June 28, 2012

Dealing with Dry Mouth

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged at 1:06 am by queenqueer

I was told that the recent American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips has a dry mouth. They said this is simply one of the effects of having kidney problems. But even if having dry mouth is not caused by such, it’s still one of the common dental problems today.

dry mouth

Dry Mouth is when you do have have enough saliva in your mouth. Saliva keeps your mouth moist and more importantly, this is  a type of enzyme that helps breakdown your food and helps protect the teeth from decaying.

The causes of dry mouth may be the following:

  • An existing disease in the body such as diabetes, kidney problems and other diseases that affects the salivary glands.
  • Smoking cigars can affect
  • Strong Medicines may also give you a side effect of having dry mouth.
  • Anxiety or Stress

The only way to treat this condition is to find out the cause.

If dry mouth is caused by a certain disease, then best if you consult a doctor and see what kind of treatment will be best for you.

If this is caused by a side effect of a medication, then just drink more fluids. If you’re always on the road, bring a bottle of water with you. Avoid drinks with sugar such as soda and juice. This is also applicable for those who smoke, but best if the smoking habit is lessened over time.

If this is caused by stress of anxiety, find out ways which may lessen this by doing breathing exercises, meditation or even yoga.

Having a dry mouth can lead to a more serious disease later on. If having a dry mouth is consistent, best if you have yourself see a doctor.

June 27, 2012

My Jaw is Stuck Wide Open!

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , , at 5:19 am by queenqueer

Once I was in the bus sleeping. When I woke up, I yawned so hard that it took a while before I was able to release all that sleepiness I felt. I was about to close my mouth from my epic yawn, but then… MY JAW’S STUCK!!!

jaw stuck

I was seriously panicking! I tried to wake up my cousin, who was just right beside me, but with no luck. I tried to close my mouth slowly but jaw muscles hurt when I do so. I was thinking of closing it quickly by force, but it might be more dangerous if I do so. Trying to calm down, I tried to relax and slowly massage my jaw muscles which are right by my earlobes. After a while, my mouth closed.

Later on I found out that what happened to me may be a case of Lockjaw and in the medical field, it’s known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMJ.

TMJ is basically a joint disorder where the upper and lower jaw may be misaligned and not moving properly. In my case for example, there was a problem with the hinge connecting my jaw which causes my mouth to be stuck wide open.

Good thing it happened only once to me and it never happened again, but for those with chronic conditions of TMJ, they may experience the following signs:

  • Lockjaw
  • Headaches and Earaches
  • Pain when opening the mouth
  • Misaligned positions of the upper and lower teeth
What to do…
I have consulted a dentist and apparently, trying to calm down, relax and slowly massage the jaw muscles were the best thing to do in case of such emergencies.
DO NOT FORCE YOUR MOUTH TO CLOSE. Doing this can be very fatal and it could lead to death.
If slowly massaging the jaw muscles does not work, then by all means, do not do anything, have someone call the doctor and go to the hospital immediately.

June 25, 2012

Grinding Teeth

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , at 11:52 pm by queenqueer

Bruxism or Teeth Grinding is one of the most common dental problems known to many. Though this may not be as common as cavities, Teeth Grinding may cause your teeth to be crooked. This condition may occur when a person experiences fear or intense stress but this often happens during sleep.

bruxism teeth grinding

Teeth Grinding may cause the following:

  • Crooked, worn down, chipped teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw disorders
  • Tooth enamel appearing to be scraped or worn out
  • Tongue indentations

Most people are unaware of this condition and it will just lead their sleep partner to wake up when it’s too loud. But you don’t need to wait for this to happen. Have yourself checked to a dentist regularly to see if you have the specific signs and symptoms for Bruxism.

June 22, 2012

Aspirin Causes Tooth Erosion?

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental News & Updates at 1:13 am by queenqueer

Several studies have reported that aspirin can be one of the causes for tooth erosion. The constant use of aspirin may be a factor leading to tooth erosion due to the chemical attack on the teeth.

One summary of a study says:

“Don’t chew aspirin: it may cause rapid tooth decay, says a review. It’s not a clinical trial or an official study of any kind, but an observation of two patients who regularly chewed aspirin tablets revealed massive tooth decay taking place. The aspirin apparently attacks and destroys tooth enamel.

Let’s take in the basic concept that whatever you take in your mouth will contribute to tooth decay. Any food, no matter how healthy it is for our teeth, is still a threat for the oral health. But this doesn’t mean that we should stop eating and just inject ourselves with food. It will only be bad if we don’t develop good dental hygiene.

In the case of the aspirin, there is more possibility on the development of tooth erosion if the aspirin is chewed or taken in powder form. There is a chance that the powder might not be swallowed immediately, but instead, stay in the mouth. The longer it stays there, the more chances our teeth are attacked when combined with bacteria.

 

June 11, 2012

Mind Your Mouth Sore

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Oral Health & Wellness at 2:39 am by queenqueer

Have you ever had that pain in your mouth that looks like a  round white mucous with a red ring around it? That’s actually called a mouth sore.

Mouth Sore

Mouth Sores are said to be a common oral problem by many and it often occurs more on females than males. They can cause pain and they may be triggered by stress, vitamin deficiency, hormones, abrasions and even trauma. They may appear one at a time or in clusters and are categorized by the degree of severity.

  • Minor Canker Sores are white-like open spots surrounded by an inflamed ring. This is about 0.4 inch in size and they are usually found inside the mouth specifically on the cheeks, the gums and the lips. Minor Canker Sores may take 5 days to two weeks before they’re healed.
  • Major Canker Sores are also like Minor Canker Sores except that they are bigger and more painful. They usually size up to more than 10mm and it may take up to a month before it heals. If the pain becomes bothersome and there has been no improvement within 2 weeks, it’s best to consult a dentist in applying medication.
  • Cold Sores or Herpetiform Sores are the severe form of mouth sore. Unlike Minor and Major Canker Sores, Cold Sores are contagious and they are located outside the mouth just around the lips. They appear to be lesions that eventually form into clusters. In this case, there is already a need to have a check up with the doctor to quickly treat them with the necessary medications.

Treatments may vary depending on the severity, but in case you already have Canker Sores, check out the following oral measures:

  • Use non-alcoholic mouthwash.
  • Avoid highly acidic and spicy food. These will irritate the mouth sore and will delay healing.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water and salt.
  • It may also be recommended to take anti-inflammatory to relieve the pain.