Dental cavities are a common problem afflicting many people. When severe, it does not only result in off-putting aesthetics; it can also contribute to other oral health problems. Listed here are some typical causes of dental cavity:
Sugary and high-carb foods
Cavity-causing germs in your mouth, after feeding on sweet or high-carb and particularly sticky foods/drinks, create acid that destroys the enamel of your teeth. The effect is minimized, if not prevented, through proper brushing. If your mouth is unclean for a long period of time, you’re basically giving the germs time to continue their dirty drilling. Continue reading
Whether it’s for a chipped tooth, toothache, or routine cleaning, going to the dentist is never high on any list of fun things to do. In fact, the prospect of sitting in that dental chair can be a source of real fear for some people. While your dentist will certainly do her best to provide a pleasant experience for you, your state of mind is still an important part on how it will go, so here are some tips to make that dental visit go more smoothly:
Bring a magazine or book to read, some music to listen to, or gaming apps on your phone that can help distract you from anxious thoughts.
Go with a friend or loved one who’s not afraid of the dentist. Their positive attitude can help keep you calm as you wait for your turn.
Practice relaxation techniques. For instance, slow down your heart rate and relax your muscles by taking a deep breath and letting it out slowly.
If your dentist is qualified to administer sedatives, ask her if sedation is right for you. Sedatives will enable you to relax fully during the procedure.
They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s exactly why preventive dentists and hygienists work together: to ensure your mouth is healthy and to reduce the amount of dental treatment needed, such as fillings and extractions.
Dental decay and gum disease are the two leading causes of tooth loss and these can be prevented or lessened through preventive measures. The dentist will first assess the teeth and gums and check if there are any existing or potential problems. If the teeth have already been damaged, the dentist will come up with a treatment plan with steps towards repairing the damage. If the teeth are in a weak state, the dentist may recommend a filling or crown for preventive measures. Continue reading
Edentulation is a term that refers to teeth loss. The ultimate effect is seen on people whose facial structure has deformed to a bird-like appearance, particularly the elderlies. Aside from the negative aesthetic effect, edentulation also hinders proper digestion and impairs oral communication.
How does this happen? Simple: nature discards whatever is unused. If a body part isn’t used, it shrinks. Not, of course, to say that your teeth aren’t used; the part that actually shrinks is the jaw bone, and your teeth are vital to the jaw bone’s development. If lost in especially large numbers and not replaced, the jaw bone gradually deteriorates. And that gives edentulates the “aged” look. Continue reading
We clean our teeth every morning and before going to bed. While this is a good practice, visiting a dentist will ensure a healthy mouth even further. A professional dentist has tools that will be able to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria build-up that cannot be removed through brushing and flossing. Visiting a dentist for dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve oral health. Continue reading
Oral cancer is one of the most debilitating conditions known to man. Its effects can severely interfere with one’s ability to talk, eat, or even breathe. Unlike other types of cancer, however, oral cancer is easily detected and treatment success is high if detected early. Here are a few more facts.
Oral cancer can be fatal, but it also boasts a much greater survival rate than other cancers. For patients with mild to moderate cases, the survival rate is a high 78 percent; while those with more severe conditions have a 19 percent survival rate through five years.
Tobacco abuse is the single, most obvious cause of oral cancer. About 90 percent of patients use tobacco, either chewed or smoked. Smokers are six times more likely to develop oral cancer, and chewers are at higher risk of developing cheek and gum cancers.
Aside from tobacco, people who consume alcohol, bask too much in the sun (lips), and those with personal histories of having some form of head/neck cancer and human papilloma virus (HPV) infection are at higher risk of developing oral cancer. About 75 to 80 percent of oral cancer patients have been heavy drinkers, and a notable stat is that people who don’t smoke but still drink alcohol are more likely to develop the disease.
Advancing age increases the risk of developing oral cancer. About half of all cases occur in persons over 65 years old, and 90 percent are over 45 years old.