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Benefits of Fluoride on Dental Health

Posted on June 27, 2019 in Uncategorized

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in many foods and in drinking water in many locations. For over sixty years, dentists and dental research scientists around the world over have accepted the oral health benefits of fluoride. In addition, most of our patients assume that the amounts of fluoride they get in their tap water and toothpaste is adequate. But this isn’t always the case. In fact, fluoride treatments may be the answer to a wide variety of dental health conditions.

For example, may adults suffering from recurring or secondary decay around existing fillings. Properly applied fluoride can block these cavities by creating a more acid-resistant outer surface layer and can even reverse early forming dental cavities.

Dental researchers have shown that just introducing fluoride into a (previously un-fluoridated) city’s drinking water supply can reduce its inhabitants’ rate of tooth decay between 40 and 70 percent. By the time your children reach the age of six, your dentist should be working on a strategy to prevent tooth decay that includes regular checkups, appropriate fluoride use, fluoride-releasing dental sealants, and proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Fluoride varnishes are products that are recommended in treatment of dental tooth sensitivity, usually due to receding gums, and have the added benefit of proving extra protection from cavities. A dentist applies the fluoride varnish on expose root surfaces. Fluoride works by blocking the nerve endings on these exposed root surfaces and thus, alleviates the sensitivity in these areas.

Fluoride also helps inhibit bleeding and tender gums in early gum disease, thus helping to control the disease in the early stages. Fluoride can also help prevent re-infection and sustain ongoing treatments in cases of advanced gum disease.

For those patients with dental implants and dentures, fluoride can play an important role in preventing early implant deterioration by preventing plaque build-up, and in controlling bad breath and irritation from dentures.

Fluoride is not without disadvantages. Excessive fluoride ingestion by preschool-aged children in the form of toothpaste can lead to dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is the discoloration and, in advanced cases, the pitting of the adult teeth. Dental fluorosis generally presents as a mild or very mild mottling of teeth when high levels of fluoride have been taken in while tooth enamel is forming. Dentists recommend the use of non-fluoridated children’s toothpaste for young children to prevent dental fluorosis.

How to Treat Black Gums and Improve Your Dental Health

Posted on June 24, 2019 in Uncategorized

A slight change in the color is easily visible and brings down our confidence level. However more than just an appealing look you should be concerned about your dental health. There are many reasons for your gums to turn black and it has a lot to do with the lifestyle that we live.

Not following proper dental care leads to multiple problems. Gum Diseases, Gingivitis, Periodontal Diseases and tooth decay are the most common dental problems. The factors which lead to dark gums are:

1. Hereditary
2. Certain Medications
3. Smoking
4. Chewing Tobacco
5. Lack of Oral Hygiene
6. Improper Nutrition
7. Tartar or Plaque formation

While undergoing a teeth restoration or teeth extraction process your dental professional might use a silver amalgam. This will give a grayish tinge to the gums. The grayish patches are spotted by black gums which can be seen around the dental crown, filling and dentures. Dental Specialists are the only ones who can treat these conditions. However you need to make an effort from your end to improve the lifestyle such as:

1) You need to ensure that you follow proper dental hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.
2) After you have brushed and flossed you need to gargle your mouth by a mouthwash. Instead of mouthwash you can also use lukewarm water with a pinch of salt.
3) Give up the habits of smoking and tobacco.
4) Your diet should consist of food which is rich in Vitamins, minerals and every other nutrient which will keep your body healthy.
5) Adopt healthy habits such as exercise, yoga and meditation.
6) Visiting a dentist for regular dental checkups.

Apart from lifestyle and improper dental care the other reasons which turn our gums black are:

a) Oral Infections
b) Dead tissues in our gums
c) Black gum disease
e) Internal gum bleeding
f) Malignant Melanoma
g) Ulcerative gingivitis

If in case these conditions have been spotted then make sure you get them treated immediately. To treat these conditions your doctor will give you antibiotic medications such as clavulanic acid amoxicillin and metronidazole. If these medicines do not have any positive affect then you need to consult a periodontal surgeon who will remove the damaged tissues.

If you have pink gums then it means that your gums are healthy. There is no rocket science in maintaining proper dental health and all you have to do is follow some simple dental cleaning habits. These habits are:

a) Choose the correct toothpaste and especially fluoride based toothpaste. Fluoride based toothpaste will help in strengthening your enamel and also keeping your gums healthy.
b) Toothbrush should be such that it can maneuver inside your mouth. Do not buy hard bristle brush as it may hurt your gums. You can also opt for electric toothbrush.
c) Brushing between meals is very important as it will help in removing any food that is stuck. Food which gets stuck and not removed will lead to dental plaque and eventually tooth decay.
d) Flossing helps in removing food which has not yet been removing despite brushing twice.
e) Go for regular dental checkups so that you can be sure about your healthy mouth.

These are some of the ways through which our gums turn black and their cure. There are multiple natural care also which you can follow such drinking green tea, using Sesame oil, Aloe Vera and many other natural resources.

It is always advisable to take care of your tooth because a healthy mouth will lead to healthy body. So what are you waiting for?

Dental Health: Stick Out Your Tongue and Say – Ouch!

Posted on June 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

Growing up as a Baby Boomer, I remember our generation being accused of going wild with our socially unacceptable fashion statements. Young men with shoulder-length hair and young women wearing hot pants shocked the nation’s sensibilities.

It was suggested among our parents’ generation that we’d never amount to anything with our rebellious ways. Yet we have – we’re upstanding community members, responsible parents, and even respected professionals such as dentists and oral hygienists.

And, while we thought we’d done it all, it’s come to pass that the now generation – GenX – has set a trend that drops the jaw of even the boldest Baby Boomer.

Picking up where the early Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans left off, GenX has embraced body and oral art such as piercing and tattooing as a way to distinguish them from the establishment.

Why is this mode of identity expression – particularly the pierced tongue – creating such concern among parents and the adults who comprise the American Dental Association? Are we Baby Boomers just a bunch of self-expression hypocrites?

Okay, I for one confess to being squeamish about oral or dental pain. It makes my knees weak just to catch a glimpse of a barbell-impaled tongue in a teenager’s mouth.

In all honesty, though, that’s not the only issue at stake. Today, we know much more about body piercing than the ancients did. Dentists and other health care professionals know that oral piercing is, to borrow an expression, risky business.

In fact, the ADA, a group of dentists that set professional standards for dentists in the United States, is officially against any type of oral piercing.

Tongues are typically pierced by passing a hollow needle through the front third of the tongue, from top to bottom, usually without an anesthetic. The American Dental Association cautions that if a blood vessel is in the path of the needle during the piercing, severe and difficult-to-control bleeding and/or nerve damage can result.

Common symptoms after oral piercing include pain, an increased flow of saliva and injuries to the gum tissue. Swelling is also common and dentists warn that in extreme cases, a severely swollen tongue can actually close off the airway and prevent breathing.

The American Dental Association mentions the potential for infection because every mouth just naturally contains millions of bacteria that could set into the site of the piercing.

Children’s Hospital Boston staff goes further to explain that there are outside infections that can be introduced as well. These infections have names we recognize, such as hepatitis, HIV, tetanus, and yeast. The staff acknowledges that if the piercer washes their hands and uses gloves and sterile equipment, and if the pierced tongue receives proper care, the risk of infection is lowered (but still exists).

According to the dental health professionals at CHB, infections caused by bacteria getting into the puncture of the piercing may also happen later, even after the piercing has healed.

Other risks include Keloids (thick scarring at the piercing site), dental damage (chipped and broken teeth), choking on loose jewelry, and allergic reactions (especially to certain kinds of jewelry).

As a Baby Boomer parent of GenX children my concern lies less with any negative characterization of people with pierced tongues and more with keeping the next generation healthy until they can reach adulthood.

I would advise anyone over the age of eighteen, including my own children, that body piercing is a big decision. I would encourage them to take time to consider the risks, remembering that they can always change their mind or wait if they are not sure.

After understanding the risks, if they do decide to get a piercing, I would stress the importance of selecting a reliable piercer, making sure that they have a certificate on the wall that says the piercer is registered with the APP, a professional organization of piercers that sets safety rules for people who do piercings.

Also, of course they should buy good jewelry, keep the site clean and away from irritating materials, see their dental health professional regularly – and immediately if there are symptoms of an infection!

As a formerly wild and crazy mini skirt wearer now turned responsible yet hip mom, how would I react if I discovered a barbell in the tongue of my child under the age of 18?

Calmly, of course. I would simply hold out my hand in silence and give my child the look indicating my directive to immediately hand over the tongue adornment. Without a cross word spoken, I would toss the offending jewelry as far away as possible from wherever we stood at the time.

For anyone who has wondered, this will solve the mystery of how the fish in the Snake River Hells Canyon recreation area swallowed a barbell in June of 2003.

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