A toothache often feels like a sharp pain or a dull throbbing ache. The tooth involved may be sensitive to pressure, heat, cold, or sweets but in cases of severe pain, identifying the problem tooth is often difficult. Toothaches may result from any of a number of causes.
Patients who are experiencing any of the following possible toothache symptoms should consult with a dentist:
• Significant, persistent pain in the tooth that is often sharp or throbbing – this is the main indicator of a toothache.
• Noticeable puss at the site of the discomfort – this may indicate the presence of an abscess, which not only causes pain but can increase the patient’s risk of developing a systemic infection.
• Swelling around the problematic tooth – this also may suggest the presence of some sort of infection.
• Fever – This is yet another sign of infection. Continue reading
When tooth enamel becomes weak your teeth become susceptible to problems like cavities, chipping, and sensitivity. While you can not regenerate tooth enamel there are things you can do to stop the weakening of your enamel and help to strengthen and remineralize it to avoid additional damage.
The main culprit behind enamel damage is acid. Drinking and eating acidic foods weakens tooth enamel over time by stripping away its mineral content. Acidic foods and beverages are a daily part of many people’s diets. Drinks such as coffee and soda along with foods like oranges and lemons can harm tooth enamel, especially if these items are consumed too often. Continue reading
If you have crooked teeth, then you are already aware of some of the difficulties they present on a daily basis. Struggling to clean between them is often the biggest challenge. Below are issues you may experience if your teeth remain crooked, damaged or misaligned.
Risk Of Decay
When teeth are out of alignment or tightly crowded together, it is very difficult to thoroughly clean away all food particles. Unfortunately, this means that the bacteria left behind greatly increases your risk of tooth decay. Continue reading
Cosmetic dentistry is sought out by patients for a variety of reasons. Some would like to appear younger, and others would simply like to smile without feeling self-conscious. Whatever the reason you are seeking these services, the physical and mental health benefits of cosmetic dentistry are numerous.
If you opt for teeth whitening, straightening, or veneers, it could give you a noticeable confidence boost. Walking into a room with a straight, white smile will make you feel way more confident than the alternative. Getting your teeth professionally taken care of will make you feel better all around. Continue reading
X-rays are an extremely important part of your dental evaluation, and they are vital to proper diagnosis and prevention of disease. The kinds of x-rays needed are based upon your age, your medical history, a thorough examination of the mouth, a TMJ evaluation, and an examination of the health of your gums.
A panorex x-ray shows a broad view of the jaw, teeth, sinuses, nasal area and TMJ. It shows problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, infections and fractures.
Bite wings x-rays show the upper and lower back teeth. These x-rays are used primarily to check for decay between the teeth. They also show bone loss when periodontal disease or a dental infection is present. Most frequently a bite wing is taken on each side of the mouth. Continue reading
Your dentist may take dental x-rays if your are a new patient, have not been seen in a while, or are in for a follow-up visit after dental treatment. Below are the most common type of x-rays that would be taken and the reasons why:
• Bitewing x-rays help dentists look at bone levels between teeth, cavities between teeth, and the health of the bone between teeth.
• Periapical x-rays help dentists look at the root tips of teeth, the bone around teeth, abscesses, and other pathology. Continue reading
The effects of excess weight go beyond the known health risks like diabetes and heart disease. Obesity is also linked to poor dental health, periodontal disease, and even tooth loss. Surprisingly, studies have shown that men and women who have a BMI of 30 and above experience a higher risk of developing periodontal disease than those who fall within the healthy body weight range. More surprisingly, women who are classified as overweight with a BMI that ranges between 25-30 have a greater risk of gum disease than men. It is believed that fat tissue creates a hospitable environment for macrophages, which can lead to inflammation and degeneration of gum tissue more easily. Continue reading
Maintaining a good bedtime oral hygiene routine is even more important than your daytime one. A lot can happen overnight while you are sleeping. Food debris and bacteria can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums during sleep time, when there is almost no saliva produced to wash away bacteria. Most of us have more time at night to properly clean our teeth, but wait until we are too tired to do so. Continue reading
If you are weighing your options for replacing missing teeth, your best bet is to go with the best possible option in terms of comfort, functionality and support of oral health right from the start to minimize the need for further treatment and expense later. Aside from those practical concerns about future hassles, there is the appearance aspect to consider, which is very important. Continue reading
Taking good care of your teeth and gums is a 24/7 endeavor. You may already know that dentists recommend brushing in the morning and before you go to sleep at night, but you may not be aware of other steps you should be taking at night to protect your oral health. Continue reading