Exploring The Effects of Gum Disease

Hey, it’s Jojo Figuroa here. I’d like to share my experience with gum disease with you. A strong family history of this disease caused it to strike relatively early in my life. I was stunned to find out that many of my teeth were wobbly and loose from advanced gum disease. I decided to make changes in an effort to save my teeth. If you’re diagnosed with gum disease, you may want to learn more information about its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. To help you out, I will share information about my diagnosis and treatment journey on this site. Furthermore, I will explore all of the different ways gum disease manifests. As dental professionals make advancements in treatment for gum disease, I will cover stories on those items as well. Visit often to stay updated.

The Dental Dangers Of Thumb Sucking And How You Can Convince Your Child To Stop

While it’s normal for many babies to suck their thumb, you do want to make sure your child stops before it begins to cause damage to their teeth. This article will explain the potential damage thumb sucking can cause, and give you some helpful advice on how you can help your child to stop sucking their thumb before it becomes problematic. How does thumb sucking affect the development of the teeth? Thumb sucking that continues past toddlerhood can change the structure of your child’s mouth and cause their teeth to grow out in the wrong position. Many times, the problem will self-correct over time once your child stops sucking their thumb. However, some cases require the assistance of a dentist to correct the positioning of the child’s teeth. How to get your child to stop sucking their thumb Thumb sucking can be a hard habit to break for a child who does it often. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help them move past it.   Find another form of comfort for your child – A small child will usually resort to sucking their thumb when they are feeling anxious or are in need of comfort.  Try finding a blanket or stuffed animal they can cling to during these times. If you find a good replacement for their thumb, it may be an easy transition. Keep your child’s hands busy – Any time you see your child sucking their thumb, give them something else to do that requires the use of both hands. You can ask them for their help folding clothes, give them a toy...

Caring For Your Bonded Teeth

When one of your teeth has become chipped or broken, you may need to have that tooth repaired with tooth bonding. This is a material that is placed over your tooth, where it hardens and is meant to look like a part of your tooth. After finishing this procedure, you will need to work even harder to take care of your teeth to avoid staining or damaging the bonded material. Avoiding Certain Beverages One of the challenges of tooth bonding is that you will have to work harder to maintain your teeth and avoid stains. For example, you will need to be more careful with what you drink. Tea, coffee and red wine are more likely to stain the portion of your tooth that was bonded. Brushing Your teeth Very harsh toothpastes can dull the bonding. Therefore, select toothpastes that are designed specifically for sensitive teeth, because they will be easier on the bonding material. Toothpastes can come with one of several types of fluoride treatments, but the only type that should be accepted is sodium fluoride. The toothbrush itself should also be very soft. Not Consuming Alcohol Avoid rinsing your mouth with mouthwash that contains alcohol. Alcohol softens the resin over time and increases the chances that it will become dislodged. Not all mouthwashes use alcohol, fortunately. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages as well. While occasional alcohol will not destroy the bonding, frequent alcohol consumption can gradually wear it away. Avoid Biting Down on Hard Objects Dental bonding can chip relatively easily. Therefore, you will want to avoid biting into hard objects, such as a fingernail or a...

Secure Temporary Relief From Pain And Pressure – Home Remedies For Toothaches

If you’re struggling with tooth pain, it’s essential that you seek out advice and treatment from a dentist as soon as possible. However, if the pain is minor and there’s a delay before you’re able to come in to the office, there are still steps you can take to maximize your relief and make the wait much more palatable. Below, you’ll find a guide to some home remedies that should help relieve the pain of a toothache. When exploring home remedies, there’s always difficulty in separating fact from fiction, so the remedies listed here should give you a solid start on some effective treatments that don’t rely on hocus pocus and old wives’ tales for effectiveness. Warm Salt Water Rinsing In many cases, a toothache is caused by the sudden exposure of a part of the tooth that’s not meant to be in the open air. The sensitive flesh located inside your teeth can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and disease, so it’s important you keep the area clean while seeking relief. Rinsing your mouth with warm, salty water will allow you to feel the relief from warmth while simultaneously cleaning out the wound and preventing infection. This is a vital step, as the development of an infection can lead to serious pain in the future and require you to undergo a variety of intense procedures to correct it. Hot Compress As with other types of pain, toothaches can cause swelling and inflammation that make the situation worse. If you notice swelling in your gums, it’s important that you take steps to reduce that effect and allow...

Addressing Two Of Your Pressing Concerns About Dental Implants

Dental implants are a common solution for those that have had the unfortunate luck of losing one or more of their permanent teeth. Unlike other solutions for replacing teeth, implants are permanent, and they require no special maintenance needs. While these implants can help to restore the appearance and nationality of your mouth, many potential patients have numerous questions that they need answered before they can decide if this is a suitable treatment option.  Is Financial Assistance Available When Getting Dental Implants? Any type of surgery is going to be expensive, and receiving dental implants is no different. However, it should be noted that there are some options that you may be able to pursue to help make paying for your new dental implants easier.  There is a common assumption that insurance will never help with paying for dental implants, but this may not entirely be the case. While your insurance is unlikely to cover the full cost of implants, it may cover specific parts of your implant. For example, your insurance policy may help to pay for the crown or implant itself, but not the surgery to place it. If your insurance offers no assistance for implants, you may be able to obtain financing terms, but this service is not offered by every dentist.   Are There Any Common Problems That Arise When You Get Dental Implants? Some patients may avoid receiving dental implants because they are extremely concerned about complications. However, it should be noted that complications from dental implants are usually very rare. One of the most common problems that patients encounter is a mild infection,...

Dental Abscesses: Causes And Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and swelling in your mouth, you should consider the possibility that you are suffering from a dental abscess. More than simply a sore in your mouth, abscesses can cause you to be severely ill, and in some cases, even lead to death. For more information about what a dental abscess is and how it’s treated, read below. What is a Dental Abscess? A dental abscess is caused by bacteria that has been allowed to enter the gum area, often due to a damaged tooth or a cavity. Other causes include underlying immune system disorders and undergoing chemotherapy. Gum disease (gingivitis or periodontal) is also a major cause of dental abscesses. A swollen area filled with pus appears at the infection site, and the pain and infection can spread to surrounding facial areas like jaws, cheeks, throat, sinus cavities and in some cases, your brain. Symptoms include: Pain (note that pain is not always present) Fever Pocket of pus, usually visible on the gum Nausea Vomiting Sweats How are Dental Abscesses Treated? Your level of symptoms should determine the speed at which you seek care. If you feel very sick, do not wait for a dentist appointment. Go to the emergency room immediately, especially if you are having trouble breathing. Dental abscesses can cause your throat to swell, closing your airway. Though relatively rare, if the infection spreads to your brain, death can occur. For milder symptoms, over-the-counter NSAIDs will relieve the pain and inflammation until you can see your dentist. Your dentist will treat the abscess by draining the area and prescribing antibiotics to fight...

Teeth Too Sensitive For Impressions? Ask Your Dentist About Pain-Free Digital Impressions

If you’re like a number of other people with sensitive teeth and gums, you may avoid the dentist if you need to make impressions of your mouth. But did you know that your dentist can make impressions of your sensitive teeth without discomfort or pain? A digital dental impression system is advanced technology that doesn’t require the use of dental putty. Before you skip your next dental appointment, ask your provider digital dental impressions. How Are Digital Dental Impressions Different From Traditional Impressions? You use a rubbery putty called alginate to make traditional models of your teeth. It’s placed inside a mouth tray that you bite down on for at least 60 seconds to get an accurate depiction of your mouth structures. In the process, you can experience discomfort and pain in your sensitive teeth and gums. A digital impression system uses CAD, or computer-aided design technology, to make real-time models of your mouth. The system captures images by scanning your mouth with a laser, or by taking oral pictures with a camera. No matter what type of method is used, you don’t experience pain. How Long Does It Take to Do Digital Impressions? The time it takes to complete digital impressions vary. However, in most cases, it takes approximately five minutes to scan the tooth you need to repair. Traditional impressions may take longer because the dentist must make a model of all your teeth, not just the one in need of treatment. Additionally, the dentist can discuss your treatment options immediately after taking the digital impressions and viewing them on the computer. In a number of cases, you can have...

Answering Frequent Questions Concerning Oral Piercings And Porcelain Crowns

Even though earlobes are still one of the most common types of piercings, in the modern age other piercings are almost just as popular. In fact, at least ten percent of Americans have something pierced other than their earlobe, and a good portion of these people have either a lip or tongue piercing. It is great that there are so many creative ways to express your personality and modify your body in ways that make you feel more unique, but oral piercings can bring about special concerns when you visit a cosmetic dentist for treatment. If you are planning to get porcelain crowns, there are likely questions that you have concerning oral piercings and your visit. Should you remove your oral piercings before the visit? In most cases, the piercings will have to be removed before any treatment is performed, especially porcelain crowns that will involve several x-rays. The metal alloys that a lot of piercings are made of will interfere with getting an accurate look at your mouth structure during the x-rays. If you are afraid that your piercing will close because it is fairly new, you may be able to wear a clear piercing retainer during the visit, which is made with plastic or acrylic. However, if the piercing will be in the way during treatment, it may have to be completely removed. This will depend on the location of the crowns you are obtaining and the type of piercing you have. Is it true that some dentists will not treat you if you have an oral piercing? Most cosmetic dentists will still treat you. However, you...

2 Hidden Reasons You’re Dealing With Bad Breath

When speaking with others, you want to be confident about the words that are coming out of your mouth, but you also want to be confident about your breath. No one wants to be the person with bad breath. Sure, what you eat and your oral care regimen have an influence on how fresh your breath is, but these are not the only contributing factors. If you are having issues with bad breath and can’t seem to find the reason, familiarizing yourself with some hidden causes for bad breath can help lead you in the right direction. Medications If you are taking a medication that lists dry mouth as a side-effect, this might be the reason for your breath concerns. Saliva plays an important part in cleaning your mouth. An adequate amount of saliva helps clear and wash away all the odor-causing bacteria and food particles that are in your mouth. When you’re suffering from dry mouth, these odor causing sources remain in the mouth, leading to bad breath. Take some time to pull out your daily medications and read the labels to see if dry mouth is a concern. To help combat this side effect, consider using a mouthwash that has been designed to help treat dry mouth. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help treat this issue, as the gum can help stimulate the flow of saliva. Avoiding Carbs You might be surprised to learn that bad breath can also come from what you’re not eating. This is particularly true when it comes to not eating carbs. In recent years, carbs have become a no-no for many people...

5 Tips For Soothing A Toothache

Toothaches are the worst. Whether they are due to a cavity or cracked tooth, toothaches can definitely keep you up at night. If you can’t see a dentist right away, you should try to relieve the pain at home. Here are five tips for soothing a toothache.  Gargle With Salt Water One of the oldest tricks to ease a toothache is to gargle salt water in your mouth. It does a good job at cleaning out your mouth and reducing some of the swelling. Just put a teaspoon of salt water in a warm cup of water and swish the solution in your mouth for about 30 seconds. Repeat three or four time a day. Use an Ice Pack Another simple way to soothe a sore tooth is to use an ice pack. Just apply an ice pack to your cheek area and let it sit there for about 15 minutes. The ice will temporarily numb the nerves in your teeth, helping relieve the pain. You can ice the area as often as you need. Try Clove Oil Clove oil contains anesthetic properties, which can get rid of bacteria and relieve pain. Just apply a couple of drops of clove oil to a cotton ball and apply it directly to the sore tooth. Clove oil can be toxic, so be careful not to swallow it.  Apply Tea Bags If you have a toothache, try applying a tea bag to the affected area. Tea contains tannins, which will help take down a lot of the swelling. After you wet the tea bag with warm water, apply it directly on the...

White Spots On Teeth: Causes And Treatment

White spots on teeth is a more common problem than you might realize. The development of white spots is usually not a cause for concern, but it can impact your teeth’s appearance. If you have white spots on your teeth, it pays to know why they are there and what you can do about them. What Causes White Spots on Teeth? There are several different possible reasons for the white spots on the teeth. To find the reason, it is important to know when they first appeared. If you have had white spots since you were a child, they are most likely the result of a problem with the development of enamel as your teeth erupted. Known as enamel hypoplasia, it can result in your teeth having little to no enamel. The condition can be caused by trauma, Celiac disease, and bacterial infection. Another possible cause of white spots is hyperfluorosis. This condition also occurs in childhood and is the result of a child ingesting too much fluoride toothpaste. In adulthood, the white spots could result from a buildup of plaque. They can also be an indication of the presence of cavities and tooth decay. When bacteria builds up on the teeth, it can thin out the enamel. How Are White Spots Treated? The treatment for white spots depends largely on the reason for the condition. For instance, children with hyperfluorosis will need to be closely monitored to ensure they are not ingesting too much toothpaste. Your dentist might even recommend using a different toothpaste for a period of time. If the white spots are the result of a...