Sunday, October 11, 2020

Tooth Decay - Its Treatment

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is an oral disease you cannot ignore and live with. Even after the full hygienic routine and care of oral health, people can catch the decay in the teeth. This is something unavoidable. The worst cases of decay can cause permanent damage to enamel, gums infection, and tooth loss. So, the treatment becomes necessary for such type of dental infection. Moreover, it may give pain when the situation goes out of your hands. It shows a little cavity in the initial stages; thus, a patient does not feel pain or bleeding. But, with time can vandalize roots and the entire structure of a tooth.

People suffer from tooth decay and permanent loss because of ignoring the little cavity and slight pain symptoms. They do not visit the dentist and procrastinating can cause severe oral health problems. Some people see the cavity in their teeth and leave it by thinking it will get cured by itself. However, it needs the dentist's suggestion, medicines, and proper treatment. You cannot leave the minor symptoms of the cavity and decay. In some severe cases, a patient can go through dental surgery to clean the decay.



Causes of the Tooth Decay

The tooth decay is a disease that shows minor signs to the victim at the initial stage. So, a person cannot feel the cavity or decaying until it comes out and shows some prominent symptoms. It starts with the amalgamation of bacteria, acid, plaque, and stuck food. Even with the hygienic routine, flossing, and brushing some impertinent bacteria and plaque left behind. This is one of the primary causes of the cavity and decay.

Moreover, it does not give you pain in the initial stage. It changes the color of a tooth from the inside. It will make your enamel and root dark yellow or black. Moreover, when a person feels that the enamel is vandalizing and he/she leave it untreated, it can cause tooth decay.



The food items that contain color, caffeine, acid, and citric that can cause tooth decay in your teeth. Some of the items are red wine, carbonated drinks, smoking, sodas, sugar, meat, and other alcohol. So, you need to avoid such meals to get rid of bacteria, acid, and decay.

Treatment for Tooth Decay

If the decay gets worst and it sabotages the enamel and dentin, the patient will go through the tooth extraction. Yes, the untreated cavity and decay in your teeth can make you lose your tooth. Thus, identify the initial symptoms and go to the dentist for the on-time treatment and recovery. However, the treatment for the tooth decay involves repair of the spot. When a tooth has erosion on a small area of the enamel, it means your dentin is safe yet. This does not damage the root of a tooth until it touches the dentin. So, filling, mouth rinsing, injecting fluoride, and filling materials like calcium and phosphate are enough to treat the initial decay. Moreover, your doctor will suggest you brush your teeth with a toothpaste having fluoride, calcium, and phosphate.



However, when the decay damages the dentin, it reaches there, when you ignore the initial signs and the cavity destroys the roots, then a dentist will extract your tooth. However, in minor conditions, they will treat your decayed tooth with an amalgam filling. This is the composition of silver and other metals, a dentist will apply this material on your cavity and decayed portion. This will show the color of your teeth. The layer of amalgam will protect the crown of your teeth.

In some serious cases, doctors will suggest you root canal treatment. This will be a painful procedure. It involves cleaning, washing decay, and extraction of an infected tooth.

Causes of Bruxism

Everybody wants a healthy life and they take care of their physical health. However, we all usually overlook the importance of oral health. Thus, many people tend to get several diseases and problems regarding their gums and teeth. For a healthy life, people do exercise, pay attention to a healthy diet, visit doctors, they want every internal and external organ fit, but they forget about oral health. Therefore, some people catch bruxism disease. Many of us are suffering from this habit. This is one of the major causes of destroying oral health and the appearance of teeth.

Bruxism



 Bruxism is the habit of grinding your teeth. Many people are aware of this behavior, but many of us clench their teeth unknowingly. Either intentionally or unintentionally, clenching teeth can destroy your overall oral health and it also puts pressure on your mental health. Out of anxiety and depression, people grind their teeth at the day time or during any difficult situation, like during an interview, presentation, or any likewise situation. But, many people do not know their grinding teeth' nature. They suffer from bruxism and grind teeth during night or sleep. Their roommates and the person around then listen to the noise and inform them about their sleep bruxism disease.

Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism



Well, bruxism shows several symptoms to the person. A patient can identify by looking into the teeth's appearance and health. The following are a few signs of clenching teeth if you are suffering from any of these consult your dentist:

1.      Bruxism increases tooth sensitivity.

2.      It damages the tooth enamel.

3.      It makes the jaw muscles tight.

4.      It gives slight pain in the jaw muscles in the morning.

5.      Jaw soreness.

6.      It makes your roommate uncomfortable.

7.      The noise is enough to wake up your partner.

8.      It will give the patient headache.

9.      It can lead you to tooth loss.

10.  Chipped teeth.

Causes of the Bruxism

The following are a few reasons that can develop the habit of clenching your teeth during sleep or day time:

Disturb Sleep

No one can stick to the single or primary cause of giving you bruxism, but several physical and psychological reasons can develop grinding teeth habit. The first one we shall talk about is disturbed sleep. People who abide from any kind of depression or problem in their life, they catch the bruxism disease. Moreover, people who do not have a relaxing to sleep, they talk while sleeping, snoring, or sleep apnea can cause the grinding teeth habit.

Negativity in Life

The people who are facing problems in their personal or professional life can suffer from bruxism. As depression can disturb a person's sleep, it can also change the behavior and responding nature. The quiet people grind their teeth at night out of anxiety and frustration. They think negative all day and clench their teeth when they are alone or they sleep. A peaceful and positive mind plays a vital role in oral health. This problem needs counseling, a peaceful place, and somebody's reaction to let the negativity out of your body.

Malocclusions



Some people have a bite and alignment problems with the upper and lower jaw. They can suffer from clenching teeth disease. Therefore, they need braces or any other dental tool to stop this habit.

Consumption of Smoking and Alcohol

A person's lifestyle matters a lot in catching any kind of disease, either physical, emotional, mental, or oral. The people who smoke too much and consume alcohol can suffer from clenching teeth disorder. Moreover, some of us have a habit of drinking too much coffee, or taking caffeine in any form can also catch bruxism.

Side Effects of Medicines

Bruxism can appear as a result of any other medicine's side effects. When people take some high potency medications for any physical disease or psychological problem, they can cause grinding teeth problems. Many antidepression pills can lead to oral health issues.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Eating for a Healthy Smile

If there is one thing I’ve missed seeing out and about this past year is the smile on a person’s face. Because of the pandemic we’ve all had to resort to the task of mask wearing while out in public. And while this may hold the ability to keep people safe, it has taken away from the experience of interacting with one another. (I still can recall many times when I’ve just had to nod and pretend like I understand what the person across from me just said beneath the muffled sound of their mask.) It has also given some, aka me, a reason to let my oral hygiene slide a little bit over the past year. I mean, who’s going to really know if you’ve brushed your teeth if you’re wearing a mask where they can barely hear what you’re saying, much less smell your breath. (I know I’m not alone here) But, now that 2021 has come and things (thankfully) are starting to look on the bright side, it’s time to refocus attention on oral health. And that doesn’t just include brushing your teeth, although highly recommended, it also means eating for a healthy and bright smile. 



I’m guessing most people don’t think about diet when it comes to oral health, but it can play a role that’s just as important as brushing your teeth. For instance, you could brush your teeth all day long (though not recommended) but if you’re eating candy all day, your teeth will eventually rot out of your head and you’ll be looking like grandpa before you’re 40. So, how can you improve your oral health through diet? Well here are a few tips to get your smile back into shape for everyone to see. 


One of the most important things you can do for a bright and healthy smile is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. In fact chewing on crunchy vegetables can keep your teeth cleaner and improve gum health due to the fiber and friction that leads to reduced plaque. This actually goes back to ancient Egypition times, where around 3000 BC it’s been shown that they used to use “chewing sticks” to prevent tooth decay. Kinda like what people give to their dogs in modern times, but for humans!. 



Another healthy dietary habit you can incorporate is increasing your calcium intake. Whether through dairy products like milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. or, through supplementation, calcium is widely known to be linked to healthy teeth. Plus, you can get other benefits from things like yogurt, which contains healthy probiotics and other good bacteria that can help be beneficial for oral health. 

The next tip should be a no brainer, but one may be surprised to find out that drinking plenty of water is key to a healthy smile. Not only does it keep you hydrated, which helps with a number of issues, but it can also wash away food particles and prevent plaque buildup. 



There are many other things you can do diet wise to help with a glowing smile, but these few tips given here are the perfect starting point. Just by doing these simple things you can increase your oral health and go back out into the world with a better and healthier smile that the world is waiting desperately to see once again. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Don't let our teeth rot.

There are a lot of things that we all need to focus on or think about.  One of those this year should probably be your dental health.  Mask laws have put us all on notice that our breath matters and that our teeth need to be a priority.  Tooth decay is real and some of us are noticing it.  So what is this thing that causes so much fear and has forced many of us to brush our teeth so vigorously throughout the years?  Well in general it is simply what the title says.  It is the decaying of your teeth.  The softening of your tooth enamel over time is the more technical part of it and it slowly starts to deteriorate. This really happens when different substances like acids and plaque were down the enamel over time.  Having your teeth breakdown over time is pretty scary, so the longer we can keep our teeth the better. 



What determines our dental health a lot is what we consume.  Drinks are a big part of this and we should think about it.  Now, these won't apply to everyone but many people are actually consuming beverages that are harming their health and especially their dental hygiene. 

A real big issue when it comes to drinks and teeth is when the drinks cause harm to your teeth.  It is sad to see people consuming liters of drinks each day that are breaking down their tooth enamel prematurely.  It is not a fun thing to watch. I have to warn you that many of these drinks on my list are drinks that I truly enjoy.  I would not give them all up for good. But moderation is key in this area. 


Soda is a drink that normally has a lot of sugar or a lot of acid in it.  It is a double dose of tooth harming and deteriorating liquid.  The sugar and acids tend to stick to your teeth and start breaking them down.  If you are drinking say more than a soda or pop a day then you may be in trouble.  This could be the reason you are having so many cavity issues or even simply sensitive teeth.  You can have better longer-lasting teeth by cutting back on this. 


Most of us all know that coffee is not the best for you.  So lets talk about it. Not only is coffee very acidic, but people tend to add lots of sugar to their drink in the form of creamers and actual sugar.  The issue is that the acid breaks down their teeth very quickly and also leaves lots of yellow staining.  It can be one major tail of your liquid intake and that is yellow teeth. So be careful how much you are drinking in the morning.  Drinking coffee right after brushing your teeth can even make them more susceptible to staining and deterioration.  So be careful and try to cut back on drinking more than a cup per day. 


There are a lot of things that we can do to help out our daily lives.  One of those things that can make our life better, in the long run, is keeping our dental health sound.  So brush well, and be careful about what you are putting into your mouth.