September 22nd, 2009
Aside from brushing and flossing, there are other things that your dentist could you tell so you can better care for your teeth. There are secrets that dentists know that their patients do not. These usually include the following:
1) Your dentist can tell if you smoke. Even if someone brushes their teeth or tries to cover it up with mints, gum, or mouthwash, the smell is actually embedded in the mouth, especially the gum tissue!
- Smokers are also 4X more likely to get periodontal disease than those who do not smoke.
2) The oral bacteria that causes cavities can spread on food and cutlery. For instance, mothers will share their utensils and food with their kids, but bad bacteria can be spread this way. This also goes to say that one should take special care when kissing (especially their little ones) if he or she has gum disease or cavities, since these bacteria are contagious.
3) When most people brush, they only clean less than 1/4 of their mouths! Most people brush for 30 seconds or less, and good oral hygiene requires at least five minutes of brushing and flossing each day. One should brush at least 2-3 minutes at a time, and floss for 1-2 minutes each time. When people brush only 30 seconds, they are missing their back molars 90% of the time.
4) Bleaching Teeth Too Much Can Make Them Translucent! Teeth whitening can thin the enamel, so never bleach your teeth more than once every six months. If the gel bothers your gums and teeth, try a fluoride rinse or gel before and after using the bleaching gel. This will make your teeth less sensitive.
5) Don’t get your mouth deep cleaned when you only need a regular cleaning. Some dentists want to charge your insurance more, so they will tell you that you need a deep cleaning when you do not. Those who need a deep cleaning are people who have a lot of tartar on their roots or other symptoms of disease.
Source: ABC News
September 21st, 2009
Whenever you burn your tongue, it may feel as though you lose some of your taste buds. Here are some things that you can do to heal a burnt tongue:
1) Put ice on your tongue immediately, and let it sit for a minute or two.
2) Lick ice cream, popsicles and other cold foods.
3) Try not to eat anything acidic, because they will irritate the burnt tongue.
4) Let hot foods cool before eating them.
5) Consume cough drops in order to aid the healing process.
6) Be patient, the tongue is one of fastest healing body parts. Just try to avoid burning it more while you’re waiting for it to heal!
September 18th, 2009
Post nasal drip is a common cause of bad breath, even though it is not often talked about. People are more likely to blame halitosis on a build up of bad oral bacteria. Post nasal drip is also harder to get rid of than a bacterial buildup on the tongue.
Post nasal drip is a flow of mucus from the nasal area regularly leaking down into the throat area. This mucus feeds nutrients to the bad oral bacteria in the throat and the mouth, so the chances of having bad breath are much higher. This problem can be chronic and hard to treat in comparison to other ailments that cause bad breath.
Most bad breath-causing anaerobic bacteria lives on the dorsal (back) area of the tongue, so when mucus drips down from nasal passages, it is in easy access to the bacteria. Also, if you have never had your tonsils removed, debris can collect there, allowing bacteria to thrive even more.
You may need to see a doctor for this problem if it does not go away. To start off, you may brush after all meals and before going to bed. Use a tongue scraper and try to gargle twice a day. Having your tonsils removed may be an option, but it is not safe for everyone.
September 17th, 2009
Many people have experienced tooth pain from oral surgery or other reasons. It is important to know various forms of relief and natural remedies in case this ever happens.
To begin, teeth are made up of an outer layer, the exposed enamel, and cementum which is embedded in the gums. The dentin is the middle layer in teeth, which is comprised of tiny tubules (small openings). There are nerve branches that come from the teeth’s pulp located inside each of the tubules. The pulp of the teeth, located in the center, is made up of blood vessels and nerves supplying to the tooth.
Tooth sensitivities cause pain in the teeth for various reasons. Dental sensitivity is caused when the dentin is exposed, so nerve endings are exposed to hot and cold temperatures, thus causing much pain and sensitivity. This often happens after gum surgeries, poor oral hygiene, gum disease, eating acidic food and beverages, etc. The central pulp of the tooth can be exposed due to decay, filling, or a break in the tooth, thus causing pain and sensitivity.
Healing Your Painful Teeth
1. Brush your teeth softer, thus preventing the enamel being worn down.
2. Avoid acidic foods/beverages as much as you can in order to avoid oral health problems.
3. Natural remedies like garlic cloves and ginger root being placed on the painful teeth.
September 15th, 2009
All of us bite/cut our tongue at one time or another, sometimes while we are eating and at other times by accident. Maybe you have scraped your tongue against a rough surface. Also, if you have an impacted tooth, the tongue may rub against the edge of it and become bruised.
Usually a bitten / bruised tongue is not extremely serious. However, if you have severe and uncontrollable bleeding, you should get emergency treatment. After the pain of having bitten your tongue, the pain usually is discontinued after a couple minutes.
Bitten Tongue Remedies
If the bruise on the tongue is not too serious, you can try the following:
1) Apply toothpaste onto the bruised part of the tongue. The mint releases a cooling sensation onto the stinging area.
2) Gargle with salt and water. This helps to maintain the salinity of the tongue and heal the wound. Sometimes you may only need to gargle with lukewarm water.
3) You may also grab a piece of ice and place it on the affected part of the tongue. The ice’s coolness will eliminate the pain. Also, the ice cold feeling helps the exposed blood vessels to heal faster, thus preventing further bleeding.
4) Applying aloe vera juice against the bruise will help treat the bruised tongue. Sometimes aloe vera comes in a gel form that makes applying it easier.
5) Gargling cold water and holding the water in your mouth helps some people get rid of the pain completely. If you do this, be careful that the water is not so cold that the blood vessels in the mouth become numb.