Category Archives: Dental Health

Warning Signs of an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

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Somewhere between the ages of 18-24 your wisdom teeth begin to erupt.   Depending on how these teeth come in will depend if they need to be removed.  It’s not necessary for you to get your wisdom teeth removed if they are correctly positioned in your mouth and do not cause any pain or dental problems. However, 85 percent of adults have their wisdom teeth removed to protect their over all oral health.  Unfortunately, the eruption of wisdom teeth can be a painful experience that disrupts your daily life.

Common Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Swollen gums that are tender and bleeding

An impacted wisdom tooth can make your gums swollen and tender to the touch.  They may even start to bleed.  This can make brushing and flossing feel like an impossible task.  As other dental issues can create the same symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with your dentist to have the situation evaluated.

Swollen Glands

Many times swollen glands accompany impacted wisdom teeth.  Most times these glands are located in your shoulders and neck area.

Pain in the back of the mouth

An impacted tooth or teeth can cause you an immense amount of pain.  As the tooth or teeth that are impacted continue to try and erupt, your pain and symptoms can become worse.  The pain should be at its worse towards the back of the mouth but could in fact radiate down your jaw.  The best way to diagnose a suspected emerging wisdom tooth is to visit your dentist.

Swelling around jaw

With swelling of your gums, many times impacted wisdom teeth can cause your jaw to swell.  As the symptoms progress, your mouth may become difficult to open.

What happens if you ignore the problem?

I highly recommend that you do not ignore the problem.  When impacted wisdom teeth are not removed, there could be complications.  Impacted teeth can force other teeth out of place.  They also can cause infection.  Impacted wisdom teeth are prone to infection and decay so left untreated you could be looking at a serious problem down the line.

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Aggressive Brushing does more harm than good!

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I know we have been conditioned that if you really want to get something clean you need to give it a good scrubbing.  However, when it comes to your teeth, you can cause more harm than good!

Brushing to hard can wear down your tooth’s enamel as well as damage your gums by exposing very sensitive roots.  It can also cause receding gums.  Once your gums recede, it can  result in an avalanche of dental issues from there.  Periodontal Disease and cavities on the root of a tooth can lead to a root canal or tooth extraction.

Choosing the right toothbrush is important when you are extra diligent with your dental care.  It is recommended that you use a soft-bristled tooth brush when brushing your pearly whites.  Hard bristled or medium bristled toothbrushes are not the best choice for people who brush aggressively.

Knowing you are an aggressive brusher is the first step to correcting the issue.  Being taught good dental brushing habits will usually prevent any dental damage from getting worse.   Brushing your teeth aggressively is not the way to ensure all the plaque is removed.  Plaque can be easily removed with a soft bristled brush as long as you reach all the surfaces that it hides.

It’s all about the technique!  Have you heard the expression quality verses quantity?   It should take you 2 to 3 minutes to brush your teeth thoroughly.  First start by tilting your brush at a 45 degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.  Make sure to brush the inside and outside chewing surface of each tooth.    And last but not least, gently brush your tongue.

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Halloween Candy Blues

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With the exception of Christmas, Halloween tends to be a super holiday packed with high excitement for kids and adults alike.  Halloween is that one night where our “littles” can dress up and pretend to be anyone or anything they hope to be. Many adults, joining in the spirit of Halloween enjoy the costume, parties and dress up as much as the “littles”.   However, for the “littles”, it’s mostly about the elaborate selection of candy they get to hunt house to house for.

Once darkness has fallen and the hunt is on for door to door candy, their is much that runs through a parents head.   As wonderful as it is to give children much wanted sugary joy, the proverb still stands “eating anything in moderation is ok, overindulgence is not”.

Candy, being a sugary treat is ok.  The problem is the amount of candy typically collected on a Halloween night exceeds standard snack time limits.  Nevermind the sugar high associated with lots of candy eating by “the littles”  who are proud of their conquered sugary bounty.  As for their teeth and avoiding unwanted cavity driven visits to the dentist, moderation is important.

Halloween candy isn’t the problem, as it would be no different than eating any type of sugary snack.  The issue is in the amount.  Kids eat most candy in the evening and having so much to choose from brings about eating more than they should. Remember when I mentioned that sugar high from eating lots of candy?  Kids being amped up on lots of sugar typically makes for a later bed time.  Unfortunately being out of routine from the extra sugary energy commonly makes a child forget to brush their teeth.  This gives the sugar eating bacteria lots of time to attack the enamel on your child’s teeth.

The best way to protect your child’s teeth is the always remember to brush, floss and limit the sugary snacks.  Regular dental visits are also important to ensure your child’s teeth are always in perfect shape.

 

The Amazing Powers of Water!

the-amazing-power-of-waterWe all know we need water to live, however many people don’t know about the amazing powers of water.  Our bodies are made up of 60 percent water.  Drinking  water throughout your day assist in distributing nutrients throughout your body and gets rid of waste from our system.  As an added benefit, it helps give our skin a healthy glow and keeps are muscles hydrated for top performance.

What people are less familiar with is the benefits that water can provide for your teeth. Drinking the required 2 liters per day will help in the battle to maintain good dental health.

Water Keeps Your Mouth Clean

Your mouth has lots of bacteria.  That bacteria in your mouth loves to eat sugar and produce acid that wears away enamel.  Most drinks such as soda, juice or sport drinks are loaded with sugar.  Many of these drinks also have added acids (phosphoric, citrus or malic acid) to make them taste less sweet, but those acids also eat away at your teeth.

Drinking lots of water washes away bacteria and dilutes acids in your mouth with each sip. It also washes away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria are looking for.  Many of us don’t carry a toothbrush throughout our day to brush after every meal.  So when in a pinch, sip on some water until you can thoroughly brush later in the day.

Water Keeps Your Mouth Hydrated

A dry mouth breads and multiplies the bacteria in your mouth.  That bacteria eats away the enamel of your teeth.  Drinking water keeps your mouth hydrated and washes away harmful bacteria and dilutes acids in your mouth.

Drinking Water with Fluoride Strengthens Your Teeth

Drinking water with fluoride is a great way to strengthen your teeth. Per the ADA, Water fluoridation is safe, effective and healthy. Seventy years of research, thousands of studies and the experience of more than 210 million Americans tell us that water fluoridation is effective in preventing cavities and is safe for children and adults.

What’s Up With Morning Breath?

whats-up-with-morning-breathHave you ever woken up in the morning snuggling with your significant other?  Waking up happy, relaxed and comfortable as reality begins to roll back in ?   As you’re thinking, “How could life be any better?”, when a devastating new thought pops in your head.  The reality of your offensive morning breath rushes to the front of your thoughts.  Now that could be an ugly end to a perfect moment.  Being careful to keep your mouth shut, you hurry to the bathroom to begin your morning ritual. Sound familiar?

Why Do We Have Morning Breath?

The big question is why do we have morning breath?   The main reason for morning breath is from a lack of saliva. When we sleep, saliva production slows down.  Saliva is what is needed to wash away bacteria, food particles and acids from your mouth and teeth.  As your mouth begins getting dryer, bacteria flourish, causing bad breath to increase.

What Makes Morning Breath Worse?

Everyone has a degree of bad breath when they wake.  The degree of your morning breath can be affected by many things.

Mouth Breathers are susceptible to bad breath.  When your mouth is open, it becomes very dry causing the bacteria in the mouth to flourish.  This happening over an 8 hour period can make for a foul smell come morning.

Many medications cause dry mouth. Medications such as Aleve or Advil Cold and Sinus, Benadryl, Lipitor Tabs or Omeprazole can cause your mouth to become more dry. If you are a person using one of these medications, you might be affected by dry mouth which will in turn increase morning breath.

Another indicator of excessive morning breath is a person with gingivitis or periodontal disease.  These conditions indicate that food, plaque and bacteria has entered underneath the gums.  As saliva production reduces, this condition will intensify a persons morning breath.

How Do You Reduce Morning Breath?

There is not much that can be done to eliminate bad breath in the morning but it can be made better.  Brushing and flossing your teeth before bed is important for removing excess bacteria from your teeth. As we mentioned, bacteria flourishes in a dry environment.  Removing as much food particles and bacteria from your mouth before bed will help the problem.   The use of a tongue scraper at bedtime is also helpful as it too will eliminate bacteria from your tongue.  Drinking a glass of water at bedtime is also helpful.  Keeping your body hydrated is good for your health and well as your teeth.

Why Do I Need A Root Canal?

root canalMost people have heard of a root canal.  The idea of needing a root canal tends to create unneeded fear for its recipients.  Most of a persons anxiety in relation to this procedure is caused by misinformation or a lack of knowledge of what to expect.  The question is,”what is it and why do you need it?”.

Why Do You Need a Root Canal?

Let’s start by explaining why a root canal is needed.  This procedure is needed when your tooth’s root becomes damaged either by injury or a deep cavity.  The pulp (soft tissue inside the tooth) has become inflamed or diseased.   At this point, a patient typically displays symptoms of pain and swelling.  If this situation is not addressed, the tooth can become irreparable.  However, that is not the only thing.  A  patient with an untreated infection, even in a tooth, will become more ill as time passes.

How Is A Root Canal Performed.

First of all, not all dentist will perform a root canal.  If your family dentist does not perform that procedure, he will recommend an Endodontis (which is a dentist that specializes in root canals). During a procedure, the troubling tooth is numbed.  An opening is made in the crown of the tooth where special tools are used to clean out the infected canals and root of the tooth.  Once that is complete, your tooth is filled with a permanent material to ensure that your tooth remains free of contamination and infection.  The final step fills the crown of your tooth with a temporary filling.  The temporary filling  will remain until a permanent filling or crown is used to replace it.

What Is The Alternative To A Root Canal?

The only alternative to a root canal is to pull the tooth.  As a dentist, I always recommend working to keep all your pearly whites as they are not replaceable.  It is a cheaper option but ultimately can cause you other dental issues as time moves on.  For example, teeth shifting, eating, bone loss.

What is Arestin?

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If you need to go for a deep cleaning then chances are you have periodontal disease that needs to be treated.  A deep cleaning is usually the first stage to begin the process of removing the bacteria and particles from underneath your gums.  The bacteria and particles break down your gums by detaching them from your teeth.  You can take that one step further by adding Arestin to your deep cleaning process.  The Arestin will be applied to the infected areas after your treatment.  The Arestin will dissolve so no removal is required.

What is Arestin?

Arestin is an antibiotic that helps kill the bacteria under your gums.  It is tiny particles that are smaller than a grain of sand.  The microspheres are filled with the antibiotic minocycline hydrochloride.  These microspheres release the antibiotic over a 90 day period.  This is turn kills the bacteria under your gums so your gums can heal better than without it.

After Arestin Treatment

After treatment, avoid chewing hard, crunchy or sticky foods for 7 days.  You should also not floss or use a dental pick in the treated areas for 10 days,  Drink plenty of water.

After the days have passed, it is important to maintain a good oral health routine.  This should include brushing twice a day as well as flossing.  If you have any questions, feel free to give the office of Glasscock Dental a call.