well-structured multicentre clinical trials, is critically needed to fully appraise their therapeutic effects,” he continued.
Another major challenge that needs to be taken into consideration in this respect is that trying to eliminate a specific pathogen using antimicrobial agents may disturb the sensitive microbial ecology and eventually induce microbial dysbiosis of the oral cavity.
Education on oral biofilm:
Until the early 1990s, dentists confined their treatment for combating oral plaque to removing calculus twice a year because there was only limited understanding of biofilm. Over the past decades, research on and improved knowledge about the parameters that determine the development of oral disease have spurred the development of new preventive strategies. For instance, piezoceramic instruments and low-abrasion powders have made professional biofilm management safer, minimally invasive and more comfortable for both the patient and the dental practitioner. Moreover, the launch and further development of AIRFLOW devices by EMS fundamentally changed biofilm management and eventually resulted in the development of Guided Biofilm Therapy, an innovative concept for contemporary prophylaxis.
As research and development of new technologies and therapies continues to progress, so too does knowledge in the dental professional community need to advance for effective integration of these developments into everyday practice for the well-being of the patient.
“As biofilms can be found on all oral surfaces, it is clear that all dental disciplines, ranging from dental hygienists to orthodontists, are highly affected by oral biofilm and its sequelae,” highlighted Beikler. “Unfortunately, prevention is sometimes still considered to be toothbrushing augmented by some kind of professional tooth cleaning. However, the whole oral cavity should be the therapeutic focus of a systematic preventive approach.”(01/02/2021)
Impetigo, is a common and highly contagious skin infection that mainly affects infants and children. Impetigo usually appears as red sores on the face, especially around a child's nose and mouth, and on hands and feet. The sores burst and develop honey-colored crusts.
Treatment with antibiotics is generally recommended to help prevent the spread of impetigo to others. It's important to keep your child home from school or day care until he or she is no longer contagious — usually 24 hours after you begin antibiotic treatment.
You're exposed to the bacteria that cause impetigo when you come into contact with the sores of someone who's infected or with items they've touched — such as clothing, bed linen, towels and even toys.
Factors that increase the risk of impetigo include:
Age. Impetigo most commonly occurs in children ages 2 to 5.
Crowded conditions. Impetigo spreads easily in schools and child care settings.
Warm, humid weather. Impetigo infections are more common in summer.
Certain sports. Participation in sports that involve skin-to-skin contact, such as football or wrestling, increases your risk of developing impetigo.
Broken skin. The bacteria that cause impetigo often enter your skin through a small skin injury, insect bite or rash.
Adults and people with diabetes or a weakened immune system are more likely to develop ecthyma.
Impetigo typically isn't dangerous. And the sores in mild forms of the infection generally heal without scarring.
Rarely, complications of impetigo include:
Cellulitis. This potentially serious infection affects the tissues underlying your skin and eventually may spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream. Untreated cellulitis can quickly become life-threatening.
Kidney problems. One of the types of bacteria that cause impetigo can also damage your kidneys.
Scarring. The ulcers associated with ecthyma can leave scars.
Keeping skin clean is the best way to keep it healthy. It's important to wash cuts, scrapes, insect bites and other wounds right away.
To help prevent impetigo from spreading to others:
Gently wash the affected areas with mild soap and running water and then cover lightly with gauze.
Wash an infected person's clothes, linens and towels every day and don't share them with anyone else in your family.
Wear gloves when applying antibiotic ointment and wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
Cut an infected child's nails short to prevent damage from scratching.
Wash hands frequently.
Keep your child home until your doctor says he or she isn't contagious.(01/02/2021)
For those people who have wisdom teeth, they usually erupt in early adulthood. Wisdom teeth may cause dental issues like overcrowding, especially if they’re impacted. However, many people have plenty of room for their wisdom teeth and they have no problems with them.
During this age frame, many people also get braces or just have them removed. People are often concerned that the eruption of their wisdom teeth will affect the progress they’ve made with braces.
Like previously stated, many people have their wisdom teeth come in with no problems. The teeth grow in straight and don’t affect the person’s bite. So overall, no, wisdom teeth do not cause significant overcrowding in the front of the mouth or severely disrupt any progress that was made with dental work like braces.
However, if they do not come in correctly or if a person’s jaw simply doesn’t have room for the new teeth, they can cause overcrowding among the back teeth.
It’s important to note that wisdom teeth are not the sole reason a person’s teeth begin to move. It’s been confirmed that people’s teeth move over time with or without the help of wisdom teeth. Additionally, when people have their braces removed, they may neglect to wear their retainers. Without the use of the retainer, a person’s teeth may begin to shift again.
While wisdom teeth may not necessarily cause a major issue with the dental progress that has been made with braces, there may still be reasons to have a wisdom tooth extraction. There are many wisdom tooth concerns that may call for tooth removal surgery, including: Crowding of back teeth, Infected gums, Bone defects, Root resorption, Dental diseases.
If a wisdom tooth becomes impacted or doesn’t erupt straight up, this can cause significant problems for the person. While some people may experience absolutely no problems with their wisdom teeth or get lucky enough to not have any of these extra molars at all, others may experience problems with them.
Fortunately, impacted tooth removal is a common procedure and can provide relief from any pain and discomfort caused by these teeth. In fact, wisdom teeth removal is more common than dental implant procedures, which about three million people have every year.
It’s important to remember that it’s perfectly normal for your teeth to move as you age. If your wisdom teeth are beginning to come in and are causing you pain and discomfort, your dentist may refer you to an experienced oral surgeon to discuss having them removed.(01/01/2021)
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If you feel sudden tingling sensation in the mouth upon taking something hot or cold, you might have tooth sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity, also known as dentinal hypersensitivity, is a common dental issue in the age group of 20-50 year old. This is a condition wherein the teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Therefore, you would feel a sharp sensation in the teeth while consuming hot or cold food and drinks.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
The problem is quite common these days and following are some of the reasons for the same:
Recession of gums owing to gum disease or rough brushing practices
Wearing off of enamel as we age, due to grinding of teeth, or increasingly frequent brushing
Exposure of the soft inner part of the tooth called dentine, which lies between the enamel and gums
How to Know If I Have Tooth Sensitivity?
As mentioned earlier, your dentist would be the best judge of your situation.
Here are a few common symptoms as reported by people who have experienced tooth sensitivity:
A sharp sensation while consuming cold food and beverages
While consuming hot food and beverages
Consuming sweet or sour food items
Breathing cold air through the mouth
Slight pain while brushing teeth
Tips for handling tooth sensitivity:
Dr. Sahakyan suggests a few simple remedies to help deal with tooth sensitivity. You may try these but most important, if the problem still persists, visit your Glendale dentist soon.
Avoid Aggressive Brushing – Sometimes brushing too hard or too frequently may lead to sensitivity. Try changing your toothbrush at the earliest. Using a soft-bristle toothbrush just about twice a day can help. Don’t brush too fast or roughly on your teeth.
Change Your Toothpaste – Switching to a toothpaste specially designed for sensitive teeth can also help solve the problem.(12/31/2020)
A new paper in Science Advances describes for the first time how minerals come together at the molecular level to form bones and other hard tissues, like teeth and enamel.
The University of Illinois Chicago researchers who published the paper described their experiments -- which captured high-resolution, real-time images of the mineralization process in an artificial saliva model -- and their discovery of distinct pathways that support bone and teeth formation, or biomineralization.
"Until now these pathways, particularly at the early stages when molecules are first starting to organize into a structure, have not been understood clearly," Reza Shahbazian-Yasser, UIC professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the College of Engineering and corresponding author of the paper.
Shahbazian-Yasser and his colleagues observed that both direct and indirect formations of hydroxyapatite crystals -- the foundation of hard tissues -- can be achieved by local variations in energetic pathways for nucleation and growth.
"The control over the dissolution of amorphous calcium phosphate affects the assembly of hydroxyapatite crystals into larger aggregates," Shahbazian-Yasser said. "Using technology developed at UIC, we found evidence that these pathways coexist simultaneously -- explaining why different groups had reported seemingly different or opposite results. In addition, we now understood how hydroxyapatite materials nucleate and grow on amorphous calcium phosphate templates. The control over the nucleation and growth of hydroxyapatite will aid in developing new drugs and medical treatments to heal lost or broken bone faster or cure tooth cavities."
To capture the images, the researchers used a unique micro-device that made it possible to use electron microscopy with a liquid model. Using this method, the researchers were able to monitor chemical reactions in the model on the smallest scale.
"Our study provides clear, new evidence of how minerals organize and grow into bone materials, and this finding has many important implications for further research on bone or teeth healing," Shahbazian-Yasser said.
"By better understanding these pathways, scientists are one step closer to engineering ways to better treat dental diseases and bone injuries -- like those from traumatic injuries -- or prevent medical conditions that can develop when normal mineralization processes in the body go awry," he said.
Medical conditions caused by dysfunctional mineralization in the body can include everything from a tendency to develop cavities to osteoporosis.
"In the next step, we would like to learn how molecular modifiers can affect the process of biomineralization, which is important to develop effective drugs," Shahbazian-Yasser said.(12/30/2020)
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Laboratory studies show that toothpastes containing zinc or stannous and mouthwash formulas with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) neutralise the virus that causes COVID-19 by 99.9%.
The studies are part of a Colgate research program. It includes clinical studies among infected people to assess the efficacy of oral care products in reducing the amount of the virus in the mouth. Potentially slowing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
In the laboratory studies – the first to include toothpaste – Colgate Total and Meridol toothpaste neutralised 99.9% of the virus after two minutes of contact. Colgate Plax, Colgate Total and Colgate Zero mouthwashes were similarly effective after 30 seconds.
The studies, completed in October, were conducted in partnership with Rutgers University’s Public Health Research Institute and Regional Biosafety Laboratories.
Results suggest that some toothpastes and mouthwashes may help reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This is the virus that causes COVID-19.
The virus spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. That’s according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
‘Brushing and rinsing are not a treatment or a way to fully protect an individual from infection. However, they may help to reduce transmission and slow the spread of the virus. Supplementing the benefit we get from wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing,’ says Dr Maria Ryan, Colgate’s chief clinical officer.
‘We’re at the early stages of our clinical investigations. But our preliminary laboratory and clinical results are very promising.’
Dr David Alland is chief of infectious diseases and director of the Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. He led the Rutgers study along with colleagues Drs Pradeep Kumar and Riccardo Russo.
They say: ‘While we do not yet know the contribution of SARS CoV2 virus originating from the mouth to COVID-19 transmission, saliva certainly can contain amounts of virus that are comparable to that found in the nose and throat.
‘This suggests that reducing virus in the mouth could help prevent transmission.’(12/29/2020)
Clinical hypnosis seems to bring advantages to dentistry for it helps neutralize indefensible nervousness and phobia in patients. Dentists who make use of hypnosis are more able to relieve their anxious patients’ pain and fear. This article provides an insight into the advantages of hypnosis as a therapy, and explores its applications in dentistry.
Dentists who use hypnosis regularly in their clinical practices appreciate a variety of significant advantages. There are many and varied applications of clinical hypnosis in dental clinical practice. Dental applications of hypnosis include relaxation, relief from fears and anxieties, reduction in both the perception and severity of pain during procedures, control of bleeding and salivation (both for increasing and decreasing flow, as needed), control of bruxism (tooth grinding), finger-sucking, and other habits, and promotion of behavioral modifications associated with optimization of oral health.
Amongst a lot of options for behaviour management and modifications, hypnotics is one of the oldest and non-invasive way to control dental anxiety in children, adult as well as in geriatric patients and hence get a better treatment result and a good compliance and satisfaction of the patient.
Use of hypnosis in the dental practice
Hypnosis can bring considerable relief to anxious patients and make it easier for the dentist to do their job but it is particularly implemented in order to help patients relax. As relaxation raises the pain threshold, requirement for local anaesthesia is reduced. And even if it is necessary, it is better tolerated. Therefore, the use of hypnosis as a general relaxation strategy is certainly possible and there are reports in the literature of its use in both adults and children.
Moreover, clinical benefits can be derived from hypnosis such as the control of dentophobia, abnormally active gag reflex, trigeminal neuralgia pain, benign chronic orofacial pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), adaptation to dentures, behaviour modification, like thumb sucking, bruxism. Additionally, hypnosis can control salivary flow and bleeding. Xerostomia and haemostasis can be produced through hypnotic suggestions, such as visualizing being in a desert on a hot day and noticing how dry the mouth becomes because of lack of water. Mental imagery of the ligation of a bleeding vessel can be used to decrease bleeding after soft tissue surgery.
Hypnosis in children and adolescents is possible, but, much harder to administer than in the adults. It is also true that not everybody is susceptible to hypnosis, as it is apparent that this phenomenon has also some association with genetics and brain structure.
Current methods of hypnosis
A distinction arises between a deep type of hypnosis and a light one and both have different applications. Deep hypnosis takes long so it is not apt for regular dental practice; however, it is required for analgesia and behaviour modification. On the other hand, the ‘light’ state is easier and faster to attain and is used in hypnodontia on a daily basis; for instance, to relax a nervous patient in a matter of minutes.
Dentists have to use positive suggestions managing patients. Words or actions that inspire trust in the dentist will relieve the patient’s anxiety and fear. Informal hypnotic methods include the use of utterances like “you will feel quite comfortable” or “you will like the results” and this can be a powerful technique of patient management. Suggestions can be categorized into two broad types: direct and indirect.
Direct suggestion involves straightforward statements that are clearly understood by the hypnotic subject. An example would be: “don’t move your head because you won’t be able to before finishing.” Indirect suggestion uses indirectness in addressing the subject in a form of covert hypnotic statements. That is to say the subject is hypnotized without their knowledge.
Hypnosis has many uses within the dental field, ranging from simple relaxation of the anxious patient to complete analgesia for surgery. Clinical hypnosis can be an incredibly valuable tool in dentistry.(12/29/2020)
Recently, there has been some talk about the future of dental filling. These composite restorations could be moving to include a new type of material. Our current dental fillings work well but there is always room to improve. Eventually, we could even have special fillings made of glass!
That’s right, glass dental fillings. Sounds crazy, we know but new research shows that glass could be the solution to an even better and more effective dental filling. When it comes to glass dental fillings, we aren’t talking about just any old glass, this special glass is “bioactive” and has the ability to prevent further tooth decay. This could be a total game changer. Dental fillings doubling as a tooth decay prevention.
Most fillings today are created with composite or metal. These are both excellent choices but even these also come with a few drawbacks. Composites are great because they are natural-looking and are made to resemble a person’s natural tooth color. With composite fillings, people will not even notice you have a filling. This great for people who want to be confident in their smile. The downside to composite fillings is that they are not as strong as a person’s natural tooth and the material becomes weaker overtime. A composite filling has a lifespan of about five to seven years.
Metal fillings are another great option for a dental filling. Metal usually has a long lifespan making them the desired choice for tooth that can’t be seen. The lifespan for this filling ranges from ten to fifteen years. The downfall to metal fillings is that overtime it might begin to corrode.
Everyone’s teeth are different and every dental filling is diverse. Things like dental hygiene and diet will always play a role in the lifespan of dental fillings.
The number one reason that fillings need to be replaced is time. The dental material wears down and replacements are needed. In addition, many people experience secondary tooth decay where the tooth continues to decay where the tooth meets the filling. Other things like, teeth grinding and tooth injuries can cause the tooth filling to need replacing.
Believe it or not, glass fillings could be the next trend of the dental world to help fixes these issues. The special bioactive glass has a huge advantage by increasing the lifespan of fillings and even preventing further decay. Research has proven that the unique glass helps slow secondary tooth decay by decreasing bacteria. This special glass is made with silicon oxide, calcium oxide, and phosphorus oxide giving the look of powdered glass. Once the filling is in place, the body will react unlike current fillings. This will help prolong the lifespan of the filling. Researchers have even discovered that cavity-causing bacteria avoids the bioglass. This special bioglass has been used for healing bones for years and could be making its way into the world of dental fillings. Hang tight and you could see this in South Charlotte Dentistry.
Researchers at Oregon State University are leading the discoveries on the bioglass phenomenon. There is no question about what people want most when it comes to dental fillings, something that is long lasting. These engineers were determined to find just that, which led to the bioglass. Their research has been published in Dental Materials, a dental journal published by the National Institute of Health. Composites that contain up to 15 percent of the bioglass are currently being researched and the hope is to eventually incorporate more bioglass into dental filling material.
Bioglass isn’t the only new dental filling being researched. Other studies have found that graphene oxide may also be effective as a dental filling material. This material has the outstanding benefit of not corroding. It is stronger than steel and is very durable. The author of the study, Dr. Stela Pruneanu, has stated that graphene is 200 times stronger than steel. Wow! That would definitely reduce the need to get a filling replaced. Dr. Pruneanu goes on to explain the goal of the study, which is to incorporate graphene into dental materials. They want to do this to reduce corrosion and improve the properties of current dental materials. The study has already seen good results and they are moving onto a different stage in the study. These scientists will begin studying how compatible graphene oxide fillings are with teeth and how the new material will interact with human cells. The material is still being tested in dental materials but incorporating this material could be a huge step forward in filling materials.
These new dental fillings, have not been approved for usage yet, but this could be a noteworthy invention for the future of dentistry.(12/28/2020)
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It's well known that sugary treats, sticky snacks and syrup-laden sodas are bad news for your teeth. But did you know there are some foods that prevent tooth decay? Certain foods either help restore weakened enamel or contain nutrients like protein that can help strengthen it before it wears away. Some foods are better than others when it comes to fighting decay, but for the sake of your teeth, make sure your diet contains some of the following:
1. Crunchy Vegetables and Fruits
An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but that includes your dentist. Crunchy fruits and veggies are just some of the foods that prevent tooth decay, due to a high fiber content that stimulates the flow of saliva throughout your mouth. Therefore, slices of carrot, celery or apple go perfectly with an otherwise rich main course to help give your teeth a good cleaning.
The saliva you produce when you eat crunchy veggies, in particular, rinses any remaining sugar away from your teeth before it has a chance to attack healthy tooth enamel. Even though some fruits, like apples, are high in sugar, the amount of fiber and water in them is high enough to balance the sugar's effects and do your mouth more good than harm, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).
2. Cheese and Dairy
If you look forward to eating cheese, here's some fantastic news: It happens to be phenomenal for your teeth. Cheese doesn't contain much sugar, but it does carry protein and calcium – both of which are important for the strength and health of your enamel. As a bonus, the Journal of General Dentistry recently found eating cheese actively protects the teeth from cavities. Participants in a study who chewed on cheese for three minutes saw their mouths' pH levels increase over the course of 30 minutes. A low pH indicates higher acidity, and usually increases your risk for tooth decay at less than 5.5. Having a higher pH means a lower risk for decay.
Cheese isn't the only dairy product that is good for your teeth, of course. Research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association showed that drinking milk after eating sweets also reduced the amount of plaque buildup on one's teeth. Like its relative in cheese, milk is a classic source of calcium, which can help remineralize the teeth and minimize decay.
Fish, lobsters and shellfish can be great for your teeth, and for two reasons. First, they tend to be an excellent source of lean protein, which can help keep your teeth healthy and strong in general. Secondly, most seafood contains fluoride, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This fluoride can help reduce your risk for tooth decay just like the fluoride incorporated in your tap water.
4. Nuts and Other Sources of Protein
If you aren't a fan of seafood or can't eat it due to an allergy, rest assured there are a variety of foods containing the protein that helps your teeth in much the same way. Nuts contain a good amount of protein, as well as calcium and phosphorous, which help strengthen your teeth's enamel. Because nuts are crunchy, eating a handful of them also stimulates saliva production, which can further reduce your risk for tooth decay. Chicken, eggs and other types of lean meat are great for your teeth thanks to their own protein.
What you eat can definitely help to protect your teeth, but a healthy diet isn't a replacement for a great oral care routine at home. Along with eating tooth-healthy foods, remember to brush twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. See your dentist twice a year for cleanings and a checkup so any problems get treated before they become a bigger deal than they need to be.(12/28/2020)
Many common dental health concerns are affected by genetics, which is why your dentist will ask about your family history at appointments. While a genetic predisposition doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get the condition, it does affect your risk for it, and your dental care should be adjusted to account for it. Below are a few common dental issues that you should watch for.
A Guide to Dental Conditions That Are Genetic
1. Gum Disease:
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, has been linked to a family history of the condition. If one or more members of your family have had gum disease, you’re more likely to get it, even if you brush and floss daily. A genetic test can be done to analyze your risk, along with taking your family history, so that defensive measures can be taken, like using plaque-fighting products and having more frequent checkups from a dentist.
Tooth decay is caused by bacterial excretions that erode your enamel, and it can lead to tooth loss and treatments like dental crowns. It’s generally associated with poor diet and oral hygiene, but scientists have shown that it could also occur due to genetic susceptibility to the bacteria in your mouth. Family history and genetic testing can determine your risk for tooth decay, and preventive measures like sealants, fluoride treatments, and rigorous oral health can minimize the risk.
3. Jaw-Related Issues
The size of your jaw is determined by genetics, and if your jaw size is off, it can lead to dental issues. For example, if it’s too small, then crowding and crooked teeth are common. If it’s large, gaps and misalignments will occur. Small jaws also have a higher risk of impacted wisdom teeth, as they don’t have space to emerge properly.
If your family history includes the need for orthodontic solutions or impacted wisdom tooth removal services, chances are that you will need them, too. X-rays or digital imaging can determine the positioning of wisdom teeth and the likelihood of issues coming up, while braces will help correct misaligned teeth.(12/28/2020)
Gum recession is when the margin of the gum tissue surrounding the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth's root. When gums recede, gaps can form between the gum and tooth, allowing disease-causing bacteria to build up. If left untreated, the surrounding tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be damaged.
Receding gums is a widespread dental condition. Most people aren’t aware that they have receding gums since it occurs gradually.
Receding Gums Symptoms:
As receding gums progress over time, you may notice the following symptoms:
Long Teeth.- One symptom is the visible lengthening of the teeth. When gums recede because of periodontal disease, the teeth have the appearance of being much longer than normal.
Exposed Roots.- Exposed roots are another symptom, and can be extremely sensitive and uncomfortable. They are often a sign of periodontal disease or can be attributed to brushing overly aggressively with a toothbrush with hard bristles.
Loose teeth.- When suffering from receding gums, you may notice loose teeth, attributed to the bacteria and periodontal disease under the gums around the teeth. As receding gums worsen, the gum pockets deepen due to loss of attachment structure.
Causes of Receding Gums:
Numerous factors can cause your gums to recede, including:
Periodontal diseases.- These are gum infections, caused by bacteria, that destroy gum tissue and the bone that holds your teeth in place. Periodontal disease is the main cause of gum recession. The early stage of periodontal disease is not often painful, therefore symptoms often go unnoticed. Left untreated though, early symptoms can develop into periodontitis.
Early stages of gum disease can be seen with minor symptoms that include:
Red, swollen, or purple gums
Gums that feel tender to the touch
Chronic bad breath
Genetics.- Some people are more susceptible to periodontal disease. Studies show that 30% of the population may be predisposed to gum disease, even if they take good care of their teeth.
Brushing too hard.-If you brush your teeth too aggressively or incorrectly, it can cause your tooth’s enamel to wear away and your gums to recede.
Poor dental care.-Inadequate brushing, flossing, and rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash, can make it easy for plaque to turn into tartar, a hard substance that forms on and between your teeth and can only be removed by a professional tooth cleaning.
Hormone levels.-Changes in estrogen levels over a woman's life, like puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, can make gums increasingly sensitive and vulnerable to gum recession.
Tobacco products.-Smokers, and other tobacco users, are more likely to develop sticky plaque which can cause gum recession.
Grinding and clenching your teeth.- Clenching or grinding your teeth can exert too much force on the teeth, causing gums to recede.
Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite.-When teeth don’t come together evenly, too much force can be exerted on the gums and surrounding bone, allowing gums to recede.
Receding Gums Treatment:
Mild gum recession can be treated by a professional deep cleaning in the affected area. During the deep cleaning, plaque and tartar is removed and the exposed root area is smoothed over, making it more difficult for bacteria to attach itself. Antibiotics can also be used to kill any remaining bacteria.
If a deep cleaning is not sufficient to treat the condition, because of excess loss of bone and deep pockets, receding gums surgery may be required.(12/27/2020)
Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a group of rare inherited conditions that affect connective tissue.
Connective tissues provide support in skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, internal organs and bones.
“When contemplating orthodontic treatment on a patient with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), there are a number of special precautions to be taken. Extreme joint hypermobility in many EDS patients often leads to chronic dislocation of the temporomandibular (jaw) joint.
This makes the placement of complex orthodontic appliances very troublesome for the patient and the clinician. In addition, the oral surgeon must be extra cautious to prevent a dislocation of the mandibular condyles (lower jaw joint) when performing a surgical procedure in preparation for orthodontics. Because of tissue repair problems in EDS, there may be slow healing after dental extractions, followed by soft tissue scarring. The orthodontic appliance used on an EDS patient should be very smooth and relatively simple in design. The oral mucosa, or mouth lining tissues, are very fragile, liable to injury and particularly vulnerable to sharp objects such as orthodontic appliances (braces) or partial dentures.
The dental anatomy of the posterior teeth occasionally have high cusps and deep fissures. The roots may be dilacerated, (stunted, bent, fused or twisted in shape). The pulps may become partly obliterated by the pulp stones in the crown portions of the pulp, making root canal treatment difficult. The dentin may have an unusual pattern and abnormal fine structure because of an aberrant collagenous dental crown anatomy. Thus, there may be a right to left or upper dental arch to lower dental arch tooth size discrepancy (difference) making ideal dental interdigitation very difficult.
Tooth movement might be expected to be more rapid for a constant appliance activation because of the collagen cross linkage defect. The mobility of teeth during tooth movement may be greater than normal. This may be caused by stretching, tearing and slow repair of the fibers. Similarly, the gingiva (gums) may be more prone to inflammation and possible recession. There have been reports of early onset of some periodontal defects (gum and tooth support). The old EDS type VIII, which is similar to the Classical type, in particular, is characterized by extreme periodontitis which can be quite debilitating.
With the added dental mobility of the teeth, slowed repair processes and poor organization of tooth supporting tissue collagen, the need to wear retainers long after completion of the case may be greater. Although anatomic defects in the root morphology have been described in EDS, the detailed molecular composition of the dentin has not been studied. If changes do exist, root resorption as a side effect of orthodontics could be a problem. This has not been demonstrated clinically, however.
EDS is a connective tissue disorder which may have many effects on the dentition of the patient. With suitable understanding of the underlying disease manifestations and appropriate precautions by the orthodontist, orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with the minimal undesirable side effects.Dental Manifestations of EDS– Hypermobile temporomandibular joint (TMJ); high incidence of subluxation.– Fragile oral mucosa.– Early onset of periodontal defects.– High cusps and deep fissures on the crowns of teeth.– High incidence of enamel and dental fractures.– Stunted roots or dilacerations.– Coronal pulp stones.– Aberrant dentinal tubules.– Pulpal vascular lesions and denticles.– Teeth move readily in response to orthodontic forces.– Orthodontic retention easier to accomplish.(12/27/2020)
Pain during or after eating can result from a number of problems, including tooth decay or other dental problems. Make sure you see your dentist every six months for a checkup and discuss any symptoms you’re having.
If you get frequent headaches, especially migraines, you may also notice that certain foods or the act of chewing very crunchy foods can trigger a headache. If this is happening to you, you may need to see a medical professional who specializes in headache treatment.
Many times, however, pain from eating isn’t a tooth or headache issue — it’s a jaw issue. A temporomandibular disorder, or TMD, causes inflammation, swelling, and pain in the jaw and facial area that can get worse when eating, talking, chewing gum or even breathing through the mouth. TMD is often called TMJ, which is actually the name for the affected jaw joint, known as the temporomandibular joint.
Besides jaw pain and pain after eating, people who have TMD may notice:
Jaw popping, clicking, or a grinding, gravelly sound when using the jaw
Regular headaches, especially upon waking in the morning or after using the jawTemple area painPain or stiffness in the back, shoulders, or neck
Inability to freely move or open or close the jaw
Ear pain without an ear infection
Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
Balance problems or dizziness
TMD is a complex condition — because the TMJ is a complex joint. The bones, muscles, and tendons that allow you to move your jaw in different directions must work together perfectly in order to function without pain or symptoms of TMD. If something throws off this balance, the TMJ may become irritated, swollen, or inflamed. This can quickly lead to TMD symptoms.
Many people think that some soreness or popping of the jaw when eating is normal — it’s not. The jaw should work silently and smoothly when it’s in optimal condition. You should be able to eat without any discomfort or stiffness. If this is not the case, don’t ignore it. Over time, symptoms could get worse. Make an appointment with a medical professional who is educated in TMJ disorders and can guide you through treatment.
Many people are wrongly led to believe that if they have TMD, they should simply “tough it out” until it goes away or that it will never get better. This is not the case!
TMD can be treated in a number of non-invasive and highly effective ways. But, you must see a doctor who is experienced in helping people with this complex condition. At MedCenter TMJ, this is what our doctors do every day.
Every patient at our practice receives a personalized treatment plan designed to get you on the path to healing as quickly as possible. This will likely include a custom orthotic appliance that will help align your jaw in its optimal position. You’ll also receive instructions and plans for stretches, exercises, stress management techniques, and ongoing support. If your pain is severe, we will work with you to find safe, effective pain relief to help you get on with your life. We also help our patients with alternative and natural remedies.
Just like you would not walk on a broken foot until it was healed, you should not excessively use or stress your TMJ if you’re experiencing TMD symptoms. One of the best ways to help rest and heal the TMJ is to follow a TMJ-friendly diet.
A TMJ-friendly diet should include plenty of fruits and vegetables for their anti-inflammatory properties. Proper nutrition and healthy foods can improve TMD symptoms. But, don’t consume fruits and vegetables raw if they are crunchy. Instead, cook them until soft or blend them into a nutritious smoothie.
You’ll need to avoid foods that require extensive chewing, as this will stress an already-irritated jaw joint. Crusty bread, tough cuts of meat like jerky or steaks, chips, and similar foods should be avoided. Try softer options such as very soft, thin breads and meats that have been boiled or slow-cooked for softness. Avoid chewing gum at all times and never chomp on ice, hard candy, or other hard foods!(12/26/2020)
A tooth filling is where material (such as porcelain inlay/onlay or composite) is inserted into a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its original shape and function. This can be either a dental inlay (fills centre of tooth) or onlay (more extensive than an inlay and can cover up to the entire biting surface of a tooth).
Fillings are most commonly used to prevent further damage to a tooth when decay is present. By removing the bacteria and closing the affected area off, no further tooth decay can occur.
The process of getting a tooth filling
Once your dentist has assessed your case and determined a tooth filling is the best solution, you will be booked in for your next treatment. In general, a filling treatment can last anywhere roughly between 30 minutes to an hour to complete all the necessary dental work.
Most dentists will prepare the area with numbing spray/gel before local anaesthetic is used. This creates a more comfortable experience for patients by lessening the feeling of the local anaesthetic needle.
Once the area is completely numb, the dentist will remove any decay with a drill and seal the area with a filling. To maintain proper bite function, the dentist will check with the patient to ensure that their bite feels normal. If necessary, part of the filling will be filed down to restore the natural bite.
After the treatment, your mouth will be numb for a few hours. During this time, it is not recommended to chew on the numb side of your mouth.
Fillings are a relatively straight forward procedure. However, it is good practice to keep your dentists number on hand in case you experience any discomfort.
Types of fillings
Porcelain fillings – inlay/onlay are tooth coloured and are created to match the current aesthetics of teeth. A porcelain filling is virtually indistinguishable from other healthy teeth and can last up to 20 years.
Composite fillings are similar to porcelain fillings; however, they can last 5-10 years when applied to teeth.
Gold fillings need to be created in a lab to fit the tooth cavity and are then cemented into place. They are the most expensive type of filling and require multiple visits. Gold fillings are well received by the surrounding gum tissue and can last for more than 20 years.
Amalgam fillings were the most common, cheapest filling available. However, amalgam fillings contain mercury and are not commonly used in Australia. Moreover, this type of filling can expand and contract in heat which can cause teeth to crack. For this reason, we do not offer amalgam fillings at Coastal Dental Care. Instead, we offer to replace old amalgam fillings with healthier tooth coloured fillings.
Aftercare for tooth fillings
It is safe to eat normally almost instantly after receiving a new tooth coloured filling. Although, it is important if you have had local anaesthetic not to chew on the numb side. When your mouth is numb or partially numb, you have a greater risk of biting your tongue or lip.
Also, be careful of hot drinks as the anaesthetic reduces your ability to gauge the heat of the liquid and you might burn yourself.
If you have had a deep filling, you might continue to experience pain from the inflamed area. This should fade away within a few days as the inflammation reduces. If pain continues, please consult one of our Gold Coast dentists.
Keep in mind, a healthy diet, regular brushing and flossing and regular 6-monthly check-ups and clean can help to reduce your risk of developing tooth decay in the future.(12/25/2020)
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Do you awaken in the morning more tired than when you went to bed? Have you recently developed a painful jaw, sore throat, and recurrent headaches? Do you have trouble focusing when at work?
Maybe, you should schedule an appointment with the dentist.
Your first reaction to this suggestion will likely be utter surprise! Followed by amusement.
But, research is now linking a condition called sleep apnea with dental problems. Scientists concede that sleep apnea and problems with your teeth can be interlinked. And, your dentist might just have solutions for your snoring and poor quality of sleep. On the flip side, your dental problems may be a result of disturbed sleep patterns. The oral specialist will examine you and discuss your symptoms before suggesting a course of action.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition where you awaken several times during the night when air passages in your throat close off because of sagging muscles. When you’re unable to breathe, the brain wakes you up so you change position and open the airways. Most people don’t realize that they’ve woken up, but the constant disturbance can interfere with your sleep quality. Sometimes, you may wake up to 30 times or more within one hour. Further, you may develop several health problems because of fatigue and resultant stress. Doctors have identified higher risks of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, liver problems, and obesity. And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Sleep Apnea Causes Dental Problems
If you’ve developed oral issues in the past few months, your dentist may check if you have sleep apnea. Here are some of the indications to look for:
Symptoms like sensitive teeth, strained jaw muscles, and cracked and broken teeth point to a condition called bruxism. At least 25% of people with sleep apnea have bruxism or grind their teeth while sleeping. Clenching or grinding your teeth is an involuntary reaction to blocked air passages. As a result, your teeth wear down.
Difficulty in opening your mouth or move your jawbones when speaking or chewing is because of TMJ or temporomandibular joint pain or misalignment. Clenching your teeth while sleeping stresses the joints connecting your jawbones to the facial bones.
Gum disease or cavities often occur when your teeth and gums don’t receive the protective flushing of saliva. An inability to breathe because of sleep apnea results in sleeping with your mouth open so that the entire oral cavity dries out.
Your dentist may also look for other signs that you have sleep apnea such as:
A red, irritated throat because of snoring
Scalloped edges on the tongue
Sleepiness all through the day
Waking up with a headache
Difficulty in concentration
Surprisingly, Dental Issues Can Cause Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Many people who develop sleep apnea have a smaller lower jaw as compared to the upper jaw. As a result, they have a condition called an “overbite.” Doctors define the condition as retrognathia which is clearly visible from the patient’s side profile. This condition is not unattractive and most often, does not cause dental problems. But, when the patient is sleeping, the small jaw may allow the tongue to slip back into the throat and block the breathing passages.
Your dentist may also identify misalignment of your teeth as a cause of sleep apnea. If the teeth on the upper and lower jaw don’t align properly, the tongue does not stay in place when you sleep at night. And, if it slides back in the throat, you may have disturbed sleep and snoring.
Sleep apnea has many causes including obesity, gender (men are more prone to the problem), and age. Further, if you have large tonsils or tongue, or any other sinus issues, you could have sleep disorders like apnea. When the condition is linked to your teeth, your dentist may be able to help you. She will create a customized treatment program to realign your teeth, so you can sleep normally.(12/24/2020)
You know that what you eat directly impacts the health of your teeth but did you also realize that certain dietary habits including being vegetarian or vegan may actually result in vitamin deficiencies? Some vegetarians and vegans experience deficiencies in calcium, vitamin D and fiber putting them at increased risk for periodontal disease.
If you do not eat meat or any animal-based food, it’s important to be aware of food alternatives and supplement options that can help you maintain not only oral health but whole body health.
Research has confirmed the importance of calcium for your teeth and bones. According to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology, calcium deficiencies are also directly linked to gum disease, which is a leading cause of tooth loss.
Researchers discovered that people who consume less than the recommended daily amount of calcium are almost twice as likely to have periodontal disease, an infection caused by bacteria that accumulate between the teeth and gums.
Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt are the best sources of calcium (ADA). However, for vegans, there are several other types of non-dairy sources of calcium that you can choose to ensure your daily calcium intake. Bean products, such as tofu, as well as sesame seeds, nuts, dried fruit, and green leafy vegetables particularly okra and curly kale are excellent choices and today, certain products like soy milk alternatives, bottled water, breakfast cereals and orange juice are also fortified with extra calcium.
Meat generally offers high fiber that help to clean teeth of food particles and sugars during the chewing process. However, fresh fruits and vegetable can provide similar increased saliva production that also neutralizes acids. Although fresh fruits and vegetables do contain carbohydrates that can be fermented by bacteria, the fiber content counteracts the effect and helps clean the teeth, therefore protecting against dental caries.
The best choices to supplement fiber usually supplied by meats include high fiber, low-acid beans and legumes or whole grain products (Mayo Clinic).
There are also numerous supplement options you may want to consider to reach the recommended daily intake of key vitamins and minerals. These supplements also offer additional dental health benefits.
-Coenzyme Q10 promotes gum healing and cell growth.
-Lysine combats canker sores.
-Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids promotes healing, especially of bleeding gums.
-Calcium and Magnesium help prevent bone loss around the gums.
-Vitamins A and E are needed for healing gum tissue.
-Grape Seed Extract is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
-Zinc plus Copper enhances immune function.
-Aloe Vera Gel eases inflamed gums and soothes the tissues when applied directly to the affected area.
-Chamomile Tea is soothing to gum tissues.
-Green Tea is helpful in decay prevention and decreases plaque.
-Clove Oil is good for temporary relief of tooth and gum pain.
-Echinacea keeps inflammation down and enhances immune function.
Remember, before you begin any serious diet adjustments, it’s important to discuss them with your physician.(12/23/2020)
Do you want strong and healthy teeth so you can have a beautiful and functional smile? If so, then it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums on a regular basis. In order to do so, you need to do all you can to prevent the dental issues that can alter the condition of your oral health. Those dental issues are:
–Enamel erosion: Enamel erosion can cause extreme tooth sensitivity. It generally occurs when you eat and drink acidic foods and beverages. The acid in the products can wear away your tooth enamel and expose the sensitive layers of your teeth. It’s important to strengthen your teeth with fluoride and avoid consuming acidic products as much as possible.
–Tooth decay: Tooth decay is a serious dental issue that can cause severe pain and can alter your oral health. This problem usually develops when you have poor oral hygiene habits. If you don’t remove the bacteria, food particles, and plaque from your smile, there is a chance they can attack your teeth and cause cavities. If the cavities are left untreated, it can result in root canal therapy or even tooth extraction. It’s best to avoid this dental issue by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, rinsing daily, and visiting Dr. Firoz Lalani every six months.
–Gum disease: Gum disease is a dangerous dental issue that needs to be prevented at all costs. You can prevent it by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting Dr. Firoz Lalani twice a year. The cleaning and checkup is vital because it involves the only treatment that can completely remove the plaque from on and between your teeth, which is the substance that causes gum disease. If you don’t prevent and treat gum disease, it can result in receding gums and loose and lost teeth.(12/22/2020)
James R. Mattingly, V., D.D.S. received his Bachelors degree from the University of California, Davis. He then graduated in 1997 with high honors from the University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry in San Francisco, California. Dr. Mattingly has been inducted into both Local and National Dental Honary Academic Societies for the pursuit of excellence in dentistry.
He participates in community outreach and church activities throughout the year. In addition Dr. Mattingly enjoys a healthy lifestyle of both body and mind through physical fittness, sports, and the fine arts. Dr. Mattingly is happily married and the proud father of a beautiful little girl and a boy.
"These five words (comfort, convenience, quality, respect and education) embody the essence of our practice and our commitment to the public," says Dr Mattingly. "Our top priority is to honor and serve the individual needs of each patient while making their visit relaxing and smooth. We offer a wide range of expertise including cosmetic, implant, preventative and restorative dentistry as well as Invisalign and dental sleep apnea appliances. We are passionate about helping our patients reach the highest level of oral health possible so they can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful smile."(12/22/2020)
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Picking the right toothpaste can be tricky, especially with so many on the market all claiming to do similar things. While these toothpastes do have some of the same ingredients, the amounts of these ingredients differ. No mouths the same, and they require a different toothpaste and ratio of ingredients to care for them. We’ve selected three of the most common dental issues and suggested what to look for when selecting a toothpaste to correct these issues.
Sensitive teeth can be caused by weakening tooth enamel. When looking for a toothpaste to prevent enamel depreciation, it is best to find one with high levels of potassium nitrate and fluoride. Potassium nitrate fills cracks in damaged teeth and offers immediate relief. Fluoride will help restore tooth enamel and protect against future cavities and acute pain from heat, cold, or sugars, and from chronic aching.
There are two types of teeth discoloration: Extrinsic and Intrinsic. Extrinsic stains are caused by trapped bacteria and plaque. Mild consumption of coffee, tea, wine and light smoking can lead to these types of stains. The best way to remove them is with a whitening toothpaste. Intrinsic stains are internal discoloration caused by heavy smoking, heavy coffee drinking, and certain antibiotics. Intrinsic stains cannot be removed via toothpaste, and may require in-office teeth whitening or veneers.
Gum Recession can be caused by bacteria, gingivitis, poor brushing, and age. High levels of alcohol in toothpaste and mouthwashes can further gum recession. The alcohol can dry the mouth which leads to accelerated levels of bacteria. Be sure to look for a toothpaste that targets gingivitis and bacteria to fight against further gum recession.
Your mouth is unique and requires special care. If you are suffering from any of these issues, you may want to consider choosing a toothpaste that will help correct them. It is always best to check with your dentist to learn which toothpaste is best for you.(12/22/2020)
‘Oral’ means something related to the mouth, and it can be related to teeth, gums, tongue, and maxillary Sinus.
Maxillary Sinus is crucial in dentistry; it is located inside the skin in the facial bone below the eyes and front of the ear, and it’s an air cavity lined by cells.
It transfers infection from teeth and oral cavity towards the brain, nose, and vice versa. Sinuses have close relations with the upper 2nd Molars of each side.
‘Myiasis’- It has 2 Greek words, ‘Myia’ means fly insects that fly and ‘as is’ means disease. Flies hatch their larvae (their eggs) on the dead tissue. The larva eats the dead tissue and gets it’s nourishment from it and turns into an adult insect and flies away.
So, Oral Myiasis is a rare disease caused by the Larvae of dipterans. It is reported mostly in developing countries. Myiasis can occur in various parts of our body, not only in the oral region. It can be in the skin, nose, ear, eyes.
What Are The Causes Of Oral Myiasis?
It is caused by flies of order Dipterans, as previously said. Sarcophagidae, Calliphoridae, Oestridae, and Muscidae are genera from the order Dipterans.
Sarcophagidae – Flesh fly
Calliphoridae – Blowfly
Oestridae – Bot fly
Muscidae – Housefly
Those were some examples of genera. Mostly, it is Chrysomya bezziana (Old Screwworm or Screwworm). It is an obligate parasite; it needs some dead tissue for its species survival, propagation, and reproduction. Its female lays eggs in open wounds, ulcers, scratches, or mucous membranes.
Suppose any injury or cut occurs and remains in direct contact with the air and external environment or not banded properly in its treatment. In that case, it serves as an open wound. Ulcers happen when stomach acid damages the lining of the digestive tract. The mucous membrane is the skin and gingival of the mouth.
This disease three modes of infestation:-
Accidental: when larvae ingested along with food.
Semi specific: larvae are laid on necrotic tissue.
Obligatory: larvae affect intact skin.
Treatment Of Oral Myiasis:
We highly recommend you take the patient to a concerned dental surgeon for treatment as soon as you observe symptoms. It will be good if treatment is done early to contain its infection.
However, the treatment is the surgical removal of larvae. And the result of the activities of larvae is treated after its removal. Turpentine solution help in the extraction of maggots.(12/21/2020)
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Struggling with dental issues can be painful and stressful. If you’ve been dealing with tooth loss and wish you could have a new set of teeth, implant surgery can make this happen.
Dental implants have been in use for decades now and have an excellent track record. These teeth act just like your regular teeth so you have no food restrictions and they don’t need a complicated maintenance routine, just good oral hygiene practices and routine check-ups will suffice to keep them in good shape.
Why should I choose implants over dentures?
Dentures are a temporary, removable set of replacement teeth that fit into your jaw. Unfortunately, they have a tendency to move when you’re eating or speaking. This can make it difficult to speak clearly or to enjoy a meal. Dentures also need an intensive care routine to keep them in good shape.
But with dental implants these problems are avoided as your replacement teeth are firmly fixed and immovable. They are more comfortable and behave exactly as your natural teeth would.
Can I have all my teeth pulled and get implants?
Yes, it is possible to get a whole new set of teeth. This is often the route chosen by those who have been dealing with dental distress for years.
Permanent dental implants are made with metals like titanium or zirconia. They are embedded well into the gum line and act just like the roots of your teeth. Replacement teeth are then affixed onto these implants. Dental implants can last a lifetime and are considered to be a permanent solution for tooth loss. All-on-four and all-on-six dental implant surgeries can be done to give you a new set of teeth in just one jaw or your entire mouthful of teeth.
The experienced dentists at Dental Artistry are able to insert implants in your jaw and fix in a whole new set of teeth that are anchored firmly by the implants. Not only are these a permanent, more efficient solution but they also prevent bone loss or erosion and the consequent sagging of the face often associated with dentures.
How many implants are needed for a full mouth?
Dental Artistry offers the option of giving you a full set of teeth with just four sets of implants. This surgical procedure is called all on four. One implant can hold in place multiple teeth. Sometimes your dentist may recommend that you have six implants instead of six, this is called the all on six procedure. Your dentist will advise how many implants are best for your needs.
How much is a full top set of dental implants?
Every mouth is different, and the final costing will depend on the specific procedures that need to be carried out for your teeth. An approximate costing for a full upper set of teeth would fall somewhere between NZ$18,000 and NZ $30,000. Learn more about the cost of dental implants. Dental Artistry offers finance options so you can book a consultation and discuss this.
How much does it cost to replace all your teeth?
The cost of replacing all your teeth is about double the cost of replacing a full set of your upper or lower jaw. While contemplating the financial investment, do take into account that these implants can last a lifetime and provide long-term benefits like preventing bone erosion, removing any diet restrictions (that you would otherwise have due with other forms of teeth replacement) and are easy to care for. Many who undergo this procedure comment on their newly regained confidence as well.(12/20/2020)
According to functional medicine, the gut is at the center of autoimmune disease. This is why there’s often a focus on symptoms of intestinal permeability (leaky gut) and other digestive distress as possible indicators of autoimmunity.
What most people don’t realize, though, is that the gut isn’t just the stomach and intestines but the mouth, too. When we consider the many potential triggers of autoimmune thyroid disease, we have to think about our mouths—especially the teeth and gums.
An abscess, infection, root canal, dental surgery, dental X-ray, fluoridation procedure, amalgam fillings…all are possible igniters of autoimmune disease. Could an unknown or unaddressed dental issue have triggered your thyroid condition?
I recommend beginning to think about your dental timeline to see if you can trace any decline in your health to a dental procedure. In the meantime, let’s look at some of the potential dental triggers of Hashimoto’s and how you might address them so that complete healing can happen.
Recommended Self-Care Steps for Better Dental Health
Of course, one of the most vital factors in maintaining healthy gums, teeth, and mouth is our own self-care practices. Some consistent, focused effort here can minimize the need for invasive dental work (anything beyond a cleaning) and reduce inflammation.
Let’s look at a few strategies you can implement on an ongoing basis that will help improve and maintain oral health.
Create an alkaline environment
Dental cavities are related to the pH of our mouth, which allows for specific bacterial species to proliferate, as well as the nutrition we take in. Cutting back on sweets, soda, tea, and coffee, and following any of my Root Cause-approved diets, can help reduce the acidity in the mouth.
You can also try brushing your teeth with baking soda for one week to help create an alkaline environment in the mouth, making it more difficult for the pathogenic bacteria to survive.
Use a proper tooth-brushing method
Many of us are not familiar with proper brushing techniques. While brushing your teeth, aim at the gum line, as that’s where most of the pathogenic bacteria live. You can do this by angling your toothbrush up to reach upper teeth and angling it down to reach lower teeth.
The most helpful way to brush is through applying gentle pressure and a jiggling motion; Sonic toothbrushes can do the work for you. Flossing is also an important daily habit to start as this will help to dislodge food particles (aka, food for the pathogenic bacteria).
Eliminate pathogenic mouth bacteria
Eliminating pathogenic mouth bacteria can be challenging as the mouth bacteria form biofilms, also knows as dental plaques, that protect them from the usual methods of removal. Some strategies that may help eliminate bacteria are:
Water picking: Using a waterpik may be helpful in displacing pathogenic bacteria, allowing for their removal.
Oil pulling: Oil pulling is an old Ayurvedic remedy of swishing around sesame oil or coconut oil in the mouth and between the teeth.
To try: First thing in the morning, put one tablespoon of either sesame or coconut oil in the mouth and swish around for 5-20 minutes until the oil turns white. Then, the oil is spat out along with the toxins in it.
In theory, this method helps to break down the “homes” of bacteria, which are usually made of microcapsules of oil. While water won’t penetrate those microcapsules, sesame oil can, and mixes readily with the bacteria and becomes white in color.
Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice has been found to have anti-adhesion properties which prevent the attachment of the bacteria to our body’s surfaces and may also help to dissolve the protective coats that store the bacteria.
Oral probiotics: Oral probiotics are an accelerated way of getting beneficial bacteria into our mouths so that they can displace pathogenic bacteria and reduce inflammation in the mouth.
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hillman was able to identify strains of probiotic bacteria from volunteers with healthy teeth and gums. He isolated these bacteria and put them together in a probiotic mix called ProBiora3, which can be found in EvoraPlus.
This type of bacterial mix works to crowd out the pathogenic bacteria and has been reported to whiten teeth, reduce gum bleeding, inflammation, and biofilms of pathogenic bacteria. The probiotics are available as orally dissolvable mints that are to be taken twice per day for 30-90 days.
You can also try a probiotic toothpaste. Designs for Health makes PerioBiotic toothpaste, a special probiotic toothpaste that is free of fluoride and triclosan and packed with probiotics.
The key to getting the most benefit from this toothpaste is to forgo rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth, allowing the beneficial bacteria to stay in your mouth longer. It feels strange and first, but eventually, you will get used to it.
I recommend trying and continuing with some of the self-care steps I’ve introduced here. If you find you want a more comprehensive routine, visit page 326 of Hashimoto’s Protocol for the Root Cause Basic Dental Protocol.
Dental triggers of Hashimoto’s are frequently overlooked, but you now know that dental history must be considered when thinking about potential igniters of autoimmunity.(12/20/2020)
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When you have extra space between two or more of your teeth, your doctor calls this spacing issues or gap teeth. Gappy teeth are quite common, but sometimes they can become a bit of a bother. Maybe you don’t like the look of them or find that food gets trapped, causing issues with your gums.
Gap teeth can create pockets between your teeth and gums where food can get stuck. It can make your gums tender and sore and even lead to gum disease. Fortunately, that gap doesn’t have to be permanent.
Causes Of Gaps Between The Teeth:
Gapped teeth, which are also called diastema, cause distinct gaps between the teeth. Diastema is a term used most often for the gap between the front two upper teeth, the most common gap in the mouth. 50-60% of children under the age of 5 have this gap, and it will usually close on its own by the age of 8 or 9. If the gap hasn’t closed even after the adult canine and incisor teeth have come in, it may not close on its own at all.
Aside from genetics, there are a few other reasons why gaps in the teeth may develop. For example, if there is a size mismatch between your child’s jaw and teeth size, there may be extra room in the jaw for the teeth to space apart. Additionally, childhood habits like pacifier use or thumb-sucking can also result in gaps between the two front teeth.
Another cause of gaps in the teeth is frenum issues. The maxillary labial frenum is a strip of tissue that connects the underside of the upper lip to the gum tissue between the two front teeth. If this strip of tissue is too thick, it can prevent the two front teeth from closing together.
Closing Dental Gaps:
Gaps in the teeth can be closed in a number of ways. The most common fix for gapped teeth is through the use of orthodontic braces. But other cosmetic procedures can be used to close the gap, including dental veneers, a dental bridge or implant or even partial dentures. The treatment depends on the location of the gap and why it’s occurring.
Gaps in the teeth can cause problems with speech and self-esteem. Luckily, there are a number of ways to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted and would be proud to show off!(12/19/2020)
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