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Frequently Asked Questions About Pain Following A Root Canal

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions About Pain Following A Root Canal

If you need a root canal, you may be worried about how much pain you will feel after the procedure and what should be done if you feel any. Here are a few frequently asked questions about pain following a root canal. Is it Normal to Feel Pain After a Root Canal? It is completely normal to feel some pain immediately following a root canal. The area that has been worked on can be irritated and stretched from the procedure and from the infection itself. It will take time for the swelling and irritation to decrease. Until this occurs, you may feel some pain. What Can Be Done About Pain After a Root Canal? Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever can help to reduce the amount of pain you experience after a root canal and keep swelling to a minimum. Placing an ice pack on the side of your face can also help with the pain and swelling. It is recommended that you can keep an ice pack on the face for 10 minutes and then off the face for 10 minutes for the first eight hours after the procedure.  Another way to minimize the pain you experience after a root canal is to be careful about what foods you eat. Chewing on hard foods can cause you pain. Eating or drinking hot or cold foods and drinks can also cause pain from sensitivity in the area. Stick to soft foods served slightly cooled or warmed to decrease your pain level. Lastly, be sure to brush the affected area gently. Do not brush vigorously, or the area can bleed or begin to swell. Saltwater rinses can also help to keep the area clean. When Should the Pain Subside? The pain you experience following a root canal should last a few days. If the pain does not begin to subside within a few days or you begin to have discharge from the affected area, you should contact the dentist who performed the root canal. This can be a sign of infection. The dentist will likely have you come into their office and visually look at the tooth and gums where the root canal was performed. If needed, x-rays may also be taken as they can shown an infection in the root and nerve system. If an infection is present, antibiotics will likely be given. In some instances, a second root canal may be needed. If you have never had a root canal before, you may be unsure what to expect as far as pain goes after the procedure. Getting answers to your questions will help you to learn if pain is normal, how to minimize pain and when the pain should subside after a root canal is...

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2 Natural Mouthwashes To Protect Your Dental Implant From Bacteria Buildup During Pregnancy

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Natural Mouthwashes To Protect Your Dental Implant From Bacteria Buildup During Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes the estrogen levels in your body to spike. The fluctuation in hormones leaves your mouth more prone to bacterial infection and gum disease. If you wear a dental device like a dental implant, then this can cause bacteria buildup around the implant. Excessive bacteria around your dental implant can weaken the gum tissue that it uses as a foundation. This may cause your dental implant to fall out during your pregnancy. If the bacteria buildup continues around your dental implant and gum line then this will eventually result in severe forms of gum disease. As a result, it is extra important to practice good dental hygiene during this time. This can be done by adding a few natural mouthwashes to your daily oral care routine. Cranberry Mouthwash Cranberries contain a large source of antioxidants that help to flush toxins from the body. The plant also has antibacterial properties that are often used to help treat tooth decay and oral infections. In order to create your own cranberry mouthwash from home, add a spoonful of cranberry powder to a cup of hot water. Mix the powder into the water for a few minutes until it fully dissolves. Once the mixture cools, use the mouthwash to cleanse your gums and around your dental implant. Hold the rinse in your mouth for several minutes before rinsing with warm water. Use the mouthwash immediately after meals in order to ensure that you are able to limit bacteria growth. Hibiscus Mouthwash Hibiscus is a staple in gardens because of its vibrant colors and gentle aroma. However, the real beauty lies in the plant’s antibacterial properties. These properties are what make the flower a commonly used ingredient in herbal teas. It is effective in reducing infection both externally and internally. Hibiscus can be transformed into a mouthwash by soaking a few spoonfuls of the dried herb in a small bowl of hot water. Place the bowl to the side and allow it to soak for a few hours. Once ready, use the mouthwash to cleanse your mouth and focus it at the base of your dental implant. Move the rinse throughout your entire mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out. It is important to take care of your dental implants during pregnancy as they are more susceptible to infection during this time. Therefore, use these mouthwashes to help keep your dental implant bacteria-free during pregnancy. Contact a family dentist like Scott Brenner, DDS for more ideas on how to take better care of your mouth during...

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How To Prevent Dry Socket After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prevent Dry Socket After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Healing from wisdom tooth extraction is not usually as painful as you might imagine. After a few days of rest, soft foods, and pain killers, you should be able to return to your normal routine. That is, as long as you avoid dry socket. Dry socket is a painful condition in which the blood clot that forms in your empty tooth socket becomes dislodged, exposing the nerves in this area and causing intense pain. Luckily, there are several ways to reduce your risk of dry socket after wisdom tooth removal surgery. Don’t smoke. If you’re a smoker, you’ll have to stay away from the habit for at least a few days after surgery. The toxins in cigarettes as well as the suction action of inhalation can increase your risk of dry socket greatly. If your cravings are too intense, use a nicotine patch to keep them at bay. (Don’t chew nicotine gum – this will expose your surgical sites to nicotine much like smoking would). Avoid straws. You’re going to be enjoying a lot of soft foods and fluids, like smoothies and shakes, in the days following your surgery. Though it might seem easier to drink these through a straw than to sip them from a cup, you should stay away from straws. The suction action of sipping though a straw can physically pull the blood clot out of your socket. Be gentle when you rinse. Rinsing your mouth out with salt water or an antiseptic rinse prescribed by your dentist is important for the healing process. However, you need to make sure you do this gently so you do not dislodge your blood clots. Do not vigorously swish the rinse around your mouth and through your teeth like you would when you regularly use mouthwash. Instead, gently swirl it around your mouth and let it cascade over your surgical sites. Rinse over a sink to avoid making messes. Avoid intense exercise. There’s nothing wrong with taking a walk or a low-key bike ride in the days following your surgery. In fact, this can be good for your mindset and for healing. However, you want to avoid very intense exercise like running, swimming, or hard cycling. Exercise that raises your pulse and blood pressure too much might loosen your blood clots and contribute to dry socket formation. Ask your dentist when it is safe for you to return to vigorous exercise; this will depend on what specific exercise you intend to perform and how deeply impacted your teeth were....

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Four Common Little Habits That Are Bad For Your Dental Health

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Common Little Habits That Are Bad For Your Dental Health

If you’re brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist for checkups, then you’re doing all you can to keep your teeth healthy, right? Wrong. While these are the first steps towards great dental health, there are a lot of little habits that people develop that can lead to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Here’s a look at four common little habits that may be unhinging your dental health. Sipping coffee all day. Drinking coffee all day is often recommended against because it is costly and will stain your teeth – but if you put milk or sugar in your coffee, it can do more than cause stains. Constantly bathing your teeth in sugary coffee all day feeds oral bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. To protect your teeth, consider replacing your coffee with unsweetened herbal tea, or better yet, water. If you just can’t kick the coffee habit, try using a sugarless sweetener like sucralose or stevia extract instead of sugar. And stay away from creamers and milk – they both contain sugar, too. Crunching on ice and hard candy. Ice and hard candy are too hard for you to be safely crunching on. Even if you don’t immediately crack your teeth while munching on these items, you will be weakening your enamel by doing so. Weak enamel is more prone to cracks in the future and is also prone to cavities. Try to avoid munching on anything that’s crunchier than the average pretzel. Brushing too hard. The more pressure you apply with your tooth brush, the better – right? Sadly, this is not the case. You want to brush your teeth rather gently to remove the plaque without actually causing any damage to the tooth enamel. If your toothbrush’s bristles are bending after just a few uses, you’re brushing too hard. If your fingers grow tired after brushing, this is another sign that you’re brushing too hard. Lighten up a bit, and your enamel will stay in better shape. Putting lemon in your water. Enjoying a slice of lemon in your water every now and then is not a problem, but you should not be making a regular habit of putting lemon slices or lemon juice (or lime, for that matter) in your water. Lemon and lime juice are acidic, and constantly exposing your teeth to them can lead to enamel damage. If you have any of the bad habits above, start breaking them today. Your teeth will thank you! Contact a dentist, such as Hughes Thomas R, for more information....

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Down Syndrome And Hypodontia: 3 Things Parents Need To Know

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Down Syndrome And Hypodontia: 3 Things Parents Need To Know

Hypodontia is a dental term that refers to congenitally missing permanent teeth. This means that some of the permanent teeth fail to develop, so when the baby teeth fall out, there is nothing underneath to replace them. Hypodontia is very common among people with Down syndrome. Here are three things parents need to know about Down syndrome and hypodontia. How common is hypodontia? Hypodontia is a very common problem for people with Down syndrome. A Canadian study of 25 children with Down syndrome found that 92% of them were suffering from hypodontia. The female patients were missing an average of 5.38 permanent teeth, while the males were missing an average of 4.10. To put these numbers into perspective, the prevalence of hypodontia in the general population is between 3% and 7%. How is hypodontia diagnosed? Hypodontia is diagnosed through x-ray imaging. Your dentist will take x-rays of your child’s mouth to see if any of their permanent teeth are missing. The dentist can take a panoramic x-ray to make your child more comfortable during the procedure. Unlike traditional dental x-rays, panoramic x-rays don’t require the patient to bite down on a plastic film. Since people with Down syndrome can have a strong gag reflex, not needing to put anything in your child’s mouth will make the experience much more pleasant for them. These x-rays also produce an image quickly, which makes them a good choice for children with short attention spans. In this panoramic image, your dentist will be able to see all of your child’s permanent teeth beneath their gums and will be able to easily identify any missing teeth. How is hypodontia treated? Once your child’s permanent teeth have all erupted, they may require orthodontic treatment to move the teeth into their proper positions. This is because teeth may drift out of place to fill any open spaces. Orthodontic treatment includes familiar techniques like retainers and braces. Once the teeth have been repositioned, dental implants can be placed in the gaps left by the missing permanent teeth. These implants are surgically attached to the jawbone and are permanent, so your child will have them for the rest of their life. People with Down syndrome are good candidate for dental implants as long as they’re able to maintain good oral hygiene, either alone or with the help of a caregiver. If your child has Down syndrome, they may have hypodontia and should be examined by a dentist (like Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA or another professional) as soon as...

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Managing Pain Safely After Oral Surgery

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Managing Pain Safely After Oral Surgery

If you’re putting off having a dental surgical procedure because you’re afraid of the pain, rest easy that it’s a fairly common anxiety to have. In addition, many patients worry about not wanting to become addicted to painkillers following their procedures. If these two concerns have you feeling afraid about your surgery, rest easy, and follow these tips to manage your pain safely after your procedure. Topical Numbing Agents Before you have your surgery, talk to your dentist about whether the surgical site will be accessible during your recovery. Using a topical pain killer like a oral numbing agent can help to desensitize the area, reducing the inherent pain you’re in without taking any oral drugs. This can potentially help you to actually cut down on the amount of prescribed pain killers you take.  Procaine Another option is to ask your surgeon to use an ample amount of procaine during the procedure. If you’re put under general anesthesia, some surgeons will refrain from using procaine, since you won’t feel anything during the procedure. However, procaine can potentially last for hours after the procedure. For the first day you’re home, you may not need pain killers at all if your procaine is still in effect. Over-the-Counter Pain Killers Ask your surgeon whether or not you can take over the counter pain killers like ibuprofen and aspirin with your prescribed pain killers. Some medications interact, while others don’t, so your surgeon will know what’s best. However, if there are any over-the-counter medications you can take, they can help a lot. Taking an over-the-counter medication to reduce your pain means you’ll need less of any prescribed medications that are more dangerous for you. Reducing your dose will mean you have a lower risk of addiction, so this is a great step to follow if you can. Acupuncture Acupuncture may be a good way to help reduce pain following oral surgery. Acupuncturists believe that they can divert energy to the area that’s hurting, speeding up the healing process and providing comfort.  Studies have been mixed, with some finding that acupuncture significantly reduced post-operative pain levels, while others have found that a placebo had the same effect. However, whether it was the power of the mind or not, the test subjects felt relief, so you should give it a try. It’s difficult to be afraid of pain but also afraid of taking too many of the medications that can help to ease it. With these steps, you can significantly reduce any discomfort you’re in following you procedure, and nearly eliminate the risk of addiction. For more information, talk to a dentist like Peak Family Dentistry &...

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3 Mouthwashes To Prevent Infection After A Root Canal

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Mouthwashes To Prevent Infection After A Root Canal

If you suffer from an infected dental pulp, then your dentist may recommend is a root canal. Once your dental pulp is infected, it needs to be removed immediately or this can lead to an abscessed tooth. In order to do this, your dentist has to drill a hole in your tooth to access the infected pulp. Once the root canal procedure is completed, it is important to keep the area clean to ensure that it is not reinfected. Fortunately, there are a few types of mouthwashes that you can use to ward off bacteria until your tooth fully heals. Calendula Mouth Wash Calendula is often used for medicinal purposes because it promotes healing in open wounds and prevents inflammation that is caused by bacteria. A calendula mouthwash can be created by placing a handful of the fresh herb in hot water. Allow the herb to soak in the water for a few minutes until the water is no longer clear. Gargle with the mixture and move the mouthwash throughout your entire mouth for a few minutes. Use the calendula mouthwash daily in order to keep your wound and mouth clean. Cinnamon Mouthwash Cinnamon is frequently used in commercial mouthwashes because it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. Cinnamon can kill off bacteria before it has a chance to multiply in your mouth. In order to create your own cinnamon mouthwash, add cinnamon sticks to a pot of boiling water. Allow the sticks to boil for a few minutes before removing the pot from the heat. Place the mixture in a cup and allow it to cool. Once cool, use the cinnamon to gargle. This mouthwash should be used after each meal in order to successfully remove bacteria. Saltwater Mouthwash Salt water is often recommended after a dental procedure because the salt can kill off bacteria and remove food debris. Add a spoonful of salt to a cup of hot water and wait for the salt to dissolve. Once the water cools, move the mixture around in your mouth. You should use this rinse in the morning and night in order to get the best results. A root canal can be effective at restoring life to an infected and damaged tooth. In order for that tooth to fully heal, you need to keep your mouth bacteria free. Therefore, use these mouthwashes to help prevent an infection after a root canal...

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Four Dental Treatments To Help Restore Your Teeth And Your Smile

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Dental Treatments To Help Restore Your Teeth And Your Smile

Dental problems can be caused by many factors, including health issues, age, accidents and lifestyle. No matter what the causes of your dental problems are, restoring your smile is something that can improve your health and look. There are many different treatments that can be done to make your teeth look like new again. Here are some of the treatments that you may want to consider to restore your smile:   1. Cleaning And Whitening Of The Teeth One of the first things you will need to be done for dental restoration is to have your teeth cleaned. This is not just to whiten your teeth, but may be part of the process. Having your teeth clean will remove plaque and help to identify problems, such a cavities that are hidden under layers of plaque. This will help ensure that all the dental work you need is taken care of. 2. Fillings And Tooth Reconstruction After you have your teeth cleaned, you will be ready to begin the restoration process. This will begin with doing fillings for cavities in teeth that have enough health tissue left. If you have severe cavities, the teeth may need to be reconstructed. This process is similar to fillings but most of the tooth will be rebuilt with the filling materials.   3. Crowns And Dental Bridges Crowns and dental brides are treatments that will be used for teeth that cannot be restored with common fillings. This may also include treatments like root canals and extractions before crowns can be placed on the teeth. The bridges will be used to replace teeth that are missing or need to be extracted. This is a crown that is used to replace missing teeth. 4. Dentures And Dental Implants There are also some cases where you may want to have dentures or implants for the teeth. If there are not healthy teeth to attach crowns and bridges to, implants can be used. When implants cannot be used due to things like bone deterioration, you may need to have a partial denture made for missing teeth. In some cases, dentures may be attached to implants for a more natural feel. These are some of the dental treatments that you may want to consider to restore your smile. If you need help with choosing the right treatments for your teeth, contact a dentist (such as Maria E Marzo, D.D.S., PC) and make and appointment to start discussing your dental...

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Add These Three Foods To Your Grocery Basket To Improve Your Oral Health

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Add These Three Foods To Your Grocery Basket To Improve Your Oral Health

Scheduling checkups with your dentist twice a year is one of the best ways to take an active interest in your oral health. Through these regular visits, your dentist will be able to check and correct any problems with your teeth or gums before they become major. Another way to keep your smile as healthy as possible is to make informed dietary choices. Doing so doesn’t simply mean keeping your intake of soda and sweets to a minimum; there are actually several foods that can positively impact your oral health. Before your next trip to the supermarket, keep these three items in mind and be sure to add them to your basket. Celery The high fiber content of celery might make this common vegetable valuable in your effort to lose weight, but including it in your diet can also provide an improvement to your oral health. Celery’s crunchy, chewy texture is its secret weapon — because it takes several bites before you can swallow it, the celery helps to stimulate your mouth’s production of saliva. The increased saliva will help to wash away the harmful bacteria in your mouth that can contribute to cavities. Additionally, celery is beneficial because of its rough texture, which helps to scrub your gums as you chew. Cheese You likely already know that including milk in your diet is an effective way to increase your calcium intake, but cheese will have the same effect. Beyond the dose of calcium, cheese has an additional benefit as a cavity fighter. Eating cheese boosts the pH level inside your mouth, which is an important way to avoid cavities. A low pH level means that you’re at a heightened risk of your tooth enamel wearing through, which can quickly lead to cavities. Cheese also includes a compound that protects your teeth from acid damage. The protein boost of cheese makes it a useful snack that will help you feel full so that you don’t get tempted to snack on something unhealthy instead. Spinach Spinach will often leave a strange fuzzy feeling on your teeth, but this sensation is no cause for alarm. This leafy green vegetable is loaded with calcium, which is a mineral that is essential for building strong, durable teeth that are resistant to decay. As an added bonus, the oxalic acid found in spinach can help you avoid the annoying dental health issue of sensitive teeth. Talk to a local dentist, like Image Dentistry, for more healthy teeth...

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3 Types of Dentures That Your Dentist May Recommend

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Types of Dentures That Your Dentist May Recommend

Dentures are still a popular option for people who have multiple teeth missing. Dentures can be used for upper and lower palates. Since they are removable, the dental patient can take them out to clean them or to readjust them for a more comfortable fit.  There are a few different types of dentures that your dentist may recommend. Here are three of them: Full Dentures Full dentures are used to replace an entire palate of teeth. The dentures are designed to fit comfortably over your gums and are held in place by the natural suction of your mouth, dental adhesive and your tongue. Full dentures can appear quite natural depending on the amount of customization of the appliance. Some custom-made options allow the patient to try on the dentures so that aesthetic adjustments can be made. The material used to make the teeth of a denture can affect the durability and natural appearance of the appliance. Some dentures are made from stain-resistant material that does not easily absorb pigments from your food and drink. Additionally, dentures may be made from multiple translucent layers of material so that the teeth have the exact appearance of natural teeth. Partial dentures Partial dentures may also be used to replace multiple teeth. However, there are still natural teeth remaining in the palate. The partial denture fills in the gaps left by the missing teeth. Partial dentures may be attached to the remaining teeth using small clasps that are made of metal Like full dentures, the quality of the partial dentures can vary based on the type of material used. Acrylic partial dentures use an acrylic base in which the false teeth are set. Metal partial dentures use a metallic framework as the attachment base for the prosthetic teeth. Acrylic-based partial dentures may require replacements more quickly than metal-based partials. Acrylic partial dentures may be prepared and installed in a single day. However metal partials may not be available in a single visit unless your dentist has an onsite laboratory that can fashion the metal framework needed. Overdentures Overdentures are stabilized by natural teeth or dental implants. An overdenture includes a connector on the underside that snaps onto the stabilizing teeth. Still, the overdentures are removable just as conventional dentures are. If you are considering dentures, visit a local dentist, such as Tony Parsley, DMD, for an assessment. He or she will be able to determine whether or not dentures are right for...

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