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.

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...

Pregnant with Gum Disease? Avoid Birth Complications with These 4 Tips

It’s common knowledge that gum disease can cause severe damage to your oral health, with effects like gum recession and tooth loss. However, did you know that it can also have a harmful and irreversible impact on the rest of your body? Studies indicate that gum disease can increase your risk of problems like heart disease. More importantly for pregnant women, it’s also been linked to premature birth and low birth weight babies. A study found that women with gum disease had a 25% chance of going into labour before 35 weeks—3 times more likely than women with healthy gums. It is not uncommon for pregnant women to have gum disease, given that hormone fluctuation can increase susceptibility to plaque buildup problems. However, you need not panic if you’re suffering from gum disease. The same study also reported that those who tackled their gum disease were significantly less likely to give birth preterm. If you want to reduce the risk to yourself and your baby, follow these 4 steps to tackle your gum disease. 1. Get Periodontal Treatment Take a trip to a periodontist such as Dr Edmond Lobaza as soon as you can. It’s best to deal with gum disease as early as possible, as it can become more harmful as it develops. Your periodontist will be able to recommend the best course of treatment. Generally, you will need to undergo scaling and root planing—two deep cleaning treatments which remove bacteria from under your gums. During these treatments, your practitioner will use an ultrasonic tool to remove calculus, plaque, and biofilm from your teeth. While you may be concerned about undergoing any dental procedures...

Tips Designed to Hasten Recovery Time After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth are the third molars that are in the furthest back region of your mouth. Healthy wisdom teeth do not require removal, but when wisdom teeth become impacted or do not emerge normally, they do need to be extracted. This type of procedure is fairly common at most dental clinics, but it is important that you are aware of recovery instructions that are designed to help you speed up the amount of time that it takes you to recover fully after you undergo wisdom teeth removal.  Clot It is important that you take extra care to ensure that the blood clot that forms over the socket of the wisdom tooth that was extracted is not disturbed in any way. Moving the clot can negatively impact the healing process and lengthen recovery time. This means that you are not instructed to drink from a straw for the first few days after you have your wisdom teeth removed. The suction that is created in your mouth when you suck liquids through a straw could potentially dislodge the blood clot that is forming. In order to protect the clot that is forming, you should place gauze over the extraction site for the first few days. All strenuous activity like running and jumping should be avoided for a few days to ensure that your blood clot is not dislodged in any way through movement. Elevation It is also recommended that you prop your head up at all times. It is not suggested that you lay flat the first few days following your wisdom teeth removal. By propping up your head up, you...

Tackling Excessive Saliva While Wearing New Dentures

Having a new set of dentures fitted can be a tremendous help when it comes to being able to speak and eat properly, and they can also be a big boost to your self-esteem. However, a procedure with such far-reaching ramifications is doomed to have a few side effects, and one strange sensation a lot of new denture wearers experience is excessive salivation. Why are my dentures causing me to salivate excessively? There are a number of reasons that a new set of dentures can cause you to salivate uncontrollably, but the good news is that they are nothing to worry about and your saliva production levels should return to normal within the space of a few weeks. These reasons can include: Natural responses – As far as the body of a new denture wearer is concerned, the new false teeth lodged in its mouth is a foreign object and should either be consumed or spat out. As such, the mouth creates more saliva to facilitate either response. This autonomic response will go away in time as your body becomes accustomed to the presence of dentures. Improper fit – If your dentures do not fit snugly against the gum line, or hold your mouth in an unnatural position, they may be stimulating saliva production. Dentures that are too tall and hold the jaw open or that extend too far into the corners of the mouth are common culprits. Gum recession – Dentures cause a certain amount of gum recession as a matter of course, but if you have fragile gums, or a pre-existing condition such as diabetes that weakens the integrity of...

The Water Pick: What Is It and Do You Need One?

Most people understand that visiting the dentist on a regular basis leads to better oral hygiene. However, in order to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile, care must be taken at home, as well. While a toothbrush and dental floss are the main instruments in dental care, there are other things than can help to improve overall dental hygiene, as well. One is the water pick. What is a Water Pick? Water picks, which are often called “oral irrigators” can help to supplement your current dental care regimen. These devices are especially helpful for those who suffer from periodontal disease or those who have full-bracketed braces. A water pick utilizes small, powerful bursts of water to dislodge bacteria, food scraps and other items that have become stuck in the crevices of the mouth. Children who are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment usually find that a water pick helps them get their teeth cleaner than a toothbrush along. Using the Water Pick When the water pick is used properly, it will not only dislodge any debris or particles that may have been missed while brushing, you will also be providing a gentle massage for the gums. This helps to promote blood flow in the gums and keep them healthy. Keep in mind, while water picks are excellent to fight a number of periodontal diseases, they do not fully remove plaque, which is why it is still important to floss and brush each day, even when using the device. Beneficial for Sensitive Teeth For those who suffer from sensitive gums and teeth, flossing each day may cause discomfort. A water pick can help to...

Things that can make you stop grinding your teeth

Grinding your teeth, or bruxism, is something that affects many people throughout the world. As it is most common during the night when you are asleep, it can’t really be classified as a bad habit, as you’re not always aware that you’re doing it. This is also why it’s rather hard to cure, even if you’re seeing a dentist regularly. If you’re grinding your teeth, you should know there are some things you can do both to decrease and completely stop you from grinding your teeth. What you’re putting in your mouth during the day The first thing you should do is to mind what you are putting in your mouth during daytime. If you have a habit of chewing a lot of chewing gum during the day, this behaviour might also show during the night, causing you to clench or grind your teeth. The same thing applies if you eat a lot of hard or tough things, like steak or nuts. The jaw is just so used to the movement that it can’t stop even when you’re not chewing. Changing your diet and habits might help you get rid of bruxism. Relaxation exercises As bruxism often is a sign of stress or tension, you should get acquainted with different relaxation exercises. Reducing stress is difficult, but doing regular breathing exercises and stretching can reduce your everyday stress levels a lot. You should especially focus on stretching you neck and jaw muscles, as these are the ones affected by bruxism. Ask your dentist about appropriate stretching exercises to make sure you don’t injure yourself while stretching. You should also make...