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Things happen. It’s part of life. But what do you do when, say, you injure a tooth? Many of us have a tendency to ignore dental emergencies for various reasons—maybe we have no time, maybe we don’t take it seriously, or maybe we don’t have the money to treat it. Dental problems, however, are just as important as health problems. In fact, studies show that the two are linked. Here’s a few examples of dental emergencies and how to handle them.
For a loose bracket on a set of braces, use the orthodontic wax that the dentist gave you to reattach the brace temporarily. You can also put a piece of the wax over the braces to cushion. If the wire on the braces breaks or is pushed into a position that is poking into you, use the eraser end (not the point!) of a pencil to push it into place, or at least to a more comfortable position. If you can’t move the wire, cover it with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or gauze and call your dentist immediately. Fight the urge to cut the wire, because you might accidentally swallow it or breathe it into your lungs.
If your crown falls off, make an emergency dental appointment and bring the crown with you. If your tooth is hurting, get clove oil (found at your local pharmacy) and apply it with a cotton swab to your tooth. Use dental cement or adhesive (or toothpaste, if you must) to keep the crown in place. Avoid super glue; it may cause more damage.
If you discover an infection, commonly known as an abscess, in your mouth, be very careful. If incorrectly treated, abscesses can cause a great deal of damage to your mouth and to your general health. This can happen when the infection spreads elsewhere. Abscesses often look like pimples—they’re swollen, filled with pus, and sensitive to the touch. To lessen the pain and help promote healing, rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide or salt water (1/2 tsp of salt to 1 cup of water) three times a day, minimum. Do NOT attempt to drain the infection yourself! Leave that to a dentist. We are your Sherwood Park Dentist.
If you sustain a cut in your mouth, for instance to your tongue, cheeks, gums or lips, you can usually treat the bleeding yourself. Rinse with salt water (recipe above). Try to get an ice pack on the outside of the mouth or cheek on the injured area. Moisten a piece of gauze, a paper towel, or a tea bag (this works the best) and put pressure on the wound. After a maximum of 10 minutes, remove the ice pack, but keep the pressure on the injury for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, get an emergency appointment with your dentist or go to an emergency room for help.
Dental emergencies will happen, regardless of how careful we are. The important thing to remember is what to do when they occur. With quick thinking and preparation, you can save your teeth and preserve your health for years to come.
You probably already know that smoking increases your risk of heart disease and cancer, but you should also be aware that cigarettes can destroy your oral health. If you smoke cigarettes, even regular brushing and flossing may not protect you from the dangers of this bad habit. Here, learn about the ways that smoking can harm your oral health.
Gum Disease and Tooth Loss
Smoking increases the risk of a serious gum disease called periodontitis. In a 2000 study in the Journal of Periodontology, researchers found that compared to non-smokers, cigarette smokers were more likely to suffer from moderate or severe periodontitis, and they had higher rates of gum recession and more missing teeth than non-smokers. Study results showed that 25.7 percent of current smokers had periodontitis. This number dropped to 20.2 percent for former smokers and 13.1 percent for never-smokers.
Smoking is associated with tooth loss even in younger adults. In 2007, researchers for the journal BMC Public Health found that among adults aged 20-39, tooth loss was more common in current smokers than among former and never-smokers. The risk of tooth loss increases with the number of cigarettes smoked. According to a 2007 study in the Journal of Dental Research, men who smoke between five and 14 cigarettes per day are twice as likely as never-smokers are to experience tooth loss. The risk is three times higher among those who smoke 45 or more cigarettes daily.
Smoking is also linked to tooth decay, or cavities. In 2015, researchers for the journal Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology discovered that young male smokers were significantly more likely to experience tooth decay. In a 2008 study of professional truck drivers, scientists for Caries Research found that exposure to tobacco was associated with more tooth decay. Specifically, study participants who smoked at least 10 cigarettes per day were more likely to have large cavities than were those who smoked one to three cigarettes daily.
Unfortunately, even secondhand smoke can contribute to tooth decay. A 2003 study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that passive smoking was associated with increased risk of decayed teeth among children.
It should come as no surprise that cigarette smoking can increase the risk of oral cancers. A 2013 study in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention found that even lower levels of tobacco smoking increased the risk for cancer of the oral cavity.
Additional research has supported a link between smoking and oral cancer. In 2011, researchers for Oral Oncology found that being a smoker increased the risk of tongue cancer by 26 percent.
In addition to contributing to specific diseases, smoking can harm oral health by increasing bacteria levels. In a 2008 study in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, scientists found that cigarette smoke increased the growth of streptococcus bacteria.
Smoking can cause further damage by interfering with antioxidant activity in the mouth. Researchers for a 2008 publication of Bio-factors found that the presence of cigarette smoke decreased antioxidant levels in saliva. The researchers concluded that this could be the mechanism that links smoking to inflammatory diseases and the development of cancer.
Reducing the Risks
The research clearly indicates that cigarette smoking is associated with multiple oral health risks, including tooth decay, gum disease, and cancer. In fact, the authors of a 2001 report in the Journal of Dental Education have advised that smoking is responsible for half of the cases of gum disease and three-fourths of oral cancers that occur in the United States. Fortunately, these same authors have reported that the risks are reduced over time after smoking cessation. It is therefore vital that smokers engage in smoking cessation programs to protect their oral health.
Regular dental care can also play a role in risk reduction. For instance, the 2011 study in Oral Oncology found that having a regular dentist reduced the risk of mouth cancer by 16 percent. Routine dental care can make patients aware of potential problems before they become serious. Quality care, coupled with smoking cessation, can improve oral health considerably. If you are a smoker, now is the time to schedule a check-up and work with your healthcare providers to develop a plan for quitting.
Dental emergencies can cause panic anxiety, and one can become clueless and go blank when in pain or on seeing their loved one bleeding. In such instances, it is better that you know it all about dental emergencies now and be ready; so, if unfortunately you or your loved one ever has face to a dental emergency, be it toothache or broken or chipped teeth or any other condition, you know what needs to be done.
Here we are answering some frequently asked questions about dental emergencies.
When acids keep eroding enamel of your tooth for long to leak calcium and other minerals from your enamel and dentin, a process called demineralization takes place. This also leads to tooth decay unless you get the problem treated by good Edmonton dentist. Acids play an important role in tooth decay and the acid found in your mouth is produced from the wastes of mutans streptococci and lactobacilli bacteria that develop in dental plaque.
What is the source of demineralizing acids?
Dietary sugars contain tooth decaying acids in bulk amount, including lactose, glucose, fructose, cooked starches and table sugar. This might sound surprising, but as soon as you take a bite of a sugary cookie or a French fry, bacteria start digesting sugars, breaking them down and finally excreting them as demineralizing acids. As the colony of these bacteria increases, you star to complain about plaque buildup. Plaque is the yellowish, tough coating you generally see on the surface of teeth near the gum line.
Plaque is the issue
Dental plaque forms a great nesting place for bacteria that also keeps acids in touch of tooth enamel. As plaque can’t be removed by brushing, it is essential that a person suffering from tooth decay visits Edmonton dentist immediately so with the help of special tools dentist can remove the plaque buildup or cavity and properly clean teeth.
Signs of tooth decay
There are no visible signs of cavities and tooth decay during the early stages. You only know about the cavity as demineralization begins to create a hole in your teeth and you start experiencing the pain. Tooth decay can also cause tooth ache, tooth sensitivity and severe pain using the affected teeth to bite your food. In some cases, tooth decay creates an infection, and pus starts seeping around the gum line of the decayed tooth. If treatment is delayer for long time, the affected tooth may crumble, loosen and finally fall out, which creates a partially or completely empty socket.
How to prevent tooth decay
Getting regular checkups from your Edmonton dentist and brushing and flossing, two times in a day and eating healthy foods instead of fries or candies are the best ways to prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy and great.
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The dental association recommends that an adult must visit the dentist once in every four to six months, in order to ensure that the dental health is taken care of in right way. Like the health of the body, you also need to take care of the dental health, as you can also avoid many of the health related problems, if you are prompt in your dental examination. Doing so will help you maintain healthy gums and teeth, and it will prevent more serious and costly complications down the road. Some people are so scared to visit their dentist that they avoid it at all cost and then at the time of emergency, they search for the Edmonton dentist open Sunday. Many people also think that if they are brushing their teeth properly, then they don’t need to visit their dentist at all, as it will take care of all the dental problems. No matter how good you are when it comes to brushing and flossing the teeth, the plaque and tartar deposits will inevitably begin to accumulate on places you can’t reach. Thankfully, dentists and hygienists are well-trained in the removal of plaque by using a number of special tools and instruments.
When you are going to take the appointment with the dentists, then he will examine the teeth by taking x-rays of portions, or "quadrants" of your mouth. This will ensure that the dentist is able to see the areas of gums and teeth in a much clearer manner and if there are any cavities or problems which could negatively impact your oral health, then the dentist will take care of them at earliest. When the dentist cleans your teeth then he tries to remove as much as plaque and tartar from your teeth, gums, and tongue as possible. If you have too much of build-up of tartar deposits on your teeth, it may be quite difficult to remove them in one sitting. In that case, you need to take more than one appointment with the dentist to get it cleaned in a right manner. After the cleaning of the teeth is done, the dentist may give you a fluoride treatment where the toothpaste like substance that is rich in fluoride content is polished on the surface of each tooth in order to prevent plaque from thriving.
After all the procedure is done in a right manner, then you don’t have to worry about anything for the coming four to six months. But you need to make sure that you are following the right care and must brush you teeth twice a day in a proper manner. Don’t forget to floss the teeth after every meal too. There are many Edmonton dentist open Sunday and if you are someone who doesn’t have time on weekdays, then you can contact them on weekends too.
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
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