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I am in PAIN

Possible problem: If discomfort lasts only moments, sensitivity generally does not signal a serious problem. It may be caused by; a small area of decay in a tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root surface resulting from gum recession and possibly toothbrush abrasion.

What to do: If a root surface is sensitive, keep it clean and free of dental bacterial plaque. Use a soft toothbrush, cleaning very gently at the gum line, and brush no more than twice daily. Try using fluoride-containing toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. You can even try using toothpaste like an ointment, rubbing it into the root surface for ten minutes or so at a time. If the sensitivity continues, please book an appointment to see a dentist.

Possible problem: Dental work may result in tooth sensitivity due to inflammation of the pulp tissues inside a tooth.

What to do: This sensitivity should last no longer then a few days; however, if decay has recently been removed or a filling or crown recently has been placed, a tooth may take a week or two to settle. Mild pain relievers like acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen should help. If the pain persists or worsens, please book an appointment.

Possible problem: This probably means the pulp is inflamed and/or dying, and may be irreversibly damaged usually as a result of deep decay or physical trauma.

What to do: Please book an appointment ASAP to see an endodontist to diagnose the problem before the pain becomes severe due to the development of an abscess. The tooth will likely need root canal treatment to remove the dying or dead pulp tissue to save the tooth.

Possible problem: Pain felt in the sinus area of the face is often associated with the upper back teeth because they share the same nerves. The origin of this “referred” pain consequently may be difficult to determine. Therefore, sinus pain can feel like tooth pain and vice versa. That’s why sinus congestion from a cold or flu can cause pain in the upper teeth. Additionally it’s also important to determine if clenching or grinding is a factor, as they too cause similar symptoms.

What to do: Please book an appointment to find out if the symptoms are dentally related; otherwise, you may need to see your family physician. However, don’t wait until the pain worsens.

Possible problem: The pulp tissue inside a tooth is acutely infected, inflamed and dying. This is generally in response to decay coming very close to or entering the nerve.

What to do: Please book an appointment immediately for a thorough examination. Once the problematic tooth is isolated, a root canal treatment to remove the infected pulp tissue will bring relief while saving the tooth. Untreated, the pain could become worse.

Possible problem: A tooth may have an infection/abscess that has spread from the pulp into the surrounding periodontal tissues (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth) and bone.

What to do: Book an appointment immediately to see an endodontist. A root canal will probably be required. Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen will help minimize symptoms until you are treated.

Don’t wait for the pain to get worse.

In the above examples, possible problems and solutions are suggested — but they only provide possible guidelines. In all cases of tooth or jaw pain or discomfort in and around the teeth and jaws, book an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible for a proper evaluation and treatment. You may also call our emergency number in cases of emergency. An endodontist will diagnosis and treat, especially if the issue is related to a root canal problem. And if your pain has a medical component, we will refer you to a physician.

I am EMBARRASED to smile in public

Possible problem: Foods, medications, tobacco, and trauma are some of the things that can discolor your teeth. Your teeth are like your laundry: The right approach will remove many stains.
What to do: The simplest choice are whitening toothpaste and whitening rinses, however these will only remove surface stains. You could also book an appointment for our amazing smile package and get that amazing long lasting smile you deserve.

Possible problem: Occurs when foods with carbohydrates like bread, cereal, milk, soda, fruit, cake, or candy stay on your teeth. The bacteria in your mouth turn them into acids. The bacteria, acid, food debris, and your saliva combine to form plaque, slowly destroying the hard outer shell, called enamel. These little holes in your teeth are bad news.
What to do: To prevent it, brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, limit snacks, floss daily, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash, and keep up with your dental appointments. Please book an appointment now and get it treated.

Possible problems: It’s the No. 1 type of dental injury. An accident can cause a chip. So can something much less dramatic, like chomping popcorn. The fix depends on whether the pulp, or part of the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves, is damaged.
What to do: please book an appointment to see a dentist to get it fixed. Save yourself that embarrassment.

Possible problems: An adult tooth that doesn’t come in properly is “impacted.” It usually happens when a tooth is stuck against another tooth, bone, or soft tissue. The area may be overcrowded so there’s no room for the teeth to emerge. For example, the jaw may be too small to fit the wisdom teeth. Teeth may also become twisted, tilted, or displaced as they try to emerge. This results in impacted teeth.

What to do: Please book an appointment to see one of our dentist.

Possible problems: You were playing football without a mouth guard, or chewing, or maybe you don’t know how it happened, but now you’ve got a cracked molar.

What to do: If the crack is just on the surface, a filling may do the trick. But if the tooth is sensitive to hot and cold, the problem is more complex but not impossible to fix. Try to chew on the other side and please book an appointment to see a dentist

Possible problems: How many teeth are in your mouth? If you’re like most people, you had 20 primary, or “baby,” teeth, and you now have 32 adult teeth.  It’s rare, but some people have extra teeth, which is called hyperdontia. People who have it usually also have another condition, such as a cleft palate or Gardner’s Syndrome (which forms tumors that aren’t cancer).

What to do: Book an appointment to get this treated; the extra teeth may be removed and orthodontics used to correct the bite.

Possible problems: It could cause gum diseases, create difficulty in cleaning teeth, creates tooth wear, increases risk of injury to lips, gums and tongue, creates chewing difficulty, causes bad breath and decreases overall health.

What to do: Orthodontics isn’t just for kids. Straightening crooked teeth and aligning your bite doesn’t just make for a prettier smile. It can be a key part of improving overall dental health, relieving symptoms like jaw pain. You could come in for our Six Month Smile! You get Faster and better results or Orthodontists may use braces, aligners, and retainers

Possible problems:  mismatch between the size of the jaw bones and the size of the teeth can cause either extra space between teeth or crowding of teeth. If the teeth are too small for the jaw bone, spaces between the teeth will occur. If the teeth are too big for the jaw, teeth will be crowded.

Spaces develop for a few other reasons as well.

Sometimes some teeth are missing or undersized. This happens most often with the upper lateral incisors (the teeth next to the two upper front teeth). That can cause the upper central incisors to develop a space.

A diastema also can be caused by an oversized labial frenum. The labial frenum is the piece of tissue that normally extends from the inside of your upper lip to the gum just above your two upper front teeth. In some situations, the labial frenum continues to grow and passes between the two front teeth. If this happens, it blocks the natural closing of the space between these teeth.

Habits can also lead to gaps between the teeth. Thumb sucking tends to pull the front teeth forward, creating gaps.

Spaces can develop from an incorrect oral habit. For most people, the tongue presses against the roof of the mouth (palate) during swallowing. Some people develop a different reflex known as a tongue thrust. When they swallow, the tongue presses against the front teeth. Over time the pressure will push the front teeth forward. This can cause spaces to develop.

Periodontal (gum) disease results in the loss of the bone that supports the teeth. In people who have lost a lot of bone, the teeth can become loose. This movement can result in gaps between the front teeth.

A diastema that occurs because of a mismatch between the teeth and the jaw does not have symptoms. However, spaces caused by a tongue thrust habit or periodontal disease will tend to expand or grow with time. The teeth may become loose, and discomfort or pain may occur, particularly during biting or chewing.

What to do: To correct it, your options include Six Month Smile, orthodontics to move teeth closer together and cosmetic solutions like veneers or bonding: If periodontal, treat the periodontal problem then correct the aesthetics with Orthodontics especially “Six Month Smile”

Possible problems: Grinding your teeth is called bruxism. Stress is one of the causes. Misaligned teeth or sleep issues can also be culprits among adults. Among kids, causes may be psychological. Bruxism can give you headaches, a sore jaw, and cracked or loose teeth

What to do: If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist to fit you with a mouth guard. If it’s a daytime problem, try meditation, exercise, or other ways to curb stress. Book an appointment to get it fixed if your teeth is already affected.

I think I have BAD BREATH

The symptom of bad breath is an unpleasant or foul odor coming from your mouth. It can be difficult to assess the smell of your own breath. You may need to ask a friend, family member, or dentist to tell you if your breath smells bad.

Possible problems

  • Poor oral hygiene (This is the most common cause of bad breath.)
  • Dental problems like gum disease, cavities, and abscessed teeth
  • Dentures
  • Certain foods and drinks like garlic, onions, and coffee
  • Tobacco products
  • Alcohol
  • Dry mouth
  • Sinus conditions
  • Throat infections
  • Lung infections
  • Certain medications like insulin injections, Paraldehyde, and Triamterene
  • Vitamin supplements
  • A foreign body in the nose (usually in children)

 

What to do

  • Practicing good hygiene by brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue at least twice a day and flossing your teeth at least once a day
  • Avoiding tobacco products
  • Avoiding foods that have pungent odors, such as garlic, onions, and coffee
  • Not drinking alcohol
  • Eat parsley and mint to temporarily mask bad breath

 

Dental treatment

Your dentist will treat any dental infections you have and clean your teeth to remove plaque buildup. Infections may include cavities, abscesses, and gum disease. Your dentist may also recommend a prescription antibacterial toothpaste and mouthwash to reduce odor-causing bacteria in your mouth.

Kids and their teeth

Possible problems

Baby bottle tooth decay (also called early childhood caries, nursing caries, and nursing bottle syndrome) occurs when a baby’s teeth are in frequent contact with sugars from liquid carbohydrates, such as fruit juices, milk, formula, fruit juice diluted with water, sugar water or any other sweet drink. Human breast milk can cause tooth decay as well. As these liquids break down in the mouth into simple sugars and are allowed to sit in the mouth, bacteria start feeding on the sugars, causing tooth decay.

If left untreated, decayed teeth can cause pain and make it difficult to chew and eat. Also, baby teeth serve as “space savers” for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged or destroyed, they can’t help guide permanent teeth into their proper position, possibly resulting in crowded or crooked permanent teeth. Badly decayed baby teeth could lead to an abscessed tooth, with the possibility of infection spreading elsewhere.

What to do

  • Some tips to prevent baby bottle tooth decay include:
  • During the day, to calm or comfort your baby, don’t give a bottle filled with sugary liquids or milk; instead, give plain water or substitute with pacifier.
  • Do not dip your baby’s pacifier in sugar, honey, or any sugary liquid.
  • At bedtime, don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with sugary liquids (watered-down fruit juice or milk still increases the risk of decay). Give plain water.
  • Don’t allow your baby to nurse continuously throughout the night while sleeping, since human breast milk can cause decay. Use a pacifier or give a bottle filled with plain water instead.
  • Don’t add sugar to your child’s food
  • Use a wet cloth or gauze to wipe your child’s teeth and gums after each feeding. This helps remove any bacteria-forming plaque and excess sugar that have built up on the teeth and gums.
  • Ask your dentist about your baby’s fluoride needs. If your drinking water is not fluoridated, fluoride supplements or fluoride treatments may be needed.
  • Teach your baby to drink from a cup by his or her first birthday. Moving to a “sippy cup” reduces the teeth’s exposure to sugars; however, constant sipping from the cup can still result in decay unless it is filled with water.

Generally, it’s normal and healthy for infants to suck their thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or toys. Object sucking gives children a sense of emotional security and comfort. However, if thumb sucking continues beyond the age of 5 — when the permanent teeth begin to come in — dental problems may occur. Depending on the frequency, intensity, and duration of the sucking, the teeth can be pushed out of alignment, causing them to protrude and create an overbite or openbite. The child may also have difficulty with the correct pronunciation of words. In addition, the upper and lower jaws can become misaligned and the roof of the mouth might become malformed.

What to do: First, remember that thumb sucking is normal and should not be a concern of parents unless the habit continues as the permanent teeth begin to emerge. The child must make the decision on their own to stop sucking their thumb or fingers before the habit will cease. To help toward this goal, parents and family members can offer encouragement and positive reinforcement. Because thumb sucking is a security mechanism, negative reinforcement (such as scolding, nagging, or punishments) are generally ineffective — making children defensive and driving them back to the habit. Instead, give praise or rewards for time successfully avoiding the habit. Gradually increase the time needed without sucking to achieve the reward. The younger the child, the more frequent the rewards will need to be given. For children who want to stop, cover the finger or thumb with a band-aid as a reminder. Take the thumb or finger out of the mouth after the child falls asleep.
To help older children break the habit, parents should try to determine why their child is doing it — find out what stresses your child faces and try to correct the situation. Once the problem is gone, the child often finds it is easier to give up sucking. If this doesn’t work, there are dental appliances a child can wear in the mouth to prevent sucking. These appliances are cemented to the upper teeth, sit on the roof of the m

Tongue thrusting is the habit of sealing the mouth for swallowing by thrusting the top of the tongue forward against the lips.

Just like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting exerts pressure against the front teeth, pushing them out of alignment – which causes them to protrude, creating an overbite and possibly interfering with proper speech development.

What to do:

If you notice symptoms of tongue thrusting, please book an appointment with us to treat this.

Lip sucking involves repeatedly holding the lower lip beneath the upper front teeth. Sucking of the lower lip may occur by itself or in combination with thumb sucking. This practice results in an overbite and the same kinds of problems as discussed with thumb sucking and tongue thrusting.

What to do

Stopping the habit involves the same steps as described for stopping thumb sucking.

Premature loss of a child’s primary teeth typically occurs due to tooth decay, injury, or lack of jaw space. If teeth are lost before the permanent teeth emerge, the nearby teeth can tip or shift into the space now unoccupied. When a permanent tooth tries to emerge into its space, there may not be enough room. The new tooth may emerge tilted. Crooked or misaligned teeth can cause a range of problems from interfering with proper chewing to causing temporomandibular joint problems.

What to do

If your child loses a tooth prematurely, Please book a appointment to see a dentist. A space maintainer may be recommended. A space maintainer is a plastic or metal device that holds open the space left by the missing tooth. This will be removed once the permanent teeth begin to erupt.

There are some very simple steps that you can take in the prevention of cavities that can reduce pain and save money in the long run. Here are a few of the major ones.

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily after brushing.
  • Eat nutritious and balanced meals and limit snacking. Limit the amount of dietry sugar intake.
  • Check with your dentist about use of supplemental fluoride, which strengthens your teeth, and about use of fissure sealant to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from decay.
  • It is important to visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral examinations.

Generally speaking, when a child has all of their primary teeth in place is a good time to have their first oral exam.

The first appointment is fun and the goal is to let your child’s first dental experience be a positive one. We have found that there are far fewer difficulties with children who know that the dental clinic is fun.

The first cleaning and check-up appointment can follow later, depending on the child’s maturity and readiness to accept the treatment.

If you are not happy with the way your child’s teeth are developing or their position this is the time to speak to your dentist who will decide if an orthodontic consultation is needed.

One of the main benefits of early intervention is to correct tooth malposition early enough so your child has a beautiful smile.

I want that CELEBRITY SMILE

Then come in for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, where teeth can be aligned using Six Month Smile, teeth can be whitened and tooth colar changed with veneers, crowns and bridged. Watch your dream of having a celebrity smile come through!

Other symptoms

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which is the only stage that is reversible. If not treated, gingivitis may lead to a more serious, destructive form of gum/periodontal disease called periodontitis. It is possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are so important.

What to do

Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. Brush twice a day, clean between your teeth daily, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.Gum

What you should know

We ask that you call to reschedule your dental appointment at least 24 hours in advance. This will help us create an opening for another patient. Those who don’t call to reschedule may be charged a missed appointment fee.

Most dental professionals recommend that toothbrushes be replaced at least every two-three months.

Daily flossing is essential for healthy teeth and gums as tooth brushing cannot reach the surfaces between your teeth. These are areas where cavities and gum disease frequently start.

The majority of the dental community feels that amalgam fillings are safe. If you have any concerns about amalgam fillings your dental professional will be happy to discuss alternative restorative options.

Dental x-rays use significantly less radiation than medical x-rays especially with the advent of digital radiography.

Dental x-rays are taken to diagnose problems that may be occurring in your teeth and supporting bone that are not visible to the naked eye. If the condition is allowed to develop until it is detectable by a visual exam the problem will have progressed significantly and require more extensive treatment than if it was caught in the early stages.

Tooth whitening can be by dentist-administered systems in the clinic (Power Whitening) or at home using professional gels.  The drugstore whitening products have bulky uncomfortable moulds and do not retain the gel properly causing some to be swallowed.

The professional whitening trays made by your dentist are customized for your teeth, so it fits your teeth properly. Before trying any whitening procedure, discuss your condition with your dentist and together you can decide which treatment will achieve the best results.

All patients have individual and varied needs. The interval of six months for “cleaning & check-up” is a commonly recommended time frame, which may or may not be appropriate for you.

If you have concerns about the frequency of your “recall” appointments you should discuss them with your dentist. Together you can start a “recall” schedule that is appropriate for your oral condition and that fits your busy schedule.

You should advise your physician that you are continuing routine dental care during your pregnancy (regular cleanings).

It’s best to schedule necessary dental treatment during the second trimester of your pregnancy.

If you have a dental “emergency” (such as unexplained pain or facial swelling) during your pregnancy, contact your dentist immediately. Also remember to inform your dentist about your pregnancy before taking any medications.

For adults, if you have always been unhappy with your smile then see your dentist who will set up your orthodontic consultation.

Now there are new orthodontic procedures, like Six Month Smile, which make adult orthodontics faster and with clear braces.

Remember a beautiful smile makes you happy and boosts your self- confidence socially and in your business.

Also well positioned and straight teeth have the added benefit of making brushing easier so reducing the chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease

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