July 16, 2012

Stop Bleeding Tongue

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

Bleeding Tongue is usually caused by an accidental bite or cut by the teeth. If the bleeding is intermittent, it is important to consult with the dentist. But this may not be the case at all times for many.

I was brushing my teeth one time and blood came out when I spitted. I was looking for the source of bleeding in my mouth as this is actually a sign of gum disease, but it was just a small spot on my tongue bleeding.

It didn’t hurt actually, but I wanted the bleeding even if there is only little blood that’s coming out. Nothing fatal, but I don’t like the taste of it when I wake up, and I can sometimes feel it in my throat which makes me uncomfortable.

So how to stop bleeding tongue?

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap. Like any injury, the bleeding area should avoid any bacteria build up.
  2. Using a clean towel, gently wipe the tongue with your head bowed so that the blood will be directed going out of the mouth instead of coming in the throat.
  3. Still with the head bowed, apply cold compress using a separate clean cloth for 10-15 minutes. The coldness will help stop the bleeding.

Easy simple steps to stop the bleeding tongue. During the day, try to keep your mouth clean by a non-alcoholic mouthwash or anticeptic. This is to avoid infection on the injured area. These tips are for those who are not experiencing much pain.

 

July 13, 2012

Treatments for Sensitive Tooth

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental Treatments, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , , , , , , at 2:16 am by queenqueer

Tooth Sensitivity can be quite a hassle when you’re eating your favorite meals. This is caused by the exposure of dentin when the protective covering of the tooth, the tooth enamel, is dissolved due to bacteria build up.

sensitive tooth

Some people can tolerate the tooth sensitivity by being more conscious and maintaining oral hygiene. However, before it gets any worse, there are several treatments available for this condition and they may vary depending on the cause of tooth sensitivity.

  • Desensitizing Toothpaste. If your teeth are naturally sensitive, a special toothpaste recommended by the dentist can be used.
  • Fluoride varnish or gels. Fluoride is known to help reduce bacteria build up in the mouth. Applying fluoride varnish or gels on affected areas will help strengthen the tooth enamel.
  • Dental Crowns. If you have a weak tooth that’s causing the tooth sensitivity, then a dental crown may be recommended.
  • Gum Treatments. This is applicable if the cause is a certain gum or periodontal disease.

Of course, to really track down the cause of tooth sensitivity. It’s still a must to see the dentist.

July 9, 2012

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental Treatments, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , at 4:01 am by queenqueer

Choosing a toothbrush is simple but there are some things to consider in doing so:

choosing a toothbrush

Choosing your Toothbrush:

  • Soft Bristles. Dentists recommend using soft-bristled toothbrushes as these will prevent abrasion against the gums.
  • Size. Choosing the size of the toothbrush will depend on the size of the mouth. If you have a small mouth, it follows that you don’t need a huge toothbrush. This is just to clear the perception that perhaps a bigger toothbrush may be better.
  • The style of the bristles can also be considered but it’s a matter of choice and comfort. There are flat and edgy toothbrushes, but my personal preference are anything but flat toothbrushes. The zigzag edges of the bristles make it easier for me to clean the grooves of the teeth.
  • Handles. Some would consider the handles of the toothbrush if they are comfortable enough to hold. For example, those with arthritis might think about using toothbrushes with flexible handles.
Other Toothbrush Tips:
  • Bacteria can also build up on the bristles so make sure to change your toothbrush every 3 months.
  • To retain the softness of the bristles, have it dipped in hot water for a few minutes. Other than softening the bristles, this will also help decrease bacteria build up on the bristles.
  • Make sure to cover the brush with a cap just for protection. Clean the cap from time to time as this might also be a source of bacteria on the brush.



July 5, 2012

Bulimia and Oral Health

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental Treatments, Oral Health & Wellness tagged , at 12:52 am by queenqueer

Bulimia is becoming a common eating disorder, most especially to women. This is marked by the belief that throwing up or taking in too much laxatives after eating are ways to prevent weight gain.

This having said, Bulimics are more prone to having tooth decay and cavities due to their frequent throw ups. Regular vomiting will cause the salivary glands to swell and eventually lead to dry mouth. We know the effects that having tooth decay will later on lead to tooth erosion, and vomiting will rapidly increase the development of this unless it’s stopped.

The best way to tackle this is to have yourself checked on a Psychologist to treat Bulimia. It is necessary to accompany treatments for Bulimia with dental treatments.

Visit the dentist and share your condition to find out the best ways to prevent a more serious dental disease. The dentist will most likely prescribe a certain fluoride gel which may be used while at home.

Other than dental problems, Bulimia may also be accompanied with other psychological disorders such as depression, panic attacks and even vices & addictions which may most likely affect oral health.

March 29, 2012

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

Posted in Daily Dental Dose, Dental Treatments, Oral Health & Wellness at 2:40 am by queenqueer

This morning, my workmate was asking me if it’s advisable to eat ice cream after a recent tooth extraction. The answer is YES.

Dentists would advise those who have undergone tooth extraction to have a soft diet such as ice cream, mashed potatoes and yogurt. Plus, the coldness of the ice cream will avoid the dislodging of the blood clot.

It is also advisable to do the following Tooth Extraction Aftercare Must Do’s:

  • Applying an ice pack can give you relief after tooth extraction.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol during the next 24 hours.
  • Avoid smoking during the next 24hours.
  • Try not to touch the area where the tooth was pulled out as this might cause infections.
  • Hot drinks are also not advisable for this.
  • Ask your dentist what painkillers and other medicines you should take after tooth extraction.

March 28, 2012

Getting White Fillings

Posted in Dental Treatments tagged , , , at 2:49 am by queenqueer

When the grooves of our teeth, particularly on our molars, start to weaken, dental composites or fillings are usually applied. Silver filling was the only option before, but due to the toxic properties contained in silver fillings (namely mercury), there has been another alternative for this.

silver and white fillings

White Filling has been a more favorable option both by patients and dentists simply due to the following reasons:

  • White Fillings are basically free from mercury which can be toxic to our body.
  • Silver fillings last longer but have a possibility on weakening the tooth unlike white fillings.
  • By appearance, White Fillings are far better as they blend in with the natural color of the tooth.

Procedure for White Fillings

These are usually the basic procedures upon the application of White Fillings (or any filling for that matter):

  1. The area of the tooth is numbed using an anesthesia.
  2. The dentist prepares your mouth for the main procedure with a rubber dam or bite back. Although the usage of these materials vary depending on the procedure.
  3. The dentist removes the decay on the tooth.
  4. The decayed part of the tooth is replaced with white fillings.

 

 

March 21, 2012

Dental Emergency Must Do’s

Posted in Dental Treatments tagged , , , , , , , at 2:35 am by queenqueer

Accidents can happen unexpectedly and it’s always a must for you to be ready in case of emergencies. Now if in any case you have an emergency that’s dental-related, it is important to find out quick actions to temporarily relieve you from pain. Depending on the condition, here are some of the things you can do:

Bitten Lip or Tongue. Clean and apply a cold compress if you bit your lip or tongue. Seek emergency treatment if the bleeding does not stop.

Broken Tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm water if you break a tooth. Apply old compress and call your dentist.

Broken Jaw. Apply cold compress if you think you broke a jaw.

Knocked Tooth. If your tooth is dislodged, rinse it with water and place it in a cup of milk until you reach the dentist.

Toothache. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Use a dental floss to take anything out between your teeth.

After applying temporary relief, go to the dentist immediately.

February 29, 2012

Dental Emergencies

Posted in Dental Treatments tagged , at 7:00 am by queenqueer

Accidents can happen unexpectedly and it’s always a must for you to be ready in case of emergencies. However, there is no other way to treat yourself immediately other than going to the dentist. There may be several websites out there that may give some quick solutions on how to deal with dental emergencies, but bottom line there is that you’re still bound to see a dentist.

dental emergency

 

How to Find Out if it’s a Dental Emergency

  • If you feel any extreme pain in, out or around the mouth, then it’s a dental emergency.
  • If your tooth is chipped and tooth.
  • When you have lost a tooth support such as dental crowns.

Why See a Dentist Immediately?

No one else can figure out the real condition and treatment other than the dentist. When a dental accident occurs, there is always a possibility that your gums may be infected or other structures are already damaged.


February 16, 2012

Laser Treatments for the Win!

Posted in Dental Treatments tagged , at 2:34 am by queenqueer

I’m quite conscious about my oral health as I had really bad teeth when I was still in pre-school. If one tries to look at our class picture, you’d see me smiling without any front teeth. The truth is, I still had all of my baby teeth back then. They’re just not that white for milk teeth and I had early cavities. Before it could get any worse, my baby teeth started to fall out and I had to take care of my teeth more since then. I didn’t want to experience invasive treatments. Prevention is better than cure as they say.

However, as technology progresses over time, modern dentistry also improves so there are several non-invasive options for treatment in any case. One of the most preferred options would be Dental Laser Treatments.

laser dentistry

Dental Laser Treatments are used as both a diagnostic and treatment tool. The lasers are powered with high-energy beams that can detect damaged tissues on the gums and other structures of your teeth. Here are several reasons why dental patients choose this treatment option:

  • More accurate compared to traditional dental treatments.
  • Wounds heal faster.
  • The whole procedure is a lot faster.
  • Most importantly, the patients experience less pain.

Lasers are usually used for dental cosmetics and gum treatments. Not all oral health diseases can be treated by lasers. The best way to find out if you need this is to consult a dentist to examine the current conditions of your oral health. Based from there, the best treatment option can be determined.