Paople often say: "Oh, this missing tooth is in the back no one will see it, i am not going to replace it." People do not take missing back teeth as seriously as missing front ones. I tell my patients that when all teeth are present, they keep each other in line. The gap that results from a missing tooth, make other teeth shift from their place causing spacing betwen the rest of the teeth in the same arch, and a shift of the teeth in the apposing arch. This shifting will result in changing the bite overall. This gap also causes cavities, gum disease, loss of other teeth, and potentially jaw pain.
When a patient starts loosing more teeth, his or her chewing habits change, and the person tends to put more force on the remaining ones. This leads to tooth fractures, excessive wear, headaches, and TMJ problems. The deterioration of the bite happens faster with some people than others. Bone density plays a role in how fast this process happens, periodontal disease accelerates the shifting, also biting and chewing habbits plays a role.
Make sure you replace every missing tooth as soon as you loose it. Do not take teeth and oral health lightly, remember everything you put in your mouth goes to your body.
Finally I say to you all: healthy mouth, healthy life.
Enjoy the summer.
Diabetic patients are prone to periodontal disease, which can cause bone loss and subsequently tooth loss.
Oral signs of diabetes:
- Dry mouth
- Sore or loose teeth
- Burning mouth or tongue
- Chronic bad breath
- gingivitis or periodontitis
Diabetic patients need to increase their frequency of their cleaning per year, this means having a cleaning every three or four months. These patients need to be vigilany with their home care. Remember bacteria thrives in a diabetic mouth because of the high glucose levels, this increase with the weak resistance to infection lead to gum disease. Diabetic patients need to eat before their dental appointment, especially if they take insulin, it is best to come in the morning after breakfast.
I wish you all an everlasting healthy mouth and life
Nail biting is so common especially among children. It can cause unpleasant and expensive dental issues.
- Front teeth can chip, get worn down, or get cracked which in turn will need bonding, veneers, or crowns.
- the normal bacteria in the mouth can infect the nail bed and can reach the blood which can be life threatening in immune compromised patients, or weak patients.
- braces wearers can cause too much pressure on the root which in turn can cause shortening to the roots. This shortening of the roots can compromise the longevity of the teeth in the mouth.
- Nail biting can permanently affect nail growth and cause deformed nails.
Solutions to nail biting:
- Professionally take care of the nails, trim them, file them, or wear a nail polish.
- paint a bitter-tasting liquid and keep re-applying it evry time the hands get rinsed or washed.
- pick up another habbit like squeezing a ball, playing with silly putty, playing with an elastic band.
Every year 33,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed and more than 8,000 deaths are recorded. So, if you notice any of these symptoms, please contact your Woburn Dentist immediately:
- Non healing and bleeding sores.
- White or red spots in the mouth.
- Lump, thickening, rough spot, crust, or small eroded area.
- Numbness or pain in the face, mouth, or neck.
- Feeling of something caught in the mouth.
- Difficulty Chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving the jaw or tongue.
In the office, we can do a regular visual exam,or we can do a more a thorough Visilight exam which is a special rinse. The difference between them is the Visilight exam has an 80% survival rate, and the visual exam has 50% survival rate. So, if you have any concerns about anything in the mouth you need to call the dentist as soon as possible.
Often pregnant women shy away from dental cleanings thinking it is bad for the baby. On the contrary, if the pregnant woman does not get her regular cleanings on time, she is more at risk to develop gum disease which in turn causes premature births and still born infants.
Fusobacterium nucleatum is linked to premature births and still born infants, it increases in number when gum disease is present. This increase in number of F. Nucleatum bacteria with the immune system working less than normal during pregnancy, cause this bacteria to attack the placenta and the amniotic fluid through the blood stream which results in preterm birth.
Please Brush, floss, and rinse with anti bacterial rinse. Visit your dentist for check ups and cleanings. It is as simple as that.
Is not prevention simple and the best?
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