9 Ways to Ruin Your Teeth

Overview

You might say a smile is a person’s best asset as it conveys happiness, warmth and confidence. Studies show that smile makes us more attractive. However, the key to a pretty smile is of course a gorgeous set of pearly whites. We are all well educated enough to know that coffee, smoking and red wine is a big culprit for staining those beautiful pearly whites you possess. Sometimes this can be difficult to avoid.

9 Ways to Ruin Your Teeth

But all too often, the very things we do to take care of our smile- brushing, flossing and even rinsing with mouthwash can hurt instead of helping our teeth. Though we can’t promise you a supermodel smile, we can share nine ways that ruin your teeth.

Soda

Sodas can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving. To add an insult to the injury, sodas contain phosphoric and citric acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. The diet soda drinks let you skip the sugar however they may have even more acid in the form of the artificial sweeteners.

Munching Ice Cubes

You might think ice is harmless as it is natural and sugar free. However munching on hard, frozen cubes can chip or even crack your teeth. If the mindless chomping irritates the soft tissue inside a tooth then regular toothaches may follow. Eating cold foods and hot foods may trigger quick, sharp jabs of pain or a lingering toothache. Next time you get the urge for ice, get some sugarless gum instead.

Baby Bottles at Night

It is never too early to protect your teeth. Giving a baby a bedtime bottle of milk, juice or formula can put the new teeth on a path to decay. The baby may become used to bathing the teeth in sugars overnight and falling asleep with bottle in his or her mouth. So it is best to keep the bottles out of the crib.

Starchy Snacks

Who doesn’t love the nice, satisfying crunch of a potato chips- the starchy snacks. However they are filled with starch that tends to get trapped in your teeth. If you choose to indulge in snacks like these then take extra care while flossing that day to get all the food particles removed as it can lead to plaque build-up.

Coffee

Over time the dark color and acidity of coffee can cause yellowing of the teeth. Fortunately, this is one of the easiest stains to treat with various whitening methods. Talk with your dentist if you are concerned about the discoloration of your teeth.

Grinding Teeth

Teeth grinding or bruxism can wear the teeth down over time. Often this is caused by sleeping habits and stress which makes it hard to control. Avoid hard foods during the day to reduce pain and damage from this habit. Wear a mouth guard at night to prevent the damage caused by grinding while sleeping.

Tongue Piercings

Though tongue piercings are trendy but biting done on the metal stud can crack a tooth. Lip piercings pose a similar risk as the metal rubs against the gums which cause the gum damage which may lead to tooth loss. Since the mouth is a haven for bacteria, piercings raise the risk of infections and sores. With tongue piercing there is a risk of accidental piercing of a large blood vessels causing severe bleeding. So discuss the health risks with your dentist.

Hard Candy

Although hard candy seem harmless but eating too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful for your teeth. They put the teeth at risk not only due to being full of sugar but because they can also be trigger to dental emergency such as a chipped or broken tooth. Chew sugarless gum carrying the ADA seal which is better alternative to hard candy.

Smoking

Cigarettes and other tobacco products can stain teeth causing them to fall out due to gum disease. This can also cause cancer of the lips, mouth and tongue. Think of your smile while looking for one more reason to quit smoking.

Conclusion

Try to cut down on all of the above wherever possible. Brush your teeth around half an hour after you eat any of the above offenders.

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Myths and facts about root canals

Overview:

People will often clench their teeth in nervousness when someone says root canals. But why do the root canals scare people so much? Most people think that the root canal is a very painful treatment. However, with the advancement of dentistry and the dental technologies, the root canal procedures have changed considerably.

The root canal describes the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. Basically, the root canal treatment is basically a surgery done to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During the root canal surgery, the nerve and pulp of the infected tooth are removed and the tooth is cleaned and sealed from inside.

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I wrote this article to make things clear about different types of myths surrounding the root canals and help the people to know the facts and what to expect if they ever need it.

The most common myths and facts about root canals are:

A root canal treatment is a painful procedure

False. A root canal does not cause pain. Instead, the root canals are done to relieve the pain caused by the inflammation of the pulp chamber or the dental infection. The belief that a root canal hurts is a thing of the past because in modern times, it uses anesthesia so this procedure is no more painful that doing a filling. In case, the dental infection is quite severe then the anesthesia may be more difficult to achieve and hence your dentist will prescribe you antibiotics before the root canal treatment. If a root canal seems quite complicated to achieve then your dentist will refer you to an endodontist, a colleague dentist who specializes in root canals.

A root canal removes the pain immediately after the procedure

False. Post a root canal procedure; the patient will feel significant improvement. But it is quite normal for the tooth to be sensitive the first few days post treatment. The use of painkillers can help. Some of you may experience mild pain, especially while chewing and the pain could last for a few weeks. The pain should disappear completely after that time.

Is it possible not to feel any pain at all after a root canal procedure? Absolutely, it is indeed possible and this depends on how complicated the treatment was and whether or not the tooth was infected before the treatment.

It is necessary to take powerful painkillers after a root canal

More or less it is true. The pain experienced by the patient after a root canal treatment is usually caused by the inflammation around the tooth. This pain will only last for a temporary amount of time. Often this inflammation is best treated with the common painkillers such as the anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen i.e. Motrin or Advil or with acetaminophen i.e. Tylenol.

In case of severe pain that continue for months after the root canal procedure has been done, it is recommended to consult your dentist or endodontist to find the possible complications.

Teeth undergoing root canal treatment often need a crown

True. Often the teeth which need a root canal treatment have very big cavities or big fillings. A tooth with a big filling is quite prone to be fractured. For this reason, the dentist will recommend the placement of a post and a crown after the procedure.

Some dentists will place a filling on a tooth right after the root canal procedure has been done. A crown is recommended to make the tooth stronger after the root canal treatment.

Conclusion:

There are a number of different reasons such as an abscess, trauma from previous poorly performed dental procedures, deep cavities, cracked and damaged teeth for which a patient may need a root canal treatment. A root canal is carried out to repair the root of a tooth that has become infected or inflamed.

Root canal surgeries are highly successful, with more than a 95% success rate. Many teeth getting fixed with a root canal can last a lifetime. Since we have seen all the myths and facts about the root canal treatment, I hope that now the myths won’t stop you from getting this effective tooth-saving procedure.

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Oral Hygiene Kit for Travellers

Overview

Did you put away your passport, camera and all the necessary clothing for your next trip? This can be quite stressful because you don’t want to forget anything be it important documents or credit cards and all the money you need to pay for everything. Do not forget to bring what you need to brush your teeth and keep your mouth clean. In this article, I am recommending few oral hygiene items for the travellers so that you can create a perfect kit to keep you smiling throughout your trip.

Dental floss

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Flossing is not only important when at home but also when you are far away from home. In case your trip lasts for a few weeks and if you don’t floss during all that time then you are at higher risk to develop gum diseases and also cavities between your teeth. Hence, it is significant that you always carry the dental floss with you while travelling. It can also be handy for removing the fibrous foods that stuck between your teeth after meal!

Bear in mind that if the spaces between your teeth are tight then waxed floss can be easier to use.

Toothbrush

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Toothbrush has been the basic device for oral hygiene for centuries as it removes most of the food debris and dental plaque. Its cleaning action is well completed when you floss right after. An electric toothbrush can clean your teeth better especially if you have braces on. Also do not forget to put the charger in your luggage along with rest of the stuff. In case you have to buy a new toothbrush during your trip, remember to get a soft or an ultra-soft one.

Toothpaste

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You can always buy toothpaste from wherever you are travelling to. Each supermarket of every country should have a variety of toothpastes to choose from. However, some travellers have preferences in the toothpaste they like, be it the taste or if they want a tooth sensitivity fighter, it is better off to bring your own.

Keep in mind that big tube of over 100 ml toothpaste cannot be kept with you on an airplane, as it has to stay in the checked in luggage.

Sugarless gum

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Sometimes you will eat a snack or you want to try local food but you cannot brush and floss right after. Chew on a sugarless gum for 10 minutes after a meal. This will stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth which is a natural cleaner. It also reduces the acidity of the mouth, making it a less cavity prone environment. However, it does not replace brushing and flossing, instead it is a temporary salutation that makes your breath fresher.

Interdental brush such as the Proxabrush

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If you have braces on your teeth or you have receeding gums then it is a good idea to have an interdental brush always with you. They are small and manufactured by several companies such as Gum for the Proxabrush. Sometimes even a floss or an electric toothbrush doesn’t remove rice or a tiny piece of food stuck in between your tooth and wire, an interdental brush can do wonders in such cases.

Bottom line

Don’t let a dental issue become the lasting memory of your vacation. There is no better way to ensure a healthy mouth before, during and after your holiday than taking care of your teeth just as you do at your home. Remember that while travelling that all of the usual at home rules apply- avoid sugar and no matter what stick with your regular oral hygiene routine. If you splurge on the sweet sugary drinks or make s’mores around campfire then ensure sensible oral hygiene such as drinking lots of water, brushing and flossing to get the sticky stuff off, even chewing gum as these will help to keep teeth in top form. No matter how often you travel, you can always end your day on a minty fresh, healthy note with a little bit of effort. Maintaining dental hygiene on the road can be quite challenging. Therefore carrying the routine on the road is essential to stave off any dental issues down the road.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Dental Bridges

Overview:

Dental bridges are made up of natural teeth or implants; it works as a bridge for the gap that is created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two of more crowns these anchoring teeth are called as abutment teeth or false teeth or tooth.

Dental bridges last for 5 to 15 years and even longer; with the help of regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene it is likely to have the life span of a fixed bridge to be more than 10 years.

One can get best dental surgeons and clinics at affordable cost in India. The clinics are updated with all the latest techniques and equipments that can be of a great help during the surgery. The surgeons in India are well trained from some of the best institutes in India and abroad. They are very professional and have seen and successfully treated many dental disorders.

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Who are eligible for dental bridges?

People who have lost their teeth naturally or in an accident can be a good candidate for dental bridge. A dental bridge fills the gap which is made by missing teeth. This bridge is made up of two or more crowns these anchoring teeth are called as abutment or false teeth or tooth.

Types of Dental Bridges:

There are three main types of dental bridges:

Cantilever bridges: This type of bridge is not that common and not even recommended anymore. Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.

Traditional bridges: It is a common type of bridge and is made of either ceramics or porcelain fused to metal. This method involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth by using a pontic in between.

Maryland bonded bridges: Porcelain or metal wings often on one side of the bridge are bonded to the existing teeth. Maryland bonded bridges is also known as a resin-bonded bridge; it is made up of porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework.

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Advantages of Dental Bridges:

The major advantages of a dental bridge are:

  • One can restore their smile again.
  • One can get back the ability to properly chew their food and speak.
  • A Dental bridge can maintain the shape of the face.
  • It replaces your missing teeth.
  • A dental bridge can prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position.

Disadvantages of Dental Bridges:

The major disadvantages of a dental bridge are:

  • To support the bridge and proper insertion the abutment teeth should be properly prepared.
  • This process includes removing much of the tooth’s original structure even the ones which are structurally healthy and sound.
  • This process includes the loss of large amounts of healthy tooth tissue and sometimes even tooth devitalization and endodontic treatment.

The bottom Line:

A dental bridge is permanent in nature and takes the place of a missing tooth or teeth. This dental bridge is made up of a natural or an artificial implant. Dental bridges can last for maximum 15 years and even longer. This type of dental work can make eating easier as the dental bridge replaces the missing tooth or teeth. One should eat soft food or should have liquid diet until they get used to the dental bridge.

One may face difficulty in speaking clearly when their teeth are missing. Having a dental bridge can help such people to speak properly. The only thing is the dental bridge work should be done properly and by a professional hand.

After having a dental bridge one should keep their remaining teeth healthy and strong because the success of a dental bridge depends on the solid foundation by the teeth surrounding. Flossing and brushing twice a day and also using an antiseptic mouthwash every day will help one to prevent tooth decay and also gum diseases which can further lead to tooth loss. The dentist who have assisted your dental bridge will let you know how to properly floss and brush your teeth. If the precautionary measures are not taught by the dentist one should initiate to ask to explain the precautionary measures after a dental bridge.

 

Can you wear braces if you have a dental implant?

 Overview:

Braces can transform anything from complex bite to mild crowding problems and also severely crooked teeth, braces are suitable for all ages. Having braces and dental implant has become very common in dental work. Dentist also commonly perform these two procedures successfully in their clinic itself. Braces and dental implants are two different procedures like:

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Dental braces are also known as orthodontic cases or cases. They are devices that are used in orthodontics that straighten teeth, align and also help to position them with regard to a person’s bite. It also works to improve dental health.

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it is made up of titanium post like a tooth root and it is surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows your dentist to mount the replaced teeth or a bridge into that area. Dentures can come out but implant doesn’t come loose.

 What are dental implants?

Dental implants are made up of a titanium post and it is inserted into the jaw bone, it is done to replace the root of a missing tooth. It is then attached to a crown; a crown look and functions just like a natural tooth. Patients for dental work commonly prefer dental implants over tooth replacement alternatives. Missing teeth because of injury or disease both can be corrected with a dental implant.

One the dental implants are in position they should not move, but in one or two implant in between the natural teeth can be a little risky. Teeth can shift for many reasons and ageing is one of the reasons where they can crowd towards the front of the mouth. This can harm a dental implant; braces can be the best option at this time. In some cases braces are advised by the dentist to prevent the implant from movement or push.

Braces after dental implants:

Dental implant is a permanent solution for the teeth problem; an implant cannot be moved once positioned. Natural teeth keep on moving and shifting and with ageing there are possibility that the natural teeth many crowd in front of the mouth. Orthodontic treatment is still a possibility even if you have several implants. After dental implant is positioned in the right place then the surrounding teeth can be moved and fixed using a brace or clear aligner system such as Invisalign.

 If the implant is not in the correct position and appear out of place once the other teeth are aligned, it can be replaced at the end of the orthodontic treatment. This can be done by replacing just the crown or the entire implant. Or else, one can leave the implant in its place and settle for a slightly compromised result.

 Braces before dental implants:

It is best to carry out orthodontic treatment first before we can move teeth around the implant. In this way we can be sure that the teeth are perfectly positioned. If in case you have lost your tooth the dentist may fit a temporary false tooth to make sure that at any point gap is not left between the teeth. In some patients orthodontic treatment can be necessary before an implant in order to create enough space for the new tooth and also shifting the roots of the neighbouring tooth in its correct position.

 Bottom Line:

Many patients prefer dental implant as it is the permanent dental work. Dental implant does not come lose like dentures. Dentures are not fixed permanently so it may risk coming out lose but dental implant do not because they are permanently fixed.

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Why Are Your Gums Bleeding?

You’ve Got Gum Disease

While brushing if you see red, then it is likely caused by early stage gum disease or gingivitis. Normally the bacteria live in the mouth and build up and form a sticky film on the teeth called as plaque which when not removed can make the gums to swell up, turn red and bleed.

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You Skip Brushing and Flossing

If you want to prevent gum disease and stop the bleeding; always keep our mouth clean. Follow dentist’s advice and brush with fluoride toothpaste once after each mean and before bed. Floss everyday and use an antiseptic mouthwash. Visit your dentist twice a year for checkups to catch gum disease early, before it leads to tooth loss.

You’ve Changed Your Flossing Habits

Are you new to the routine of flossing? Probably you’ll notice some bleeding as your gums get calm down. Don’t let the sight of blood make you give up this healthy habit. Flossing removes the plaque to prevent the bleeding gums in the future.

Your Toothbrush Is Too Rough

The hard bristles can hurt the delicate gums. Bleeding could be a sign that you need to use softer brush or you are going to intensely at your gums. Buy a soft or extra-soft toothbrush and use a gentle back and forth motion to clean your gums and teeth so that you don’t injure them.

You Take Certain Medications

Blood thinners such as warfarin can make your gum bleed easily. Some blood pressure, anti-seizure and immune-suppressing drugs make gums grow too quickly. New gum tissue is more delicate and may bleed while brushing. Antihistamines, antidepressants, and blood pressure medicines cause dry mouth that can contribute to gum disease.

You’re Pregnant

The belly isn’t only part which swells during pregnancy. Hormone changes send more blood flow to gums; it will puff up, turn red and bleed more easily. Gums are more likely to get hit by bacteria which cause plaque and called as pregnancy gingivitis. It is important to brush and floss during these nine months. Avoid cigarettes and sweets to protect both you and your growing baby’s teeth.

You’ve Got a Blood-Clotting Problem

When you cut yourself, blood cells called platelets rush to area and form a plug over the wound to stop bleeding. Those with bleeding disorders such as von Willebrand disease and haemophilia don’t form clots as they should. Bleeding gums are a sign that you have a clotting problem. If you have it, then treatment with clotting factors will help to stop bleeding.

You Have Leukemia

It is a cancer of bone marrow in which your body makes too many abnormal while blood cells that crowd out healthy red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Without platelets blood can’t clot normally and gums may bleed. Chemotherapy drugs used to treat leukemia can lower platelet count and cause bleeding gums.

Your Dentures Don’t Fit

Although they let you eat your favorite foods and give you back a natural smile, if they don’t fit then they can slide around in mouth and rub painfully against your gums. Hold warm compress against gums and rinse your mouth with salt water to heal the sores and bring down swelling. To get your dentures refitted, see your dentist as soon as you can.

You’ve Got Diabetes

It can make harder for body to fight off bacteria in the mouth causing plaque. Gum bleeding during brushing or flossing is a sign that diabetes has lead to gum disease.

You’re Stressed Out

Stress affects more than mental state and has long lasting effects on your physical health as well. When you are stressed, the body make chemicals which lead to inflammation and gum disease. When you are upset, you tend to eat more sweets, smoke or drink alcohol that is unhealthy habits which encourage growth of bacteria in the mouth.

You Have Cirrhosis

Gum bleeding is a sign of cirrhosis that causes scarring of the liver.

Bleeding Gums Run in Your Family

If your family members have unhealthy gums, then you might inherit genes that make you more likely to have it. You can reverse the process by taking good care of your gums and teeth and regular checkups with your dentist.

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Is Having Dental Work During Pregnancy Safe?

Overview:

It is good to have a routine dental check up during pregnancy in order to prevent from any kind of oral infections. During pregnancy hormone changes because of which gums swells up and results in bleeding, infections etc. The swollen gums hold food particles and further cause the gums to bleed and create infections to prevent from this condition during pregnancy you should go for a routine dental check up. Dental treatment such as cavity fillings and crowns, should be treated to reduce the chance of infection. Procedures which take hour to complete should be planed after the delivery because lying on your back can be risky. It is best to avoid dental work during pregnancy in order to save the developing baby from any risks.

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 What about other regular dental work during pregnancy?

Sometimes dental work like root canal or tooth extraction is necessary but cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening and other procedures should be postponed till the delivery. Even if the procedures are minimal it can risks the developing baby so to prevent it is better to avoid dental work while pregnancy. There are conflicting studies about adverse effects on the developing baby because of the medications used during dental work. The most commonly used drug name Lidocaine penetrates inside the placenta. One should plan only normal dental check up like cavity fillings and crowns etc, other dental procedures should be avoided during pregnancy as it can risk the developing baby. The dental procedures that demands hours to complete should be avoided because it may create inconvenience to lie on your back for a long time during your second trimester. During pregnancy as the hormones changes the gums swells up which creates infections and bleeding of the gums. These conditions can be prevented by some simple procedures. Sometimes preventive dental cleaning and routine exams during pregnancy is not only safe but also recommended.

What about medications used in dental work during pregnancy?

According to research Dental treatment during pregnancy is safe, it says that dental treatment using anaesthesia is not harmful during pregnancy. You need to keep a track of what medicine is being used as some drug or anaesthesia can affect your pregnancy. The commonly used anaesthesia named Lidocaine is considered safe during pregnancy. It does pass through the placenta but it is not toxic to the developing baby. Hours of long procedures should be avoided as lying on your back for a long time can harm the baby.

What about x-rays used in dental work during pregnancy?

X-rays that are used during dental work are harmless if done with appropriate shielding. As per the American college of radiology no single x-ray has a radiation dose that can cause adverse effects in the developing baby fetus. And according to research it is proved that x-rays are not harmful in a dental work for a pregnant woman. Generally it is said that x-ray are harmful to the fetus; it may not risk in miscarriage or cause any kind of problems in the developing baby, such as birth defects and physical or mental development problems. A repeated exposure to the x-ray can damage the cells of the baby fetus that can increase the risk of cancer.

Final Verdict:

Dental work like cleaning, cavity fillings and crowns can be performed during pregnancy as it can prevent from oral infections. Dental cleaning is advised during pregnancy to prevent from oral infections like gum bleeding, swelling of the gum, and other problems. During pregnancy the hormones changes and leads in swelling of the gums, gums bleeding and as the gums are swollen it holds food particles in it that causes oral infections. To prevent this dental cleaning is recommended. Other dental work which takes hours to complete should be avoided as it can harm the developing baby. Hours of dental work expects you to lie on your back and remain in the same position till the procedure is completed, which is not possible in the second trimester. So to avoid further complications one should postponed some of the dental procedures and plan them after delivery.

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