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Toothache Help : By Ryan Beitler

Updated on March 17, 2016

Check ups

Regular check ups go a long way for helping your teeth and locating problem areas.
Regular check ups go a long way for helping your teeth and locating problem areas.

Dental Health

Let's face it, as Americans, we consume a wide variety of foods. Do we ever stop to think of the ways teeth are affected by chocolate, candy, soda, chips, pretzels, coffee, gum, and many other products that are not very tooth friendly. Your teeth and their health are just as important as your heart and brain. When bad dental hygiene occurs over a long period of time this can cause serious, SERIOUS, pain and major health problems. Arteries can become clogged. Infection can spread disease into your blood stream causing incredible headaches, sensitivity to light and serious shoulder and muscle pain. It will literally feel like something eating away at your brain which is what disease does, very well! The best offense in this case is a good defense and being pro active at a young age. You should start with the simple everyday practices of Dental hygiene. Brush your teeth every morning and before you go to sleep. Floss in and out of meals. AVOID BAD HABITS! Don't bite your teeth as the pressure put on the enamel and tooth it self can weaken over time. Don't grind your teeth. Find a special mouth piece when you go to sleep if needed. Anything that contributes to your heart and brain function is a very important health matter. Don't put off the dentist or allow things to worsen. "The only pain that dare compare to Dental pain .. Is death itself ! " Rcb 15'

The Facts!

Bad teeth can pose more of a health problem to a person than just an aesthetics problem. More and more studies indicate that the health of the teeth and gums can affect the health of the whole body, and inflamed gums (periodontitis) can especially negatively affect the health of the whole body. The chronic inflammation weakens the immune system, and is an increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks , rheumatism and lung diseases.

Periodontitis is mostly painless

Inflamed gums – popularly known as gum disease – usually affects people over the age of 40. Caused by poor oral hygiene or improper brushing technique itself is a bacterial plaque that eventually attacks the gums. The onset of infection often remains undetected because it causes no pain. The trouble usually begins with bleeding gums, swelling of the gums and bad breath. In extreme cases, it will form gum pockets and bone loss is reduced.

Inflammation spreads throughout the body

But the inflammation is not restricted to the oral cavity. From the gingival pockets, bacteria and pro-inflammatory mediators travel into the bloodstream. Inflammation occurs in the blood vessels or even in previously damaged heart valves. The result: the risk for atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke increases. Studies show, for example, that the likelihood of cardiovascular disease in people with periodontal disease is increased by 70 percent.

Bacteria attack the heart and lungs

The connection between bad teeth and the lungs was showed recently by researchers from the U.S.. They found that people with bronchitis or COPD often have bad teeth. Lung disease is caused when bacteria from the upper throat are inhaled and reach the lower respiratory tract. Various factors such as smoking or a weakened immune system increase the risk of developing lung disease. However, further research is needed to clarify the precise relationship, the researchers said.

Diabetics often have inflamed gums
Particularly well studied is the relationship between diabetes and gum disease. Those with poorly controlled blood sugar levels can result in bad wounds. The excess sugar in the blood promotes inflammation and inhibits healing. Diabetics can suffer up to 3.5-fold increased risk of developing periodontal disease. Conversely, the inflamed gums increase the insulin resistance.

Preventing periodontal disease

To prevent gum disease proper oral hygiene is essential. Teeth brushing should occur at least twice a day. The spaces between the teeth should also be cleaned daily with floss or special interdental brushes. At least twice a year a prophylaxis should be performed by a dentist. Here, the deposits and tartar are removed, and the teeth are treated with fluoride and given a thorough guide to dental care.

Immediate help and home Remedies : Top Ten

1. Go to the Dentist! A nerve is exposed and a tooth needs to be removed ASAP.

2. Avoid all food and beverages at any cost

3. Don't try to lay down or sit still. The pain will worsen. Stay stretched out and remain calm.

4.Avoid smoking anything. No exceptions and this is not easy.

5.Find some orajel to help reduce pain or swelling.

6.Cloves of garlic. Apply to tooth or pain area. Can be bought over the counter.

7.Ice you jar area and get a good massage on back head and neck to stay loose.

8.WHISKEY RINSE. The old fashioned home remedy. Nothing flavored. Nothing to burn your mouth off either . Four roses, Angels Envy, Jamison or Four queens should do the trick! Gargle and rinse for 2 minutes. What you will feel is all pain being numbed. Hang in ther10e!!

9.Antibiotics is key! Also not cheap without benefits. You need amoxicillin or penicillin to clear out the infection. This will also usually be given if a tooth is pulled to prevent any infection.

10. Think of the pain you are going through or in.. Sucks huh?! The best offense is a good defense. no exceptions in this category. be proactive and get to the dentist regularly for check ups and dental work. Your teeth/health/Life is very important to everyone "/ Help yourself!

The affects of weather, food and drink on your teeth

While you may be so careful when it comes to oral hygiene, ensuring that you do everything you can to protect your teeth, you may not be aware of some of the things which can cause serious problems for your teeth and gums moving forward.

The first thing you may not be aware can be detrimental to your teeth is ice. While ice is a welcome addition to any drinks during the hot summer months, chewing the ice can cause serious problems for your teeth in the long run. Thousands of people chip, crack and break their teeth each year by chewing on ice. Rather keep it in the drink and if you have the urge to chew it, rather suck on it to enjoy the coldness it provides.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, also advises that citrus fruits can damage teeth. Citrus fruits are brimming with acidity which can cause serious problems moving forward. The acidity eats away at the strong enamel of the tooth and causes cavities, which in time will affect the delicate dental pulp, causing sensitivity and ongoing pain until treatment is received.

Another thing you should try and stay away from when considering your teeth and gums is caffeine. While thousands of people drink tea and coffee on a daily basis, these products can stain your teeth over time. In addition to that, many people drink their caffeine beverage with sugar, sugar of course is one of the worst things to have when it comes to protecting your oral health.

You will also want to steer clear of sticky foods, such as dried fruits. Sticky foods stick to the tooth surface, which means they sit on the tooth much longer than other foods. While this may not appear such a big problem, the foods can then start wearing into the teeth, which will cause you problems later on.

Dr Tariq Drabu also advised that crisps can be one of the worst things for your teeth. Crisps are brimming with starch, but they can also get trapped between your teeth. Once food is trapped, it can fester in your mouth, breeding unwelcome bacteria and causing long term problems moving forward.

Further sugared drinks can be exceptionally harmful to your oral health. Sugared drinks including sodas and fruit juices can stick to the teeth and cause problems. Sugar is one of the worst things when it comes to your teeth. If you do decide to have a fruit juice, consider drinking it through a straw, sucking the juice to the back of the mouth to reduce the amount that comes in contact with your teeth. Water is a much safer option. Water will not only hydrate you, but it is also neutral, which means that it won’t cause long term damage to your teeth.

According to Dr Tariq Drabu, alcohol can also be detrimental to your teeth. Alcohol dehydrates you, which results in dry mouth syndrome. Your teeth rely on the saliva produced in the mouth to protect them. Saliva is alkaline and can help neutralise your mouth, helping your teeth and gums in the long term.

You will also find that sports drinks can cause problems for your teeth and gums. Sports drinks are considered a healthy option, but what many people don’t realise is that they are also brimming in sugars, which again is dangerous for your teeth in the long run.

The final thing to be wary of when it comes to the worst things for your teeth is popcorn. The husks from the popcorn can get stuck in your teeth and un-popped popcorn can cause your teeth to crack or chip.

- The Weather

The heat and humidity can have a negative impact on your oral health. As the temperatures rise your risk of dehydration is increased, which can result in dry mouth syndrome, which can leave you with a series of dental problems which you will have to have treated in the long run.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon based in the United Kingdom, advised that it is imperative that you keep hydrated throughout the hotter summer months to reduce the risk of tooth decay. In order to protect your teeth and gums you should drink plenty of water and eliminate sugary drinks. Water is the best option to ensure your body is kept hydrated and it is completely neutral, the best thing to rinse your mouth with to reduce the risk of dry mouth syndrome moving forward.

In order to reduce the risk of dry mouth you can chew sugar free chewing gum, which will promote the production of saliva. Saliva is alkaline based which is designed to protect your teeth when eating acidic foods, which can also have a negative impact on your oral health.

Choose your snacks with care during the hot summer months. Fruit is exceptionally popular, it’s a healthy snack and after it comes out the fridge it can be cool and refreshing. Dr Tariq Drabu wants to remind people that citrus fruits are brimming with acidity which can negatively impact your teeth and gums. Stick to crunchy fruits and vegetables which can help promote saliva production and protect the teeth and gums at the same time. Watermelon is a good option, which is brimming with water to keep you hydrated and cool throughout the heat of summer.

Another tip for summer is that outdoor sports increase in demand when the sun shines. When playing any outdoor sports, whether it’s tennis or volleyball on the beach remember to protect your teeth. It is during outdoor games that you can have a ball smash into your mouth, chipping, cracking and even breaking your teeth, which will lead to pain and treatment. Rather invest in a gum guard, which your dentist can help you with to protect against accidental knocks and bumps.

Dr Tariq Drabu also advises that the chlorine in swimming pools can lead to erosion of the teeth. If you are spending a lot of time in the swimming pool, then it’s advisable to ensure you keep your mouth closed and try and get as little of the water on your teeth as possible. Ensure when you get out of the pool to rinse your mouth with clean and fresh water to reduce the risk of erosion, which can lead to dental decay and other problems moving forward.

If you look after your oral health throughout summer, then you can enjoy a healthy smile. Your confidence will be improved and you can reduce your dental worries. This can enable you to enjoy the sunshine and relax, make the most of the warm weather without having to spend your sunny afternoons at the dental clinic.

Dr Tariq Drabu did mention that summer is the time when they experience the highest number of routine appointment cancellations, as people have so many other better things to do than visit the dentist. It is imperative that you keep your dental appointments as this is an opportunity for the dentist to examine your teeth, face and mouth and identify any potential problems that you may not be aware of. Also remember to keep your good oral hygiene routine throughout summer, by brushing twice a day and flossing daily to promote good oral health at all times.


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Typically, when suffering from bad tooth pain a nerve is exposed. The tooth may need to be pulled and you most likely have an infection. Generally a dentist may prescribe penicillin or amoxicillin to help clear out any infections.
Typically, when suffering from bad tooth pain a nerve is exposed. The tooth may need to be pulled and you most likely have an infection. Generally a dentist may prescribe penicillin or amoxicillin to help clear out any infections.

Help keep enamel strong!

The surface of your teeth is called enamel. It helps protect them from decay. Some wear and tear is normal, but there's plenty you can do to keep that barrier strong. Take these simple steps for a healthy mouth and a winning smile.

1. Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks

Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar from foods and drinks. Then they make acids, which soften and wear away your enamel. Chewy candies that stick on your teeth are can also cause damage. Soft drinks may have extra acids.

Soft drinks with artificial sweeteners are a smarter choice than ones with sugar, but they're also acidic and will wear down enamel over time.

The best choice when you're thirsty? A glass of plain water. Many flavored waters are acidic.

2. Eat Foods That Protect Enamel

Calcium in food counters acids in your mouth that cause decay. It also helps keep your bones and teeth strong.

Milk, cheese, and other dairy products help protect and strengthen enamel, says Pamela L. Quinones, past president of the American Dental Hygienists' Association. Choose low-fat or fat-free items to help keep calories down.

If you don't eat dairy, look for foods with calcium added.

3. Avoid Over-Brushing

You can wear down your enamel if you brush too fast and hard. Hold a brush with a soft bristle at about a 45-degree angle to your gums. Then move it back and forth in short, gentle strokes, about the distance of one tooth.

Wait for up to an hour after eating sweets or citrus fruits before you brush your teeth. Acidic foods can soften enamel and may make it easier for you to damage it.

4. Use Fluoride

The American Dental Association (ADA) calls fluoride "nature's cavity fighter" because it strengthens your enamel and helps repair the early stages of tooth decay.

Fluoride also makes your teeth more resistant to acids that come from foods and from bacteria in your mouth.

The ADA recommends fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth appears and throughout your life.

Rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride can also help prevent cavities and keep your enamel strong.

5. Treat Heartburn and Eating Disorders

If you have severe heartburn, stomach acids may escape and eventually reach your mouth, where they can erode enamel.

The eating disorder bulimia, in which people vomit food after they eat, is another threat to your enamel.

If you have either condition, talk to your doctor about treatment.

6. Beware of Chlorinated Pools

When swimming pools aren't chlorinated properly, the water may become too acidic. When that happens, the water can damage teeth that get wet.

Check with the recreation center or gym where you swim to make sure the pool's chlorine levels are checked regularly. While swimming, keep your mouth closed so your teeth don’t get wet.

7. Watch Out for Dry Mouth

Saliva helps wash away food and bacteria that can lead to cavities. It also fights the effects of acidic foods. Drink water often to keep your mouth clean and moist.

If you exercise hard, be sure to rehydrate during and after your workout. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless hard candy can also help keep saliva flowing in your mouth.

Some medical conditions and medications can cause dry mouth. Talk to your doctor about treatments.

8. Avoid Grinding Your Teeth

Some people grind their upper and lower teeth together, especially at night. Over time it can wear down the enamel.

Talk to your dentist if you've got the grinding habit. He may suggest a custom-fitted mouth guard that can protect your teeth.

9. Get Regular Checkups

To keep your teeth strong, see your dentist every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning. He can spot signs of trouble, such as cavities or tooth grinding, before they do a lot of damage.

Your dentist will also make sure that you're getting the right amount of fluoride to harden and protect enamel. If your water supply isn't fluoridated, ask him if you need fluoride supplements, mouthwashes, or coatings for your teeth.


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      Kyle S. 

      3 years ago

      Ty so much for some help and advice on a bad tooth at 3 am. Not many options ;-)


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