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Juicy Details Regarding The Dental Dangers Of Your Toddler’s Excessive Juice Consumption

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Juicy Details Regarding The Dental Dangers Of Your Toddler’s Excessive Juice Consumption

As a parent, you most likely understand the importance of regular visits to the dentist for your toddler’s oral health. Unfortunately, certain common habits can wreak havoc on your toddler’s teeth, even with good oral hygiene. While surprising to learn, fruit juice is not a healthy beverage for your child. Although a healthy amount of juice consumption is acceptable, over consumption can lead to obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, and dental problems. Children between the ages of 1 and 6 years of age should not consume more than 6 ounces of 100 percent pasteurized fruit juice per day. If more is consumed, your child’s dental health will be affected. Using this guide, you will understand the dental dangers your child will face when drinking an increased amount of fruit juice. Dental Dangers Whether you give your toddler juice drinks, fruity-flavored soda, or 100 percent fruit juice, over consumption can lead to many dental issues. Here are a few dental dangers your toddler will face when drinking a large amount of juice products: Enamel Erosion – Juice contains sugar and acidic properties that can erode the enamel on your child’s teeth. Staining – Juice contains dark pigments and acids that will discolor your toddler’s teeth. Over consumption may lead to yellow or brown stains on the teeth. Cavities and Decay – Over time, the erosion allows bacteria, acids, and sugars to build up on and in the teeth, increasing your child’s risk of cavities, infections, and tooth decay. Without proper treatment, your child may experience toothaches and possibly lose one or more teeth from the cavities and decay. Gum Disease – The tooth decay can spread to your toddler’s gums, causing inflammation and light bleeding of the gum tissue. Inflamed, swollen, and bleeding gums are signs of gum disease. Dental Correction If your child is experiencing one or more of the above dental dangers, reduce their intake of juice immediately. This will not repair the damage that has already been done to their teeth, but it can decrease their risk of future problems. If you allow your toddler to periodically drink a healthy amount of juice, do not allow them to drink from a bottle or sippy cup. Consider pouring the juice into a cup or glass with a straw. Sucking the juice up through a straw decreases the amount of contact your child’s teeth have with the sugars and acids. Allowing your child to drink a glass of water after each cup of juice is also smart. The water will rinse away any leftover acids left behind from the juice. Certain juices contain higher amounts of acids, so avoid giving your toddler the following juices: Orange Cranberry Lemon Apple Pear, grape, peach, plum, and apricot juices contain less acidic properties, but make sure they do not have added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Consult your child’s dentist to correct damage to your child’s teeth. In most cases, the dentist will conduct a thorough cleaning and exam to determine if your toddler has any cavities. If there are cavities present, the dentist will apply a filling agent to prevent further tooth decay. A fluoride treatment is beneficial for your toddler’s damaged teeth. Fluoride strengthens the enamel of your child’s teeth, preventing acids from eroding the enamel and decreasing the risk of future...

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2-Step Home Remedy For Naturally Treating Your Toddler’s Teething Eruption Cyst

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2-Step Home Remedy For Naturally Treating Your Toddler’s Teething Eruption Cyst

If your child develops an eruption cyst while teething, they may have some discomfort until the cyst resolves itself. If so, use the following two-step guide to treating your toddler’s symptoms using natural ingredients. Ingredients And Supplies You Will Need To make the home remedy, you will need to gather the following supplies and ingredients. The ingredients can be found in natural health shops, pharmacies and some grocery stores. Small saucer Two tablespoons of cool water One teaspoon of sea salt Cotton swab Small glass of cool water Small plastic bowl with a lid One-quarter of a cup of cool water Eight drops of peppermint oil Six drops of chamomile essential oil A teething ring The sea salt used in the first step helps relieve the pain caused by the cyst. It also helps kill any germs on the surface of the gum that could lead to an infection.  The peppermint oil used in the second step also helps kill bacteria. It also reduces the inflammation and swelling around your child’s cyst, as well as relieves the pain. Chamomile essential oil is also used in the second step. It helps prevent infection, reduces inflammation by shrinking the blood vessels and alleviates the pain caused by the eruption cyst. Step 1:  Rub Your Child’s Gum With Sea Salt Water The first step in the home remedy is to cleanse and treat the eruption cyst and the surrounding area with sea salt water. This mixture is prepared by combining the salt and water in a small saucer. To improve the taste to make it easier for you to apply it to your child’s gum, you can also add a couple of drops of peppermint oil. After combining the ingredients, let the salt dissolve for about 15 minutes. Then, saturate the end of the cotton swab, and gently rub the salt water onto the cyst. Then, saturate the other end, and apply the liquid to the surrounding gum. Let the treatment remain for about five minutes, then have your child rinse their mouth with cool water. Then, go on to the second step. Step 2:  Give Your Toddler A Cold Teething Ring Coated With Peppermint And Chamomile Oils Once you have treated the cyst with the salt water, the next step is to give your toddler a teething ring coated with peppermint and chamomile essential oils to alleviate the pain and swelling. Placing the teething ring in the refrigerator to make it cold will also help with your child’s symptoms. Pour the quarter cup of water into the plastic bowl, and mix in the essential oils, thoroughly stirring after each drop to evenly disperse them. Place the teething ring in the liquid. If it is not completely submerged, add a little more water until the ring is covered. If this is required, add another drop each of the oils to maintain the concentration. Place the lid on the bowl, and put it into the refrigerator for about an hour. Keeping a lid on the bowl while it is cooling helps keeps any stray bacteria in your refrigerator from contaminating the solution and the teething ring. Once the hour has passed, remove the teething ring from the bowl, and shake off the excess water. Then, give the ring to your child, and have them use it for about 15 minutes. After they are...

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Tips For Coping With Your First Dental Visit After Childhood Sexual Abuse

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Coping With Your First Dental Visit After Childhood Sexual Abuse

According to studies, roughly 20 percent of female dental patients experience sexual abuse as children. For these patients, dental visits are often incredibly frightening as they summon memories of the loss of control felt during the abuse. If you’ve been avoiding going to the dentist because of a history of sexual abuse, here are some tips to help you quell your fear and anxiety so you can get the dental treatment you need. Practice Relaxation Techniques Well before you schedule your dentist appointment, experiment with various relaxation techniques. Your goal is to find a technique that can effectively slow your heart rate and relax your breathing and muscles in times of stress. Relaxed breathing exercises, visualization, and both passive and progressive muscle relaxation are all techniques that you can perform whilst sitting in your dentist’s chair.  Schedule A Preliminary Visit If you’ve been avoiding the dentist for a long time because of your history of abuse, do not schedule a cleaning for your first appointment. In order to combat your fears, you’ll need to establish trust with your dentist before they attempt to actually work on your teeth. Book an appointment just to talk with your dentist. Although it can be difficult to disclose the events of your past, filling your dentist in on your special needs as a patient could make all the difference in your level of comfort once treatment starts. If your dentist isn’t willing to book this preliminary visit, they aren’t the dentist for you. During your preliminary visit, let the dentist know what is likely to trigger unpleasant memories for you. If loud noises and sudden movements bother you, ask that, during treatment, they explain the procedures they’ll be performing carefully and let you know before they turn on any noisy dental equipment. If laying down in the dental chair makes you feel exposed, you may be able to negotiate the tilt of the chair and request a body covering. In most cases, your dentist will be happy to oblige any special requests you may have, as long as they’re aware of those requests.  Establish A Stop Treatment Signal And Test It Out Anxiety can affect speech patterns, so it’s important that you establish a signal with your dentist that can let them know that you’ve become scared or anxious during treatment. Stomping your foot, holding up a finger, or blinking rapidly will all work — just be sure that your dentist knows that when you give this signal, you expect them to stop all treatment, back away from your body, and give you some time to regroup.  Don’t be afraid to give the signal to your dentist the first time they work on your teeth, either, even if you aren’t feeling especially fearful or anxious at the time. Knowing and seeing that your dentist is more than willing to cater to your stop treatment signal will help you feel more in control during future visit. Request Less Privacy Some survivors of childhood sexual abuse perceive their dentists to be more powerful than themselves, thus creating a feeling of the loss of control when left in a room alone with them. Keep the environment as public and open as possible by letting your dentist know that you’d like the dental office door to remain...

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Preventing Gum Disease When You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preventing Gum Disease When You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, then you should know that studies show that there is a link between this chronic disease and periodontal disease. Studies also indicate that rheumatoid arthritis symptoms sometimes reduce if gingivitis is treated properly. This occurs when the body does not have as much inflammation to deal with. Also, treating gum disease will help to reduce tooth loss issues. After you have your gums treated successfully by your dentist, follow the tips in this piece to keep it from returning. Clean With The Right Tools Cleaning your mouth thoroughly two times a day is best to help reduce gingivitis concerns. However, toothbrushes and dental floss may be hard for you to use due to stiff and painful hands. If this is the case, then invest in a toothbrush made specifically for people with arthritis. These products typically feature wide, thick, and cushioned handles that can be gripped easily. Some of these brushes also feature revolving heads and moving handles so your hands are not stressed when brushing. If shoulder and elbow pain prevent you from comfortably raising your arm so you can brush, then think about purchasing an angled toothbrush and attaching a wooden ruler or spoon to the handle to lengthen it. Use a rubber band or an elastic hair tie to do this.  Since you may not be able to use as much pressure when you brush, make sure to buy a toothpaste with triclosan. This antibacterial agent will help to kill the bacteria in the mouth that causes inflammation to form around the gums. This will help to reduce gingivitis concerns if you are unable to remove all the plaque from your teeth. A mouthwash that is considered therapeutic and contains an antimicrobial agent is best. However, try to find a product that is alcohol-free. Alcohol can dry out the mouth. Medications you take like methotrexate can also dry out the mouth and bodily inflammation can cause salivary duct issues as well. Dry mouth reduces the amount of saliva that washes away the bacteria in the mouth, so you do not want to dry out the mouth further with an alcohol-based product. You should also think about sipping on water throughout the day too to wash away bacteria, especially if your mouth feels dry. Eat Tissue Building Foods When the gum tissues in your mouth become swollen, this is a sign that they also have been damaged by the bacteria around the teeth. Damaged tissues need to be healed with the formation of new cells before infection is able to set in. Thankfully, gums heal extremely quickly. It usually only takes a day or two for the tissues to rebuild if they are injured. However, your body will not heal as quickly from scrapes and other injuries because it will be dealing with attempts to repair joints. This may mean that your body will use all available resources to heal other parts of the body before the gums are attended to. You can help to make sure that the gums do heal fairly quickly by supplying your body with the nutrition it needs to rebuild.  Collagen is the protein that is produced by the body to rebuild connective tissues, so make sure that you consume more than enough amino acids so collagen can be formed. Foods high in amino acids include fish,...

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Root Canal Vs. Extraction: Cost And Pain Considerations

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Root Canal Vs. Extraction: Cost And Pain Considerations

A tooth in which the nerve has died generally has two treatment options: extraction or root canal therapy, also called endodontic therapy. While you might be able to postpone your decision for a short time, eventually the tooth will become abscessed and painful; you might already be at this stage. While only your dentist can tell you the long-term prognosis for the tooth, here is information on two considerations that many patients consider first: cost and the pain involved. Cost One of your primary concerns might be how much your dental work will cost. While the cost of a root canal varies tremendously depending on where in the country you are, whether you see a specialist and other factors, the national median cost for a root canal is somewhere between $700 and $900, depending on whether you are having a front tooth (with one canal) or a molar (with up to four canals) treated. Conversely, a non-surgical extraction (which is when the tooth is not broken off below the gumline and can be extracted without the dentist cutting your gum) can cost between $75 and $450, depending on the tooth involved, whether a specialist is needed and whether the extraction needs to take place on an emergency basis. But wait! That’s not the whole story. Keep in mind that if you have a root canal, you will almost always need a crown; to neglect this part of the follow-up treatment could result in a tooth fracture, necessitating an extraction after all. And if you have a tooth extracted, it’s always wise to have it replaced with an implant or bridge to maintain the spacing of your other teeth. These costs should be discussed with your dentist ahead of time so you understand the full costs of the entire treatment plan for the tooth. Pain and Suffering When you have a root canal, you might be expecting the worst. The good news is that from the patient’s perspective, a root canal procedure is not much different than having a filling done. You’ll need to hold your mouth open for a long time and you’ll feel as though your mouth is filled with various dental materials, but you will not feel pain, since you’ll be given a local anesthetic. After the procedure is done, you’ll likely be advised to take an over-the-counter pain reliever (such as ibuprofen or naproxen) for a few days, as you will likely be sore. You will be able to return to work the next day in most cases. An extraction actually has roughly the same timeline of recuperation. You’ll be numb for the procedure, and once the anesthetic wears off, you’ll likely need an over-the-counter pain reliever. You will need to take some special care to avoid dislodging the blood clot that forms in the extraction site, but other than that, the pain should dissipate over the time span of a few days and you will be able to return to most jobs the day after the extraction. (If you have a highly physical job or you need to lift heavy items, mention this to your dentist, as he or she might advise taking an additional day or two off.) In general, apprehension over pain and suffering should not impact your decision much, if at all....

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Women And Premenopause Symptoms: Can Insomnia Threaten Your Oral Health?

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Women And Premenopause Symptoms: Can Insomnia Threaten Your Oral Health?

If you’re in the beginning stages of premenopause and experience insomnia, it’s essential that you protect your oral health now. Premenopause or perimenopause brings on a number of symptoms that affect the way your body functions. Symptoms, such as insomnia, inadvertently harm your teeth, gums and jawbones by changing how they appear and function. You can take steps to protect your oral health from one of the most bothersome symptoms of premenopause. Your Problem: Insomnia Your inability to sleep or insomnia at night can trigger problems with your oral health during premenopause. Your body requires 7-9 hours of sleep each night to regenerate or regrow new cells. If you don’t sleep throughout the night, your immune system can’t fight off bacterial infections, including the bacteria in your mouth that cause gum disease.  During premenopause, swelling and bleeding develops in your gums, which leaves these tissues vulnerable to bacterial inflammations and infections. Bacteria is the leading cause of gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis and periodontitis are two types of gum disease. Although gingivitis is curable with the right dental cleanings and antimicrobial treatments, periodontitis isn’t. Once periodontitis develops, you can lose your teeth or develop infections of the sinuses, ears and eye sockets.  Your body also needs sufficient sleep to manage the hormones of your reproductive system. Although your hormones decline during perimenopause, getting sufficient sleep at night slows down this loss. Estrogen and progesterone protect your blood from bacteria, as well as keep your blood vessels strong and healthy. In addition to fluctuating hormones and gum inflammations, insomnia brought on by premenopause can aggravate your digestive system. You may experience bouts of gas and bloating that lead to periodic trips to the bathroom to find relief. If the bloating in your digestive system creates heartburn, you can develop tooth erosion and decay. Stomach acids are strong enough to eat through your tooth enamel. Finding ways to sleep better at night is the best way to protect your teeth and gums from insomnia-related dental problems.  Your Solutions for Insomnia: Retire to Bed Early and Eat Less for Dinner Try going to bed several hours ahead of your usual time. Even if you don’t fall to sleep right away, the extra rest gives your body time to relax and unwind. If retiring early doesn’t work, try other methods to help you sleep better at night. Drink Warm Unsweetened Coconut Milk Drinking warm unsweetened coconut milk is an excellent way to relax before bedtime. Coconut milk contains natural sleep nutrients that soothe away stress and anxious nerves. Drink one cup of coconut milk 15 minutes after dinner to soothe your digestive system and nerves. If you want to drink your milk sweet, add one teaspoon of honey to it.  Eat Smaller Meals That Fill You Up Eating a warm bowl of oatmeal for dinner instead of a full meal might also do the trick. Oatmeal contains fiber and other beneficial grains that make you feel full without overstressing your digestive system. You experience less gas in your intestines and fewer incidences of heartburn.  Oatmeal and other types of oats help balance your hormones. Hormone fluctuations can trigger problems in your thyroid, which is the gland that regulates your hormones and metabolism. If your hormones overwhelm your thyroid by making it work harder to control them, you may experience...

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4 Ways Dental Bonding Improves Your Smile

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways Dental Bonding Improves Your Smile

Having a beautiful smile is possible thanks to all the advances in cosmetic dentistry, but so many cosmetic dental procedures as expensive. Dental bonding, however, offers an affordable way to fix many cosmetic dental concerns. If you aren’t happy with your smile, check out these four ways dental bonding improves your smile to see if it’s the right procedure for you. Makes Teeth Look Whiter If you have stained teeth, you’ve probably considered professional teeth whitening, which is an excellent idea. Professional teeth whitening is safe and extremely effective at getting rid of stains caused by foods and beverages, tobacco use or age. Unfortunately, some discoloration is immune to teeth whitening. Stains caused by overexposure to fluoride or trauma to the dentin can’t be corrected with whitening treatments. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer with discolored teeth, because dental bonding works to hide those stains. Like veneers, dental bonding is placed over your teeth, so it can hide any stain to make your teeth look whiter. The composite resin is even stain-resistant, but it isn’t as stain-resistant as porcelain. Fixes Broken and Chipped Teeth If you have some cracks or chips in your teeth, dental bonding doesn’t just give you back a beautiful smile. It can prevent further damage and decay by protecting the tooth. The dentist places the composite resin directly on your teeth and shapes it by hand to fill in any cracks or chips. Because the dentist can just fix the problem area, the rest of your tooth isn’t affected. If you get a veneer or crown instead, the entire tooth is permanently altered just to fix a small chip. Another advantage to dental bonding is that it is a much more affordable option. Porcelain crowns cost $500 to $3,000 per crown, and veneers cost $925 to $2,500 per veneer. Many people may not be able to immediately afford their high cost, forcing them to wait, which can be embarrassing or lead to further damage. Dental bonding, however, only costs about $100 to $400 per tooth. Creates Seamless Fillings There are definitely some advantages to metal fillings. They are more durable and last longer than composite resin fillings, but the advantages end there. Metal fillings are ugly, damage healthy tooth tissue and require the removal of more healthy tooth tissue. If you have a cavity and need a filling, you can choose a composite resin filling. Even if you already have metal fillings, you can swap it out for a tooth-colored filling. The material can be colored to match the rest of your tooth color, creating a seamless filling. However, while metal fillings last at least 10 to 15 years, composite fillings only last at least five. Makes Teeth Look Straighter When you think about correcting crooked teeth, your mind probably automatically thinks about braces, but braces aren’t the only way to make your teeth look straight. Dental bonding is a fast way to make your mild to moderately crooked teeth look straight. The dentist shapes the dental bonding material to give the illusion of straight teeth. The advantage of using dental bonding instead of veneers or crowns is that less tooth structure needs to be removed, so there is less risk of causing damage to the pulp. On the downside, however, dental bonding doesn’t give...

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Enjoy These Strawberry Recipes To Keep Your Teeth White Between Dental Visits

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Enjoy These Strawberry Recipes To Keep Your Teeth White Between Dental Visits

Regular dental visits help to keep your teeth clean, healthy, and bright, but things like coffee, tea, and even dark berries can stain and dull the look of your teeth between visits to see your dentist. However, thanks to their astringent properties, strawberries happen to have a positive effect when it comes to keeping your teeth bright and white between dental treatments. Here are a few tasty strawberry recipes you can add to your meal and oral care regimen to maintain a brightly beautiful smile until you see your dentist again: Fresh Strawberry Lemonade Strawberries and lemons go great together, offering a sweet, yet tangy flavor that tends to delight even the most discerning of taste buds. The strawberries in this lemonade concoction offer teeth whitening power and the lemons offer a breath freshening effect. Here’s how to make a batch: 4 cups water 1 pound of fresh or frozen strawberries 3 whole lemons 6 medjool dates 2 cups ice cubes Handful of fresh mint leaves Start by cutting the strawberries up into small bite-sized pieces and transfer them to a blender. Juice the lemons, adding the juice to the blender full of strawberries as you go. Then add the dates and a cup of water before blending the mixture until it’s smooth and runny. Pour the mixture into a pitcher and add the ice cubes, as well as your mint leaves, along with three more cups of water. Put the lemonade in your fridge to chill for about thirty minutes before enjoying the first sip. Very Berry Toothpaste Baking soda works to remove tooth stains and even helps to keep breath fresh. Combined with strawberries, baking soda makes the perfect homemade toothpaste that’s healthy, easy to use, and tasty too. You can make your own tooth scrub with these ingredients: 3 fresh or frozen strawberries (if using frozen, let them thaw first) 1 tbsp baking soda 2 teaspoons water In a small bowl, mash the strawberries and baking soda together with a fork until well combined and lumpy. Then add the water and keep mashing until the paste turns into a smooth consistency. Use a spoon to spread a little paste on your toothbrush or simply dip a wet toothbrush into the paste before use. You can keep the leftovers in your fridge to use for up to a week. Berry Cider Mouthwash Using mouthwash between brushing sessions is a great way to keep your teeth fresh throughout the day, and when strawberries are introduced to mouthwash, you have yourself a whitening tool to rely on between dental visits. Forget about expensive mouthwashes at the store and make your own bottle at home using a reusable container with a lid and the following ingredients: 2 cups water ½ cup apple cider vinegar 6 fresh or frozen strawberries 1 tbsp baking soda Use a piece of cheesecloth to squeeze as much strawberry  juice as possible into a bowl and then transfer the juice into your reusable container. Pour the water and apple cider vinegar into the container, put the lid on, and shake the mixture vigorously for about 20 seconds so all the ingredients have a chance to fully combine. Then add the baking soda to the container and reclose the lid – shake the mixture for another 30 seconds or until the...

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Living With Osteoporosis: Can Dental Implants Improve Your Quality Of Life?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Living With Osteoporosis: Can Dental Implants Improve Your Quality Of Life?

If you have lost front or back teeth due to osteoporosis, you may wonder if there’s anything your dentist can do to improve your dental health. Your dental provider may restore the natural functions and appearance of your mouth with dental implants. Dental implants are designed to replace extracted or missing front and back teeth. However, there are a number of things you must know about osteoporosis, tooth loss and dental implants before you get your new teeth replacements. Here’s how osteoporosis’ affects on your oral health and how dental implants encourage a better quality of life. How Does Osteoporosis and Tooth Loss Affect Your Jaws? Your primary doctor may already discuss the effects of osteoporosis on the bones of your body. However, the doctor may suggest that you speak to your dental provider about the health of your jaws. It’s critical that you do so before you lose additional teeth. Your jaw bones are made of different types of cells, including osteoclasts. Although osteoclasts are found in many other bones in the body, they play a huge role in the growth and development of your jaws.  Osteoclast bone cells renew, rebuild and strengthen your jaw bones throughout your lifetime. The cells rely on your teeth to carry out their functions. When you lose teeth, your jaws no longer need bone cells to support them. As a result, your jaw bones absorb or take back the cells. Combined with osteoporosis, jaw bones that are weakened by tooth loss may have a devastating effect on your health. Your jaws may fracture easily when you bite down on meat or hard vegetables. Your jaw bones may become sore and irritated when you place pressure on them, such as lying your head down on a pillow at night. In addition, if your primary doctor doesn’t regulate or make changes in your diet to accommodate your jaw bone problems and osteoporosis, you may lose the beneficial nutrients your body needs to maintain a healthy weight and functions.  To avoid the critical problems above, consult with your dentist about dental implants. What Are Dental Implants? Dental implants may be a good option for you because they encourage new bone cells to form in your jaw bones. Unlike other types of teeth replacements, such as dentures, dental implants are permanently placed inside the jaw bones.  Implants may preserve the bone tissue you have left, as well as keep your jaw bones from shrinking over time. Because dental implants are made with bone-compatible materials, such as titanium, your jaw bones may accept them better.  How Do Dental Implants Affect Your Quality of Life?  Osteoporosis and tooth loss may change the way your face and jaws look over time. If you lose teeth in the lower jaw, your chin and jawline may recede. Tooth loss in the upper jaw may affect the height and smoothness of your cheekbones. In addition, the skin beneath your lower eyelids may sag or appear loose and wrinkled.  Your dental implants may help repair the physical changes in your face by rebuilding the bone tissue in your jaws. Not only do dental implants encourage your jaw bone cells to grow, they may actually improve your quality of life. Sources report that women who use dental implants to restore their missing teeth instead of other restorations, such as dentures,...

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Is A Root Canal Treatment Safe If You Have A Latex Allergy?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is A Root Canal Treatment Safe If You Have A Latex Allergy?

Dentists and endodontists carry out over 15 million root canal treatments every year. This procedure helps remove infected or damaged pulp from a tooth, sealing the remaining cavity with a filling. A root canal treatment is a relatively simple, safe procedure, but if you have certain allergies, your dentist may need to take certain precautions. If you or a loved one has an allergy to rubber latex, find out what you need to do if your dentist suggests a root canal treatment. How rubber latex allergies affect your body Rubber latex allergies are relatively common in the United States, and the American Latex Allergy Association estimates that around 3 million people suffer with this problem. What’s more, some people are at higher risk. For example, around 68 per cent of children with spina bifida also have this allergy, and up to 17 per cent of health care workers develop the problem due to their exposure to the material. You can suffer an allergic reaction to latex when antibodies in your body react to the proteins in these products. The reaction can occur through skin contact or inhalation, and symptoms can vary. Some people come out in a rash, while others suffer asthma-like symptoms. In severe cases, you can suffer from serious anaphylaxis, which can cause death. How root canal treatment can expose you to latex rubber Dentists routinely carry out root canal treatments almost every day, but the process can potentially expose you to rubber latex in several ways. The dentist or dental nurse may use sterile latex gloves. Your skin is then likely to come into contact with the material. To make it easy to carry out the work on your tooth, your dentist will normally use a rubber dam. This is a sheet of latex that the dentist clamps around the tooth. The latex can then easily touch your lips and mouth, causing a reaction. If you have a latex allergy, just a few tiny particles can cause a reaction. Even if a dentist used latex with an earlier patient, you can still come into contact with particles in the surgery. Managing the risk during the procedure It’s important to tell your dentist if you have a latex allergy. He or she can use latex-free equipment in the surgery at all times, and you can also use latex-free dental dams during a root canal treatment. Make sure you tell your dentist about any history of latex allergy for you or anybody else in your family. You may suffer from the problem without even knowing, particularly if you haven’t seen any symptoms before. Your dentist can also use rubber-free endodontic instruments. For example, some tools normally have rubber stoppers on the end, so your dentist will switch to another variety. Your dentist will probably also suggest that you book the first appointment of the day, so he or she has not yet used any latex-based equipment or supplies. The risk of gutta-percha After they remove diseased material from the root canal, dentists fill the cavity with a material called gutta-percha. Some people believe that people with a latex allergy can have an allergic reaction to the gutta-percha. According to the American Association of Endodontists, only two patients have suffered from a hypersensitive reaction to the gutta-percha that dentists use during a root canal treatment....

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