Dental Health Tips

Oral hygiene is very necessary, not just because it helps to maintain attractive white

teeth, but also because it improves your overall health. Maintaining a good dental hygiene can prevent one from many diseases which surprisingly even include major diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, stroke, etc. It also prevents bad mouth odor, enamel erosion, tooth sensitivity, teeth infection, gum related conditions, etc. An American survey revealed that about 80% of Americans suffer from gum diseases and gum diseases link to heart diseases. This is all the reason you need to start practicing a better hygiene routine for your teeth and mouth. Aside from visiting your dentist often, we bring to you a few dental health tips that you can add to your oral hygiene routine in order to boost your health. The tips are listed below:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day, preferably after you wake up in the morning and before you sleep at night. Use a toothpaste that suits the condition of your teeth the most and make sure you change your toothbrush after every 3 months. Brushing the teeth not just maintains your the health of the teeth but also boosts the gum’s health.
  • Use a mouthwash to rinse your mouth. This kills any kind of harmful bacteria in your mouth that may lead to gum diseases such as gingivitis or spread infection to the pulp of a tooth.
  • When we chew food, particles of food might get caught up between teeth. These particles if stuck for long, can cause teeth sensitivity or widen the gap between the teeth. Thus, floss properly after a meal to get rid of these food particles.
  • Schedule an appointment with your dentist every 6 months.
  • Increase foods in your diet that promote the health of your teeth. These items include raisins, coconut oil, cranberries and foods rich in vitamins.
  • Avoid intake of food that is extremely cold or extremely hot or contains too much sugar such as candies, soft drinks and chocolate. Sugary food items can cause cavities and tooth sensitivity.
  • Research shows that smokers experience tooth related problems much more than non smokers do. Quitting the habit of smoking is the best way of maintaining your dental health.
  • Ask your dentist to prescribe for you a fluoride rinse that you can use at home. Fluoride rinse helps to protect the teeth from breaking down when you eat too much of sugary or acidic food. It helps reduce chances of tooth decay or cavity and also reduces the pain caused by teeth sensitivity.
  • Use a tongue scraper to prevent bad breath and it improves the ability of your taste buds. Tongue scrapers also remove any toxins or bacteria from your mouth that may lead to serious problems later on.
  • Sealants last for a long time, about 5 to 10 years and these prevent the teeth at the back of your mouth from getting decayed.
  • If you’re using braces on your teeth, make sure you keep them clean at all times.

Why Cavities Occur

Out of all the dental diseases, cavity is the most common one. You must have often seen or

heard cavity infomercials for children. This is because the major reason of cavity buildup in the teeth is due to lack of dental hygiene. Almost all adults who didn’t get a fluoride treatment, or didn’t use fluoride toothpaste when they were kids, end up with a lot of cavities in their mouth.

It takes a while for a cavity to occur and one may not even notice it until it’s too late and the cavity is too deep. Cavity causes decaying of the tooth which also leads to discoloration of the tooth sometimes, making the affected tooth a few shades darker from the rest of the teeth. Chewing food often leads to small food particles getting stuck between the teeth. Sometimes these particles are so small that you can not even notice it with the naked eye. When these food particles stay in your mouth, they slowly turn acidic and promote growth of the germs. All of this, combined with your saliva and bacteria, lead to plaque formation on the teeth. As the plaque grows, it infects the enamel and ‘eats it up’. This causes formation of a hole in the tooth. If no dental care is given to this hole, it gets deeper until it reaches the end of the tooth, near the nerve ending. This causes severe pain which affects the entire mouth.

Causes of Cavity Formation:

  • Poor dental hygiene can lead to growth of bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria may lead to all sorts of dental diseases such as gum diseases, tooth decay, cavities, etc.
  • There are a few germs always lurking in your mouth and eating food that contains too much of sugar and carbohydrates boosts the growth of these bacteria. These food products boost tooth decay.
  • The bacteria and germs produce acid which eats on your tooth’s enamel, causing a hole to develop, which is called the cavity.
  • As saliva helps in preventing growth of plaque, a person with dry mouth is more likely to suffer from tooth cavities.
  • Tooth grinding causes erosion of the top protective layer of the teeth, this makes easy for the germs to infect the teeth and cause cavities.

Preventing Formation of Cavities:

  • The easiest way for germs to spread is through saliva. Thus, it is recommended to not share cups, kitchen utensils, etc.
  • Maintain a healthy diet that doesn’t contain excess amount of sugary and fatty food items.
  • When you notice tooth pain, which specifically increases while you eat hot or cold food, follow up with a dentist immediately to treat the cavity before it spreads more and turns into an even more serious disease. Not treating even a minor cavity can end up causing you to need a root canal.
  • Brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste is recommended as fluoride kills the germs in your mouth and also stops the acids which lead to cavity.

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Toothache Pain Relief

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Cosmo Smiles Dental  gives you access to skilled dentists with vast experience in handling toothaches due to different causes. The pain experienced in the tooth can come inform of sensitivity, constantly throbbing severe pain in a particular part of the mouth or dull aches. Toothaches may be associated with throbbing headaches and can easily trigger migraine. Toothache is hard to ignore as it makes one uncomfortable, deprives one a chance to sleep well at night and makes feeding difficult. In most cases depending on the cause, a toothache won’t just go away without intervention by a dentist. It is advisable to make regular visits to a dentist for routine dental checkups to facilitate early diagnosis of developing dental issues to avoid disturbing toothaches.

Top causes of tooth pain

Tooth pain may spread from the affected tooth the adjacent teeth on either side and to the jaw making it difficult to spot the paining point. The pain is usually disturbing due to numerous nerves present in the teeth that transmit the pain. Toothache can be caused by varying oral health issues that include;

Tooth infection
Food particles trapped between the teeth gets rotten, leading to bacterial growth that causes infection. The tooth decays gradually with the pulp being affected. If not treated in time, a tooth abscess develops. Whether the tooth is only decayed or with an abscess, one is likely to experience excruciating pain around the affected tooth.

Infected gum
Teeth are held in place on the jaw bone by the gum. The bacterial may enter in between the teeth causing gum infection. This causes severe toothache sometimes with the pain spreading to several other adjacent teeth. The pain may be accompanied by bleeding especially when brushing the teeth.

Damaged filling
Dental filling is applied to fill the gap left by a tooth decay or fracture. Once the filling is destroyed, the nerves in the tooth are exposed leading to severe pain. In this case, toothache may be experienced upon chewing or taking hot and cold drinks. If the filling has fallen out, the individual experiences sharp pain upon opening the mouth.

Tooth fracture-
Accidents impact trauma on the teeth causing fracture on single or multiple teeth. A fracture may lead to cracking of the tooth exposing the nerves that leads to excruciating pain.

Major symptoms of tooth pain and when to visit a dentist

Tooth pain ranges from mild to severe, occasional to persistent aches around the tooth. Though it may be difficult to spot the exact paining tooth, the following symptoms can help in identifying toothache;

  • Occasional throbbing or sharp pain upon pressure applied during chewing or biting.
  • Abscess around the affected tooth. This is swelling of the tooth that may be visible from outside part of the tooth.
  • Foul tasting and smelling discharge from the affected tooth.
  • Headaches and fever.
  • Sensitivity upon opening the mouth and when taking a hot or cold drink.
  • Persistent throbbing pain that goes beyond 24hours.

How to prevent tooth pain
Observing general oral hygiene practices on daily basis helps in eliminating the possible causes of tooth pain. However, other protective dental procedures may be necessary in order to keep the teeth healthy and pain free. Here are some oral health tips fit for the entire family;

  • Daily oral cleaning- Brushing teeth and tongue with a tooth brush and paste recommended by your dentist is ideal in preventing infections. It is advisable to brush the teeth after every meal, at least three times daily. Teeth and tongue brushing should be taught and encouraged to children.
  • Use of dental floss- use of dental floss to remove food particles trapped between the teeth is highly recommended at least once a day preferably in the evening.
  • Dental checkups- Routine dental checkups help in identifying developing problems early enough before causing pain.
  • Healthy diet- Observing a healthy diet with low sugar is highly recommended for prevention of tooth decay.
  • Crown application- Application of dental crowns especially on the permanent molars in children is an efficient preventive procedure.

Cosmo Smiles Dental  stops toothache from terrorizing you. Call 571-210-4747. and