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Should A Tooth Extration Hurt?

In a perfect world, you would keep all your natural teeth for your whole life. There are certain cases, however, where a tooth extraction is the best thing for your health. Wisdom teeth extractions are common. A tooth might also need to come out if it has severe decay or trauma. Does this process hurt?


We’ll always provide pain management during extractions. For a simple extraction, we’ll numb the area around your tooth with a local anesthetic. You’ll remain awake, but you’ll just feel pressure as we pull the tooth. It should not hurt. If the extraction is more complicated, dental sedation is an option. During our preparations, we’ll discuss your medical history and determine what kind of sedation works best for you.


What about after your tooth is removed? We’ll provide instructions on what you should (and shouldn’t ) do after an extraction. For many people, over-the-counter pain relievers are all that’s needed. We also often prescribe pain medication, which you should always take only as directed. After the numbing agent wears off, you may feel some discomfort and swelling for the next 24 hours. If the pain is severe, please contact us.

by Seastone Dental

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Health Issues That Stem From Teeth

From a young age we learn that neglecting our teeth can cause problems with our gums, and that brushing twice a day and a regular flossing regime can help prevent bacteria and cavities starting to form.

What most of us are never taught however is that dental health is actually one of the cornerstones of keeping the body and organs healthy too.

This is especially true if someone has certain medical conditions or auto-immune problems.

It is now known that the whole body is linked and your teeth are a pivotal part of that so when something becomes infected in the teeth, gums or jaw it can actually get into the bloodstream and begin to change our blood cell balance leading potentially to some extremely serious conditions such as organ failure or heart disease, and highly exacerbating those already present such as auto-immune conditions like diabetes, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

The good news is that this is a much researched area now and dental practitioners are always on the alert for tell-tale signs that in the past may have gone unnoticed.

The following is a list of conditions known to be affected by poor oral health.

Heart Disease and Stroke

These two extremely serious implications are placed together as the cause of both from a dental angle is usually the same.

The best guess for higher rates of causality is that periodontitis builds up and then ultimately releases into the bloodstream creating greater inflammation in the walls of the arteries leading to either brain or heart.

If this inflammation plaque build-up gets too much it can then become detached and block the artery leading to stroke in the arteries leading to the brain, or heart disease and potential heart attack in the arteries leading to the heart.


Going hand in hand with heart disease atherosclerosis is the name for the condition of decreased blood flow through the arteries due to a thickening of the artery wall caused by plaques, it is a leading cause of stroke and heart attack.


The endocardium is the inner lining of the chambers and valves of the heart, and this can also become inflamed and infected over time by plaques carried in the blood from other areas of the body including the gums.


Diabetes, especially for newer sufferers may be less controlled, and at these times periodontal disease is more likely to be an issue. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone areas that hold the teeth rigidly, and this causes effects such as halitosis (bad breath) tooth loss, and mild to severe pain.

Diabetes will also increase the sugar production level within your saliva potentially causing oral thrush, a fungal infection causing patchiness and potentially a significant amount of pain.


The bacteria caused by gingivitis can access the brain through either the nerve channel or the bloodstream and is a primary cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

Respiratory infection

When the bacterial build-up is significant and we are inhaling it all day every day, this can substantially impact lung health and performance, as well as heighten the chance of pneumonia.

Kidney disease

If a patient is suffering from Kidney Disease, then their immune system is likely to be weaker and therefore they will be more susceptible to tooth and gum infections, creating a cyclical relationship between the disease and the dental implications as both make the other worse.

Sjogren’s Syndrome

Another of the auto-immune conditions, Sjogren’s is often linked to other auto-immune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, and causes a patients eyes and mouth to be dryer than normal, this causes issues with chewing function and can easily lead to difficulty maintaining high standards of oral health. Patients are much more likely to develop oral thrush.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

The relationship between dental health and rheumatoid arthritis is a frequent one and as such has been at the forefront of studies in this area.

As far back as Hippocrates there are records of ‘pulling out the teeth’ as a treatment option for arthritis, and this does have some theoretical backing, but of course we now know that it's a terrible idea for gum health.

The common understanding is that periodontal conditions can stimulate rheumatoid arthritis, as well as the condition itself making it harder to maintain optimal oral health routines such as brushing and flossing.


Common side effects of lupus are chronic ulceration of the lips, as well as lesions appearing on the tongue, lips and mouth areas.

This auto-immune condition also attacks the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands, collectively known as the salivary glands and can lead to dry mouth and an ample environment for bacterial growth.

Lupus in terms of causality is often linked to Sjogren’s Syndrome.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system.

It can cause stiffness in jaw muscles making it very hard to chew and swallow. This in turn increases the likelihood of a patient choking and also causes saliva to pool within the mouth and throat, which leads to infection.

This collectively creates a bacterial overload that can easily lead to severe gum disease which as mentioned can then enter the bloodstream and cause even more serious conditions.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Known more commonly as Lou Gehrig disease, ALS causes muscles to weaken, and progressively weakens physical functioning. This causes brushing and flossing to be difficult.

The condition creates a substantial saliva build-up and greatly increases the chances of plaque and bacteria, potentially leading to gum disease, cavities and pneumonia.


Periodontitis can create a low bone mineral density in the part of the jaw that holds the tooth sockets, this is known as alveolar bone loss and is a significant trait of osteoporosis.

Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s progressively affects the nerve cells within the brain, causing a lack of control in the hands and arms. This leads to difficulty maintaining good oral health and has been shown to lead to much higher levels of gum disease.

Sufferers may also be more prone to bruxism (teeth grinding) and be at much greater risk of developing TMJ disorders, tooth fractures and other resultant factors such as headache or earache.

This list of conditions stemming from from periodontal issues is by no means complete, other notable potential serious outcomes include fibromyalgia, HIV and prostate cancer as well as many others, so please be especially mindful of your dental care as it affects so much more than just your smile.

by Life Dental & Wellbeing

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Five Facts You May Not Know About Wisdom Teeth

People have many opinions when it comes to wisdom teeth. Most times, they visit the dentist with notions regarding the eruption and extraction of wisdom teeth, some of which are incorrect.

Five important facts you may not know about wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth have outlived their usage in modern adults

Our mouth has the structure to hold 28 teeth. However, wisdom teeth or the third molars were vital for humanity's ancestors. Due to the nature of their diet, they needed additional teeth to chew and process foods in the mouth. They also did not have good oral hygiene and dental care, which often caused tooth loss while they were still young. When they reached teenage years or adolescence, the wisdom teeth would erupt. The extra set of teeth would be vital for normal oral functions.

Nowadays, wisdom teeth are not as important. Our diets are different, and the additional set of teeth are no longer needed to process foods. Experts recommend you go for a wisdom teeth extraction once you notice any issue with their eruption, such as impaction.

Wisdom teeth eruption can cause halitosis

You already know that erupting wisdom teeth can be accompanied by a great deal of pain. However, you may not know that they can also cause halitosis or bad breath. During the process of breaking out from the gums, they can cause tears that trap food particles and bacteria. As the particles decay and the bacteria grow, the patient may start to notice persistent halitosis, even after brushing the teeth. This may be an excellent reason to consider wisdom teeth extraction.

Wisdom teeth can disrupt normal teeth alignment

You may have worked tirelessly to achieve a beautiful smile through orthodontic treatment and teeth whitening. However, once wisdom teeth start erupting, they can disrupt the position of other teeth, especially if there is not enough space on the jaw to accommodate them. This could hamper the beauty of your smile and cause teeth crowding. The wisdom teeth may need to be removed to restore normalcy.

Impacted wisdom teeth hardly ever erupt

Not all wisdom teeth make it out of the gums. Some get impacted, meaning they are trapped in the jawbone or blocked by other teeth. This often happens when the wisdom teeth come in at an awkward angle. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe pain and will need to be removed through a surgical procedure.

Wisdom teeth extraction is not as painful as you thought

Many people may have mentioned that the process of extracting wisdom teeth is painful and debilitating. That is not always so if you undergo the procedure with a professional and experienced dentist. The dental expert will ensure maximum comfort during the procedure by administering anesthesia and other forms of sedation dentistry.

Final note

If you suspect that your wisdom teeth are coming in, you should book an appointment with your dentist to have them checked. If they are bound to cause trouble, the dentist will suggest extraction to prevent the pain of eruption and impaction.

by Facial Spectrum

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Why Your Mouth is Having Unexpected Dental Pains?

There are tons of factors that can cause teeth pain suddenly. Whether you have a broken tooth or swelling in the gums, it can interfere with your everyday activities. It can also cause trouble while speaking or eating food.

In case of dental emergencies, contact Glastonbury dentist at Steven F. Hinchey, DMD for a quick appointment and excellent dental care. The skilled and dedicated emergency team is available 24*7 to evaluate and fix your situation.

Causes of Sudden Tooth Pain

Below are the reasons why your teeth have severe pain:

Exposure to Extreme Cold or Heat

Exposed teeth nerves or worn out enamel causes tooth sensitivity. Thus when you drink or consume something with extremely higher or low temperatures, you feel a sudden pain in the tooth.

Crowded Teeth

Crowded teeth can happen naturally or due to genetics. It can cause pain sensation in mouth and jaw misalignment. Other signs associated with it include changes in teeth over time, crooked teeth, or pain in the back of the mouth. Remember, it is not just restricted to the mouth, patients may also face headaches.

Gum Recession

With time gum tissues in our mouth start wearing out. Moreover, when you use an old or hard toothbrush, it puts a lot of pressure on the teeth and gums. This causes gum recession that leaves teeth roots exposed.

It makes you more prone to severe tooth infection or gum disorders. You can brush gently daily using teeth sensitive toothpaste to drive bacteria away.

Enamel Erosion

Enamel is the first line of defense for teeth against diverse chemicals they get exposed to form body fluid and food. However, dentin hypersensitivity causes lots of discomfort while eating highly acidic food. Due to this, enamel starts wearing out.

This causes sharp pain when you bite certain foods. Remember, enamel erosion takes a very long time. Thus, if you already dealing with enamel erosion, you can prevent it from becoming more problematic.

Tooth Decay

Decay starts when some oral bacteria multiply and generate higher acid levels. Once it starts progressing to cause an infection, you experience tooth pain. Without treatment, the bacteria may also cause a dental abscess in the pulp. It typically makes the tooth more painful than ever before.

Gum Infection

Sometimes sudden tooth pain is also caused by an infection in the gums. Did you know periodontal disease affects more than 47% of adults over age 30? It attacks the tissue that keeps the teeth linked to the gums.

If left ignored, it can progress to a much more severe gum condition known as periodontitis. If you have periodontitis, do not wait to speak to your dental expert for emergency dental care.

Cracked/Damaged Tooth or Crown

A cracked tooth or crown causes teeth exposed to the sensitive inner layers. This causes sensitivity when you bite food. It also triggers tooth pain. Remember, the longer the pain stays, the more serious is the damage.

Sinus Infection

Pain in teeth and jaw is also a sign of sinus infection. As your sinuses become inflamed due to infection, they can compress the nerve endings of teeth.

You may also feel the ache on either side of your nose, between your eyes, in upper teeth and jaws, and your forehead. Life is too short to struggle with this kind of infection. Visit an emergency dentist near you for urgent dental care to ease your signs.


Grinding jaws are caused by sleep disorders, tension, or bite problems. Grinding teeth while sleeping cause wear and tear of enamel and cause crack. It also results in chronic tooth sensitivity.

When to See a Doctor?

There are certain symptoms that you should never ignore them. Visit your emergency dentist right away if you experience the following dental emergencies:

Throbbing pain that does not go away

Migraine or thunderclap headache that extends to the teeth

Tooth pain that lasts for 48 hours+

Have developed hypersensitive teeth overnight

Fever that seems to coincide with the toothache

There is a myriad of reasons why you might feel a sudden pain in your teeth. The sooner you fix it, the better it is for your oral as well as overall health. Emergency dentistry in Glastonbury CT will offer a quick dental procedure to relieve your pain.

by Steven F Hinchey DMD

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Ear Pain? Headaches? Dizziness? It Could Be Your Teeth

It has been ingrained in all of us that when we experience pain we should see our doctor. However, did you know that your dentist is considered a doctor? In face, she or he may actually be the first person you should visit if you experience frequent headaches, dizziness, or ear pain. Most physicians are trained to treat the symptoms that their patients experience and complain of. For example, patients with recurring headaches typically receive a prescription for a pain reliever and possibly a muscle relaxer.

However, while pain meds may work for a while, if the underlying cause of your symptoms is not found then your pain will continue – and usually get worse. If you are experiencing constant headaches, ear pain or ringing, or unexplained dizziness then it is time to call Muccioli Dental. Drs. Lydia and Randy Muccioli are experienced doctors of dentistry who offer effective relief of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), which is the most common cause of these symptoms.

The most common factors in TMD are clenching the jaw, grinding the teeth, and malocclusion (a bad bite). All three of these factors put an enormous amount of stress on the temporomandibular joint, which sends referred pain to other locations throughout the skull. In many cases, a physician is actually unwittingly steered away from a proper diagnosis because patients may complain of pain at the base of the skull – having nothing seemingly to do with the TM joint. However, at Muccioli Dental we are extremely familiar with TMD and how its pain can radiate anywhere in the head, neck, and even shoulders. If you are suffering from any sort of headache pain, ear pain, or dizziness please contact Muccioli Dental for a precise diagnosis.

Muccioli Dental is a comprehensive dental practice that offers safe and effective treatment for TMD. You do not need to continue suffering or increasing your pain medication simply because you have not found relief. Let our well renowned dentists expertly diagnose and treat your issues. Call today.

by Muccioli Dental

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All About Herpes in the Mouth

Of all the possible sores found in the mouth and on the lips, some of the most common ones are caused by herpes, a type of sexually transmitted infection (STI). Read on to learn how prevalent herpes inside the mouth is, how it's contracted, and what treatments can relieve the symptoms.

How Common Is Herpes in the Mouth?

According to the World Health Organization, about 67 percent of the world's population lives with a herpes infection (HSV-1). During 2015-2016, data from the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimated that the prevalence of HSV-1 among Americans was 47.8 percent.

How Is Herpes in Your Mouth Contracted?

Oral herpes can be easily transmitted from one person to another by contact, such as kissing and shared utensils or toothbrushes. Children often contract the virus because of their curiosity and their affinity for exploring objects with their mouths.

Once a person contracts HSV-1, it can lie dormant for months or years. Factors such as stress, excess exposure to sunlight, and trauma to the lips and oral cavity may cause a breakout of sores on the lips and mouth. Female patients may also experience an outbreak in the mouth due to the hormonal changes initiated by menstruation.

Where Does It Occur?

Herpes in the mouth is located mostly on the lips or near the mouth. However, sores may also appear elsewhere on the face, tongue, or gums. Make sure to practise good hygiene and avoid touching the sores or picking at scabs when sores are healing, to prevent the virus from spreading to other parts of your body.

What Exams and Treatments Are Available for HSV-1?

Oral herpes can be difficult to diagnose. It is often confused with many other infections and can only be confirmed with a virus culture called PCR, blood test, or biopsy. The treatment for each case of oral herpes may vary due to factors such as severity and location.

Symptoms could last from seven to 10 days in the first outbreak. Subsequent outbreaks may heal completely in eight to 10 days. Medications can sometimes eliminate symptoms faster than if they were left to heal without intervention. Ask your physician or dentist about over-the-counter and prescription antiviral medications that can be used to treat herpes.

Medication is most effective when the symptoms are just starting (prodromal stage) and can stop the virus if treated early. However, once herpes in the mouth forms raised, blister-like lesions known as vesicles, the medication will likely not be as effective.

Talk to your primary care physician or dental professional if you suspect a herpes outbreak in or around your mouth. They will be able to properly diagnose your condition and help get you on the road to recovery and a pain-free smile.

by Colgate

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What Is Causing Your Mouth Pain And What Can You Do?

Mouth pain has many possible sources, including injuries, sores and certain diseases. Keep reading to learn the potential causes of your mouth pain.


You may experience some pain in your mouth if you have had an accident, such as falling over and biting your your lip or tongue. This can cause discomfort and tenderness on the inside of your mouth.

Similarly, you can injure our mouth by biting into food that is too hot. This could result in the roof of your mouth becoming burnt.

Dry Mouth

The salivary glands in your mouth produce saliva that helps to keep your mouth hydrated. If these glands stop producing as much saliva, it causes dry mouth. This can lead to mouth sores or a rough tongue.

In most cases, dry mouth is caused by dehydration but there are other causes, such as certain medications and cancer treatments.

Herpes Simplex Virus

HSV is the virus that causes cold sores

Although cold sores are usually associated with the lips, if you have only recently been infected with the virus, you may develop painful lesions on your tongue, gums and throat.

other symptoms of the virus include:

A sore throat

Swollen lymph nodes

A fever

Muscle aches

Other Infections

As well as HSV, there are other diseases that can cause painful lesions to occur in your mouth:



Hand, foot and mouth disease


Infectious mononucleosis

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a fungal infection and anyone can get it but you will be more prone to infection if you have a weakened immune system or underlying health conditions.

Oral thrush can appear as cream-coloured lesions in many places within your mouth.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can affect many areas of the mouth including:

Roof of the mouth

Insides of the cheeks

Back of the mouth


Salivary glands


Some of the most common symptoms include:

Painful lesions that won’t heal

Lumps or growths

White or red patches inside the mouth

Pain or difficulty swallowing

Numbness in the lower lip, face, neck or chin.

Risk factors include:

HPV infection

Heavy alcohol consumption

A weakened immune system

A family history of cancer

Being male

Home Remedies For Mouth Pain

Take an over the counter painkiller like ibuprofen or paracetamol.

Make a saltwater rinse.

Apply ice.

Avoid spicy, acidic or salty foods.

Drink more fluids.

Avoid smoking.

Brush and floss your teeth gently.

by Newby Dental Practice

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Health Conditions That Can Affect Your Teeth and Gums

Your Mouth, Teeth and Gums Say a Lot About Your General Health

When you go for your routine dental exam, your dentist checks for more than just cavities. That’s because your mouth can signal problems in the rest of your body. From your heart and lungs to your immune system, be aware of these 10 health conditions linked to tooth and gum disease.

1. High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure raises your risk of developing gum disease, so if you have it, you may be more likely to have red and bleeding gums. Medications for high blood pressure can also affect your gums and cause dry mouth, which can lead to tooth decay. One type of blood pressure medication, called an ACE inhibitor, may help keep your mouth healthy as well as your blood pressure down, so talk with your doctor and dentist about treatment options if you have high blood pressure.

2. Heart Disease

Experts think there may be a link between oral health and heart disease, though the nature of it isn’t clear. However, if you have severe gum disease—periodontitis—you are twice as likely to have heart disease. The theory is that bacteria from your inflamed gums can travel through your body and reach your heart, causing cardiovascular problems. The healthier you keep your teeth and gums, the lower your risk of heart disease connected to oral health.

3. Diabetes

Diabetes can cause periodontitis, the severe form of gum disease. Your gums may start to pull away from your teeth, which can make them loose or even fall out. If you have diabetes, you can lower your risk of developing periodontitis by keeping your blood sugar under control. If you have gum disease and diabetes, you probably need to work with a specialist—a periodontist—who may recommend gum surgery. Tell your diabetes team about any gum disease, too, so they can help you keep it under control with good oral hygiene and a healthy diet.

4. Long-Term Kidney Disease

There's a two-way link between long-term kidney disease and severe gum problems. Chronic kidney disease can lead to poor bone health, heart disease, and high blood pressure, all of which have a connection to gum disease. In turn, chronic gum infection can cause inflammation elsewhere in the body, which can further hurt your kidneys. Everyone needs to take care of their teeth and gums, but if you have kidney disease, a minor infection in your mouth could develop into something more serious. Take the best care of your mouth that you can and see your dentist regularly.

5. Lung Disease

Lung diseases like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), bronchitis, and pneumonia may be linked to gum disease, which increases the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth. The bacteria can travel to your lungs and could trigger lung disease. Work with your dentist to keep your gums healthy, and tell your doctor if you have gum disease and lung symptoms like cough or shortness of breath. Smoking makes these problems worse, so if you smoke, discuss a quit smoking plan with your dentist or doctor.

6. Obesity

If you are seriously overweight, you have an increased risk of developing periodontitis. Researchers are not sure that obesity causes periodontitis, but they think inflammation links the two problems. Fat cells produce proteins that trigger inflammation, and gum disease is an inflammatory condition. If you are overweight, work with your doctor to reach and maintain a healthy weight, which will reduce your chance of developing gum disease or other medical conditions associated with obesity.



by Health Grades

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How Does Poor Oral Health Affect Your Stomach?

A human body is a complex machine, which is comprised of several systems that depend upon each other in order to function properly. If you think that you have kept your teeth and gums in a healthy condition then give it a second thought! A good oral hygiene is not only about keeping teeth and gums healthy, it is also essential for your overall health too. Your mouth is an important part as it acts like a gatekeeper of your entire body. Your mouth decides and controls how much everything is going to affect your body. If your oral health is not on right track then it can end up affecting several other orangs of your body too.

Now a question might arise in your mind whether a damaged oral health can have a negative impact on your stomach’s health? Well, the short answer to your question is “yes.” If left untreated then it can lead to several stomach issues such as leading to infection and infiltration in your bloodstream.

A poor oral health can have a havoc effect and can end up resulting in several other health problems too. Such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney problems and so many other health issues. Today in this article we would be discussing how your oral health has got a connection with your stomach’s health. 

There are several digestive problems such as acid reflux, constipation or irregular bowel movements. Digestive problems mainly occur due to several issues includes not chewing the food properly or eating food too quickly. As mentioned above your mouth is the gatekeeper of your body, and this is the place where the physical and chemical digestive process begins. This means the conditions of your teeth and gums can have a direct impact on your digestive health too. Your mouth is part of your digestive system. Similarly, gastrointestinal disorders can have an effect on your oral heath too.

There are many people who suffer from the problem of acid reflux, and this can have an adverse effect on your oral health. The acid present in the stomach will end up wearing your tooth’s enamel away and if such as situation takes place your dentist can recognize this immediately and can advise you with further medications.

At first let us know what are primary causes of rotting teeth, are and how does it effects the stomach.   

What Causes Rotting Teeth?

There are several different types of bacteria that resides in your mouth. With the passage of time this bacteria ends up creating a film over the teeth and can end up causing dental plaque. Consuming foods which consists of high sugars and carbohydrates this gives a golden chance to the bacteria present in your mouth to feed upon these carbs and sugars. When these bacteria produces an acid which ends up wearing away the tooth enamel the harder layer of the tooth present outside.

When this situation occurs cavities begin to form in our teeth. Cavities are a severe problem which occurs on the surface of the tooth and opens into large crevices below the tooth enamel. These cavities may appear black or brown.

After a cavity has formed, our tooth is essentially ‘open’. This means that the dentine, the bone-like matter that sits underneath the enamel, becomes exposed to bacteria and plaque. Because the dentine is soft, it tends to decay quickly once the bacteria makes its way. 

When the dentine gets affected, then bacteria can easily reach to the pulp of your tooth. If such a situation occurs it can cause serious problem, as the pulp of the teeth is the innermost layer of the tooth which consists of blood vessels and nerves which provides the teeth with sensation.

When the bacteria successfully paves its way and reaches the pulp it can cause severe pain and intense pain. During this point of tooth rotting, your tooth and gums becomes much more vulnerable to diseases and infections.

What are the symptoms of plaque teeth?

Tooth decaying, Changes in the gums, such as pain, bleeding, or pus and bone loss, discolored patches on the teeth, cavities, pain in tooth, bad breath, unpleasant taste in the mouth, sensitivity in tooth, abscesses, headaches, gum diseases.

If you notice that the bacteria gets infiltrated in the pulp of your tooth, then you are at the severe risk of developing gum diseases. If the bacteria gets infiltered in the pulp of the tooth, then you are prone to develop gum diseases too. Today decaying can cause infection to form in the gum when bacteria enters that area.

Other than that gingivitis occurs which is a mild form of gum disease. The symptoms of gingivitis includes sore, red, and bleeding gums. If this situation is left untreated, then gingivitis can turn into periodontal disease, which is a more severe presentation of gum disease. If this situation occurs it can cause severe pain, pus, bleeding, tooth wobbling, and if the condition gets severe then it can lead to tooth and bone loss too.

Infection in the pulp of the tooth is also known as an abscess.

A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus which forms either at the tip of the tooth root or in the gums at the side of the tooth root. Symptoms include a throbbing toothache that may spread throughout the head, tooth pain or sensitivity, fever, swelling of the face, swollen lymph nodes around your jaw or neck, and a foul taste in your mouth.

How can plaque teeth affect your gut?

There is a direct connection in between your gut health and your oral health. There are a millions of good bacteria with resides throughout your digestive tract. The microbes helps in influencing your digestion, immune system, metabolism, and hormones. Several researches have shown that these microbes can even play a role in your daily moods and emotions. Your dentist will be most concerned with an imbalance in your microbiome that can affect your oral health.

It is not something new that there are thousands of bacteria which usually leaves in our mouths, and whenever we swallow the foods we end up swallowing thousands of bacteria. Though it might sound gross but the truth is there are other good types of bacteria which helps in protecting good bacteria which causes several oral diseases.

Whenever there is an imbalance of bacteria in the mouth, and when there is too much of bad bacteria in comparison to good bacteria then these bad bacteria not only affects your teeth but these bad bacteria also affects your stomach’s health too. 

If you do not take care of your oral health, then bad bacteria thrives in your mouth. Whenever you consume food you end up swallowing too many bacteria and this can eventually effect your digestive system. Studies have also shown a clear link between oral disease and systemic disease, with oral pathogens linked to rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cardiovascular disease.

Can bad oral health cause stomach problems?

Plaque teeth has got a link with several stomach related problems. If you are not having a healthy mouth then it could end up leading to two main stomach issues such as inflammatory bowel disease and digestive irregularities and both of these problems arises due to the results of plaque teeth.  

If the case gets severe such as untreated tooth decay and infection then sepsis may occur, which are present with gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.

Unhealthy mouth and IBD:

There are two conditions which falls under the IBD banner; first is Ulcerative Colitis and second is Crohn’s Disease. Both of these conditions are present as inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. Studies have shown that there is an overgrowth of harmful foreign bacteria in the stomachs of those who are suffering from IBD. It was also seen that gum inflammation also results into inflammation in stomach and this in turn creates a detrimental effect on the over health.    

There are two main reasons due to which the bacteria present in the mouth can end up worsening your stomach’s health. Severe gum disease can end up creating can imbalance in mouth’s microbiome and this in turn leads to the increase of bacteria that leads to gum inflammation. This bacteria reaches down the stomach and ends up causing inflammation in the area.   

Stomachs can usually resists the buildup of harmful bacteria, but the increasing amounts of this bad bacteria can misbalance the health of the stomach enormously by killing the healthy bacteria. If a situation like this occurs then it ends up weakening the ability to fight against the disease causing bacteria.    

If you are more prone to gum diseases then it can activate the immune system’s T cells in our mouths. These cells then travels down to the stomach, where these cells can exacerbate stomach inflammation massively.

Oral health and digestion:

Digestion starts the moment after you begin to eat or drink. In fact, your salivary glands jump into action at the mere sight of food. These salivary glands helps in breaking down food in our mouths and this is done by secreting enzymes that chip away at starches and fats. These enzymes then lubricate food from the esophagus to the stomach and help to continually break down food particles through the digestive process.

Without functioning, healthy teeth, we cannot adequately tear, grind, and chew our food properly for further digestion. If we swallow food that hasn’t been chewed properly, then the larger food particles enter the digestive tract, and this in turn can cause issues such as gas, bloating, constipation, and food reactions.

Rotted teeth often cause pain or sensitivity, which makes chewing very difficult. In many cases, rotted teeth also change the function of our bite. In other words, rotted teeth also prevents us from chewing and breaking down our food before we swallow. This often results in digestive discomfort.

Can a Toothache Cause Diarrhea?

Not all toothaches become serious health concerns and diarrhea is not a common symptom which is associated with toothaches.

However, diarrhea can be a sign that your tooth infection is spreading through the body via your bloodstream.

If tooth decay is the cause of your diarrhea, then it may be accompanied by other symptoms such as: headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, dizziness, flushing, face swelling, very dark urine, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, and stomach pain.


#1. Does oral health affect the gut?

The oral microbiome might have a great effect on the health of the gastrointestinal system. This has been reported in dental and medical journals of high impact.

#2. Does your teeth affect your gut?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and digestive irregularities are the two main stomach issues which arises due to the results of rotting teeth. In cases of severe, untreated tooth decay and infection, sepsis may result, which can present with gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.

#3. What role do teeth play in digestive system?

Your teeth are also part of the digestive process. Teeth break down food for swallowing and further digestion. The incisors, which are located in the middle front of the lower and upper jaws, cut and gnaws the food into smaller pieces. The molars, in the back of the mouth, grind and chew the food further for a better digestion.

by Smile Craft Dental

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Five Ways To Ease A Toothache

Typically, toothaches have two main causes: when cavity damages the inside of the tooth and exposes a nerve ending before it is dead, and when fibers holding down your tooth at the socket become infected. Other causes of toothaches are the growth of a wisdom tooth or decay or gum recession.

It’s safe to say a toothache is one of the most uncomfortable and sometimes, one of the most painful feelings you will ever experience.  Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 ways to help you ease a toothache in the sometimes inevitable event of one.

You should know that though remedies exist to help ease a toothache, the best thing you can do is go see a dentist to fix the problem. The following remedies can only alleviate the pain, but the problem still remains without proper treatment.

1.- Rinse Your Mouth with Warm Water

This isn’t guaranteed to give you instant relief, but it does help to clean your mouth and get rid of food bits stuck in your teeth that might be bothering the painful spot. If the water is too cold or hot, it can make the pain worse. So, be sure the temperature of the water is lukewarm.

2.- Apply a Warm Tea Bag on the Area

The natural tannins in the tea can help numb the pain. Make sure the tea bag is warm, not hot, so it doesn’t hurt your teeth further. Try not to overdo its use because it can stain your teeth. This remedy is especially helpful for swelling or irritation of your gums.

3.- Try a Peroxide Rinse

This can be very helpful in removing contaminants and helps to limit the growth of bacteria. It’s especially good for impacted teeth and infections in your mouth. You can use it for some relief, until you are able to see a dentist. But be sure not to use it more than three times in a day and more than five days in a roll. This is because it can make your teeth get very sensitive.

4.- Rinse Your Mouth with Salt Water

This popular remedy for toothaches helps to kill bacteria and make your toothache feel better. It also helps to prevent your tooth from getting infected. To apply, you should mix 1 tablespoon of salt in a medium-sized glass of warm water. Swirl around your mouth for a maximum of five minutes and spit out of your mouth. Avoid swallowing the water in the process.

5.- Garlic

Researchers believe since allicin, an oily liquid in garlic, has been used to heal diseased teeth in children, it can help ease a toothache. So you can either chew on a piece of garlic or place chopped bits on your tooth to help ease a toothache.

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Toothache, Bad Breath Or Teeth Decay?

Dental problems are common today and the blame often goes to poor lifestyle choices and inadequate dental care practices. It is a fact that many people believe that poor lifestyle choices are to be blamed for the poor dental health of an individual. Lack of a dental healthcare regime and improper eating habits are believed to be the leading cause of tooth decay.

However, a recent study indicates that the genes may also have a role to play in our oral health. According to recent research by Anthropology and Dentistry, genetic factors are involved in a whopping 60 per cent of tooth decay cases.

While the researchers still have to come up with a comprehensive study regarding this but certain recent reports are indicating that there is a close relation between tooth decay and genetics in several essential ways.

Oral diseases may be inherited

Several factors such as the shape of our head, face, jaw, and mouth are governed by our genes. In many instances, children inherit the same jaw line or jaw size as their parents. Therefore, it is a possibility that the children may have same oral health issues astheir parents. Some such issues are

Oral cancer

Gum disease

Misaligned teeth

Genetic oral abnormalities such as cleft palate like their parents.

A little care can go a long way

While genetics does have a role to play in our dental structure and put us at a high risk for a few diseases but most oral health issues are preventable. Shedding more light on this, Dr. Mohender Narula, Dental expert & Co-founder, MyDentalPlan Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. says, ""Oral disease such as gingivitis can be hereditarily transferred and needs extra attention if the family has a history.

Although, regardless of our genetic makeup, oral problems like cavities are preventable." Further, speaking about maintaining good oral health, Dr Narula says, "Following a good dental health regime and avoiding certain foods can go a long way in ensuring perfect teeth and oral health."

A few tips for you

Remember to brush twice a day for two minutes.

Use a soft dentist recommended brush.

Use toothpaste that has fluoride.

Drink enough water to stay hydrated.

Visit a dentist twice a year. It helps in receiving targeted approach towards oral wellness and can also recognise significant issues at very initial stage.

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What Are the Most Effective Oral Hygiene Tools? Researchers Put the Tools to the Test!

A recent study has sought to find out once and for all which oral hygiene tools are the best for our oral health. Mixed information exists currently on which tools are effective. The study was able to categorize each tool as being either positive, negative, or neutral to our oral health.

Looking after our oral health is incredibly important. Strong oral hygiene is the best way of avoiding painful and expensive visits to the dentist.But many people ask which oral tools and equipment are effective, and which are not. Now, researchers from the University at Buffalo have carried out a study aiming to find this out.Their findings are very useful. This is because it gives the public knowledge on the best ways to have strong oral hygiene. Therefore, this research helps to maximize our chances of keeping a healthy mouth.

The different tools available

There is no shortage of available tools for oral health. Therefore, it can be difficult to know which tools are the most effective. After all, it would be unrealistic to use them all.The researchers noted that it was important to complete a study in this area. Oral health is a problematic area for so many people. Poor oral hygiene can cause cavities.Gum disease is also major problem. Gum disease is very common, with research showing that approximately 90% of the world’s population has some form of gum disease.If cavities and gum disease are left untreated, infections, bleeding gums, tooth loss and bone problems are potential consequences.Most people use a toothbrush, though both manual and electrical ones exist. Some people floss to remove particles of food caught between teeth.Then there are mouthwashes, probiotics, and various ingredients that are added to oral health products. All of these areas were analyzed in this study.

The Research

The research was published in October’s issue of The Journal of the International Academy of Periodontology. Researchers from the University at Buffalo carried out the study.Moreover, the researchers put various oral hygiene tools and ingredients to the test. They used pre-existing research, different scenarios and other research methods to see the impact each intervention had on the mouth.The results produced three different areas. Firstly, effective tools. Secondly, tools that had a somewhat positive impact, but not enough to justify their daily use. Finally, negative tools.

Effective Tools

• Toothbrush: Unsurprisingly, the gold standard of oral health is the toothbrush. The toothbrush plays a main role in oral hygiene. Both electric and manual toothbrushes were effective, with very little between the two.• Inter-dental brushes: Inter-dental brushes that are used to floss between teeth were also praised for being highly-effective. Moreover, they are an effective way of removing anything stuck between the teeth.• Water Pick: Water picks are an excellent way of clearing anything stuck in the teeth. They release water at a rapid rate, helping to clear any blockages. Because of this, they have proven to be popular with consumers.• Chlorhexidine in mouthwash: Chlorhexidine can be a key ingredient of mouthwash. This study backed up previous research, which found that mouthwashes containing Chlorhexidine can result in a “moderate” reduction in gum disease. However, Chlorhexidine can cause tooth discoloration with prolonged use.• Cetylpyridinium: Cetylpyridinium is a compound that is used across various oral products. For instance, toothpaste, mouthwash and some lozenges. The researchers found it was very effective at reducing gum disease and preventing plaque. However, Cerylpyridinium does cause staining in a small number of users.• Listerine Mouthwash: As one of the world’s most instantly-recognizable brands, it isn’t surprising that Listerine’s mouthwash products that contained essential oils were deemed effective. Furthermore, another study concluded there was “strong evidence” that Listerine was excellent for protecting against plaque and reducing gum disease.

Tools that have mixed evidence

While there were many positives outlined above, there were some tools and ingredients that didn’t provide enough evidence to justify their use on a daily basis.• Scaling: Scaling is when a dentist uses a special tool to remove plaque and tartar (solid plaque) around the gum-line. They also usually do something called root planing, which aids the gums. Because of inconsistent results, the researchers did not consider this tool to be positive.• Probiotics: The researchers found probiotics produced inconsistent results. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are consumed through a product. For instance, Yakult. Probiotics is a promising area, but it hasn’t been researched enough yet to draw conclusions. The conclusions of the authors echo the existing body of research.• Tea-tree oil, green tea mouthwashes: Tea-tree oil and green tea are ingredients that are being added to many products. Because of their properties as being natural, they are popular. However, the researchers found they provided limited effectiveness.• Hexetidine: Hexeditine is an antibacterial ingredient that is primarily used in mouthwash products. Oraldene is the most well-known brand including hexetidine. However, when the researchers tested it, the results weren’t too positive.


The Negative

The researchers only found that one key ingredient produced negative results. This was Triclosan.Triclosan is very effective for reducing plaque and gum disease. However, Triclosan has been linked to reproductive defects and some forms of cancer.Consequently, Triclosan has been removed from the majority of toothpastes. The findings of the authors backup existing research.

What does this study show us?

This study shows the importance of strong hygiene. It shows that we can keep things simple by using a few different products. Therefore, there is no need to make things too complex.All of the areas deemed effective should be used regularly. For instance, mouthwash products with the aforementioned ingredients can be used as an adjunct to using a toothbrush and inter-dental brush.As a result, Eva Volman, an author of the study, said she hoped the evidence from the study was “comprehensive, readable and uniquely helpful to all oral health professionals, as well as patients” .

by Savanna Dental

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Psst! You Might Only Be Cleaning 60% of Your Teeth! Here’s How to Clean the Rest

If you were to bathe yet only wash from your feet to the bottom of your rib cage, would you say that you were clean? Of course not.

Yet many people think they’re doing just fine by only cleaning 60% of their teeth’s total surfaces. They may brush twice daily, but that still leaves 40% covered with the sticky biofilm we call plaque. To clean that, you’ve got to floss. Every day. Most Americans don’t.

Unsurprisingly, about half of all Americans struggle with gum disease, a condition that raises your risk of many systemic health problems: heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cognitive decline, cancer, and more.

But those who regularly clean between their teeth have better oral health: less gum disease, fewer cavities, and fewer missing teeth. Flossing, you may be happy to know, isn’t the only way of going about it.

For Those Who Hate Flossing, You’ve Got Alternatives

Don’t get us wrong: Flossing is fantastic – when done with the proper technique (which looks like this). It’s not hard; it’s just easy to rush and wind up doing a less-than-stellar job.

Fortunately, there are other tools that can make it easier to ensure that your whole mouth gets clean each and every day. Two of these in particular have good evidence supporting their use as either floss alternatives or additions to flossing that have the power to take your oral health to a higher level: interdental brushes and oral irrigators.

Interdental brushes are small round or conical brushes designed to slip into the space between teeth so you can brush their sides, as well as the top of the sulcus. That’s the clinical name for the natural space between the tooth and gum – a space that can deepen into a periodontal pocket as gum disease progresses, a great hideout for harmful bacteria.

Small and flexible, most patients find interdental brushes – sometimes called soft picks or proxy brushes – much easier to handle and more comfortable than floss. This is likely why people tend to clean better and more thoroughly with them. One of the most recent reviews of studies comparing different cleaning tools found that interdental brushes are “at least as good if not superior to floss in reducing plaque and gingivitis.”

The other nice thing about interdental brushes is that you can simultaneously use them to apply natural antimicrobials to your teeth and gums – ozonated oil, for instance, or botanical products such as the Dental Herb Company’s Tooth & Gum Tonic, an herbal mouthwash.

Like interdental brushes, an oral irrigator such as a Waterpik or Hydrofloss unit, is much easier to use than floss. You simply aim the streaming water between your teeth and into the sulcus.

In addition to cleaning, an oral irrigator also stimulates the gum tissue. This helps strengthen it and increase blood flow to it. More blood means more oxygen, and most oral pathogens hate that. They thrive in low-oxygen environments, like those periodontal pockets we mentioned before, which is one reason why bacteria love to colonize there.

An irrigator actually allows you to flush those pockets, clearing out the bad bugs and their acidic waste. For even more cleaning power, use ozonated water or add herbal antimicrobials to fluoride-free water (diluted blends, NOT pure essential oils).

For the Best Oral Health Outcomes…

According to a 2023 study in the Journal of Periodontology, both interdental brushes and oral irrigators proved effective at improving gum health and reducing inflammatory markers associated with periodontal disease.

But truly and ultimately, the specific tools you use are less important than the fact that you use them correctly and every day. Toothbrushing alone just isn’t going to cut it. As the authors of one 2019 paper put it, the evidence suggests that indeed, it does.

interdental cleaning aids are augmented in their effectiveness by the addition of a toothbrush; conversely a toothbrush has less effect on reducing plaque and inflammation levels when used alone. A combination of the brushing and interdental cleaning improves oral health outcomes.

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All You Need To Know About Dental Abscess

dental abscess is a pocket of pus that grows inside the teeth or gums. The abscess naturally occurs from a bacterial infection and usually, has collected in the soft pulp of the tooth. The abscess can emerge at several regions of the tooth for numerous reasons. 


Severe, continuous toothache that can radiate to the jawbone, neck, or ear

Teeth become sensitive to hot and cold food/beverages

Feeling pain during chewing or biting

Gums can bleed



Face or cheek becomes swollen

Swollen and soft lymph nodes under your jaw or neck

The dirty smell from your mouth

Problem while breathing or swallowing


Generally, there are three types of dental abscess:

Gingival abscess: This type of abscess is just in the gum tissue and does not attack the tooth.

Periodontal abscess: This abscess begins in the supporting bone tissue structures of your teeth.

Periapical abscess: The abscess starts in the soft pulp of the tooth.


Poor oral health- Bacteria makes entry through a dental cavity or cracks in the tooth and reaches the root. This causes swelling and inflammation and gives birth to an abscess.

Intake of sugar items too often- Frequently having foods/drinks rich in sugar can cause tooth abscess.

Dry mouth- A dry mouth can raise your chance of tooth decay and gradually develop an abscess.

Dental surgery- Complications during dental surgery can even be a major cause.

Dental trauma- This oftentimes can result in a dental abscess.

Brushing and flossing vigorously- Doing these both repeatedly can also result in a dental abscess. 


If you experience any symptoms of a dental abscess, you should visit a dentist without any delay. Treatments may include:

Incision: The dentist makes a small cut in the abscess to drain the pus, which includes bacteria. 

Treating a Periapical abscess: Root canal treatment is used to remove the abscess. 

Treating a Periodontal abscess: In this case, the dentist drains the abscess and cleans the periodontal pockets. 

Extraction: If your dentist cannot save your tooth, it will have to be removed.

Medications: Over the counter, painkillers may help reduce some pain temporarily. Your dentist may also recommend a few antibiotics.


Avoiding tooth decay is vital to prevent tooth abscess. Henceforth–

Always have fluoridated drinking water.

Brush your teeth twice with fluoridated toothpaste.

Do floss your teeth daily.

Try to use an antiseptic or fluoride mouth-wash. 

Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months, especially when the bristles are worn/frayed.

Always eat healthy and nutritious food. 

Lessen your sugary stuff and between-meal snacks.

Go for routine visits to your dentist for your dental cleanings.

by Emmy Dental Of Cypress

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Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Eat Sugar?

What’s that sharp pain you feel in your teeth when you indulge in your favourite candy or dessert? You may be experiencing tooth sensitivity, a common dental issue that affects many people. Tooth sensitivity can range from mild discomfort to severe pain and can make eating or drinking certain foods and beverages difficult.

Your teeth may be sensitive to sugar because of cavities, erosion of your enamel, or receding gums. You can manage tooth sensitivity with positive dental hygiene habits and dental visits for a cleaning every 6 months.

You can indulge in your favourite sweets without permanently damaging your teeth by staying on top of your dental health, but when you do notice sensitivity or other signs of issues like cavities, it’s important to pay attention to them and visit your dentist to address them with treatment.

Sugar & Tooth Decay

One of the main reasons why your teeth may hurt when you eat sugar is due to tooth decay. The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar, producing acids that attack your enamel, the protective layer of your teeth. Over time, this can lead to cavities, which can cause pain and sensitivity in your teeth.

Practicing good oral hygiene is essential for preventing tooth decay, including brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Enamel Erosion

Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth that protects the sensitive dentin and pulp underneath. As enamel erodes, the sensitive layers of your teeth can be exposed, leading to tenderness when you eat sweets.

Acidic foods and drinks, such as soda, citrus fruits, and vinegar, can erode your enamel, exposing the underlying dentin and causing tooth sensitivity. Limiting your intake of acidic foods and drinks is vital for preventing enamel erosion. You should also rinse your mouth with water after consuming them and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth to allow your enamel to reharden.

Receding Gums (Gum Disease)

Gum recession often occurs as a result of gum disease. When gingivitis and other issues affecting your gum line go untreated, your gums can pull back from your teeth, exposing the roots, which are more sensitive because they lack enamel. 

Sugar can aggravate teeth affected by receding gums, causing pain and sensitivity when it comes into contact with the exposed root. To prevent receding gums, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing gently and avoiding tobacco products.

How To Manage Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth can affect anyone and can be caused by various factors, such as aggressive brushing, gum disease, and a high-sugar diet. Fortunately, there are methods that can help manage and reduce tooth sensitivity.

Identify the Cause

The first step in managing tooth sensitivity is to identify the root cause. A visit to your dentist can help you determine the underlying issue causing your tooth sensitivity. If sugar is the primary reason for tooth discomfort, your dentist can provide advice on maintaining good oral health and may recommend you limit your intake of sugary foods.

Use Desensitizing Toothpaste

Sensitive teeth can benefit from desensitizing toothpaste, which can help relieve pain and discomfort by blocking the tiny channels in your teeth that lead to the nerves beneath the enamel.

While desensitizing toothpaste can't undo existing damage, it may help prevent future oral health issues. 

Desensitizing toothpaste shouldn’t be considered a substitute for oral care. It’s important to discuss toothpaste options and other treatments for sensitive teeth with your dentist to get personalized recommendations based on your unique needs.

Be Mindful of Your Diet

Eating a healthy and balanced diet can be good for your overall wellness and oral health. If you have sensitive teeth, you should avoid acidic foods such as tomatoes and oranges and limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks, which can erode your tooth enamel.

Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your mouth hydrated and flush out any excess food particles stuck to your teeth. This is especially important if you won't be able to brush for several hours. Rinsing your mouth can flush away the sugary acids bacteria need to thrive.

Consider Dental Treatments

If you are dealing with severe tooth sensitivity, your dentist may recommend various treatments like fluoride varnish, bonding, or a dental crown. Fluoride treatments can help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.

Scheduling a dental cleaning every 6 months is also essential for keeping plaque and tartar from eating away at your enamel and causing cavities or tooth sensitivity. A visit to the dentist can help you address specific concerns about sensitive teeth and determine whether dental procedures are necessary to reduce sensitivity and support your oral health.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, is a critical way to prevent tooth sensitivity. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid brushing too aggressively. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every 3 months or earlier if the bristles become frayed, and use a fluoride mouthwash to protect against cavities and reduce tooth sensitivity.

Protect Your Teeth From Sugar Damage

You don't have to give up sugar entirely if you have a sweet tooth. Eating sugar in moderation, practicing good oral hygiene, and protecting your enamel can help reduce sensitivity from your favourite sweets.

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The Truth About Root Canal Pain

The mere mention of the term "root canal" can make many people squirm nervously in their seats. The procedure has been vilified in movies and situation comedies, and most people have probably heard alarming stories of the pain associated with it from at least one friend or family member.

But is all of this fear truly warranted? Is this procedure as painful as people seem to think? According to experts, the popular conception of root canal pain may no longer be based in fact.

What Causes the Pain?

The first thing to understand is that a root canal treatment itself is not the actual source of the pain experienced by most patients. According to the American Association of Endodontists, root canals are intended to relieve pain, not cause it. In fact, with today's advances in anesthesia and surgical techniques, the discomfort generally experienced during a root canal is no greater than that felt when having a tooth filled.

On the contrary, tooth pain is usually caused by damaged, infected tissue, such as the pulp; root canals remove this troublesome tissue and clean the area, stopping the infection and relieving the pain. Although the tooth and surrounding area might be sore for a few days, your dentist can prescribe medication to help alleviate the symptoms and allow you to get back to work almost immediately.

Isn't It Better to Just Pull the Tooth?

The majority of dentists agree that keeping your natural tooth is preferable to removing it and replacing it with a bridge or implant. Root canals are one of the methods used to preserve a tooth, removing the damaged pulp rather than resorting to a costly and irreversible extraction that can cause much more stress to the body.

Now that you know the truth about root canal pain, don't be afraid to go to your dentist if you are experiencing tooth discomfort. Root canals have a high success rate and can help you keep the tooth in question for the rest of your life.

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Dental Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Routine dental appointments are important, however, there are some conditions that occur in between dental check-ups that should you should never ignore.

Many diseases, such as diabetes, leukemia, oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, heart disease and kidney disease, can cause symptoms in your mouth. Your dentist is on the frontline for spotting these serious health conditions before they are evident to you. This is just one of the reasons it’s so important to see your dentist at least twice a year with Dr. Shane S. Porter of Premier Dentistry of Eagle, for dental cleanings and checkups.

When caring for your teeth and gums at home, it’s also important for you to watch for any changes in your mouth, then call Dr. Porter! 

Some of the symptoms to watch for follow below.

Mouth and Jaw Pain

Mouth pain could be caused by a cavity, gum disease, an abscess or impacted tooth, all of which need dental treatment as soon as possible.

Experiencing pain in your teeth when you drink hot or cold beverages could indicate tooth decay, fractured teeth, worn fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel, or an exposed tooth root due to gum recession.

Jaw and mouth pain can also be a sign of stress, especially if you clench your jaw (Bruxism). Bruxism can be the result of misaligned teeth, which can cause pain in the face, neck, and upper or lower jaw.

Pain or discomfort in the jaw can be an indication that you are having a heart attack. Don’t ignore this!

Bleeding and Sore Gums

Bleeding or sore gums could simply be caused by brushing too hard or overzealous flossing; however, this could also be the early signs of periodontal disease .

Plaque under the gum line attacks the soft tissue, and only a dental professional can remove it. The damage will continue to worsen if not treated.

Gum disease is often more severe in people with underlying conditions such as diabetes, which reduces the body’s resistance to infection. This puts your gums at risk for inflammation due to the bacteria that live in plaque.

If you notice blood while brushing your teeth, contact Dr. Porter at (208) 546-0655 to make an appointment.

Loose Teeth

Teeth that move or fall out unexpectedly are a sign of advanced gum disease. Tooth loss affects approximately one-third of adults ages 65 and older.

 Tooth loss can also be an early sign of osteoporosis, which decreases bone density and weakens your bones.

Women with osteoporosis are three times more likely to experience tooth loss than those who do not have the disease. By seeing Dr. Porter regularly, eating a well-balanced diet, and getting regular physical activity, you can get the jump on being diagnosed and treated before any serious injuries occur.

Recurring Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Bad breath can be an indication of poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, gum disease, or side effects from certain medications. If you brush your teeth and tongue twice a day and floss daily, but still experience chronic bad breath, consult Dr. Porter to rule out an underlying medical condition.

Gum disease and gingivitis can also contribute to ongoing bad breath.

Beyond your teeth and gums, bad breath that persists can result from certain underlying health problems. These conditions include:

Sinus infections

Chronic lung infection

Liver or kidney disease

Gastrointestinal problems


Mouth Sores, Patches, or Lumps

Mouth sores can indicate an infection, virus, fungus, or simply an irritation from dentures or a sharp edge of a broken tooth or filling. Consult Dr. Porter if you’ve had a mouth sore for longer than one week.

Sores and unusual patches in your mouth can be a sign of something such as a canker sore or abrasion from eating certain foods.

Oral cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States. It often starts as a small white or red spot or sore in the mouth and occurs most often in smokers or people who use any other forms of tobacco or alcohol. Signs that you may have oral cancer include:

Bleeding sores that don’t easily heal

Hard or rough spots

Discolored tissue

Changes in the way teeth fit together


Lumps or irregular tissue in the mouth, cheeks, neck, or head

Oral cancer is not something you should try to diagnose at home. If you see any of these symptoms in your mouth, be sure to see Dr. Porter right away. Have him check out any of these indicators to see if you have an oral fungal infection or something more serious.

Loss of Crowns or Fillings

When a crown or filling comes off, it’s important to get it repaired as soon as possible. Crowns and fillings help keep the teeth healthy and also protects the root of the tooth.

Broken Tooth

Occasionally teeth get broken or knocked out, especially with active teenagers and young children. Depending on the severity of the damage, there may be considerable pain and loss of function for the ailing tooth. Dr. Porter can help with pain relief and also begin the restoration process so that you can begin healing, regain function and normal appearance.

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Signs That You May Need Root Canal Therapy

How do you know if you might need a root canal? There are some noticeable signs and symptoms you need to know about. Having root canal therapy can save you from needless pain, and can save your tooth and your smile. Drs. Joseph and Theodore Gargano at Gargano Family Dentistry in North Haven, CT, offer root canal therapy to help you and your smile.

You will need root canal therapy when the innermost layer of your tooth, an area called the pulp, becomes bruised or damaged. The pulp is where the nerves and blood supply to your tooth are located. When this area becomes compromised, inflammation and fluid builds up inside your tooth. The fluid buildup causes tooth pain, which can be severe.

Some of the reasons you may need a root canal include:

Severe tooth decay which has penetrated the pulp of your tooth

Dental trauma from an accident or injury

Repeated tooth stress due to grinding, clenching, or biting hard substances

Repeated dental trauma for any reason

When inflammation of the pulp happens, you may notice signs and symptoms like these:

Pain that increases when you eat or drink hot or cold foods or beverages

Pain that continues even after dental treatment is completed

Pain that radiates to your jaws, face, or head

Sharp pain when you bite down or chew

A white or red bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root

Blood or pus draining from the bump on your gums

Your tooth becoming darker or grayer compared to the teeth next to it

If you notice these signs or symptoms, it’s important to visit your dentist. Dental x-rays and temperature testing are two important ways your dentist can tell if you need root canal therapy.

If you do need a root canal, it’s easier than you think. Your dentist simply creates a tiny opening in the top of your tooth and removes the diseased tissue through the opening. A sedative filling is placed inside your tooth. This material will eliminate inflammation and pain. After your pain has subsided, the sedative material is removed and replaced with an inert material and your tooth is sealed up with a small filling.

Root canal therapy is the way to eliminate tooth pain and still keep your tooth. Your smile is important, and root canal therapy can save it. 

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Pit And Fissure Cavity: How To Prevent

Have you noticed black lines in the pits of your molars? Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity in your back teeth? This could be because a prime location for tooth decay to occur is in the pits and fissures of your teeth. Whether you think you might have a cavity or want to know more about preventing tooth decay, here's a guide for what you need to know about pit and fissure cavities.

What Are Pits and Fissures?

Pits and fissures are the deep grooves that make up the chewing surfaces of your teeth. These grooves are on both your premolars and molars, but a pit and fissure cavity is usually deeper on the molars than on the premolars.

How Do Pits and Fissures Form?

Although pits and fissures help you to chew, food can still get stuck in these grooves. Plaque, a bacterial film that forms on your teeth, can also accumulate here if not cleaned regularly. It's difficult to reach these areas with your toothbrush, so food and plaque can remain in place and often lead to cavity formation.

When the bacteria in your plaque feed on sugars from foods and drinks, it produces acids that attack your protective tooth enamel. Over time, your enamel wears down, and tooth decay can set in.

How Do You Prevent Pits and Fissures?

Pit and fissure cavity prevention starts at home. Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes, especially after large or otherwise sugary meals. When you brush, pay attention to the surfaces of every tooth, including the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, where pits and fissures are most prevalent.

Your dental professional can also help you prevent pit and fissure cavities by curbing the initial decay. Alongside basic scaling when they scrape plaque and tartar off your teeth, your dentist or dental hygienist might also apply protective material known as a dental sealant to your premolars and molars. A dental sealant is a white or clear plastic coating that fills in your pits and fissures and prevents plaque and food from getting inside. This product is usually applied to children's teeth as soon as their permanent teeth erupt – between the ages of six and 12 – but it can also be used on adult teeth if your dentist determines that you need it.

How Do You Treat Pits and Fissures?

If the cavity reaches the dentin, your dentist will use dental restorations like fillings, composites, or crowns to repair the decay. Fillings and composites are used for smaller and medium decay areas, whereas crowns are used to repair more considerable tooth decay, compromising the tooth's structure itself.

Pit and fissure cavities may be harder to reach, but they are preventable with a good oral hygiene routine and the help of your dentist at six month cleaning appointments and check-ups.

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How to Clean Your Tongue Properly

The tongue is an important part of the digestive system. It helps the teeth during mastication (chewing), making sure that everything is ready to pass through the esophagus. However, not everyone is aware that the tongue is susceptible to bacterial infection like the rest of the mouth. There are cases where people do not include the tongue when brushing. Learn how to clean tongue and why brushing it with a tongue brush is necessary.

Should You Brush Your Tongue?

Are you supposed to brush your tongue? It’s a resounding “yes!” Brushing the tongue is necessary to have a clean tongue and prevent the bacteria from causing complications. The human tongue is covered with papilla (hair-like bumps where the taste buds are located) that helps process the taste of the food. In the early days of human evolution, the taste was important to identify which food contained toxic materials. While this evolutionary adaptation is still present, nowadays, the tongue is primarily used to stimulate the body for eating.

When eating, it is normal to have residue on the teeth and the lower areas of the tongue. While this can be resolved by drinking water, there will be particles that will be stuck in the crevices of the teeth and some parts of the tongue. In discussing how to clean the tongue, dentists suggest light brushing along the tongue. Although this can be done using a toothbrush, the bristles of some toothbrushes are too stiff, which can either irritate or wound the upper layer of the tongue.

Tongue brushes and scrapers are developed specifically for the purpose to clean the tongue. These tools have become more popular over the years and are readily available in drug stores and supermarkets. Tongue brushes and scrapers help minimize the bacteria population living in the mouth, similar to brushing does. Cleaning the tongue with a scraper lessens the chances of experiencing bad breath as well.

Tongue brushes and scrapers look like regular toothbrushes with tiny bumps instead of bristles. These bumps are relatively soft to prevent irritating the tiny papillae. Regular tongue brushing can prevent common tongue ailments and other dental infections.

Advantages of Using a Tongue Brush/Scraper

Should you brush your tongue?

While most dental professionals would still say that a toothbrush can work on how to clean the tongue naturally, some dental manufacturers that developed tongue brushes and scrapers. As mentioned, tongue brushes are specifically designed to clean the entire muscle without hurting the sensitive papillae.

Here are other perks on learning how to clean tongue and using a tongue brush/scraper after brushing your teeth.

1. Decreases Bacteria Population

The microbiome inside the mouth is always active, and bacteria constantly stick to the tongue. These bacteria eat the remains of any food particle that sticks on the tongue. Using a tongue scraper and learning how to clean the tongue remove the bacteria colony and maintain their population to prevent them from causing trouble for the teeth.

2. Avoid Bad Breath

Should you brush your tongue? Yes, you should because it inhibits bad breath.

Bacterial activity is the cause of bad breath. When the mouth becomes dry due to the lack of saliva production, the environment becomes suitable for bacteria to multiply. Prevent bad breath from happening by spending a couple of minutes cleaning the tongue after brushing the teeth.

An unhealthy tongue encourages bacteria build-up, leading to halitosis or extreme bad breath.

How To Clean Your Tongue

The tongue is an important part of the mouth and the digestive system. The next time you brush your teeth, take a minute or two to clean your tongue.

Tongue brushes are a helpful tool in maintaining the cleanliness of and scraping off the harmful bacteria that may colonize the tongue. Grab your tongue brush or scraper and follow these steps on how to clean tongue properly.

1. Stick out the tongue.

How to properly clean your tongue?

Make sure to relax your tongue while scraping/brushing it off. To reach all the tongue areas, stick it out and let it stretch. This method of how to brush your tongue also helps the tongue scraper clean the tongue efficiently.

2. Place the tongue scraper at the back of the tongue.

The proper direction of your tongue brush/scraper should be from the most inner part near the tonsils until the tip. This prepares your tongue for the correct method on how to scrape your tongue.

3. Press the scraper from the back to the front.

Carefully move the brush or the scraper from the back end of the tongue. Be careful not to rush the scraper because it may irritate the papillae in the tongue. Rinse and repeat.

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How Snacking Can Affect Your Teeth

Have you ever wondered what general dentistry professionals think about how snacking affects your dental health? Snacking in between meals is a great way to refuel your body and keep you going until your next meal.

However, many people substitute snacks for meals, which can be bad for your teeth. In general dentistry, there is a belief that frequent snacking does as much damage to your teeth as eating candy or drinking sodas.

Why is snacking so bad for your teeth?

For general dentistry practitioners, snacking is considered to be bad for your teeth because anytime you snack on sugary or starchy foods, the sugar and starch combined with the bacteria in your mouth to form acids that wear down your enamel.

When your enamel is weakened, the structure of your teeth becomes compromised, leading to tiny holes known as cavities, a form of tooth decay. If the cavities in your teeth are left unchecked, they can lead to further tooth decay and, eventually, tooth loss.

What should I do if I cannot snack?

Even though snacking can be bad for your health, you can still enjoy some of your favorite snacks as long as you do so in moderation. If you want to protect your teeth, you will also have to practice good oral hygiene.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly. Ideally, general dentistry practitioners would prefer it if you brushed your teeth after every meal but that is not very practical, especially if you snack a lot.

The best way to protect your teeth after snacking is to rinse with either fluoride mouthwash or tap water because most of the tap water in the country has fluoride in it.

Limiting your snacking

There are plenty of ways to reduce the amount of snacking you do each day, helping to protect your teeth. Some of the most popular techniques used to reduce snacking in general dentistry include:

Eating breakfast: It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but a lot of people skip breakfast, opting for alternatives to snack on. If you eat a big meal for breakfast every day, your body gets fueled and your appetite is curbed, meaning you are likely to eat fewer snacks

Drink water: Drinking water helps to hydrate your body and helps you feel less fatigued. Water is also a better alternative to any soda or sugary drink because it does not damage your teeth as sugary drinks do

Eat less sugar: If you want to eat a snack, try avoiding sugary snacks and processed foods

Have a healthy diet: A balanced diet is very important to your general and oral health, which is why you should eat a lot of healthy food, fruits and vegetables to help you maintain a balance


Snacking is bad for your teeth because many snacks have plenty of sugar and carbohydrates. If you want to learn more about the negative effects of snacking on your teeth, talk to your dentist to understand how snacking affects your teeth.

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Does A Sensitive Tooth Mean A Cavity?

A small amount of dental sensitivity should not sound the alarms. In fact, it is considered normal. But, if tooth pain keeps you from eating ice cream or enjoying your morning coffee, then it’s time to speak with your dentist. This pain could be attributed to severe sensitivity or a number of other dental issues (that can all be treated).

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity, according to the American Dental Association, is caused by tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn tooth enamel, worn fillings, and tooth roots that are exposed as a result of aggressive tooth brushing, gum recession, or periodontal (gum) disease. In a report published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “One in eight participants from general practices had dentin hypersensitivity, which was a chronic condition causing intermittent, low-level pain. Patients with hypersensitivity were more likely to be younger, to be female, and to have a high prevalence of gingival recession and at-home tooth whitening.”

But what is the difference between cavity pain and sensitivity?

Dentin is one of the four major components of teeth. It is a tissue within the tooth that is protected by hard enamel (the strongest substance in the body) at the top of the tooth and cementum on the root. A major characteristic of dentin is that it can be sensitive because of the microscopic tubules that connect it to the pulp of the tooth. The pulp houses a tooth’s nerves.

Therefore, if dentin loses its protective armor (enamel and cementum), sensitivity to hot, cold, acidic, and sweet foods could develop because the nerves connected to the dentin are exposed and triggered. Causes of dentin exposure are teeth grinding, gum recession, brushing too hard, and even heartburn.

Cavities are different in that they occur when there is a hole in your enamel, allowing bacteria to enter. Cavities must be professionally treated by a dentist to prevent further decay. Sign and symptoms of a cavity include:

Holes or pits in the tooth

White, black, or brown stains on the tooth surface

Pain when eating or drinking hot, cold, or sugary foods

Pain when biting

Pain occurring spontaneously

The biggest difference between pain associated with sensitivity and that of a cavity is the latter is often classified as a dull ache rather than sharp pain with sensitivity. Moreover, pain from a cavity won’t necessarily stop after eating or drinking.

In short, sensitivity does not necessarily mean that you have a cavity. And, luckily, sensitivity can be treated with at-home products or in-office treatment.  It’s important to speak to your dentist if you have regular sensitivity or dull, aching pain in your mouth. There are ways to treat the discomfort if either is the case!

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Ear Pain? Headaches? Dizziness? It Could Be Your Teeth

It has been ingrained in all of us that when we experience pain we should see our doctor. However, did you know that your dentist is considered a doctor? In face, she or he may actually be the first person you should visit if you experience frequent headaches, dizziness, or ear pain. Most physicians are trained to treat the symptoms that their patients experience and complain of.

For example, patients with recurring headaches typically receive a prescription for a pain reliever and possibly a muscle relaxer. However, while pain meds may work for a while, if the underlying cause of your symptoms is not found then your pain will continue – and usually get worse. If you are experiencing constant headaches, ear pain or ringing, or unexplained dizziness then it is time to call Muccioli Dental. Drs. Lydia and Randy Muccioli are experienced doctors of dentistry who offer effective relief of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD), which is the most common cause of these symptoms.

The most common factors in TMD are clenching the jaw, grinding the teeth, and malocclusion (a bad bite). All three of these factors put an enormous amount of stress on the temporomandibular joint, which sends referred pain to other locations throughout the skull. In many cases, a physician is actually unwittingly steered away from a proper diagnosis because patients may complain of pain at the base of the skull – having nothing seemingly to do with the TM joint.

However, at Muccioli Dental we are extremely familiar with TMD and how its pain can radiate anywhere in the head, neck, and even shoulders. If you are suffering from any sort of headache pain, ear pain, or dizziness please contact Muccioli Dental for a precise diagnosis.

Muccioli Dental is a comprehensive dental practice that offers safe and effective treatment for TMD. You do not need to continue suffering or increasing your pain medication simply because you have not found relief. Let our well renowned dentists expertly diagnose and treat your issues.

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What’s the Point of Wisdom Teeth?

A long time ago, wisdom teeth served a purpose. Today, they can lead to problems if there isn’t enough space to grow or if they come through in the wrong position. 

A standard dental procedure is getting wisdom teeth pulled. But what are wisdom teeth, and why do we have them?

Wisdom teeth are your third set of molars set far back in the mouth. They develop when you’re between the ages of 17 and 25. When the wisdom teeth cause pain and/or are impacted, it’s recommended to get them removed. Let’s look at how these teeth came into being in the first place and what will happen if you need them removed.

The history of wisdom teeth

Unfortunately, wisdom didn’t develop to make us wiser. The earliest humans needed wisdom teeth to chew uncooked, tough food. Their jaws widened to accommodate those four large molars. 

Over time, humans learned to cook food, making it softer and easier to chew. The human jaw shrank in size, with wisdom teeth no longer serving any purpose. But wisdom teeth still develop as we do! Most people nowadays grow at least one wisdom tooth. 

When you need a wisdom tooth removed

For some people, wisdom teeth cause no problems. Their jaws can make room for the extra molars. Others may experience these symptoms that indicate the wisdom tooth must go:

Pain and tenderness around the molar or molars.

Bleeding gums around the tooth.

Infected gums around the wisdom tooth.

Jaw pain and stiffness make it difficult to open the mouth.

A bad taste in the mouth and/or bad breath.

A cyst develops around the wisdom tooth.

Decay in the wisdom tooth.

Even if the wisdom tooth causes no symptoms, your dentist may recommend removal to prevent further damage or decay. The wisdom tooth will need to be extracted if it is impacted. An impacted wisdom tooth means the tooth is growing in at an odd angle that could affect nearby teeth or that the tooth sits along or within the jawbone.

If you need a wisdom tooth or teeth pulled, you’ll need to see an oral surgeon. They will guide you in preparing for the procedure. 

You’ll receive local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. You won’t feel pain but only a slight pressure as the tooth is removed. You can also choose to receive a sedation anesthetic that will put you to sleep during the procedure. In very rare cases, you’ll be under general anesthesia. 

Then, the oral surgeon makes an incision along the gum to reach the tooth and bone. Any bone material blocking the tooth root will be removed. The tooth is extracted, and the site is cleared of bone debris. Stitches may or may not be necessary. 

A gauze pad will be placed over the surgical site to remove any bleeding and help form a blood clot. The blood clot is important in the healing process. If the clot is dislodged, you could develop a dry socket, which exposes the bone and is quite painful.

Recovery from a wisdom tooth extraction

Post-operative complications are rare. In addition to dry socket, damage to the nerves, jawbone, and sinuses could occur. Look out for any signs of infections, as well.

It typically takes anywhere from a day to a week for complete recovery. To support healing, follow these tips:

Take over-the-counter pain medications to alleviate discomfort. Your doctor may give you a prescription for pain relief.

Eat soft foods for at least 24 hours.

Change the gauze pad following your doctor’s instructions. Do not spit out the blood, as that could dislodge the blood clot from the socket.

Sip plenty of water, but don’t drink alcoholic, caffeinated, or carbonated beverages for a day. Don’t use a straw, as the sucking action could move the blood clot out of the socket.

Don’t smoke.

Rest for a day and then resume normal activities. Don’t do any strenuous exercise for a week.

Apply an ice pack to reduce swelling and bruising along the cheeks.

Don’t brush your teeth the day after. Afterward, you can brush gently around the site. You can also rinse your mouth with warm salt water every two hours or after meals for a week.

Your doctor will remove any stitches in a follow-up appointment. Contact the dentist if you’re experiencing excessive bleeding, swelling, fever, or oozing from the surgical site. Severe pain, numbness, or difficulty breathing should also be reported to your doctor. If you notice any bloody discharge from your nose, contact your doctor. Although wisdom teeth removal can be scary, you’ll be completely healed in a very short time.

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Brushing Your Teeth Harder is Not Better!

Have you ever spilled a drink on yourself and stained your jacket? The usual procedure is to rush to some water and scrub vigorously so you get the stain out of the clothing fibers. Aggressive scrubbing helps in this situation, leaving you with stain-free pants, but when it comes to brushing your mouth, teeth and gums, brushing harder to clean better is definitely not the best solution. When you brush your teeth too harshly, you might actually be causing more harm than good and our family dentists in Alexandria, VA will explain why that is here in this post!

Why aggressive brushing hurts your teeth.There are a number of reasons why brushing more aggressively actually harms your mouth more than it does good. Some think that if more force is applied to the teeth while brushing them, the brush remove more plaque, but this is not true. Over-brushing your teeth can be very harmful to the health of your teeth and your gums.

The primary concern for over-brushing is the possibility of eroding your tooth enamel. When you aggressively brush your teeth, you can actually erode your enamel, thus leaving your teeth prone to cavities. People also tend to believe that a firm toothbrush cleans better than a soft bristle toothbrush which also is not true. These brushes are actually more harmful and pose a larger risk of enamel erosion than soft bristles.

How does aggressive brushing affect your gums?There are many reasons why aggressive brushing harms your gums. People who have plaque build-up on their teeth usually see some type of gingival recession take place and this same effect takes place the harder your brush. This will cause the appearance of black triangles in between your teeth which makes your teeth look longer than they used to.

Over-brushing your gums can cause them to recede and reduce in size, which could lead to exposing your tooth roots. Not only can this be unsightly, but it can lead to tooth/root sensitivity and cavities in spots you can no longer reach with your toothbrush.

What is the proper way to brush your teeth?

Choose the right tooth brush! Our family dentists here in Kingstowne, Virginia can happily recommend the ideal type of toothbrush for your mouth here in our office! It’s important to make sure your toothbrush has soft and flexible bristles. Aggressive and hard bristles can wear down your tooth enamel and gum line at a faster rate and we don’t recommend buying brushes with hard bristles. It is also very important that you replace your toothbrush once every 2 to 3 months, or as soon as the bristles start to look worn or bent. Brushing with an old brush may be ineffective at removing bacteria and food.

Change the way you hold your toothbrush. Keep a light grip on your tooth brush, similarly to how you may hold a pen. A lighter touch often leads to softer brushing and firmer grasps normally lead to pushing down harder than needed to clean your teeth effectively.

Brush in circular motions. Brush using a circular motion, making sure your toothbrush is at a 45-degree angle against your gum line. Brushing at an angle is the best way to remove bacteria from the teeth without pushing the bacteria down below the gum line. A key idea here is if you see the bristles on the toothbrush are bending while you brush, you’re brushing with too much unnecessary force.

Regular brushing and flossing pays for itself! This point might be obvious to some, but brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is critical to healthy teeth. Although this will help limit how much bacteria build-up there is, it’s also important to see your dentist regularly too as brushing & flossing will not remove all plaque that professional cleanings can.

Schedule regular cleanings with our dental office. It’s recommended that Dr. Phuong Phan sees you in our office at least once every 6 months for a cleaning. By staying on top of your cleanings you can help avoid serious dental issues later in life.

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Is It Necessary To Sanitise Your Toothbrush?

Since our mouths contain bacteria and the bathroom does as well, it's common to wonder if your toothbrush stays clean enough with just a rinse after brushing, especially since some products now claim to sanitise. Toothbrush sanitising, however, is not the same as sterilising. Sanitation means 99.9 percent of bacteria are reduced. With sterilisation, all living organisms are destroyed. But is a sanitising of your toothbrush a necessity or a preference?

What the American Dental Association Recommends

According to the American Dental Association, no commercial products can sterilise a toothbrush and it's not necessary. The ADA notes, "There is insufficient clinical evidence to support that bacterial growth on toothbrushes will lead to specific adverse oral or systemic health effects."

Bacteria tends to grow in dark, warm and moist places. Keeping your toothbrush covered or stored in a closed container might lead to problems. Let your toothbrush air dry in a holder that allows it to stand up without touching the bristles or other toothbrushes. Replacing your toothbrush every three-to-four months is also important. Avoid sharing toothbrushes as well.

Keeping it Clean

Most of us simply rinse the toothbrush head once we're done brushing. But a more thorough rinse in warm water ensures that food debris and leftover toothpaste won't remain in the bristles.

The Maryland Children's Oral Health Institute suggests that you may disinfect your toothbrush by allowing it to soak in an antibacterial mouthwash. If you want to sanitise, toothbrush heads should be immersed for about 15 minutes in mouthwash. Any longer could damage the bristles. And don't share or reuse that mouthwash, it defeats the purpose.

According to the ADA a study indicates that soaking a toothbrush in 3 percent hydrogen peroxide or Listerine mouthwash greatly reduces (i.e., 85 percent) bacterial load, while microwaving or putting toothbrushes in the dishwasher is not recommended as such high heat may damage the brush.

Some Exceptions

If someone in your family is sick or is at a higher risk of infection, taking some preventive steps may help guard against a problem. Replacing toothbrushes more often, buying disposable toothbrushes and using antibacterial mouthwash to rinse and soak could offer some benefit. If you choose to try a UV toothbrush sanitiser, the product should be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Keep in mind that a UV sanitiser will not remove all germs. Because the ultraviolet light may deteriorate the bristles, you should inspect and replace your toothbrush more often.

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How Soon Afte Eating Should You Brush Your Teeth?

For many people, it’s a habit to brush after every meal — or even after they eat anything at all, including snacks. You might find it surprising to learn that brushing immediately after eating isn’t actually the best thing to do for your teeth. Here’s what you should know about brushing after you eat.


You can think of enamel as the shield that protects your tooth. While it’s made of very hard minerals — stronger even than your bones — it happens to be highly vulnerable to one thing: acids. Your mouth maintains a healthy pH balance naturally, but when you eat and drink that balance changes.

The foods and liquids that contain 0 acids can greatly soften your tooth enamel. The acids then change the pH balance of your mouth from alkaline into acidic. When this happens, acids start to eat their way into the already softened tooth enamel, burrowing pores and holes into the enamel and allowing bacteria to enter.

Some of the foods that contain the highest levels of acids include oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and other citrus fruit. Another common acid offender is carbonated soda, whether diet or full-calorie. Additionally, any type of food or drink that has high levels of processed sugar will bring harmful acids into your mouth.


As mentioned above, your tooth enamel grows weaker when it’s exposed to food and drinks containing acids. When it’s in this vulnerable softened condition, brushing your teeth will cause damage to the enamel. Your toothbrush will actually brush away some of the enamel that your teeth need for protection. Even a soft bristle brush is much too abrasive to apply to your tooth enamel when it’s in a weakened state because of exposure to acids. The best course of action after you eat is to avoid any brushing at all — at least right away.


It’s best if you don’t brush for an hour or more after eating, especially if you’ve had some high acid foods like citrus, soda, or sugary foods. Just because you shouldn’t brush your teeth right away doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything, though. It’s just fine — and in fact, highly recommended — to rinse your mouth out with water. Even just drinking a cup or bottle of water after you’ve had a high acid meal can be very helpful in keeping the acid and its problems away from your tooth enamel.

When you’re on the go for meals quite often, you might want to consider purchasing a pack of sugar-free gum to have on hand for chewing after meals. Sugar-free gums that contain xylitol are particularly helpful in bringing your mouth back to a healthy pH balance after you have consumed food or drink with a high acid level. Another thing that neutralizes acid is milk or other dairy products.

Once it’s been around an hour or so, it’s fine to brush your teeth using your normal routine. Many people find that it’s a bit of an adjustment at first — after all, it’s second nature for many people to brush their teeth as soon as they’ve finished eating — but you’ll grow used to this new routine very soon. Your teeth will thank you for it!

The information above applies to both children and adults. In fact, it’s especially vital for kids because their tooth enamel isn’t as strong as adult tooth enamel, which means baby teeth can suffer acid damage all too easily.

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Four Oral Hygiene Rituals That You Can’t Live Without

1.- Brushing twice a day for two minutes each session

Brushing your teeth is the best way to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth that could otherwise cause cavities or gum disease. But if you aren’t brushing your teeth often enough or for long enough at each session, then you leave yourself at risk of oral diseases and even tooth loss, eventually. Therefore, be sure that you brush your teeth twice a day and for at least two minutes each time. Two minutes is longer than you think. Most people probably only brush for about 30 seconds. To be sure you’re brushing long enough, set a timer to ensure you brush your teeth for a full two minutes. And always brush your teeth before bed to remove food, bacteria, and sugar so that these substances don’t linger and become destructive while you sleep.

2.- Flossing your teeth daily

It’s true that many adults and children do not floss their teeth ever or hardly at all. Unfortunately, if you skip flossing, you could be at risk of developing oral diseases that lead to pain or tooth loss. It is recommended that you floss your teeth every day before bed. Flossing cleans between your teeth where your toothbrush simply cannot reach. Not only will you experience improved breath, but flossing also lowers your risk of gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss among adults in the U.S.

3.- Rinsing with alcohol-free mouthwash

Mouthwash does not take the place of regular brushing and flossing but adding it to your nightly oral hygiene routine has its benefits. It’s a common misconception that mouthwash should burn and sting. And that the worse the burn, the better the job the solution is doing at protecting your oral health. Thankfully, that is a false claim. In fact, you can opt for alcohol-free mouth rinses that produce the same results as mouthwash that contain alcohol, except without the burn. Some studies found that alcohol-based mouthwashes disturb the oral microbiome, which could increase the risk of oral diseases, and certain types of oral cancer. Therefore, opt for an alcohol-free mouthwash to be on the safe side and still reap the oral health benefits of fresher breath and healthier teeth.

4.- See your dentist twice a year

Twice-yearly dental cleanings and checkups are necessary to maintain healthy teeth and gums. During your dental cleanings, the hygienist removes stuck-on tartar buildup that could lead to gum infections and cavities if ignored. These cleanings also remove stains from your teeth. The dentist conducts a thorough examination of your oral health, noting any changes that need to be addressed as soon as they appear before costly repairs are needed.

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Why Do My Teeth Hurt When I Eat Sugar?

What’s that sharp pain you feel in your teeth when you indulge in your favourite candy or dessert? You may be experiencing tooth sensitivity, a common dental issue that affects many people. Tooth sensitivity can range from mild discomfort to severe pain and can make eating or drinking certain foods and beverages difficult.

Your teeth may be sensitive to sugar because of cavities, erosion of your enamel, or receding gums. You can manage tooth sensitivity with positive dental hygiene habits and dental visits for a cleaning every 6 months.

You can indulge in your favourite sweets without permanently damaging your teeth by staying on top of your dental health, but when you do notice sensitivity or other signs of issues like cavities, it’s important to pay attention to them and visit your dentist to address them with treatment.

Sugar & Tooth Decay

One of the main reasons why your teeth may hurt when you eat sugar is due to tooth decay. The bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar, producing acids that attack your enamel, the protective layer of your teeth. Over time, this can lead to cavities, which can cause pain and sensitivity in your teeth.

Practicing good oral hygiene is essential for preventing tooth decay, including brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Enamel Erosion

Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth that protects the sensitive dentin and pulp underneath. As enamel erodes, the sensitive layers of your teeth can be exposed, leading to tenderness when you eat sweets.

Acidic foods and drinks, such as soda, citrus fruits, and vinegar, can erode your enamel, exposing the underlying dentin and causing tooth sensitivity. Limiting your intake of acidic foods and drinks is vital for preventing enamel erosion. You should also rinse your mouth with water after consuming them and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth to allow your enamel to reharden.

Receding Gums (Gum Disease)

Gum recession often occurs as a result of gum disease. When gingivitis and other issues affecting your gum line go untreated, your gums can pull back from your teeth, exposing the roots, which are more sensitive because they lack enamel. 

Sugar can aggravate teeth affected by receding gums, causing pain and sensitivity when it comes into contact with the exposed root. To prevent receding gums, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing gently and avoiding tobacco products.

How To Manage Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth can affect anyone and can be caused by various factors, such as aggressive brushing, gum disease, and a high-sugar diet. Fortunately, there are methods that can help manage and reduce tooth sensitivity.

Identify the Cause

The first step in managing tooth sensitivity is to identify the root cause. A visit to your dentist can help you determine the underlying issue causing your tooth sensitivity. If sugar is the primary reason for tooth discomfort, your dentist can provide advice on maintaining good oral health and may recommend you limit your intake of sugary foods.

Use Desensitizing Toothpaste

Sensitive teeth can benefit from desensitizing toothpaste, which can help relieve pain and discomfort by blocking the tiny channels in your teeth that lead to the nerves beneath the enamel.

While desensitizing toothpaste can't undo existing damage, it may help prevent future oral health issues. 

Desensitizing toothpaste shouldn’t be considered a substitute for oral care. It’s important to discuss toothpaste options and other treatments for sensitive teeth with your dentist to get personalized recommendations based on your unique needs.

Be Mindful of Your Diet

Eating a healthy and balanced diet can be good for your overall wellness and oral health. If you have sensitive teeth, you should avoid acidic foods such as tomatoes and oranges and limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks, which can erode your tooth enamel.

Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your mouth hydrated and flush out any excess food particles stuck to your teeth. This is especially important if you won't be able to brush for several hours. Rinsing your mouth can flush away the sugary acids bacteria need to thrive.

Consider Dental Treatments

If you are dealing with severe tooth sensitivity, your dentist may recommend various treatments like fluoride varnish, bonding, or a dental crown. Fluoride treatments can help strengthen enamel and reduce tooth sensitivity.

Scheduling a dental cleaning every 6 months is also essential for keeping plaque and tartar from eating away at your enamel and causing cavities or tooth sensitivity. A visit to the dentist can help you address specific concerns about sensitive teeth and determine whether dental procedures are necessary to reduce sensitivity and support your oral health.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Maintaining good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, is a critical way to prevent tooth sensitivity. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid brushing too aggressively. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every 3 months or earlier if the bristles become frayed, and use a fluoride mouthwash to protect against cavities and reduce tooth sensitivity.

Protect Your Teeth From Sugar Damage

You don't have to give up sugar entirely if you have a sweet tooth. Eating sugar in moderation, practicing good oral hygiene, and protecting your enamel can help reduce sensitivity from your favourite sweets.

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Take Care Of Your Teeth And Brain

Most people are not fully aware of the serious health risks of having poor oral health. Accordingly, people often only know that without proper oral hygiene, the risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontitis will increase without understanding that if left untreated, the complications of oral health can progress to serious conditions that affect brain health.

1. The link between oral health and brain health

Each person's teeth and brain are more interconnected than we ourselves think. Indeed, studies have found a link between poor oral health and poorer brain health.In fact, there are many nerves in the oral cavity that are attached to the brain. For example, the trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve that connects to the teeth, gums, jaw, and nearby organs. As a result, an oral infection that, if left untreated, can quickly turn into a brain infection. This happens when a tooth infection spreads through the bloodstream, carrying bacteria straight to the brain and even sepsis, which is life-threatening.At the same time, in rare cases, bacteria can also sometimes attack nerve cells in the brain, putting a person at risk for memory loss and life-changing brain health complications. live differently. In severe cases, brain abscesses can form. This is a rare condition in which pus enters the brain and sometimes requires surgical intervention.Accordingly, the symptoms of a brain infection are of oral origin:Fever Coma Headache Nausea and vomiting Difficulty remembering Confusion Difficulty decreased mobility Changed vision On the other hand, if you think that you If you may be suffering from a brain infection due to poor oral health, see your dentist immediately to find and fix the source of the infection.

2. Dementia due to poor oral health

Besides the brain infections caused by widespread dental infections, dementia is a very common condition that causes memory loss and it is also one of the most common brain health effects caused by poor oral hygiene.Accordingly, although dementia often occurs in old age, it can occur much earlier, even in young people if there are complications related to oral health.In fact, studies have found a link between gum disease and cognitive decline as well as a direct link between periodontal disease and dementia. Some studies have even suggested that gum disease may be a catalyst for Alzheimer's disease.Thus, if a person has an early stage of gum disease, also known as gingivitis, the dentist needs to intervene early so that the disease can be controlled before a tooth infection can lead to memory loss during the infection. spread to the brain. The mechanism of this consequence is that when tooth decay, infection, if it has reached the root of the tooth, the infection will threaten the nerves and blood vessels, directly connected to the brain. Acute brain injury is a brain infection with an inflammatory response, but long-term brain health consequences can be dementia.Therefore, actively preventing the spread of infection by maintaining proper oral hygiene and regularly visiting the dentist is also one of the important measures to help maintain clear brain health. after.

3. Oral Health and Alzheimer's Disease

As scientists do more research, the link between oral health and disease, especially problems related to brain health, becomes clearer. One of the latest links to be discovered is that of Alzheimer's disease and oral health conditions.Specifically, researchers found that bacteria linked to gum disease can be transferred into the bloodstream through everyday habits like brushing your teeth. When the brain is repeatedly exposed to these germs, responses are activated that can kill brain cells, a favorable factor in the progression of Alzheimer's disease.That's why the bottom line here is to do everything you can to prevent gum disease, often starting with a daily routine of proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups to keep your teeth healthy. Dentists detect abnormalities early and promptly control.


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I Have a Loose Permanent Tooth – Will It Get Better?

We all remember the joy and excitement of losing our first baby teeth. But there’s no tooth fairy when permanent teeth become loose, and in many cases a loose adult tooth is cause for alarm-whether you’re a young person injured during a sports event or an adult with periodontal disease. Don’t panic, having a loose tooth doesn’t necessarily mean losing a tooth. But you do need to see your dentist as soon as possible. Don’t put off a visit until your next regularly scheduled checkup. The longer you wait, the worse things are likely to get, and if you act quickly, your dentist will have more options for saving the tooth.

What Makes a Tooth Become Loose?

When a tooth becomes loose, the periodontal ligaments (tiny bands around the root of the tooth) can be stretched, which can make a tooth feel loose. The good news is that your gums can heal up to a certain point. But it’s unlikely that they’ll heal on their own, and the amount of help they need to do this depends on the situation. Some of the main causes of loose permanent teeth are periodontal disease, tooth decay or abscess and impact or trauma (this could involve a sports injury, an accident or even biting something hard). Habitually grinding or clenching your teeth, during the day or at night, can also cause teeth to become loose.

A Loose Tooth as a Result of Periodontal Disease

In the case of periodontal disease, bacteria can accumulate, leading to an infection that can damage the roots of tooth. Getting treatment for periodontal disease can help make the tooth feel less loose. A thorough cleaning or root debridement (removal of plaque using ultrasonic or hand tools) can remove plaque beneath the gum line and help create a more solid base for your tooth. (In some cases a series of cleanings will be required).  If you think your tooth may be loose because of periodontal disease, see your dentist as soon as possible for x-rays and other tests. Tooth decay or an abscess can also be a cause of loose teeth, when bacteria damage your tooth’s inner structure. In the case of an infection related to periodontal disease or an abscess, a course of oral antibiotics may be required.

Splint Stabilization

In some cases of periodontal disease, as well as in cases of injury, the dentist can put a temporary or permanent splint in place to keep the tooth stable. The splint (usually a type of resin) bonds the loose tooth to healthy teeth to make it more stable. In some cases, a temporary splint can give the ligaments time to heal and tighten up, while in others a permanent splint may be required. A night guard can also help nighttime grinding or clenching is the problem.

See Your Dentist As Soon As Possible

Whether a tooth becomes loose because of periodontal disease or injury, be sure to make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible. While waiting to see the dentist, make sure to use a soft bristled toothbrush and gargle with a gentle, antiseptic mouth rinse. Eat foods high in calcium and avoid soft drinks—even sugar free sodas are high in acid that can damage teeth.

We all want our adult teeth to be truly permanent. In some cases, the damage may be beyond repair and the loose tooth will need to be extracted. In this case, you will be given a dental implant or bridge to replace the missing tooth, which will help keep neighboring teeth healthy. But in many cases a loose permanent tooth is not cause for alarm. Your dentist has more options than ever for saving loose teeth and reversing or halting damage caused by gum disease. The important thing is to get into the dentist’s chair as quickly as possible so that all options for saving the tooth can be explored.

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How is gingivitis diagnosed and treated?

How is gingivitis diagnosed?

Your dentist will typically diagnose gingivitis by:

Reviewing your medical and dental history – This also includes investigating any current or past conditions or infections that may be contributing to your current symptoms.

Examining your gums, teeth, tongue and mouth – This will be done to detect any signs of inflammation and plaque.

Measuring your pocket depth – This is the groove between the teeth and gums. To examine this your dentist will insert a probe into your gum line (between your teeth and your gums) at a few different sites in your mouth. If you have a healthy mouth then the pocket depth will range from one to three millimetres (0.03 to 0.11 inches). If your pockets are deeper than four millimetres (0.16 inches), then this may indicate the presence of gum disease.

Conducting dental X-rays – These will be conducted to examine your dental structure and detect if there is any bone loss in the areas your dentist has detected any deeper pockets.

Performing any other tests that may be needed – If your dentist is unable to find a clear cause of gingivitis, then he or she may suggest that you have a medical evaluation done to detect any underlying health problems. If the gingivitis has advanced, then you may be referred to a periodontist (a doctor who specialises in gum disease), for a more thorough evaluation and treatment.

How is gingivitis treated?

In order for gingivitis to be treated effectively and for the outlook to be a positive one, it is best that you are treated promptly so as to prevent the condition’s progression and in turn the development of a more severe form of gum disease, tooth decay and potential tooth loss.

It is also best to stop the use of tobacco products and adopt a healthy regimen of good dental care to ensure that you have a higher chance of a full recovery.

The professional care for gingivitis includes the following:

Dental cleaning – This will need to be done by your dentist or specialist who will remove all the plaque and tartar, as well as other bacterial products. This procedure is referred to as root planing or scaling. Scaling will remove the bacteria and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth, as well as any traces found under your gums. Root planing is a meticulous cleaning of the surfaces of your roots and will remove any bacterial products that are produced as a result of the inflammation. Root planing will also smooth the surfaces of the root, which will discourage any further build-up of bacteria or tartar as a smooth surface does not allow for the bacteria to latch onto the surface as easily. This will allow for the proper healing of the condition. Dental cleaning can be performed with dental instruments, an ultrasonic device or a laser.

Restoring any dental fittings (if needed) – If there are any misaligned teeth, crowns that have been poorly fitted, as well as bridges or any other teeth restorations that may be irritating your gums or making it difficult for the plaque to be removed during dental care, then these need to be corrected and your dentist might suggest that he or she fix these issues to help rid your mouth of gum disease and prevent further infection.

Ongoing care – A gum infection or inflammation will typically clear up once you have had a thorough cleaning by your dentist, coupled with practising dental and oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Your dentist may be able to assist you in putting together an effective routine and program to help you stick to keeping good care of your teeth. This plan will also include regular visits and check-ups with your dentist. When you are consistent with your oral hygiene, then you will be able to see your gum tissue return to a healthy state, being light pink in colour, in a number of weeks and in some cases, days.

What types of medication are used to treat gingivitis?

Your dentist will typically prescribe antibiotics to aid in eliminating the bacterial infection. Antibiotic therapy is often combined in a number of ways in assist in the treatment of gum disease. Types of gum disease and infections that make use of antibiotics for the treatment are:



Trench mouth (ANUG - Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis) - This form of gum disease results in infected, bleeding and painful ulcerations and gums.

An antibiotic mouthwash known as Peridex (Chlorhexidine) is often prescribed. This assists in reducing the number of bacteria present in your mouth that contribute to the development of infection. In some cases, your dentist may give you small gels or pellets (PerioChip), that contain doxycycline or chlorhexidine. These are placed deep inside in the gum pockets once your dentist has conducted root planing or scaling, in order to eliminate the bacteria and also reduce the depth and size of the gum pockets caused by the infection.

The above-mentioned ways of administering antibiotics are extremely effective as the medications are slowly released over a period of seven days or more. You may also need additional pain medications such as NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or xylocaine. These are commonly used in cases where the infection has progressed to ANUG (Trench Mouth) or chronic gingivitis.

What types of specialists treat gingivitis?

A periodontist is a dentist who has undergone additional training once they have completed dental school and specialised in diagnosing and treating disease of the bones, gums and teeth. If you have a more severe and advanced gingivitis infection, then you may be referred to a periodontist by your general dentist. Your dentist may first try to get rid of the tartar and plaque, after which you will see a specialist.

A periodontist may suggest a number of surgical or nonsurgical treatment options that are able to eliminate the infection and stabilise the condition of your gums. Periodontists are extremely skilled when it comes to conducting treatments of a number of oral conditions of the bone and gums. Some of these procedures include:

Bone grafts – Surgery to fix issues associated with the bones in your mouth

Functional and aesthetic gingivectomy – Surgical removal of the gum tissue

Gingivoplasty – Surgical reshaping of the gums surrounding the teeth

Crown lengthening


Bear in mind, the milder cases of gingivitis can be cured through practising oral hygiene at home at undergoing a professional dental cleaning. The aforementioned surgeries are typically conducted when gingivitis has progressed to periodontitis or trench mouth. 


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Antimicrobial Treatment for Periodontal Disease

Antimicrobial therapy is a form of oral treatment used to eliminate or reduce the development of bacterial infections in the mouth. The therapy aims to prevent periodontal disease resulting from infections, which can cause painful, bleeding gums and loosening of your teeth.

Preparation and Treatment

If your dentist decides you will benefit from antimicrobial treatment, they will likely start with scaling and root planing. This process removes plaque and calculus (tartar) from the sulcus area around the teeth using either a scaler or instruments as well as an ultrasonic scaling device. In severe cases where there are periodontal pockets greater than 5-6 mm deep, the dentist may recommend that the patient be seen by a periodontist to evaluate the area with deeper pocketing and determine if gum surgery may be necessary. The scaling and root planing and gum surgery treatments require local anaesthesia to reduce the patient's discomfort. The dental hygienist performs the scaling and root planing procedure.

During gum surgery, the periodontist makes an incision into the gum tissue, flaps the tissue back and cleans and scales the surface of the affected teeth and bone to remove the diseased tissue and infection. The gum tissue is then put back in place and sutured and the gum tissue will heal, and the periodontist will check the area a week or so after surgery. The use of an antiseptic mouthwash or antibiotic medication may be recommended for the next seven to 10 days.

Antiseptic Mouthwashes

Mouthwashes containing antiseptic ingredients help control the reproduction of the bacteria, which grow on the gum tissue in the mouth, and help to clean out the pockets around the individual teeth. The ingredients in antiseptic mouthwashes may include chlorhexidine, essential oils, and metal salts Sn11 and Zn11 to help control dental plaque and halitosis.

Antibiotic Medications

Antibiotics may be recommended in cases where a periodontal infection has arisen and there may be other oral conditions, such as treatment of necrotising ulcerative gingivitis, according to the Merck Manual. Other medications that may be prescribed for gum infections contain:

Amoxicillin in cases where patients are allergic to penicillin.

Clindamycin may be recommended in cases where a patient is allergic to amoxicillin.

Chlorhexidine, which is used to control plaque and gingivitis as well as bleeding gum tissue in patients with moderate to severe gingivitis.

The dentist can also offer local antimicrobial therapy, which involves inserting an antibiotic treatment containing doxycycline or minocycline powder directly into the sulcus area around the gum tissue of the teeth in order to kill the bacteria causing the gum infection.

After Treatment

Maintaining a strict oral health routine is critical after antimicrobial therapy to make sure you get the benefit of the treatment. First, brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time, and floss at least once daily. Next, swish with a mouthwash which offers advanced gum protection for 45 percent stronger, healthier gums.

If your dentist prescribed any form of antibiotics, it's imperative you take the full course of medicine exactly as instructed to reduce the risk of infection.

Schedule an examination with your periodontist within two to three months after therapy to determine whether your infection has been eliminated and your mouth is healthy. Provided all is well, you can resume your regular routine of annual periodontal examinations, routine cleaning and polishing, and a full set of X-rays every four to five years.

Keep your mouth and teeth clean through the use of antimicrobial therapy and regular visits to see your dentist, dental hygienist and periodontist for overall health and mouth wellness.

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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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How to fix a loose tooth and how long does it take to tighten back up?

t’s totally normal for a kid’s first set of teeth to become loose. But if you’re an adult, a loose tooth appears more like a nightmare that comes true. Loose teeth in adults can occur from a facial injury, poor oral health, severe gum disease, teeth grinding, or even pregnancy. There’s a probability that a loose tooth will tighten back up, but the treatment actually depends on the cause. It’s best to instantly contact your dentist if you’re an adult with a loose tooth because it needs immediate attention.

What does a loose tooth feel like?

Loose teeth actually lose structural support and are on the verge of detaching from the bone and gum. You may find that a tooth feels “off” and also wiggly while you floss, brush, or eat. Apart from the looseness, you may even notice swollen gums, bloody gums, and gum recession.

How to fix a loose tooth and how long does it take to tighten back up?

Can a loose tooth be saved? Yes, definitely! But it depends on the cause the tooth is loose.

If a tooth is loose due to gum disease:

it may tighten back up with proper and consistent dental hygiene. Gum disease is one of the most usual causes of the tooth becoming loose and the ultimate loss of teeth. There may be a little chance to restore your tooth and your gum health. A deep cleaning also known as Scaling & Root Planning performed by your dentist or hygienist is usually the best treatment option.

If a tooth is loose due to an injury:

 it probably won’t tighten back up. Sports injuries, falls, and car accidents are very common causes of injuries to the face and jaw. Based on the type and severity of damage to the tooth, your dentist may take it out and then replace it with a dental bridge or an implant. But if the tooth is just a bit loose, it may be left on its own to tighten back up. In maximum cases, they can be healed and tightened back within a couple of weeks.

If a tooth is loose during the phase of pregnancy:

 it will certainly tighten up after the pregnancy phase is over. But it’s a better idea to see your dentist if you find a tooth is wiggly during your pregnancy period in order to confirm the reason behind it.

If a tooth is loose because of osteoporosis:

you have got a couple of treatment options. Regenerative bone and gum grafting can help to redevelop the bone and tissue around the teeth. Once rebuilt, dental implants can be inserted to restore and strengthen your smile. Composite bonding is a good option for reshaping the teeth in order to cover gaps.

Loose Tooth Treatments

Antiseptic and Antibacterial Mouthwash

Scaling and Root Planing


Flap Surgery

Bone Grafts

Soft Tissue Grafts


Bottom Line

If you’re an adult, a loose tooth may be the first signal of a more important problem that requires to be addressed. You will require committing to practicing good oral hygiene habits in order to have a perfect set of teeth and a healthy mouth. 

You can get in touch with My Dentist for Life if you have a loose tooth and get it checked today. Our dentist in Plantation, FL will suggest the most suitable dental treatment depending on your requirements and preferences. Most treatments are less invasive and serve as a treatment to stop further progress of teeth loosening. We’re just a call away.

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How Many Fillings Can One Tooth Have?

Do you have chipped, fractured, cracked teeth or dental caries? Dental fillings are ideal for repairing your affected teeth.

In addition, fillings safeguard your tooth from undergoing further damage, which may result in tooth loss, severe pain, sensitivity, or the need for extensive dental procedures.

Tooth cavity filling effectively protects the tooth enamel from erosion. Is it possible to have multiple fillings? Read on to find answers regarding dental fillings and your dental health from our expert dentists in Sanborn, IA.

Can your Teeth Undergo Multiple Fillings?

It’s possible to have several fillings in your tooth, but your dentist can’t place different fillers on the same tooth. Your tooth comprises other surfaces; damage can occur on any surface, including grooves or cusps.

If you take sugary foods in excess, decay may appear on your tooth’s biting surface and the sides. Plaque and bacteria thrive where sugar is present and multiply, leading to tooth decay and infection.

If your decay isn’t severe, your dentist can remove a portion of the decayed tooth and apply fillings with composite or amalgam. Fillers are also placed on your cracks or chips to seal the tooth from further damage.

The material used for your dental fillings must be uniform, and the tooth can be filled severally.

How Long Will Your Dental Fillings Last?

Dental fillings can last long if you observe proper oral hygiene and robust material. The timeframe needed to replace your old fillings also varies with your dietary lifestyle, among other aspects.

Despite how durable your dental fillings are, you need replacement, and in general, here are some of the types of fillings and the duration they can serve you:

Porcelain and ceramic fillings-between 5 to 7 years

Composite fillings- last for 5 to 15 years.

Amalgam fillings- serve for 5 to 25 years.

Gold fillings- about 15 to 20 years

How Many Times Can A Filling Be Replaced?

You can undergo tooth cavity filling in Sanborn several times. If the material lasts for up to 15 years, for instance, it doesn’t mean your tooth won’t be replaced again until the duration is over.

Various reasons may compel your dentist to fill your tooth more times, including:

Loose fillings-if you have dental fillings that are falling out, you need to visit your dentist for a replacement. It’s crucial to replace them before food particles are trapped between them and bacteria don’t slip into your affected tooth.

Cracked fillings-dental filling materials are vulnerable to damage, and they cause your tooth to become sensitive. During your dental exam, a broken filling will be replaced.

Leaking fillings- after fillings are placed, they are likely to leak, leading to sensitivity. You need to undergo an examination to determine if the fillings are the cause of sensitivity.

Worn-out fillings- dental fillings deteriorate with time, just like your natural tooth, and you need to undergo replacement.

Do All Cavities Need Fillings?

Your severely decayed tooth may fail to be repaired by dental fillings, and you need to undergo dental extraction. If your cavity has led to the infection of your tooth roots, you might undergo a root canal before the application of fillings.

However, minor tooth decay can be comfortably addressed by dental filings. A very small cavity may not require fillings, and once it’s detected early, the action of decay can be reversed.

Sometimes, your dentist may recommend you undergo other dental procedures before having dental fillings. You can also have dental sealants or crowns covering your dental caries.

What Do Fillings Do to Your Teeth?

Dental fillings address various issues, including the treatment of cavities to prevent further damage or dental extraction.

If you clench your teeth, your teeth surfaces wear out due to friction, and dental fillings are ideal for sealing the grooves from damage.

Dental fillings are beneficial in the following ways:

They seal minor chips, cavities, and fractures.

Dental fillings are applied to cover cavities and improve your bite.

They alleviate sensitivity that results from enamel erosion and decay.

Dental fractures, chips, cavities, or minor damages require fillings. At Sanborn Dental Associates, we recommend dental fillings to prevent your tooth from undergoing further deterioration.

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Signs My Teeth Are Going To Fall Out

Maintaining healthy teeth is crucial for a confident smile and overall well-being. However, various factors can indicate potential issues that might lead to tooth loss if left unaddressed.

From changes in appearance to discomfort while eating, there are several signs that could signal an impending problem with your dental health. Understanding these signs and promptly seeking professional dental care can significantly impact the longevity of your teeth and prevent the prospect of them falling out.

Recognizing these indicators is vital for early intervention and effective dental treatment, ensuring a healthier and happier smile for years to come.

What are the common signs that suggest my teeth might be at risk of falling out?


Several signs can indicate that your teeth might be at risk of falling out. These include:

Loose teeth: Teeth that feel loose or shift in position may indicate underlying issues with the supporting structures like gums and bones.

Bleeding gums: Persistent bleeding during brushing or flossing can be a sign of gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis), which, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss.

Receding gums: When gums pull away from the teeth, it exposes the tooth roots, making them more vulnerable to decay and eventual loss.

Persistent bad breath: Chronic bad breath can be a sign of underlying dental problems like gum disease or tooth decay, both of which can lead to tooth loss.

Tooth sensitivity: Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages could indicate tooth decay, which, if untreated, might lead to the loss of teeth.

Pain or discomfort: Continuous toothache or discomfort while chewing can indicate various issues, including decay, infection, or damage, which may lead to tooth loss if not addressed.

Visible signs of decay: Dark spots, visible holes, or rough edges on teeth might indicate decay. Without proper treatment, decay can progress and result in tooth loss.

Changes in tooth alignment: Teeth shifting position or becoming misaligned without any apparent cause may indicate problems with the supporting structures that could lead to tooth loss.

History of dental issues: Previous dental problems, such as repeated cavities, infections, or gum disease, might increase the risk of future tooth loss if not properly managed.

Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions like diabetes or osteoporosis can impact dental health and increase the risk of tooth loss.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s crucial to seek professional dental care promptly. Early intervention and appropriate treatment can often prevent further damage and help maintain your dental health, potentially avoiding the loss of teeth. Regular dental check-ups are also essential in detecting and addressing issues before they progress to a more serious stage.

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How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Gum disease is not something that anyone wants to deal with, however, it is often inevitable. This oral condition operates in a few different stages, ranging from mild to severe. In order to avoid entering the severe stages, it is important to take preventive measures. There are a few different ways that general dentists recommend fighting off gum disease. Ready to learn more about them?

Preventing gum disease

Outlined below are a few ways to prevent gum disease from developing. These recommendations come straight from a general dentist and should be taken seriously when trying to maintain good oral hygiene.

Practice good oral hygiene

One of the most common and simple ways to prevent gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis. Oral hygiene is crucial when trying to prevent any oral condition from developing, however, it is especially vital in the prevention of gum disease. Oral hygiene consists of regularly brushing the teeth, flossing at least once a day and rinsing a few times a week. 

Brushing the teeth and gum lines with a soft-bristled toothbrush will keep any buildup to a minimum. General dentists recommend doing this twice a day or after every meal. Flossing at least once a day will keep food out of the spaces in between the teeth, which will ultimately avoid excess buildups that could lead to gum disease. Lastly, rinsing with mouthwash or saltwater a few times a week can help clear out hard-to-reach areas that may contribute to gum disease. 

Regularly visit the dentist

Visiting a general dentist on a regular basis will also help fight off gum disease. Dentists are able to detect warning signs that patients may not be able to notice. Additionally, they can take x-rays and perform cleanings that can help catch gum disease in its early stages.

General dentists recommend an exam at least twice a year or every 6 months for patients of all ages. Dental cleanings should also be done at least twice a year or every 6 months, however, they can be done more frequently if the patient desires or if the dentist recommends it. Sometimes, it is recommended to fight off oral conditions, such as gum disease or cavities. 

Avoid excessive sugar consumption

It is hard to avoid eating sugar. It is practically in everything, however, it is possible to avoid excessive amounts. Sugar contains ingredients that break down the teeth and cause infections along the gum lines. It is best to avoid any consumption of large amounts. If it is necessary, general dentists recommend brushing immediately after to help prevent a bacterial buildup, which could lead to gum disease.

When trying to prevent or fight against gum disease, it is good to consult with a general dentist. They are able to offer up additional recommendations that may be patient-specific. 

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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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What To Eat After Having Dental Work Done

Having dental work isn’t like other procedures where you can eat whatever you want afterward. In fact, it can be difficult to find something you can easily eat after dental treatment. Whether you’re recovering from oral surgery, a dental implant placement, a root canal, or even a filling and are having trouble finding easy-to-eat foods, you’re in luck. Your dentist in Alexandria has a whole list of foods you can eat after having dental work done. Let’s check out a few of our favorites. 


A mushed-up ripe avocado is one of the best things you can eat after dental treatment. Not only is it easy to eat, but avocados can provide your body with needed healthy fats and a ton of nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and fiber. These are some of the reasons that it’s often called a superfood. 


Broth or soup is another excellent choice. Not only is it comfortingly warm, but it also requires little to no chewing. Beef bone broth, in particular, is also packed with protein, which is important. In fact, according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan, soft foods with healthy fats and protein like beef bone broth may also even help promote healing by repairing muscles and tissues and fighting off infection. Remember, if you’re recovering from wisdom teeth removal or other oral surgery, keep your broth warm and not hot. Hot foods and drinks can irritate gum tissue and make recovery take longer. 

Scrambled Eggs

This breakfast favorite isn’t only for mornings and would be easy to eat at any time following dental treatment. Similarly to bone broth, scrambled eggs are a healthy, protein-packed option that’s easy to eat and promotes healing. Besides, who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner? 

Fish & Potatoes

If you’re looking for something that feels more like a complete meal, look no further than fish and potatoes. Fish such as tuna, salmon, and tilapia are soft and easy to chew, and they contain a lot of heart-healthy fats. Pair fish with delicious mashed potatoes for a delicious, nutritious, and easy-to-eat meal. Spice up the dish by choosing sweet potatoes over russet. 

Ice Cream

We couldn’t complete this blog without turning to the age-old favorite of ice cream. This sweet treat is a go-to option for your dentist in Alexandria because it’s easy to eat and it’s cold. The coolness of ice cream is the perfect way to get some relief if you’re feeling sore and may even reduce swelling. Make sure to avoid flavors that contain nuts, frozen candy bars, or other hidden crunchy goodies. 

Even if you don’t necessarily feel like eating after dental treatment, it’s important that you do. If it’s easier, choose to eat several smaller meals or snacks throughout the day instead of large meals. Also, make sure to drink at least 64 ounces of water daily to keep your body and mouth properly hydrated. 

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Chronic Bad Breath? You May Need to Visit the Dentist

Embarrassed by chronic bad breath? Breath fresheners can be an effective short-term fix.

 But if bad breath persists despite a regular brushing and flossing regimen, it’s best to see your dentist for an exam. 

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad breath, or halitosis, is an embarrassing problem that could signify a more serious medical issue, especially if you’re already practicing good oral hygiene. 

The tongue harbors many bacteria, which are normally kept in check by saliva. However, an excess of bacteria can form plaque on your teeth and gums—producing plaque and volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.

Risk factors for bad breath include:

Smoking or chewing tobacco

Poor oral hygiene

Dry mouth due to medications

Gingivitis or periodontal disease

Medications that interfere with saliva production (antidepressants and antihistamines are common offenders)

High-protein diet

Good Oral Health is Essential for Overall Health

Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall wellness. 

Teeth and gums are vulnerable to decay, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth loss, and oral cancers. You can prevent many problems with regular visits to your dentist for exams, cleaning, and x-rays.

The American Dental Association recommends these steps for good oral health:

Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Use an ADA-approved soft-bristled brush. Floss once a day unless your dentist tells you otherwise. 

If you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, floss at least once a day and brush after meals whenever possible.

Visit your dentist regularly—at least twice a year—for checkups and professional cleanings. You may need professional cleanings more often If you have problems with your gums or periodontal disease.

If you use tobacco products, stop. Smoking increases the risk of developing oral cancer and causes bad breath, stained teeth, and mouth sores.

If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation (no more than one drink per day). Excessive alcohol consumption can damage the tissues of the mouth.

Common Signs of Dental Problems 

Many people don't realize that their oral health is an important factor in maintaining overall health. A healthy mouth can help prevent severe conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer—not to mention periodontal disease that can lead to tooth loss.

Some signs of dental problems are obvious, such as bad breath or pain when chewing. 

These are common signs of dental problems: 

Bleeding gums. Bleeding may be a sign of gum disease caused by plaque. Left untreated, gum disease will worsen and may eventually lead to tooth loss and other problems.

Swollen or discolored gums. If you notice any changes in your gums, see your dentist. Changes in gum tissue may indicate a more serious problem.

Bad breath (halitosis). Bad breath can occur when your teeth decay or become infected. Halitosis can be eliminated with proper treatment for any dental problems.

Tooth pain or sensitivity. See your dentist if you’re experiencing persistent tooth sensitivity or toothaches. 

Embarrassed By Bad Breath? Schedule an Appointment Today

Good oral hygiene can help prevent embarrassing bad breath, but you should see your dentist if the problem persists.

A dental cleaning removes plaque and reduces your chances of developing cavities and gum disease that can lead to bad breath. Routine dental exams are the best way to protect your smile.

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Dry Socket: What Is It, And How Can You Avoid It?

Going to the dentist to get a tooth extraction is not all that uncommon—both children and adults can require the procedure. However, experiencing a dry socket is much less common, even though it typically occurs following extraction or wisdom tooth removal. Today, we discuss what it is, and how you can reduce the risk of experiencing a dry socket after a dental procedure.

What is dry socket?

Dry socket, also known as alveolar osteitis, is an uncomfortable dental condition that sometimes occurs after a tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal.

When does it happen?

When you have your tooth extracted, you develop a blood clot over the removal site to protect the nerves and bone beneath the detached tooth. Typically, the clot forms and stays in place until your gums have healed and are back to normal.

A dry socket occurs when the blood clot at the site of the tooth extraction fails to develop. In some cases, the clot can become dislodged before the wound is healed. It’s important to prevent dry socket from happening as it can be very uncomfortable, and it can delay the healing of gums and your overall mouth.

How can you avoid it?

There are a few ways you can prevent dry socket. Here are some of them:

1. Don’t use straws after extraction

The suction in your mouth when you use a straw can dislodge your blood clot after an extraction. The best way to consume fluids is to drink straight from the glass or cup and avoid using straws, for about a week after your extraction.

2. Skip the smoke and tobacco

Smokers and tobacco users have higher risks of developing dry socket after an extraction. This is because the fast inhalation of smoking can easily dislodge or dissolve blood clot. Additionally, the chemicals in cigarette smoke and tobacco products can slow down the healing process, and may even cause an infection.

If you’re anticipating a tooth extraction, wisdom tooth removal, or any major dental surgery, you should start reducing or ideally completely cut your tobacco intake weeks before your appointment. If you’re having problems with quitting, try switching to a nicotine patch.

3. Consume soft foods

Post-surgery is a crucial time for your gums to heal. That’s why it’s important to go on a soft diet right after your surgery. And then you can slowly change your diet to heartier foods over the following few days.

4. Consult your dentist on medication interactions

There are specific medications that may negatively influence the formation of blood clots. It’s best to ask your dentist whether the medications you’re taking are safe to take after a major dental procedure.

5. Avoid strenuous work

It’s highly advisable to stray from heavy forms of work such as weight lifting or high-intensity physical exercises. These types of activity can cause tension in the surgery site, and re-open the wound.

6. Practise good oral hygiene

You can also prevent dry socket by simply practicing proper oral hygiene. This will help reduce germs and prevent infections that can break down and dissolve the blood clot. Discuss with your dentist how to brush your teeth following surgery, as it may be difficult to do it the way you are used to. Dentists may also prescribe an antibacterial mouthwash to use after your dental surgery.

7. Always follow the advice of your dentist!

No one wants to experience discomfort brought on by a dry socket. That’s why you should always follow the recommendations of your dentist before and after surgery.

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Problems Caused by Impacted Teeth

Many people across the country struggle with different dental issues. Impacted teeth is a common oral/dental problem that can often cause pain and discomfort in the mouth and jaw area. A lot of people often dismiss impacted teeth as a simple toothache, and don’t get the dental care they need in order to address the issue, ultimately leading to worsening problems.

What Is an Impacted Tooth?

An impacted tooth is simply another term for a tooth that has not completely broken through the gum tissue. A tooth can become impacted when there is not enough room within the jaw to accommodate the tooth. Some people naturally may have more impacted teeth than others, but the most common impacted teeth are a person’s third molars, also known as wisdom teeth.

4 Problems That Impacted Teeth Can Cause

Impacted teeth can cause someone a variety of issues from pain to even cysts, or lesions within the jaw. It is important to keep an eye out for any symptoms you think you may have with an impacted tooth and discuss these with your dentist or an oral surgeon.

1. Pain

The most common issue that comes along with an impacted tooth is pain. Whenever a tooth grows or erupts incorrectly, it can create pressure or get irritated easily, causing pain. Many people experience pain at the site of the impacted tooth, and others experience jaw pain under the impacted tooth.

2. Infections

The mouth is full of bacteria, both good and bad. If you have an impacted tooth that is struggling to erupt or is slow to break through, bacteria can infect the site. Food also can get stuck between crowded teeth causing cleaning issues, swelling, and infection.

3. Damage to Other Teeth

Whether it is your permanent adult teeth or wisdom teeth coming in, impacted teeth have the ability to cause damage to nearby teeth. When trying to break through the gum, the impacted tooth can push into or ‘crash’ into the other teeth around them, causing sensitivity and damage. They can also cause resorption of the roots of adjacent teeth.

4. Cysts

Cysts are another common problem caused by impacted teeth and occur when fluid forms around one of the eruption sites of a tooth. Cysts can result in pain and possibly damage to the roots and bone of surrounding teeth.

Do You Have an Impacted Tooth?

Don’t let tooth pain control your life. If you think you have an impacted tooth, you should consult with an oral surgeon and see what your next steps might be.

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Coated Tongue: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

If you’ve looked in the mirror and noticed a white coating on your tongue, you’re in the right place. Some details may surprise you about this symptom. We’ve got the scoop on what causes your tongue to look this way, what the underlying cause might be, and what you can do about it.

When to See a Doctor for a Coated Tongue

A coated tongue (also known as white tongue) is a symptom that causes your tongue to appear to have a white coating. This typically occurs when bacteria, food matter, and other dead cells accumulate on your tongue between its papillae (the features on the surface of your tongue that provide its distinctive texture).

Coated tongue occurs when the papillae of your tongue are raised or swollen, increasing their surface area and allowing debris to become trapped. You may see that your entire tongue is covered or only patches or sections of it. You may also notice an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

A coated tongue may be benign (harmless) from your lifestyle that could clear up with proper dental care or could be the symptom of a serious health condition. We'll discuss this in more detail below.

Causes of a Coated Tongue

A coated or white tongue doesn’t refer to one underlying condition but is instead a symptom produced by many potential causes. No matter the cause of your coated tongue, improper dental care and poor diet will worsen your symptoms and increase your likelihood of developing other dental problems in the future.

Risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing white tongue include:

Improper oral hygiene

Medications, including antibiotics

Alcohol, smoking, tobacco products, and illegal drugs

Chronic health conditions like hypothyroidism, diabetes, and syphilis

Oral health conditions, including leucoplakia, oral lichen planus, geographic tongue, and oral thrush

Weakened immune system

Trauma to your mouth

Tongue and lip piercings

Cancer treatment

Dehydration and dry mouth (also known as xerostomia)

Coated Tongue Treatment and Prevention

Because a coated or white tongue is associated with a range of health issues, it can be difficult to diagnose on your own accurately. The appropriate white tongue treatment for your individual care will vary based on its severity and the underlying cause.

Regardless of the underlying cause of your coated tongue, there are some powerful steps you can take that may help prevent or treat it. These symptoms may sometimes resolve on their own if you practice proper dental care and consume a healthy, balanced diet. According to the Cleveland Clinic, you should see a dental or medical professional if this symptom doesn’t resolve after a few weeks.

Steps you can take to treat or prevent your coated tongue may include:

Gently brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush (for a full two minutes each time!) using a toothpaste that contains fluoride.

Carefully clean between your teeth once a day using floss, a flossing device, or an interdental brush.

Rinse after cleaning your teeth or after meals using an antiseptic mouthrinse.

Consider using a tongue scraper to help remove build-up on your tongue. Be sure to use it with a gentle touch.

If you experience dry mouth or dehydration, drink more water and use sugar-free chewing gum to promote saliva productions.

Avoid smoking, tobacco products, and illegal drugs.

Consume a healthy, balanced diet that’s low in sugary and acidic foods and drinks.

Schedule regular visits with your dental professional at least every six months.

We recommend speaking with your dental or medical professional for their expert insight, especially because your coated tongue may indicate other health concerns that would benefit from your attention. You now boast a fantastic understanding of what exactly coated tongue is, what it's associated with, and how the power is in your hands to do something about it.

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Chronic Oral Infections and Your Health

Dental bacteria can kill more than a smile. If you have experienced chronic oral infections, don’t floss regularly, and otherwise neglect your oral hygiene, you might be jeopardizing more than just your teeth – studies are revealing a link between neglecting your teeth and many serious health problems.

Dentists have known for years that oral infections pose a significant hazard to heart valves, but new research indicates that chronic dental infections may also contribute to hardening of the arteries, heart attack, stroke, and even pre-term births. The root cause seems to be the millions of bacteria living and breeding inside your mouth.

Even the healthiest mouth is not a sterile environment. There are many different resident bacteria around your teeth and gums and without proper care, oral bacteria can build up, find its way into your bloodstream, and from there, travel throughout your body. Inflammation sets in where bacteria finally settles, and your immune system can’t always fight off the resulting infection. Inflammation can create sites where fatty deposits form, resulting in clogged arteries and veins. Bacteria from your mouth may combine with blood-clotting cells called platelets, forming dangerous blood clots.

Heart disease and stroke

Gum disease is the most common chronic oral infection. It begins at or below the gumline, often painlessly and with no visible signs or symptoms, and can lead to inflammation of the gums and bone around your teeth. Left untreated, bacteria builds up cell by cell to form colonies along the gumline which can be resistant to antibiotics. Other germs will grow down your tooth and migrate into your blood vessels. Dental plaque (the sticky film of bacteria surrounding your teeth) can get mixed up with blood-clotting cells, forming a clump. These clumps of bacteria can irritate the walls of your blood vessels, and if they make their way to your heart, they may increase the formation of heart-stopping blood clots.

Research shows that the fatty deposits lodged in the carotid arteries of most stroke sufferers contain bacteria, and much of this bacteria comes from the mouth.

DiabetesWe also know that diabetics with gum disease have a greater risk of heart attack – perhaps three times more likely, according to some studies – than those with healthy gums.  

PregnancyPregnant women with gum disease are seven to eight times more likely to give birth prematurely, to low birth-weight babies.

Protect your health!Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will greatly reduce your chances of tooth and gum infections, and protect your overall health. 

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What Causes Tooth Sensitivity When Chewing?

When chewing or putting pressure on the teeth causes pain, it may be a sign of dental damage. Ignoring this type of tooth sensitivity may only make matters worse. Fortunately, restorative dentistry treatments are available to treat the underlying causes of tooth sensitivity and restore oral health. If you experience tooth sensitivity when chewing foods, it's important to see a dentist to find out if the teeth are healthy and structurally sound. To learn more about tooth sensitivity and chewing, schedule a consultation with  Bismarck, ND dentists Everett E. Heringer and Brielle Renz.

Tooth sensitivity can occur for a number of reasons. When tooth sensitivity happens when chewing, it's often due to pressure being applied to the nerves within the teeth and may be a sign of dental damage. Some possible causes of tooth sensitivity when chewing include:

Gum recession: Gum recession is a condition in which the gums pull away from the teeth, exposing the delicate structures of the tooth, including the roots, to plaque and bacteria, which can cause tooth sensitivity.

Enamel erosion: The teeth are protected by a strong outer layer called enamel. Acids, bacteria, and friction, like that caused by brushing the teeth too hard, can wear away the enamel. This leaves the teeth vulnerable to decay and can cause sensitivity when chewing or eating hot or cold foods.

Tooth decay: Tooth decay can allow bacteria to reach the inner structures of the teeth including the nerves and blood vessels, which can lead to a root canal infection and pain when chewing.

Dental fractures: Dental fractures can cause pain when chewing by allowing foods to reach the nerves of the teeth or from the pressure of broken portions of the teeth pressing against the nerves.

Cracked filling: Similar to a fractured tooth, a cracked or broken filling can press against the tooth's nerve, causing pain when chewing.

Treating tooth sensitivity begins with determining the underlying cause through a thorough dental examination. A dental exam is necessary to identify any oral health issues that may be responsible for tooth sensitivity. Once a cause is pinpointed, appropriate dental treatment may be performed.

Treatment may include tooth-colored fillings to repair a damaged filling or treat tooth decay, dental crowns to restore fractured teeth, or gum surgery to treat recessed gums. When dental pain is caused by a root canal infection, root canal therapy is generally the best course of action to treat the infection and alleviate dental pain.

Preventing Tooth Sensitivity

The best way to prevent tooth sensitivity is to practice good oral hygiene habits starting with brushing and flossing the teeth at least twice a day and scheduling regular dental exams and cleanings. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush can also help reduce the risk of enamel erosion and gum recession.

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Frequent Headaches? The Cause May Be in Your Mouth

Did you know that in many cases, frequent, or even constant headache pain can be treated more effectively by your dentist, instead of by your GP?

Headaches are strange beasts. Their cause is often elusive, and they can range from mildly irritating to unrelentingly painful.

Since frequent headaches can interfere with your quality of life, if you experience pain that remains after treatment from a physician, you might wish to see your dentist. After all, you may be suffering from what is called a dental headache.

What Can Trigger a Dental Headache?

Most dental headaches are classified as tension headaches, and are the result of muscular tension that builds up in the region of the face and jaw. Frequently, this tension is a symptom of malocclusion, or – to put it simply – a bad bite.

All sorts of things can cause a bad bite, including previous dentistry, orthodontics or incoming wisdom teeth. Having a bad bite essentially means the chewing surfaces of the teeth do not meet along a smooth curve when the jaw is shut. This causes the muscles in the jaw to continually overcompensate for the imbalance, resulting in pain and soreness that radiates throughout the head.

Understanding Referred Pain

This radiating of headache pain is part of why a headache can be difficult to diagnose. Because of the complex nerve structure in this region of the body, where pain is often referred from its place of origin to other locations throughout the skull, patients experiencing such pain can unwittingly steer a doctor away from a proper diagnosis by merely focusing on the localization of the pain.

So, in instances of referred pain, even though we may be experiencing discomfort in the temple region of our head, for example, the true origin of the pain may be in the musculature surrounding the jaw and the result of an improper bite.

The good news is, malocclusion can be fixed rather easily by reshaping teeth that might be too high, or by wearing an orthotic that corrects your bite over time.

TMJ and Bruxism

Two other issues we see in the dental world that can result in frequent and/or constant headaches are Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) and teeth grinding (Bruxism). 

TMJD occurs as a result of problems with the mechanism of the jaw and its surrounding muscles, and 99% of the time is the result of an injury to the joint. Anything from whiplash to sports trauma, or even something as simple as having your mouth extended too wide for too long in your dentist’s office can trigger TMJ.

If you experience frequent “popping” or “clicking” of your jaw, particularly if you’ve ever experienced trauma in this area of your head, you’ll want to visit your dentist for a checkup. 

Lastly, Bruxism, a habit even babies can develop, can be another cause of frequent headaches. After all, grinding your teeth for hours upon hours as if you were consuming a Thanksgiving feast all night long, puts the muscles of your face through a tremendous workout without rest.

If you find that you often wake with a headache that goes away shortly after rising, you may be, in fact, grinding your teeth.

So there you have it, the story of the headache your dentist is best primed to correct.

It’s also worth mentioning that, aside from headache causes described above, headache pain can also be caused by more familiar dentistry issues like cavities, a tooth infection or an abscess. All the more reason to visit your dentist to see if that headache you’re always suffering from is actually coming from your mouth.

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Lip Injury From Teeth – More Common Than You Think

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, many of us take the simplicity of basic actions such as talking, eating, or even smiling for granted. Yet, each of these seemingly effortless movements can be the unsuspecting trigger of a painful consequence – a lip injury from teeth. This surprisingly common yet often overlooked situation can occur for various reasons, from sports-related accidents to nighttime teeth grinding. By delving into the intricacies of this issue, we can better understand how to prevent it and ensure the health and well-being of our smiles.

The Anatomy of an Injury: Understanding How Lip Injuries from Teeth Occur

Understanding the mechanics behind a lip injury from teeth involves knowing a bit about the dynamics of the human oral structure and the activities we partake in that put our lips at risk.

The mouth, including the lips and teeth, is one of the most active parts of our body. It’s involved in various activities such as speaking, eating, laughing, and more. Our teeth, being the hardest substances in our bodies, can potentially cause injury to our lips, which are softer and more vulnerable.

Accidental Biting: A lip injury occurs commonly through an accidental bite. This can happen when we eat, talk, or during physical exertion. The lower lip, in particular, is often bitten accidentally due to its proximity to the lower teeth.

Impact Injuries: Another frequent cause of lip injuries from teeth is an external impact or blow to the face, such as what might occur during a sports game or a fall. This impact can force the lips into the teeth, causing cuts, bruising, broken tooth, or more severe trauma.

Bruxism: Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is another potential culprit. Many people grind their teeth in their sleep, often without realizing it. The constant grinding can lead to the cheek or lip being caught between the teeth, resulting in injury.

Orthodontic Devices: Orthodontic devices such as braces can also cause lip injuries. The metal parts may rub against the inner lips, leading to minor mouth injuries like sores or cuts. Similarly, a broken or ill-fitted denture can cause repeated trauma to the lips.

Understanding these mechanics helps in realizing how commonplace a lip injury from teeth can be and why taking precautions to prevent them is important.

Common Causes of Lip Injuries from Teeth

While a lip injury from teeth might seem like a rare or unusual occurrence, some many everyday activities and habits can increase the likelihood of such an injury. Here are some common culprits:

Eating Hastily: Eating in a rush can easily lead to accidentally biting the lip, particularly if you’re not paying full attention to your meal. Spicy or hot foods can also cause damage to the lips and the surrounding mouth area.

Sports Activities: Sports, particularly contact sports like football, basketball, or boxing, pose a significant risk. An unexpected blow to the face or mouth can result in the teeth clashing against the lips, causing cuts or bruises.

Teeth Grinding: Bruxism or teeth grinding, can cause your lips to become trapped between your teeth, particularly during sleep. This unconscious habit can lead to frequent injuries over time.

Nervous Habits: Some people have nervous habits like biting or chewing on their lips, often without realizing it. These habits can cause repetitive trauma to the lips, leading to injuries over time.

Orthodontic and Dental Devices: Wearing braces, dentures, or other dental appliances can lead to repeated rubbing or friction against the lips, causing sores and cuts.

Poorly Fitted Mouthguards: Mouthguards are designed to protect the teeth and lips from injury. However, if they don’t fit properly, they can cause more harm than good by leading to discomfort and possible injuries.

General Accidents: Falling, colliding with objects, or any other accidents that impact the face can cause a lip injury from teeth.

By being aware of these activities and habits, we can take proactive steps to avoid lip injuries and maintain our oral health.

Symptoms and Consequences: Recognizing a Lip Injury from Teeth

If you’ve sustained a lip injury from your teeth, you’ll likely experience a range of signs and symptoms. It’s important to be vigilant and aware of these indications, as early detection can lead to prompt treatment and prevent complications. Here are some signs to watch out for:

Pain or Discomfort: This is the most immediate and obvious sign. The level of pain can vary depending on the severity of the injury.

Swelling: After an injury, it’s common for your lip to swell. This might make speaking or eating uncomfortable.

Bleeding: Teeth can easily cut the soft tissue of the lips, leading to bleeding. The bleeding may be minor or, in more severe cases, may require medical attention.

Bruising: If the injury involves a strong impact, such as a blow to the face, a bruise might form on or around the lips.

Sores or Ulcers: Repeated trauma or friction, such as from braces or habitual lip biting, can lead to sores or ulcers forming on the lips or inside the mouth.

Difficulty Eating or Speaking: If the injury is severe, it might hurt when you open your mouth, chew food, or articulate words.

Visible Cuts or Lacerations: More severe injuries might result in visible cuts or lacerations on the lips.

Change in Lip Shape or Appearance: In case of severe injury or swelling, the shape or appearance of your lip might change temporarily.

If you notice any of these symptoms persisting for a few days or worsening over time, seeking professional medical attention is crucial. Sometimes, what might seem like a minor lip injury can escalate if not treated properly.

Potential Long-term Effects of Lip Injury if left untreated

While most lip injuries from teeth are relatively minor and heal naturally with time, leaving a severe or recurring injury untreated can lead to several long-term effects:

Scarring: If not treated properly, deep cuts or lacerations can leave permanent scars on your lips. This could potentially impact not just your appearance but also the function of your lips.

Infections: If an open wound on the lip isn’t cleaned and treated properly, it can become infected. Mouth bacteria can rapidly multiply in a wound, leading to a painful condition called cellulitis or potentially even an abscess.

Chronic Pain or Discomfort: Untreated lip injuries can cause chronic pain or discomfort, particularly during mouth activities, like eating, talking, or smiling.

Recurrent Sores or Ulcers: If the cause of the lip injury is a repetitive action (like teeth grinding or nervous biting), and it’s not addressed, the individual can develop recurrent sores or ulcers, leading to chronic oral discomfort.

Speech and Eating Difficulties: Severe or repeated injuries can impact the movement and function of the lips, potentially causing difficulties with speech and eating.

Changes in Appearance: Chronic, untreated lip injuries can lead to changes in the appearance of your lips, including permanent swelling or color changes.

Psychological Impact: Persistent or noticeable lip injuries can also lead to a psychological impact, such as self-consciousness or anxiety about appearance.

It’s important to note that these are potential consequences of severe or untreated lip injuries, and most minor injuries will heal without issue if given appropriate care. However, a healthcare provider should always evaluate any persistent or recurring symptoms to prevent complications.

Prevention and Treatment: Keep Your Lips Safe

Understanding how to prevent and treat lip injuries from teeth is essential for maintaining oral health. Here are several strategies to help you prevent these types of injuries, as well as how to treat them when they do occur.

Prevention Strategies:

Practice Safe Eating Habits: Be mindful while eating, taking small bites, and chewing slowly to prevent accidental biting. Teach your child never to walk or run while holding an object in his or her mouth.

Use Mouthguards: If you participate in sports, especially contact sports, use a well-fitted mouthguard to protect your lips and teeth from injury.

Address Bruxism: If you’re a teeth grinder, seek help from a dental professional. They may recommend a night guard or other treatments to protect your lips and teeth while you sleep.

Manage Nervous Habits: If you have a habit of biting or chewing on your lips, try to find other ways to manage your stress or nervous energy, like fidget toys or mindfulness techniques.

Proper Dental Care: Regular dental check-ups can help detect and fix any issues that might be causing repeated lip injury, like sharp teeth or ill-fitted dental devices.

Treatment Strategies:

Clean the Wound: Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and gently clean the injured area.

Ice Application: Apply ice wrapped in a thin cloth to the injured lip to reduce swelling and numb the pain.

Pain Relief: Over-the-counter pain relievers can help reduce mouth pain. Avoid aspirin, though, as it can increase bleeding.

Topical Creams or Gels: Certain over-the-counter topical creams or gels can help soothe the lip and promote healing.

Avoid Spicy and Acidic Foods: These salty or spicy foods can irritate wounds and delay healing. Stick to soft, bland foods until the injury has healed.

Visit a Healthcare Professional: If the mouth or dental injury is severe, bleeding doesn’t stop, or signs of infection appear (like increased pain, redness, or pus), visit a healthcare professional immediately.

Remember, while minor lip injuries can often be treated at home, seeking medical attention for severe or persistent injuries is important to prevent complications.

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When Is Dental Implant Surgery Needed?

Dealing with a less than stellar smile can certainly be a drag and impact a person’s daily quality of life. Fortunately, a dentist in Omaha, NE may recommend dental implant surgery to remedy this issue and restore your smile.

 About Dental Implants

Dental implant surgery in Omaha, NE is often necessary when a traditional denture no longer provides the patient with the necessary support and function. Implants are composed of titanium and other materials which can last for many years, providing patients with a comfortable, stable smile.

Dental implant surgery is typically an outpatient procedure that can be completed in just one or two hours. Dental implant surgery is a procedure that can also be used to replace missing teeth. The surgery involves placing artificial dental implants into the patient’s jawbone. These implants can then provide support for teeth that have been lost or damaged.

There are a number of factors that may lead people to need dental implant surgery, including: advanced age; tooth loss caused by trauma, disease, or decay; and insufficient bone density in the jawbone.

In addition to replacing missing teeth, dental implants may also be used for other purposes. For example, a dental implant may be placed in the jawbone to support dentures. Implants can also be used to restore the function of natural teeth that have been removed due to decay or injury.

The construction of a dental implant involves the placement of two metal posts into the jawbone (the abutment and the crown), which are then secured with screws. There are two basic types of dental implants: single-unit and multiple-unit. Single-unit dental implants typically consist of a post (an abutment) and a crown (a replacement tooth).

 Caring For Your Investment

Although dental implants function like natural teeth, it is important to care properly for them as they are an investment that is meant to last a lifetime. This means ensuring that they are cleaned per instructions from a trusted dentist, avoiding any harsh, acidic, hard, or sticky foods, and making sure to keep up with regular dental appointments to ensure things are going smoothly.

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How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Tooth Color?

For most people, naturally, white teeth are hard to come by. While genetics play a vital role in the colour and component of your teeth, some conditions and lifestyle choices can have a great influence. Some may suffer from teeth discoloration due to a number of reasons such as fluorosis, some medications, among other causes. However, some teeth discoloration can be tied to a person’s lifestyle.

How your lifestyle affects the color of your teeth

Some lifestyle choices can have an effect on the colour of your teeth. Here is how

1. Smoking

Smoking has been isolated as one of the major causes of teeth discoloration. Not only is smoking bad for your general health, but it can also greatly affect your oral health. Smoking, in particular, has been attributed to yellow or even dark teeth discoloration. The nicotine in tobacco is the main culprit in causing yellow stains on teeth. With continuous smoking, the staining will even turn darker and harder to remove.

2. Beverage choices

In a world of fast food, it is not very uncommon to come across die-hard coffee and soda drinkers who religiously swear by these beverages. Beverages such as coffee, soda, tea, and red wine can also discolour your teeth over time. Additionally, some beverages such as soda and some energy drinks are highly acidic and can erode the enamel. Once the enamel is eroded, the dentin, which is more dark-coloured or yellowish in colour, is exposed, changing the look of your teeth.

3. Oral hygiene

How you choose to take care of your oral health will determine how your teeth look. Good oral hygiene will mean brighter and healthy teeth, while poor oral hygiene will mean unsightly stained, dark-coloured, and dull teeth. Simple oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing your teeth regularly go a long way in securing that bright smile. It is also very important to go for recommended regular dental check-ups at your dentist for routine scaling and teeth cleaning.

4. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching

Some involuntary habits like teeth grinding can also contribute to teeth discoloration. Teeth grinding wears down the teeth enamel, exposing the dentin, which is more prone to discoloration over time. The same applies to jaw clenching. Visit Springvale Dental Clinic to learn about treatment options for these conditions/habits.

5. Environment

High fluoride levels in drinking water can also affect the colour of your teeth. If children are exposed to high fluoride levels in the developmental stage of their teeth, it may cause permanent teeth discoloration.

6. Medication

Some medications, such as antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline, are known to alter the enamel formation in children below eight years.

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