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.

No Toothbrush? No Problem! How to Clean Your Teeth Without a Brush

Have you ever found yourself without a toothbrush? Perhaps you are unexpectedly staying over at a friend’s house or you forgot to pack one when going away on a trip. Below is a guide to 5 ways you can keep your teeth clean when you don’t have access to a toothbrush. Finger magic  If you can get hold of some toothpaste—there’s likely to be some lying around in the bathroom—you could try the classic toothpaste on the finger trick. Simply use your finger as a substitute brush. You won’t be able to reach all the surfaces of your teeth but try to be as thorough as possible. Remember to thoroughly wash you finger beforehand to avoid introducing bacteria into your mouth.  Use fabric  Find a clean piece of fabric—this could be a piece of clothing or a clean cloth—and use it to rub the surfaces of your teeth clean. If you can find toothpaste, squeeze a little onto the cloth beforehand, if not you can still give them a basic clean this way. Once you have rubbed your teeth as thoroughly as possible, rinse your mouth out with water.  Mouthwash If you can find some mouthwash in the bathroom, give your mouth a good long rinse. This is a good quick fix. It won’t clean your teeth thoroughly but will help kill bacteria in your mouth and will generally make you feel fresher.  Snacking  If you have access to the fridge, why not make yourself a tooth cleansing snack? Crunching your way through vegetables like carrots and celery can help to clean your mouth by scraping away bacteria from...

What to Expect After Your Root Canal Treatment

If you have just undergone or are about to undergo root canal treatment, you may be wondering what lies ahead in terms of your recovery. Although 67 percent of Americans say they fear root canal treatment, with 15% going as far as to avoid dental care altogether, the procedure itself is less painful than the alternative. With the right post-treatment care, your recovery should take from a few days to a few weeks. How you choose to care for your tooth will usually determine the length of time it takes for you to be able to comfortably use it.  Pain, Swelling and Sensitivity  For the first few days you may experience pain, sensitivity and in some cases, swelling. This is perfectly normal. According to dental research, 40% of patients experience some discomfort after endodontic treatment. In general, most patients begin to experience discomfort several hours after root canal treatment and this could last from a few hours to several days with the pain gradually decreasing as time goes by.  A study conducted in 2006 followed a group of 112 post endodontic treatment patients and found that 80% reported no pain after two days, with 8% citing slight pain and 12% of patients reporting moderate to severe levels of pain.  Any discomfort you experience, including pain, sensitivity or swelling, is normal and usually caused by inflammation of the tissues surrounding your tooth’s root. However, if the pain is severe and continues for more than a few days, you should contact your dentist or endodontist to check for the cause.  How to Care for Your Pre-Root Canal Tooth Until your tooth is fully...

Amphetamine Addiction and Dental Health

If you have previously been addicted to using amphetamines, alongside a range of other health issues you may also be experiencing problems related to your dental health. While it is impossible to undo a lot of the damage which has already been caused by your drug use, you can take steps to protect your teeth and gums in the future, giving them the best possible chance of recovery as you begin a new drug-free life. Attend regular dentist appointments Amphetamine abuse can lead to chaotic lifestyle, where things like remembering to go to the dentist or to brush your teeth fall to the bottom of the list of things to do. Amphetamines can also make you crave sugary drinks, which further adds to tooth decay. You should have your oral health assessed by a dentist, who will also be able to fill any cavities and extract any bad teeth which are beyond repair. However, once you have had this initial treatment, it is vital you continue to visit your dentist for regular check-ups to fight any future decay. Eat well Amphetamines are an appetite suppressant, which means that it is likely you did not maintain a healthy diet when using the drug. As well as leading to weight loss, a poor diet can also lead to malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies which can impact your oral health. You should ensure you eat a range of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. This will help you to protect your remaining healthy teeth as well as help the rest of your body to begin its recovery to full health....

Why Won’t Your Dentist Fit Dental Implants on Your Child?

If your child is missing a tooth, you’re both likely to be keen to fill the gap. When you’re researching solutions, you may decide that dental implants are the best choice. Implants are often considered to be a strong, long-term and natural looking solution to filling gaps. While you and your child may favour an implant, your dentist may not want to use this solution on your child. Why are dentists not keen on using implants on kids and what are the alternatives? How Implants Are Fitted Implants come in two parts. They have a post and a false tooth. When you have an implant fitted, the post is inserted into the bone in your jaw. Over time, the bone grows around the post and integrates it into a fixed position. The implant post is then strong enough to hold a false tooth to fill the gap in your mouth. To succeed, a dental implant typically requires enough healthy bone to allow the post to integrate. While your child may have a high enough bone density to make an implant take and work as it should, the implant itself may pose problems for child and his or her future facial development. How Implants Affect Growing Jaws The problem with kids, even when they are well into their teenage years, is the fact that they are still growing. If your dentist feels that your child’s jaw has not finished growing yet, you may well be advised not to have implants. When the implant post embeds into the jaw bone, it takes a fixed position – it isn’t supposed to move...

Should You Allow Your Child to Have Veneers?

As children get older, they may become more aware of their appearance; they may also compare the way they look with their friends and even with famous people they admire. In some cases, some children start to particularly worry about their teeth as they reach their teenage years. For example, some kids may think that their teeth are not white enough or that they are a little too crooked to look good. If you have a savvy teenager who knows exactly how to correct cosmetic problems and who thinks their teeth need work, you may be nagged to let your child have veneers. While veneers can fix minor cosmetic problems and create a whiter smile, they also come with some downsides. Are veneers a good solution for your child? How Old Is Your Child? While dentists may recommend veneers for kids in some cases, such as when they have a badly damaged or severely discoloured tooth, they may be less willing to do this kind of work for less important cosmetic reasons until your child has finished growing. For example, dentists may require children to have their adult teeth in place with full roots before they will consider cosmetic work such as veneers. They may also not be comfortable fitting veneers until your child’s jaw has finished growing. If you fit veneers and your jaw grows after the treatment, the veneers may not fit or look as good as they once did. This may require removing the original veneers and fitting new ones.  Typically, the female jaw is done growing around the ages of 13-15; the male jaw may...

The Annoyance of Denture Stomatitis (and How to Get Rid of It)

Denture stomatitis occurs when the sections of your gums that are in contact with your dentures become inflamed. It can be quite common, but this does not mean that it’s something you need to tolerate. The gums might simply feel a little irritated, or they might in fact become painful. If you’ve ever suffered from inflamed gums when wearing your dentures, then it’s time to look at some of the cause of denture stomatitis, as well as some straightforward ways to get rid of this annoyance. Fungus Problems Denture stomatitis is essentially an abundance of candida albicans, which is a type of fungus that can cause yeast infections. It greatly contributes to opportunistic oral infections, which means it can grow in your mouth when the conditions are right. The presence of your dentures with the dental plate pressing against your gums can lead to candida albicans, especially when coupled with incorrect oral hygiene. So what are some ways to prevent from building up on and around your dentures? Proper Cleaning The prosthetic teeth contained in a set of dentures will not decay as natural teeth might, but you still need to keep them clean (along with the rest of your mouth). Clean your dentures with an effervescent cleaning tablet (the kind that begins to fizz when you drop it into a glass of water). Brush any remaining natural teeth as per usual, and you can finish with an antibacterial mouthwash (as recommended by your dentist). Allow Your Gums to Rest Candida albicans has more of a chance to develop when your gums are in constant contact with your dentures....

How to Oil Pull Through Morning Sickness

If you’re a regular oil puller, you may be keen to carry on pulling when you get pregnant to help you maintain a good level of oral hygiene. Oil pulling is generally considered to be a useful way of removing toxins from your mouth that may help you avoid issues such as dental decay and gum disease. The practice may be particularly useful during this time of your life, as your pregnancy increases the chances of gum problems. However, oil pulling in pregnancy may not be as easy as you think, even if you have oil pulled without any problems before. This may be a particular problem if you’re suffering from morning sickness, and you may need to change how you oil pull to make it work for you. Pick the Right Time to Oil Pull Typically, you’re advised to oil pull on an empty stomach in the morning. This may not be a great idea if you’re suffering from morning sickness. Putting a spoonful of a greasy oil in your mouth or swishing it around for your chosen oil pull time may trigger your nausea and make your morning sickness worse. To avoid this problem, you may find it easier to wait until a time of day when your nausea has completely passed before trying an oil pull. Change How You Oil Pull You may have been able to cope with oil pulling with a tablespoon of oil for 20 minutes every day before you got pregnant; this may not be as easy during pregnancy. It may help to reduce the volume of oil in a pull to...

Delving into the world of cosmetic dentistry

The demand for cosmetic dental treatments has soared in recent years.  This upward trajectory is likely to continue for some time, with many experts predicting that by 2020, the international cosmetic dentistry market will be worth $22.4 billion. Once thought to be accessible only by the rich and famous, dental work of this kind is now something which virtually everyone can avail themselves of, if they so choose. What exactly is cosmetic dentistry? As its title implies, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the teeth from an aesthetic viewpoint. While traditional dental practices treat issues relating to oral disease and hygiene, cosmetic dentists offer treatments which improve the position, size, shape and colour of the teeth, as well as the appearance of the gums. What are some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures? Some examples of this type of dental work include crown veneers, teeth whitening, reshaping of the gums, contouring of a tooth, or the insertion of bridgework where teeth are missing. Of these procedures, crown veneers are perhaps one of the most popular, as in addition to dramatically improving the overall appearance of the teeth, they can also serve as a protective barrier; they can, for example, cover teeth that have been damaged by gingivitis, act as an anchor for dental bridges, or even prevent a cracked tooth from falling apart. From an aesthetic perspective, they can also widen or lengthen a tooth, mask dental implants, and hide severe discolouration that cannot be fixed through whitening treatments. In this sense, crown veneers are both a restorative and a cosmetic dental procedure. They can be made from a...

Questions Many Parents Have About the Care of a Child’s Teeth

A child is never too young for a parent to consider the care and condition of their teeth and mouth. A paediatric dentist can examine your child’s mouth and note any personalised advice you might need for keeping their teeth healthy, but you should consider some additional questions to ask the dentist during your appointment. This will ensure you get all the information you need to keep your child’s teeth and mouth healthy, no matter their age. 1. Why fill the cavity of a baby tooth? It may seem pointless to fill the cavity of a baby tooth since it will eventually fall out, but tooth decay can spread to permanent teeth, causing damage. Cavities in baby teeth can also make it uncomfortable for your child to eat, and they may experience pain from hot and cold foods and liquids. Rather than ignore a cavity in a baby tooth, consider having it filled as recommended by your paediatric dentist. 2. When should a child get sealants? Sealants are plastic materials that get applied to a child’s back molars, to fill in the cracks and crevices of these teeth. These sealants can keep food particles from getting caught in these crevices and, in turn, reduce the risk of cavities. Ask your paediatric dentist when he or she would recommend sealants for your child, as they’re usually applied to permanent molars once they come in. 3. When should children begin to floss? Typically it’s good for children to learn to floss once their teeth grow so much that they start touching each other. This is when food particles can get caught...

Answers to Questions Most Adults Have About Getting Braces for Themselves

You’re almost always able to get braces even when you’re an adult, as long as the bones of your jaw are strong enough to support the constant tightening of the wires around the braces. This can mean a more attractive smile overall and in some cases, a healthier mouth. Sometimes very crooked teeth will result in inadequate support for the upper jaw, resulting in stiff muscles and soreness around the head and even the shoulders. Whatever your reasons for thinking of getting braces as an adult, here are some things you should know. 1. Will the braces affect my overall appearance? The straightening of your teeth can affect your appearance in ways you may not realize, as straightening the teeth can also mean reshaping the jawbone. In turn, the jaw line may become more prominent or the shape of your face may change as well, going from an oval face to square or vice versa, depending on your bone structure. Although it’s unlikely that braces will change your appearance so much that it would be bothersome, you might discuss with your orthodontist the extent of change you can expect, depending on how crooked your teeth are and how much they will need to be moved to be straightened. 2. Can braces be put over capped or bonded teeth? In most cases, braces can be put over capped or bonded teeth without any concern. The braces will nudge the tooth underneath the cap or bonding material into place, and the cap or bonding will simply go with it. However, your orthodontist should examine the cap or bond to note if...