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Hypergranulation And Oral Piercings: How To Prevent It And What To Do Should It Happen To You

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cosmetic piercings of the oral cavity, which include those through the lips, tongue and upper chin, are a popular option for individuals wishing to go beyond traditional ear piercing. However, piercings involving the mouth are much more sensitive than ear piercings, and they can occasionally cause medical complications. One of these problems is hypergranulation, an abnormal accumulation of tissues around the site of the piercing. Here is more information about hypergranulation, how you can prevent it, and what to do if it develops: Hypergranulation – an introduction Hypergranulation occurs when an overabundance of granulomas, which are benign tissue growths, interfere with the normal healing process of injured tissues. Hypergranulation is easy to recognize, as it possesses distinctive characteristics. If the wound at the site of your oral piercing shows the following characteristics, you probably are experiencing hypergranulation: Raised or “bumpy” appearing surface Dark red or sometimes purple in color Bleed readily with contact Granulation tissues that are healing normally will be light red in color, flush with surface of the wound, and not bleed easily. High levels of pain are not associated with normal or abnormal granulomas, though they may sensitive to touch. Causes of hypergranulation and how to prevent it Hypergranulation often happens whenever a wound site is subjected to a lengthy period of swelling. In the case of piercings, the metal stud is a “foreign” invader within the wound environment; normal healing processes go awry after fighting continuously to rid the body of the stud’s presence. Hypergranulation doesn’t always occur after an oral piercing, but here are some things that you should do to prevent it from happening: Keep movements to a minimum – if you have a tongue piercing, resist the urge to manipulate the stud within your mouth. Don’t suck on the stud, or pull or push on it with your teeth. Constant motion initiates repeated wound-healing responses that can eventually lead to hypergranulation. Maintain good oral hygiene – since infection can cause or contribute to hypergranulation, it’s necessary to keep your mouth clean to reduce the presence of harmful bacteria. Here are a few hints to help you properly care for your oral piercing site: Rinse with salt water and mouthwash daily – a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water is an effective and gentle cleanser for the wounded tissues inside your mouth. In addition, you should also use an alcohol-free mouthwash to eliminate the bacteria that cause problems. Mouthwash containing alcohol will irritate and dry tissues inside your mouth, and it can actually make the problem worse by killing productive bacteria. Get a new toothbrush – your old toothbrush may not seem very dirty, but it actually can contain bacteria that will infect the wound site within your mouth. In addition, once you get a new toothbrush, be sure to sanitize it daily by soaking it for a few minutes in 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Avoid intimate oral contact – another person’s bodily fluids could prove to be infectious, so it is best if you avoid oral-to-genital sexual contact during the healing process. Get help if hypergranulation develops Hypergranulation is rarely a significant medical problem, but it can be a frustrating, prolonged ordeal that interferes with your plans. If you begin to see the aforementioned signs of hypergranulation at...

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When Your Child Knocks A Tooth Out: A Guide For The Panicking Parent

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s a nightmare you only truly understand after you’re a parent: your child runs up to you with a stunned look and a toothless smile, and says “look, my tooth got knocked out!” Children are used to loosing teeth (after all, they lose all 20 baby teeth between the ages of 6 and 12), so they don’t always panic when an adult tooth gets knocked out. They simply don’t realize what a big deal this is—but you do! Should you ever find yourself in this situation, it’s important to know what to do with your bleeding child and with his or her tooth. First of all, take a deep breath, and don’t panic. According to the American Association of Endodontists, more than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year, so you’re not alone. Many of these teeth are able to be placed back in their sockets, as long as quick action is taken. First of all, go look for that tooth.  Don’t worry, your child will not bleed to death from the crater in his or her gums. If there is another adult on-site, you can have that person run to get a washcloth or some gauze to control the bleeding, but in the meantime, your number one priority is locating that tooth. After all, you can’t ask the dentists to put it back in your child’s mouth if it’s still sitting in the middle of a field. Explain the importance of finding the tooth to your child and have him or her lead you to the place where the accident happened. Scan the ground for the tooth. Have others help you search, if possible. Treat the tooth with care. When you spot the tooth, carefully pick it up by the crown (the part you can see in the mouth). Do not touch the tooth roots, as doing so may damage them and make the tooth less likely to re-take to the socket. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it with plain water — don’t scrub it, use soap, or touch it with anything other than a gentle stream of water. Put the tooth back in its socket. This is the awkward part. If your child is nervous, you may need to have another adult help you keep him or her calm as you attempt this feat. In most cases, however, children are unbelievably calm about losing teeth. Have your child open his or her mouth, and use your fingers to push the tooth back into the socket. Older children may be more comfortable doing this themselves. Just make sure your child has the tooth facing the right direction. Once the tooth is back in the socket, tell your child to bite down gently to keep the tooth in place. Call your dentist immediately. The sooner you get your child to the dentist, the greater the likelihood that the tooth will be saved. If there is another responsible adult there with you, you could have that person make the call to the dentist while you work on locating and re-positioning the tooth. If the accident occurs during normal daytime hours, call your child’s regular dentist. He or she may with to see your child, or may send you to an emergency endodontist in the area. If the accident...

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Are Electric Toothbrushes Really Better Than Ordinary Toothbrushes?

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A good brushing on a daily basis is an absolute must for keeping your teeth clean and healthy. While a good old fashioned toothbrush has proven indispensable for that job, many people have gravitated towards electric toothbrushes for convenience and performance. But do electric toothbrushes really have the upper hand when it comes to maintaining a beautiful smile? Electric Toothbrushes Have Their Benefits There are plenty of advantages to using electric toothbrushes for maintaining your dental health: One of the biggest advantages that electric toothbrushes offer is the amount of work they do within the 2 to 3 minutes it takes to brush your teeth. The rotation, vibration and/or oscillating action of the heads allow the bristles to break up plaque in a way that’s difficult for manual brushing to achieve. Since the brush heads rotate and oscillate on their own, there’s no need for the traditional back-and-forth motion associated with traditional toothbrushes. This comes in handy for those with limited dexterity or hand injuries that get in the way of ordinary brushing. Electric toothbrush heads also tend to be smaller than their traditional counterparts. While this reduces the amount of surface area that can be cleaned at one time, the small design lets you clean hard-to-reach areas and awkward areas of your teeth. The novelty of using an electric toothbrush is also a surprising draw for youngsters. If you want your kids to develop good brushing habits, letting them use a fun-themed electric toothbrush offers a great way to encourage those habits. But Manual Brushing Offers Some Surprising Benefits of Its Own Electric toothbrushes are an amazing tooth for keeping a bright and healthy smile, but the humble manual toothbrush offers a few surprising benefits over their automatic counterparts: Manual brushing puts less pressure on your teeth and gums. Too much force on your teeth and gums while brushing can cause accelerated enamel wear, creating tooth sensitivity while opening the door for tooth decay. The thinner, less bulky design of the average manual toothbrush helps you moderate the amount of pressure you put on your teeth as you brush. Manual toothbrushes also encourage you to learn the various brushing techniques that offer the best results for clean teeth. You can use this to enforce good brushing habits in young children. Of course, the average ordinary toothbrush is also much less expensive than most electric toothbrushes, keeping clean and healthy teeth well within reach of any budget. Replacements are cheap and there’s no fear of not finding the right brush heads or batteries when it comes time to replace them. Technique Matters Regardless of which type of toothbrush you use, it’s important that you know how to use it properly. Improper brushing can lead to a host of long-term tooth problems due to inadequate cleaning, so it pays to get these crucial techniques down-pat for both manual and electric toothbrushes. Brushing techniques with an electric toothbrush are a bit different, depending on if the head rotates, oscillates or vibrates. Most electric toothbrush heads are sized to clean individual teeth, so you’ll need to perform a gentle rocking motion around each tooth. Electric toothbrushes with more traditional head shapes require a back-and-forth rocking motion, but not as exaggerated as what’s needed for a traditional toothbrush. Final Verdict When it comes...

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Seizures VS Teeth: The Battle Against Epilepsy Goes Oral

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your child suffers from epilepsy, you know that seizures affect every part of the body. While taking care of oral health might not be your first priority in this battle against epilepsy, it should be a high one. If you and your child don’t fight for good oral health, epilepsy will gain the upper hand. Some oral concerns related to seizures are addressed below, along with strategies you can use to defeat them. Under Attack – The Value of Medication Your enemy knows you well and it uses your own tools against you. One of the best tactics to overcoming epilepsy is also your child’s weakness: medication. Seizure medication is an effective way to control seizures. Unfortunately, they weaken teeth in the process. To gain the high ground against epilepsy, you have to sacrifice oral health. Your Best Defense – A Bigger Army One of the best ways children with epilepsy can care for their teeth is by increasing their army. All health care professionals should be aware of your child’s struggle – pediatricians, neurologists, and even dentists should know what combat your child is engaged in. Dentists should be kept up-to-date on the progress of this battle and all medications used to overcome epilepsy. Your child’s dentist will know how to aid in oral difficulties such as infection, bleeding gums, and dry mouth. Under Attack – The Integrity of Teeth Epilepsy throws a lot of daggers – loosened teeth, oral trauma, cracked teeth and more – at your child. Unfortunately, they can’t all be dodged. During a seizure, your child’s jaw muscles are clenched tightly, but the teeth are rattling back and forth. If your child falls, teeth could be impacted from an exterior source as well, causing them to chip, crack, or even come completely out. Your Best Defense – Dental Treatment Loosened teeth can cause discomfort when your child is eating and talking. They also open avenues for gum disease, crooked teeth, and premature tooth loss. Take your child to the dentist following a seizure that results in a sore mouth. If your child’s teeth have come loose, their dentist can tighten them. In extreme cases, where teeth have been pushed further into the gums or pulled completely out of them, procedures such as surgery or braces may be necessary to repair the damage. Finally, chipped or broken teeth can be filled to look natural and prevent further breakage. Under Attack – Long-Term Oral Health Every year that your child suffers from epilepsy is another year of wear and tear on their body. A final scheme epilepsy uses to defeat its enemies is persistence. This is not a battle that your child faces once or twice during their lifetime, it is a long-lasting struggle. And this means that your child’s oral cavity is always on the defense, as well. Your Best Defense – Soldier Resilience and Hope Your child is a soldier in this battle against epilepsy. Never let them forget their individual strengths and your admiration for and support of them. These are the things that build your little soldier’s resilience to the enemy’s attacks. Don’t forget to take hope, either. While epilepsy is a life-long battle, the frequency and intensity of seizures often decreases (although they may not diminish) with age. Your child’s...

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3-Step Herbal Treatment For Relieving Gum Disease Symptoms

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have gum disease, you may experience several symptoms, such as inflammation, bleeding gums, and pain. If you are searching for a way to relieve your discomfort at home, you may want to try using this three-step herbal treatment regimen every morning and night. All of the ingredients can be found in pharmacies, herbal shops, and some grocery stores. Step 1:  Brush Your Teeth With Aloe Vera Paste Aloe Vera calms inflammation and soothes the burning sensation that often accompanies gum disease. When combined with baking soda to create a paste, the herbal oil can reduce the swelling and discomfort. To make the homemade toothpaste, pour a teaspoon of baking soda in the palm of your hand. Add seven drops of aloe vera oil and mix it with a cotton swab. The consistency should be that of regular, commercial toothpaste. If the paste is too crumbly and dry, add one drop at a time until it is smooth and creamy. However, if the paste is too runny, add a small pinch of baking soda. Once you have mixed the aloe vera paste, dip the wet bristles of your toothbrush in it. Then, gently brush your gums and teeth for a full two minutes. Leave the paste on without rinsing for five minutes to give the ingredients time to soak into the tissue. When the time has passed, rinse your mouth completely with warm water. Then, go on to the next step. Step 2:  Rinse With Thyme Mouthwash Thyme is a natural antimicrobial that kills the germs contributing to your gum disease. While the herb’s extract thymol is found in many commercial antiseptic mouthwashes, you can make your own rinse by using dried thyme leaves and water. You will also need a small saucepan, a small square of cheesecloth, and a cup for this step. Boil one cup of water in the saucepan, adding two tablespoons of dried thyme for one minute. Remove the pan from the stove, allowing the mixture to cool for one hour. After the liquid has cooled completely, place the cheesecloth across the top of the cup. Slowly pour the thyme water through the cloth to strain the leaves out of it. Throw the used leaves away. Use the remaining liquid to rinse your mouth for two minutes. Make sure you pass it between your teeth as you swish it around to thoroughly coat the base of the gums. Spit out the mouthwash and wait five minutes before going on to step three. Step 3:  Rub The Gums With Clove Oil Clove oil helps alleviate gum symptoms in two ways. First, it helps stimulate the blood’s ability to clot which stops your gums from bleeding. Second, the oil absorbs into the tissue and numbs the nerve endings, helping to reduce any pain or irritation you may be experiencing. Before applying the oil to your entire gum line, test one small section to make sure it does not irritate the tissue. If it doesn’t, proceed with the application. However, if you do notice a reaction, do not use it until speaking with your dentist first. To apply, saturate the end of a cotton swab with undiluted clove oil. Rub your gums with the swab until you have covered the entire surface. Do not eat, drink, or rinse your...

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7 Complications Associated With Periodontitis (Gum Disease)

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Periodontitis is a serious infection of the gums (gingivitis) that causes damage to the soft tissues and bones that support your teeth. An estimated 47.2 percent of adults in America have severe, moderate or mild periodontitis, according to a 2009 and 2010 study that researched the prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the United States. In addition to a plethora of uncomfortable symptoms such as swollen gums, pain or tenderness of the gums and pus formation between the gums and teeth, many serious complications can occur. Here’s a look at some dangerous complications your periodontist may point out to you. 1. Tooth Loss Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can generally be reversed with regular brushing and flossing. Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss. As periodontitis progresses, the supporting structures of the teeth including bone and tissue are destroyed. This causes the teeth to gradually loosen and fall out. 2. Respiratory Problems Periodontitis has been linked to respiratory disease and may worsen certain conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (CORD), according to the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology. The oral bacterium that causes periodontitis can enter the lower respiratory tract and colonize in the lungs, causing respiratory problems like pneumonia and exacerbate conditions like CORD. 3. Coronary Artery Disease Coronary artery disease develops when fatty proteins and plaque accumulates on the walls of the arteries. Over time, the arteries begin to narrow causing a constriction in blood flow. As oxygen is restricted from traveling to the heart, symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath and even heart attack can occur. Periodontitis has been proven to exacerbate heart problems when oral bacteria enter the bloodstream and attach to fatty plaques in the coronary arteries, which can lead to clot formations. 4. Stroke Research has linked periodontitis to an increased risk of stroke. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, one study found people with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were more likely to be suffering from an oral infection in comparison to those in study’s control group. Stroke occurs when there is an interruption in the blood supply to the brain. When bacteria strains from an oral infection attach to carotid arteries, a stroke can occur. 5. Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes inflammation, stiffness and pain in the joints. When someone has both gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, they have a higher count of anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPAs), which can exacerbate both conditions. Periodontitis also causes chronic inflammation in the mouth, which can in turn trigger chronic inflammation in other parts of the body, such as the joints. 6. Pregnancy Issues Women with periodontitis are at a higher risk for developing premature labor and low-birth-weight infants, according to the Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine. Pregnant women have higher levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen. This rise in hormones can cause the gums to react in a different way to the bacteria found in oral plaque. The body reacts by producing extra prostaglandins, fatty acids that can cause a baby to be born too small or too early. 7. Asthma Asthma is a chronic condition that can affect the lungs and airways that lead to the lungs. People with asthma often experience...

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Understanding Pulp Treatment In Young Children

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Pulp Treatment In Young Children

As an adult, you or someone you know have likely undergone root canal treatment. This is a procedure that treats internal tooth infections and salvages the tooth to avoid removal. However, what if your child requires the same treatment? Surely they don’t have to undergo this painful procedure? Well, you’re right. With children, there is an alternative available known as pulp therapy that aims to treat the internal infection and avoid the need for removal. This procedure can be carried out on milk or permanent teeth, and is typically classified into vital pulp treatment and non-vital pulp treatment.  What Is Vital Pulp Treatment? Vital pulp treatment is a procedure that involves removing the entire pulp from the crown whilst leaving the roots in place. Typically, this treatment can’t be carried out if your child is suffering from swelling around the gums. At present, there are four treatments that are suitable for young children:  Protective Base – Used where the tooth is damaged by decay but the pulp is not damaged. This procedure involves removing the decay and providing a normal filling into the tooth.  Direct Cap – Typically used where a small amount of pulp has become exposed. This exposed region of pulp is treated with medication that stops the area becoming infected.  Indirect Cap – This procedure is necessary where the tooth decay is situated near the pulp but the pulp remains free from infection. Your child’s dentist will remove all decay from the area and install a filling on top of the tooth to prevent the remaining pulp from becoming infected. This will also help the tooth when healing.  Vital Pulpotomy – This procedure is used if the pulp within the tooth has become infected. To treat this, your child’s dentist from our site like http://www.cretzmeyer.com will remove any signs of decay from around the tooth and then fill the inside of the hollowed tooth with a protective substance. The tooth is then sealed off with a crowd that protects the pulp against any further infection. What is Non-vital Pulp Treatment? If the pulp within your child’s tooth has been damaged beyond repair, your dentist will likely propose non-vital pulp treatment as a suitable course of action.  Pulp treatment works by removing remaining pulp from within the tooth and then internally cleaning the ‘shell’ of the tooth. The hollowed tooth is then filled with a reactive substance that causes it to weaken and eventually fall out. Once the tooth has fallen out, the dentist will place a crown into the leftover space in order to prevent the gums and surrounding teeth from infection. This ‘dummy’ tooth can be modeled so that it blends in with your child’s surrounding teeth, leaving them without any cosmetic problems.  When Should Your Child Undergo Pulp Treatment? There are no hard and fast rules for this – every situation is unique. As such, your dentist will assess each child on a case-by-case basis and make a decision based on the following:  The age and overall health of the child.  The infected tooth and what type of tooth this is.  The extent of any structural damage to the tooth.  The estimated time until the tooth will likely fall out.  Whether or not the gums and/or jawbone have become infected.  Usually, your dentist will aim to limit the extent...

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