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Experiencing Dental Pain Away From Home? Know What To Do

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Experiencing Dental Pain Away From Home? Know What To Do

Dental problems are something that nobody wants to experience, but they can happen at the most inconvenient times. If you are away from home when the dental pain starts, you may feel lost about what you can do about it. Do you wait until you are back at home and can see your dentist, or do you try to treat it the best you can right away? Here are some tips for home remedies that could help relieve the dental pain that you are experiencing. Tea Tree Oil The first thing you should do is head to your local drug store and purchase some tea tree oil. This natural oil can be applied directly to your problem areas in your mouth, or used to rinse out your entire mouth. All you need to do is put it on a finger and rub it on the gums. You could also add some drops in a water cup so it can be easily swished around. Use the oil a couple of times each day to help control the pain from a toothache. Garlic Using garlic won’t be very tasty, but it is an effective way to relieve pain. It is applied in a similar way by putting it on the area that is affected, and it can be rubbed against the gums or made into a rinse. All you need to do is peel a raw garlic clove and slice off a piece. Place it directly between the area that is affected and your cheek. Leave it there for a couple minutes. For a homemade rinse, add garlic salt (1 tsp.) to a cup of water (8oz). Stir it well, then rinse out your mouth using the mixture. Garlic helps dull pain and fight infections that could be causing the toothache. Aspirin For those that don’t like how garlic or tea tree oil tastes, you can use aspirin instead. Instead of taking it as directed, crush a single tablet until it turned into a powder. Put it in a bowl, and mix in baking soda (1 tsp.), and vanilla extract (1 tsp.). It should create a paste, which can be applied to the area of your mouth that is causing pain. Leave this paste there for a few minutes, then rinse out your mouth. You can repeat this throughout the day as necessary. Hopefully, these tips help manage your pain until you’re able to see a dentist. To learn more, contact a dentist like Randolph Dental...

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Have Dentures? What You Should Know About Oral Thrush

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Dentures? What You Should Know About Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a condition caused by a yeast fungus and can potentially feel embarrassing if you have it. The yeast microbes actually live on your skin and inside your mouth, but if there is an outbreak in your mouth, it can cause sore areas and white spots. For those that use dentures, the medical condition is known as denture stomatitis, and is a common problem for people that have them. Thankfully, you can avoid these problems by knowing more about how it is caused and what the treatments are. Preventing Oral Thrush The main cause of oral thrush is making sure your dentures are clean. You’ll want to clean the side of the dentures that rest against the gums by using a brush with some mild soap. Once they are clean, soak your dentures inside a container that has a specialized cleaning solution for dentures that disinfects them. Rinse out the dentures, then let them air dry. While you’re soaking your dentures, you should also be cleaning your gums using a soft brush that is different from the one used to clean your dentures. You should also be rinsing out your mouth when you are finished eating meals, which will help get rid of stray food particles stuck inside your mouth due to the dentures. In addition, oral thrush can be caused by not removing your dentures often enough. Take them out when you go to sleep, since you won’t be using them anyway. It will lower your chance of developing oral thrush. Treating Oral Thrush Miconazole gel is an anti-fungal gel, and should be put on areas that are affected multiple times as directed each day. The gel is sold at local drug stores and does not require a prescription to purchase. Use the gel for about a week, and continue taking it for an additional week if the issue has not cleared up. While treating the problem, you’ll want to avoid using any mouthwash that has antibacterial properties. They actually harm your mouth by getting rid of the bacteria that helps keep the yeast in your mouth in balance. In addition, smoking can also cause thrush outbreaks, so consider looking into ways to quit if you have a smoking habit. A dentist can also help evaluate how your dentures are fitting, since loose dentures could put you at risk for getting oral thrush. The dentist may make adjustments or advise you to get new dentures. Visit websites like to learn...

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Don’t Think A Small Cavity In Your Molar Matters? Here’s Why It Does

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Think A Small Cavity In Your Molar Matters? Here’s Why It Does

If you notice a small area of decay in one of your molars, but the tooth doesn’t hurt, you might put off seeing a family dentist for care. Although the cavity in your tooth is tiny, it can actually become a huge problem later. Even small cavities have the potential to lead to abscesses, nerve damage, and even tooth loss without the proper dental treatment. Here are things that may happen if you don’t fill your small cavity and what you can do instead. You Get a Bigger Cavity Waiting to see a dentist can be a big mistake. Although it takes some time for cavities to develop, they can cause many problems once they do. One of the problems with cavities is that they can deepen or spread to the tissues inside teeth, including the nerves. Not all nerve damage is noticeable right away. Sometimes, it takes awhile before you feel pain from a decayed tooth. But by the time you do feel pain, the decay may have already damaged or exposed the tooth’s nerves. Exposed tooth nerves can become sensitive to different stimuli, such as cold tea or hot soup. Even soda, candy, and other sweet items may trigger pain.   In addition, infected teeth can cause an abscess to form at the end of one of your tooth’s roots. Abscesses are small to large pockets of pus. The pus contains dead cells, bacteria, and lymph fluids. If an abscess leaks pus, it can potentially spread to and infect other mouth and body structures, including your heart. You Lose Your Tooth If your tooth becomes too damaged, a dentist may need to remove it. Losing a molar can have detrimental effects on your life. Your ability to chew meat, hard vegetables, and even some types of fruit may decrease. Your mouth may even hurt when you try to chew foods with hard or solid textures. Tooth loss can also affect how you look in the future. The bones in your face and jaws need teeth to keep them strong and healthy. When you lose a tooth, the bone in the empty socket travels back, or reabsorbs, into the jawbone. Your jawline, cheekbones, and other bones of the face may shrink or appear smaller over time, which causes premature aging. Within the first year of losing your molar, your jawbone could potentially lose as much as 25 percent of its width. In addition to premature aging, tooth loss may also cause other teeth to move out of place. Teeth positioned on either side of your missing tooth can travel into its empty tooth socket over time. The shift in tooth position may cause pain in your jaws, because your jaws need to work harder to chew food. You Can Do These Things Instead The first thing you can do is see a dentist for an exam. A dental provider can take X-rays of your tooth to see if the cavity spread deeper into it. If the decay has spread, a dentist may suggest that you have a root canal completed on the tooth. A root canal treatment removes dead tissues from inside the tooth and replaces it with a filling. The filling seals out bacteria, which could otherwise infect the tooth further. If you don’t need a root canal...

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Scaling And Root Planing Can Help Solve Bleeding Gums

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Scaling And Root Planing Can Help Solve Bleeding Gums

Many people think it’s normal to see a little blood when they brush their teeth. They figure they just brushed their gums too hard or some other reason. However, it’s not normal. Generally, if you see blood when you are brushing your teeth, you probably have gum disease. It can be possible to have gum disease without realizing you have it, just because you aren’t familiar with the symptoms of it. If you ask your dentist about your bloody gums, they will probably tell you about gum disease and what they can do to treat your gum disease so that you don’t lose your teeth and your mouth is healthier.  Scaling and Root Planing Your dentist may not call it scaling at root planing, instead, they may call it deep cleaning. It is the same thing. It’s a pretty standard treatment for periodontal disease. The dentist will scrape off all the plaque and calculus that is around your teeth and gums. The plaque and calculus are a breeding ground for bacteria. That bacteria can deepen and enlarge the pocket that goes in between your gum and the root of your teeth. In healthy teeth and gums, that pocket doesn’t affect the tight fit that should exist in between your gums and your teeth. The bacteria will cause that pocket to get deeper and cause your gums to recede. Also, as the bacteria causes the pockets to deepen, more bacteria can get into the area, which causes the pockets to deepen, so on and so forth.  Process Depending on how severe your gum disease is, your dentist may have you do the scaling and root planing in more than one appointment. Before they even start with that, your doctor will give you a regular cleaning. That way you will have a smaller chance of getting incidental bacteria or plaque into those pockets as your doctor is trying to clean them out. Then your doctor will give you some local anesthetic. It’s not a surgical procedure, but it can be somewhat painful while it is happening. Then your doctor will start to scale the plaque by scraping it off. Once they get all the plaque out of the pockets, the dentist will then do the root planing, which means they will smooth out any bumps or cracks in the root. Smooth spots are harder for the bacteria or plaque to get a good grip on. If the scaling and root planing are successful, your gums should heal up and become as tight and high as they should.  If you are bleeding when you brush your teeth, you should go see your dentist. It’s not a normal thing to happen. Your dentist will be able to help you so that it won’t happen anymore. For more information, contact local dentists, such as Kenneth Schweizer DDS...

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3 Tips For Successful Dental Bonding

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Successful Dental Bonding

Improving the appearance of your smile can be a great way to boost your confidence and self-esteem. If gaps or chips are compromising the quality of your smile, your dentist may be able to use a dental bonding agent to easily and effectively eliminate these imperfections. Here are three tips that you can keep in mind as you choose to invest in dental bonding to ensure you achieve the results you are looking for. 1. Get involved in the preparation process. It’s important that you play a vocal role in the preparation process when you choose to invest in dental bonding. Your dentist will apply a durable plastic material to the surface of your teeth in order to camouflage gaps or chips during a dental bonding procedure. This plastic material comes in a variety of shades, allowing your dentist to match the color of your existing teeth. You need to ensure that you ask your dentist to show you samples of the bonding material he or she plans to use during your procedure. If you aren’t happy with the color, ask for adjustments to be made until you are satisfied the bonding material is an exact match with your natural teeth. 2. Don’t be afraid to critique your dentist’s work. When applying a bonding agent to the surface of an existing tooth, your dentist will have to use some artistic license to shape the bonding agent so that it enhances the beauty of your smile. You should ask to see the finished product, and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask your dentist to make alterations to the bonding agent so that the shape and sheen blend seamlessly into your smile.  3. Care for your bonded teeth correctly. Once you are satisfied with the appearance of your newly-bonded teeth, you need to maintain this appearance through proper care. The resin used to create the plastic material your dentist will bond to your tooth can be more delicate than your natural teeth. This means that you will need to avoid habits like chewing your fingernails, chewing on ice, or chewing on your writing instruments. These activities could cause your dental bonding to chip, resulting in the need for costly repairs. Being able to rely on dental bonding to help camouflage minor imperfections in your smile can be beneficial. Be sure that you get the best results by getting involved in the preparation process, critiquing the finished product, and caring for your bonded teeth properly in the...

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3 Ways Neurological Disorders Can Affect Your Braces

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways Neurological Disorders Can Affect Your Braces

If you wear braces, you’ll probably enjoy an uneventful treatment period; however, if you have a neurological condition, you may experience a few problems along the way. Having certain neurological conditions as well as taking medications used in the treatment of these conditions can lead to problems with your teeth and gums, which can alter the effectiveness of your braces treatment. Here are three ways neurological disorders can hinder your orthodontic treatment and what you can do about them: Anti-Seizure Medication If you have epilepsy or another type of seizure disorder, your doctor may have prescribed anti-seizure medications to help decrease the frequency and intensity of your seizures. While these medications are very effective in the management of seizures, they can lead to a condition known as gum overgrowth, or gingival hyperplasia. This condition refers to overgrown, painful, and inflamed gums that often bleed upon the slightest touch. This can make it difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene when wearing your braces because anti-seizure medications can cause your gums to grow over and in-between your brackets, raising the risk for infection. If you notice any unusual swelling, pain, or bleeding of your gums while taking anti-seizure medication, let your orthodontist know. He or she may recommend an antimicrobial mouthwash to help get rid of bacteria trapped under your braces and inflamed gum tissue. Systemic Inflammation Neurological conditions can also lead to the release of chemicals known as cytokines. When cytokines are released into your bloodstream, it can trigger an inflammatory response throughout your entire body, including your oral cavity. This means that your gums can swell, as well as your throat, tongue, and lining of your cheeks. When oral inflammation is present, your hardware may become too tight, leading to improper dental shifting and gum trauma. Antihistamines and aspirin may have the potential to reduce cytokine expression, and, therefore, help dampen systemic inflammation. Do not take these medications, however, until you speak with your primary physician, especially if you are taking medications to manage neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, or a spinal cord injury.  Oral Bleeding If you suffered a cerebral vascular accident, or stroke, your doctor may have recommended anti-thrombolytic medication. These medications include prescription anticoagulant drugs as well as over-the-counter aspirin. While both are effective in the prevention of blood clots, they may lead to abnormal or uncontrollable bleeding, including bleeding in your mouth. If you take anticoagulant medications, avoid vigorous brushing and flossing because your gums may bleed profusely if you are too rough during your oral care routine. Although bleeding gums might discourage you from properly brushing and flossing, it is important that you don’t stop caring for your teeth, especially while your braces are on. Neglecting oral health, coupled with wearing braces, can raise your risk for periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease that can lead to bone destruction in your mouth.  If you wear braces and suffer from a neurological disorder, work with both your dentist and physician to develop an effective treatment plan. When both disciplines are involved in your care, your risk for oral problems will be greatly...

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Important Tips For Preparing Your Autistic Child For Dental Visits

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Tips For Preparing Your Autistic Child For Dental Visits

Given that the diagnosis of autism has increased dramatically in recent years and that so many autistic individuals have trouble dealing with new experiences, sounds, and meeting new people, children with this challenge are often at a higher risk than the general public of developing significant dental issues. Therefore, it is a good idea to be aware of the information provided below to better prepare your special-needs son or daughter for their future dental appointments. Understand When Your Child Should See The Dentist  The American Dental Association has issued a recommendation that children should see the dentist for the first time within six months of the first tooth erupting. Since the average age for a baby to get the first tooth is about six months, that means that the majority of babies should see the dentist around their first birthday. After that, they should see the dentist every six months. Unfortunately, almost half of all children as young as two years of age do not see the dentist as often as they should and many autistic kids don’t get the dental care they need.  Speak With Your Child’s Behavioral Therapist About Practicing Adequate Oral Care Before The Appointment If your young child sees an occupational or behavioral therapist, it is a good idea to ask if that professional can help you to prepare and desensitize your your son or daughter to receiving dental care. In that instance, it is often better to include that preparation early and repeatedly for best results. Specifically, experience emulation and practice exercises to mimic the dental visit that are provided by a behavioral therapist can be quite useful for an autistic child. It can even more useful for a child who needs to know what is going on and lacks the cognitive ability to do so without extra help and preparation. They can also be done with you at home. Desensitize Your Child To The Experience With Daily Practice Of The Dental Appointment At Home Since so many autistic children have issues being touched or being in the near proximity of new people, one way to make an actual dental appointment easier in the future is by repeatedly practicing the events that will occur during that visit. For instance, you can teach your son or daughter to lean their head back, open and close their mouth upon request and work on methods that allow them to be more comfortable with the entire experience. The previously mentioned behavioral therapist may have other ideas and techniques that are helpful. If your child can tolerate it, another option to consider is the use of safe, plastic dental toys that they can practice with on their own to remove the mystery of the actual appointment will include. In addition, some autistic children benefit from attending the dental office without receiving any care. One option that has been successful for some autistic kids includes entering the dental office and being rewarded with a sticker, sugar-free lollipop or another tangible, appropriate award without actually seeing the dentist for the first visit or two. In conclusion, many autistic children have issues with dental appointments, often due to the unexpected experiences, new physical contact or unknown people in the immediate area for prolonged periods of time. Talk to your dentist, someone at a place like Dentistry...

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3 Types Of Dental Exploring Instruments Explained

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Types Of Dental Exploring Instruments Explained

Fear is widely cited as one of the most common reasons people fail to visit dental offices as regularly as they should. Such fears often stem from a lack of understanding of the procedures and instruments used during a dental check up. If you would like to increase your knowledge as a way to allay the dental fears of yourself or one of your family members, read on. This article will discuss three types of exploring instruments used during regular check-ups. Exploring Instruments The first thing most people notice once they’ve seated themselves in the exam chair is a shallow tray of highly-intimidating metal implements. To the uninitiated, these tools look as much like instruments of torture as they do sophisticated dental tools. Fortunately, this impression can be easily dismissed simply by learning a little bit about these tools, which are collectively referred to as exploring instruments. Straight and Curved Explorers These two items often occupy the two ends of a single tool. The purpose of both of them is to help the dentist examine the occlusal surfaces of the teeth for any signs of decay or disease. In other words, the dentist uses these tools to help them feel for irregularities on your teeth. In general, the tips of these tools are kept very sharp. This should not be cause for worry, however, since it is only meant to increase the amount of tactile feedback provided by the tool. Interproximal Explorer Like the straight and curved explorers, the principal function of an interproximal explorer is to probe the surface of the teeth for signs of cavities and other problems. An interproximal explorer differs in that its tip contains two or more angled sections. This simply allows the tool to more effectively probe along the back and sides of teeth. Periodontal Probes Periodontal probes are often confused for explorers, though they differ in a couple of subtle yet key ways. For one thing, the tips of periodontal probes are much blunter. This allows them to be utilized under and around the gums without any risk of unintentional injury. In addition, the tips of periodontal probes are marked with a series of notches. These allow the dentist to accurately measure the depth of your periodontal pockets. A periodontal pocket refers to the distance between the bottom edge of your gums and the place where it is attached to your teeth. Excessively large periodontal pockets are often a sign of gingivitis and other gum diseases that cause the gums to recede upward along the tooth. For more information, visit websites like...

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Understanding Dental Implants And Osseointegration

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Dental Implants And Osseointegration

The vast majority of dental implants are successful, with 98% of implants that remain strong and secure in the jaw. While this is true, you want to be sure that you do everything in your power to ensure proper healing. Tissue healing occurs first and then the bone starts to build new cells. Bone healing takes much longer than basic tissue healing, and the process of bone healing is called osseointegration. Osseointegration problems commonly lead to overall implant failure. If you want to understand what osseointegration is and how you can make sure that the process advances without issue, keep reading. What Is Osseointegration? Osseointegration occurs when the living bone tissues in your body bond or adhere to an implant device. The process occurs whether you receive a knee replacement, artificial limb, or a dental implant. During osseointegration, bone cells grow and connect to the implant device. This creates a structural connection where the bone and the implant merge into a single entity. When this happens, the implant becomes a load bearing device that can withstand as much pressure and stress as the surrounding bone.  Osseointegration does not occur in response to the implant, but it happens as the bone heals and fills in space close to the implant device. The implant is not identified as a foreign object, so the bone grows as if the implant is another bone or a piece of soft tissue. The same sort of healing occurs after a bone break. Bone growth is often slow since bone matter is dense with a great deal of minerals packed into a small space. New bone will attach to old bone and fill in the space around the dental implant over the course of several months. It can take between two and six months for bone cells to fully develop and form around the implant device. The cells are quite fragile as they start to develop, and even small amounts of pressure can break the bone away from the implant. The result is a loose device that may not fully integrate with the bone. How Does Failed Osseointegration Occur? When osseointegration fails, your implant device will be loose. As the implant moves around in the tooth socket, the bone becomes stressed and more tissues may be lost. The implant can loosen more and more until the device needs to be completely removed. This is a common occurrence if the initial osseointegration process is interrupted.  There are many things that can cause osseointegration failure. Biting hard on the top of the implant can break the root free from the bone tissue. It is wise to eat soft foods that require little chewing, biting, and grinding until your dentist tells you that the osseointegration process is complete. You will usually receive a permanent dental crown at this time, so this is a good sign that you can use your implant tooth normally.  Poor bone density can lead to osseointegration issues as well. Bone density is linked to the mineral content of the bone and the amount of nutrients that can be packed around the root device. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and selenium are required to build bone tissue. While you may need to eat a soft diet, the foods you consume should also be rich in mineral content to make sure the body can build dense tissue. Trauma to...

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Why Do Dental Fillings Fall Out And What Can You Do About It?

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Do Dental Fillings Fall Out And What Can You Do About It?

About 92% of all adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had at least one dental cavity. If you have had a cavity yourself and have received treatment from your local dental professional, then you may think that the decay has fully been treated in a permanent manner. This is not always the case though, and the filling may fall out. If this has recently happened to you, then find out why a filling may fail and what you should do while waiting to see your dentist for treatment. Why Do Dental Fillings Fail? Dental fillings can fail or be pulled out of the mouth for several different reasons. If you had a dental filling secured many years ago, then it is possible that the filling has reached its full life expectancy. For silver amalgam, the filling is likely to last about 10 to 15 years. Composite fillings will remain strong for a much shorter period of time and may need to be replaced within 5 to 7 years. If your filling was added to one of your teeth a few years ago, then it probably does not need to be replaced due to general deterioration issues. Dental fillings are constructed to fit inside the teeth so the dentin supplies a solid structure underneath the metal or composite material. If the solid structure starts to wear away, then the filling can loosen and fall out. This often happens when a cavity forms in the tooth underneath the filling.  Sometimes, fillings are created that are quite large. If you have received one of these bigger fillings, then the silver or composite likely cannot retain a great deal of stress. This is especially true if you have a parafunctional habit. Parafunctional habits are activities that you complete that work the body in a way that it is not intended. For example, you have a parafunctional habit if you chew on pen caps throughout the day. These types of habits are typically taken into consideration when you and your dentist decide on whether a crown or a filling will be needed to repair the tooth. If you do have a chewing habit, then make sure to tell your dentist so a crown can be cemented over the tooth. What Should You Do About A Missing Filling? Missing fillings do need to be replaced. If you do not see your dentist right away, then the exposed dentin may wear away or become infected by another cavity. Also, the tooth will likely be painful where the dentin is exposed. Dentin is much more porous than the dental enamel, and this means it is also more sensitive to pressure as well as extreme temperature changes.  If you cannot see your dentist right away and the filling was relatively big, then go to your pharmacy and purchase a dental repair kit with a cement or putty material. You can use the compound to fill in the hole in your tooth. If you had an amalgam filling that fell out and you were able to retain the filling, then purchase a repair kit from your pharmacy with a glue that can help to secure the filling back in place. You can also use super glue to make the repair if you want. If the filling was a smaller one, then you may...

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