We can all get a little ‘devil may care’ in Bootle, especially when we are young and we expect our body’s to take the full flack that we exert on them. Over time however, the body suffers from wear and tear- this is never more apparent when you look at the way we use our mouths on a day to day basis- we talk, we chew and this puts pressure on our temporomandibular joint or TMJ; this is the tiny joint that connects the lower jaw to the upper jaw. Throughout your life, your dentist will try to ensure that the mouth’s occlusion or ‘bite’ remains true through the use of braces, crowns, bridges and dental implants- this will at some level take the strain off the TMJ. But of course, this only helps to back up the everyday uses that we put our jaws through. Stresses in life can make us angry, grind our teeth and put extra strain on the TMJ so it’s important to recognise any signs of a problem arising in the jaw- difficultly in chewing, the jaw popping in normal use, headaches, tinnitus, neck ache- all of these are connected to the jaw. If any of these problems, like any problem, are not caught, nay addressed at source, the rectification of said issues may require long term physical surgery.
Archive for September, 2011
If your teeth are hurting then the most important thing is to get to the bottom of why. There are a number of different causes of tooth ache and only once the stimulus for the pain is established can the pain be dealt with. Report any instances of dental pain to your dentist and they will then be able to act to sort it out.
Dental pain can be caused by the decay of a tooth. If plaque has eroded the enamel with its acidic properties then the nerves inside are more exposed and the tooth will feel sensitive. Your dentist can rectify this by filling in the cavity, usually with cosmetic bonding. This is an aesthetically pleasing method of carrying out fillings and it also protects the affected area from future damage.
It might be that you are grinding your teeth in your sleep and that is why they are being subject to pain. The night after night process of your teeth clashing together – known as bruxism – puts your teeth under great pressure and can lead to the erosion of enamel also.
A one off accident to the mouth can leave your teeth feeling painful. In some cases there might be something serious behind this. The severest of impact to the mouth can cause endodontic problems that affect the inside of your teeth. Root canal treatment might be required in order to clean the interior of a tooth from infected material that is causing the pain.
Your dentist in Toxteth is available to talk about dental pain. If the pain is chronic, you should make an appointment to get it sorted out because the problem might be a sign of something serious.
Teeth are potentially under attack every time you eat because of an acidic substance that is formed. This substance is called plaque and it needs to be cleared from teeth so that they stay healthy and functional. Dental decay is what happens if plaque is allowed to flourish and you will find that your dentist will have to do work in your mouth to rescue the affected teeth.
Basically dental decay is when your teeth are successfully attacked by plaque. The hard layer of enamel which coats the teeth is broken down and begins to be eroded. This can cause all sorts of complications with teeth and you will begin to feel the effects of it as your nerves are exposed. The best way to avoid dental decays is to brush your teeth in a way that maximises the disposal of plaque. Make sure that you brush every part of your mouth, including the ‘inside’ of your teeth.
Think also about your diet and how the things you eat and drink can affect the production of plaque. Certain foods create more plaque than others and these are best minimised or at least eaten prior to a good brushing. Everyone knows about the dangers of boiled sweets, for example, but other foods such as crisps can be similarly damaging in terms of the amount of plaque they produce.
If a tooth has just begun to decay then your Merseyside dentist may need to fill up any cavities that are present. He or she can do this using cosmetic bonding which artificially restores the structural form of the tooth and stops further decay from occurring at that point.
The dangers of gum disease can be significant. This sensitive tissue is a very important part of your mouth and you should do your best to take care of your gums. Don’t do it alone though; let your dentist be a vital ally in your quest for healthy gums by taking their advice and reporting any problems that occur.
The most basic form of gum disease is caused by too much plaque being left on the gum line of teeth. Plaque is not only a danger for your teeth; it also inflames gums and results in gingivitis. You might be experiencing gingivitis if your gums have become more sensitive and perhaps a little swollen. Gums that are healthy will a shade of pink in colour but if gingivitis is starting to take hold then they will look a little reddened.
At your six month check up with your Wirral dentist, he or she should be able to spot any of these indicators if you have not already done so. Gingivitis is a fairly easy problem to rectify. Usually dentists will just tell their patients that they need to change the way that they look after their teeth. Flossing is very important for the health of your gums and if you have been neglecting this aspect of your oral health routine then your dentist might tell you how to do it, or prescribe you antibiotics.
Periodontitis is what can happen to gums if gingivitis is not dealt with adequately. This serious condition can result in teeth being lost because the inflammation in the gums spreads to the bones which hold your teeth in place. Keep your Wirral dentist informed about the state of your gums and you shouldn’t have to worry about gum disease.