Let’s talk plaque. Your saliva can react with the leftover food particles in your mouth to create a sticky, ‘fuzzy’ film of bacteria. This bacteria can form plaque that attacks the enamel of the teeth, leads to bad breath and decay, and if left unchecked, hardens into tartar.
If you brush and floss daily, and visit the dental team at Dublin Corners Dental twice yearly, you are likely to fend off any problems before they start, there are also some home remedies you can try to beat back the buildup of plaque on your teeth.
1. Baking Soda
People have been swearing by baking soda for years! It’s extremely effective as a deodorizer, it cuts grease (both in the kitchen and even in your hair when used as an alternative to shampoo!) and can even work as a do-it-yourself scrub. Part of what makes baking soda so great at all these jobs is that it helps to regulate pH and neutralize acids.
In terms of your mouth and plaque, baking soda balances the acids in plaque so that it cannot deteriorate the enamel of your teeth. It also counterbalances odors in your mouth, functioning as an easy DIY mouthwash. For this plaque-fighting power of baking soda, mix one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water; swish, spit and rinse.
Baking soda is also natural toothpaste! Due to the abrasiveness of baking soda/water paste as toothpaste, it is not recommended to use all the time; however if used sparingly and infrequently, its abrasiveness allows it to work particularly well at scouring the nasty plaque buildup from the surface of the teeth. Use just one tablespoon of baking soda and add a pinch of salt, dipping a dampened toothbrush into the mixture. Clean your teeth as you usually would, then spit and rinse.
They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and possibly even better (at least as far as we’re concerned at Dublin Corners Dental) an apple a day helps keep plaque at bay! Eating an apple is extremely effective at removing plaque because of the fiber-rich skin and its slightly acidic fruit. The skin of an apple functions as scrub on your teeth, tongue, and gums, helping to take off plaque.
Not only are apples good for your teeth, but they also help fight bad breath! The fruit of the apple is mildly acidic, giving apples an astringent quality that offsets the acids in your mouth and helps to freshen breath!
3. Aged Cheese
While oral bacteria that forms plaque thrives on sugary foods, studies have shown that hard aged cheeses, like Swiss, have plaque preventive qualities. Aged cheese stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to remove the acids generated by plaque causing bacteria.
Brushing and flossing routinely and fighting plaque in DIY-ways at home are key to avoiding cavities and other dental problems, like gum disease, but don’t forget: unchecked plaque hardens into tartar and the only way that can be removed is by a dental professional. Try these at-home methods of fighting plaque, but also come visit us at Dublin Corners Dental. Your biannual cleaning is the best way to make sure your smile is healthy and to keep your oral hygiene habits up to snuff!
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Uh oh! You’ve chipped a tooth, maybe through playing contact sports (like football or boxing), chewing hard candy, from decay, or any number of other reasons.
Don’t worry; your friends at Dublin Corners Dental know how to fix it!
What to Do When You’ve Chipped a Tooth
First things first, call you the team at Dublin Corners Dental. The specific treatment will depend on the how and where the tooth has chipped, but a chipped tooth is definitely not something you can treat at home. Although a chipped tooth is not generally considered an urgent emergency, you should contact us as soon as possible and make an appointment. Prompt care and treatment is your best bet at avoiding further problems due to chips, because a chip that extends beyond the tooth’s enamel risks infection, which could result in tooth loss.
Before Your Appointment
Since a chipped tooth can be painful (especially if the nerve is exposed), we recommend over-the-counter pain medication to combat the discomfort. It often helps to rinse your mouth with warm water (neither too hot nor too cold in order to avoid triggering any sensitivity). Pressing an ice pack to your face where the chipped tooth is can also help fight swelling.
If you won’t be able to see the team at Dublin Corners Dental for a day or two, you can purchase temporary dental cement from a pharmacy. This is a short-term fix to help relieve pain and smooth jagged edges until you can come in and have your cracked tooth fixed by the dental experts at Dublin Corners Dental.
Types of Chips and How They Are Treated
The treatment to fix your chipped tooth depends on the size and severity of the chip.
- Small – A small chip on the tooth usually results in jagged edges. This kind of chip is superficial and can be smoothed out and polished, not requiring any further treatment. Even though this is the most minor kind of chipping that can occur, these chips should not be ignored because chips expose enamel and can lead to decay.
- Medium – Dental bonding, a process that repairs the surface of the tooth with resin that hardens and looks natural, can often repair a medium sized chip. Dental bonding is a single-visit treatment that restores your smile.
- Many medium chips only involve minor damage to the tooth enamel and can be fixed with a filling, crown, or a cap over the chipped tooth in order to restore its appearance and function, and most importantly to protect the inner layers of the tooth from decay and infection.
- Some medium chips that are a more serious cosmetic concern, perhaps because they involve multiple teeth or because your dental bonding has broken down repeatedly or become stained due to the passage of time. In this case, you may opt for porcelain veneers. Veneers replace the whole front surface of the affected teeth and last ten to twenty years. This treatment option is a two-step process and more expensive than the other options.
- Large – If a significant part of the tooth has chipped off, try to save the piece, if possible. In some cases the team at Dublin Corners may be able to reattach it via bonding. If the damage of the chip extends to the root of the tooth and exposes the nerve, this type of chip is likely to be the most painful and will require a root canal. After the tooth’s pulp and nerve are removed, a crown will then be placed over the tooth to restore it to its former strength.
Repairs to chipped teeth are common and very effective. Once your chipped tooth is repaired, you are unlikely to be able to distinguish it from the surrounding teeth, but it is important to call and make an appointment with us promptly so that we can set about putting your smile back to rights!
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You may not be familiar with the term “tannins” unless you’re an avid wine drinker or chemist. We come across them in dentistry because they’re sometimes behind the stains that our patients want to get rid of with teeth whitening. We go over the basics about tannins and whether or not they’re bad or good for you.
What Are Tannins?
Tannins are a naturally produced compound. Plants actually use tannin as a defense mechanism against being eaten. They’re found in a number of different foods and beverages like wine, tea, cocoa, chocolate, cheese, and nuts. The commons words to describe the taste of tannins are “bitter,” “puckery,” and “drying.”
So Are They Good or Bad?
Depends what perspective you take. Some people don’t like tannins because they’re irritated by their astringency. If you’ve ever eaten berries and had that dry, tightening feeling your mouth that is the astringency working. Others don’t like tannins because they dislike the bitter or fuzzy taste they leave. Some people even experience headaches from consuming food with tannins.
On the flip side, some tannins are beneficial antioxidants and have been shown to help cardiovascular health. Studies show that they can prevent cellular damage too.
When it comes to your smile and dental health, tannins are a bit of a mixed bag. They can help get rid of bacteria in your mouth and fight cavities. At the same time, they can also stain teeth. In fact, tannins are one of the main factors responsible for tooth stains because they help chromogens better stick to enamel.
The fact of the matter is that different people have different reactions to tannins. Whether or not you consume them is up to your own personal food preferences and priorities when it comes to your smile!
If you’d like more information or if you’re interested in fixing stains left by tannins with teeth whitening, contact Dublin Corners Dental!
Dental emergencies happen, and it’s important to talk with your dentist about what your options are so you can be prepared. Here is a list of important questions to ask your dentist when it comes to a dental emergency.
What counts as an urgent dental emergency?
Unless you have nonstop bleeding, immense pain, or a broken or knocked-out tooth, chances are you may not need to see your dentist right away. If you are preparing for oral surgery, it is always good to ask your dentist what is and isn’t normal to expect after your procedure.
Do you offer emergency dental care after hours?
This is a simple but necessary question. Not all dental offices offer emergency care after hours, so it is important to ask your dentist whom he or she would recommend in the event that you may need emergency care in the middle of the night.
What can I do at home in case I have a dental emergency?
There are a few things you can do before you’re able to see a dentist depending on your situation. If you experience swelling and pain, for example, you may want to make a saltwater rinse to clean the affected area. If you knocked out a tooth, put the missing tooth in milk before paying a visit to your dentist to preserve it. Your dentist will be able to give you more thorough tips depending on your situation.
How can I prevent a dental emergency?
It is always important to practice good oral hygiene so that you don’t have to experience a dental emergency. Avoiding hard foods, wearing a mouthguard when playing sports, and visiting your dentist semiannually are good ways to help prevent painful and costly emergencies in the future.
Our team at Dublin Corners Dental is here to help you maintain optimal dental health and provide you with more information on how to prevent or handle dental emergencies. Contact us to schedule an appointment!
Inflammatory periodontal disease ranks among the most common chronic infections in humans.1 These infections are responsible for a large percentage of tooth loss in adults.2 In addition, the ubiquity and recurrence of periodontal disease, and the damage it causes, require frequent examinations to prevent — and, when indicated, treat — these conditions. Examining and recording data on the state of the periodontium should therefore be an integral part of the routine information gathered on every dentate patient. The emphasis of this article is on what constitutes an appropriate periodontal examination, the timing and extent of data collection, and how clinicians can determine end points in therapy based on this information.
The severity and course of periodontal disease can be profoundly affected by the patient’s systemic health. There is also accumulating evidence that chronic infections of all types, including periodontal conditions, can have negative systemic health effects.3 Therefore, gathering information on the patient’s overall health is an integral part of the clinical data. Questions about smoking and diabetes are especially important because both are significant risk factors for periodontal disease.4,5 Medications currently taken, along with drug allergies, should also be recorded. Additional medical history data should include demographics and familial medical/dental history, as well as baseline vitals, height and weight. Any unanswered questions related to the patient’s systemic health should be addressed in writing to the individual’s physician.
An overview of the head and neck, including muscles of mastication, the temporomandibular joints and an examination for any inappropriate extraoral findings, should be performed. This is followed by an intraoral examination designed to identify and record any abnormalities…more http://decisionsindentistry.com/article/examining-periodontal-disease/