Toothaches: Cause, Remedies and Long-term Solutions

If you have ever held your head in agony through a toothache, you have come to the right place. As a mom and a nurse, I have helped many people deal with all kinds of pain including toothaches, and I have suffered through many toothaches myself. I am the type of person who likes to help others, so I decided to create this blog. In this blog, I plan to post entries on the causes of toothaches and how to alleviate toothache pain, but I also plan to explore long-term solutions such as fillings and sealants and more. I hope you enjoy reading, and I thank you for stopping by.

Three Ways Your Dental Practice Can Expand to Help the Community

As a dentist you, know there is an increase in tooth decay, tooth loss, and severe dental issues. One of the contributing factors is the lack of dental care for certain demographics, such as people living below the poverty line and the elderly. You may want to expand your dental practice in order to help these various demographics. If you are just starting your research on ways to expand your dental practice, here are a few ways to consider. Mobile Dentistry One of the ways that you can expand your dental practice to help the community is to open a mobile dentistry clinic. This clinic can go to different locations and set up a dental plan during the day and take on income-based and charity based patients. Though you may not be able to do major dental work in this mobile clinic, you can still offer a basic outreach to do check-ups, x-rays, and consultations in poorer neighborhoods and other locations. You can also choose to offer a mobile dentistry clinic as a home visit option for housebound patients. Senior Partnerships Senior partnerships are ways that many dental practices are expanding their businesses to help the community. These partnerships allow the dental office to partner with various assisted-living communities as well as nursing homes. When the partnership is developed, your dental office will open up a small practice inside of an existing assisted-living community or nursing home. You can send a dentist from your office or a dental assistant to the senior partnership location. They will conduct basic check-ups, cleanings, x-rays, and take notes to bring back to you...

Cracked Tooth? What You Need To Know

Cracks in your teeth can cause pain, sensitivity to heat, cold and sweetness, and uncomfortable swelling of the gums.  Here are the answers to some common questions you may have about cracked teeth. What causes cracked teeth? Cracks in your teeth can be caused by a number of different factors.  If the fracture is in the tooth root, it could have been caused by long-standing gum disease that has weakened the jaw bone around the tooth root.  Sometimes, dental work involving very large fillings can weaken the surrounding tooth enamel so that it eventually cracks. If you have the habit of grinding your teeth while you sleep, cracks in your teeth can occur due to the tremendous pressure placed on them.  Cracking can also occur when you bite on a hard surface such as a boiled sweet.  Facial injuries and impacts can also result in cracked teeth. What does a cracked tooth look like? A simple cracked tooth is seen as a single crack running from the top edge of the tooth down to the root.  Although the tooth doesn’t split in half, the damage can extend into the inner tissues of the tooth. A common form of cracking is ‘craze lines’.  These are present in the outer enamel of the tooth and show up as minute cracks, like crazy paving.  They won’t cause you any pain, although you should still get them checked out by your dentist. A cracked ‘cusp’ usually occurs as a result of biting onto something hard.  The cusp is the pointed part of your tooth.  If it’s broken, you could experience pain when biting....

Dental Malocclusion: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Malocclusion is the improper alignment of teeth which affects dental function and the general visual appeal. This type of condition can cause serious oral discomfort as well as other dental complications when left untreated.  If you have mild or severe malocclusion, you should understand basic aspects of the condition. Here is a short description of the causes, symptoms and potential treatment procedures: Causes of Malocclusion Malocclusion is an inherited condition or trait which means that it is usually passed down along the generation line. If your family has a continuing history of the condition, you should be vigilant to ensure that any misalignment is dealt with as early as possible. There are different types of malocclusion problems so it is important to consult your dentist or an orthodontist for proper assessment and diagnosis. Common misalignment problems include overcrowding of teeth, protrusion of the front teeth in the upper dental arch and severe overlapping of the upper teeth over the lower ones. For instance, your children may be vulnerable to the issue if you have the condition so you should ensure the dentist monitors their health. There are other factors that can induce or contribute to the advancement of malocclusion. Poor health conditions such as cleft lip and palate, oral tumours, jaw injuries and poorly placed dental devices like braces, fillings and crowns can contribute to misalignment. Habits such as thumb-sucking, prolonged use of the pacifier and extended bottle-feeding in early childhood are also important factors in malocclusion. Symptoms of Malocclusion The symptoms of dental malocclusion may be severe and apparent or subtle. You should recognise the typical signs so that...

Avoid Denture Drama: Which Foods Do You Need to Be Mindful of When Wearing Dentures?

It can feel slightly odd when you put dentures in your mouth for the first time. You’re certainly aware of the fact that they’re there, but this feeling passes very quickly. You also become aware that you’re able to eat foods that were previously off-limits, and this is a wonderful feeling. Dentistry has evolved to the point where you quickly forget that you’re actually wearing dentures, and you might only think of them when it’s time to take them out at night. While you can eat a wide range of food with dentures, it’s important to remember that you’re still wearing a detachable prosthetic device, and so it’s not as though you can comfortably eat anything you might want. So what are some of the types of food that aren’t such a good idea to eat while wearing dentures? Coffee and Tea Technically you should be able to enjoy coffee and tea even if you had no teeth at all, but special care must be taken if you wear dentures. It’s important to remember that dentures can become stained more quickly than regular teeth, and regular consumption of coffee, tea, and even red wine can cause your dentures to become discoloured rather quickly. What to Do: You can still enjoy your caffeine hit (or your wine), but you should always rinse your mouth with water when you’ve finished, which will remove the staining agents in these beverages before they have a chance to take hold. Popcorn When dried corn kernels are popped, a piece of that dried kernel remains. This is the hard, yellowish portion of a piece of...

How to Introduce Young Children to the Dentist

A fear of visiting the dentist is common in children. This is unsurprising, since many adults feel the same way! However, while an adult knows it is a necessity and can grin and bear it, a reluctant child can turn a trip to the dentist into a nightmare of tantrums and refusals. To prevent your child becoming a dentist-dreading terror, try some of these techniques for making your dentist a friend not a foe. Start young Your child’s first visit to a dentist should take place at around 12 months of age, or shortly after the first milk tooth appears. Regular visits from this point on should ensure that familiarity breeds comfort in the dentist’s clinic. Set an example Even if your child does not have a check up due themselves, take them with you when you go to the dentist yourself. Seeing you relaxed in the dentist’s chair will strengthen the message that there is nothing to fear. Bring the dentist home Read books at home about trips to the dentist and play ‘going to the dentist’ games. Any lingering doubts about seeing the dentist can be discovered and allayed through such role playing. Talk about your own experiences in childhood of dental treatments and emphasise how glad you are to have healthy teeth now. School visits Ask your child’s school about arranging a visit from a dentist to chat to the children. Maybe a parent is a dentist or a local practitioner would be happy to oblige. Meeting a real dentist on their own territory, especially one who brings stickers and colouring sheets for all the kids,...

3 Ways You Can Make Your Teeth Whiter

Your teeth come in various natural shades of white. This white color may darken over time due to exposure to agents that stain your teeth. One of the biggest components responsible for tooth discoloration is exposure to excessive amounts of fluoride. Other causes could be your diet, drinks such as coffee and tea can darken your teeth, smoking, tooth decay and other dental diseases. White teeth create a beautiful and bright smile, and since it enhances your appearance, it improves your confidence. The following are some of the ways you can whiten your teeth. Whitening toothpaste Whitening toothpaste is specially constituted with whitening agents or bleaching agents that work towards brighter shades of teeth over time. The efficacy of this method depends on the quality of the brand that you buy. This method of teeth whitening is suitable for people with mild discoloration especially dietary or smoking related. Strips & Gels Strips and gels that whiten teeth are also available from most drug stores. These products may be recommended by a dentist or bought over-the-counter. These gels and strips have peroxide based whitening agents that you can use once or twice a day to brighten your teeth. Instructions on how to use these products vary depending on the strength of the peroxide so you need to be careful when using these products. In-office whitening If you are looking for quick and effective methods of teeth whitening, you should consider in-office tooth whitening services. A dentist carries out the tooth whitening process by applying the bleaching agent directly on the teeth. The results are usually visible in a matter of...

From Bad Breath To Pneumonia: Four Reasons Proper Denture Care Is Essential

Dentures allow you to maintain oral comfort and chewing ability, regardless of lost teeth. However, dentures require you to remove and clean them every evening. Without proper denture care, denture wearers may suffer from a range of health problems. Here are just a few of the health-based reasons taking care of your dentures is essential: 1. Bacteria-filled dentures can cause bad breath Unfortunately, if you do not brush your dentures regularly, bacteria can build up on them, just as it builds up on your teeth, gums and tongue. That can give you bad breath. To see if your dentures may be giving you bad breath, remove them and seal them in a plastic bag. Wait about ten minutes and then open the bag. If they emit an odor, they are likely giving you bad breath. You can solve this issue by cleaning them more thoroughly. However, the bacteria and debris around dentures can cause much worse things than bad breath. 2. Dirty dentures can lead to periodontal disease Just as not brushing or flossing can lead to periodontal disease, so can improper denture. If plaque and food residue build up between your dentures and your gums, it can seriously affect the health of your gums. If you develop periodontal disease, your gums will recede, and you may have to get new dentures made. 3. Ill-fitting dentures can cause mucous lesions If your dentures do not fit correctly – due to periodontal disease causing the gums to recede or any other issue – you can get mucous lesions in your mouth. These can be uncomfortable. Canker sores or oral ulcers...

Dental Check-ups: What You May Not Know

Dental check-ups are important and should never be missed or delayed. This is the only time when the dentist gets to evaluate your teeth, gums and mouth to see if there are any oral health concerns. Among other things, the dentist will check for plaque, damaged teeth, teeth wear, signs of tooth decay or gum disease and if there are any pits that need filling. However, there’s more to dental check-ups than you may know. Read on to find out. Give your dentist as much information as possible During a consultation, the dentist will ask you questions to get a rough idea of how well you’re looking after your teeth. This does not just center on brushing and flossing. It also pertains to your diet and consumption of alcohol and any other drugs. It’s therefore best to divulge as much information as possible. For, example, if you have picked up a habit of snacking or smoking, let your dentist know so that they can look out for any effects that may come about as a result. Also, if you have any concerns at all, no matter how slight, let your dentist know. This could be anything from sore gums to jaw discomfort. It could be the tell-tale sign of a bigger problem that the dentist needs to know about. Time between check-ups may vary Time duration between dental check-ups are not cast in stone; they can vary. Your dentist may want to see you again after three months, while previously you had to wait after a whole year. Usually, the dentist will evaluate the condition of your teeth to...

Why DIY Teeth Whitening Is Not The Best Option

Every celebrity these days seems to have a perfectly even, brilliant white smile.  If you have around $600 to spare, you can have one too.  That’s roughly what a professional dental whitening treatment will set you back, and many people think it’s worth the expense to ‘get the look’.  However, if you don’t have that sort of money to play with, you could always go down the home teeth whitening route.  But are these cheap DIY products really safe to use? Home whitening There are certainly plenty of products to choose from in the home teeth whitening product displays at your local chemist or supermarket, and there are even more out there on the internet.  They’re much cheaper than a professional cosmetic dental treatment (starting at as little as $10) and they work too.  But beware–some of the ingredients can be extremely harmful. One of the worst culprits and the most popular and seemingly effective home whitening products are gel-infused strips.  All you do is remove the strip from its packaging and stick it onto your teeth.  Minutes later, you have a dazzling white smile.  Unfortunately, the effects only last a few days and then you have to repeat the treatment. Danger zone Effective they may be, but these kits can be extremely dangerous to your teeth.  Some kits, especially those you can buy on the net contain harsh chemicals that can be very damaging to your teeth. In some cases, the primary active component is an acid which can cause chemical burns to your gums and tongue if used incorrectly.  It also destroys the tooth enamel permanently, causing...