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Saliva protects and helps repair our teeth

Had no idea how important my saliva is to my teen. Teeth constantly on the mend from the effects of acid-producing bacteria that set up housekeeping in our mouths, saliva is a fabulous fluid. Saliva protects and helps repair our teeth from the constant assaults that bacteria and our diet together mount against our tooth enamel. But more than 600 medications cause dry mouth, reducing saliva flow or even turning off the spigot and leaving millions of people at increased risk for tooth decay. “Our saliva washes away sugars and other substances that help promote cavities. It neutralizes the acids in our mouths,” says Watson. “And it’s concentrated with minerals like calcium and phosphate. When you eat sugar, bacteria on your teeth produce acid that demineralizes the teeth a little bit, but then the saliva flows in and replaces the layer that has been removed.”

The effect of a dry mouth on tooth decay is not as well known as it should be, Watson says. “Most patients and doctors are not aware of the problem.” Dental researchers say millions of people
are at heightened risk for tooth decay because of the medicines they take. Watson says the problem is particularly common among the elderly, many of whom take several medications that stem the flow of saliva.

“A dry mouth can start an unfortunate cycle. To make his mouth feel better, the person starts drinking liquids constantly, oftentimes juices or colas that contain sugar and are acidic. That just promotes tooth
decay. If you start sipping those all day, you end up in trouble.” Brushing your teeth after each meal and after sweet drinks like sodas can be very beneficial to keeping your teeth healthy.  Don’t let your mouth stay dry, can cause decay.

Oral cancer

Oral cancer is more common than leukemia, skin melanoma, Hodgkin’s diease, cancers of the brain, liver, bone, thyroid gland, stomach, ovaries, and cervix – and is typically caused by long term use of tobacoo products and alcohol.  One of the most part of a regular oral health examine at the dentist office is also a thorough oral cancer screening examination at the doctor’s office.  Its always better to take preventative care than to have to under go cancer treatments.  So eat healthy and get regular examinations.

Bleeding Gums

When you brush your teeth do you seen blood?  If so, you could be suffering from gingivitis.  What happens is bacteria can add to plaque and tartar.  It can also develop around your teeth as well as in between your teeth and gums. If your gums are tender to touch, bleed, you have inflamed gums, bad breath then those are signs that microbial have accumulated on your teeth.

Here are common causes for bleeding gums:

  1. Smoking or eating tobacco – People who smoke a lot have more tartar on the teeth.  Consequently, they are more prone to gingivitis or periodontal disease because of the toxic effect of cigarette.
  2. Vitamin K deficiency – Vitamin K plays a huge role in bloodstream clots. A lack Vitamin K in the diet can result in bleeding gums.
  3. Periodontal Disease – Periodontal disease is a microbial infection that causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums. If plaque is permitted to develop below the gum line it cause lead to periodontal disease.
  4. Leukemia is cancer of the bone marrow and bloodstream cells, usually the result of whitened bloodstream cells. People with Leukemia bleed easily have tend to have bleeding gums.
  5. Hormones – Gum tissue consists of hormone receptors. High amounts of certain hormones can cause gum tissue, making the gums red, tender and inflamed.
  6. Periodontal disease is a microbial infection that causes inflammation and bleeding as stated earlier.

So the question then becomes how do we stop or prevent bleeding gums?  Good oral hygiene and oral cleanliness.  Consume calcium rich foods.  Calcium keeps the bones in our body and teeth strong. Don’t smoke.  Chew sugar free gum.  Brush your teen at least twice a day.  If you see signs of bleeding gums notify your dentist.  Get regular dental examinations and let your dentist keep his or her eyes on the problems and prescribe you with treatment for the problem.

How dentist cleans your teeth

When you go to get your teeth clean it is done by either a dentist or a dental hygienist.  What the dentist does is remove all tartar and calcium deposit on your teeth using a number of tools.  Generally, their first tooth will be a ultrasonic instrument that vibrates to knock large pieces of tartar loose.  The instrument will also spray a mist of water to wash away debris and to keep the area at the right temperature.  That is why you tend to get spray with water by your dentist during these procedures.  The dentist works the instrument around your teeth.  If large deposit are found that have hardened over time, the dentist may use finder hand tools like a scaler or a curettes.  These guys are sharp and curved to match the curves of your teeth to help the dentist remove these deposits.  The dentist will carefully scrape these deposits off by using gentle pressure.  Once the tartar and calcium deposits are removed, your teeth will be polish.  Polishing is accomplished by using a handpiece equipment with a soft rubber cup that spins.  A polishing paste is scooped into the cup and spun around on the teeht to make them shiny and smooth.

Dental Insurance

Dental work can get expenses but regular check ups will help you keep down those cost.  We get clients constantly asking who we recommend that they look to for dental insurance.  Below is one company that we have been working with and we highly recommend:

Fighting Plaque

As you get older, your gums begin to recede and expose your tooth and root to plaque.  Plaque is a waxy build up that covers your teeth and builds up and collects between your teeth and gums.  These circumstances causes tooth decay.  If the plaque is not removed right a way, it hardens and forms what is known as tartar.  The build up of tartar can be avoided by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, using a soft brush, brushing in small circular motions and short back and forth strokes.  Don’t forget to brush your tongue.  Floss your teeth regular to remove tartar that your brush can’t get to.  If you experience bleeding or hurt when you brush or floss than you should see a dentist.

Sore Jaw

The usual cause of a sore jaw is grinding one’s teeth at night.  Intense grinding can cause tempormandibular joint disorder (aka TMD) which can lead to splitting headaches.  Usually these headaches cause pain that radiates from the front of your ears down to your lower jaw.  So what is the solution?  Try to relax before you go to sleep.  Step aside 30 minutes to yourself to wind down before you go to bed.  Meditate or listening to some relaxing music can help.  Sleeping on your back can also help.

Sensitive teeth

According to many dentist if you have sensitive teeth, it could be due to exposed nerve roots but often it is due to receding gums.  Sensitive teeth are most noticeable to cold and tooth liquids.  The best thing to do is to lay off on the tooth whitening products, tartar control, and baking soda toothpastes because they are abrasive and some contain phosphates.  Abrasive products and products containing phosphate are the two causes of sensitive teeth.  Brushing too hard is also a cause as it leads to recessed gums.