New Factors Found to Affect the Health and Appearance of Teeth
American Fork, Utah, United States, June 17 2020 (Wiredrelease) Tork Media LLC — “There are three key factors that affect the health and appearance of our teeth: oral health routine, diet and lifestyle choices,” Cosmetic dentist and Philips Zoom ambassador Dr Luke Cronin from Quality Dental said.
The more you know about your teeth and the various problems that can affect them, the easier it will be to keep your smile bright, healthy, and pain-free for decades. Here are a few helpful tips for dealing with common dental care issues you or your family may face throughout life.
Toothaches have many causes. When pain hits, rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any food debris that might be caught between teeth and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Cavities are one of the most common teeth problems in children and adults. They happen when bacteria-laden plaque builds up and leads to destruction of tooth enamel. To prevent cavities, brush twice a day, floss daily, limit snacks, and keep your dental appointments.
Impacted teeth are teeth that don’t grow properly. They become stuck inside the jaw. Impaction is a common problem with wisdom teeth, and it can lead to pain, tooth decay, gum disease, and problems with neighboring teeth if left untreated. An impacted tooth can usually be removed by an affordable dentist or oral surgeon.
While teeth are the stars of the show when it comes to oral healthcare, our gums need TLC too. Dr Dunn — who is Macquarie Centre’s principal dentist and a Philips Sonicare ambassador — explained that there are generally no painful symptoms until late on, so patients are often left unaware of the damage being done to their gums. “A patient may notice red and puffy gums (gingivitis) which may bleed from brushing and flossing, leading patients to shy away from effective cleaning,” he said. “If left untreated, the gingivitis can progress into periodontal or gum disease. This causes teeth loosening/loss in susceptible people, due to the disease progressing into the supporting bone surrounding the teeth.”
Dr Dunn advises regular check-ups and early intervention to aim to halt the effects of gum disease.
Not many of us haven’t felt the uncomfortable sting of a mouth ulcer from time to time. So what causes them? “Ulcer’s usually form from minor injuries to the mouth, including those suffered as a result of hard brushing, certain trigger foods including acidic fruits, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, allergies, braces, stress or as a result of a bacterial, viral or fungal infection,’ said Dr Dunn.”Some are due to generalized medical conditions including auto-immune diseases,” Dr Dunn explained that ulcers present as painful lesions to the mouth tissue, on the cheek or gums. The best way to avoid ulcers is, well, avoidance and sleep. “Avoid known acidic trigger foods, follow a balanced and healthy diet, and get enough sleep – plus good oral hygiene is essential,” Dr Dunn said.
Flossing difficulty often occurs when teeth are too close together. Flossing is an important part of dental care. If you can’t floss between your teeth easily, try using a thinner floss or a waxed variety. A dental pick or looped flosser may also help.
Rachel Hall runs a holistic fresh breath clinic. She has seen — and smelt — it all when it comes to halitosis. “There are a surprising number of non-dental causes of bad breath,” Hall said. “Medications can cause dry mouth and without enough saliva, food particles and bacteria can stay on the teeth. Sinus infections, mouth breathing, and some gut bacteria can cause bad breath too. To find out honestly if your breath is less than fresh, lick your wrist, let it dry for 10 seconds and then smell it.”
If you don’t like what you smell, there are simple ways to fix it. Hall suggests brushing and flossing (you can now also try interdental cleaners) regularly, buying a tongue scraper and using it daily, drinking more water and even using a saltwater gargle to keep your throat and tonsil area clean. “Chewing sugar free gum can help combat bad breath too. To care for your breath holistically, keep fit, get plenty of sleep and avoid sugar will reduce inflammation in the body which means your mouth will naturally be healthier and fresher,” Hall said.
If you are also suffering from such issues, we advise you to schedule an appointment at Sunshine Dental to rule out the problem at the earliest.
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