Blog, Gentle Dentist Glenhaven

WHY DO MY TEETH HURT?

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  • When you’re in pain, you want to know the reason why. There are many reasons why your teeth may hurt, but there are a few common reasons you may want to know. 
  • CAVITY
  • Cavities develop when enamel erodes due to tooth decay, which is caused by bacteria in the mouth and leftover food residue. You might notice pain when chewing, brushing teeth, or sensitivity to temperature. While common, it’s very important to see your dentist as soon as you notice symptoms to avoid complex and painful dental procedures. 
  • LOST OR DAMAGED FILLING
  • Even if you already had a cavity filled, they don’t last forever. When fillings are missing or damaged, the sensitive area of the tooth is exposed, which can lead to tooth pain.
  • TEMPERATURE SENSITIVITY
  • Does eating hot or cold foods hurt your teeth? Does breathing in cold air hurt? Teeth are supposed to be somewhat sensitive to temperature, but if you’re more sensitive than you’ve ever been to temperature, you might be experiencing exposed dentin which is caused by eroded enamel.
  • TEETH GRINDING OR TMJ
  • If there’s a lot of tension in your jaw or if you catch yourself grinding your teeth during the day, you might have issues with bruxism, or teeth grinding. This can wear down enamel and cause persistent headaches, toothaches, and jaw pain. There are many solutions to correct bruxism, so it’s important to consult with your dentist to find the solution that’s right for your situation.
  • WISDOM TEETH
  • If you’re having pain in the back of your mouth and you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed, they may be causing problems. Because the teeth are usually set in place by the time wisdom teeth come in, there may not be room in the mouth for them. This causes them to potentially become impacted and form an abscess, which is a serious condition that needs to be treated to avoid further systemic infection.

GUM DISEASE NEWS

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  • Gum disease or periodontal disease is an infection caused by bacteria under the gum tissue that begin to destroy the gums and bone. Teeth become loose, chewing becomes difficult, and teeth may have to be extracted. Gum disease may also be related to damage elsewhere in the body; Recent studies point to associations between such oral infections and diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and preterm, low-weight births. 
  • Bleeding gums not only indicate dental diseases but could also suggest serious medical concerns. Though it is one of the most common dental conditions, professional treatment should be sought if it is noticed .


  • Why are bleeding gums important?
  • Understanding the primary cause of bleeding gums can help to treat and cure the condition.
  • Coarse brushing, trauma, injury, gingivitis or initial stages of periodontal gum disease could cause bleeding gums. Some symptoms which are usually observed in such conditions include:
  • Persistent halitosis or bad mouth odor
  • Painful gingival ulceration (gum sores)
  • Excessive gingival pain or discomfort
  • Inflamed gums and oral mucosa
  • Dental sensitivity

 

  • Gum disease associated with greater risk of high blood pressure
  •  People with gum disease (periodontitis) have a greater likelihood of high blood pressure (hypertension).

 

  • Bad brushing and bacteria accumulation around teeth causes gum bleeding and disease, but also could raise body inflammation and cause blood vessel damage.
  • Visit your Gentle glenhaven dentist today.

The recipe for living longer: Brushing, flossing, and going to the dentist

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.So how you can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and all these major health problems? Taking a proactive approach to your dental health!

  • What is a proactive approach? It’s the practice of developing healthy dental habits to avoid issues in the first place.
  • Take a look below for a guide to maintaining healthy teeth and gums and preventing problems.
  •  Brush twice a day
  •  Plaque begins to build up on your teeth just 20 minutes after eating. Brushing your teeth is very important for keeping this sticky, bacteria-filled substance from accumulating and hardening into tartar.
  • Tartar is very difficult to remove, so twice-a-day brushing is important for keeping this substance from forming in the first place.

 

  • Don’t forget to floss.

 

  • Did you know: Flossing daily adds an estimated 6.4 years to your life!
  • Flossing allows you to reach between your teeth to areas you can’t clean with just a toothbrush. Food and plaque often become trapped between your teeth, fueling bacteria and inflammation, so taking time to floss is critical to preventing decay and gum disease.

 

  • Visit the dentist every 6-months
  • Regular exams and cleanings are critical to a proactive approach to dental care. We recommend most patients come to see us every 6 months. However, if you’re at high risk for dental problems like gum disease or decay, I may suggest more frequent cleanings.
  • Not only are regular appointments the best way to identify and stop any potential problems, but they’re also a great opportunity to ask questions and address any of your concerns.
  • These visits help us develop a good relationship. And a strong doctor-patient relationship allows for a more personalized approach to your care and the best results.
  • Another important point: If something hurts or you notice a change in your health, don’t wait to get help. Contact your dentist immediately. It could help you catch and stop a serious problem in its tracks.

 

  • Eat foods that are good for your teeth and gums.
  •  Avoid too many foods high in sugar, carbs, acidity, and staining properties .