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Easing Pain from a Toothache

toothache If you’re in pain in the source is a tooth, you should schedule a visit to see your dentist as soon possible. However, we understand that you may want a bit of relief until you are able to get to the root of the problem. A toothache isn’t always serious, and it can be caused by several things, but the pain should never be ignored. Whether the pain is due to a cavity, an abscess, or another condition, try the following remedies and see what works for you.

 
There are a few cheap and inexpensive solutions you can try from the comfort of your own home. Simply rinsing your mouth out with warm water can occasionally ease the pain, especially if you have any food irritating the sore area. Making sure your mouth is a clean as possible is the best way to contain the problem and minimize the pain.

 
If the pain gets bad enough, you may need to turn to over the counter medication. Whether you choose Aspirin or a similar medication, make sure you carefully read the instructions and take it responsibly. Please keep in mind that pain medication won’t do anything to get rid of the problem. It just temporarily relieves the pain.

 
The last method we recommend is applying a compress to the outside of your mouth on the side with the toothache. This may provide a bit of relief, and like rinsing your mouth out with water, it is a completely free and simple solution.
Utilize these suggestions to get through the day if you’re toothache is causing too much pain, and don’t go another second without scheduling an appointment to take care of the problem.

How effective are Whitening Rinses?

whitening mouthwashOf course your best course for teeth whitening is the professional route. But in those six months between visits, you will likely enjoy a few glasses of wine and a couple cups of coffee or tea. So taking measures to keep your teeth bright and healthy looking is advised. But there are so many teeth-whitening options.

 
Of course there are the whitening strips and trays we’ve all heard about. These products do tend to whiten teeth, but they take a lot of dedication. Trays and strips essentially add an extra step to your oral hygiene regiment, weighing on the principle of convenience. They also tend to be time consuming and a little messy. There is even whitening floss available, which—given the inherently minimal contact flossing has on teeth surface—has very marginal proven results.

 
Your best bet are products allowing you to submerge your teeth in hydrogen peroxide bases without adding steps. Given the typical dentist-recommended oral homecare consists of flossing, rinsing with an ADA-approved mouthwash and brushing, whitening toothpastes and whitening mouthwashes fit this mold.

 
In addition to reducing dental plaque and subsequently freshening breath, whitening mouthwashes brighten your teeth. Effectively submersing your teeth in such ingredients as hydrogen peroxide, whitening mouthwashes can produce results in as little as 12 weeks. Not believed by most in the dental community as effective as most over-the-counter whitening products, whitening mouthwashes are the most effective for the money and effort.

Dental Envy; the Plight is Real

Chances are you like dinosaurs. At the very least, you find them interesting. Maybe you saw the new Jurassic Park movie or maybe the first one, so long ago, is one of your favorite movies and you can quote it at the drop of a hat. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re absolutely terrified of them and have reoccurring nightmares that you’re being chased through a dense jungle by a couple of angry (and hungry) Tyrannosaurus rexes.

 

Do you have a son or daughter? Do you read them storybooks about dinosaurs? Look, all we’re saying is that dinosaurs are trending right now (perhaps they’ve always been!) and it behooves us to educate you on a new problem regarding those reptilian skyscrapers – dental envy. Yes, dental envy. Let us elaborate, with the help of The Christian Science Monitor.

 

Sarah Caspari writes, “New research found that unique serrations make Tyrannosaurus teeth highly resistant to damage, thus helping the dinosaur and its relatives secure their place at the top of the prehistoric food chain.” What Caspari means is that there was one and only one reason as to why the Tyrannosaurus was on top of that dinosaur food chain: its teeth. Each T-rex had almost godlike teeth – looking like a collection of woodshed saws that allowed them to tear apart the flesh and bone of their prey, without so much as a dent or an ouch in their mouths.

 

Pretty convenient if you ask us. The article also compares T-rex teeth as being a whirling dervish of impossible steak knives that could damage rocks if the T-rex wanted to. What’s important though is that serrations when so deep that it prevented damage. What’s really interesting is that if by some unlucky chance the T-rex actually lost a tooth, it would grow back just like that. Humans can’t do that.

 

The long and short of it is that T-rexes had suit of armor teeth, nearly impermeable to damage, magic teeth that would grow back – all of this contributed to the T-rex climbing up that dino ladder and not letting go – being a super predator with impossible teeth and impeccable eating habits. Let’s just say the T-rex never had to go to the orthodontist or get dental surgery – and for that, we’re a little jealous; human teeth have a long way to go, which makes it important that you take special care of them!

Common Signs of Gum Disease

gingivitisThe importance of brushing your teeth cannot be overstated, and that’s not just because we want you to keep your teeth white. Ignoring proper dental hygiene can lead to a wide range of problems, chief among them gum disease.

 

If too much bacteria inflames your gums, it can lead to gingivitis, which in turn can become periodontitis. This disease causes bacteria to spread throughout the gums, and can even affect your teeth. Be aware of the following signs of gum disease to catch it before it spreads.

 
One of the most common symptoms of gum disease is bad breath that you can’t get rid of. We’re not just talking about bad breath that you get in the morning or after you eat a particularly strong smelling food. If your bad breath won’t go away after washing out your mouth and brushing your teeth, you may have gum disease.

 
Of course, an even more obvious sign may be red or swollen gums. When you go to brush your teeth, spend a few seconds to examine the gums around your teeth. Any areas that are bright red compared to the rest could be a problem, and this is especially true if they bleed easily once you start brushing.

 
While anyone can get gum disease, people who smoke, have diabetes, and who are taking certain medications are at a greater risk. Other common signs of gum disease including a receding gum line, loose teeth, and painful chewing. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it is important to seek professional dental care as soon as possible.

Demographic Variations in Oral Hygiene

dentist's chairNowadays there’s no area of life that isn’t affected by trends and dentistry is no exception. Dental care is impacted by a number of factors, including altering patterns of demographics and government policies. Analysts are predicting that these factors will have significant effects on dental practice in United States, for both the patient and the dentist. This is covered extensively in this article in Philly.com.

The site reports, “Dentistry in the United States is in a period of transformation. There is a shift among the American population from wanting to be regarded as “patients,” to one in which they view themselves as health care “consumers” with differing behaviors, expectations and needs. Dentists can choose to either embrace the paradigm shift or be left behind.”

The term paradigm shift is an apt term for this change, as it goes beyond a simple shift. The dictionary defines paradigm shift as “a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions.” In the pasts, shifts in the dental industry concerned technology or procedures; the evolution of people from “patients” to “consumers” is a major one, as it reflects something more capitalistic in nature. Dental consumers are changing their behavior and with technology rapidly becoming a force in healthcare, these consumers are seeking quick value for their dollar, value of course referring to price, reviews, experience, education, technology, location, and more.

So, basically what this means is that dentists and dental practices need to have a greater online presence or they will be left in the dust. Older consumers don’t necessarily follow the same patterns, but as the dental demographics gets younger and younger, it is prudent for dentists to keep impeccable information online. A strong online presence is the future of the dental industry. At All Smiles Dentistry Albion, you can rest assured that we stay up-to-date on trends; we will always maintain a strong online presence.

Choosing the right Dental Care Products

Dental CareKeeping up on our smiles can be a lot more difficult than people think today. Sure, brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily should do the trick, but what type of products should I use with these methods? There are so many different dental products out on the market today, no one would really know which to use, or which ones are best for their teeth. Obviously, the easiest way to find out these things would be to ask your dental care provider for a recommendation but there are other things to look for yourself when shopping for these products.

 
When it comes to searching for a toothpaste, the best strategy you can use for selecting the right one is to look for those that contain the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This means that the specific brand is ADA certified to be safe and effective. Also, you’ll want to look for a toothpaste that contains fluoride as well in order to prevent cavities. Finally, pick the one that feels the best when brushing your teeth. Whether this is a gel or a paste, it all really comes down to personal preference.

 
In terms of toothbrushes, the main factor for your decision will be the bristles. Many dentists will recommend softer bristles for those who have sensitive teeth and gums, however hard bristles are very effective for removing plaque and stains from the teeth. You should decide between which of these best suits you and find a toothbrush head size that fits your mouth comfortably. Keep on top of this by replacing your brush at least once every three months.

 
Finally, choose the right mouthwash rinse to finish off the job. Younger children under the age of 6 should use a non-alcoholic form of rinse, but others can purchase an alcoholic bottle to use. Keep consistent with finding a rinse product with fluoride in it to continue protecting against tooth decay and freshen your breath right up.

Home Oral Care is only Half the Battle

flossingEveryone knows you can combat plaque buildup with regular flossing and brushing at home. But there’s only so much conventional home treatment provides. Without regular professional checkups with your dentist, you risk plaque buildup and subsequent potential for tooth decay.

 

 

The tools dentists use can break up plaque much more effectively than your toothbrush, floss and mouthwash. And once plaque moves further into the roots of the teeth and develops into tartar, which is not possible to remove with regular brushing and home maintenance, tooth decay is imminent and you face a higher risk of gum disease. Moreover, a dentist will examine your gums- a big indicator of your overall health.

 

 

Having your teeth professionally cleaned also helps remove stains caused by coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, and other products. These stains also contribute to bad breath, which can be caused by gum disease or even food lodged in hard-to-reach areas. Furthermore, those who pay regular visits to their dentist are more likely to keep their teeth into their elder years.

 

 

A professional deep cleaning from a dentist every 6 months is imperative to not only a healthy smile, but also important to your cardiovascular health. According to some recent studies, strokes and heart attacks are directly related to gum disease.  Moreover, a dentist will examine your neck, throat, tongue, face, and head to detect signs of potential trouble such as cancer or swelling.

 

 

So visiting your dentist for regular dental checkups is how your dentist detects any potential problems that you may not even be aware of.  Unless you have pain or an obvious cavity, you may have issues you do not even know about.  So proper oral health goes above and beyond just regular home maintenance; it also must include regular professional care.

Benefits of having Braces

straight teeth As you grow up your teeth fall out, grow back in and start to shift around in all different directions. Some people will end up with a nice straight smile, while others might need to strap on some braces for a little extra help and assistance. Sure, no one likes the idea or thought of having a nice, shiny, metal smile in their school photos, but there are some pretty nice benefits to having braces on your teeth.

 

Firstly, there are some health benefits to having braces on your teeth. These lead to improvements in dental hygiene, which will reduce the risk of oral diseases. Having misaligned teeth, crooked or bite issues can often cause food buildup between teeth. As a result, plaque and tartar starts to build up, which can contribute heavily to cavities and periodontal gum disease.

 
Braces will also provide your teeth with heightened protection as well. People with irregular bite patterns will often experience stress on their teeth from being uneven. As time goes on, these teeth may wear at a more rapid rate than those that have had braces put on to realign them properly. Along with this added protection, braces actually will help improve eating habits too. Those who experience a difficulty with biting or chewing certain foods will, in turn, experience digestion and nutrition issues. Difficulty chewing and biting will also result in pain and discomfort as well. Obtaining straight teeth from braces will help get rid of this issue.

 
Finally, the social effect that braces will have on an individual is quite resounding as well. People get braces because they are unhappy with the way their smile looks. Furthermore, this takes a heavy toll on their self-esteem. By the time they are done with their braces, and the metal comes off they are more than pleased with the new results, boosting their self-esteem and making them smile more.

The Importance of Mouthwash and Flossing

mouthwash rinsing Brushing your teeth isn’t the only important way that you can protect your mouth. Mouthwash and flossing should also be crucial parts of your daily routine to keep your teeth, gums and mouth as healthy as possible. While brushing your teeth gets rid of build-up on the surface of your teeth, there are always bits of food or sugar from a drink that remains in between teeth or in the very back of your mouth. These are the type of situations that cause cavities as well as more serious dental issues.

 

 

If you aren’t already flossing, this should also be added to your daily dental routine. Brushing your teeth will clear your teeth of food, particles and bacteria. However, a toothbrush has limited reach and power leaving bits and pieces of food and bacteria in between teeth. No matter how hard you brush, sometimes it just isn’t enough. Flossing allows you to get in between each individual tooth cleaning in the tight gaps. When you floss in addition to brushing your teeth you can rid your mouth of unwanted food, tartar and bacteria. For the most complete cleaning though, you should also make mouthwash a priority.

 

 

Using a mouthwash each and every day will ensure that your whole mouth is getting the detailed-attention it needs. When you only brush your teeth, you are cleaning about 25% of your mouth. However, because of the liquidity of mouthwash, nearly 100% of the mouth comes in contact with the wash. This means that your entire mouth, all your teeth and all of your gums can be rid of bacteria just by properly using mouthwash daily. In addition, using mouthwash can eliminate minor problems like bad breath as well as major problems like gum disease.

 

 

Brushing your teeth will clean of the surfaces while flossing gets a more in-depth cleaning between teeth and gums. On top of that, using a mouthwash will eliminate any remaining pieces of bacteria, food or particles that could do you and your teeth harm. Combining all three of these practices will help you properly take care of your teeth and avoid costly and painful dental procedures. If you do all three of these steps each day, they will soon become habit and you will soon get to experience a truly clean and cared for mouth.

Want Health Teeth? Stay Away From These Foods & Drinks

sugary drinksBrushing and flossing are great ways to take care of your teeth. However, there are some foods that can do a lot of damage to teeth beyond any maintenance of toothpaste and mouthwash. Steering clear of these foods and drinks, for the most part, will help you avoid cavities, gum disease and painful tooth damage. At the top of the list are carbonated beverages. It isn’t just the significant amount of sugar that attacks your teeth but also the citric acid that can erode away enamel. In addition, flavor-enhancing acids can also damage teeth and gums when ingested regularly.

 

 

Foods mainly made of starch are another group to avoid. Even though bread and pasta might not seem like dangerous foods, they break down during chewing and can easily get stuck in between teeth. While they’re stuck in between teeth or gums, the starch actually breaks down into sugar. The most sensitive and vulnerable parts of the tooth are then exposed to sugar, just like if you drank a carbonated soda. Potato chips, rice, tortillas and bagels are all other examples of starchy foods that can get stuck in teeth and cause problems.

 

 

But fruit can’t be that bad right? Think again. Fruits like lemons, limes and oranges are high in sugar and acid. The acid specifically can eat through tooth enamel making teeth more vulnerable to cavities and sensitively. When consumed quickly, most of the acidity of these fruits can be avoided. However, eating these types of citrus fruits before bed for example can allow the acid to eat away at the teeth causing irreparable damage.

 

 

Fruit might be full of sugar and acid but what is even worse is dried fruits. Often eaten for their nutritional value, dried fruit actually lacks water, which makes it a healthy choice. Raisins for example don’t have any water and have just as much sugar as a caramel candy. The sugar is highly concentrated and can easily squeeze in between teeth and into divots in teeth causing or worsening cavities. Dried fruit is also full of cellulose fiver that doesn’t break down and instead binds sugars around the tooth.

 

 

In addition to carbonated, sugary drinks, starches, citrus fruits and dried fruits, there are other foods to stay away from if you want to take good care of your teeth. Food that makes your mouth dry like popcorn as well as very sticky candy can both be detrimental to teeth and gums. Staying away from all of these foods and drinks as much as possible will help keep your teeth strong and gums healthy for years without lengthy, painful visits to the dentist.

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