Subscribe in a Reader

Powered by FeedBurner

Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Subscribe in Bloglines



Blog Home
Previous Posts
Archives

Tooth Tourism Blog

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bad Breath and Halitosis

Bad Breath (halitosis) is a major issue for a lot of people as it can result in embarrassment or even shame in certain situations. Unfortunately, many people are not even aware that they have a problem. Bad breath is typically related to oral hygiene habits or a sign of other health issues.

Bad breath is ranked as the third most common reason for people to seek denial aid net to tooth decay and periodontal disease. In some cases where people have chronic bad breath, it can be a more serious issue. Chronic bad breath affects almost a quarter of the population in varying degrees. Persistent bad breath can affect an individual's business, personal, and social relationships which can lead to self-esteem issues and increased stress.

How Can I Prevent Bad Breath?

  • - You must visit your dentist at least every six months for checkups to keep your mouth free of plaque buildup and other problems that may lead to bad breath.

  • - Maintain your diet and watch/avoid your consumption of foods such as alcohol, coffee, dense proteins, garlic and onions, and sugars.

  • - Try to breathe through your nose. Breathing through your mouth can lead to having a dry mouth, which creates a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria.

  • - Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day to remove food particles and plaque, and floss between teeth once a day, preferably in the evening after you eat.

  • - Use a fluoride mouth rinse; it will help to protect your teeth and the flavor will mask odor.
Need to find a dentist? Let ToothTourism.com do the work for you. Our Canadian medical professionals have traveled the globe to meet English speaking board-certified dentists who welcome the dental tourist (that's you!)

Contact http://www.toothtourism.com/ today for more information on how you can find affordable dental treatments abroad. To speak with a Tooth Tourism representative call (toll free): 1-800-644-9124, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm PST.

Labels: , ,

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Should I brush or floss first?

Definitely floss, then brush

It is better to floss and then brush because when you floss, plaque falls onto your teeth. As a result, when you start brushing you will be able to get all plaque off.

You need to floss at least once a day. If you can floss twice a day, you will have really good oral hygiene (the basic recommendation is to floss once a day and brush twice a day).

Brushing your teeth will not clean between your teeth, cleaning every day will prevent bacteria from colonizing or else it will start damaging your teeth within 24 hours. Also clean your mouth after flossing to spit out the bacteria and food particles. Flossing helps fight gingivitis and periodontal diseases, which are the main causes of tooth loss.

Tips to remember

  • 1) Establish a regular routine and time for flossing so you don't forget
  • 2) Brushing only cleans 60 percent of your teeth; so don't forget to floss first.
  • 3) Flossing helps to remove plaque from in between your teeth.
  • 4) Brushing alone only cleans three fourths of your teeth's surfaces, so if you brush and don't floss it is like not cleaning seven of your teeth!
  • 5) Flossing cleans the areas your toothbrush can not reach which is the tooth surfaces between your teeth.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Why Do I Grind My Teeth At Night? (Bruxism)

Bruxism is the medical term for the grinding of teeth; it is a reflexive action rather than a learned habit. Bruxism stems from the natural chewing activity that is controlled by reflex nerve pathways which are activated during sleep. Chewing depends on higher control functions from the brain and when a person is asleep, those control functions are deactivated which can result in bruxism.

What Are the Causes of Bruxism?

While the exact causes of bruxism are still relatively unknown, researchers believe that there are significant factors involved. Some factors include, being overly stressed, sleeping problems, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth. In some cases children may grind their teeth due to a misalignment of their top and bottom teeth.

In adults, mental factors seem to be associated with Bruxism, including:
  • anxiety, stress or tension
  • suppressed anger or frustration
  • aggressive, competitive or hyperactive personality type

What Are the Symptoms of Bruxism?

  • abraded teeth
  • facial pain
  • oversensitive teeth
  • tense facial and jaw muscles
  • headaches, dislocation of the jaw
  • a popping or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • tongue indentations
  • damage to the inside of the cheek
  • teeth that are worn down, flattened or chipped
  • worn tooth enamel, exposing the inside of your tooth
  • increased tooth sensitivity
  • jaw pain or tightness in your jaw muscles

How Do I Prevent Bruxism?

If you find that your teeth grinding is related to stress, try to find ways to help yourself relax. Also, one can reduce consumption of stimulants such as caffeine or tobacco to reduce bruxism. Lastly, teeth grinding can be prevented by wearing a bite plate or a bite splint at night.

Can My Bruxism Be Treated?

The treatment of Bruxism depends on the following factors
  • Your age, overall health, and medical history
  • Extent of the disease
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies

How Do I Treat Bruxism?

Behavior modification
Training the patient how to rest his/her tongue, teeth, and lips properly, and learning how to rest the tongue upward may relieve uneasiness on the jaw while keeping the teeth apart and lips closed.

Mouthpiece
A specially-fitted plastic mouth appliance may be worn at night to absorb the force of biting. This piece of equipment may help to prevent future damage to the teeth and help in changing the patient's behavior.

Biofeedback
Biofeedback involves an electronic instrument that measures the amount of muscle activity of the mouth and jaw. This is especially helpful for daytime bruxers.

Need to find a dentist? Let ToothTourism.com do the work for you. Our Canadian medical professionals have traveled the globe to meet English speaking board-certified dentists who welcome the dental tourist (that's you!)

Contact http://www.toothtourism.com/ today for more information on how you can find affordable dental treatments abroad. To speak with a Tooth Tourism representative call (toll free): 1-800-644-9124, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm PST.

Labels: , , ,

Monday, December 15, 2008

Dental Cavities

Dental Cavities is the destruction of the tooth structure (tooth decay), a disease known as Caries. Cavities form when your teeth is often exposed to starchy and sugary foods such as soda pop, candy, ice cream, milk, cakes, fruits, vegetables, and juices (foods containing carbohydrates). Bacteria in the mouth digest the deposits from these foods and turn them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and saliva combined forms plaque, which clings on to the teeth. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth, creating holes or indents in the teeth called cavities, or caries.

Whom do dental cavities affect?

Dental cavities affect everyone, especially children and young adults. Whenever gum tissue is pulled from the teeth, chances for gum disease increases, exposing tooth roots to plaque. Pregnant women craving sweet foods make them more susceptible to developing cavities.

In older adults, decay is formed around the edges of fillings because many older adults lacked the benefits of fluoride and modern preventive dental care. Over time, fillings may weaken and can fracture, allowing bacteria to build up in the tiny gap causing tooth decay.

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

In advanced stages of tooth decay, you may experience toothache (especially after consuming sweet, hot, or cold foods or drinks). Visible pits or holes in the teeth are results of tooth decay.

Treatment

-If decay is not wide, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed by drilling and a filling made of silver alloy, gold, porcelain, or a composite resin is used to fill the open space.

-If the decay is extensive with limited tooth structure remaining, crowns are used after the repairs are made, fitting over the remainder of the tooth. Crowns are made from gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.

Prevention

-Oral hygiene is very important to prevent cavities. Regular cleaning in every 6 months, brushing at least twice a day, and flossing at least daily will result in good oral hygiene.

-Chewy, sticky foods are best if eaten as part of a meal rather than as a snack. Brush the teeth or rinse the mouth after eating these foods.

-Avoid constant sipping of sugary drinks or frequent sucking on candy and mints.

-Dental sealants can prevent cavities. Sealants are thin plastic-like coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars. This coating prevents the accumulation of plaque in the deep grooves on these vulnerable surfaces.

-Fluoride toothpaste or mouthwashes also protect the surface of the teeth.

How can I protect my teeth from cavaties?

You can protect your teeth from cavities by cutting down on sweets and between-meal snacks because these starchy and sugary foods put your teeth at extra risk. Also, brushing after each meal, flossing daily, and regular dental check ups is the best way to fight cavities.

Need to find a dentist? Let ToothTourism.com do the work for you. Our Canadian medical professionals have traveled the globe to meet English speaking board-certified dentists who welcome the dental tourist (that's you!)

Contact http://www.toothtourism.com/ today for more information on how you can find affordable dental treatments abroad. To speak with a Tooth Tourism representative call (toll free): 1-800-644-9124, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm PST.

Labels: , , ,

Friday, December 12, 2008

What is Tooth Erosion and How Can I Avoid It?

Tooth Erosion is the wearing away of tooth enamel by acid. It is caused by consuming acidic foods and drinks which allows the acid to dissolve away the surface of the tooth. Prolonged exposure to acid over a long period of time will result in a loss enamel. This loss of enamel will eventually cause the tooth to 'shrink' as it crumbles around the biting edge.

Tooth erosion can lead to a multitude of mild dental problems such as tooth discoloration or sensitive teeth as well as severe dental complications such as severe tooth tooth sensitivity or cracked teeth.

What Are the Symptoms of Tooth Erosion?

Some signs and symptoms of tooth erosion include:
  • Discoloration
  • Tooth Sensitivity
  • Rounded Tooth
  • Transparent or a sand blasted appearance
  • Cracking
  • Dents

What Can I Do To Prevent Tooth Erosion?

To prevent tooth erosion, one should:
  • Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking acidic foods or beverages.
  • Try to have water and milk, instead of carbonated drinks.
  • Use a straw when you are having any sweet drink. Also try to swallow acidic liquids quickly instead of swishing them around or holding them in your mouth.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum can help reduce dry mouth and increase the saliva flow.
  • Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Need to find a dentist? Let ToothTourism.com do the work for you. Our Canadian medical professionals have traveled the globe to meet English speaking board-certified dentists who welcome the dental tourist (that's you!)

Contact
http://www.toothtourism.com/ today for more information on how you can find affordable dental treatments abroad. To speak with a Tooth Tourism representative call (toll free): 1-800-644-9124, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm PST.

Labels: , , ,

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dental Care Products

There are so many dental care products in the market, but how do we know which product to use? From toothpastes to toothbrushes to mouthwashes, get the facts you need to make informed decisions.

Toothbrushes
Ask your dentist and hygienist for recommending you new toothbrushes. Remember to change your toothbrush regularly after every 3 months.

Toothpastes/Gels
Daily brusing with toothpaste prevents you from developing dental decay and bad breath. Whitening Toothpaste helps maintain a white smile and fresh breath with daily brushing. Try to use Fluoride toothpaste, it prevents tooth and gum disease.

Interdental Products
An Interdental Brush is designed for removing plaque from between teeth along the gum line. Interdental brush comes in a variety of sizes (for different space sizes between teeth in various parts of the mouth) that allows you to choose the brush that best suits you.

Dental Floss Products
Dental Floss is used to remove food and plaque between the teeth and under your gum line. It may be flavored or unflavored and waxed or unwaxed.

Mouthwashes, Rinses and Sprays
A combined dental care system: tooth brushing, tongue cleaning, flossing with mouthwash can play a significant role in the treatments of bad breath. Some mouthwashes, rinses and sprays may contain fluoride, which helps to prevent or to reduce gum disease.

Tongue Cleaners
Tongue cleaners are suggested by dentists and hygienists. It helps to remove the build-up of bacteria and other compounds which result in bad breath so it is important to keep your tongue clean to avoid the risk of a problem developing.

Need to find a dentist? Let
ToothTourism.com do the work for you. Our Canadian medical professionals have traveled the globe to meet English speaking board-certified dentists who welcome the dental tourist (that's you!)

Contact
http://www.toothtourism.com/ today for more information on how you can find affordable dental treatments abroad. To speak with a Tooth Tourism representative call (toll free): 1-800-644-9124, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm PST.

Labels: , , , ,

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Bad oral habits

Your gums, teeth, and mouth are all very important to your overall health. Research confirms that poor oral health can cause systemic diseases such as Diabetes in people of all ages and respiratory diseases particularly among elderly people.

Teeth are basically meant for chewing or biting food and not for tearing packages open, pulling tags off new clothes, undoing knots or cracking nuts! The impact of these behaviors ranges from minor to major

Some bad oral habits that people have:

Chewing Ice-Chewing Ice can lead to gum injuries or even broken teeth. To avoid this habit, try chewing baby carrots or apple chunks when you feel you need to crunch on something. The urge to chew ice can also be symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia.

Using your teeth as a scissors-Many people use their teeth as a multi-purpose tool to cut through string, open packages or remove tags from clothing.

Using toothpicks improperly-Tooth pick is used to remove food from between your teeth when you do not have floss handy, but it can also hurt or injure your gums or break off between your teeth.

Chewing pencils, pens and other hard objects-Students and professionals sometimes have a bad habit of chewing pencils, pens and other hard objects. It can fracture your teeth leading to unnecessary dental repairs.

Bad oral habits can lead to fractured teeth resulting in liquids leaking inside the tooth, discomfort and decay, root canals, damaged and or misaligned teeth, and more.

Tips for breaking bad oral habits

-Floss at least once a day. It helps remove bits of food and dental plaque in places your toothbrush cannot find. It also keeps your gums healthy.

-Brush after every meal or at least twice a day, this helps to prevent tooth decay.

-Clean your tongue every time you brush with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Bacteria that settle on your tongue causing bad breath, also known as halitosis.

-Replace your toothbrush regularly every 3 months.

-Eat a balanced diet like vegetables and fruit instead of having too much sweets.

Regular dental visits.

How should I be brushing my teeth?

When brushing, use a soft toothbrush. Point the bristles of the toothbrush toward the gums. Brush your teeth back and forth on all sides of your teeth (inside/tongue side, outside/cheek side, and the top where you chew). Always brush your tongue.

Need to find a dentist? Let
ToothTourism.com do the work for you. Our Canadian medical professionals have traveled the globe to meet English speaking board-certified dentists who welcome the dental tourist (that's you!)

Contact
http://www.toothtourism.com/ today for more information on how you can find affordable dental treatments abroad. To speak with a Tooth Tourism representative call (toll free): 1-800-644-9124, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm PST.

Labels: ,

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dental plaque

Dental plaque is a dull layer that regularly forms in between and on the surface of the teeth. Dental plaque is a biofilm that is made up of microorganisms such as streptococcus mutans and other bacteria. Dental plaque can develop on teeth above the gum line, below the gum line on the roots of teeth (sub gingival) and along the gum line (gingival).

How Does Plaque Form?

Dentists use the term 'acid attack' to summarize the causes of Dental plaque. After having a meal, snack or drink, the bacteria of the dental plaque start to convert sugar and carbohydrates of foods into acids. If the mouth environment becomes too acidic the acids start to dissolve the minerals of the tooth's surface creating microscopic lesions on tooth enamel weakening its structure. After all the sugars are consumed by the bacteria, acid production eventually stops and the tooth has a chance to repair itself helped by the minerals of saliva and toothpaste’s fluoride. If dental plaque is not removed regularly, or if sugar is consumed too often, then the demineralization periods are not enough to repair the damage. Eventually a small cavity appears on the tooth enamel. The continuous exposure of the tooth to acids is what causes Dental plaque.

How Can I Prevent Dental Plaque?

To prevent dental plaque, you can:
  • - Use prescription mouthwashes can help prevent decay
  • - Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • - Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner
  • - Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks
  • - Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams
  • - Reduce frequent consumption of sugars Reduce the number of times each day that you eat fermentable carbohydrates or drink sugary drinks. Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods.

How Can I Remove Dental Plaque?

Once your gums appear to be healthy with no swelling or redness, then brushing twice daily and proper daily flossing will break up the plaque that naturally accumulate on your teeth. Brushing with fluoride-based toothpaste will help to remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and floss or interdental cleaners will help to remove plaque between your teeth.

Need to find a dentist? Let ToothTourism.com do the work for you. Our Canadian medical professionals have traveled the globe to meet English speaking board-certified dentists who welcome the dental tourist (that's you!)

Contact http://www.toothtourism.com/ today for more information on how you can find affordable dental treatments abroad. To speak with a Tooth Tourism representative call (toll free): 1-800-644-9124, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm PST.

Labels: ,

Monday, December 8, 2008

What is a Tooth Absess?

An abscess of the tooth is an infection; it is a collection of infected material (pus) resulting from a bacterial infection in the center of a tooth (between the gum and a tooth).
It can cause openings in the tooth enamel, which then allows bacteria to infect the center of the tooth, called the pulp. The infection may also spread from the root of the tooth to the bones supporting it.

What Will Happen If My Tooth Abscess Goes Untreated?

If a severe tooth abscess goes untreated it may become large enough to penetrate bone and enter the soft tissue. Once that occurs, it spread to wherever it faces the least amount of resistance where it can develop issues both internally and externally. The projected area of infection is determined by muscle and fascia attachments, the thickness of the bone, and the location of the infected tooth. The infection can potentially spread into vital areas and lead to severe problems if it enters the heart, brain, or blood stream.

What Are The Causes of Tooth Abscess?

  • - Tooth Decay
  • - Broken or chipped tooth
  • - Gum disease

What are the Two Types of Tooth Abscess?

Periapical or root-tip abscess is usually caused by deep decay or an accident. This tooth problem will require either root canal therapy or an extraction.

Lateral abscess develops along the lateral surface of the tooth’s root where the infection comes from outside the tooth instead of from within. A lateral abscess can be gingival or periodontal.

What Are the Symptoms of a Tooth abscess?

  • - Severe Toothache
  • - Bitter taste in the mouth
  • - Breathe odor
  • - General discomfort, uneasiness,
  • - Ill feeling
  • - Fever
  • - Pain when chewing
  • - Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
  • - Swollen glands of the neck
  • - Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw


How Can a Tooth Abscess be Treated?

  • - Antibiotics may be given to fight the infection. Warm salt-water rinses may be soothing.
  • - Do not place aspirin directly over the tooth or gums because this increases irritation of the tissues and can result in mouth ulcers.
  • - A root canal may be recommended in an attempt to save the tooth.
  • - The tooth may be removed or surgery may be needed to drain the abscess
  • - Following good oral hygiene practices can reduce the risk of developing a tooth abscess.
  • - Regular visit to dentist.

Need to find a dentist? Let ToothTourism.com do the work for you. Our Canadian medical professionals have traveled the globe to meet English speaking board-certified dentists who welcome the dental tourist (that's you!)

Contact http://www.toothtourism.com/ today for more information on how you can find affordable dental treatments abroad. To speak with a Tooth Tourism representative call (toll free): 1-800-644-9124, Mon - Fri, 9am-5pm PST.