E-cigarettes And Teens

e-cigarettesE-cigarettes are especially popular among teens these days. The number of teens using e-cigarettes is rising. Dentists should be aware that teens who “vape” are more likely to try tobacco in the form of cigarettes, cigars and hookahs.

Nicotine is addictive and with adolescents it is especially dangerous because adolescence is a critical time for brain development.  Exposure to nicotine at a young age can cause lasting harm to brain development. Dentists who care for long term health of teens should be concerned. The effects of smoking on oral health include stained teeth and tongue and a dulled sense of taste and smell.  Not to mention the risk of oral cancer.

Read more about teens and the risks of vaping and e-cigarettes and how dentists can help them: Teens Who “Vape” More Likely to Try Tobacco

Virtual Dental Homes

virtual dental homesA grant from the California Wellness Foundation has made it possible for some residents to receive dental care from the comfort of their home. These virtual dental homes will save money and improve care.

The way it works, is dental hygienists will provide dental checkups to the members of the retirement communities, like Kingsley Manor in California. They can take x-rays, photographs and dental charting with equipment that can be set up in about 20 minutes. They can also provide cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants. They will then upload this information using telehealth technology to the dentist office. The dentist can review the records and make a diagnosis and treatment plan.

These virtual dental homes are needed because more than half of the population in the U.S. is not getting dental care on a regular basis. Hopefully we will be able to see virtual dentists spread across the country for all to benefit from.

Virtual Dental Homes Improve Care and Cut Costs|Dentistry Today

A Knee Infection From Flossing?

knee ifection from flossingYou’ve probably heard that the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. But an article from MSN Health, it tells a bizarre story about a woman in Wisconsin who developed a knee infection from flossing too much.

Don’t think that this means you shouldn’t floss.  It is very rare that this would happen.  The women had a prosthetic knee and when she flossed, she flossed so vigorously that her gums bled.  This allowed for bacteria to enter her blood stream and infect the knee.

Read the full article here: Woman Suffers Nasty Knee Infection After Vigorous Tooth Flossing

Can Root Canal Treatment Cause Pain?

root canal treatmentRoot canal treatment is one of the most dreaded dental procedures. The purpose of root canal treatment is to save a decayed tooth so that it is not lost to extraction. People delay their treatments and deliberately miss their dental appointments fearing the pain that root canal treatment can cause.

Is Root Canal Treatment Always Painful?

No. Not in all cases. One must understand that root canal treatment is an excellent solution for eliminating excruciating tooth pain. This means that this treatment actually plays an important role in reducing pain rather than being the cause of it.

The legend of root canal treatment being a painful one dates back to those years when dental technology was at its infancy. Today, thanks to the recent advances in technology, undergoing root canal treatment has becomes as comfortable as undergoing any other regular filling. Recent studies have shown the astonishing fact that root canal treatment has become an incredibly painless experience for patients as years have passed. As a matter of fact, those who have not undergone the treatment are the ones who spread the rumors of the treatment being painful.

During root canal treatment, your dentist makes sure to remove all those tissues that can cause future pain after undergoing the process of decay. So, root canal treatment is a boon for patients as it saves them from severe toothache.

Before starting the root canal procedure you will be administered with a shot of local anesthesia in most of the cases. After that, the process of cavity preparation is started by which the canals within the roots of your tooth are located. Then they are thoroughly cleaned and widened so that an inert material like gutta-percha can be stacked within the canal.

Properly cleaned and filled root canals will never pose a problem in future and you will be able to retain your tooth for a lifetime provided you cap it after the completion of root canal treatment.

Those who have a phobia for root canal treatment should never wait for something serious to happen. All the dental problems can be addressed to at a very early stage if they are diagnosed at the right time.

Personal oral hygiene does play an important role in keeping dental cavities at bay. Maintenance of oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist can prove extremely beneficial in prevention of dental decay. Actually, dental pain due to accidents is unpredictable and requires root canal treatment mostly for getting it fixed.

So next time your dentist asks you to for root canal treatment, do not fret. Consider it as a precautionary method of getting rid of intense dental pain!

Dry Mouth

dry mouthDry mouth may not seem like a major health concern, but it can lead to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, having a dry mouth can make eating and speaking uncomfortable. If you suffer from dry mouth, you should know that your dentist can help you with this.

Saliva is important to your oral health because it defends against gum disease and tooth decay, helps with digestion, reduces bacteria, and helps keep teeth strong with minerals and enzymes. If your body isn’t producing enough saliva, you will have a dry mouth. You may feel dryness in your throat as well. You may have mouth sores, bad breath, dry lips and a rough tongue.

There are some things that you can do to help with the symptoms of dry mouth. Sipping on water or chewing sugarless gum can help to produce more saliva and hydrate your mouth. Reducing your caffeine intake will also help with dry mouth. You can also try sleeping with a humidifier in your bedroom to create a more hydrating environment. Above all, don’t be afraid to talk with your dentist if you are experiencing symptoms. They will be able to recommend the best treatment for you and your oral health.

Dry Mouth Treatments|Dr. Maryim Adibfar