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Archive for May, 2016


How an Oral Abscess Can Affect You

An infection in your mouth is never fun, especially when it leads to an abscess. Often times an infection between the tooth and the gum, known as a periodontal abscess can happen after food gets trapped between the gum and the tooth.

Having an abscess is extremely painful and needs to be treated right away. Call your dentist immediately if you think that you have an abscess. If the abscess goes untreated then it can become a cyst in the jawbone. If a root canal or tooth extraction does not remove the cyst, then surgery may be needed.

Your dentist will remove the abscess and clean the area thoroughly. After it has been cleaned, they will allow the trapped pus to escape and treat the infection with antibiotics. Many different treatment plans may be followed depending upon the type of infection and where it is within the tooth.

The best way to avoid an abscess is to maintain a good oral health routine that involves brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits. It is easy to develop issues if you neglect your teeth. Ask your dentist if you are experiencing pain and they can help create a treatment plan for you.



Why Going to an Orthodontist is Important

While it is no surprise that modern day orthodontia is expensive, it is even more surprising that some people opt to offset costs by doing it themselves. The professionals do not recommend doing any orthodontic procedure on your own, because of the damage that it can cause teeth.

According to an article in the New York Times, do-it-yourself orthodontia has become an upsetting trend. Just a cursory search of the web will leave you with multiple videos of people telling tales of how they closed their gap with rubber bands or other household items. While this may seem like the easy way out, it is far from it. In fact, most orthodontists have found that D.I.Y. teeth treatments can lead to the permanent loss of teeth and harm to your mouth.

The article details the story of one man who as a child attempted to close his own gap with rubber bands. The rubber bands got stuck under his gums and caused his two front teeth to protrude until he eventually lost both teeth at the root. This was a traumatic experience for a child, and one that made him need a great deal of professional dental work to fix the problem.

So, before you attempt to close that gap or fix your smile at home, consult an orthodontist. As professionals in their crafts, they can explain all of the best treatment options by price, and based upon what treatment best suits your teeth. For the best results, see a professional, it is worth any price.



The Oral Health Dangers of Brass and Woodwind

Playing a musical instrument is a great hobby and skill for a child to have. This hobby is not as harmless as it may seem, however. Researches have found that a variety of bacteria, molds and yeasts on various locations and chambers of woodwind and brass instruments.

These bacteria and molds can cause infections around the mouth and contribute to the development of asthma. Some of the bacteria the researches found were even resistant to many of the antibiotics available to general practitioners.

This makes it extremely important to safely disinfect the instruments after each use. It’s important that not only the mouthpiece be cleaned, but other parts of the instrument as well, since the bacteria and molds were found throughout the instruments.



BPA Exposure Affects Young Teeth

Our teeth are a major part of our lives from the moment they erupt in our mouths as children. As such, it’s essential to care for them well in childhood and continuing into adulthood. In a recent study done with lab rats it was found that when teeth were exposed to BPA, “there were multiple characteristics in common with a tooth enamel pathology known as MIH (Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation) that selectively affects first molars and permanent incisors.” Although this certain type of enamel is generally found in only 18% of kids aged six to 8, it means the children are more susceptible to cavities, pain, and decay.

Bisphenol A, more commonly seen as BPA, is a chemical that has been used largely in recent years in plastics and resins. Lately, however, there have been more and more studies that show that BPA has negative affects on the human body, specifically affecting metabolism, reproduction, and development. With this study, we may soon add children’s teeth to that list.

When studied, the teeth of the lab rats were found to white marks on them, and now the researches will compare that to the actual human teeth to see if its affects remain the same. The “brittleness” of the enamel when examined leads to the notion that there is significant “mineral depletion” making the teeth very susceptible to decay. BPA could have a direct affect on our teeth, and when discussing children, they are even more sensitive to BPA during their first years of life. Overall, we should take from this study the idea that we need to ensure that young children are not exposed to BPA so that they will not suffer from the effects of MIH.



How To Make a Natural Mouthwash

If you’ve been thinking about adding mouthwash to your oral health routine, but are unsure about the alcohol, chemicals, and sweeteners that can be used in mouthwash, you’re not alone. Many patients are unsure of putting anything in their body that is unnatural. Luckily, we have found a recipe if you are interested in a more natural approach to mouthwash.

Turns out, that you do not need high levels of alcohol or fluoride to reduce plaque and gum inflammation. After reviewing 11 studies that were published in the March 2008 issue of Evidence Based Dentistry the review found that mouth rinses made from essential oils were just as effective at reducing plaque and gingivitis.

Essential oils can help kill infections and in this following recipe, which was provided by Colgate.com, can help hinder microbial activity.

Follow this all natural recipe to create a mouthwash that you can feel good about rinsing with.

1 cup of water
2 teaspoons Echinacea tincture
3-4 drops myrrh essential oil (Commiphora myrrha)
2 drops tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Blend the ingredients in a dark container and store in a cool, dark place; this helps to protect the oils from the light. When you are ready to use it, shake well and swish it in your mouth for up to one minute, then spit and rinse your mouth with water.

The essential oils in this recipe have antimicrobial activity, which kills microorganisms and inhibits their growth. This helps remove bacteria in the mouth and stop the growth of plaque.

If your main concern is fresh breath, try adding two drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oil to a quarter cup of water and rinsing with that. Find the natural mouthwash rinse that is right for you and ask your dentist about other mouthwash options that could be right for you.


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