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All About Restoring Teeth

What are dental restorations? it’s type, benefits, and more.

Dental restorations are treatments used to repair damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. They are designed to restore the health, function, and aesthetics of a patient’s smile. Dental restorations can be used to treat a range of problems, including cavities, infection, fractures, and missing teeth. They are a common treatment for patients of all ages, and can often be completed in one visit. In this blog post, we will explore the types of dental restorations, the benefits they provide, and more. We will look at the different materials used to create these restorations, how they are placed, and the expected lifespan of these treatments. Additionally, dentist peoria az helps you to know how to care for your dental restorations and the importance of regular dental check-ups. Dental restorations are an important part of maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. They can be an effective solution for a range of dental problems, and are an essential part of ongoing oral

1. Types of Dental Restorations

One of the most common types of dental restorations is fillings. Fillings are used to repair minor damage to the teeth such as cavities and fractures. Fillings are made of a variety of materials such as gold, porcelain, composite resin, and amalgam. Your dentist will determine which material is best for you depending on the type of damage and location of the tooth. Fillings are placed within the existing tooth structure, which helps protect the tooth from further decay. Fillings can also help improve the overall appearance of the tooth and can last for up to 10 years with proper care and regular dental visits.

2. Benefits of Dental Restorations

Dental restorations are a type of treatment used to restore the function, strength, and aesthetics of teeth that have been damaged or infected. There are many benefits to dental restorations, as they can help to improve the appearance of your teeth, while also restoring function, strength, and comfort. One of the most notable benefits of dental restorations is that it can help to reduce pain and sensitivity in the affected teeth. Additionally, restorations can help to prevent further damage to the teeth, as well as prevent infection and decay. Dental restorations can also help to improve oral hygiene, restoring the appearance and health of the smile.

3. The Process of Dental Restorations

The process of dental restorations involves the use of various dental materials to repair damaged teeth. The materials used in dental restorations include porcelain, metal, and composite resin. Depending on the type of restoration needed, the dentist will use either an adhesive material or a filling material to repair the tooth. In some cases, a crown may be necessary in order to fully restore the tooth. During the process, the dentist will use dental tools and instruments to prepare the tooth for the restoration. They may also use specialized dental devices such as lasers and drills to help them achieve the desired result. The restoration process usually takes several visits to the dentist, but once complete, the result can dramatically improve the appearance and function of the tooth.

4. Common Materials Used for Dental Restorations

Dental restorations are treatments used to repair and replace damaged or missing teeth due to decay, trauma, or other causes. There are a variety of dental restorations available, and the type of restoration used depends on the extent of the damage. Some of the most common materials used for dental restorations include composite resin, porcelain, and gold. Composite resin is a strong plastic material used to fill in cavities or to repair chips or cracks. Porcelain is a hard, durable material used to make crowns, inlays, and onlays. Gold is a strong metal alloy that can be used to make crowns and bridges. Each type of restoration material has its own unique benefits and drawbacks, so it is important to discuss these options with your dentist to determine the best option for your needs.

5. Cost of Dental Restorations

The cost of dental restorations can vary depending on the type of restoration and procedure needed. Dental restorations can range from $50 for a filling to over $3000 for a dental crown. Depending on the complexity of the restoration, it can be more or less expensive. Additionally, if the patient has dental insurance, this can significantly reduce the cost of the restoration. It is important to speak to a dentist to determine the cost of the procedure before proceeding.



Dental restorations are a great way to improve your dental health. Restorations not only restore the function of your teeth, but they also give your teeth a more natural and attractive appearance. Depending on the type of restoration you choose, you can enjoy a variety of benefits, such as improved chewing capability, enhanced smile aesthetics, and improved oral health. 

by Sunrise Dental

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Treatment Of Damage Teeth After A Facial Trauma

Trauma to the face often results in damage to the teeth, the soft tissue of the gums, and the hard tissues supporting the teeth and gums (bone of the jaws).  Tooth damage may involve fracture of the visible part of the tooth known as the crown, or fracture of the root of the tooth beneath the gum margin. The treatment of tooth injuries is dependent on several factors:

whether the fracture involves only the enamel,

both the enamel and dentine,

all the tooth structures including enamel, dentine and the pulp of the tooth,

if a root fracture is present below the gum line.

A dentist must check any damage to a tooth both clinically and using X-rays as soon as possible after the injury has been sustained to ensure no unseen root fracture is left undiagnosed and untreated.  Later treatment is liable to lead to tooth loss.

Sometimes teeth are not damaged themselves but due to the heavy impact of the injury the tooth is moved within the bone.

Sometimes a tooth may simply be loosened in the bony socket known as a subluxation injury,

alternatively, the tooth may be pushed deeper into the socket or partially removed from the socket. We refer to these as intrusion or extrusion injuries.

A tooth may be completely lost from the socket known as an avulsion of the tooth.

If the tooth remains attached to the bone supporting it and there has been a heavy impact on the tooth, it may move with the bone fragment as a result of a fracture of the bone. These horizontal movement injuries of the tooth attached to supporting bone are referred to as Lateral Avulsion injuries.

All these different degrees of injury have specific treatment indicated for them and it is extremely important to go directly to see a dentist for immediate assessment of the injury to give the tooth the best chance of healing and being retained.  This is especially true for young children.

Treatment: SUBLUXATION – tooth loosened in the socket:

Occlusal vertical and lateral loading must be relieved.  A watch and wait policy should be adopted.  The tooth may firm up and suffer no long term effects but sometimes such teeth discolour.  This is a sign the pulp tissue within the root canal system has died and the darkening is due to the absorption of blood pigment into the dentine.  Such teeth must be carefully assessed and are likely to require root canal therapy.

Treatment: INTRUSIVE LUXATION – tooth intruded into the socket causing a crush injury at the root tip:

Immediate repositioning is recommended and a rigid splinting should be provided for 6 weeks as such injuries are usually accompanied by an alveolar fracture hence bone healing must be allowed to take plan without any movement of the tooth or the bone fracture.  Antibiotics are prescribed but tetanus is not usually an issue.

Mature permanent teeth need to be treated by root canal therapy in all cases.  Immature teeth with open root tip can be observed and followed up and if the tooth discolours or if signs of infection are noted, appropriate root canal treatment should be started.

If the tooth cannot be pulled out of the socket back into normal position immediately, orthodontic repositioning must follow later.  However over 50% of such teeth suffer root resorption following healing (where the root is eaten away).

Death of the pulp tissue occurs in nearly all mature teeth with closed root tips.

Treatment: EXTRUSIVE LUXATION – tooth is partly extruded from the socket remaining in the correct longitudinal axis:

Immediate tooth repositioning is indicated pushing the tooth back into the socket to its fullest extent.  Flexible splinting is indicated for 2-3 weeks.  Antibiotics may be required but usually tetanus is not an issue.  Follow up is indicated clinically and radiographically for 5 years.

The pulp tissue within the root canal dies in 65-100% of cases and root resorption occurs in just under 10% of cases.

Treatment: AVULSION – Tooth completely dislodged from its socket:

Gently wash the tooth in normal saline or milk removing contaminants alone while avoiding rubbing the root surface as vital periodontal ligament cells will remain.  Hold the tooth by the crown and never handle the roots.  Replace the tooth back in the socket the right way round before the blood clots as any delay will mean that complete seating back into the socket will not be achieved.

If the tooth cannot be replaced for whatever reason, store the tooth in the patient’s mouth in their saliva but avoiding biting the tooth as this will damage the periodontal ligament cells.  If the patient is unwilling to place the tooth in their mouth or if the patient is a child who may swallow or inhale the tooth, place it in milk.  Do not delay seeing a dentist for professional treatment.

Once the tooth is returned to the socket, check the tooth is correctly placed by gently closing the teeth together to make sure the tooth is not preventing correct closure.

Avulsed teeth must be rigidly splinted in place for 10 days ONLY then the splint must be removed.

When a tooth falls out, it may become infected by bacteria and this may lead to infection when the tooth is replaced.  For this reason antibiotics should be provided.  There is also the risk of tetanus infection and for this reason the dentist or doctors must consider the patient’s tetanus immunisation status and determine if a booster is indicated.

If the dislodged tooth is a mature permanent tooth, it is necessary to start root canal therapy before day 10 while the tooth remains splinted in place.  The root canal is dressed with calcium hydroxide or a root canal dressing material called Ledermix three times for periods of 3 months.  Each time the tooth must then be cleaned out, dried internally and redressed.  Finally the tooth is again cleaned out, dried and a permanent root filling may be placed into the root canal of the tooth.

Follow up X-rays should be taken of the tooth every year for the next 5 years and then every 2-5 years to check for any changes that may indicate the root is failing.

The chance of the tooth tissue in the root dying if not treated in this way is almost 100%.

Even after correct treatment, the root of the tooth may be eaten away, a process we refer to as root resorption.  This is common after such an injury and affects between 74-96% of avulsed teeth (many factors influence this outcome including the time out of mouth, storage medium used, root handling)

Treatment: LATERAL AVULSION – tooth moves in a horizontal direction – often the crown moves back while the root tip move forward damaging the bone over the front of the root):

In this case the tooth may appear to have moved in the jaw.  Usually a fall results in impact on the crown of the tooth that appears to move backwards but the roots of the tooth move forward as the tooth rotates about the centre of the root.  This forward movement of the root breaks the bone over the front of the root and can result in several small sharp bony fragments existing over a forward placed root and the gum can either remain in tact or it may be lacerated and torn.

One can very gently feel with a finger over the root of the tooth and an abnormal shape will be felt.  There may even be a feeling of small sharp fragments of bone present under the gum covering.  If lacerations are seen in the gum, then these must be closed.

Usually these small bony fragments remain attached to the periosteum surrounding the bone.  This is a thin tissue with a rich blood supply that nourishes the bone and keeps it alive.  As a result the bone tends to survive such injuries and repairs like a normal bone fracture.

The aim of initial dental emergency treatment must be to gently replace the bone fragments into their former positions and at the same time the forward placed root should be guided back into its correct position but this always required an anaesthetic (either local or general).   Some force is usually necessary by holding the crown of the tooth and manipulating the tooth by rotating it back into position.  After repositioning, it is important to prevent any movement of the bone fragments or the tooth during healing.  Immediate attendance at a dentist to receive local anaesthetic is therefore essential to allow this repositioning procedure.

A splint is then required, and in this case the bone takes 4-6 weeks to heal and for reparative bone to form around the fractures.

Antibiotics are best given to prevent any post-trauma infection.  Unless the fracture is associated with lacerations and contamination of the wounds, it is unlikely that tetanus will be an issue.

Root canal therapy is not indicated unless the tooth discolours or signs or symptoms of infection arise.

Regular radiographic and clinical review is indicated for 5 years.

The risk of the pulp tissue within the root canal dying is around 60% while root resorption has been reported in under 10% of such teeth.

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All About Teeth Clenching And Grinding

During these unprecedented times of COVID 19, people, on average, are experiencing a higher prevalence of stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety may be caused by social isolation, inability to see friends and family, loss of a loved one or job, or financial hardship. Stress and anxiety may present in many different ways, including headaches, problems sleeping, upset stomach, chest pain, elevated blood pressure and even teeth clenching and grinding. 

Teeth clenching and grinding are both considered involuntary movement disorders. They can either happen while awake or asleep and are an unconscious habit. Clenching is when the upper and lower jaw bites together with force, and grinding is when there is also a movement of the upper and lower teeth against each other with force. Teeth grinding is very common in children and is usually grown out of with age. The medical term for teeth clenching is “bruxism.”

What are the Signs & Symptoms?

Typically, the signs and symptoms of teeth clenching and grinding include, but are not limited to, a sore jaw that can sometimes feel like an earache, sore muscles in the cheeks and neck, headaches, sleep disruption, tooth pain or sensitivity, clicking or popping in the jaw joint, lockjaw and flattered or worn surfaces of the teeth. Occasionally, there will be no signs or symptoms associated with teeth clenching or grinding, primarily if it only occurs infrequently. 

What is the Treatment?

Although it is difficult, if not impossible, to prevent teeth clenching and grinding, there are treatment options to prevent the signs and symptoms associated with it. There is no treatment recommended in children who grind their teeth, as they will usually grow out of the habit.

For adults, there are several options for treatment, which most often involve the use of a nightguard. A night guard is a sturdy plastic tooth covering used to alleviate stress on the teeth and jaw. Nightguards can be fabricated in several different forms, such as with clasps or no clasps, with a bite pad or no bite pad. Other options to correct teeth clenching and grinding are correcting tooth alignment, such as the use of braces, Botox injections in the muscles around the jaw, stress and anxiety management and muscle relaxant medications.  

If you think you may be clenching or grinding your teeth, know that this is a prevalent habit, and you are not alone. Especially during these unprecedented times, many people are dealing with more stress and anxiety. It is essential to seek treatment to prevent tooth wear. 

by Dr. Charles Triassi

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Why Gum Disease Is so Harmful to Your Oral Health

Gum disease affects 47.2% of adults over the age of 30. Unfortunately, that number skyrockets up to 70.1% in adults over the age of 70. In other words, gum disease is extremely common, but thankfully, it’s something we treat here at The Dental Center of Hercules in Hercules, California.

In this article,  Dr. Lovely Manlapaz Teodoro discusses why gum disease is so harmful to your oral health and what you can do to improve your dental health.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontitis, starts with a bacterial overgrowth in your mouth. During the earliest stage of gum disease (gingivitis), bacteria-laden plaque builds up and irritates your gums. This can lead to bleeding or swollen gums. The good news is that gingivitis is still reversible, and your bones and teeth haven’t been permanently damaged.

If gingivitis remains untreated, however, it can progress to advanced periodontitis. During this stage of gum disease, the inner layer of your gums starts to pull away from your teeth. This forms pockets called periodontal pockets. Bacteria and debris can get lodged in these pockets. The toxins produced by the bacteria and your body trying to fight the infection can start to break down the bones and connective tissues that keep your teeth in place. At this point, you may notice that some of your teeth are wiggly.

How does gum disease affect your oral health?

Despite the name, gum disease affects more than just your gums. Gum disease can wreak havoc on your oral health and impact nearly every part of your mouth. 

Gum disease can cause:

Bad breath

Swollen gums

Red and bleeding gums

Loose teeth

Permanent tooth loss

Sensitive teeth

Receding gum line

Altered denture fit

Changes to your bite

When your bite changes and when you lose teeth, you’ll also notice that it’s harder to form clear sounds when you speak. Depending on which teeth you lose (or if your dentures fit differently), you may also find that eating is difficult.

Beyond your oral health

In addition to negatively impacting your oral health, gum disease affects your overall physical and mental health too. Studies show that there is a link between gum disease and other conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight.

How does gum disease increase your risk of strokes? Researchers found that gum disease was linked to an increased risk of strokes caused by severe artery blockages. They also found  P. gingivalis (gum bacteria) in carotid arteries and Streptococcus sp (gum infection bacteria) inside blood vessels in the brain. 

Gum disease can also negatively impact your mental health and self-confidence. 

Treating gum disease can improve your oral health

Treating gum disease can help you avoid the unwanted complications of untreated gum disease. Your specific treatment depends on how severe your gum disease is. Potential treatments include:

Improved at-home oral hygiene

Scaling and root planing

Laser gum surgery


Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, and unfortunately, once your natural tooth is lost, it can’t be replaced. If you’re concerned about gum disease, call your dentist to explore your gum disease treatment options.

by C. Manlapaz Teodoro, DDS,

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Top Four Embarrassing Oral Health Problems…Solved!

Stinky breath, unsightly mouth sores, and tooth decay: We’ve got a solution for all of your dental-health dilemmas.

The best way to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums looking and feeling great? Your daily brushing and flossing routine, combined with a balanced diet and regular dental visits.

But following these oral hygiene commandments isn’t always enough. Many common oral-health problems, such as bad breath, tooth decay, erosion, receding gums, and mouth sores, can leave people feeling both physically uncomfortable and reluctant to smile. Fortunately, with the right treatments these embarrassing oral-health problems can be solved! Check out these remedies from the American Dental Association (ADA):


1.- Bad Breath

Treatment for bad breath, or halitosis, varies depending on the cause. Brushing and flossing is crucial since it helps keep food particles from collecting bacteria and rotting in your mouth. If your dentist gives you a clean bill of health, though, you’ll need to investigate further.

Your bad breath could be the result of a medical disorder, such as a respiratory infection; chronic sinusitis or bronchitis; diabetes; a gastrointestinal disturbance, such as GERD; or a liver or kidney ailment. The use of particular medications can cause dry mouth, which can contribute to bad breath. And sometimes, the solution may be as simple as changing your diet: If you’re a garlic or onion lover, cutting down on these foods will help. So will cutting out tobacco if you’re a smoker.

2.-Tooth Decay and Erosion

Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and visiting your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings will help fight tooth decay and erosion. Your dentist may also recommend protective plastic sealants to reduce your risk of decay. Eating a balanced diet and keeping your snacking to a minimum will also help head off plaque and erosion. If you’re particularly concerned about erosion, avoid acidic food and drinks, such as citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, pickles, soda, and sports drinks, since studies suggest that they can strip enamel from the teeth. Gastric acid can also contribute to erosion, so if you have a medical condition like acid-reflux disease or bulimia, getting treatment is imperative.

3.- Receding Gums

Gum recession and periodontal disease can have serious repercussions. Early stage gingivitis causes the gums to become red and swollen, and to bleed easily, while the more advanced periodontitis damages the gums and bones that support the teeth, causing them to loosen and fall out. The ADA recommends brushing, flossing, and keeping up with regular dental checkups and periodontal exams. Everyday Health’s dental expert, Dr. James E. Jacobs, adds that since gum recession can also result from aggressive tooth brushing with medium or hard bristles, malpositioned teeth, or bad habits such as clenching, grinding, or scratching your gums with foreign objects, you can also help protect your gums by using an ultrasoft toothbrush and wearing a nightguard to reduce stress on your teeth if you tend to clench or grind at night. Additionally, Dr. Jacobs recommends seeking professional dental, orthodontic, or periodontic help to get your bite comfortable, your teeth properly aligned, and if necessary, your gums grafted.

4.- Mouth Sores

Canker sores and cold sores are two of the most common sores that show up around the mouth. They can be painful, annoying, and unsightly. Cankers develop inside the mouth, while cold sores appear externally, usually on the edge of the lips. Fortunately, both of these types of sores tend to heal on their own within a week or so, and canker sores can be treated with over-the-counter topical anesthetics or antimicrobial mouth rinses to reduce discomfort. Topical anesthetics may also provide temporary relief for cold sores. If you’re embarrassed by frequent cold-sore outbreaks, talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for antiviral drugs that could help reduce infections from the herpes virus.

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What is Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS)?

Has your mouth ever started itching after you take a bite out of a raw apple or banana? If you experience hay fever or nasal allergies, this allergic reaction may be due to oral allergy syndrome (OAS.) Though often considered a mild allergy, OAS occurs when the immune system confuses proteins in some foods with allergy-triggering proteins from pollen. Explore causes of OAS and the simple steps you can take to curb symptoms—so you can keep eating your favorite foods.

What Is Oral Allergy Syndrome?

Oral allergy syndrome is an allergic reaction in the mouth or throat caused by certain raw fruits, vegetables, or nuts. The immune system will trigger an allergic response when it can't differentiate between similar proteins found in foods and pollens. OAS is more likely to develop in teens and young adults who experience hay fever related to birch, ragweed, and grass pollens which have similar proteins to certain foods, according to Mayo Clinic.

What Causes Oral Allergy Syndrome?

OAS can occur any time of year with an increased chance of symptoms when seasonal allergies are more active. Oral allergy syndrome is caused by the cross-reactivity of airborne allergens found in certain raw foods. Common trigger foods of OAS include:

























Oral Allergy Syndrome Symptoms

Symptoms of OAS are relatively mild and generally only occur in the mouth about an hour after exposure to a food. Though uncommon, severe signs of oral allergy syndrome may involve difficulty breathing or swallowing. Contact a doctor or allergist if you experience food allergy symptoms after eating. Typical signs of OAS include itchiness or swelling in the following areas:






How to Treat Oral Allergy Syndrome

Oral allergy syndrome treatment varies depending on the trigger and severity of the allergic reaction. Suppose you aren't able to identify the allergy trigger. In that case, a medical professional or allergist can help determine what's causing the allergic response and what kind of treatment is needed. They may recommend eliminating exposure to the allergy trigger if it's a mild case. Allergen immune therapy (pollen shots as a treatment for hay fever) and over-the-counter histamine blockers may also help resolve OAS symptoms.

The allergy-inducing proteins are commonly found in the skin of the food, so removing the skin can sometimes eliminate the allergy trigger. Fortunately, the proteins that cause OAS can easily break down if the food isn't consumed raw. Some methods for breaking down allergy-triggering proteins in food are:

Cooking or heating food with a stove, oven, or microwave.

Eating frozen or processed foods like applesauce.

Peeling off the skin.

Purchasing canned fruits or vegetables.

Avoid allergy-inducing foods that are dried or in dehydrated form.

Though oral allergy syndrome will likely cause only minor symptoms, visiting a medical professional is the best way to determine the proper treatment for you. Remember that just because you haven't previously had an allergic reaction to a particular raw food doesn't mean OAS can't appear later in life. Talk with your doctor if you think you are experiencing OAS!

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What causes a lump under the Jawline?

While lumps and bumps around your jawline may cause you to panic, the good news is they are often harmless. To learn the difference between a simple swelling and cause for concern, check out everything you need to know about swollen lymph nodes under the jaw.

Your body has many complex systems that work together to keep you healthy and your body working properly. One of these is your lymphatic system. 

You may notice that when you visit your local doctor with cold or flu symptoms, they will often run their hands along your neck, throat, and jaw. This is because the doctor is checking for an important symptom of infection: swollen lymph nodes. 

Lymph nodes are an important part of a larger system that keeps your body healthy. A swollen lymph node is often a sign of an infection, injury, or illness. A swollen lymph node can indicate something as mild as a cold or as serious as metastasized cancer.

Swollen lump under the jaw

One major reason for a lump under the jaw or chin can be due to lymph nodes swell and can be felt under your skin’s surface. In their normal state, nodes are not able to be felt. When lymph nodes detect a problem with the lymph fluid, they react and swell. These problems can include infection, illness, cancer, or as a response to injury.

When swollen, lymph nodes can swell from the size of a pea to the size of a cherry. Lymph nodes can also swell under the jaw. In most instances, nodes swell due to an infection, injury, or illness. Often, a swollen node indicates an infection in the area. A swollen node under the jaw can indicate an upper respiratory infection, cold, or flu.

Swollen lymph nodes under the jaw may feel tender to the touch and can even cause difficulty swallowing or moving your head in certain directions. Generally, lymph nodes over 1 cm in diameter are considered ‘abnormal.’

Swollen lymph nodes are not always a sign of a problem with your physical health. They are also known to swell due to stress.

Reasons for swollen lump under the jaw


Ear infection

Sinus infection

ear infection

Infected tooth

Skin infection

Strep throat





Rheumatoid arthritis

HIV infection

Anti-seizure and antimalarial drugs

Medication or allergic reactions to medication

Cat scratch fever


Mouth sores




Sézary syndrome


Cancer such as lymphoma (where the cancer begins in the lymphatic system) or the nodes will swell if cancer originating in other areas moves to the lymphatic system.

When more than one area of lymph nodes becomes swollen, it is called generalized lymphadenopathy. 

Generalized lymphadenopathy can be caused by


Strep throat

Chicken Pox

Certain medications

Immune system diseases 

Cancer such as leukemia and lymphoma

Infected lymph nodes

While lymph nodes often swell due to an infection in their general area, it is also possible for the lymph node to become infected. Infected lymph nodes will swell and also produce additional symptoms.

Read more: Swollen lymph nodes behind the ear

Symptoms of infected lymph nodes under the jaw

Lymph nodes are swollen 

The infected area is tender

Nodes may be soft or matted together

Red skin in the infected area

Nodes may become filled with pus 

Fluid may drain from the nodes onto the skin

Cancerous lump

While not as common, swollen lymph nodes can result from a cancerous tumor. This can happen when cancer develops in another area of the body and spreads to the lymph nodes or when cancer originates in the lymph nodes. When cancer first forms in the lymph nodes, it is called Lymphoma. It is more common for cancer to first develop in another area of the body and then spread to the lymph nodes. 

This happens when cancer cells break down from a tumor and then travel through the lymphatic vessels via the lymphatic fluid. If they are not broken down in the nodes, they may begin to form a new tumor. 


When cancer travels through the lymphatic system, it affects the lymph nodes. In most cases, when cancer cells break away from the tumor, they can be broken down by the body. When cancer spreads to a new part of the body, it is called metastasis.

Diagnosis of the swollen lump under the jaw

In most cases, your doctor will diagnose what is causing your swollen lymph nodes based on the other symptoms you are experiencing. For example, swollen lymph nodes under the jaw, difficulty swallowing, and inflammation in the throat may point to strep throat. 

It is when the lymph nodes are swollen without any other symptoms that the diagnosis is much more difficult.

Your doctor will likely ask you about your medical history in addition to a physical exam in order to make a diagnosis. You may also need to disclose any recent travel or animal encounters that could have led to your condition. 

In some cases, your doctor may order a blood test to look for abnormalities. They may also do an imaging test such as an MRI, CT scan, x-ray, or ultrasound. 


Although rare, a biopsy for your lump may be required. This test only requires a small number of cells to be removed from the lymph node with a needle. This test can look for cancer. 

Treatment of Swollen Lymph Nodes Under the Jaw

In order to treat a swollen lymph node, you need to treat the cause. Most swollen lymph nodes will resolve themselves once the initial reason for the swelling is treated. 

In the case of a viral infection, the nodes will swell once the body has naturally fought the infection off. Your doctor may advise that you take over-the-counter pain medication to combat the inflammation. 

For a bacterial or fungal infection, the body will need antibiotics for the infection to resolve. 

In some cases, an injury causes the lymph node to swell. Scar tissue or other injuries can cause the node to drain improperly and swell. This may require further surgery to repair. 


Swollen lymph nodes caused by cancer will not shrink until the cancer has been completely treated. In some cases, your doctor may advise the lymph node to be removed. Your doctor will determine the best treatment options for you. 

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Periodontal Disease Treatment

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can be a significant problem for many people. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, it would be our pleasure to help you. At South Dayton Smiles, we have a variety of treatment tools and techniques that we can use to help you improve the health of your gums.

It is easy to overlook the health of the gum, but gum disease can spread to other parts of your mouth, which is why it is important to address this issue as quickly as possible. When you work with us, we can help you improve your oral health, keeping your entire mouth healthy. 

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease occurs when an infection develops in the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Eventually, these bacteria build up along the edge of the gum line, and plaque and tartar conform underneath the surface of the teeth.

As plaque and tartar continue to build, removing them using a toothbrush alone becomes difficult. Even regular brushing and flossing might not be enough.

As the bacteria continue to spread, they invade the gum line, causing your gums to separate from your teeth. This can lead to gum recession and irreparable bone loss, making your teeth vulnerable to falling out. 

For this reason, you need to trust professionals from South Dayton Smiles to help you.

What Are the Types of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is usually divided into two categories. The first is called gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is relatively easy to treat because it is usually superficial.

If this condition is allowed to spread, it becomes periodontitis. Periodontitis is more widespread throughout the mouth, and it can be much more challenging to treat. Different treatment techniques are required to help someone who has been diagnosed with periodontitis.

Some of the signs that someone is suffering from gingivitis or periodontitis include:

The development of bad breath

Gums that are a bit swollen and tender

Gums that bleed easily when flossing or brushing

A change in bite pattern

Gums that appear to be separating from the rest of the teeth 

It is critical to address this issue as quickly as possible. 

What Are the Treatment Options?

At South Dayton Smiles, we always customize our treatment options to meet the needs of each patient. If someone has been diagnosed with gingivitis, we use a treatment called scaling. A dental hygienist will use a variety of dental tools to remove tartar and plaque from the gum line.

The dental hygienist will also get in between the teeth. That way, all bacteria are removed, and the infection can be eradicated. Gradually, the gums will start to heal, and the teeth will have the support they need.

If someone has been diagnosed with periodontitis, the infection has spread, and decay may have begun. This can lead to significant damage to the gums and root structure. In addition to scaling, root planing might be required to completely remove the infection. Advanced surgical tools are used to make sure all bacteria are removed. 

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Protecting Your Smile with Exams and Cleanings

Keeping up with dental exams and cleanings is a vital part of your oral health. Even though you may be regularly brushing and flossing, it is not always enough. It is easy to miss a spot that eventually accumulates plaque, eventually leading to the development of tartar that can only be removed by dentists. At this point, you could easily go on to develop gum disease that could even threaten your permanent teeth.

What is a dental exam and cleaning?

A dental exam and cleaning is a routine appointment that is normally advised at least twice a year, although your dentist may recommend more frequent visits if you have an ongoing problem.

The purpose of the dental exam is to spot any potential problems while they are still small ones that can be easily treated. 

The goal of the cleaning part of the appointment is to allow your dental hygienist to scrape away accumulated plaque and tartar from your teeth and around your gums. Combined with regularly brushing and flossing at home, it is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Isn’t brushing and flossing enough?

In many cases, it is. But even if you were so fastidious in your brushing and flossing that you completely prevented plaque and tartar, you would still need to visit for your regular dental exams to look for other types of problems in your mouth.

Considering that plaque can be virtually undetectable to the average person, it is important to keep up with your dental appointments so that your professional dental team has an opportunity to examine your mouth, teeth and gums.

What should I expect at a dental exam appointment?

Dental exams are typically combined with dental cleanings. The exam part of the appointment often takes place before the cleaning. This is when your dental hygienist will conduct a visual examination of your mouth, teeth and gums to look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer.

If your hygienist should detect any concerning problems, your dentist may then be called in for a closer examination. This may involve taking x-rays or other diagnostic procedures. If any issues are found, treatment may be recommended and scheduled.

What takes place at a dental cleaning?

During your appointment, a dental hygienist will scrape away any plaque or tartar that has accumulated on your teeth or in the area of your gums. This will help to prevent your gums from becoming inflamed and infected, potentially leading to gum disease. Removing plaque also helps to keep teeth from becoming damaged due to acidic substances secreted by this sticky film.

Dental exams and cleanings help:

Smooth and brighten teeth

Detect signs of early trouble like tooth decay and periodontal disease

Remove plaque and tartar from the teeth

Schedule Your Exam and Cleaning

Dentists recommend that you visit for a dental exam and cleaning at least twice a year — more often if you are dealing with a special issue like periodontal disease. If you have been postponing these vital appointments, reach out to your dentist today to book an appointment.

by Your dental Health Partners

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Top Three Reasons For Tooth Infections

Toothaches can range from mildly unpleasant to downright nasty. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell whether a tooth is infected or if something else is causing your tooth pain. Our team at Troy Bartels, DDS is always available to answer your questions. Today we want to share the top 3 reasons for tooth infections to help you decide whether you need to seek immediate treatment.

Reason 1: Poor Dental Hygiene

One common reason for tooth infections is bad oral hygiene. Without proper care, the acid produced by oral bacteria can cause cavities, irritate gums, and result in a tooth infection. Without quick treatment, a tooth infection can cause tooth or gum loss. It can even become life-threatening by spreading through your bloodstream to the rest of your body.

Reason 2: A High Sugar Diet

A diet high in sugar can greatly increase your risk for tooth infections. Oral bacteria feed on sugar, breaking it down into acid. Over time, acid and oral bacteria can coat your teeth in a sticky biofilm called plaque. Without proper care, plaque can harden into tartar, a substance that is notorious for causing tooth infections and irritating gums.

Reason 3: Dry Mouth

Believe it or not, your saliva plays an important role in your oral health. Not only does saliva rinse the surface of your teeth, it contains enzymes that are important in the digestive process. Because people with dry mouth do not produce enough saliva, they are at an increased risk for developing a tooth infection.

Is My Tooth Infection a Dental Emergency?

Sometimes, our patients aren’t sure whether their toothache is a dental emergency. If you’re experiencing significant pain, you may be experiencing advanced tooth infection and should treat it as an emergency. Fever, swelling, or stomach pain may also indicate that your tooth infection needs immediate treatment.

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Do Your Teeth Hurt When You Wake Up In The Morning?

Do you notice tooth pain when you get up each morning, but then as your day goes on, the pain subsides?

This could be due to sleeping with your mouth open each night.

Not only does this dry out your mouth and your throat, but it also leaves you at much higher risk for cavities.If you have been sleeping with your mouth open, you need to make sure you see your dentist often enough to combat the problem and keep your teeth healthy.

The Problems with Open-Mouth Sleeping

When you sleep, your body produces less saliva, which is why you do not need to swallow spit every few seconds all night long. However, it still produces some to help keep the acid levels in your mouth low enough to not cause decay.

If you sleep with your mouth open, your breathing dries up what saliva that your body has created, leaving your teeth exposed to problems.

This can cause your mouth to dry out, your throat to hurt, and your teeth to ache each morning when you get up. As you get up and brush your teeth, then drink and go about your regular routine, your mouth gets moist once more and your teeth start to feel a bit better allowing you to forget about your morning pain.

Don't let morning tooth pain become an issue that you forget about until the pain doesn't stop. Go in and see your dentist every six months like you should, and go in an extra time if you notice that your teeth hurt when you go to get out of bed.

The more you have your teeth checked, the healthier they are going to stay, and the less issues you are going to have going on in your mouth that you and your dentist are unaware of until they become big problems.

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Is Sparkling Water Bad For Your Teeth?

We all have our favorite brands and flavors. It's crisp, refreshing, and zero calories. And that makes us feel good about our beverage choice. We're talking about sparkling water, of course! It's popularity right now is massively escalating, according to USA Today. But how does it affect your pearly whites? Is sparkling water bad for your teeth? We've got all the sparling water answers you need.

How Does Soda Affect Your Teeth?

If you asked your dentist for their thoughts on soda, they'd recommend avoiding it. Why? Two big reasons:

Sugar — soda has an abundance of it, leading to tooth decay and cavities

Acid — most sodas are highly acidic, contributing to tooth erosion

So now you know what not to drink. Some healthier alternatives to drink include water, milk, and you guessed it — unsweetened sparkling water.

What Are Sparkling Water's Effects on Your Teeth?

That fizzy refreshment in your sparkling water, it's caused by carbonation. And it's the carbonation that has some concerned. So is carbonated water bad for your teeth? A Journal of the American Dental Association study found that many popular sports drinks were "extremely erosive," while most sparkling carbonated waters ranked as "minimally erosive." So does minimally erosive equate to "bad"?

Sparkling water is much less erosive than other beverages. Which is good — so it's not bad for you. "For an average, healthy person, carbonated, sugar-free beverages are not going to be a main cavity-causing factor," according to the U.S. News & World Report article. However, it's not necessarily good for you. It's great to replace soda with sparkling water, but don't replace water with fluoride over its sparkling counterpart.

What Are Some Other Ways to Protect Your Teeth?

To battles against cavities and enamel erosion, there are a few things you can do.

Brush with specially formulated toothpaste to help strengthen tooth enamel, replenish natural calcium, and protect against tooth sensitivity

See your dentist regularly to detect signs of tooth decay early when it is easy to correct or reverse

Now you know the truth about sparkling water — it isn't bad for your teeth. You also understand what's needed to keep your teeth healthy while you enjoy something fizzy.

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Five Ways To Improve Your Dental Hygiene Routine

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 31% of US adults aged 20-44 have untreated dental cavities. The prevalence of tooth decay and gum disease is largely due to poor oral hygiene practices.

Oral hygiene, which includes daily brushing and flossing, is absolutely essential for preserving your smile and minimizing your risk for dental problems. Neglecting either of these aspects, even for a short period of time, can have serious consequences to dental health and the appearance of your smile.

In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month, we’d like to encourage our Kingston patients to take a critical look at their oral hygiene routine and consider different ways they can improve dental care.


Improving your dental hygiene should be specific to your smile and individual concerns. However, generally speaking, many patients can benefit from the following tips:

Switch Out Your Toothbrush: When was the last time you switched out your toothbrush? According to the American Dental Association, it’s best to switch out your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3-4 months. As the toothbrush begins to wear, the bristles can become frayed and less effective at removing plaque from your teeth. As a rule of thumb, we recommend switching your toothbrush at the start of each season to make sure you’re properly cleaning your teeth.

Use Mouthwash: Using mouthwash won’t replace brushing or flossing, but it’s an excellent additional tool to boost your dental health. Using a mouthwash can help wash away harmful plaque or food debris lingering in the mouth. As a bonus, mouthwash is also great for freshening your breath.

Upgrade Your Tools: Of course, if you find that a manual toothbrush and traditional string floss work well for you, there’s no need to upgrade your dental tools. But for patients that want to improve their oral hygiene routine, it may be a good idea to look into other tools. Investing in an electric toothbrush or a water flosser may help bring your dental hygiene routine to a new level.

Use Products Tailored for Your Smile: With a vast array of oral health products on the market, it can be difficult to choose what will work best for your smile. We recommend choosing products tailored to your own concerns. For example, patients worried about discoloration should opt for whitening toothpaste or patients with tooth sensitivity should opt for desensitizing toothpaste.     

Schedule Routine Dental Cleanings: While there are plenty of at-home tools out there, you should never skip out on professional dental cleanings. Your dental hygienist will thoroughly clean your teeth and remove tartar that is nearly impossible to remove yourself. Be sure to maintain great oral hygiene with the help of routine cleanings.

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What Does a Complete Dental Exam Include?

A complete dental exam is an essential component of preventive dentistry. It allows your dentist to get conversant with your oral health. It also helps them set a plan to improve your oral health going forward. They will advise you on how to take care of your teeth and gums to prevent oral diseases.

When you first visit a new dentist, they will perform a complete dental exam to know how to proceed. After a few years, they may do another dental exam to update your records. 

What Does It Include? 

A complete dental exam looks at your oral history in detail. It also does diagnostics to examine your current situation. From there, the dentist can plan a long-term strategy for your oral health. It can happen every three to five years, depending on the need. The exam may take about 30 minutes for the dentist to complete a thorough checkup. 

So, what does it involve? 

Patient Interview 

The dentist will discuss your medical and dental history with you. It will include the current records if you are not a new patient. The doctor will also want to know if you have any other concerns or issues. They will assess your diet, oral hygiene habits, and any other risk factors that pertain to your case. All this will help the dentist understand your overall dental health. 

Oral Examination And Cleaning 

The dentist will conduct a complete tooth decay and cavities check. They will check the existing dental work and evaluate your bite. The dentist will then clean your teeth, paying attention to each tooth. 

They will note teeth that have chips and cracks, as well as those that are at risk of developing cavities. This part of the exam will help them identify any preventive or restorative treatments you may need. 

Diagnostic Exams 

The diagnostic exams include X-rays, radiographs, or other images the dentist may need. The dentist will protect you from radiation, have you bite on a piece of plastic, and take the X-rays. They will do a full-mouth series to check your overall health. Radiographs and other imaging diagnostics are not necessary. However, the dentist can perform them if there is a need. 

Periodontal Exam 

During this part of the exam, the dentist will examine the condition of your gum for periodontal disease. They will try to identify any early signs of gum disease. If they are present, they will take preventive measures against it to maintain your gum health. The gum is vital to the health of your teeth. Thus, it is crucial to ensure that it stays healthy.

Any signs of periodontal disease that you ignore could lead to the loss of your teeth. It could also cause other oral and health conditions. Early treatment will prevent complications in your kidneys, lungs, and heart. It will also save you hospital expenses that you may not be ready to meet.

Complete dental exams are not only vital to the dentist but also to you as the patient. They will help you take measures to maintain or improve your oral and overall health.

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Four Habits That Lead To Strong Teeth

Having healthy, strong teeth is one of the many benefits of consistently practicing good oral hygiene. It makes teeth less susceptible to chips, breaks and fractures, and it promotes good overall dental health.

A person's teeth are the strongest part of the body, but teeth are also bombarded with things that can damage their protective covering called enamel in time. Once the person's enamel becomes damaged, oral issues like cavities, tooth decay and infections will eventually develop. Properly taking care of the mouth leads to strong teeth, which leads to better dental and overall health.

4 habits that lead to strong teeth

1. Brushing twice a day

Brushing at least twice each day is one of the most effective things a person can do when it comes to keeping teeth strong. It serves a very important purpose, helping to remove food particles and plaque from the surfaces of the person's tooth. When left on teeth, these food teeth particles are broken down into acids that damage teeth enamel. The damage done by these acids is directly responsible for oral issues like cavities and tooth decay. These acids also weaken the integrity of teeth, making them more susceptible to breaks and fractures.

In addition, plaque left on teeth for prolonged periods of time turns into a calcified substance called tartar. This tartar gives teeth a yellow color, and it is a haven for acid-producing bacteria. Tartar is also more susceptible to staining than teeth enamel, so people with extensive tartar buildup are more likely to have unsightly stains and discoloration on their teeth.

2. Flossing daily

Flossing is the second half of brushing. Both tasks serve the same purpose: removing food particles and bacteria from teeth surfaces. Since the bristles of a toothbrush can reach the tight spaces between a person's teeth, dental floss is used to clean those areas. Flossing should be done at least once a day to ensure food particles and plaque do not build up between the tight spaces between teeth.

3. Using an antibacterial mouthwash

Using a quality mouthwash is not completely necessary, but it is exactly what some patients' need to give them strong teeth. Mouthwash helps to clean the tight areas even flossing cannot reach. It also helps to kills some of the bacteria that produce acids and lead to bad breath.

A quality mouthwash is also a good way to mineralize teeth since many are now infused with minerals like fluoride. A fluoride-infused toothpaste can also get the job done if the person does not spit after brushing, but mouthwashes often have a more pleasant taste.

4. Avoid sugary things

Sugar is the one of these biggest reason people end up with damaged teeth. It is very acidic in nature, and the bacteria that convert food particles into acids thrive on them. The consumption of sugary foods should be limited, and patients should rinse with water after having them.

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Six Signs To Identify Dental Problems Before They Become Worse

Your body has a way of sending you signals when it needs help. A headache is often the first indication of dehydration. Fatigue could be a sign of sleep apnea. As long as you pay attention to the messages your body provides, you can identify and reverse problems before they take control of your body.

Your oral health is no exception! We tend to think of our mouth as a separate entity from our body, but the truth is that oral health and general wellness are closely linked together. If you have an unhealthy mouth, these signals are trying to let you know. 

Bad Breath… All Day Long!

Chronic bad breath, also known as halitosis, can develop for a few different reasons, but the main trigger is poor oral health. 

As soon as you eat or drink, food particles breakdown all around your teeth. If you don’t brush and floss regularly to remove food remnants, they accumulate into a thick coating of plaque that spreads over your teeth, tongue, and gums. Odor-causing bacteria thrives inside this plaque and emits the foul odor we call “bad breath”. 

Your eating habits have the power to reduce or aggravate bad breath because they directly influence the types of particles that cover your mouth until the next time you brush and floss. 

Bad breath sounds like it would be easy to identify, but many people can’t assess the odor of their own mouths. If you suspect that halitosis is influencing your oral health, you can ask a close friend or spouse to check your breath and give honest feedback. You can also perform a breath test yourself by licking your wrist, giving the saliva time to dry, and then smelling it. 

Your oral hygiene habits set the pace for your mouth health. If you’ve been slacking on your brushing and flossing, you can begin to improve your oral hygiene habits with these techniques:

Brush and floss at least twice a day

Scrape your tongue each morning with a tongue scraper

Replace your toothbrush every two to three months

Start oil pulling

Drink plenty of water

These simple yet effective steps will prevent bacteria from building up and generating a foul odor. 

Sensitivity to Hot and Cold Foods and Drinks

The sensation caused by sensitive teeth is nearly impossible to describe, but there’s no mistaking that awful zinging feeling whenever you drink something too cold or hot. In addition to the pain it causes, sensitivity is also a sign of an unhealthy mouth. 

Factors like brushing too hard, overuse of acidic beverages like soda and coffee, and excessive use of whitening products all expose tiny canals that lead right to your dental nerves. As soon as anything hot or cold reaches the nerves, you experience a “zing”. 

Gum disease is also known to cause severe tooth sensitivity since gums recede from the teeth and lose their support system. If you have gum disease, you also probably have excessive plaque in your mouth, which also erodes tooth enamel and exposes nerve endings. 

There are a few ways to treat sensitivity teeth, but it’s important to ask for your dentist’s advice before you choose:

Desensitizing toothpaste

In-office fluoride treatment

White fillings or crowns

Root canal

Laser gum therapy

Chronic Sinus Infections From an Unhealthy Mouth

The bacteria that live in your mouth and gut are responsible for maintaining balanced immune responses throughout your body. This means that the health of your mouth directly impacts the strength of your immune system.

If you always seem to be coming down with a cold or sinus infection, that could be your body’s way of sending SOS messages  Anything that harms or alters the microbiota communities in your mouth or digestive system has the potential to trigger immune dysfunction that leads to chronic sinus infections. 

Improving your unhealthy mouth will create a direct improvement on your sinuses as well. 

Dry Mouth

You have three main salivary glands and hundreds of minor salivary glands that are responsible for producing saliva in your mouth. Saliva is essential to the health of your teeth and gums, so when you develop dry mouth, it puts our oral health in danger.

Consider the roles that saliva performs:

Neutralizes acids in the mouth

Washes away food debris, bacteria, and other lingering toxins

Keeps the mouth moist and hydrated, even while eating dry foods or exercising

Breaks food down with enzymes and carries it from the mouth to the gut.

Bombarding your mouth with potent sugars and acids all day, every day compromises your mouth’s ability to produce saliva. This leads to a dry, unhealthy mouth.

Remain alert for these possible dry mouth symptoms:

Chronic bad breath

Cracked lips and inner cheeks

Difficulty tasting foods

Pain and inflammation on the tongue

Frequent tooth decay

Trouble speaking, swallowing, and chewing

The feeling of sticky or stringy saliva

Dry mouth can be treated in a few different ways. The first step is to improve your general oral health with more frequent brushing, flossing, and dental appointments. Adjust your diet to nutritious, wholesome foods, and switch to medications that don’t cause the side effect of dry mouth. If those changes still don’t resolve your dry mouth, ask your dentist about other professional treatments. 

Tooth Discoloration From an Unhealthy Mouth

Poor oral care is a common cause of tooth discoloration. If you fail to brush and floss regularly, it’s all too easy for bacteria, acid, and plaque to accumulate and harden into tartar. Plaque and tartar both create an unsightly yellow coating around your teeth that leads to other issues like bad breath, decay, and tooth loss. 

Fortunately, it can all be avoided with better oral hygiene! The simple actions of brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist twice a year help prevent discoloration before it begins.  

Digestive Issues

The mouth is so much more than another part of the body. It’s where everything begins. There’s a direct and powerful link between oral health and whole body wellness.

As the entry point to the digestive system, the condition of your mouth directly influences your gastrointestinal health. This explains why poor oral health is shown to contribute to inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. 

When an unhealthy mouth becomes overwhelmed by pathogens, oral bacteria can constantly move into the gut and trigger serious complications. Some strains of bacteria found in unhealthy saliva are even resistant to antibiotics and believed to trigger intense gut inflammation. 

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What is dental detail?

If there is one thing you need to be clear about to preserve your dental health, it is that you must carry out a daily and thorough oral hygiene. However, this type of cleaning, although necessary, is not enough to eradicate all dirt from the teeth. For this reason, today at Gross Dentists we want you to know what is dental detartraje and what is its importance.

Read on for more information!

What is dental detail?

It is likely that if we mention the concept of dental detail a priori does not ring a bell or you have not heard it. However, this action, as mentioned above, is very important in terms of dental health.

Dental detartraje corresponds to a technique used in the dental sector that aims to eliminate tartar and bacterial plaque remaining on the surface of the teeth, and which is difficult to remove with the usual daily brushing.

Specifically, it focuses on the area just below the gums. So, as good as your oral hygiene is, it is very difficult to get to this area without the technique of dental detartraje.

Benefits of this dental cleaning technique

To understand the importance of dental detartraje is essential to know the benefits of such a technique. Therefore, thanks to the dental detartraje…

You get a cleaner mouth

Se evita la aparición y expansión de las bacterias

Prevents the appearance and expansion of bacteria

Gingival or periodontal pathologies are avoided

A more beautiful smile appears

Dental loss is prevented

In which cases is it necessary to make a detail?

In any case, the dentist should be responsible for determining when it is necessary to perform a dental detartraje, although it is advisable to perform it once or twice a year. Likewise, it will also depend on the state of your own oral hygiene and your mouth.

At Gross Dentists we are at your disposal to perform this technique or any other technique you need to preserve your oral health optimally.

Steps to follow to perform this type of cleaning

Another important aspect to consider regarding dental detartraje is the process or steps to follow.

First, a clinical examination of the patient’s mouth should be performed to determine the state of their mouth. Secondly, you will be given appointment to perform the cleaning.

To take off the tartar is used an ultrasound device that vibrates and has water. With this, the tartar is successfully separated and the dental surface is completely clean.

Although the previous device is usually sufficient, sometimes it is necessary to use hand tools to improve the finish. Everything will depend on the oral situation of the patient in question.

Finally a dental polishing is performed so that the surface is perfect.

In our dental clinic we take care of your oral health in every way

You already know all the important aspects about dental detail. For this reason, we want to remind you that in our dental clinic, Gross Dentists, we have qualified specialists in the sector who take care of your oral health.

Our goal is to see you smile, with a healthy and radiant smile.

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Why You Shouldn’t Skip the Dentist, Even if you Have Good Teeth

There is a common misconception that you only need to go to the dentist when you have a problem. Unfortunately, that is the worst tactic you can take when it comes to dental care. It leads to more expensive and more extensive dental treatments, not to mention the pain and suffering that can result when you wait until something bothers you.

Some people have “good teeth” and think this means that they do not need routine dental care. Here are a few important reasons that everyone needs to see a dentist regularly.

Early Dental Problems are “Silent”

Without having consistent dental check-ups, you actually don’t really know if you have good teeth. Most people make that assumption because they do not experience pain in their teeth. The problem with that theory is that most early dental problems do not cause any symptoms. This means that cavities and gum disease can grow and worsen without your knowledge.

The only way you can be sure that you do, in fact, have good teeth is by seeing a dentist for a professional evaluation. The only way to keep them “good” is keeping up with consistent professional teeth cleanings and any preventive dentistry your doctor recommends.

“Good Teeth” Often Change with Age

Some people are banking on their historically “good” teeth lasting the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, just as with the rest of our bodies, the health of our mouths changes with age. Many people take prescription and over-the-counter medications that lead to a dry mouth, which greatly increases the risk for dental diseases like cavities and gum disease. Teeth that have functioned well for decades may become susceptible to cracking and chipping due to those long years of wear and tear.

Another risk factor that changes with time is your ability to properly clean the teeth. As we age, it becomes more and more difficult to perform consistently great oral hygiene. Investing in regular dental care helps counteract these negative side effects of aging.

Two Words: Oral Cancer

his is perhaps the most important reason to seek regular dental care: it could save your life. Oral cancer has a very high survival rate . . . when it is caught early. Without early detection by a dental professional, many people do not find oral cancer until it has already spread to lymph nodes. This metastasis greatly reduces someone’s chances of survival.

The Oral Cancer Foundation recommends that every single person receive an oral cancer screening at least once every year by a dental professional. With early detection, you not only increase your chance at survival; you also make less aggressive treatments more effective. In its earliest stages, oral cancer can be removed with surgery alone.

As it grows, more aggressive treatments are necessary to improve your chance of survival, including radiation and chemotherapy. Detecting oral cancer early may help you save vital parts of your jaws and facial structures.

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How You Can Clean Your Braces Effectively?

Dental hygiene has a significant effect on the overall well being of a person. Not only does unkempt oral hygiene makes one look unattractive, but also can lead to major problems like tooth decay or tooth loss. Keeping up with oral hygiene becomes even more difficult with braces. They can hinder the daily cleaning routine and lead to stains on the teeth. The wires may trap food particles, which leads to plaque formation. Therefore, to avoid any damage to your teeth, it is important to devote time to properly clean them.

It is advised to brush your teeth after every meal. Since this may not be possible at all times, immediately rinsing the mouth with water to remove any leftover food particles helps in preventing the formation of plaque. It is also necessary to properly clean your teeth before going to bed to avoid any development of harmful bacteria.

Proper BrushingThe most effective way of keeping your braces clean is by brushing them properly. Soft-bristled brushes are recommended for people with braces. Electric toothbrushes can also help as there is no risk of the bristles getting stuck in the braces. Remember to brush all around the brackets and clean every part of your mouth. Begin by cleaning the exterior surface and then move slowly inwards. Changing a toothbrush frequently is also important as the metal wires in the braces may cause it to wear quickly.

FlossingTraditional floss can help remove any undesirable particle from between your teeth. Alternatives to the typical floss like water flosser or oral irrigator and waxed dental floss are available for people with braces. These methods make the process of cleaning between the teeth easy and hassle-free and also more convenient than the conventional ones. Flossing around the wire might take up some extra time.

MouthwashIf you are someone with braces, mouthwash can be your best friend. Using a mouthwash can clean off any remaining food particle left after brushing and flossing. A fluoride-containing mouthwash can be really effective in cleaning the mouth.

Tooth friendly dietAvoiding food rich in sugar and acidic substances can also help in maintaining your oral health. Sticky foods should be avoided at all costs as they cling to the wires and make cleaning even more difficult.

Other than these adopting habits like frequently brushing several times a day, flossing every day and using specially designed equipment to clean the braces can help in avoiding any possible damage to your teeth.

Precautionary measures like these can help in avoiding any major harm to your teeth. Routine checks up by a dentist are important to ensure that there is no potential harm being caused to your teeth. Following these steps will help your teeth stay healthy and look perfect when the braces finally come off.

Book Appointment to find out which treatment might be best for you.

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How Many People Struggle With Their Teeth?

Dental health is important for everyone, but according to Dentaly, only 7% of Americans like their teeth. A large majority of people struggle with their dental health in some way. There are many reasons why people may not be happy with their teeth. Let's check out some of these reasons below.

1. Lack of Dental Insurance

One of the biggest reasons why people in the U.S. struggle with their teeth is because they lack dental insurance. Dental insurance helps to cover most of the costs of dental care. Without dental insurance, people have to pay for dental care out of their pockets, which can be expensive.

2. Poor Dental Hygiene Habits

Many people don't brush their teeth regularly, leading to dental problems. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly. If you do not brush and floss your teeth, you're more likely to get cavities and other dental problems.

3. Eating Sugary Foods and Drinks

Eating sugary foods and drinks can also lead to dental problems. When you eat or drink something sugary, the sugar sticks to your teeth and can cause cavities. To avoid dental problems, limit the consumption of these sugar-filled items.

4. Smoking

Smoking is bad for your dental health. It can cause tooth discoloration, gum disease, and other dental problems. If you want to have healthy teeth, it's important to quit smoking.

5. Heavy Alcohol Consumption

While a few glasses of wine or the occasional cocktail is fine, heavy alcohol consumption can lead to dental problems. Heavy drinking can cause dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay. While wine can be healthy for the cardiovascular system in moderation, it can also stain your teeth.

6. Coffee Stains

Americans love to start the day with a cup of coffee, but coffee can stain your teeth. Tea can have the same effect. If you want a nice white smile, you may need to limit the caffeine drinks.

These are just some of the reasons why people in the U.S. struggle with their teeth. If you are struggling with your dental health, it's important to see a dentist and take steps to improve your dental hygiene.

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Why Is The Roof Of My Mouth Yellow?

Why Is the Roof of My Mouth Yellow? There are various reasons why the roof of your mouth may be yellow. However, some reasons, including jaundice, certain infections, and oral cancer, necessitate medical care. So, keep reading to learn more!

What is the roof of the mouth?

The palate, also known as the roof of the mouth, is the upper section of the mouth that divides the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. It is divided into two sections: the hard palate and the soft palate.

The hard palate

The hard palate is the bony front part of the roof of the mouth that separates the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. It helps with chewing and speech production, and any issues with it can affect a person’s ability to eat and speak properly.

The soft palate

The soft palate is the posterior (back) portion of the roof of the mouth that is composed of muscular tissue and connective tissue. It is located behind the hard palate and is not as rigid as the hard palate. The soft palate is responsible for closing off the nasal passages during swallowing to prevent food or liquid from entering the nasal cavity. It also plays an important role in speech production by helping to create certain sounds. The soft palate is movable and can be raised or lowered depending on the needs of the body.

Causes of Yellow roof of The Mouth​

Similar to having a yellow tongue, dental health, germs, and other illnesses can all contribute to a yellow mouth roof.

Oral hygiene issues

Inadequate oral hygiene can lead to an accumulation of microorganisms in the mouth. The color of the interior of the mouth might change as these bacteria grow. The tongue and roof of your mouth may turn yellow as a result of this. Bad smell, swollen or bleeding gums, and discomfort when chewing are other signs of inadequate dental hygiene.

Mouth breathing or dry mouth

When the salivary glands don’t generate enough saliva, it results in xerostomia or dry mouth. There may be a medical explanation for this, such as frequent mouth breathing. Saliva serves to keep germs from growing in the mouth. Bacteria can proliferate and cause your mouth’s roof to become yellow if there isn’t enough saliva produced.

Throat thrush

An overabundance of yeast in the mouth causes oral thrush. The roof of the mouth may develop lumps and yellow spots as a result. A burning tongue, chapped lips, and a loss of taste are some further signs of oral thrush. Although oral thrush is usually not hazardous, it can become problematic if it spreads to other body regions.

A keratosis

Little, uncomfortable ulcers known as “canker sores” develop within the mouth, notably on the roof of the mouth. Canker sores can be yellow or red in hue. The roof of your mouth could seem yellow if you have canker sores there. Canker sores often have moderate symptoms and resolve in a few weeks. Canker sores that do not disappear after a few weeks need to be examined by a dentist or physician.

Herpes oral

A herpes outbreak called oral herpes is brought on by the HSV-1 virus. The inside or outside of the mouth may develop these herpes lesions:  tonsil stones, dry mouth, medical attention, oral thrush, healthcare provider, sore throat, red spots, white streaks.


An accumulation of a yellow pigment called bilirubin results in a dangerous illness known as jaundice. The malfunction of the liver or gallbladder is what typically causes this accumulation. Your mouth’s roof might become yellow if bilirubin levels in your blood increase. The most typical signs of jaundice include flu-like symptoms, yellow eyes and skin, and yellow skin. In the event that you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor straight once.

Medicaments containing bismuth.

An upset stomach is treated with a drug called bismuth subsalicylate. A typical drug containing bismuth is Pepto Bismol. Using drugs that include bismuth might cause your tongue to change hues, from yellow to black, following research Trusted Source. Your mouth’s roof may also become yellow as a result of it.

Mouthwashes that include oxidizing agents

Mouthwashes come in a wide range of variations. Oxidizing substances, including hydrogen peroxide, are used in certain mouthwash formulas. The roof of your mouth and your tongue may turn yellow after using this kind of mouthwash.

Cigarette smoke

Among other problems, tobacco smoke is a risk factor for poor dental hygiene. Smoking has been linked to black hairy tongues, which give the appearance of yellow on the roof of the mouth. Another risk factor for oral thrush is smoking. Your mouth’s roof may seem yellow if you have oral thrush spots.

The roof of your mouth turning yellow might indicate an underlying illness if more symptoms start to occur: yellow tongue, bad breath, canker sores, a bacterial infection.

The roof of the mouth is yellow and white

The roof of the mouth may develop areas of yellow and white due to oral thrush.

White patches in the mouth might result from the disorder leukoplakia. Because it can progress to oral cancer, this disease is more dangerous.

The yellowish roof of the mouth has red dots on it

Red blisters on the roof of the mouth are one symptom of oral herpes. These blisters may include yellow pus depending on the stage of the epidemic.

Infection with hand, foot, and mouth

The viral infection thrush may result in red spots developing on the roof of the mouth.

Having a painful throat and a yellow roof of the mouth

Sometimes oral thrush can progress to esophageal thrush, which results in a painful throat.

A hurting, scratchy throat is a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection known as pharyngitis. A painful throat is brought on by strep throat, a bacterial illness.

Eating and drinking might be challenging when you have these throat infections. The roof of the mouth may appear yellow as a result of bacterial buildup.

The specific treatment options for issues related to the roof of the mouth depend on the underlying cause of the problem. Here are some examples:

Oral hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene, including brushing twice daily and flossing once a day, can help prevent or treat many issues related to the roof of the mouth.


In some cases, medications such as antifungal or antibacterial medications may be prescribed to treat infections or other conditions.


In cases where structural abnormalities are present, surgery may be necessary to correct the issue. This can include procedures to repair a cleft palate, remove tumors, or address other physical abnormalities.

Speech therapy

For issues related to speech production, speech therapy may be recommended to help improve articulation and enunciation.

Lifestyle changes

Certain lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or avoiding alcohol can also help improve issues related to the roof of the mouth.

Yellowish Roof of Mouth Prevention

Prevention of a yellowish roof of the mouth primarily involves good oral hygiene practices. Here are some tips to prevent discoloration of the roof of the mouth:

Brush twice daily

Floss daily

Rinse with mouthwash

Quit smoking

Limit alcohol consumption

Dental checkup


In conclusion, a yellowish roof of the mouth can be a concerning issue that may be caused by poor oral hygiene or more serious underlying conditions. To prevent and treat discoloration of the roof of the mouth, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, quit smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

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Learn The Signs of a Mouth Infection And Known When To Seek Help

When most people think of an infection, they think of being sick.  Unfortunately, many people do not include mouth infections in their idea of being sick.  The reasons for this are many.

Some people mistakenly assume that the mouth is separate from the rest of the body because it requires the care of a dentist instead of a medical doctor. Therefore, they think that problems in your mouth do not make you “sick”.

For others, it is simply the lack of the understanding that many dental problems actually are serious infections.

There are some people who believe that if nothing hurts, then nothing is wrong.

All of these misconceptions are dangerous because they cause people to overlook serious infectious diseases in the mouth.

What is an Infection?

An infection is the invasion of the human body by disease-causing microorganisms (including bacteria, viruses, and fungi among others).  These organisms multiply and produce toxins, which cause the body to respond with inflammation.

Like the gastrointestinal tract and the skin, the mouth is always full of microorganisms, and most of them are not bad.  Many bacteria are actually good for the body.  The term infection does not include these good organisms.  Infections involve bad bacteria that cause disease and destruction of the body’s tissues.  The most common infections in the mouth are caused by a wide variety of bacteria.  Fungal infections can often occur on the tongue, roof of the mouth, and corners of the lips.

What Dental Problems are Actually Infections?

Most dental problems are actually infectious diseases.  There are a few that can occur in the absence of bad microorganisms, like cracked teeth or TMJ problems.  The vast majority, though, are the result of an overgrowth of the wrong kinds of organisms in the mouth.


There are multiple types of bacteria associated with cavities, and the most common is Streptococcus mutans.  This bacteria adheres to the tooth in dental plaque (which is why brushing and flossing helps prevent cavities).  This bacteria ingests carbohydrates and produces a strong acid as the by-product.

Because these bacteria stick to the teeth, the acid comes into direct contact with the tooth and begins to soften and weaken the enamel.  Without intervention, the bacteria continue to multiply, producing more and more acid, which dissolves tooth structure.  As the process continues, the bacteria literally eats its way through a tooth, leaving a hole (or “cavity”) in its wake.  Unchecked cavities destroy the tooth itself.

Cavities become very dangerous when the bacteria reach the nerve and blood vessels in the hollow center of the tooth.  As they continue to multiply and spread, a large abscess can form.  In the most dangerous scenarios, the infection spreads into the airway, bloodstream or brain, causing death.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, which includes gingivitis and periodontal disease, is the body’s response to an infection of toxic bacteria in the gums.  As the bacteria collect in various crevices around the teeth, they produce toxins that destroy gum tissue and jawbone.  Once started, this process is impossible to stop without intervention by a dentist.

Gum disease does spread to nearby teeth and can develop abscesses, just like cavities can.  Unchecked gum disease destroys the foundation of the teeth, so even healthy teeth can simply fall out.

Candida Fungal Infections (Thrush)

Fungal infections are slightly less common than bacterial infections in the mouth.  They often occur on the roof of the mouth underneath a denture or partial.  Thrush commonly develops on the tongue in a person with a severely dry mouth or compromised immune system.  You can also experience an overgrowth of fungus in the corners of the mouth, called angular cheilitis.

Fungal infections cause a whitish buildup in the affected area and can be uncomfortable, if not outright painful.  This type of infection commonly affects the very young, the very old, and the very sick.

What Symptoms Indicate the Presence of a Mouth Infection?

The problem with dental problems is that they often occur without causing any symptoms in their early stages.  We always want to stress the importance of consistent dental evaluations so that you prevent any infections or catch them in the earliest stages.


A toothache or pain in your gums is a bad sign.  Because of the prevalence of cavities and gum disease, it is safe to assume that pain in your mouth is a symptom of an infection.  This is especially true for people who have not seen a dentist in over a year.


Any swelling in the gums is a red flag for infection.  If it is a small pimple-like swelling on the gums, you likely have an abscess from a tooth.  Swelling around multiple teeth where the gums meet the teeth is a sign of inflammatory gum disease.

Any swelling that affects the head or neck and is visible from outside the mouth is extremely dangerous.  Treat any such swelling as an emergency and seek urgent care!

Bleeding Gums

Healthy gums do not bleed.  Only the presence of inflammation causes bleeding of the gums, especially during normal oral hygiene like brushing and flossing.  The inflammation, which includes redness, swelling and tenderness, is the body’s natural response to toxins produced by the bacteria in dental plaque.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is the result of stinky gases produced by bacteria in the mouth.  Often these bacteria hide in the grooves and tiny crevices on the tongue or between the teeth.  The more bacteria present, the worse your breath will be.

Receding Gums and/or Loose Teeth

As gum disease progresses, the destruction of gum tissue and bone by bacterial toxins causes the gums to back away down the roots of the teeth.  This is often visible as receding gums, making the teeth appear longer.  As the gums and bone recede, you lose vital support for the teeth, and they may become loose.

When teeth become loose without any injury, it indicates a serious gum infection called periodontal disease or periodontitis.  Chronic periodontal disease increases your risk for heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.  This is not something to ignore!

A Persistent White Coating

A fuzzy or sticky white coating that persists for several days, even with good oral hygiene, may indicate a fungal infection.  The fungus Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungus that will reproduce rapidly whenever it can.

Do not attempt to scrape or scratch away any white coating that does not rinse off with a vigorous warm salt water swishing.  Simply perform your normal oral hygiene routine and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Then see your dentist or medical doctor for evaluation and prescription of an anti-fungal medication.

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Possible Causes Of A Numb Mouth

You might be familiar with the oral numbness that occurs due to local anesthesia during dental procedures. A spontaneously numb mouth — without anesthesia — is a less common occurrence. If your mouth has become numb for no apparent reason, you may be concerned. Here are some potential causes and how you can seek treatment.

Abnormal Sensation vs. Lost Sensation

Oral paresthesia refers to an abnormal sensation in the mouth. These sensations may include tingling, prickling or feeling like your mouth is swollen or burning, reports an article published in Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research.

Alternately, oral hypoesthesia refers to a loss of sensation in the mouth, explains the textbook Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. People with this type of numbness may notice that they're less able to sense various stimuli inside their mouths. For example, you may be less able to perceive temperature, touch or pressure in the affected areas.

Possible Causes of Numbness in the Mouth

Whether you feel strange sensations in your mouth or you've lost the ability to feel inside your mouth at all, there are many possible causes, including oral conditions and conditions that affect the whole body.

Hypocalcemia: Hypocalcemia, a low level of calcium in the blood, can cause numbness around the mouth or in other parts of the body, reports the Cleveland Clinic. This condition most commonly occurs with individuals who don't have parathyroid glands or who have a severe vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin Deficiency: Deficiencies in vitamin B12 or folate may also be responsible for a numb mouth. As the U.K.'s National Health Service explains, these vitamins help keep your nerves healthy, so without a sufficient amount of them, you can experience a pins-and-needles sensation.

Hypoglycemia: A numb tongue or mouth is one of the possible symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), explains the Cleveland Clinic. It may affect people who use insulin or other medications to manage their diabetes. Factors such as skipping meals, taking too much medication or not eating enough carbohydrates can lead to low blood sugar.

Multiple Sclerosis: Multiple sclerosis, a central nervous system disease, may cause numbness in the face or other areas. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society explains that this numbness can range from mild to severe. In cases that affect the mouth, people may accidentally bite their tongues or the insides of their cheeks while eating.

Psychological Conditions: Numbness in the mouth can be caused by psychological conditions, as reported by the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research article. This phenomenon, known as psychogenic oral paresthesia, can affect people with anxiety disorders or depression and often affects the tongue.

Nerve-Related Paresthesia: According to a report in the Journal of Dental Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, the inferior alveolar nerve — one of the nerves often involved in dental treatment and surgery — can be a source of oral paresthesia. After dental work, a patient may experience altered sensation or numbness in the lips, cheek, tongue and inside of the mouth.

Allergic Reaction: Some people experience allergic reactions in their mouths after eating certain fruits or vegetables. These reactions, known as oral allergy syndrome, can lead to a tingling sensation inside the mouth, explains Oxford University Hospitals.

Seizures: Partial seizures, which affect a limited area of the brain, can cause various symptoms throughout the body, depending on the part of the brain that's affected. The National Institutes of Health reports that abnormal sensations, such as tingling or numbness, may be associated with seizures.

Burning Mouth Syndrome: Tingling in the mouth can also be related to a complex condition called burning mouth syndrome. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), this condition describes a burning, tingling or numb sensation in the mouth, and it can be caused by nerve damage or an underlying health condition, such as an oral infection, diabetes or acid reflux.

Oral Cancer: In rare cases, mouth numbness may be a sign of oral cancer, notes the NIDCR. Oral cancer can form on the tongue, gums and other areas inside the mouth. This type of cancer is often related to the use of alcohol or tobacco or infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Diagnosis and Treatment

To find out what's causing your mouth numbness, see your doctor or dentist. They will ask questions about your symptoms and your medical history and, if necessary, perform testing. Testing may include allergy assessments, blood tests or other tests your doctor deems necessary.

Once the cause of the numbness has been determined, your doctor will discuss treatment options. For example, if a vitamin deficiency is to blame, you might be prescribed a vitamin supplement. In cases where a psychological cause is suspected, medications such as antidepressants may be helpful. Treatment for oral cancer might include surgery and radiation therapy. Your doctor or dentist can provide more specific information about the appropriate treatment for you.

A wide variety of conditions can lead to numbness in the mouth, but treatments are available. If your mouth is feeling numb, make an appointment with your doctor or dentist.

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How To Manage The Pain From Broken Or Chipped Tooth

A tooth can break due to some reasons, such as an accident or tooth decay. It can cause pain and swelling, which interfere with eating or drinking water. You may also experience a persistent throbbing sensation in your head or face. One way to relieve the pain is by taking an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen, which helps reduce inflammation and swelling in your mouth. 

Causes Of Broken Tooth

Teeth break for any number of reasons. Common causes include: chewing on hard objects, extreme temperatures (too hot or too cold), and teeth grinding. It’s essential to maintain a regular dental checkup so that you can catch these issues early before they become much more severe problems.

Pressure from teeth grinding – Frequent teeth grinding can cause cracked tooth enamel due to the repetitive stress and friction of chewing. People who have chronic bruxism don’t even know they’re doing it while asleep because many episodes happen at night. These cracks usually start small but become more significant over time if left untreated.

Chewing on hard foods – Some foods that are often overlooked as detrimental to teeth, such as hard candies and stale bread, can be just a couple of the causes for cracked teeth. To avoid this terrible mishap from happening, it is important to chew slowly and mindfully when eating food with pits throughout or anything else rough on tooth enamel like ice cubes or un-popped popcorn kernels.

Blows to the mouth (such as car accident, sporting injury, fall, or even a fistfight) – The mouth is a sensitive body area. A direct hit can cause chipped teeth, fractures, and other severe oral injuries such as loosened or knocked-out teeth that should be considered a dental emergency requiring prompt attention. These are often due to unexpected fall, sports incidents, or even car accidents which may result not only in possible dental damages but also facial ones if the head isn’t adequately secured during impact.

Sudden changes in temperature in the mouth – When tooth enamel is rapidly exposed to opposite extreme temperature, it can lead to hairline cracks. It occurs because the outer layer of your teeth is constantly expanding and contracting due to different temperature. When they do so too quickly, fractures may form and worsen or be made larger by preexisting surface damage.

Age – With age comes the wear and tear of tooth enamel that makes our teeth more vulnerable than when we were younger—this leads many people over 50 years old to experience frequent cracking due to weaknesses caused by this deterioration. To combat these issues, make sure your dentist records any sign of weakness during regular checkups; most common cases happen because neglected repairs have led us down.


How To Manage The Pain From Broken Or Chipped Tooth

When you’re not sure how to cope with a broken tooth, it can be challenging to know where to start. The pain may come and go depending on the severity of your injury– but if nerves or dentin are exposed, expect sensitivity. If there is a sharp edge, it could cause severe cuts in your tongue and cheek. Until you can see a dentist, there are ways to treat pain from an acute injury at home that will make life more tolerable in the meantime; these treatments should never replace seeing a doctor or dentist when possible for best results.

Use ice for swollen face – When your face starts to swell, it’s essential to take care of the area by applying ice. Cover a cold pack with a towel and place it on top of any areas where you’re experiencing swelling or bruising for 15 minutes at a time until everything goes back down again. If this is due to sports injury, expect some days without improvement as well as other symptoms like pain in the jawbone.

Use gauze to stop bleeding – If blood flows from the wound, place clean gauze inside the mouth and apply pressure. If it soaks through and continues to bleed, add another layer for more surface area on top of the bleeding point and press down firmly until there is no longer any flow coming out. Replace as necessary with fresh material to avoid infection and ensure optimal care of your wound. The bleeding should stop after a couple of minutes, but if it doesn’t, you can add more and keep applying pressure until there’s no blood seeping through any of the layers. 

What you eat – Broken teeth often mean eating and drinking can be a challenge, and there are some things to avoid that will help. Since it causes extra sensitivity, avoid solid foods, sugary or acidic food items like citrus fruits and sodas and any hot or cold drinks that are more painful on the damaged teeth. If you put any pressure on your damaged teeth, it may cause the breakage to worsen, so only chew with another side of the mouth. 

The best foods to eat are those that do not require chewing and can be swallowed with liquid. Stick with softer foods such as rice porridge, yogurt, mashed potatoes or pudding instead of crunchy vegetables.

Use oral medication to relieve pain – A quick, simple way for many people to effectively reduce mild-to-moderate toothaches is with over the counter medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil). However, it’s crucial not to over-medicate and stay within recommended dosage on packaging. If pain persists, it can be a sign of something more severe and should be checked out by a dentist who may recommend stronger medications.

Final Thoughts


Broken teeth are not a typical dental emergency, but they can be painful and worrisome. While there are many different ways to manage the pain caused by a broken tooth, it’s always best to contact your dentist as soon as possible.

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Understanding The Causes Of Oral Pain

Facial pain can be the result of joint, muscular, or other dental issues. Although the pain may also be caused by a psychological or neurological issue. Whatever the cause of your discomfort, you should never ignore any pain oral problem. Pain acts as the body’s alarm system. When it goes off it usually means that something worse will eventually happen if you don’t seek treatment.

Finding the Source

If you suffer from oral discomfort, our team at Slater Family Dental will be able to recognize and treat it. Treatments range from neuropathic, muscle, joint, and other conditions that result in oral pain in the face and mouth. Most of the conditions that cause this type of discomfort can be treated. At our Aloha dental office, some conditions may require being referred to a specialist.

Determining if a joint or muscle is the source of your pain can be difficult. However, if the source of the discomfort seems to radiate from near the jaw joints. Range-of-motion tests can help determine if the joint or muscle is the cause of the problem.

If the joint is the issue, you’ll experience a limited amount of jaw movement. While the pain is the result of a muscle issue. In addition, you will typically have trouble opening your mouth. Patients who suffer from joint issues will also experience discomfort whenever they move their jaw as well.

Muscle Pain

Referred pain occurs when a muscle hurts and the pain seems to radiate out to other, even remote, areas of the body. Pain is felt when the muscle is touched, but the discomfort can also be felt in your teeth or forehead.

Due to the difficult nature of identifying the source of referred pain. Most patients will fail to realize the actual source of their discomfort. Patients may complain of headaches not realizing the actual source of the discomfort is, say, their lower jaw muscle. This makes it necessary for our dentists to conduct a thorough examination. This allows us to determine whether the pain is originating from another area of the body. Once our Aloha dentist accurately determines the true source of your discomfort, a customized treatment plan will determine how best to fix the issue.

Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic or nerve pain is very uncommon. However, patients who experience this type of discomfort often believe their problem is oral health-related as nerve pain often seems to radiate from their teeth and gums.

When a patient experiences pain in a tooth, the nerve of a tooth actually runs directly to the brain. When the signal for pain arrives at the brain from the nerve, it tricks the brain into believing the tooth is actually the root cause of the discomfort. If a patient suffers from an abscess, decay, or a fracture, the brain believes that the pain is coming from a certain tooth. While the brain is often right in these situations, in some rare cases the discomfort may actually be caused by a nerve-related issue.

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Dentist Tips for Pain Relief

Dental pain can be very bothersome, even when not severe. If something is hurting inside your mouth, it could be due to one of the following:

Tooth decay, is caused by bacteria in the mouth that form plaque, which attacks the tooth enamel. Over time, this can lead to a hole in the tooth called a cavity.

Gum disease, which occurs when the plaque builds up along the gum line and causes irritation and inflammation of the gums.

Oral infection, which is caused by bacteria and can develop anywhere in the mouth. Dental pain can also be due to tooth sensitivity, which is a result of a thinning of the enamel caused by sweet and acidic foods.

How To Get Quick Relief from Dental Pain

If what you’re looking for is quick relief from dental pain, here are 9 tips for pain relief that dentists usually give patients.

Rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide. Gargling with hydrogen peroxide can help to relieve tooth pain. The hydrogen peroxide helps kill bacteria causing the pain, and it also helps reduce inflammation. You can also create a warm water and salt mix, which also has antibacterial properties. Rinse your mouth with it for relief.

Take over-the-counter pain medication. There are a few different types of pain medication that can help with tooth pain. Over-the-counter options like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help reduce inflammation and pain and provide relief from dental pain.

Apply a cold compress to the outside of your face for 20 minutes at a time. A cold compress can help reduce tooth pain by numbing the area and reducing inflammation.

Try using dental floss or an interdental brush to remove food from the affected area. It could be that something stuck in between your teeth is causing dental pain.

Avoid eating hard, chewy, or sticky foods that may aggravate the pain. Try to avoid aggravating the pain and eat soft foods first before you can see a dentist.

Use clove oil. Clove oil is a natural remedy for dental pain. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce swelling and pain. Place a few drops on a cotton ball and apply it directly to the painful site.

Drink peppermint tea. Peppermint tea is often used as a home remedy for dental pain. The menthol in peppermint can help numb the area and reduce inflammation.

Use an oral numbing gel to numb the nerves in your mouth, which helps reduce dental pain. Apply it to the surface of your gums to ease the pain.

If your dental pain is severe, or if your pain has lasted for longer than a couple of days, the best tip is to see a dentist immediately. At-home remedies can only do so much. Having a dentist assess the pain and provide the appropriate treatment is the best way to find long-term relief.

Dental pain is usually caused by underlying dental issues that require dental treatment to resolve. At-home treatments are for quick relief and should not take the place of professional dental treatment. Lasting and effective pain relief requires identifying and tackling the cause of dental pain.

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Do You Have Sinus Pressure or a Toothache?

Whether you are suffering from a sinus infection or tooth pain, chances are your daily life is being affected. While these two ailments may seem to be harmless, they can easily turn more serious and require medical or dental intervention. It can be difficult to know where the pain is coming from when it gets severe, so knowing the tell-tale signs is essential so you can schedule an appointment with the right medical professional.

Sinus Issues

If you have ever had a sinus issue, you know that it can affect every part of your face and head. The pain, when severe, can cause swelling and spread as low as the jawline and as high as the top of the brow. Here are some ways to know if it is truly the sinus that ails you:

Symmetrical Pain. When you have a sinus infection, your pain will usually mirror itself. If you only have pain on one side of your face, then it may not be a sinus issue at all.

Other Symptoms. Sinus problems are usually accompanied by other cold symptoms such as headache, runny nose or congestion, and sore throat. In severe cases, you will notice a gradual, low-grade fever.

Family History. Having frequent sinus issues or allergies can be blamed on genetics. If you have a family history of these things, you may be more susceptible yourself.

Absence of Dental Pain. A true test to know whether or not the pain you have is from your sinuses is to apply pressure directly to your teeth or gums. While your sinus cavities can be tender to the touch, they will not cause a tooth to be tender.

Tooth Aches and Pains

We all get a toothache every now and then. The question is whether or not your toothache turns severe enough to require a dental appointment. At the first sign of a toothache, it is important to note any other symptoms – such as a sudden onset of fever, bleeding or swelling of the gums, or difficulty moving your jaw. It is crucial not to wait when you notice a toothache getting worse, as you may require emergency dental assistance or tooth extraction. How do you know if it is truly a toothache?

Tender to the touch. Push your tongue or your finger on the tooth, if the pain gets worse, you most likely are touching the area of inflammation and pain.

Fever. Sudden onset of a fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Difficulty Speaking. If you have trouble speaking or eating due to pain when moving the jaw, there is probably an infection of a tooth or gum.

History of Dental Issues. People who have had previous toothaches, tooth decay, cavities, or other oral health problems are at a higher risk of suffering from toothaches. If you know you are prone to this pain, it is important to communicate with your dentist.

Prevention and Treatment

Whether it is a sinus problem or a toothache, it is important to speak with your doctor or dentist. When severe, both ailments may require antibiotics. For a toothache, an immediate extraction may be necessary. You will need to consult with your general practitioner about prevention and treatment of your sinus issues, but here are some things you can do to avoid toothaches:

Avoid sugar.

Brush twice per day.

Floss daily.

Drink a lot of water.

See your dentist at least twice per year for annual cleaning, a set of x-rays, and check-ups.

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The Number 1 Reason People Visit the Dentist? Tooth Pain. But, WHY?

It is no fun to have tooth pain. But, did you know that pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck can mean several different things.

But what makes having tooth pain or a toothache the NUMBER ONE reason you need to see your dentist? Let’s discuss the Top Ten Symptoms or reasons why you are experiencing tooth pain:


Top 10 Symptoms of Tooth Pain:

Symptom 1: Toothache

If you are experiencing pain in your mouth or jaw, it could be because of a toothache. A toothache usually reveals a cavity, but they can also indicate gum disease. It could also be the sign of an impacted tooth or abscess. A toothache should be evaluated by your dentist right away to find out the cause of the problem and prevent the tooth from dying. 

Symptom 2: Sensitive Teeth

You may have sensitive teeth, if you experience pain or your teeth hurt when you drink cold or hot beverages.

This can be the result of:

fractured teeth

tooth decay

worn tooth enamel

worn fillings

gum disease

exposed tooth root due to receding gums

Treatment will depend on the source of your sensitivity. See your dentist for a diagnosis and to discuss your treatment options.

Symptom 3: Sore or Bleeding Gums

Sore or bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis, which is an early stage of gum disease that can be reversed. Or simply, the result of beginning a new flossing routine or brushing too hard. If your gums regularly bleed, schedule a dental appointment, as it could be a sign that something else is wrong.

Symptom 4: Mouth Sores

Types of mouth sores include cold sores, canker sores, leukoplakia and candidiasis. They vary in their severity and causes.

Mouth sores could be the symptom of:

disorder or disease

bacterial infection

viruses or fungus

simply result from irritation caused by braces, dentures

irritation caused by the sharp edge of a filling or broken tooth

Your dentist should examine any mouth sore that lasts a week or longer. 

Symptom 5: Bad Breath

Bad breath can be caused by

what you eat

not cleaning your mouth

dry mouth


other medical conditions

Persistent bad breath can also be one of the warning signs of gum disease. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily are essential to reducing bad breath and preventing gum disease. Brushing your tongue can help too. If you are concerned about what’s causing your bad breath, see your dentist. They can determine the cause and treatment plan.

Symptom 6: Jaw Pain or Popping/Clicking in the Jaw

There are many things that can cause these symptoms, which can make it difficult to diagnose.

Possible causes include:

sinus problems




teeth grinding


problems with your jaw, like TMJ

Your dentist will conduct a thorough exam, which may include X-rays, to determine the source of the pain. 

Symptom 7: Dry Mouth

Saliva is the mouth’s primary defense against tooth decay. It washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. If you have dry mouth it may be the symptom of a medical disorder or a side effect of certain medications. Your dentist can recommend ways to help moisture. 

Symptom 8: Oral Piercing Infection

Oral piercings can create a wide range of problems for your health, oral and otherwise. Your mouth is home to huge amounts of bacteria, creating an ideal place for infection to start.

If you have any signs of infection:






red-streaked appearance around the site of the piercing

contact your dentist or physician immediately. 

Symptom 9: Broken or Cracked Teeth

A broken or cracked tooth can happen for a variety of reasons:

brittle teeth

teeth grinding


The crack may be invisible to the naked eye and even X-ray, but they can be incredibly painful and create bigger problems if left untreated. If you experience pain when chewing see your dentist. They can diagnose the cause and develop a plan for treatment.

Symptom 10: Stained or Discolored Teeth

Over time your teeth can become stained and change color.

This is often the result of:

eating certain foods, such as coffee or tea





certain medications

Whitening options can include over the counter or in-office treatments. Check with your dentist about your options for stain removal that are both safe and effective.

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Sore in Roof of Mouth: Causes And Solutions

Mouth ulcers are not uncommon but developing a sore on the roof of your mouth can still have you concerned. Nevertheless, the location of this oral sore has many possible sources, so you shouldn't immediately assume the worst. In fact, if you have a sore on the roof of your mouth tissue, you may have one of these four conditions:

1. Burns

Bumps on the roof of your mouth are sometimes just a burn, particularly after a hot meal. This phenomenon is known as "pizza palate" because fresh slices of pizza are usually the cause of irritation in this part of the mouth. However, pizza isn't the only food that can burn your mouth; any hot food can have this effect. Hot drinks, like coffee or tea, can lead to similar burns.

A burned palate usually heals by itself within three to seven days. To ease your discomfort in the meantime, stick to soft foods and cool drinks. If the pain is severe, your dentist may recommend using a product to ease the sensation in your sores and promote quicker healing. If the area is still sore after seven days, don't hesitate to see your dentist.

2. Canker Sores

Canker sores can always develop on the inside of your cheeks, but don't be surprised to feel them on the roof of your mouth as well. Canker sores are round, sensitive masses whose origins depend on the case. Researchers think these sores may be caused by problems with the immune system, and are therefore triggered through factors like stress, certain foods and hormonal changes.

Generally, people will get one to three canker sores per instance, but some may develop upwards of 10 or more sores at one time. These sores usually hurt for a little over a week, then disappear completely after two weeks. While you wait for your mouth to heal, you may benefit from eating bland foods to avoid irritating your sores. Of course, your dentist could also prescribe a pain-relieving gel for you to apply to your sores during the recovery process. If your sores haven't healed after these two weeks, they should be checked out by your dentist.

3. Cold Sores

Sores on the roof of your mouth – particularly those that don't dissipate right away – may ultimately be cold sores. A common growth caused by the herpes simplex virus, cold sores are usually found on the lips, but they can also be found on the hard palate. These sores present themselves as painful, fluid-filled blisters; the blisters later rupture and crust over as less-painful lesions.

Cold sores usually become crustier within four days of appearing and will heal completely after eight to 10 days. While they're healing, avoid touching or picking at them, just as you would for a scab. If the sores don't go away by themselves, as you know, your dentist is happy to help.

4. Oral Cancer

Although some of the sores that form on the roof of your mouth are harmless, not all of them are best left alone. Sores on the roof of your mouth can sometimes be a symptom of oral cancer. And if you have a sore on the roof of your mouth that hasn't healed after two weeks, you need to see your dentist as soon as you can for an evaluation. Oral cancer is most treatable when it's caught early, so it's important to bring suspicious sores to your dentist's attention right away.

If your dentist suspects a sore is cancerous, they will send you to an oral surgeon for an oral evaluation and perform a biopsy of the tissue. If cancer is found, treatment can start just as quickly. This treatment often involves surgically removing the cancerous sore, and afterward, radiation or chemotherapy to be sure it doesn't affect other cells.

If you develop a sore in roof of mouth tissue, there's no need to assume the cause is out of your control. These sores can have many drivers, ranging from harmless to the more invasive. Many of them go away on their own, but a sore on the roof of your mouth that doesn't heal within two weeks is the perfect reason to see your dentist for an evaluation – and a regular check-up.

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White Spot on Tongue: Causes And Treatment

You might notice a white spot on the tongue after experiencing discomfort or when checking inside your mouth after brushing your teeth. Most of these spots or patches go away by themselves, but it's worth visiting a dentist to have them checked out if they linger. Oral thrush, canker sores and leukoplakia are the most common causes of white spots on the tongue. Here are a few conditions that can cause white spots on your tongue, and when it's time to see your dentist.

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush, an overgrowth of a naturally occurring fungus, often appears when the immune system is depressed. Babies, denture wearers, patients with cancer, HIV and other immune-compromising conditions, anemia and diabetes patients, smokers and dry mouth sufferers are all at a higher than normal risk of developing oral thrush. A course of antibiotics can also trigger an attack.

It's rarely serious, but a long-term infection may require treatment. Creamy white lesions on the tongue are one sign of thrush; other symptoms include:

White patches in other areas of the mouth

Lesions that look like cottage cheese

Red, cracked corners of the mouth and lips

Loss of taste

Cotton mouth or dry mouth

Scraping oral thrush spots usually removes the white coating, but this can also cause slight bleeding.

Apthous Ulcers (Canker Sore)

A white spot on the tongue surrounded by a red, inflamed halo is probably an apthous ulcer, more commonly referred to as a canker sore. Aphthous ulcers is a painful inflammatory condition that occurs in the oral soft tissue and on the tongue - often as one or more oval/round or well-defined, grey-yellow ulcerations surrounded by redness..

These common and recurring lesions can be small or large and appear on their own or in groups. Canker sores are often painful, and scraping doesn't remove them.

Viruses, bacteria and immune system issues are some suspected causes of canker sores. Trauma, allergies, stress, cigarette smoking, medicines, hormones, iron and vitamin deficiencies make you more susceptible.


White or greyish patches called leukoplakia usually appear on the gums, the bottom of the mouth or the insides of the cheeks, but sometimes they appear on the tongue as well. Wiping or scraping does not change their appearance or texture, which may be thick or hardened. You would usually not have any symptoms from your leukoplakia.

Chewing or smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol cause most cases of leukoplakia, and about 75 percent of smokeless tobacco users develop leucoplakia. The condition also carries a small risk of developing into oral cancer - it is therefore important to see your dentist regularly for check of the leukoplakia.

Hairy Leukoplakia

Fuzzy white patches that appear on the sides of the tongue as ridges or folds are symptoms of hairy leukoplakia. These patches result from infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which lasts a lifetime but remains dormant in the body until a weakened immune system sparks an attack.

When to Visit Your Dentist

If a white spot on the tongue doesn't go away after a week to ten days, visit your doctor to have it checked. Some conditions, like thrush, may go away on their own, but it's always wise to go see your dentist or doctor for a consultation to make sure it's not something more.

To help keep your mouth fresh and healthy and reduce the risks of white spots and other problems, brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and quit smoking. We also recommend using a medicated alcohol-free mouthwash such as Peroxyl Medicated Mouthwash. This mouthwash facilitates healing and alleviates discomfort caused by minor mouth and gum irritations, such as aphthous ulcers, pericoronitis and trauma from fixed orthodontic braces. Most people experience white spots on the tongue at some point in their lives and for many they're a common occurrence. Though the spots are unlikely to be harmful, they could be a sign of something more serious. If you're concerned, a check-up at your dentist can put your mind at rest.

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The Most Common Signs of Tooth Decay

When it comes to tooth decay, there are some very specific signs and symptoms that people should be on the lookout for. If someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, it would be best that they make an appointment with their dentist as soon as possible, in order to maintain a healthy dental routine.

As cavities progress, tooth decay can quickly set in, and the steps to have this alleviated and fixed can mean more money and time for the patient.

Common signs and symptoms of tooth decay

It is important that when a cavity first begins to form, a person typically does not have any symptoms at all. It takes visiting a dentist for your bi-annual cleaning and check-up for them to see the signs that a cavity is forming or has formed already.

Once a cavity has formed, decay can begin to set in, and it is important to realize that these signs and symptoms can indicate that a cavity is present, and tooth decay is starting.


When someone experiences a toothache, this is typically an indicator that something is not right with the tooth. If someone is experiencing any spontaneous pain or tooth pain that does not seem to have any apparent reason, but it can indicate a cavity or the start of tooth decay.

Tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can be normal for people. However, if there is a sudden change in tooth sensitivity for a certain tooth, this could be another indicator of a cavity. It is important to note when the sensitivity began and give this information to your dentist. This can help them in assessing the tooth for a cavity or tooth decay.

Sharp or sudden pain when eating or drinking hot, sweet or cold foods and drinks

If someone begins to notice that they are having sharp or sudden pain when eating or drinking certain foods or drinks, this can be another indicator. Again, it is important to note what is causing sudden pain. It would need to be over multiple instances, and not just one time. However, when it begins to happen, this typically continues occurring. Informing your dentist of this can also be helpful for them to asses and determine what is happening to cause the pain.

Visible staining on the surface of a tooth

If someone begins to notice that stains are forming on a tooth and the stains are brown, black or white, this could be another indicator of tooth decay. Visible signs of stains on the tooth's surface can mean that the tooth itself has started to take over due to erosion over time. Noting when you first noticed the stains would be helpful to your dentist. If this occurs with some of the other indicators that were mentioned above, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

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If You Need Tooth Decay Treatment, Don't Wait

Even after trying your best to prevent tooth decay, sometimes the dentist finds a little cavity or two. It may be tempting to put off tooth decay treatment when you're not feeling any pain, but procrastination comes with a price: Tooth decay doesn't repair itself, and what starts out as a minor problem can quickly become serious, changing your treatment options dramatically. 

The Start of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is actually a very sneaky disease that typically begins before a patient even notices, says the American Dental Association (ADA). Sticky bacterial plaque forms on your teeth and uses sugars in the foods you eat to create acids. These strong acids slowly soften and dissolve the hard enamel covering your teeth. Left untreated, decay will work its way through all the layers of your tooth. 

Signs and Severity of Tooth Decay

You won't notice pain and sensitivity until decay goes through the enamel into the dentin layer, the Academy of General Dentistry notes. Dentin is made up of tiny nerve endings that become irritated and cause sensitivity when exposed to hot, cold, sweet, sticky and sour foods. You may also feel discomfort when biting down and find that food frequently gets trapped between your teeth.

Decay spreads rapidly through dentin because it is much softer than enamel. Root decay also spreads quickly, since the cementum covering on the root is not as hard and thick as enamel. Be warned that as tooth decay continues, your pain may be more frequent and intense.

It is important to remember that infection develops when decay and bacteria reach the pulp portion of your tooth, which contains the nerves and blood vessels. The ADA notes that pain from an abscessed tooth is persistent, serious and will likely keep you up at night. Other symptoms include fever, facial swelling and a bad taste in your mouth. You may notice pus draining from a red swelling on your gum near the root tip. Consequences can be serious if the infection spreads into your jawbone or throughout your body. 

Tooth Decay Treatment

If your dentist detects a small area of erosion on your enamel before it reaches the dentin, he may suggest an approach that would help repair the spot. This process might include using mouthrinses, toothpastes or filling materials that contain fluoride, calcium and phosphates. Ask your dentist about using a fluoride varnish for treatment of early decay and cavity prevention.

When decay reaches the dentin, there is no turning back. A small cavity can be repaired with either an amalgam filling (composed of silver and other metals) or a tooth-colored resin material. If the tooth has lost a lot of its structure, however, your dentist may need to do a crown. Crowns strengthen and restore shape and function to your teeth, but they cost quite a bit more than a simple filling.

An abscessed tooth is the worst-case scenario, and your treatment options are slim: You can either opt for a root canal treatment or an extraction, though dentists will typically only do extractions when there are no other means of saving the tooth. Should you require a root canal, your dentist or an endodontist will remove the diseased pulp and clean and seal the pulp chamber; the ADA website contains more details about this process. After root canal treatment, teeth can become more brittle and break easily. If you lost a lot of tooth structure due to decay, your dentist may also recommend a crown for your tooth.

Do you see a pattern here? The longer you put off dental treatment, the more involved and expensive it becomes — and the more pain you may have to endure. The moral of this story is to go to the dentist at the first sign of trouble. Better yet, prevent decay from occurring by brushing and flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for a more thorough cleaning and checkup. 

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Six Myths About Tooth Cavities

Get the facts about tooth cavities.

You know a cavity is bad news from your dentist. But do you really understand the dangers of a tooth cavity—or how you got it? Cavities are permanent holes that form in the teeth when bacteria eat away at the layers of your teeth. For a healthier mouth and a brighter smile, it helps to know the difference between fact and fiction about cavities and how to prevent tooth decay. Here's the truth about common myths.

Myth #1: Sugary sodas and sweets are the only foods that cause cavities.

Yes, sugar can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Bacteria in your mouth break sugars down into acids, which attack your teeth. However, there are other foods you need to worry about, too. Sticky foods let bacteria linger on your teeth, leading to tooth decay. Food and drinks high in acid, even sugar-free sodas, contribute to tooth decay, too. The acid can destroy the enamel coating that normally protects your teeth. Frequent snacking during the day also increases bacteria and acids on your teeth. Stick to eating just at mealtime, and drink water in between.

Myth #2: Fill it and forget it.

You should never ignore a cavity. Cavities need treatment, which involves your dentist filling in the hole. Without fillings, you may have extreme pain, lose your tooth, and even develop serious infections. It's still important to take care of your teeth after a tooth filling. Bacteria keep building up around tooth fillings. Sometimes fillings crack or break down. A tooth with a filling can even decay more without proper care. Brush and floss carefully and get regular checkups.

Myth #3: Regular brushing is enough to prevent cavities.

Brushing is essential to protect your teeth from decay. It's not enough on its own, though. You also need to avoid foods and drinks high in sugar and acid, especially sticky foods and hard candy you suck on for a long time because both let sugar coat your teeth. It's also important to floss your teeth every day. This loosens bacteria and food particles that get stuck between teeth. Using a fluoride rinse each day also helps prevent cavities.

Myth #4: Gum is bad for my teeth.

Gum that contains sugar contributes to cavities. However, sugar-free gum actually protects your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum helps your mouth make more saliva. Saliva washes away the bacteria and acid in your mouth. This helps protect your teeth from tooth decay and makes you less likely to get cavities. Chew sugar-free gum after meals for a healthier mouth.

Myth #5: My teeth don't hurt, so I don't have a cavity.

Cavities don't always cause pain, especially when they're first forming. The early stages of tooth decay often cause no symptoms at all. As the hole in your tooth grows larger, you'll likely experience pain and sensitivity to hot and cold. The tooth might become discolored and develop pits. Regular dental visits help spot the early signs of decay and prevent cavities from growing.

Myth #6: Cavities in baby teeth don't matter.

Healthy baby teeth mean healthy permanent teeth. Decay in baby teeth may mean a child's teeth fall out before permanent teeth are ready to come in. That can lead to the teeth not lining up right and to teeth that move around. This can keep healthy permanent teeth from growing in the right spot. Cavities in baby teeth also can be painful and cause serious infection in children. You're never too young to learn the importance of healthy teeth and the right way to care for them.


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How To Keep Your Tooth Enamel Strong For A Long Time

The surface of your teeth is called enamel. It helps protect them from decay. Some wear and tear is normal, but there’s plenty you can do to keep that barrier strong.  Take these simple steps for a healthy mouth and a winning smile. 

1. Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks

Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar from foods and drinks. Then they make acids, which soften and wear away your enamel. Chewy candies that stick on your teeth are can also cause damage. Soft drinks may have extra acids.

Soft drinks with artificial sweeteners are a smarter choice than ones with sugar, but they’re also acidic and will wear down enamel over time.

The best choice when you’re thirsty? A glass of plain water. Many flavored waters are acidic.

2. Eat Foods That Protect Enamel

Calcium in food counters acids in your mouth that cause decay. It also helps keep your bones and teeth strong.

Milk, cheese, and other dairy products help protect and strengthen enamel.  Choose low-fat or fat-free items to help keep calories down.  If you don’t eat dairy, look for foods with calcium added.

3. Avoid Over-Brushing

You can wear down your enamel if you brush too fast and hard. Hold a brush with a soft bristle at about a 45-degree angle to your gums. Then move it back and forth in short, gentle strokes, about the distance of one tooth.

Wait for up to an hour after eating sweets or citrus fruits before you brush your teeth. Acidic foods can soften enamel and may make it easier for you to damage it.

4. Use Fluoride

The American Dental Association (ADA) calls fluoride “nature’s cavity fighter” because it strengthens your enamel and helps repair the early stages of tooth decay. Fluoride also makes your teeth more resistant to acids that come from foods and from bacteria in your mouth.The ADA recommends fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth appears and throughout your life. Rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride can also help prevent cavities and keep your enamel strong.

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Do Your Dental Fillings Need to Be Replaced?

Dental fillings are a concern you don’t think about until a filling falls out or starts to erode. Dental fillings have a lifespan of around a decade or so, but some fillings can last twice as long, while others don’t make it to 10 years.

Do your dental fillings need to be replaced? Use this guide, along with the advice of your dentist during your routine checkup, to find out if you do.

Your Fillings Feel Different

Over time, dental fillings start to wear down, which can leave the surface area of your teeth feeling gritty or like something hard is stuck in your teeth. Fillings should be smooth, but constant chewing and age will cause them to become brittle and feel strange to the touch.

You may also notice your bite changing as your fillings wear out; your bite may overcompensate for the changing in your teeth surfaces, causing discomfort or even pain when you bite down.

Your Teeth Are Discolored

Do you see an odd black or dark ring around the base of a tooth where a filling (especially a silver filling) is located? If so, your filling needs to be replaced. A dark ring is an indication that tooth enamel has worn around the filling’s edges or that the filling itself is deteriorating and causing dental decay or other tooth damage. Silver fillings will also change overall tooth color with time.

Your Teeth Hurt

As fillings wear out, parts of your teeth become exposed to air, causing cold or hot temperature foods and beverages to sting or be painful when consuming. Painful teeth due to a deteriorating filling can also be related to dental decay, infected tooth pulp, or a cracked or damaged tooth that is left fragile where a filling used to be.

If a filling has damaged your tooth as it wears out, then your dentist will place a crown over your tooth to protect the healthy part of your tooth. Don’t ignore any dental pain as failure to see the dentist in a timely fashion can lead to tooth decay, rot, or even nerve death in your tooth. A severely damaged tooth will need to be pulled or have extensive dental work done on it.

Your Teeth Get Food Stuck in Them

Cracks and crevices in a failing filling will allow food debris to get caught in your teeth. Because cracked fillings are hard to clean, bacteria from decaying food can cause future cavities (especially in the areas immediately surrounding a faulty filling).

Your Fillings Are Noticeable

Upgrading to tooth-colored fillings gives your mouth a more youthful, attractive appearance. Since silver fillings are highly noticeable, especially when they are placed on your front or lower teeth, talk to your dentist to see if replacing them with modern filling options is best for you.

Your Fillings Are Older

If you’ve had the same fillings in your mouth since you were a child or your fillings are very old, then it’s time to have them replaced. How often you’ll need to replace them depends on the type of material you use for your dental filling replacement. Common filling materials include:




Your dentist will tell you the pros and cons of each type of filling and give you the average costs to have these fillings done.

Your dental fillings will not last a lifetime, but with proper care and regular dental checkups, you can experience healthy teeth no matter how old your fillings are. Trust the dental expertise of Drake Family Dentistry for all your dental needs. 

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Does Having The Flu Or A Cold Virus Make Your Teeth Hurt?

Why your teeth hurt when you have a cold, flu or sinus symptoms

Can a sore throat cause tooth pain?

Keep brushing even though you’re sick

Getting a flu shot helps to protect your oral health

Now that we’re knee-deep into winter, it seems as if more and more people around us are suffering from a cold or the flu. If you’re not careful, you too might start to get that telltale tickle in your throat, which can lead to body aches, throat pain, stuffy nose, sinusitis and bouts of coughing.

When you’re suffering from a cold or the flu, you might also find that you’re experiencing painful symptoms in your teeth. But before you despair over having a tooth issue on top of your other symptoms, consider that your toothache might just be a side effect of your illness.

Can a cold virus cause your teeth to hurt?

The short answer to this question is yes.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s an issue with your oral health, especially if the pain isn’t limited to one tooth.

In fact, if you have a cold or flu and are experiencing pain in your upper teeth, especially toward the rear of your mouth, the pain might actually be a side effect of acute sinusitis.

Acute sinusitis tooth pain can be triggered by a virus or bacterial infection. Its symptoms include thick yellow or greenish mucous draining from the nose or down the throat, pain and pressure around your eyes, cheeks, and nose, and nasal congestion. You may experience pain in your upper rear teeth simply because of their close proximity to your infected sinuses.

Although most common colds are gone within 7 – 10 days, acute sinusitis can stick around for up to four weeks. If rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medicines aren’t helping, seeing your doctor for a prescription might be your best bet to relieve your symptoms, and eliminate the pain you’re feeling in your teeth.

Nasal congestion and your oral health

Congested nasal passages can also negatively affect your oral health.

When we have a stuffy nose, we tend to breathe through our mouth. This can cause our mouth to dry out, especially during periods of sleep, which can significantly reduce saliva flow.

Taking certain medications, such as decongestants, can also result in a dry mouth.

Unhindered saliva flow is essential to help keep our teeth and gums clean. When our mouths become excessively dry, bacteria can grow along our gum line, which could lead to a condition known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is the beginning stage of a more serious dental condition known as periodontal disease. If left unchecked, periodontal disease can weaken the bone support for your teeth and possibly lead to tooth loss.

To help solve dry mouth, drink plenty of fluids, especially if you’re taking a nasal decongestant. Sucking on cough drops can also help encourage saliva flow, and running a humidifier in your home will keep the air moist, helping to prevent you from becoming dehydrated.

Keep Brushing and Flossing When You’re Sick

Getting out of bed to attend to your oral health might be the last thing you want to do when you’re sick. We can’t stress enough how important it is to keep brushing and flossing right through the lifespan of your illness.

That’s because neglecting your oral health can lead to plaque buildup, which puts you at risk for gingivitis and tooth decay.

Also, your recovery from your cold or flu can be delayed if your immune system is fighting bacterial growth in your mouth.

If you’re feeling too sick to brush or floss, try a soothing anti-bacterial mouth rinse to keep your mouth as clean as possible until you’re back on your feet and can resume your regular dental hygiene routine.

Can a sore throat cause tooth pain?

Although it might seem that a throat infection or sinuses could cause a toothache, chances are your sore throat is a toothache in disguise!

Because of where they’re placed in your jaw, an infected wisdom tooth can actually feel like a sore throat, especially if your lymph nodes are swollen in the same way they would be if you had a cold.

When the pain from your “sore throat” spreads to your wisdom teeth, and is accompanied by other symptoms such as swollen face or jaw, bad taste in your mouth, or pain while chewing, you should book an appointment with your dentist for immediate treatment.

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What Are The Common Causes of Toothaches?

Even though your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it is still possible to experience dental pain and damage. Your teeth endure trauma every day in the form of eating, speaking, tooth grinding, and bad habits like chewing on your nails or ice. If that wasn’t bad enough, your teeth are regularly exposed to sugars and other acids that lead to bacteria build-up and plaque.

Because of this, it is more than likely that you’ve experienced at least one toothache in your life. These toothaches can be uncomfortable, if not debilitating, and, unfortunately, they don’t fix themselves. 

What Are The Common Causes of Toothaches?

One of the best ways to prevent dental damage from worsening is to understand the causes of toothaches.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, or dental caries (cavities), is the erosion of the tooth surface or enamel. This decay is often caused by excess bacteria in the mouth that is not removed with good oral hygiene. Plaque is the layer of bacteria that forms and bonds to tooth enamel. This sticky film thrives on the starches and sugars in food, which creates an acid that eats away at the tooth enamel, causing small holes (cavities).

When cavities are discovered early enough, they can be fixed with simple fillings.


When cavities are not addressed, they can develop an infection that can spread to the tooth root. This infection can be very painful and dangerous. An abscess must be treated by a dentist. 

This treatment may be performed in a number of ways, depending on the damage. Sometimes the pus from the infection needs to be drained from the tooth, and the tooth will usually require a root canal or extraction. 

Tooth Fracture

Fractures (cracked teeth) often occur due to tooth trauma, such as biting down too hard on an object, tooth grinding, or experiencing a facial injury. Teeth can also fracture if there are underlying concerns like cavities or gum disease.

Many fractured teeth can be fixed with a crown or a filling, but depending on the extent of the fracture, your dentist may need to perform a root canal or extract the damaged tooth.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is inflammation of the gums that occurs when the unremoved bacteria form deep pockets around the teeth. This can cause the gums to become red or swollen. When gum disease is not treated, it can result in tooth loss.

There are several non-surgical and surgical therapies that can assist those experiencing gum disease.


Bruxism (teeth grinding) usually occurs during sleep. Therefore, it often goes unnoticed until a problem arises. Teeth grinding results in toothaches, jaw pain, and dental damage, such as chipping or fracture. You can protect your teeth from bruxism by wearing a dental nightguard.

What Should I Do If I Experience a Toothache?

A toothache should never be ignored. Please call our office if you are experiencing a toothache. When it comes to dental pain, the earlier you address the problem, the easier the treatment will usually be. That is why patients should see their dentist at least twice a year for screenings and cleanings. 

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The Signs Of Tooth Nerve Damage

Tooth pain can occur naturally from out of nowhere but can result from minor to major sensitivity. When this happens, the mouth becomes painful, making it difficult to eat and talk without any pain. Medication may temporarily limit the pain, but there is an underlying issue that needs urgent attention. One of the reasons for this is tooth nerve damage.

When the dental pulp becomes infected, this is a sign of nerve damage. The dental pulp resides within the underlying dentin, covered by the enamel, and is the soft tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels. Going further, blood vessels and nerves are built branches that supply blood to every tissue in the body.

When both the vessels and nerves are exposed, you’ll experience a lot of pain and immediate emergency treatment will be required.

It is important to address the signs of tooth nerve damage so you’re aware of what its causes are and how to identify them.

Trauma From Injury

Nerve damage can become instant from a traumatic sudden injury to the jaws and teeth. For example, physical contact in sports is the most common way for dental trauma to occur. It may also occur via a physical accident where the point of contact is the jaw and teeth. Immediately after this, you need to identify the result of the accident is broken or cracked teeth. The pain will be severe as well. The tooth nerves will be exposed as a result and will require immediate emergency treatment.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a result of poor oral hygiene or medications that impact your oral health. When tooth decay advances, you need to see the dentist as soon as possible because decay can wear down the tooth nerve, causing the pulp to be exposed. This increases the chances of nerve infections and you’ll begin to feel sensitivity, particularly when you eat and drink.

An Abscessed Tooth

When the jaw or face swells up, it is likely that the tooth root has become infected due to injury or decay. This is a sign of a dental abscess. An abscess is where pus (a form of liquid) forms inside the teeth, gums and bone. It is a bacterial infection that causes throbbing pain. This is another indication of tooth nerve damage.

Nerve Damage Does Not Heal Itself…

Unlike most physical injuries where rest helps to heal, this isn’t the same for tooth nerve damage. There may be times where a dentist could identify techniques to reverse minor nerve pain, but only when there is mild inflammation. When symptoms are minor and the root of the tooth is exposed, a dental filling is considered by the dentist. Where the symptoms are major, root canal treatment is required. Either way, consult the dentist for emergency treatment as soon as you can. Also, if you’ve recently had treatment for nerve damage and you’re seeking cosmetic treatment to straighten teeth such as with Invisalign, you may experience complications, but you can consult your dentist to discuss complications with cosmetic treatment moving forward.

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Toothache

We’ve all experienced it – that persistent, nagging toothache that intermittently surfaces. It’s tempting to dismiss it as a fleeting annoyance, assuming it will dissipate. However, in this article, we’ll elucidate why overlooking your toothache is a mistake. Believe us; your teeth are conveying a crucial message!

The Troublesome Toothache: A Widespread Issue

Toothaches are surprisingly prevalent. Their intensity can vary from slight discomfort to debilitating pain, often making us dread the prospect of a dental visit. Yet, here’s the crux: sidelining tooth pain can precipitate grave repercussions.

Early Action Mitigates Pain and Costs: Consider your toothache as an alarm bell from your body. It’s signaling a potential anomaly in your mouth, perhaps a cavity, a fractured tooth, or even a lurking infection. Addressing the root cause promptly can simplify and reduce the cost of treatment. Conversely, procrastination might necessitate a more intricate and pricier dental intervention later.

Toothaches Rarely Vanish Spontaneously: A prevalent fallacy is that toothaches will spontaneously resolve. While they might intermittently subside, giving an illusion of resolution, such patterns often hint at an underlying concern demanding attention. Toothaches seldom disappear without apt intervention.

Oral Health is Integral to Overall Well-being: Your oral health is intrinsically linked to your general health. Neglecting a toothache could mean overlooking an infection with the potential to proliferate beyond your oral cavity. Dental infections can escalate to grave health challenges, encompassing heart ailments and systemic infections. A mere toothache shouldn’t be the precursor to broader health complications.

Disturbed Sleep and Diminished Life Quality: A pulsating toothache can disrupt your tranquil nights, leading to insomnia. It can impinge on your mood, focus, and overall life quality. Why endure such distress when a timely dental visit can alleviate the pain?

Averting Tooth Loss: At times, a relentless toothache signals an imminent tooth loss. Losing a tooth can have profound implications, impacting your eating, speaking capabilities, and even self-confidence. Preserving a tooth through early action is invariably simpler than subsequent replacements.

Navigating a Toothache: What’s the Next Step?

Convinced that sidelining a toothache isn’t wise? Here’s a pragmatic approach to tackle the irksome pain:

Consult Your Dentist Promptly: The foremost step is to schedule a visit with your dentist. They possess the expertise to diagnose and remedy dental ailments. Don’t procrastinate; seek your dentist’s advice upon detecting a toothache.

Over-the-Counter Pain Alleviation: Pending your dental visit, over-the-counter analgesics can offer temporary relief. Adhere to the dosage guidelines and refrain from applying medication directly to the sore spot, as it might harm the tissue.

Uphold Oral Hygiene: Meanwhile, persist with your routine oral care. Brush gently, floss diligently, and use an alcohol-free mouthwash. This regimen ensures cleanliness around the affected region and might offer some solace.

Sidestep Aggravators: Evade extremely hot or cold edibles and drinks, and abstain from hard, crunchy foods that might intensify the pain.

In Conclusion

While a toothache might appear trivial, it’s a clarion call signaling your oral health requires attention. By addressing it promptly, you can avert escalated pain, additional expenses, and potential health challenges in the future.

Don’t trivialize that toothache. Reach out to your dentist and embark on the journey to a healthier, pain-free grin. Your teeth will express gratitude, and you’ll soon relish your cherished meals and enjoy serene nights once more.

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How Do I Know If I Have a Cavity?

Taking care of your oral and overall health must be a priority. Knowing when you need to call your dentist is important. Practicing good oral hygiene habits help to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and many other issues. Cavities are one of the most common issues patients face, and about 30 percent of Americans have untreated dental cavities. Leaving a cavity untreated can destroy your teeth leading to tooth loss, infection, and other more serious conditions.It is helpful for patients to understand what a cavity is, and also know what symptoms to look out for if you think you may have a cavity.

What is a Cavity?

A cavity is when bacteria or food build up and form plaque on your teeth. The bacteria eat away at the enamel on your teeth and cause decay. Good oral hygiene habits are so important, and brushing and flossing can help you get rid of the plaque build up to prevent cavities from developing. Once the cavity is formed there is a small hole in your tooth, and if left untreated the cavity can destroy your tooth or develop an infection.

What Are the Signs of a Cavity?

There are signs you can look out for that may indicate you have a cavity. If you experience any of these signs we encourage you to contact our office, and our staff will get you in as soon as possible. Our team always works to keep our patient’s teeth and mouth healthy and pain free.

• Sensitivity to hot and cold that lingers and does not go away

• Sensitivity to sweet foods or drinks

• A toothache that is on or around one or more teeth

• Pain when you bite down or pain during eating

• Discoloration, white spots, or staining on a tooth

• A small hole or mark on your tooth

Knowing these signs can help you decide if you need to contact a dentist. A  cavity should never be left untreated.

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What is Trench Mouth?

One of the most serious and painful types of gum disease is called trench mouth. According to Healthline, the name dates back to World War I, the first war in which soldiers experienced prolonged periods of trench warfare. Because they were under significant stress and did not have time to take care of their teeth or seek treatment, they often developed painful and bleeding gums.

Who Is Affected by This Condition?

Trench mouth can affect anyone who does not practice proper mouth care, or who cannot or does not access regular dental cleaning, though it is quite rare in nations with modern healthcare. It is still sometimes observed in younger males, possibly due to the reluctance to seek treatment until it becomes very painful. Other factors include a poor diet and a lack of knowledge about oral hygiene.

What Additional Factors Put a Person at Risk for Trench Mouth?

The disease can be caused or exacerbated by factors such as a compromised immune system, a history of smoking, infections in the mouth or existing health conditions like diabetes or HIV/AIDS. A history of gingivitis (gum disease), especially in combination with poor oral hygiene and missed dental appointments, can greatly increase the chances of developing this condition. Inadequate nutrition and diet choices can also be contributing factors.

What Are the Symptoms of Trench Mouth and How Is It Diagnosed?

Patients may experience a combination of several different symptoms, says The New York Times.

Bleeding gums and pain caused by touching or brushing the teeth

A metallic taste or smell coming from the mouth

An increase in swelling of the gums

Flu-like symptoms, including fatigue and fever

A simple oral exam by a dentist is enough for a diagnosis with the above symptoms, and the condition can be initially treated with a cleaning of the gums and teeth by a dental hygienist.

To decrease infection, a dentist may prescribe antibiotics, along with an antibacterial rinse. The rinse can also be used by the dental hygienist during the cleaning to help relieve the pain caused by the infected gums.

Once the patient is relieved of the symptoms of this painful condition, regular visits to a dentist and dental hygienist will help prevent it from occuring again, and ensure a lifetime of healthy gums.

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Should Your Teeth Touch When Sleeping?

Do your teeth touch when your mouth is closed? It’s a question that may not have crossed your mind, but it’s worth considering. According to dental experts, the resting position of your teeth is just as important as their alignment when you’re chewing or speaking.

So, what is the ideal position for your teeth when your mouth is at rest? The answer is that your teeth should not be touching when you’re not using them. This is because constant contact between your teeth can cause wear and tear over time, leading to dental problems such as tooth sensitivity, cracked teeth, and even jaw pain.

While it may feel natural to have your teeth touching, especially when you’re relaxed, it’s important to be mindful of this habit. In this article, we’ll explore why your teeth should not touch when you’re not using them, and what you can do to ensure that your teeth are in the right position for optimal dental health.

Understanding Basic Dental Anatomy

Role of Teeth in Oral Health

Your teeth play a crucial role in your oral health. They help you chew food, speak properly, and maintain the shape of your face. Teeth also help to maintain the alignment of your jawbone and prevent it from shifting.

Each tooth has several parts, including the crown, which is the visible part of the tooth, and the root, which is the part of the tooth that is embedded in your jawbone. The root anchors the tooth in place and helps to support the surrounding bone.

The Normal Position of Teeth

The normal position of your teeth is with the upper teeth slightly overlapping the lower teeth. This is known as occlusion. When you bite down, your teeth should fit together comfortably, and your jaw should be in a relaxed position.

If your teeth do not fit together properly, it can cause a variety of problems, including tooth wear, jaw pain, and difficulty chewing. This condition is known as malocclusion, and it can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, injury, and tooth loss.

In some cases, malocclusion can be corrected with orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners. However, in more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.

It is important to maintain good oral hygiene to keep your teeth healthy and prevent dental problems. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Should Your Teeth Touch When at Rest?

When your mouth is at rest, your teeth should not be touching each other. The proper resting position for your teeth is when they are slightly apart, without interacting with any other teeth or parts of the mouth. This is important because teeth that don’t rest properly can cause all sorts of problems, including excessive tooth wear and gum problems.

According to orthodontic experts, proper oral posture means that at rest, your tongue should be pressed against the roof of your mouth, your teeth should be touching or slightly apart, and your lips should be together without strain. When a child grows up with proper oral posture, the face develops in appropriate balance according to its genetic plan.

It’s important to note that the front teeth usually touch both the inside of the upper and lower lip when your mouth is at rest. The gum area and almost half of your teeth should be touching the inside of the upper lip while the lower half touches the inside of the lower lip. This is the ideal resting position for your teeth.

When your teeth are in the proper resting position, they are less likely to experience excessive wear and tear, which can lead to premature aging of your teeth. Additionally, proper oral posture can help prevent gum problems and other oral health issues.

In summary, your teeth should not be touching each other when your mouth is at rest. The proper resting position for your teeth is when they are slightly apart, with the front teeth usually touching both the inside of the upper and lower lip. By maintaining proper oral posture, you can help prevent dental problems and ensure that your teeth remain healthy and strong.

Should Your Teeth Touch When Speaking?

When it comes to speaking, your teeth and tongue work together to form the sounds required for clear speech. This means that your teeth and tongue will touch very frequently while you’re speaking. However, your teeth should never be touching each other.

According to orthodontists, your teeth should only touch when you’re chewing food. When your mouth is inactive, your teeth should be resting too, without interacting with any other teeth or parts of the mouth. This is known as the resting position of your teeth.

Having your teeth touch when speaking can lead to several dental problems, including wear and tear on your teeth, jaw pain, and even headaches. If your teeth are touching while speaking, it’s a sign of a malocclusion or misalignment of your teeth. This can be corrected through orthodontic treatment, such as braces or aligners.

It’s important to be aware of your teeth’s resting position, especially if you have a habit of clenching or grinding your teeth. These habits can cause your teeth to touch and lead to dental problems over time. If you’re unsure about your teeth’s resting position, consult with an orthodontist or dentist for guidance.

Preventing Unwanted Teeth Touching

Proper Mouth Posture

Maintaining proper mouth posture is essential in preventing unwanted teeth touching. When your mouth is at rest, your teeth should not be touching. Instead, your tongue should be resting against the roof of your mouth, and your lips should be closed but relaxed. This posture helps to keep your jaw muscles relaxed and prevent clenching, which can lead to headaches and jaw pain.

To help maintain proper mouth posture, try the following tips:

Be mindful of your mouth posture throughout the day.

Practice breathing through your nose instead of your mouth.

Chew your food with your mouth closed.

Avoid clenching your teeth during times of stress.

Orthodontic Solutions

In some cases, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to prevent unwanted teeth touching. If you have an overbite or underbite, your front teeth may be touching when your mouth is at rest. This can cause excessive wear and tear on your teeth and lead to jaw pain and headaches.

Orthodontic solutions for preventing unwanted teeth touching include:

Braces: Braces can help to properly align your teeth and prevent unwanted teeth touching.

Invisalign: Invisalign is a clear aligner system that can help to straighten your teeth and prevent unwanted teeth touching.

Retainers: Retainers can be used to maintain proper tooth alignment after orthodontic treatment.

If you are experiencing unwanted teeth touching, it is important to speak with your dentist or orthodontist. They can help you determine the best course of treatment to prevent further damage and improve your overall oral health.

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Why Is My Gum Sore At The Back Of My Mouth?

Gum pain or soreness in the back of the mouth is a common complaint that can stem from various sources. The posterior molars are especially prone to plaque accumulation and inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis. However, gum discomfort can also arise from infection, ill-fitting dental work, trauma, or serious conditions like periodontal disease and oral cancer. Identifying the precise origin of gum soreness is key to proper treatment and relief.

Causes of Gum Pain in the Back of the Mouth


Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease caused by plaque buildup around teeth. When plaque hardened into tartar goes untreated, it harbors bacteria that release toxins. These irritants trigger inflammation and swelling of gum tissue.

As gingivitis worsens, gums redden, turn shiny, and bleed easily. Gum margins begin to pull away from teeth forming pockets that collect even more plaque. Patients typically complain of sensitivity, tenderness, and soreness when chewing.

Without treatment, gingivitis can advance to much more severe periodontitis and eventual tooth loss. The back molars near the opening of salivary ducts are particularly prone as their constant bathing in saliva promotes rapid plaque accumulation.


Periodontitis is a progressive form of gum disease where inflammation has spread to deeper tissues and jawbone surrounding teeth. The gums recede further, pockets deepen, and bacteria begin degrading the periodontal ligaments and bone. Teeth loosen and become unstable.

Periodontitis sufferers experience pronounced soreness, bleeding, gaps between teeth, bad breath, and even alteration of bite alignment. Aggressive periodontitis tends to strike otherwise healthy patients under age 35. But chronic periodontitis is most common in those over 40.

If left unchecked, periodontitis destroys more bone until teeth become loose and fall out. Molars in the back are often lost prematurely. Professional deep cleanings, antibiotics, and gum grafts are required to halt damage and restore gum health.

Canker Sores

Canker sores manifest as round white ulcers inside the mouth surrounded by a red halo. They can develop along the gums in the back of the mouth near molars. Canker sores cause a burning, tingling pain.

While the exact cause is unknown, canker sores are triggered by stress, hormonal shifts, vitamin deficiencies, spicy foods, and mouth trauma. They usually heal on their own within 7-10 days. More severe cases may be treated by dentists with topical numbing agents, steroids, or cauterizing chemicals to ease discomfort.

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush results when the yeast Candida albicans proliferates inside the mouth and on gum tissue. It produces creamy white lesions and patches that cause soreness and bleeding when scraped. Thrush commonly affects the gums and palate but can spread to the back molars.

Denture wearers are very prone as the yeast overgrows on poorly fitting dentures. Other risk factors for thrush include diabetes, antibiotic use, smoking, steroid inhalers, vitamin deficiencies, and HIV/AIDS. Prescription antifungal rinses or lozenges can clear up most cases.

Fitting Dental Work

Crowns, fillings, bridges, braces, and dentures that do not properly fit can rub and irritate gum tissue. Constant abrasion causes swelling, sores, and discomfort concentrated along the band of gums contacting the dental materials. Misaligned or overhanging dental work frequently affects the gums around back molars.

Dentists can adjust fittings or re-cement loose dental work to prevent further irritation. Switching to denture adhesives may also relieve sore spots. In some cases, a full re-fabrication is required to correctly size dental appliances.

Trauma and Irritation

Any repeated irritation and trauma to the gums near molars provokes localized pain and inflammation. Common irritants include:

Accidentally biting cheek or gums with molars during chewing

Rough edges of dental fillings or crowns scraping gums

Constant picking at gums with fingers or objects

Chewing on hard items like ice or popcorn kernels

Poking gums with toothpicks, fish bones, or other sharp debris

Chemical or thermal burns from hot drinks, smoking, or acidic foods

Managing diet and habits to protect delicate back gum areas helps them heal. Dentists can smooth sharp dental edges or deliver fast pain relief with topical analgesics and steroids.

Oral Cancer

Persistent swollen lump, sore, or ulcer on the gums that does not heal could signal the presence of oral cancer. Oral squamous cell carcinoma accounts for over 90% of mouth cancers detected. Early warning signs often appear along the posterior gumline where cheek tissues meet the upper and lower molars.

Any strange lesion on the gums lasting longer than 2 weeks must be evaluated promptly by an oral surgeon. Other oral cancer symptoms include numbness, difficulty swallowing or chewing, earaches, and loose teeth. Successful treatment and survival are vastly improved when oral cancer is diagnosed at an early stage.

Less Common Causes

Other less frequent sources of back gum soreness include:

Abscesses – bacterial infections forming pus-filled pockets in the gums requiring drainage

Desquamative gingivitis – chronic inflammatory gum condition causing redness, burning, and peeling

Leukemia – cancer of blood-forming tissues that can manifest with swollen, painful gums

Vitamin C deficiency – causes weakened collagen and bleeding gums

Pregnancy gingivitis – hormonal shifts during pregnancy aggravate swelling and inflammation

Getting Relief from Sore Gums

Here are some simple self-care tips to alleviate mild gum pain and discomfort:

Gently brush sore areas using ultrasoft bristles and limited pressure

Rinse mouth with warm salt water to flush away irritants and reduce inflammation

Apply cold compresses to external gums to constrict blood vessels and ease swelling

Take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen for relief

Avoid foods and habits that aggravate pain such as spicy foods, alcohol, smoking, ice chewing

Topical numbing gels containing lidocaine or benzocaine can temporarily numb severe gum pain for several hours. But caution should be used to avoid spreading infection deeper or masking a serious underlying condition.

For cases of persistent soreness and recognized gum disease, professional dental treatment is required for true relief and lasting repair of damage.

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The Dangers Of Oral Infections

Good oral health is a crucial part of your overall well-being. Additionally, good oral health typically accompanies a beautiful smile. While many people focus on the look of their smile, it is vital to keep your mouth clean and healthy. One reason for this is to avoid oral infections. Unfortunately, oral infections have various dangers that spell consequences for your oral health. 


There are many different types of infections that you can encounter. The more you know about them, the better you can be prepared. If you can catch these issues early, you can also prevent significant damage. 


Gingivitis is one of the most common oral infections. It can cause inflamed gums. This is often caused by plaque and bacteria buildup along the gum line. Gingivitis is usually mild and reversible with proper dental care. But, if left untreated, it can progress to a more severe condition.


If you ignore gingivitis, it can develop into periodontitis. This is a more severe gum infection. Periodontitis damages the soft tissues and bones that support your teeth. Eventually, this can lead to tooth mobility and, in severe cases, tooth loss.


A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that forms within a tooth or in the surrounding tissues. It is often extremely painful and can cause facial or jaw swelling. Tooth abscesses require prompt dental treatment to prevent the infection from spreading.


Oral thrush is a fungal infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans. It typically appears as white, creamy patches on the tongue, inner cheeks, and throat. It can also affect people with weakened immune systems or those who use certain medications, like antibiotics.


Tooth loss is one of the most immediate dangers of oral infections, particularly periodontitis. As the infection progresses, the structures supporting your teeth can weaken. This may lead to their eventual loss.

Furthermore, oral infections are not limited to your mouth. They can affect your entire body. Studies have shown a connection between oral infections and systemic health issues. This includes heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory problems.

It is not just your health that infections can damage. Oral infections can cause severe pain and discomfort. This can make eating, speaking, and daily activities hard. The pain can also disrupt your sleep, affecting your overall quality of life.

Without treatment, oral infections can spread to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. This can also lead to serious complications, including infections in the heart, brain, or other organs.


The most effective way to prevent oral infections is through proper oral hygiene practices. You should also implement routine dental checkups. Your dentist can identify the signs of an infection before it causes too much pain or damage.

If you have conditions that weaken your immune system, work closely with your healthcare providers to manage your oral health.

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Which Vitamin Deficiency Causes Gum Problems?

The link between vitamin insufficiency and gum ailments is often interlinked. Gum ailments are a common complaint and a major worry for many people. Teeth can be affected by all of these factors. The consumption of vitamins and minerals aids in maintaining a good oral health.

Lacking them can have disastrous effects on your oral health. If you are  someone suffering from gum ailments or want to safeguard yourself from gum ailments, unravel more about it in this article. 

Do your food choices affect your teeth and gums?

Many people consider how their food choices affect their teeth. Sugar or starch are two such components known to promote tooth decay. However, your teeth and gums can be affected from the inside out by the food items you eat. Teeth and gums might suffer from vitamin shortages when people do not eat enough foods rich in certain nutrients.

Which Vitamin deficiency is responsible for causing Gum problems?

A lack of certain vitamins causes various gum ailments. It can be affected by a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. These nutrients are necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy and your smile radiant. 

They are vital to your health and well-being, not just your smile. Vitamins, like minerals, are essential in bone growth and development. They serve a similar purpose in the process of tooth development. These are the primary vitamins:

Deficiency in Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essential for a healthy immune system. Your teeth and gums may be more susceptible to damage if your immune system is compromised. The effect may be to make teeth more vulnerable to decay. Gum disease is one of the issues that might arise from this. These will give off an unattractive vibe and will invite problems for your gums too.

However, it’s not all that happens to people’s teeth. Saliva can impair saliva production. It’s a built-in safeguard for your mouth. It prevents dry mouth and eliminates bacteria and plaque. Plaque formation and bacterial proliferation are sped up in their absence. However, sticky food particles do not break down and might cling to your teeth for quite some time. Teeth staining and dental cavities will be the results of all of them.

Insufficiency of Vitamin B12

Gum ailments are caused by a deficiency of vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is, along with vitamin A, one of the key nutrients of gums and teeth. Gum disease, commonly known as periodontitis, can be caused by a lack of vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 is an essential mineral for healthy gums. Gum recession can develop as a result of advanced gum disease. When your gums recede, your tooth roots become more visible. Bacteria can quickly destroy unprotected tooth roots, creating a discolored and unsightly smile.

Insufficiency of Vitamin C

Lack of Vitamin C causes Scurvy and it weakens your immune system. Gums and teeth also benefit greatly from vitamin C. It’s vital to your body’s natural defenses, too.

Consumption of the right amount of vitamin-rich foods will give you a more bacteria-resistant mouth. This implies improved oral health and a brighter smile. Plaque and bacteria will have free reign over your teeth if you do this because your saliva aids digestion and wards off microorganisms simultaneously. 

In the End…

If you find yourself in this situation, you must talk to your dentist. Remember that a healthy diet is also essential for a stunning grin, as the vitamin content of some supplements may fall short of your requirements. Have a vitamin-rich diet and ward off all gum ailments. 

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Do regular dental cleaning improve dental health?

Cleaning your teeth regularly is one of the primary things everyone should do. Following a regular dental cleaning routine can help you keep your dental health in check. 

Everyone’s dental concerns are different, so following a specific oral care routine that targets your oral hygiene issues is a must. It goes without saying that your oral health also impacts your overall health, making it even more vital to take care of.

Regularly cleaning your teeth, brushing with the right toothpaste, and visiting your dentist are some of the most common things you can do to improve your oral health in the long run.

But to know more about how you can regularly keep your teeth clean and what you should do to improve your oral health, keep reading this article.

Importance of getting dental cleaning regularly.

Tooth cleaning is essential to maintain better oral hygiene. But dental hygiene is more than just removing plaque by scaling the tooth. Most dentists recommend getting oral cleaning done thrice every year or once in six months.

Below are some points that show why it is important to get dental cleaning done at regular intervals and how it works in favor of your oral hygiene: 

Enjoy a pearly white smile: Who doesn’t love beautiful-looking white teeth? And to get that, you must opt for oral cleaning. Eating artificially colored foods and drinks can impact the appearance of your teeth, making them look yellow and stained. But visiting your dentist and getting oral cleaning done will make your teeth look polished, and you can flaunt your beautiful smile.

Keep plaque build-up away: Plaque is one of the most common oral health issues people deal with, and if you do not pay attention, it can create a solid layer on your gum line, turning in tartar. But getting oral cleaning done regularly will help you keep your teeth clean and fresh without causing plaque build-up.

Fresh breath: Nobody likes bad breath, but let’s be honest, we all have struggled with the same at some point in our lives you can altogether avoid this oral care issue by visiting your dentist for complete dental cleaning. Apart from brushing, a dental cleaning will give you a fresher breath.

No cavities: Spotting tooth decay or cavity on your own is not easy, but getting dental cleaning done will help keep cavities/tooth decay at bay. When you get oral cleaning done, the dentist thoroughly examines your mouth, which makes it easier to spot any earlier signs of cavity or tooth decay; hence, it can be prevented. 

No bleeding gums: Bleeding gums are one of the many crucial oral care problems to cure. Bleeding gums can be caused due to many reasons like plaque build-up, infections, sensitivity, etc. And you can keep all these concerns away if you regularly visit your dentist and get dental cleaning done. 

Keep your overall health on track: Dental cleaning keeps your oral health on track and positively impacts your overall health. Dental cleaning will prevent many diseases like pneumonia, lung infection, inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, and more. In addition, your dentist can help in the early detection of such diseases at your oral cleaning appointment. 

Now that you know why dental cleaning is essential, you must not wait and book your appointments with your dentist for a complete dental cleaning procedure to ensure you have a beautiful white smile to flaunt every day. 

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Who is a Dentist – Types of Dental Specialties and Services Offered

Who is a dentist?

A dentist or a dental doctor is a specialized healthcare professional dedicated to the perseverance of your oral health. From routine check-ups to advanced treatments, they ensure your teeth and gums are in the best condition. Dentists address immediate dentistry-related concerns and contribute to overall well-being, as oral health is intricately linked to systemic health. With their expertise and personalized care, dentists play a crucial role in helping you maintain a healthy smile and lasting wellness.

What are the subspecialties of a Dentist?

Depending on the specializations of a dentist, they are classified into the following types;

Orthodontist: An orthodontist is a dental expert in diagnosing and treating teeth and jaw misalignments. Orthodontists utilize braces, aligners, and other specialized appliances to correct dental irregularities and achieve proper dental alignment and occlusion.

Periodontist: The dentist specializes in this field in the supporting structures of the teeth; periodontists diagnose and treat gum diseases, gingival recession, and other conditions affecting the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. They may perform surgical procedures to restore periodontal health.

Cosmetic Dentist: To improve the smile’s aesthetics, cosmetic dentists offer dental procedures like teeth whitening, veneers, dental bonding, and gum contouring. Their focus is on enhancing the visual appeal of teeth while maintaining functionality.

Reconstructive Dentist: A reconstructive dentist focuses on restoring broken, chipped, or cracked teeth. They are proficient in restoring oral functions, appearance, and comfort for patients with extensive dental issues. They handle cases requiring comprehensive treatment, often combining various procedures to achieve optimal results.

Pedodontist: Specializes in pediatric dentistry, catering to the oral health needs of children and adolescents. They offer treatments suitable for each age, educate young patients on proper oral hygiene, and address developmental concerns. 

It is recommended to consult a dentist based on their specialities to treat your dental health concerns.

What are the services offered by a dentist?

A dentist offers many services related to dental care. These range from diagnosis, treatment, and preventive oral care to maintaining oral health. 


Based on the signs and symptoms you present, a teeth doctor establishes a proper diagnosis of the disease. The diagnostic approaches include;

Visual Examination: A dental doctor examines the teeth, gums, tongue, and mouth to identify signs of infection, dental decay, gum disease, and other issues.

Dental X-rays: Dental issues that are not visible through visual investigation are diagnosed with the help of an X-ray. It detects issues such as cavities, impacted teeth, and bone loss.

Digital Imaging: For more advanced diagnosis of complex issues, advanced technologies like intraoral cameras are used for detailed images. These ensure an accurate diagnosis.


Dentists offer various treatments to address dental problems and restore oral health. You should see a dentist for various procedures, including;

Fillings: Teeth fillings are used to repair cavities caused by tooth decay. Fillings are made from materials like composite resin or amalgam.

Crowns: Dental crowns cover and protect damaged or weakened teeth and restore their strength and appearance.

Root Canal Surgery: A dental surgeon performs a root canal procedure for a severely decayed or infected tooth. It works by removing the infected pulp and sealing the root canal.

Extractions: Tooth extraction is performed when a tooth is too damaged, decayed, or crowded. It prevents the spread of dental cavities and caries to the nearby teeth.

Dental Implants: Implants are artificial tooth roots placed in the jaw to support prosthetic teeth, restoring both function and aesthetics.

In addition, other dental procedures performed by a dentist include scaling, polishing, treatment of gum diseases, etc.

Preventive Oral Health

Preventive health measures are important in maintaining good oral health and avoiding dental problems. Dentists offer several preventive measures, including:

Regular Cleanings: Professional cleanings (dental prophylaxis) remove plaque, tartar, and stains that cannot be effectively removed at home.

Fluoride Treatment: The application of fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay.

Dental Sealants: These protective coatings are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to prevent cavities in vulnerable areas.

Maintenance of Oral Health

Dentists emphasize the importance of ongoing oral care to maintain optimal dental health. They guide on:

Oral Hygiene Education: Dentists teach patients proper brushing, flossing, and hygiene techniques. They also encourage to join various dental clubs to get education and awareness on the best dental practices.

Nutritional Guidance: Dental doctors advise how dietary choices impact oral health and recommend a balanced diet for strong teeth and gums. They also emphasize the importance of hydration and avoidance of sweetened 

Customized Care Plans: Dentists create individualized plans for patients with specific needs, such as those with gum disease or a history of cavities.

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Crown Lengthening: An Easy Fix for a Gummy Smile

A beautiful smile relies on an optimal balance between your gums and teeth. If your teeth are very small or you have excess gum tissue, you can wind up with what’s known as a “gummy smile” — along with self-conscious feelings about your smile’s aesthetics. 

Gummy smiles aren’t uncommon, and the good news is, we can fix them. Crown lengthening is a time-tested treatment for gummy smiles, creating the ideal ratio between visible gum and visible teeth, for a smile that looks healthy and attractive.

As a leading cosmetic dentistry practice in Queen Creek, Arizona, Goodman Dental Center helps patients achieve their ideal smile with crown lengthening treatments customized on a patient-by-patient basis. 

In this post, Brian Goodman, DDS, and Tanner Goodman, DMD, explain the basics of crown lengthening to help you decide if it’s an option you’d like to explore.

Crown lengthening: The basics

The goal of a cosmetic crown lengthening treatment is simple: We expose more of your natural tooth by removing excess gum tissue, so your smile appears more balanced and aesthetically pleasing. 

Technically, gum exposure of 1-2 millimeters is considered ideal, while exposures of 3 millimeters or more constitute what we recognize as a gummy smile.

Medically, we also perform crown lengthening to prepare a tooth that will support a crown or bridge — particularly, when the tooth is too small to provide adequate support and strength for a restoration.

As a cosmetic procedure, crown lengthening relies on a deep understanding of oral anatomy, along with an appreciation of smile aesthetics. Our team has significant experience combining the medical and artistic expertise necessary to achieve beautiful results.

What to expect during and after your treatment

For crown lengthening, we use a local anesthetic to numb the gum tissue and the tooth. Depending on your goals, we can perform crown lengthening on one or several teeth in one visit.

Once the anesthetic takes effect, we use special techniques to gently lift and cut away excess gum tissue. Once we remove the tissue, we contour the gums so they look natural. In some instances, we may need to reshape the bone underneath the gum for a satisfying result.

Afterward, it’s normal to have some swelling and discomfort; over-the-counter medications can help, and you can also gently apply ice to your cheek. Keeping your head elevated helps reduce swelling.

We provide you with complete care instructions for cleaning the area, as well as guidance on what to eat and drink during the initial healing period. You come back in for follow-up visits so we can monitor your healing.

Help your smile look its best

Don’t let a gummy smile make you feel self-conscious. To learn how crown lengthening can help, request an appointment online or over the phone with our team at Goodman Dental Center today.

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Ways To Prevent Getting A Cavity

From the time you’re old enough to know what “going to the dentist” is, you’ve probably heard about what you need to do to prevent cavities. Cavities are small holes in the enamel of your teeth, and they allow bacteria to enter and reach the soft dentin of your teeth.Eventually, those bacteria can cause infection, and that can lead to a host of health issues. Your best bet is to avoid allowing the cavities to form at all. At Goodman Dental Group, Dr. Brian Goodman and Dr. Tanner Goodman are happy to provide white fillings should you need them. However, we’d rather you not have cavities to begin with! Here are our best tips to help you prevent cavities. 

Pay attention to how you brush

How often do you mindlessly brush your teeth, quickly, without paying much attention to what you’re doing? The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests you should brush for at least two minutes, at least twice per day, in addition to flossing once. Using a good technique to brush and using the right kind of brush are crucial in order for it to be effective in protecting your teeth.Scrubbing hard isn’t the way to go. Instead, hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to your gum line. Gently, brush back and forth. Focus on one tooth at a time, and try not to make sweeping strokes.When you brush the inside surfaces of your teeth, turn your brush vertical, and use a gentle up and down motion.Choose a brush that has soft bristles and that fits the size of your mouth. Replace your brush every three to four months or when you begin to notice signs of wear, like fraying.You may think brushing right after you eat could help protect your teeth, but the ADA recommends waiting at least an hour. If you do need to brush right after you eat, rinse your mouth with water first. 

Avoid the harmful foods

Sugary foods are bad for your teeth because the bacteria that lead to cavities thrive on sugar. Limit the amount of sugary foods and beverages you consume to protect your teeth.Sticky candy that clings to your teeth for a long time after you eat it can be particularly damaging. Fruit juices, sodas, and other drinks high in sugar can also leave a film of sugar on your teeth.Bread, pasta, chips, and other processed, refined carbohydrates may also be harmful to your dental health. As those foods break down they become simple sugars and that, too, can raise your risk of developing cavities. 

Eat more of the good stuff

Some foods naturally help prevent cavities. Eat more of these to improve your dental health. 

Fruits and vegetables

Carrots, apples, celery, and other crunchy fruits and vegetables cause more saliva production. When you have more saliva, it washes away the food debris that can lead to cavities. 

Calcium, vitamin D, and phosphates

Cheese, milk, and other dairy products may help fortify your teeth and help protect them. Aim for foods that contain calcium, vitamin D, and phosphates. 


Foods that are rich in protein, like meat, nuts, legumes, and eggs contain phosphorus. Phosphorus makes it easier for your body to use calcium, an essential nutrient for healthy teeth. 

Enjoy chewing sugarless gum

Gum helps rinse away the harmful substances on your teeth, and can help you maintain good dental health. The xylitol in sugarless gum may also delay the growth of a specific bacteria that contributes to plaque formation. 

Get professional cleanings regularly

Excellent dental hygiene at home is a key to good oral health; however, it can only take you so far. You also need regular professional cleanings to remove the plaque that builds up, no matter how often or thoroughly you brush.

In addition to keeping your teeth healthy, during regular cleanings, the providers at Goodman Dental Center check for any signs of problems and recommend any necessary preventive treatments. Schedule your next dental cleaning today, by phone or online. 

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Brush your teeth! Bad oral hygiene linked to cancer, heart attacks and renal failure

It’s normal to have bacteria in your mouth. But harmful bacteria have been linked to a host of health problems. Medical scientist Glenda Davison and microbiologist Yvonne Prince, who have researched the oral cavity, explain why it’s so important to practise good oral hygiene.

Can poor oral hygiene lead to serious diseases? Why and how?

Abnormal bacterial communities in the oral cavity have been linked to liver disease, renal failure, cancers, heart disease and hypertension.

The oral cavity is the door to the gastrointestinal tract and the rest of the body.

Like the gut, the mouth is home to several diverse colonies of bacteria, fungi, viruses and protozoa. It’s the second largest microbial community in humans, after the gut.

More than 700 species of microorganisms reside in the mouth. New technologies, such as 16S rRNA analysis, have allowed researchers to study their genetic makeup and family trees.

These microbes are found all over the mouth: in and around the teeth, the gums, tongue, palate and saliva. They usually remain stable during our lifetime but if the balance in the bacterial community is disrupted, harmful bacteria may become dominant. This can lead to bleeding gums and oral diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis.

How do problems in the mouth lead to other illnesses?

Changes in the pH (acidity or alkalinity), temperature and oxygen in the oral cavity are known to lead to abnormal growth of groups of bacteria which are usually harmless. When they become dominant, they can cause disease.

This disruption in the oral biota causes inflammation and the slow development of periodontitis, bleeding gums and tooth decay. As the gum disease destroys the gum and begins to erode the bone, inflammatory molecules called cytokines can enter the blood stream.

These chemicals activate immune cells and can result in low grade chronic inflammation with the development of diseases such as type II diabetes, atherosclerosis or thickening of the arteries and many others, even obesity. The bacteria themselves can also move from the gums into the surrounding tissue and release toxins which can move throughout the body.

Similarly, the gut hosts more than 1,000 species of bacteria which reside in the large intestine and play a vital role in digestion, absorption, immunity and protection against toxins and harmful bacteria.

Human beings cannot live without a healthy, diverse gut biota. If this well-balanced community of microbes is disturbed and not restored, gastrointestinal disorders can be experienced.

Recent research has linked an abnormal gut biome to diseases as diverse as autoimmunity, obesity, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s.

Where do bacteria in the body come from?

It all starts with our microbes, tiny organisms which share our bodies and are vital to the health of human beings. There are 39 trillion microbes in the human body, outnumbering the estimated 30 trillion human cells, and they inhabit almost every organ and crevice in the human body. They can be found in the gut, skin, lung, seminal and vaginal fluid, eyes, scalp and mouth.

Each of these habitats has its own environment, attracting different organisms which adapt to their surroundings and make it their home. They live in synergy with each other and the surrounding tissue. If this relationship is disrupted it can result in disease.

Most of these microbes come from our mothers and enter our bodies when we are born. The womb is sterile but as the baby moves down the birth canal and enters the outside world, bacteria and other microbes occupy the newborn infant and create a unique ecosystem called the human microbiome.

As we grow and begin to explore the world, these microorganisms become more diverse and varied and are influenced by our diets, lifestyles, interactions with animals and the environment. It is important to maintain this balance to reduce the risk of developing disease.

What should people do to avoid these risks?

Good dental hygiene includes regular dental check-ups, preventing the build-up of plaque by brushing your teeth regularly, and avoiding foods high in carbohydrates and sugar, which can lead to increased tooth decay and cavities.

To further support the balance of the bacteria in the mouth it is recommended that foods rich in antioxidants, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, are included in our diet.

Dentists also recommend avoiding the use of antibacterial mouth washes, which have been shown to disrupt the balance of microbes. Overuse can lead to disturbances and stimulate species of bacteria that could cause disease.

Elevated levels of stress and lack of exercise have also been linked to disruptions in the balance of the oral biota. So a well balanced diet with enough rest, accompanied by good dental hygiene, is recommended.

The mouth is the door to the gut and the rest of the body. Ensuring the harmony of the microbes that live there is important to reduce the risk of disease.

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