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Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth and the surrounding areas are a haven for bacteria, which can lead to plaque buildup, which in turn can lead to diseases and a host of related complications. While not always the case, sometimes wisdom teeth need to be removed because they are impacted. This means there isn't enough room for them to emerge from the gums to grow in safely and naturally.

If you are among the majority of people who must have at least some of your wisdom teeth taken out, make sure you know the warnings signs so you can get timely care.

The Main Red Flags

Pain is, not surprisingly, the biggest symptom of an impacted wisdom tooth. Whenever tooth pain persists for more than a couple of days, it’s a good idea to have it checked out. Catching an infection early is key to getting it remedied quickly, before it gets worse.

Not all impacted wisdom teeth start with overt pain. Another sign is red and/or swollen gums that may or may not include pain. This can be difficult to check yourself, so grab a flashlight, mirror and possibly a friend or loved one to see if your gums around the wisdom teeth are red or swollen.

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Do Kids Need Dental Sealants?

While brushing and flossing can help keep your child's teeth and gums healthy, it’s not always so easy to get into every crevice on a consistent basis where food and plaque reside.

Dental sealants, thin protective coating that is applied to teeth, help stave off tooth decay. It protects these vulnerable areas in molars and premolars from tooth decay by sealing out the unwanted plaque and food.

While some people are concerned about whether sealing our children's teeth as a preventative measure is the right thing to do, evidence shows it can be an effective way to prevent cavities. For instance, a 2008 study by the Cochrane Collaboration, an independent nonprofit organization, found that 5- to 10-year-olds with sealants had less than half the decay on their teeth’s biting surfaces five years after treatment than kids who brushed regularly without sealants.

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Poor Child Dental Health Risks That May Surprise You According to a new report from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, your child's oral health has an impact well beyond their teeth. Entitled Oral Health and Learning, the report outlines how poor oral health can affect a child’s learning and productivity in school, and ultimately how productive they are as adults.

Unfortunately, millions of kids are living with "persistent dental pain, endurance of dental abscesses (infection in the mouth), inability to chew foods well, embarrassment about discolored and damaged teeth, and distraction from play and learning," according to the report.

Here are some of the more compelling findings from the report:

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Common Myths About Dental Health

Even though reliable and scientific information about oral health is widely available thanks to the Internet, dental health myths still persist. Some of these myths have been around for generations. To make matters worse, some of them are harmful for your health. Here are some of the most common myths about dental health and the reality behind them.

Oral Health is Only About Your Teeth

When you say "oral health" or "dentist," the first thing that comes to mind is teeth. While this may be the primary focus, there are also other areas inside your mouth like the gums, palate and tongue that are important. Problems that affect your teeth may also affect other parts of your mouth and even your whole body.

Only Sweets are Bad for Your Teeth

It's true that foods rich in sugar can have an effect on your dental health. This is due to the carbohydrates and starch they contain, which provides a breeding ground for bacteria to reproduce in. But sweets aren't the only food that can have an impact on your teeth. In fact, any food that you consume may leave tiny particles behind on your teeth. These particles turn into acid in your mouth and will also provide good conditions for bacteria to breed in. This is why it’s ideal to brush your teeth after every meal, if possible.

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Dental Care After a Tooth Extraction

Getting a tooth pulled is not exactly on the top of anyone's "can't wait to do" list. That's why we try to make the experience as pleasant as possible, in part by what we do here in our office, but also in advising you on how to care for your teeth when you leave.

After a tooth extraction, it's particularly important to practice proper dental hygiene and precautions. If you're not careful, dry socket can occur (when the nerve is exposed to air) which is much more painful than the tooth extraction itself. Before getting a tooth extracted, stock up on liquid favorites like smoothie ingredients and apple sauce.

If you're facing a tooth extraction for the first time, don't worry. Most people never get dry socket and are feeling great just a few days later. However, you do need to engage in a little prep work. Here's how to best recover after an extraction.

Plan Ahead

Most people don't need anything more than an OTC painkiller such as Tylenol after a tooth extraction. Make sure you have a bottle and take a dose immediately after the extraction and don’t wait until the pain sets in. You can also ask us, and we'll recommend a painkiller that works best for you.

Wait at least 12 hours before cardio exercise, sleep with your head elevated on a pillow the night after surgery, and don't lift at the gym for three days. Getting your blood pumping can lead to bleeding in the tooth socket. Consider this a doctor-approved excuse to take it easy for a couple of days.

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Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease can creep up on you, and before you know it you are facing potentially serious dental issues. The good news is if you know the warning signs, you can act early to get it under control.

The statistics are staggering: According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about half of all adults in the U.S. suffer from periodontal disease. We have hundreds of bacteria species living in our mouth, some of which are actually beneficial. But others cause problems.

Periodontal disease attacks the tissue that keeps your teeth attached to your gums. While gingivitis is the mildest form of the disease, if it gets worse, you may not only lose your teeth, but evidence suggests it can be related to other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Living a healthy lifestyle, practicing good oral hygiene, and a little help from good genetics, can keep harmful bacteria at bay. But it’s a good idea to know the warning signs of periodontal disease so you can take action early:

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Why Do People Grind Your Teeth and How To Stop

Most people who grind their teeth are unaware of the fact, since it's generally done while they are asleep. In some cases, teeth grinding doesn't cause substantial harm to the teeth or jaws. But if it's a persistent enough activity, your teeth could be harmed and other oral concerns could arise.

There are several reasons people grind their teeth, including anxiety and stress. But it can also occur due to existing dental health issues, such as missing teeth or an abnormal bite.

If you are unsure if you are grinding your teeth, look for some of the tell-tale signs. Maybe you have a sore jaw, sensitive teeth, or a persistent headache. If you think you may be grinding your teeth, make an appointment with us, and with a routine dental exam, we can look for evidence of grinding that may be a little more difficult for you to identify:

  • Unusual tooth wear or fractures
  • Loose teeth
  • Compromised dental restoration, such as crowns or fillings

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    What Causes Abscessed Teeth and How to Relieve the Pain

    An abscessed tooth occurs when bacteria penetrate and infect your mouth via the gums, surrounding bone, or nerve inside the tooth. The results can vary from no pain at all to very severe. Pain associated symptoms include continuous extreme throbbing, shooting pain spreading outward from the infected area, sensitivity to hot and cold food and liquids, and difficulty swallowing or when opening and closing your mouth.

    These symptoms may be accompanied by swollen glands, a migraine-like headache, and a fever. A small bump or sore filled with pus will likely be present on the gum, and there's likely going to be some gum and jaw swelling as well.

    The three main causes of abscessed teeth are:

    • Cavities and tooth decay
    • Gum disease (gingivitis or periodontitis)
    • Cracked or chipped tooth

      If you think you have a tooth abscess, it is important that you see a dentist as soon as possible. Getting it treated by a professional is the most important step you can take. If left untreated, an abscess can spread to adjacent teeth and bone, creating more serious complications and problems near the source. In extreme cases, the infection/ abscess can spread to other areas of your body. These cases involve medical intervention, as well as care from a dentist.

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    Best Tips to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

    It's so important to start kids off with good oral care. Yes, your young child’s teeth will be replaced with the adult set in a few years, but they still need to be protected from tooth decay. Having healthy baby teeth not only prevents unnecessary pain, but promotes proper speech patterns and helps the adult teeth grow in correctly.

    Baby bottle tooth decay usually occurs in the top front teeth of infants and toddlers, though not exclusively. It most often happens as a result of prolonged exposure to sugary drinks. So keep that in mind if your child uses a bottle as a pacifier or you leave them in their crib or bed with a bottle in hand. They should finish their bottles before nap or bed time.

    Here are some additional ways you can stave off tooth decay with your infant or toddler:

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    Dental Hygiene Tips We Learned as Kids

    You’re probably vigilant about making sure your kids brush their teeth—but what about you? You don’t have to have children to remember the advice and warnings your pediatric dentist told you. Unfortunately, we often push dental care to the back burner. Remember: Preventative care and maintenance can save you a lot of pain and money down the road.

    One of the biggest issues with oral hygiene is that it comes at an inconvenient time. You’re rushing to get ready in the morning, or you’re tired and just want to go to sleep. Make sure you plan oral care into your daily routine and make it a priority. Remember what kids are told about caring for their teeth, and you’ll be on the right track.

    Not All Brushing is Equal

    Brushing your teeth can mean a lot of things. You have to brush correctly and with the right toothbrush for you. This means brushing the outside and inside of each tooth at a 45 degree angle so that you’re brushing under the gums. We’ll recommend the right brand and softness for you.

    It should take at least two full minutes for a solid brushing. This can seem like a really long time. Some parents put timers on for their children... maybe this same trick can work for you. It will soon become second nature, but just make sure you’re still brushing correctly and don’t zone out.

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