Have you ever experienced that familiar electric stinging sensation as you take a sip of iced tea or a slurp of your favorite hot soup? Have you ever felt like crying as pain hits you after you took a bite of your favorite candy bar? Well, if you answered yes, there is a great probability that you are suffering from sensitive teeth!
What causes the problem? The problem of sensitive teeth may stem from a wide variety of reasons – ranging from the simple to the complicated. This dental problem can result from a mere "bruised" tooth caused by biting too hard on something or as a result of a routine dental procedure (such as after having them cleaned or filled). Clamping the jaws tightly and habitual tooth grinding may also lead to this condition. However, tooth or teeth sensitivity may also result from a dead tooth pulp that requires a much more complicated dental procedure.
In order to resolve this dental problem, it would be best to see your dentist to determine what exactly is causing all the trouble. If a simple enamel abrasion or normal gum recession brings about your condition, rejoice! You can effectively deal with the problem just by following these simple suggestions:
Proper dental hygiene is the key. As a rule of thumb, you must observe proper dental hygiene at all times. It would be advisable to brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush and the proper brushing techniques. Flossing at least once every day will also be a great idea. These practices will definitely hold dental plaque at bay and prevent it from causing even more trouble.
Why all this attention in keeping plaque away as much as possible? Well, dental plaque, that white gummy substance that forms on the surface of your teeth, can cause sensitive teeth to react more rigidly to the usual stimulants whenever the affected tooth comes into contact with them. Thus, waging a war against dental plaque can definitely spare you from pain and save your day!
Use desensitizing toothpaste – If you are suffering from widespread dental sensitivity due to enamel abrasion or gum-line recession, dental fillings alone can not effectively solve the problem. One good way to treat this problem is to start using desensitizing toothpastes. These products can help reduce your problem by filling up the tubules in the dentin to minimize your tooth or teeth's sensitivity.
You can also use these special dental products to coat the areas surrounding the sensitive tooth or teeth before you retire for the night to help reduce the pain. For best results, try not to rinse your mouth after the application. Do this for two to three weeks and feel the difference!
Swish on a fluoride rinse – Using specifically formulated fluoride rinses can effectively reduce your teeth's sensitivity. You can buy these products in your local pharmacy or at the dental section of any grocery store. For best results, use the product once a day.
Make a stand – against snuff, that is. Believing that chewing on a tobacco is much less harmful than smoking it, many teenagers have recently taken on this nasty habit. More commonly known as "dip" or "snuff", tobacco chewing can bring on more harmful effects such as mouth cancers, gum recession, tooth sensitivity and tooth decay.
Be good to your teeth. Follow these suggestions and you can be sure that the problem with your sensitive teeth can be handled more effectively![Top]
Many people usually neglect issues related to dental care such as taking good care of their gums, teeth etc. Dental care also involves treatment and prevention of diseases of the teeth and gums apart from the repair and replacement of defective teeth.
Gone are those days when dental services used to be an expensive option. Let us have a look at a few tips on how to find affordable dental care services:
1. Start by simply inquiring about a good dental plan from your co-workers, friends and relatives. Ask questions such as whether emergency service is provided, how easy it is to get an appointment, how much it costs, the different types of dental services and so on. Also inquire about whether the atmosphere of the dental care facility is reassuring and relaxing, behavior of the staff especially towards children etc.
2. Dental services are also provided at local dental schools at affordable and competitive rates. Some of these schools might offer to check and clean your teeth for free of cost. It should not be a problem to find a list of such schools in and around your area through internet.
3. In case you are new to an area, try checking out the services of the dental specialist who provides his/her services to the local hospitals. You can also search for the best dental care facilities in your area online. You can also use your insurance company’s website to search for dentists who would accept your insurance cover.
Following are the two most popular dental plan options:
1. Dental Insurance:
One of the options for oral health care is dental insurance. Apart from a few dental insurance policies which might cost less than $10 on a monthly basis, most of the available options would be expensive. It is essential on your part to read the entire terms and conditions, excluded procedures and items, what the policy covers, the annual cost for both family and individual policies which ever applies to you.
Most of the people going for such policies do not know that pre-existing conditions are not covered by such policies. Even after the completion of 1 year, most companies pay progressively, such as covering 15% the 2nd year, 30% the 3rd year and so on. Thus, such kinds of dental insurance are usually not recommended by agents currently because of their lack of coverage and high cost.
2. Discount Dental Plans:
Pre-existing plans are not restricted in case of discounted dental care plans. Substantial discounts are offered by such plans on routine dental care like braces, dentures, root canals, X-rays, cleanings, check-ups and more. The membership fees of such dental care plans usually average around $150 for families and $100 for individuals annually. At the time of your appointment, you need to pay for your visit in full.
No permission of any sort is required in case you want to change your dentist. Within the network of the plan, you can visit any provider in any state. It is to be noted that large discount dental plan networks have providers in excess of over 0.1 million dental specialists and dentists worldwide.
You might be surprised to know that over 70% of the families residing in United States do not have any dental plan. Thus, it is important for you to realize that proper dental care is essential for the wellbeing of your entire body.[Top]
Finding low cost dental insurance can be difficult because usually it is expensive and if you are employed then you can usually get it through your employer. Many people who are unemployed have a more difficult time finding dental insurance that fits into their budget. If you spend time searching on the internet you will be able to find low cost affordable insurance that you and your family will be able to use. It is important that you find affordable insurance but also that you get the right insurance policy so that you are covered for whatever procedures you might need.
Going to the dentist on a regular basis is important for you to have healthy teeth. If you wait to go until something hurts then this usually will cause you to have some serious problems and the cost can be very high. We all hate going to the dentist but it is important to go and keep out teeth in good shape.
Searching for cheap dental insurance online can be easy to do because of the internet it makes it easy to find a low cost dental insurance option. It is important that you get many quotes so that you can compare cost and insurance policies. Always make sure the policy will allow you to have enough coverage in case you go to the dentist and find out that you need major work done.
Remember that getting cheap insurance is not hard but you need to take advantage of searching online for the best low cost coverage you can find.[Top]
Dental consumers sometimes think that a dentist who charges more may provide the best dental implant care. This attitude stems from the often-held belief that if something is expensive it is automatically better. I do not believe this logic is applicable in choosing from what and where you will obtain dental implant care.
You, the potential dental consumer, should learn what exactly you are paying for, especially when you select pricy versus affordable dental implant care. You should also acquaint yourself with facts that truly identify successful outcomes of implant dental care.
Research on the output of using specific brands of dental implants today is largely done in university environments. Most of this research is funded by the companies, which dental implants are being tested, creating a situation with obvious potential for conflict of interest. The majorities of these studies are very short in duration, and exist primarily to promote the new implant products benefactor companies are exotic to bring to the dental marketplace as soon as possible. These types of "self-serving" studies are of little value except for marketing.
When examining the costs of placing and restoring dental implants, it becomes apparent that the final cost of dental implant care by the dentist to you is determined in a very subjective manner. By subjective, I mean that the out-of-pocket expense for a dentist to purchase a dental implant, place it, and restore it, is largely limited to:
1. What the dentist elects to pay for materials.
2. Elective costs for direct and indirect forms of advertising determined upon by the dentist.
3. The dollar amount (click to Exhibit 2) that the dentist wants to charge for his or her time to complete a dental-implant-related service. This fee is essentially based upon what the dentist wants to make as profit. It is a feeling, not necessarily based upon competitive factors.
Additionally, as much an advocate I am for marketing, I believe consumers should be aware of hidden costs and other slick sale strategies beyond "hype" when responding to any ads, bait-and-switch strategies are common in all industries, including the dental implant field. You must research who is treating you, their experience, and their outcomes.
I believe the prudent consumer seeking dental implant care needs to educate themselves to make good decisions in choosing who to take care of them, now as well as in the future. Educated shopping is consumers' responsibility to themselves.[Top]
Do you know that braces are the least expensive, yet most accurate and predictable method of moving teeth (based on information from the Australian Society of Orthodontists)?
To ensure that you get maximum benefit from this treatment, you must properly maintain such braces. This is especially so for lingual braces, which have brackets mounted on the back of your teeth, unlike traditional braces that have brackets mounted on the front. Proper maintenance will prevent damage to wires and brackets, which facilitate alignment of your teeth.
Particular habits would have to change while wearing braces. For instance, eating hard and crunchy foods should be avoided. Such foods would need excessive pressure while chewing, which can lead to brackets breaking loose.
Foods that might get eaten in the brackets should also be avoided. Moreover, you should pay even closer attention to your eating habits if your upper teeth overhang the lower teeth. Typically, you should always eat slowly and carefully so as not to cause any harm to the braces.
Take note that rubbing you tongue along the inside of your teeth can cause small abrasions and soreness. Your bite may also change consistently, which may cause you to bite your cheek when eating too fast. Use of dental wax can help counter these two scenarios.
Dental wax is normally provided by an orthodontist while giving your treatment. You can also purchase it from the local drug store. To apply this wax, just soften it by kneading on your fingers and forming a ball before pressing it on the bracket or wire.
The irritation cause by rubbing on your braces would only last for a few weeks and can be avoided using dental wax. In case, it does not subside, you should see your orthodontist about the issue.
Brushing and Flossing
According to a 2014 report by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) approximately half of Australians have the habit of not brushing before bed. Moreover, majority of Australian parents (60%) find it challenging to get their kids to brush twice daily. These are quite startling facts, especially since proper oral care is necessary when wearing braces.
Proper oral care with lingual braces would involve a much more intensive process than normal. Apart from regular brushing, flossing is also a necessary part of this process. Flossing should be done using both regular dental floss as well as inter-dental floss.
In order to get floss under the wires, you can use floss threaders. These are usually provided by the orthodontist when administering treatment. Always make sure to use these oral care instruments due to the inherent risk of food particles sticking in your braces.
Use of mouthwash is also necessary in decreasing bacteria and fighting plaque. Apart from following these personal oral hygiene habits, you must also comply with regular dental hygiene appointments throughout the course of your treatment. This is vital in early detection of dental issues that may affect your orthodontic treatment.
Obviously, when you take good care of your braces, you can be assured of a satisfactory result from the orthodontic treatment.[Top]
Appropriate dental care will not only be good for a person’s mouth, it will be beneficial to his or her entire physical body and emotional well-being. Many senior citizens have lost some or all of their teeth by the time they’re old enough to collect social security. With proper oral hygiene and preventative treatments, there’s no reason to lose your pearly whites. Here are some things to think about:
- Daily oral hygiene: Each person should brush and floss their teeth a couple of times each day. After every snack or meal is the ideal but once in the morning and once in the evening before bedtime is adequate. Even very young children should be taught these habits for their young mouths and to establish healthy patterns that will last for their entire lifetime.
- Toothbrush and paste: A high quality toothbrush is important for properly cleaning one’s tooth enamel. The bristles should be not-too-hard and not-too-soft but “just right.” Toothbrushes should be replaced every couple of months because they begin to breed bacteria. This couple of bucks for a new toothbrush is money well spent. Toothpaste can be nearly any type and only a small pea-sized dot is required. Youngsters must be taught the appropriate amount so that they don’t get sick from eating all the minty freshness that they may perceive to be candy.
- Preventative maintenance: A visit to a dentist should occur every six months to make sure everything’s going well. The dentist will check every tooth as well as all the nooks and crannies in order to look for decay, plaque and signs of trouble. He or she will also inspect the tongue, gums and inside of the mouth for any signs of oral cancer or other problematic red flags.
- Dental hygienist: A hygienist is another professional that works in a dentistry practice. He or she is not a full-fledged doc but is highly skilled in cleaning teeth and removing plaque and bacteria which may lead to decay. Cavities will occur more often without proper cleaning.
- Treatments: Some typical treatments offered in a dentistry practice include fillings, root canals, caps, crowns, extractions, installing dental implants, curing infections, whitening, brightening, straightening and more. There are general oral health care practitioners and those that focus on a specific concentration. Specialties may include orthodontia, endodontics, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry.
- Body and mind issues: Ills of the body may show up first in the mouth or may be directly attributed to dental ills. Some examples include premature birth, heart disease, diabetes complications and clogged arteries. Emotional turmoil can occur from unsightly teeth that need the attention of a cosmetic dentist or orthodontist. The smile is a very public and important component of a person’s appearance; if it’s nice looking, a person has a better chance for success and emotional peace.
Appropriate dental care will contribute greatly to a person’s quality of life. Daily oral hygiene habits, the proper toothbrush and paste, regular cleanings and checkups will go a long way in allowing a patient to keep his or her own mouth full of teeth for life.[Top]
Dental care by brushing may date as far back as the Babylonians and their ingenious use of a twig. We are fortunately that we do not have to cut a twig, fray the end and scrub our teeth with such a tool.
Today we have an assortment of tooth brushes available to us for our dental needs. Brushes range from a straight brush with bristles ranging from very soft to extremely stiff, to rotary electric brushes and brushes that use sound waves to blast plaque from the recesses of our teeth.
Our choices are abundant, but the most important thing is that we brush!
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. A soft bristle will clean without damaging the gums. Also be careful. Many of us think in an over-abundant mode. If 2 minutes is good then would not five or ten minutes be better.
Your teeth are with you for life. After your permanent teeth come in, there are no more natural replacements. Excessive brushing, over time will wear down the enamel and cause premature damage to your teeth. It may also damage your gums. So stick with the two minute limit. That will allow plenty of time to clean your teeth and gums.
We talk about brushing our teeth. But in effect, you are cleaning your mouth. Bacteria forms everywhere in your mouth, not just on your teeth. So take the time to gently brush your gums, the inside of your cheeks and yes, your tongue.
Many brands of toothpaste are available. Any brand that provides you with fluoride protection is usually good. Be careful to ensure that it does not have abrasive cleaning material in the paste. This too, over time and you certainly want to be around for a long time, can cause excess wear to your teeth.
You do not need a large glob of toothpaste on your brush. Do not follow the example of the commercials where they squeeze toothpaste the length of the bristles. Yes this will sell more toothpaste but it will not increase the effectiveness. You only need a small amount, about the size of a pea, too clean your teeth.
To brush effectively:
1) Use a soft bristle brush.
2) Use fluoride toothpaste with no abrasive compound included.
3) Brush for two minutes.
4) Brush your gums, inside checks and tongue.
5) And brush twice a day.
If you will consistently apply these simple rules, along with correct and conscientious flossing, you will enjoy excellent dental care. Look for correct flossing techniques in another article.[Top]
The pain is throbbing and gets worse when you chew. Your gums are red and swollen. You have a horrible taste in your mouth. You notice your jaw is swollen, you are running fever – and is that a pimple on your gum? You, my friend, have an abscessed tooth, and you are in need of some dental services as soon as possible.
If you suspect an abscessed tooth, do not put off seeing your dentist – even if the pain goes away … especially if the pain goes away. You see, when the pain goes away, it is an indication that the infection has spread, and the bone in your jaw is starting to dissolve, which leads to the loss of one or more teeth. Furthermore, the infection is like any other infection – if it is not enriched, it can make its way to your blood stream.
An abscessed tooth is essentially an infection that is occurring in either a tooth or in the gum. This is usually caused by a cavity that has not been taken care of, but it can also be caused by gum disease.
Treatment for an abscessed tooth is administered by a dental care provider. He or she will do an exam to properly diagnose the situation, and then will prescribe you a course of antibiotics. Sometimes, depending on how long the abscess has been ignored, you may require two or even three courses of antibiotics to clear up the abscess, however, this does not clear up the source of the infection.
Once the abscess is taken care of, your dental care provider will find out what caused it in the first place. This may require drilling into the tooth, which will then need to be filled. Once he drills into the tooth, to the source of the infection, he will drain the infection, which will take care of the pain that you've been feeling. A root canal may also be necessary, depending on where the infection is. The worst case scenario will be that the tooth must be removed.
The best way to avoid an abscessed tooth is to practice exceptional dental care, and to have a professional cleaning twice a year with your dental health care provider.[Top]
There is a lot of emphasis on a pretty smile as it is one of the easiest ways to spread happiness around you. Just try smiling when you are feeling low and you would be surprised at how light you begin to feel. Unfortunately, not all of us have lovely smiles as we are often trying to hide our unsightly teeth. But it does not have to be like this as there are several ways and means nowdays to give an almost perfect smile to anyone.
IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL CARE
Dental care plays an important part in maintaining the health of our teeth. Keeping the higher high costs of dental treatments in mind, it makes sense to take good care of our teeth ourselves. But sometimes there are factors that are beyond our control such as crooked teeth, discoloring due to certain medicines, teeth damaged in an accident and many others. Often we get conflicting advice about the best way to take care of our teeth and end up doing more damage. For example we are told to brush our teeth after every meal but some say brushing your teeth more than twice a day is not necessary. There is also a school of thought that says that we should not brush our teeth immediately after a meal. This is because the acidic content of our food gets pushed under the enamel causing more harm. So what we really need is a balanced attitude and not to become overzealous.
OUR TEETH AND GENERAL HEALTH
We often associate dental care only with pearly white teeth which are perfectly aligned. One thing that is often overlooked is that the state of our teeth and gums often affects our general health. In fact, they are considered to be an indication of our health in some cases. Frequently poor dental health may not be just a result of careless dental hygiene. It could also be because one may be suffering from diabetes, low immunity or HIV. Moreover it could lead to infections in other parts of the body as a cut in your gums could let the bacteria enter your blood stream. It is also said that poor dental care may also be one of the reasons for diseases of the heart. So, if you are suffering from any dental problems have it checked as soon as possible to rule out any complications.
Professional dental care includes a wide range of services right from simply cleaning up to whitening, straightening crooked teeth, placing in implants in place of broken teeth, teeth fillings, tooth extraction, to mention just a few. In some cases it might just be easier to use dental veneers to cover crooked teeth. But before you decide upon costly dental procedures do a little bit of research and you would be surprised at how reasonably priced dental care can be. Usually we avoid a trip to the dentist till it becomes an emergency, preferring to suffer in silence. But do not let your teeth take away your smile; all you need is a little bit of care.