Tooth pain

Tooth pain? Don’t wait!! We see all too often people in pain. Today I will give you symptoms and some possible causes of tooth pain. In all cases it would be best to pop in and see our experienced team for us to take a look or possibly an x-ray as early detection can save you emotionally, physically and financially in the long run. The best time to treat dental problems is BEFORE they cause any pain. Both types of dental disease we commonly treat (cavities and gum disease) are PAINLESS in the early stages! That's why we stress the importance of regular preventative hygiene appointments. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids may indicate a dental problem that we can catch early. Such sensitivity may be due to gum recession, teeth grinding, a loose filling or an area of active decay. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids after dental treatment Sensitivity may be due to inflammation of the nerve inside the tooth and should settle down within a few days. If it doesn't you should contact your dentist. Sharp pain when biting down may indicate a cracked tooth, a loose filling or active decay – any of these problems need to be seen too straight away. Once there is damage to the nerve of a tooth, extensive treatment is often required to save the tooth. Lingering pain after eating hot or cold liquids or food probably means that the nerve is inflamed or dying due to physical trauma or deep active decay. Severe and constant pain often indicates that a tooth may have an infection/abscess that has spread from the nerve of the tooth into the surrounding tissue and bone which may cause swelling. In all cases of tooth or jaw pain and discomfort see our team at the dental lounge for diagnosis and treatment. Remember, prevention is better (and often cheaper) than a cure!

Acid Reflux and Oral Health

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is commonly known as acid reflux. It’s a condition in which stomach contents leak backward into the esophagus. Acid reflux occurs when the ring of muscle where the esophagus meets the stomach isn’t working properly. It’s one of the fastest growing conditions for which patients seek medical attention and one that can ruin teeth.

In the early stages, acid reflux generally appears as heartburn or indigestion that becomes worse after eating or when lying down. The condition causes pain in the lower chest area. The pain of acid reflux can be so intense that people may think they’re having a heart attack.

Individuals with GERD may experience symptoms of asthma, wheezing and vomiting, along with a dry and persistent cough. Those with acid reflux may have chronic bad breath, soreness in the throat, laryngitis and tooth erosion.

The exact cause of GERD is still unknown and in the majority of cases no specific cause can be found, though it’s often aggravated by certain foods and drinks. It strikes people of all ages and there’s no way to determine which individuals will develop the condition.

People with GERD generally have lifestyle factors in common that may contribute to the condition. Those that smoke, are obese and receive little exercise are more likely to develop the condition. A lack of sufficient dietary fiber, those with a high salt intake and people taking allergy, pain or antidepressant medications are also at risk.

Patients learn to avoid foods that aggravate the condition and to avoid tight clothing around the abdomen. Antacids offer short-term relief. Acid reflux damages the esophagus and left untreated, individuals are at increased risk for throat cancer and severe oral health problems.

Acid reflux causes and accelerates decay and cavities. As stomach contents come up the esophagus and enter the mouth, it eats away at tooth enamel. Once enamel wears away, it can’t be replaced. Enamel erosion opens a pathway for germs and bacteria to infiltrate the mouth that can result in gum disease and infection.

Individuals with acid reflux tend to experience dry mouth that promotes the growth of bacteria, which further exacerbates the problem. Medications taken to ease the symptoms of GERD are often responsible for increased dental plaque that’s more difficult to remove.

 

LET US HELP PROTECT YOUR TEETH

A dentist is often the first person to observe the symptoms of GERD and make a diagnosis. We can help by detecting unusual erosion and cavity formation that provides an early indication of acid reflux disease. A patient’s diet has an impact on acid reflux and we can provide advice and guidance about foods that promote tooth health and lessen the effects of GERD.

Regular cleanings are an essential element for people with acid reflux. Patients with GERD should never brush their teeth immediately after an episode of acid reflux. Dental professionals can provide a refresher course on brushing and flossing, explain the best times to brush, and suggest lifestyle changes that can help lessen the effects.

A variety of rinses and dental products are available that help protect teeth. We can recommend the best toothbrushes and toothpaste, rinses and mouth washes to help neutralize stomach acid in the mouth and clean teeth without causing further damage. We can assist you with information on medications to avoid that contribute to GERD and offer alternatives.

Those who have lived with acid reflux for many years may find that their teeth have become too badly damaged to be saved. We can assist with custom dentures and implants that allow patients to eat normally and retain a confident smile.

USING THE CORRECT TOOTH BRUSHING TECHNIQUE

First things first!  Make sure you are using a soft bristled toothbrush.  Medium and Hard bristled brushes should be reserved only for the kitchen and bathroom sink!

Use small round circles and aim the bristles at 45 degrees to your gums. Don't be afraid to touch the gums when brushing.

Open wide to get to the inside surfaces of your teeth (near the roof of your mouth or for near the tongue). Close up to get to the outside surfaces of teeth.

What do we recommend?

Brush twice a day.

Use a fluoride toothpaste.

Clean in between once a day! Unfortunately your toothbrush doesn't clean between your teeth, as much as the manufacturers would like you to believe. You need to floss or use interdental brushes.

Mouthwashes are unnecessary most of the time.

If you have any bleeding while you brush or floss inflammation is present and you should see a dentist.   The longer you let it go the worse the problem may become for your mouth and the rest of your body.  Many people falsely assume that if their gums bleed when they brush or floss that they should "back off".  Sometimes this is the opposite of what needs to happen. Bleeding gums should not be ignored.

At The Dental Lounge we love to share as much information as possible with our clients. As part of any scale and clean or initial hygiene visit we will happily show any client how to clean their teeth correctly so they are better equipped to prevent cavities and gum disease.

We can be contacted on (07) 5580 8855 if you would like to improve the health of your mouth.

HOW TO CURE BAD BREATH (HALITOSIS)

Bad breath sufferers are 60% more likely to suffer from stress than non-sufferers.  57% of bad breath sufferers report feelings of depression because of their problem.

71% of bad breath sufferers have at some time considered enduring painful and evasive surgery in an attempt to eliminate halitosis, only to find surgery is useful in less than 3% of cases.

The mouth is the breeding ground for 90% of all cases of bad breath. In the remaining 10% of cases the malodour stems from the nasal passages or from other medical conditions (liver or kidney disease or uncontrolled diabetes are a few examples).

So if the mouth is where the bad breath is coming from 90% of the time, what is it in the mouth that is causing the bad breath and what can you do about it? The offenders in this story turn out to be bacteria, and the bugs that cause the most offensive bad breath are the ones that produce "volatile sulfur compounds". This is the same gas in rotten eggs and rotting meat!! These bugs do not like the presence of oxygen and they love an acidic environment, so naturally they hang out in areas of the mouth where they can hide best from oxygen and create that acidity they love.   This turns out to be on your tongue and your teeth.

The tongue is the main residence for these stinky bugs. A study by the University of Toronto has shown that tongue cleaning will "reduce sulfur gases and offensive odour by 75%". So don't forget to give your tongue a brush (from back of tongue to front) every time you brush your teeth, and rinse out well. In the majority of cases this will fix bad breath. But what if your bad breath still remains?

The other place where these oxygen hating bugs like to hide out is firmly attached to our teeth. They especially love to sit just under the gums, particularly if your gums are inflamed (ie if you have gingivitis and especially if you have gum disease).  This is where a visit to a dentist can make a huge improvement.  Our hygienist at the dental lounge @ robina is specially trained to remove these bad bugs from your teeth and teach you how to keep them to a minimum at home.

Our natural defence mechanism against these bugs is saliva, which contains oxygen and is typically great at neutralizing acids.  There are a few simple things you can do, then to help your own saliva fight bad breath too. The first one is obvious; drink more water!!  Reducing the amount of coffee intake can also help (coffee is quite acidic) , and additionally eating a balanced diet can also help tremendously. Diets that are very high in protein and processed foods tend to increase the levels of volatile sulfur compounds that these bugs make.

Another way to increase the amount of oxygen in your mouth (albeit only briefly) is to use a 50% diluted mouth rinse of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Or you can try a commercially prepared mouthrinse like listerine whitening which has hydrogen peroxide in it. You can even make up your own tongue paste cleaner out of bicarbonate soda (which fights acids) and diluted hydrogen peroxide. 

If after all these measures, bad breath remains, it could be time to visit your GP to rule out a nose or other medical problem. 

In summary, there is a 90% chance bad breath is coming from your mouth! Call us today to see if we can help you win the war with bad breath!

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