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Seasonal allergies can affect your mouth Watch out for the allergy season. You may find yourself sneezing or suffering from itchy, watery eye but here is a reminder that it can impact your teeth and gums as well. Here’s what to look out for and how to protect your mouth as we at dental professionals at Stoma Advanced Dental Care, concern about your oral health. Tooth pain Sinus pain, pressure and congestion caused by allergies can feel an awful lot like a toothache. The body’s immune reaction to the allergens in your system causes mucus to build up in the sinus cavities, which in turn, causes congestion, pressure and pain. When the maxillary sinuses, which are located just above the roots of the upper molars, are affected it can cause the molars, and sometimes premolars, to be sensitive to cold, biting or chewing, and sometimes even cause a throbbing sensation. The pain flares up as you sit, stand or lie down. Antihistamines can ease the pressure. But the pain may be a symptom of tooth decay. Talk to your dentist to determine whether it’s a result of allergies or decay. Dry mouth Allergies themselves, along with allergy medications (antihistamine), decongestants, and oral inhalers can make your mouth become extremely dry as a side-effect. Plus, when your nose is stuffy you tend to breathe through your mouth (especially while sleeping). The lack of saliva creates a dry mouth and a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which can cause bad breath, tooth decay (cavities), gingivitis, and periodontitis. If you suffer from dry mouth, drink plenty of water to keep your oral tissues moist, and alleviate dryness. Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol is recommended to encourage saliva production and xylitol is proven to help reduce cavities. There are also oral rinses and other solutions that may alleviate symptoms. Mouth breathing Research indicates that mouth breathing can change the shape of your face and alter appearance. This is especially true for children because they are still growing. When breathing through the mouth, the tongue rests on floor of the mouth, causing cheek muscles to relax onto the upper teeth. This long-term pressure can lead to crooked teeth, dental overbites, as well as palate malformations Sore throat Postnasal drip causes an irritated sore throat, a persistent cough and making it hard to sleep at night. The soreness and constant need to clear your throat leads to additional dryness and irritation that eventually contributes to bad breath, but since it originates in the throat, brushing your teeth won’t help. Tips to keep oral health in check Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water and warm drinks like herbal tea (to keep both your mouth and body hydrated). Not only can this counteract the effects of dry mouth, it can also help your body flush away the excess mucus. Gargle with warm salty water relieves your throat and reduces harmful bacteria. Gargle and spit until all the water is gone. The salt can help draw mucus out of your sinuses, relieving your symptoms. It also cuts down on harmful bacteria in your mouth and throat, reducing the effects of bad breath and plaque. For those with high blood pressure, skip the salt. Just warm water is fine. Keep brushing and flossing is especially important when you’re experiencing dry mouth, so make sure you’re brushing twice and flossing at least once a day. Treat your allergies. Controlling your allergies can help reduce their impact on your mouth. Talk to your doctor about long-term treatment options. Talk to your dentist. Continue going to scheduled dental appointments. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, mention it to your dentist. Your dentist can help you figure out whether it’s allergy-related or caused by other problems. Allergies may seem only seasonal, but there could be underlying health conditions that need attention.
27 Aug 2018 Tackling toothache      |    27 Aug 2018   |   Cavities Decay Mouth Pain The treatments for tooth pain may be as simple as improving your oral health care routine, or as complicated as oral surgery. Tooth pain, is usually caused when the nerve in the root of a tooth or surrounding a tooth is irritated. The degree of tooth pain can range from mildly annoying to excruciatingly painful. Dental (tooth) infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth is the most common causes of dental pain. Pain may also occur after an extraction (tooth is pulled out) or sometimes originates from other areas and radiates to the jaw, thus appearing to be tooth pain. The most common areas include the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint or TMJ), ear pain, sinuses, and even occasional heart problems. The treatments for tooth pain may be as simple as improving your oral health care routine, or as complicated as oral surgery. The dental causes of tooth pain fall into several categories: Dental Causes Of Tooth Pain Tooth Damage: Damage to the tooth (chipped or broken due to trauma, broken or damaged filling, crown, or dental implant) are causes of tooth pain.  Tooth Decay is one of the most common causes of tooth pain, and it has several degrees of severity. Cavities are holes in the teeth that penetrate the tooth enamel and underlying dentin and which can lead to tooth pain. Abscess, which is an infection of the nerve and pulp inside the tooth, is a more severe form of tooth pain. Gum Disease (periodontal disease) includes redness and swelling of the gums, but these symptoms can contribute to tooth pain, as well as gum pain. Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated, and the inner layer of the gums pulls away from the teeth, forming pockets that collect food debris and bacteria.   Non-Dental Causes Of Tooth Pain Some causes of tooth pain are not directly related to your teeth. Pain can be associated with any of the following conditions: Sinus Infection can cause pain in teeth when the pressure of fluid-filled sinuses creates pain in the upper back corners of your mouth. Cluster Headache pressure has been associated with tooth pain. Heart Attack pain can radiate into the lower jaw. Diabetes - uncontrolled blood sugar can increase your risk for tooth decay. Nerve Diseases a condition called trigeminal neuralgia is associated with a sharp pain on one side of the face. Drug Abuse o  Methamphetamine has been associated with tooth pain. Vitamin Deficiency of B12 has been associated with tooth pain. You can prevent the majority of dental problems by flossing, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
10 REASONS YOU (MAY) HAVE BAD BREATH TEN REASONS YOU (MAY) HAVE BAD BREATH We were inspired to create this article based on content we spotted on WebMD. No one likes to feel self conscious about their breath! This article talks about 10 reasons why you may have bad breath and how you can combat them. HAPPY HOUR Grabbing a drink with your girls or drinking a couple brews with your bros could give you more than a hangover. Even though it’s a liquid, alcohol can actually dry out your mouth, which encourages the bacteria that cause halitosis, the medical term for bad breath. Drinks with caffeine, spicy foods, and cigarettes can, too. A dry mouth from not making as much saliva while you sleep also explains “morning breath.” It’s always a good idea to make sure you are getting plenty of water in a day to combat dry mouth. YOUR TONGUE Bacteria on the tongue is the leading cause of bad breath. Clean yours with your toothbrush, a teaspoon,   or a tongue scraper. Scrapers will do a slightly better job. A LOW-CARB DIET When you cut out carbs and boost the amount of protein you eat, your body starts burning fat for energy. That process makes compounds called ketones, which can cause bad breath. In this case, better dental hygiene won’t solve the problem, since that’s not the root cause. Sugar-free gum can help mask bad breath or a clove rinse can be helpful as well. THE COMMON COLD Respiratory tract infections like colds and bronchitis can also give you bad breath. That’s because odor-causing bacteria like to feed on mucus. And if you have a stuffy nose, you’re more likely to resort to mouth-breathing, which can dry out your mouth. AN ULCER A type of bacteria that causes ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, can also trigger bad breath, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. Treating the bacteria may get rid of the stink. Your doctor can test you for H. pylori and prescribe antibiotics for it. MEDICATIONS More than 400 prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including antidepressants and allergy remedies, can stifle saliva flow. Saliva helps wash away food and bacteria, keeping bad breath at bay. Changing your medication isn’t always an option, so the American Dental Association recommends you stay hydrated and chew sugarless gum to keep your mouth moist. TONSIL STONES These small white-ish clusters — made up of hardened bacteria, food particles, dead cells, and mucus — get trapped in the ridges of your tonsils and the back of your tongue. They’re generally harmless except for the smell. They’ll often dislodge on their own, but you can sometimes speed the process by gargling with salt water. DRIED FRUIT It’s very high in sugar, and odor-causing bacteria love to feed on sugar. A 1/4 cup of raisins has 21 grams of sugar; the same amount of dried apricots has 17 grams. That’s like eating 4-5 teaspoons of pure sugar. Plus, dried fruit is sticky, so it can get trapped on and between your teeth. After a snack, be sure to floss and brush to help keep bad breath at bay. ACID REFLUX /  HEARTBURN These are two symptoms of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), a common digestive disorder. Your bad breath may be from some undigested food coming back up, or it could be that irritation from stomach acid is giving you postnasal drip. Ask your doctor for help if you get heartburn often. CRACKED TEETH AND FILLINGS These can trap food particles and breed bacteria, resulting in cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Ill-fitting dentures can cause the same problems. All the more reason to schedule your regular cleanings and exams at Samarth Dental Clinic