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How Can One Side of Your Jaw Hurt but Not the Other?
Posted on 10/15/2019 by Alyce
Extreme, sudden pain on one of your jaws can be quite alarming. However, on many occasions, it's usually not always entirely serious. You might be wondering whether you are suffering from dental issues like an abscessed tooth or cavities. Alternatively, you might be wondering whether you may have been grinding your teeth overnight. There are several possible causes of one-sided jaw pain. Many of these range from underlying dental conditions to sinusitis to TMJ. Sinusitis The inflammation of your nasal cavities may result in a condition known as sinusitis. This tends to happen when you have a cold. Other medical conditions, including allergies, may also contribute to sinusitis. In instances where the sinus cavities located behind your cheeks become inflamed, then you may experience pain on either one or both sides of your jaw. Dental Conditions Constant pain on one side of your jaw can be traced back to oral or dental health concerns. Some of the common dental conditions include abscessed teeth, cavities, tooth decay or gum diseases, misaligned or missing teeth, tooth clenching or grinding or the growth of wisdom teeth. If the pain that you are experiencing is related to dental issues, then you might have additional symptoms such as sensitive teeth, bad breath, painful and bleeding gums, tooth pain which lingers and sores in your mouth. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders Also known as TMD, temporomandibular joint disorders affect the jaw's temporomandibular joints. Apart from constant pain, TMD can also cause your jaw to make clicking sounds, especially when chewing or opening the mouth. In very extreme cases, the disorder can make the patient's jaw to be stuck in either a permanent or close position. If you are experiencing pain on one side of your jaw, then reach out to us as soon as possible. We will be able to do an examination and establish the condition that you might be suffering from before offering treatment....
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Dangers You Need to Know About Toothpicks
Posted on 9/25/2019 by Alyce
Do you tend to reach for a toothpick after a meal in order to clean between your teeth? Chewing on a toothpick is never a good idea, even if you are using it to extract food particles from between the teeth. Read on to out more about the hidden dangers. Beware of Toothpick Dangers One of the greatest dangers associated with toothpicks is the potential for choking. More people choke on toothpicks than food each year. You may choke on the entire toothpick or part that has broken off. Speaking of splintering toothpicks, this is another reason that they are so dangerous. When toothpicks break, they can injure your gums, cheeks, and throat. Eventually, the tissue that they cut can become infected, painful, and inflamed. Other Ways to Clean Between Your Teeth While toothpick use is discouraged, there are other, safer ways to remove stubborn food particles from between the teeth. The best is dental floss, and you can carry a small pack around with you when you are out for emergency situations. In addition to removing food that gets stuck between your teeth, you should also floss once per day to keep plaque levels under control. Another good way to clean between your teeth is to swish your mouth out with water. This is something that you can do when you don't have access to a toothbrush or floss. For large food particles that might be stuck in the gums, a saltwater rinse is beneficial to prevent inflammation. You may also wish to chew on some sugar free gum in order to extract food particles from between your mouth. Gum with Xylitol will also stimulate the production of saliva, which can further clean your teeth. Regular dental cleanings are another way to ensure your teeth stay healthy. Call us today to set up your next appointment....
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How a Cleaning in Our Dental Office Differs from Yours At Home
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Alyce
Comparing the cleaning in your home versus a dental office will help you notice things at your next dental visit. We will compare the differences in dental office cleanings compared to what you may do at home. Allow us to give you information to show your mouth the best oral care available. By utilizing at-home methods in combination with a dental visit every six months we will show you how this plan has the best results. What an Average Home Cleaning Does for Cleanliness The products you use at home can vary. It is suggested you first floss daily followed by brushing for two minutes twice daily. Follow that up with fluoride mouthwash and you are on track. Electronic toothbrushes and floss picks have shown to remove more plaque and bacteria vs the standard. Make sure to use products approved by the American Dental Association. Studies have recently shown that water pick flosser removes 51% more of gingivitis than floss and 29% more plaque. They are considerably more expensive than regular floss. As long as you are following the standard recommendation you are on track. What Cleanings Are Involved at Our Office After your initial x-ray your dentist will make a recommendation on the types of cleaning you will need. For people who possess a healthy mouth, they will receive a preventative cleaning called a prophylaxis cleaning. Any patches of small plaque and bacteria are removed, then the coating is set on your enamel to protect it. A gross debridement cleaning is the removal of hardened plaque called calculus. It's caused by minerals, saliva, and gingival growth. Following the gross debridement are a Scale and Polish cleaning. It simply is cleaning down in the gum line to remove calculus. Root planing is a form of deep cleaning that focuses on removing the periodontal disease. It follows the cleanings above as well as provides antibiotic gel treatment for the disease. If you do suffer from periodontal disease most dental offices will recommend periodontal cleaning at a frequency of 3 months to prevent any more bone loss. I hope it is now clear to see the variety of cleanings that are performed through a dental office. They are incredibly different than your home routine. Fighting gingivitis and gum disease with just a simple toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash can prove difficult. They will keep infection and disease at bay, but seeing your dentist every six months is the most effective. Our office is available for your deep cleaning needs. If you are in need of one, please contact us for an appointment....
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All Posts:
How Can One Side of Your Jaw Hurt but Not the Other?
10/15/2019
Dangers You Need to Know About Toothpicks
9/25/2019
How a Cleaning in Our Dental Office Differs from Yours At Home
9/15/2019
Causes of Dental Pit Stains Can Be What You Eat
8/25/2019
If the Bumps on Your Tongue Go Away, is That the Sign of a Problem?
8/15/2019
Can You Brush Too Often?
7/23/2019
Best Options for Handling a Fear of the Dental Chair
7/13/2019
Is Brushing Your Teeth for Too Long a Real Problem?
6/25/2019
How to Protect Teeth When You Get Sick
6/15/2019
Why You Should Expect to Drool More with a New Set of Dentures
5/25/2019
You Need to Make Sure Your Teeth are Healthy Prior to Whitening
5/15/2019
Eggs Can Give You Better Oral Health
4/25/2019
Easy Ways of Boosting Your Daily Calcium Intake
4/15/2019
Sterilization Methods We Can Use for Our Tools
3/25/2019
How Exercise Impacts Your Oral Health
3/15/2019
Bruxism Can Affect You for Years to Come if Left Untreated
2/25/2019
Best Restorative Options for Chipped Teeth
2/15/2019
Types of Implants That Can Restore a Lost Tooth
1/25/2019
Top Restorative Procedures For Your Teeth
1/15/2019
Where Do Dental Pit Stains Originate?
12/25/2018
Where Can Bacteria from Your Mouth Migrate To?
12/15/2018
Why You Should Look Forward to It If You Need a Root Canal
11/30/2018
What You Drink Can Ruin Your Breath
11/20/2018
Is Chewing Gum Actually Helpful for Improving Oral Health?
10/25/2018
Is Brushing and Flossing Different with a Bridge?
10/15/2018
Best Options to Drink for a Healthy Mouth
9/23/2018
Besides Flossing, How Can You Get Items Out from Between Your Teeth?
9/13/2018
Greens You Want to Eat for Improved Oral Health
8/30/2018
Good Oral Health Saves You Time and Money
8/20/2018
Signs Your Tooth May Be Decaying from the Inside
7/20/2018
How Dental Chips Can Ruin Your Oral Health
7/10/2018
Do Dental Bridges Need Any Special Cleaning?
6/23/2018
Do Canker Sores Damage Your Oral Health?
6/13/2018
Foods That Make Your Breath Smell Better
5/23/2018
Flossing Needs to Be Done Gently
5/13/2018
Is There Any Reason to Fear Having a Cavity Filled?
4/25/2018
How to Keep Dental Bonding Looking Like New
4/15/2018
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