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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Thrush Infection

Thrush infection, or oral thrush, is an infection caused by the candida fungus, yeast. It is a surface infection that can affect the corners of the mouth, the insides of the cheeks, the tongue, palate and throat. It occurs most often in babies and toddlers, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. People who suffer from thrush often have moist, pale pink spots on their lips, known as angular cheilitis, which is an indication of a candida infection.



Causes of Thrush


  • Certain illnesses or stress
  • Side effect of antibiotics or chemotherapy
  • People with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • People with diabetes
  • People who wear dentures
  • Dry mouth
  • Pregnancy
  • People with poor nutrition or immune deficiency


Symptoms of Thrush


  • A sore mouth and tongue and/or difficulty swallowing.
  • A burning feeling in the mouth and throat (at the start of a thrush infection).
  • White patches that adhere to the mouth and tongue. The tissue around the patches may be red, raw, and painful.
  • A bad taste in the mouth or difficulty tasting foods.
  • Sore, red nipples in a breast-feeding mother.
  • Fever, if the infection spreads beyond the esophagus.
  • Diaper rash. Diaper rash may develop because the fungus that causes thrush will be in the baby's stool.


Thrush Treatment


Firstly, the condition that caused the thrush must be brought under control:

  • Investing in new and better fitting dentures.
  • For AIDs patients it is not possible to control immune deficiency but oral treatment using anti-fungal drugs can help to control thrush infection.
  • Keep the affected area clean by washing with plain water. Avoid using soaps, shower and bath gels and deodorants.
  • Wear natural fibres and keep affected areas as cool, clean and dry as possible.
  • Drink cranberry juice.
  • Avoid stressful situations as stress is often a trigger for thrush.
  • Remove, treat or avoid possible causes of thrush (where sensible): oral contraceptives, broad spectrum antibiotics, iron deficiency; anaemia, diabetes, steroid therapy, high sugar diet, alcohol.
  • Avoid dairy foods, food and drink containing yeast, dried fruit, mushrooms, monosodium glutamate (MSG), pickles, smoked meat and fish. These have all been shown to be possible triggers for thrush.



Thrush Prevention


  • Follow good oral hygiene practices. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day.
  • Avoid mouthwashes or sprays.
  • Get treatment for conditions that increase your risk for thrush, such as diabetes, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or cancer.
  • Limit your carb and sugar intake.
  • Avoid smoking.


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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What is malocclusion?

Malocclusion is a problem in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together in biting or chewing. Malocclusion is often referred to as having "crooked teeth" or a "poor bite." It may affect a person's appearance, speech, and/or ability to eat.



Causes


Malocclusions are most often inherited, but may be acquired. Inherited conditions include too many teeth, little space between teeth, irregular mouth and jaw size and shape, and unusual shape of the jaws and face, such as a cleft palate. It may be acquired from habits like finger or thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, premature loss of teeth from an accident or dental disease, and medical conditions such as enlarged tonsils and adenoids that lead to mouth breathing.




Symptoms


  • Malocclusion may be symptomless or may produce pain from increased stress on the oral structures.
  • Crooked or protruding teeth.
  • Problem with eating and speaking.


Treatment


During childhood and early teen years, orthodontists use early growth modification techniques to reform the jaws. Orthodontists may remove selected teeth and may use fixed or removable appliances to create a proper bite.



In adults, it can be treated by using braces which can help in straighten the teeth to camouflage a jaw problem, but any restructuring of the jawbone must be done with surgery, usually in combination with orthodontic treatment.



Prevention


Generally malocclusion is not preventable. But it can be decreased by controlling habits like thumbsucking. Regular dental check-ups should be done.



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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

What causes tooth sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can occur while brushing your teeth or when a cold or hot, sweet or sour stimuli creates an intensely painful reaction in the mouth. It usually occurs when the outer protective layers of enamel or cementum are removed, exposing the dentin due to receded gums or periodontal disease.



Causes of sensitive teeth


  • Damaged fillings
  • Fractured tooth or worn enamel because of teeth grinding
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Aggressive tooth brushing or incorrect way of brushing teeth
  • Plaque build-up on the root surfaces
  • Exposed root areas due to receding gums or periodontal disease
  • Enamel corrosion caused by chemical agents or acidic diet
  • Tooth decay
  • Frenum pull and poor oral hygiene


How to prevent sensitive teeth


  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Go easy on highly acidic foods (such as citrus), as they can erode tooth enamel and lead to dentin exposure.
  • Use a mouth guard if you grind or scrunch your teeth at night.
  • Regular visits to the dentist for cleaning and fluoride treatments can prevent damage to the dentin's protective layer.
  • Brushing properly at least twice a day and flossing daily.
  • Use low abrasivity toothpaste. Whitening and anti-tartar toothpastes are usual causes of tooth sensitivity.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Keep your gums healthy to prevent gums recession.


Treatment


Sensitive teeth can be solved by using a desensitizing toothpaste. If the toothpaste doesn't work your dentist can apply a fluoride gel or special desensitizing agents to the affected tooth. If the problem is continuing, a filling, cap, insert or bonding may be required to fix tooth decay or correct some other problem that may be causing the sensitivity.



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