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Dental Care Tips, Common Teeth Problems and Treatments

The basics of good dental hygiene are taught from a very early age - and with good reason. One's appearance from smile to the shape of face is dependent on their teeth and teeth helps make the digestion of food possible. Number of problems that can potentially result in teeth loss. Fortunately, most of the problems are often preventable if a person adheres to good dental habits.

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  1. Dental Care Tips
  2. Common Teeth Problems
    1. Bad Breath
    2. Toothache
    3. Tooth Sensitivity
    4. Gum Disease
    5. Wisdom Teeth
    6. Broken Down Teeth
    7. Edentulous Patients
    8. Tooth abscess
    9. Teeth alignment and bite-related problems
  3. Diagnosis
  4. Common Dental Treatments
    1. Fillings and Repairs
    2. Root Canals
    3. Crowns and Caps
    4. Extractions
    5. Bridges
    6. Dental implants
    7. Braces

Dental Care Tips

Good oral hygiene is a must for a healthy living. One should maintain a clean and a healthy oral hygiene to enjoy their life to the fullest. Following few tips will help you in maintaining a good oral hygiene.

  • Brush twice daily.
  • Change your brush every 2 months.
  • Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash after brushing.
  • Rinse your mouth after every meal.
  • Clean your teeth after sweet intake.
  • Floss your teeth after every meal.
  • Visit your dentist every 6 months.
  • Get a routine cleaning of the teeth done every 6 months.
  • Use a fluoridated tooth paste.

    DON'T'S

  • Don't use your teeth for any other purpose than chewing.
  • Don't let the cavitated teeth stay in your mouth for too long.
  • Don't forget to clean the back teeth.
  • Don't ignore your gums. If they bleed or are loose see the dentist immediately.

    With above tips and dont's work towards healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Because it's never too early nor too late to work towards being a healthy you. Keep smiling with a beautiful smile.

    Common Teeth Problems which Patients Feels

    Bad Breath

    Bad breath, is a problem in which a person's breath has an unpleasant or foul odor. Problems with bad breath may be caused by a number of things, such as lingering food particles in the mouth, recently eaten unpleasant smelling food items, dryness of the mouth, poor dental hygiene, mouth infections, or illness. Resolving bad breath is dependent on its cause. For some, bad breath may be resolved by simply brushing teeth, remove plaque buildup and brushing the tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper to remove bacteria and dry mouth problem may be prevented by drinking water at regular intervals. When bad breath is due to infection immediately see a dentist for treatment.

    Toothache

    Most of the patients visit the dentist with pain in the tooth. The pain is generally due to the carious activity in the tooth. In such cases whenever a patient finds a blackish discoloration in his tooth he should immediately report to the dentist before it becomes a severe toothache. Toothache can be cured by the dentist by doing a root canal treatment.

    Tooth Sensitivity

    Tooth sensitivity is one of the commonest problems which the people face in day to day life of intake of hot, cold or sweet foods and beverages. In such cases the patient should see the dentist and get an appropriate treatment for the same ranging from a restoration to a desensitizing paste advice.

    Gum Disease

    The gums are the tissue inside the mouth that serves as support for the teeth. When a person notice that gums are red and swollen or bleeding in this type of gum disease the bacteria can cause deterioration of the gums and destruction of tooth-supporting bones and can lead to loose teeth and/or tooth loss.

    One should see a dentist for treatment and people with certain health conditions, such as diabetes, should talk with their dentist about their health and the risk of gum disease immediately.

    Wisdom Teeth

    Wisdom teeth are the teeth which are total of 4 in number. 2 in the upper arch and 2 in the lower arch which are not easily erupted and are the last ones to erupt around the age of 18 years and later. They may become impacted because there's not enough room in your mouth for them and might be trying to come in sideways. So to detect a wisdom tooth the patient should get the required xrays and see the dentist for the possible ways of extracting those teeth.

    Broken Down Teeth

    Severely broken down teeth can be treated by either getting a root canal treatment done followed by an appropriate crown or by extraction of the tooth and followed by placement of the appropriate prosthesis which could be an implant or a fixed partial denture according to the need of the patient.

    Edentulous Patients

    Edentulous patients or patients with no teeth at all due to old age can get the treatment done by their dentist by getting themselves a complete denture which they can wear all day long which would help them chew food and give them an aesthetic benefit as well.

    Tooth abscess

    A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that's caused by a bacterial infection. The abscess can occur at different regions of the tooth for different reasons. Usually it occurs as a result of an untreated dental cavity.

    Symptoms Tooth abscess

  • Severe and persistent toothache that can radiate to the jawbone, neck or ear.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and Sensitivity to the pressure of chewing or biting.
  • Fever
  • Swelling in your face or cheek
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes under jaw or in your neck

    See your dentist promptly if you have any signs or symptoms of a tooth abscess.

    Teeth alignment and bite-related problems

    A person of crooked teeth and not properly alligend teeths are having misaligned bite (an underbite or overbite)

    Diagnosis

    When you see your dentist. In addition to examining your tooth and the surrounding area, your dentist may:

    Tap on your teeth - A tooth that has an abscess at its root is generally sensitive to touch or pressure.

    Recommend an X-ray - An X-ray of the aching tooth can help identify an abscess. Your dentist may also use X-rays to determine whether the infection has spread, causing abscesses in other areas.

    Recommend a CT scan - If the abscess has spread to other areas within the neck, a CT scan may be used to assess the extent of the infection.

    Common Dental Treatments

    Fillings and Repairs

    Use of restorative materials to repair teeth which have been compromised due to cavities or trauma.

    Root Canals

    Root canals treat diseases or absessed teeth. Once a tooth is injured, cracked or decayed, it is necessary to open the tooth and clean out the infected tissue in the centre. This space is then filled and the opening sealed.

    Crowns and Caps

    Crowns are dental restorations that protect damaged, cracked or broken teeth. Dental crowns, often referred to as caps, sit over the entire part of the tooth that lies above the gum line of the repaired teeth after must after Root Canals.

    Extractions

    A severely damaged tooth may need to be extracted. Permanent teeth may also need to be removed for orthodontic treatment. Dentures Dentures are prosthetic devices replacing lost teeth. There are two types of dentures - partial and full.

    Bridges

    Bridges and implants are two ways to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are false teeth anchored in place by neighbouring teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns on the anchoring teeth along with the false tooth in the centre.

    Dental implants

    A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth. This has become a popular and effective long-term solution for people who suffer from missing teeth.

    Braces

    A dental brace is a device used to correct the alignment of teeth and bite-related problems (including underbite, overbite, etc.). Braces straighten teeth by exerting steady pressure on the teeth.


    Maxutils.com conveys thanks to renowned Dentist Dr. Shallu Maggo, B.D.S. M.D.S. (Conservative Dentistry and Endododntics) for providing valuable dental tips and useful information about most common teeth related problems which the patients feels and commonly advised treatments.

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