- Oral Health
Taking Care of your Teeth (Mouth Care)
Cleaning your Teeth
How often do you brush your teeth?
Mouth and Dental Care
It´s not until we begin to suffer from mouth problems that we begin to be cautious about our mouth health.
All the food we ingest follows a process. First, it enters the mouth; once there, the food is dissolved by saliva. Saliva serves as an antibacterial, preventing microbes from damaging our teeth.
Saliva does not get rid of all the microbes left in the mouth, some are able to enter into the cavities of the teeth and once there, they cause dental caries.
I had never had dental problems in my life. It was after I left my teeth unattended for some weeks that I started to sense pain in one of my back teeth; therefore, I had to visit the dentist.
¨You have developed caries in one of your back teeth, ¨ the dentist declared.
¨It hurts too much, I would like you to extract it, ¨I stated rigidly.
¨That is not the way, I´m going to try to save it, ¨he declared.
¨I don´t really need it, I can chew with the other teeth, ¨ I said in a tone of entreaty.
Dental Health and Fluoride Treatment
- After every meal we take, a thin film of bacteria (plaque) builds up on your teeth. If the mouth is not kept clean, the bacteria begin to produce acids that start harming the enamel. Over time, the acids can dig a hole known as cavity.
Tooth decay can be prevented by using fluoride toothpaste and daily brushing and flossing of the teeth after every meal.
- Gum disease develops when plaque builds along and under the gum line. Often, gum disease may cause the gums to bleed (gingivitis)
- Periodontitis is another form of gum disease that may ruin the bones and other tissues that give support to the teeth. This may lead to the teeth being removed from the mouth.
Gum Disease Prevention
- Brush your teeth after very meal
- Floss twice a day
- Consume a well-balanced diet
- Quit smoking as it increases the risk of gum disease
- Visit your dentist regularly
At that moment, I only wanted to ease the pain I was suffering and the most effective method, for me, was an extraction. Instead of that, the dentist set me a schedule to start a treatment of endodoncy.
Three days later, very early in the morning, I entered the building where the dentist´s office was entailed. I was thinking negatively.
¨ What if I die, ¨
¨What is going to be of my pets, ¨
I didn´t want to die at that moment, for there were friends who needed me. I resolved to take courage and confront my destiny.
¨What is a tooth anyway, ¨ I pondered hesitantly.
The images of my two dogs hovered over my head.
Back Tooth Ache
¨Open your mouth, ¨the dentist said.
He immediately introduced a device that would keep my mouth open for as long as the endodoncy treatment lasted for that day required. He, then, introduced a tiny hose below my tongue and then he began to inspect my mouth.
The anesthesia injected in my gums did not let me feel any pain; I just was hearing the drilling sound being applied into my back tooth.
Endodoncy (root canal treatment)
Root canal treatment is performed when cavities reach the tooth nerve and begin to damage its structure. The bacteria that forms at the root canal begins to spread damaging the tissue. This requires the removal of the death tissue to prevent extracting the tooth.
With the used of specialized tiny instruments, a dentist carefully widens the root canal. A root canal lavage is applied during the treatment, which removes the dead bacteria and the damaged tissue from the root canal.
By the use of a rubber dental dam (Kofferdam), the patient´s mouth is kept open, allowing the dentist to have ample view of the area being treated. A laser beam is directed into the root canal to destroy the remaining bacteria.
At the Dentist Office
The treatment continued for another day. On that next day, he extracted the back tooth nerve, which immediately ease the pain. On that same day, he plug the hole he had made on my back tooth and placed a plug of something (filling) and that was all the work he did on me.
The next step after the endodoncy treatment was a crown, which I have not had it done yet due to money problems; instead, I got a hard filling inside that drilled back tooth which I rarely use it while chewing.
How to Brush Your Teeth and Clean your Gums
- Brush your teeth in circular motions using a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
- Take more time and care to brush around the gums
- Lastly, delicately brush your tongue
It´s been a year since I went under the treatment of endodoncy and I haven´t had any other dental problem since. I always try to practice good healthy habits by brushing my teeth after every meal.
If I know that I´m going to be away from home, I always carry a toothpaste and dental fluoride to have these healthy devices at the reach of my hand when the case arises.
What isTooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is most often felt when one drinks or eats something that is hot, cold sour or sweet. It is also sensed when one inhales air into the mouth or brushes the teeth. The pain can go deep into the nerve roots of the teeth.
Sensitiveness in the teeth is often the result of of worn tooth enamel or exposure into the tooth roots. Tooth sensitivity may also be caused by other factors, including cavities in the teeth, a cracked tooth, a filling applied into the tooth or bleaching.
Sensitive Teeth Treatment
Brush your teeth regularly using the most appropriate brushing and flossing techniques
Brush gently around the gum line to prevent the removal of gum tissue
Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Limit your intake of acidic foods and carbonated drinks, wine, yogurt and citrus fruits
Always drink water or milk after eating acidic products to balance the acidic levels in your mouth
Use fluoridated mouth rinse every day to decrease teeth sensitivity
Visit the dentist every six-month or earlier if the condition arises
The dentist may recommend the application of fluoride around the sensitive areas of your teeth to reduce pain and strengthen enamel
White filings to cover exposed root surfaces
Dentin sealers, which are applied in the exposed root surface
If sensitivity persist, a dentist may recommend a root canal (endodoncy) treatment