An impacted tooth is a common reason to visit the dentist. It happens most frequently with wisdom teeth, which then usually need to be removed. A tooth becomes impacted when there isn’t enough room for it to properly emerge. This can result in infection.
Side Effects of Impaction
Impaction occurs when a tooth is “trapped” and can’t emerge fully from the gums. If teeth are crowded, it’s more likely for a tooth to become impacted. Teeth can also become impacted if they emerge at an incorrect angle. Some teeth are situated improperly in the jawbone and this causes impaction as they try to emerge from the gums sideways or at an angle that is blocked by neighboring teeth.
An impacted tooth can push other teeth out of position, causing achiness, sensitivity, and misalignment. Impacted teeth are also prone to infection. Because impaction creates a situation detrimental to the health of your other teeth and to your oral health in general, your family dentist will probably recommend that your impacted tooth be removed. Depending upon the location of the tooth, how far it has emerged, and its overall positioning, this might be done in your regular dental office. In other cases, you might require oral surgery.
Impaction and Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth often become impacted. As the last molars to emerge, they often don’t have enough room to successfully join the rest of the teeth in your mouth. The result is discomfort, swelling, movement of your other teeth, and possibly infection. For this reason, your family dentist will keep track of the positioning and size of your wisdom teeth even before they begin to emerge. If your wisdom teeth are starting to come in and you notice symptoms of impaction, you should discuss this with your dentist.
Other teeth can also become impacted. If a tooth is positioned incorrectly in the jawbone, it might try to emerge from an angle where it wedges against adjacent teeth. Regular X-rays usually detect these problems before the tooth emerges, allowing your dentist to recommend appropriate treatment.
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Just like the rest of us, our teeth change with age. As we get older, it’s important to visit the dentist regularly to ensure age-related changes aren’t leading to long-term problems. Our teeth are subjected to high levels of everyday stress, which can lead to damage and other issues.
Your Teeth and the Aging Process
You use your teeth every day to bite and chew. This activities place high levels of stress on the teeth. Even though enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it is still subject to wear and tear over time. Chewing and biting can eventually cause the enamel to become thinner and to break down. If you have issues with your enamel—for example if it is softer than normal or didn’t develop properly—these problems are made worse.
Under normal conditions, the teeth will become darker over time as the enamel becomes thinner. The dentin beneath, which is softer and darker than enamel, shows through. In addition, teeth can become chipped or cracked from the stress of chewing and biting. This kind of damaged is more likely and usually more severe if you habitually grind your teeth.
Your Gums and the Aging Process
The leading cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. If untreated, gum disease, also called periodontitis, causes the gums to recede and pull back from the tooth roots. The teeth become loose and can eventually fall out. If you have dry mouth—also more common among older adults—this can increase your risk for both gum disease and tooth decay. If you’ve already lost some teeth and have dentures, you’ll still have to practice preventive care by thoroughly cleaning your dentures so bacteria doesn’t collect under them and cause gum disease. Implants must also be cared for diligently to keep gum disease at bay.
Your family dentist can help you ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy well into your old age. Visit the dentist regularly and point out any issues you might have, such as bleeding gums or uncomfortable sensitivity. Practice diligent at-home care, and together you and your dentist can keep your teeth healthy for many years to come.
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Gingivitis is inflammation in the gums. If untreated, it can worsen and develop into infection and gum disease. The presence of gingivitis can lead to other issues with your overall health. If you have gingivitis, you should talk to your dentist about how to treat it.
What Is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease. It consists of fairly minor inflammation of the gingival tissues, otherwise known as the gums. It occurs when certain bacteria in the mouth build up just below the gum line. If it isn’t treated promptly, the inflammation can develop into serious infection. The gums begin to draw back from the teeth, resulting in loose teeth and even eventual tooth loss. Gingivitis itself is fairly simple to treat, but if it is allowed to develop into severe gum disease, treatment becomes complex and invasive.
You can prevent gingivitis by brushing and flossing regularly. This removes the bacteria that cause the inflammation and also massages the gums to keep them healthy. Your dentist will check your gums for any signs of inflammation or infection during your regular check-ups, so be sure to go about every six months for this important evaluation of the health of your mouth.
How Does Gingivitis Affect My Overall Health?
Studies have shown that people with chronic gingivitis or gum disease are much more likely to develop cardiovascular problems, including heart disease. The bacteria that build up in your mouth can move to other parts of your body through the bloodstream, leading to inflammation in the arteries and elsewhere. This spread of inflammation leads to cardiovascular problems, and can become a serious issue.
To prevent the bacteria from your mouth from spreading and to keep gingivitis from developing in the first place, pay close attention to your oral health. Brush regularly and thoroughly. Daily flossing helps remove food particles and bacteria that brushing can’t reach, including bacteria and plaque that build up just beneath the gum line. With diligent oral hygiene, you can preserve not only your oral health, but the health of your whole body.
If you’re concerned about gingivitis, have our dentist evaluate your oral health at your next checkup. Call us to make an appointment at Bliss Dental today!
Preventive dentistry is the best way to ensure your teeth remain strong and healthy. Caring properly for your teeth and visiting your dentist regularly helps prevent problems from developing and makes it more likely that any signs of cavities or gum disease will be diagnosed early. With diligent preventive care, your chances of a serious dental health issue are greatly reduced.
Types of Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry includes anything that helps prevent problems from developing and that safeguards your oral health. This includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. During your check-ups, preventive care includes X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatment, digital photography, oral cancer screenings, and everything else your dentist does to keep track of the health of your mouth. These techniques help the dentist find and diagnose any problems before they become serious, making treatment easier and more effective.
Your at-home hygiene efforts are also an important part of preventive care. Regular brushing removes plaque and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth. Flossing cleans between your teeth and just under the gum line while also massaging your gums to keep them healthy. If you brush your tongue, this eliminates even more bacteria from your mouth, helping prevent bad breath, cavities, and gum disease.
Additional Preventive Care
Your dentist will also screen for oral cancer during your regular check-ups. He’ll look for any unusual growths, bumps, spots, or lesions in your mouth. Early diagnosis is vital for successful treatment of oral cancer, so this screening could save your life.
Other issues your dentist will keep an eye out for regarding your oral health are gingivitis, gum disease, dry mouth, problems with the interior of the tooth, or inflammation that is visible on X-rays but might not be producing any symptoms. He’ll also keep an eye out for impacted teeth, root resorption, damage caused by bruxism, and signs that your teeth are out of proper alignment. By practicing good preventive care, you and your dentist can work together to be sure any problems with your oral health are spotted long before they become serious issues.
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Stress can cause numerous problems with your health, including your oral health. Though we often acknowledge stress-related issues like high blood pressure and anxiety, we don’t recognize stress-related dental problems as often. If you are suffering from high levels of stress, you should talk to your dentist to alleviate problems this could be causing in your mouth.
Effects of Stress on Dental Health
The effects of stress on your dental health are many and can cause serious problems. If you have issues with stress in your life, your teeth, mouth, and gums can suffer issues that you might not immediately connect to your stress levels. These can include:
- Canker sores
- Teeth grinding
- Stress-eating that leads to cavities
- Less diligent oral care, resulting in decay or gum disease
- Less effective immune system
If you notice problems such as canker sores or teeth grinding, see your dentist for help. He can recommend treatment. For teeth grinding, our dentist can provide a custom-made mouthguard to keep you from damaging your teeth. Visit our dentist regularly and be sure to keep up with your normal dental care routine and eat healthy foods to avoid additional problems.
Managing Your Stress
The best way to combat the health issues related to stress is to learn how to manage it. This could include cutting back on your obligations, if possible, or looking for a less stressful job or a friendlier workplace. Other approaches can also help, such as regular meditation, exercise, or yoga. Your doctor can recommend a good approach to stress management if you can’t find something that works well for you.
In the long run, managing your stress will pay off in dividends of much improved health across the board. People under stress are more likely to develop high blood pressure, heart disease, and other major health problems. They’re also more likely to develop cavities, gum disease, bad breath, and bad habits like teeth grinding or chewing on pens and pencils. If stress is eating away at your health, find out what you can do to counter it by contacting our office today to set up an appointment with our Dr. Sheth.
Plaque is a sticky white substance that clings to your teeth. Its acidic nature means it can eat through the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly keeps plaque from building up on your teeth, and regular visits to your dentist ensures any cavities can be treated before they become serious. But another, very effective tool against plaque buildup is an electronic toothbrush.
Benefits of an Electronic Toothbrush
An electronic toothbrush has several important advantages over a regular toothbrush. It can brush evenly and at a consistent speed and pressure. Many electronic toothbrushes have timers you can use to be sure you brush for a full two minutes—the length of time recommended for effective brushing. The motion of the brushes helps massage the gums, increasing blood flow to these vital tissues. Some electronic toothbrushes also have specially designed bristles that help clean between the teeth, removing plaque and food particles that a traditional brush might not reach.
If you are interested in using an electronic toothbrush, ask our dentist for a recommendation. There is a wide variety of brands available, and we might feel one or two are better than others. Our specialists can also base his recommendation on your individual needs and your oral health history.
Helping Maintain Your Oral Health
In addition to regular brushing with an electronic toothbrush, there are other measures you can take to keep your mouth and teeth healthy and clean. Brushing with a regular toothbrush is effective if you brush regularly and diligently and are sure to brush for about two minutes with each session. Regular flossing is also very important, as it removes plaque and food particles from between the teeth. If you have difficulty with gingivitis in spite of using an electronic toothbrush, a water-based tool to clear out the spaces between the teeth can be a helpful addition. Also be sure to visit our dentist regularly, and if you have any questions about proper brushing and flossing technique or what kinds of tools are best for you and your teeth, be sure to ask.
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Bad breath plagues almost everyone from time to time. It isn’t uncommon, and in most cases it’s not a serious issue. In fact, in most cases it goes away after a short time. However, sometimes bad breath can be a symptom of a more serious underlying problem. If you have persistent, severe bad breath, you should talk to our dentist about possible treatments.
Causes of Bad Breath
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is caused by the same bacteria that causes plaque, tartar, gum disease, and tooth decay. These bacteria live in the mouth and devour food particles and other detritus left behind after we eat. They are particularly fond of sugars, which is why sugary foods increase your likelihood of developing tooth decay. The waste products these bacteria leave behind are highly acidic and can also cause unpleasant odors. Therefore the buildup of bacterial waste products can eat through your teeth and can also cause bad breath.
In general, careful, regular oral hygiene will keep your bad breath under control. Brushing and flossing remove the food particles that feed the bacteria as well as a significant portion of the waste products. The sticky plaque is brushed away so it can’t build up to form tartar. It also can’t build up enough waste products to cause bad breath. If you have dentures, you should also be sure to clean them thoroughly to prevent bad breath.
In general, careful, regular oral hygiene will keep your bad breath under control.
Treatment for Bad Breath
Other treatments for bad breath can include:
- Antibacterial mouthwash
- Brushing the tongue
- Avoiding foods with strong odors
If these approaches do not help, you should see our dentist. It’s possible your bad breath is a side effect of another, possibly serious problem such as:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Sinus problems
- Dry mouth
These are problems that should be treated, and when they are treated, they should reduce your bad breath symptoms.
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When we chew and bite, a great deal of stress is put on our teeth. Though the teeth and jawbone are built to stand up to this kind of pressure, excessive bite stress can lead to abnormal wear and tear as well as tooth damage and damage to the jaw joints. If you experience excessive bite stress, your dentist can help reduce it to prevent damage to your teeth and jaw.
Causes of Excessive Bite Stress
Excessive bite stress occurs when force is exerted on the teeth beyond that normally used for biting and chewing. This force is exerted when the jaw muscles contract repeatedly or are held in a contracted position for a period of time, for example when you grind or clench your teeth. Some causes of bite stress include:
- Stress and tension that lead to clenching and grinding
- Biting non-food objects, like pencils or pens
- Chewing sticky or hard foods on a regular basis
- Jaw misalignment that causes stress to be unevenly distributed
This type of bite stress can lead to long-term, serious side effects that can cause tooth damage or even tooth loss. Your dentist can determine if you are experiencing bite stress during your regular visits to the dental office for checkups.
If your dentist notices signs of excessive bite stress, she will recommend treatment based on its apparent causes.
Treatment for Excessive Bite Stress
If your dentist notices signs of excessive bite stress, she will recommend treatment based on its apparent causes. If you are clenching and grinding your teeth due to stress or tension, he might recommend relaxation techniques or lifestyle changes. Changing your habits, if those habits contribute to the stress on your teeth, can also help, so if you habitually chew on ice or excessively hard foods, eliminate this habit to protect your teeth.
Bite stress caused by misalignment should be treated by your dentist or orthodontist. You might require braces or other orthodontic procedures to return your teeth to proper alignment. This type of treatment can also help reduce stress on the jaw joints to prevent or treat temporomandibular joint disorder.
For more tips on managing bite stress, contact our team at Bliss Dental today.
It takes more than simply brushing and flossing to keep your teeth white and bright with fresh breath. You need to consider which foods and drinks you’re consuming each day! Here is a great article listing seven things to avoid if you want to keep your mouth minty fresh!
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