Healthy Habits For Your Teeth

healthy habitsNobody cares more about your smile then your dental hygienist. Not only are they there to clean your teeth twice a year, but to offer advice and tips on how to keep your teeth clean at home.  It may feel like a lecture, but don’t ignore these healthy habits for your teeth.

In a slide show article from U.S. News, Lisa Esposito lists some of these healthy habits for your teeth as per your dental hygienist.  It includes things such as fighting bacteria by brushing and flossing. Keeping your routine dental appointments as it is important to get your teeth deep cleaned twice a year.  Limiting coffee and soda as they contain acids and sugars that lead to tooth erosion and cavities. There are many other ways to maintain that super smile. Check out the full slide show with all the tips you need to keep your smile shining here:

3 Things You Need To Watch For In Your Wisdom Teeth

wisdom teethWisdom teeth are the molars that arrive at quite a later age of 17 to 25 years generally. These are the third set of molars each human has. They are called wisdom teeth because in olden times it was considered that a person grows wise by the age he turns 18 and that is the time in which these third molars start erupting in the mouth.

Wisdom teeth erupt with quite a number of dental problems along the way. If you are a person who is in the habit of visiting your dentist on a regular basis, you may be informed about the associated signs and symptoms that one can experience during the eruption of third molars. Your dentist may take X-rays that show if the molars are erupting in the right angle or if they are tilted. You need to see your dentist right away if you come across these three things –

  1. Unbearable pain

During the eruption of wisdom teeth, some amount of pain and discomfort can be considered normal. If the pain is consistent and is not showing any sign of resolving you may need to think of getting the tooth pulled. The pain can be because of the greater size of the tooth. At times, some wisdom teeth grow just below the neighbouring teeth and cause pain. In such circumstances, try remedies like over-the-counter painkillers or ice packs. If the pain is relieved you can wait and watch but if you fail to receive any relief you may have to meet your dentist at the earliest.

  1. Infected wisdom teeth

The areas where the wisdom teeth erupt have a flap of gum tissue covering them. The chance of food particles accumulating in this flap is quite high. The region is difficult to clean as it is in the back most part of the mouth. The bacteria feed on these food particles and infect the gum tissue around the wisdom teeth. Some amount of infection should not be a problem as with proper care the problem resolves. If the duration and the frequency of infection is on the higher side, extraction of the tooth may be the only option left.

  1. Affecting neighbouring teeth
    Wisdom teeth create pressure on the neighbouring teeth in cases where the jaw area is small and there is no space to accommodate the wisdom teeth. Hence, wisdom teeth can cause crowding of the rest of the teeth. There are cases when wisdom teeth pose more harm than benefits. That is why you need to inform your dentist when you experience or see crowding of your teeth. Your dentist will investigate the matter through X-rays and examination and may advise you to have the teeth extracted to save the rest of the teeth.

Removal of wisdom teeth does not cause any problems as they are not at all mandatory for the normal functioning of our mouth. Be vigilant and watch for these signs before it gets too late.

Types Of Teeth

types of teethAs you know, teeth come in different shapes and sizes so that they can perform different functions.  But do you know the different types of teeth?  The types of permanent teeth are incisors, canines, premolars and molars.

Incisors – These teeth are the cutting teeth. They are located at the center of the dental arch. You have eight incisors total. Incisors are flat and shaped kind of like a shovel with a straight cutting edge that allows you to bite and cut into food.

Canines – These are also known as eye teeth, or cuspids. They are located next to the incisors towards the edge of the mouth. You have 4 canines.  They have a sharp, pointy edge, used to rip and tear foods.

Premolars – Also known as bicuspids are located after the canines toward the back of the mouth. You have 8 bicuspids.  Premolars are kind of a combination between canines and molars.  They have two cusps on their upper side and a broader surface for chewing and grinding, but also some sharp points for piercing and ripping.

Molars – These are the teeth located at the back of the dental arch. You have 12 molars.  The last set of molars, farthest back in your mouth, are known as wisdom teeth and often they don’t erupt properly in the mouth and may need to be removed. Molars perform most of the chewing by crushing and grinding the food before swallowing.

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Universal Numbering System For Teeth

Universal Numbering System Have you ever been to the dentist and noticed that they refer to your teeth by a number? Dentists refer to teeth using numbers rather than using the teeth names.  There are different numbering systems, but the most common is the Universal Numbering System.

In the Universal Numbering System the upper right third molar is tooth number 1.  The numbering continues along the upper teeth toward the front and across to the last molar on the left, number 16.  The bottom left third molar is number 17 on over to the last molar on the bottom right, number 32. In children’s teeth, it is a bit different.  It is the same numbering system, but from 1 to 20.

To see charts of the Universal Numbering System for teeth and to see other numbering systems, check out the article from here: Teeth Names & Numbers.

The Human Mouth

the human mouthThe human mouth is a complex structure that we use every day. Have you ever wondered about all the parts of the mouth?  The mouth anatomy consists of jaws, teeth, gums, tongue, palate, cheeks, and lips. The mouth is the means for which food and air enters the body. The different parts of the mouth play different roles that are all important in breathing, eating, and speaking.

Lips – The soft part of tissue surrounding the boundary of the mouth.  They seal the oral cavity and contribute in behavioral expressions like kissing, talking and laughing.

Cheeks – The sidewalls of the mouth.

Teeth – Calcified structures within the lower and upper jaws which are used for chewing.

Periodontium (gums) – The supporting tissues that surround the teeth and keep them in place.

Tongue – Muscular organ that tastes food and aids in chewing and swallowing. The tongue contains many taste buds that sense sweet, sour, salty and bitter.

Jaws – The bone structure that forms the skeleton of the mouth and hold the human teeth.

Palate – The roof of the mouth that separates the mouth from the nasal cavity.  It is divided into soft and hard palate.

Salivary glands – There are 3 pairs of major salivary glands that provide our mouths with saliva. Saliva is the fluid that moistens and protects the mouth and aids in the breakdown of foods and swallowing.

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