How To Choose The Right Toothbrush

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We all know how important is to take care of our oral hygiene. But also very important is to know the tools to do it properly. The toothbrush is the most important among them.
A good oral hygiene is important not only for your dental health bur for your overall health. In fact different oral diseases that are caused by a bad oral hygiene can be the beginning for more important systemic diseases including heart diseases and diabetes.

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Initially toothbrushes were made only from nylon bristles so it wasn’t very difficult to choose one. Nowadays there are so many different shapes, styles, sizes that buying the right one seems very hard work. To make things easier we are going to give you some advices on what are the important characteristics of toothbrushes so you can take care of your oral hygiene the right way.

  • Bristle hardness – Always remember the softer the better. Hard bristles are dangerous for your enamel and gums. Hard bristles couse the condition called toothbrush abrasion. Brushing with a hard bristle toothbrush at least twice a day removes the superficial part of the enamel and in severe cases removes all the enamel causing dentin exposure. The tooth becomes sensible to cold and hot foods causing pain. Restoring the missing parts of the tooth is difficult because of the position of the abrasion that usually is near the gums. Hard bristle also cause trauma to the gums causing gum bleeding and gum recession. Also dangerous because after the gum recession part of the tooth’s root is exposed. This part of the root is covered by cement that is less harder than enamel and important abrasion happens in a short period of time.
  • Bristle variety – Choose nylon ones. In the supermarket you can find natural bristle toothbrush. It might seem the right way to go, but it’s not. They are not very hygienic, cost more and have a shorter durability.
  • Head size – We all understand that a toothbrush with a big head is not comfortable for a child. (more…)

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Small children can develop dangerous tooth decay and other important oral diseases early in life if parents aren’t careful enough. Generally parents think that since baby teeth (primary teeth) are going to be replaced there isn’t a good reason to take care of the child oral hygiene. In fact it’s not true because keeping a child’s teeth healthy is important for his overall health. Baby teeth are important not only for chewing and speaking, but they are important for their future craniofacial growth of the child and for his psychological well being.

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Yes for a kid is as important as for an adult to have a beautiful smile. Children are very sensitive and its important that they doesn’t feel inferior to their friends. Also keeping deciduous teeth healthy you prevent your child’s need for invasive orthodontic treatment in the future.

The exact time for a parent to start taking care of the child’s teeth is when he is around 6 months old and the first inferior teeth are appearing. (more…)

Brushing Your Teeth Twice a Day Reduces Your Risk For Heart Disease

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In the last couple of decades the interest about finding a connection between heart diseases and gum disease has increased.
It was proved long ago that general inflammations (even those from the oral cavity or gums disease) have a important role in the formation of arterial blocks. In the last years there are studies that indicate that is also important how many times a day a person brushes his teeth.

Oral Hygiene And Heart Disease

Researchers of London University have analyzed over 11.000 adults and have found out that bad oral hygiene is a risk factor for cardiac disease as important as obesity, smoking, and family predisposition.
The dental plaque that accumulates on teeth surfaces is an important source of bacteria. The longer it stays on the teeth surface s the more aggressive and resistant are the bacteria that grow on it.
Researchers have found out that a person that brushes his teeth less frequently than normal has a 70 % increased risk of getting cardiac diseases compared with those that brush their teeth at least twice a day.
Participants of the study that admit to have a bad oral hygiene also resulted positive for inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein and fibrinogen.

The results of this study and others therefore confirm and strengthen the opinion that there is a link between oral hygiene and risks for cardiovascular problems.

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Dental Crown

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Dental crown also known as “tooth cap” is a rigid cap placed on the tooth for various purposes like: restoration, protection, esthetics etc. These tooth caps fully encase the tooth, and depending on the situation there are different types that we are going to mention later in this article.

Dental Crown

Why are tooth crown needed for:

  1. Protection and Support fort the residual tooth – Sometimes teeth are compromised because of big carious processes or cracks or received root canal therapy. Removing all decay means removing all the damaged tissue of the tooth and leaving only the healthy part but this reduces his strength. When teeth receive root canal therapy they also have a large filling. To protect these filling materials and to protect the tooth from going through fractures should be placed a cap.
  2. Restoration – A broken tooth or a decayed one that lost part of the tooth’s tissue loses its function as well. For teeth to do their proper function, they should have contact with the adjacent teeth (except for the wisdom teeth) and should contact their antagonist. Caps restore teeth’s functions to assure the right mastication or speaking.
  3. Missing teeth – When you lose one tooth because of decay, periodontal disease, or trauma, you can’t leave an empty space especially if it is a frontal tooth. One way to replace the missing tooth is by placing a bridge. These means placing a crown or two on the adjacent teeth and a fake one to fill the place of the lost tooth. Also the empty space can be filled with a dental implant, this way the dentist doesn’t have to damage the adjacent teeth by preparing them for crowns. Since the implant is made of titanium, to cover all the metallic part is used a crown.
  4. Aesthetic purposes – Sometimes for problems that might occur during the development of the tooth before we are even born or after, they might be discolored, misshaped, etc. Sometimes they might be discolored because of badly done root canal therapy or badly done restoration. To assure a good looking smile one or several caps might be needed. (more…)

Toothache During Pregnancy

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Bringing a new life to the world is the highest achievement in a woman’s life. But it is also a long process and sometimes not very easy. It’s not unusual for a woman to have toothache during pregnancy. So it is better for woman that as soon as they learn about their pregnancy to make an appointment with the dentist for a proper dental care. It’s very important to learn what products are safe to use for you and your baby, how to proceed during the pregnancy months etc.

Pregnancy Toothache

Remember that any pain felt during pregnancy is stressful for the mother as well for the baby, so the sooner you visit a dentist the better. Many women suffer from toothache during their pregnancy and put up with it, because they fear their baby’s health might be at risk from the dental care. THIS IS SO FALSE. Having dental care when pregnant doesn’t harm your baby, but it prevents any harm from the stress you feel because of the toothache. Some studies show that untreated toothache can result in a low weight birth or even premature baby.

Most common causes of toothache during pregnancy

  • Impacted wisdom teeth and Pericoronitis – When a wisdom tooth hasn’t erupted entirely and part of the tooth crown is still covered by gingival tissue. This condition happens when there isn’t enough room for the wisdom tooth to erupt normally. A space forms between the gingiva that covers the tooth and the tooth and there get stuck foods and bacteria causing an infection of the pericoronal sack of the tooth and the gingival tissue surrounding it. The main symptom is the strong pain in all the jaw. The gingival tissue appears red and swollen. A temporary home remedy for pericoronitis is to brush the area carefully at least twice a day to avoid bacterial colonization or use an antibacterial mouthwash, but careful ask the pharmacist what type you can use when pregnant. To get an instant relief you should go to the dentist because he can clean the area better using professional tools and also he can cut the gingival tissue over the tooth making it easier for you to clean. He can do that using a topic anesthetic that doesn’t harm your baby at all. Sometimes the wisdom teeth need to be pulled out to relief from pain and the dentist will choose the proper treatment depending on the mother’s health conditions.
  • Pulpitis – When because of an untreated cavity in one of the tooth, the pulp (nerve) of the tooth gets infected by bacteria. The pain is strong and you should never put up with it. (more…)

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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The teeth that need to be extracted even before their total eruption are the wisdom teeth. They are the last teeth to appear in the oral cavity or not erupt at all. But often even if they don’t erupt they may cause problems, and the only option is their extraction. We talk about what causes eruption problems for wisdom teeth in another other article. Click here to read more about Wisdom Teeth.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

The removal of wisdom tooth is not as easy as for any other tooth, so it is mostly done by a surgeon, in his dental office or in the hospital. Wisdom teeth extraction is done when there is not enough room for their eruption, and some doctors recommend their extraction even if there are not causing problems yet, to prevent any future problems as a preventive measure. Now we are going to describe the surgical removal of wisdom teeth. (more…)

Toothache Relief- Top 4 Products For Toothache Relief

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Toothache can have a big impact in your everyday life. Its severity can range from a mild discomfort to a shattering pain. And unless you don’t have a dentist at home you may need some help for temporary relief until you can go to a dentist. And an interesting fact is that in most cases the pain happens in the middle of the night leaving you with no sleep at all. As we said earlier toothache causes can vary so different remedies are used for different situation. We are doing a list of Top products you can use for toothache based on its causes. But remember these products can be use only temporary until your dentist can help you. They are not a permanent solution to your toothache. Here are the best product we found:

1. DenTek Toothache KitDenTek Toothache Kit– contains toothache medication with clove oil to soothe the throbbing pain due to a cavity. With a pair of disinfected tweezers you can take a cotton pellets and pour some medicine in it and then put it directly to the cavity. Careful not to touch the surrounding mucosa because it may burn it creating another source of pain. It also contains a Temporary Filling Material to repair loose caps, crown, inlays and lost fillings with the same ingridients as the one used by dentists. After you have used the medication you can close it to prevent bacteria from entering the cavity. The kit also contains a saver jar because accidents can happen and in case you lost a tooth you can keep it there until you can see a dentist.
Anbesol Maximum Strength Oral Anesthetic Gel2a. Anbesol Maximum Strength Oral Anesthetic Gel – Contains Benzocaine 20% that is a local anesthetic used as topical pain reliever. It is placed around the tooth area where you feel the pain (more…)

Xerostomia

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Xerostomia is a medical condition characterized by dry mouth due to reduced or absent saliva because the glands that produce it don’t work properly. Having a dry mouth can affect the health of your teeth and it can affect the quality of your life in general. Saliva prevents tooth decay by washing away food remains and bacteria from the tooth surface, so limits dental plaque accumulation. Saliva has also other functions that affect speech, taste, dietary habits, halitosis etc. Usually the first sign for people who suffer from dry mouth syndrome is the destructive dental caries or periodontal disease they have.They also have high risk to lose their teeth even at early age. Some people who wear dentures and suffers from xerostomia may have problems with denture retention, denture sores etc. Low saliva production can also cause inflammation and fissuring of the lips (cheilitis), inflammation of tongue and oral mucosa, oral candidiasis, salivary gland infection etc.

 

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Xerostomia can cause big problems, so it needs to be treated as soon as diagnosed. To treat it is important to know what caused it. Xerostomia is not a disease but in most cases is a symptom of other diseases or a complication of medication used for these diseases. Causes of dry mouth syndrome might be:

  • Diseases- Diabetes, Sjorgen syndrome, HIV/AIDS and Parkinson’s disease can cause malfunction of the salivary glands and so on dry mouth.
  • Excessive breathing through the mouth- because of wrong habits or problems (more…)

12 Hour Toothache Remedies- Natural Cure

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Tooth pain is one of the most excruciating and unbearable types of pain out there, and it can be difficult to live with, even for a short period of time. Many people have constant tooth pain, from the minor annoying ache to the intense, unbearable pain that requires immediate attention, and those that suffer from chronic tooth pain without any underlying dental problem sometimes think that there is no relief available. However, the truth is, toothache remedies do exist that not only treat the pain but can treat the cause of the toothache in the first place and allow the sufferer to live a normal and pain-free life.

What Causes Tooth Pain?

In order to make the most of the toothache remedies out there, you first should understand where tooth pain comes from. Some tooth pain is caused by a dental problem and can be felt in the tooth, or sometimes in the jaws and surrounding area. This is generally caused by a decaying, cracked or fractured tooth, a cavity, an exposed root or possibly gum disease. Sometimes this pain is aggravated by very hot or very cold substances and it can usually be solved by visiting the dentist and having the appropriate treatment administered, such as an extraction or filling.

However, tooth pain may not be caused by a dental problem at all, and in fact may be a product of something completely unrelated. Pain in the teeth or surrounding area may be caused by certain heart diseases or conditions, like angina or cardiac arrest. Problems with the ears can cause pain in the tooth area as well as sinus problems. There are also some toothaches caused by nerve problems like neuralgia. However, if you are having chronic tooth pain, and you know that it is not a symptom of a more serious problem, then there are some products out there that work well and are toothache remedies that actually work.

Over-The-Counter Pain Medication & Topical Treatments

While deep-rooted tooth pain from decay, a broken or fragmented tooth or an infection within the teeth may cause serious unbearable pain that is can only be dealt with by narcotic pain medication, the less severe toothaches can often be resolved with over the counter pain medication like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Ibuprofen has the added benefit of reducing swelling so it can help with some types of tooth pain and infection. Also, there are topical treatments like Oralgel which are applied directly to the tooth or gum and act as a numbing agent so that the pain isn’t present. However, all of these toothache remedies are only temporary and treat the symptoms rather than the cause of the problem.

Why Conventional Toothache Remedies Don’t Always Work?

Temporary pain relief measures like over the counter pain medications are just a temporary fix to a permanent problem, and this is the same with the topical treatments. These toothache remedies do not treat the underlying problem – the cause of the toothache, they just provide temporary relief from the symptoms of the toothache. So the sufferer must have the underlying problem treated. If it is a serious dental problem, then they may need to have the tooth taken out, commonly called an extraction, or other work such as fillings, crowns or other dental surgery. For those that have a toothache that isn’t caused by a dental problem, or that reoccurs regularly, or those that simply can’t afford to have dental work done, may need to look into other options such as natural toothache remedies.

Natural Toothache Remedies

While most doctors will not prescribe a natural toothache remedy as a treatment, or necessarily recommend them, many doctors have seen the result of natural toothache remedies on chronic conditions like toothaches and cannot deny that some of them work – even against the logic of medicine. Natural treatments for toothaches are not widely available, but there is a great one Stop Your Toothache Now that was created by a man who suffered for a long time with severe toothache pain and had no relief on the horizon until he began researching it himself and discovered a secret that actually cured him of the toothache pain that he previously had been unable to find relief for. (more…)

Bad Breath Causes

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Bad breath can be a very disturbing problem, not only for you but for people around you, like your partner or friends. Bad breath  also causes psychological problems, because people who suffer from it tend to separate from other people, creating problems for their social life.That’s why it is necessary to understand the most important causes of bad breath, in order to know how to prevent it or even to treat it. The most important cause of bad breath is the bacteria colonization of the mouth. To prevent it, you need to stop bacterial accumulation. In our mouth there is a permanent bacterial flora, and this doesn’t mean we have to kill them all to have a fresh breath, because some of the bacteria is helpful for our everyday life. The bacteria that causes bed breath accumulates on the food remains stuck in different parts of our mouth and while fermenting, they release bad odors. Bad Breath Causes

The factors that cause accumulation of the food remains are:

Tooth Decay– If you have a cavity in one or more teeth, food can accumulate there that goes bad from the bacterial fermentation and cause bad breath. You can brush your teeth, floss or use mouth wash, but you can’t clean in deep cavities. The only treatment (more…)