Articles in the Healthy Mouth, Teeth Category
Often we pump iron at the gym, eat nutritious meals, or go jogging while at the same time neglecting our teeth. The most potent weapon you may own costs $3.00 or less and resides in your bathroom. Its your toothbrush. So while exercise, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle go a long way toward a long healthy life, if you neglect your teeth you are missing one large piece of the puzzle.
Periodontitis or gum disease is a common condition which affects up to 40% of the worlds adult population. The infection affects the tissue that support the teeth and, if left untreated, it can cause bone loss around the tooth and eventual loss of teeth.
Researchers are able to pinpoint the link but there are several theories about how they are linked. One theory is that the oral bacteria can affect the heart when they enter the blood stream. Researchers have found that this bacteria is in the clumps of fatty plaques in the coronary arteries (blood vessels) and contribute to clot formation.
Dry mouth is caused by many things and can cause bad breath; in fact they often are symptoms that are found simultaneously. Because there are a variety of ways dry mouth is caused it shouldnt be surprising that there are a variety of ways to treat it.
Unfortunately a review of prescription medications shows that 7 out of 10 will list dry mouth, bad breath or a taste disorder as a side effect. Several of the medications that cause dry mouth include Evista, Zyban and Nexium.
If your dry mouth is related to medications you may be taking then you are advised to talk with your doctor about the possibility of switching or stopping the medication. Because you have the side effect of dry mouth Evista doesnt mean that a medication to treat the same condition will cause dry mouth. So, for instance, although Nexium may cause dry mouth for you it doesnt mean that Tagamet or Zantac will.
Many people suffer from bad breath and some dont know it! You may not be aware that some medications, that you could have been taking for years, actually contributes to bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth.
One of those medications Norvasc bad breath is an antihypertensive medication, or a medication used to treat high blood pressure and angina. According to a recent study on prescription medications, 7 out of 10 will list dry mouth, bad breath or taste disorder as a side effect.
Sufferers from high blood pressure and angina find that Norvasc bad breath is a side effect they may be willing to live with considering that this particular antihypertensive is one of the most popular prescribed. This popularity is based on the low side effect profile and the number of studies which have proven its effectiveness. Problems with Norvasc bad breath are related to the dry mouth that is the side effect of the medication. Before considering changing medications try some effective measures to get rid of the dry mouth, and therefore the bad breath.
The technical or medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism. This is a nighttime grinding habit that wears away at the tooth enamel and causes inflammation and swelling in the tendons and ligaments in the jaw.
Teeth grinding is one of the uncommon side effects of antidepressants, specifically the serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Celexa and teeth grinding and jaw tension, although uncommon, are painful and can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth.
From a dental standpoint the grinding removes very critical parts of the enamel from the chewing surfaces of the teeth. From an orthodontic standpoint the grinding will cause swelling, inflammation and eventual wear down of the tendons that pass between the mandibular bone and the temporal bones through the Temporomadibular joint. This is the joint that literally hinges your lower jaw to your head.
Treatment of bad breath is a condition that afflicts many people around the world. One of the best ways to begin treatment is to go right to the source of the problem. Unfortunately that isnt always possible. There are some more common reasons for bad breath that should be at the start of your investigation into your particular problem.
If you dont floss you may be pleasantly surprised by the effect that flossing will give your breath, as well as your gums and teeth. Flossing takes about 2 minutes each night before you go to bed. It will remove the rotting food particles and plaque that your toothbrush cant reach. Try flossing two or three teeth and smelling the floss. Think that your breath smells good with THAT in your mouth?
While youre flossing be sure to brush your tongue as well. There are bacteria that can grow on the back of your tongue that will contribute to bad breath. This is a fairly simple treatment of bad breath that may just solve your problem.
Your smile speaks volumes about you. White teeth often lead the viewer to believe you find your health important, your appearance valuable and you look younger!
Frequently people who are ashamed of their teeth find it difficult to smile brightly in public. Watch a teenager who recently had braces placed on their teeth. Smiling may be difficult for a couple of days but their lack of enthusiasm about smiling and revealing the dental work goes on for months.
Tooth whitening products are more available over the counter and dentists are discovering more and more ways to whiten your teeth in the office. In fact, there are even home remedies that can be used to whiten and brighten your smile at home. Each tooth whitening procedure has its pros and cons. The reality is that you must decide which procedures work best with your lifestyle.
TMJ is the commonly used abbreviation for temporomadibular joint syndrome/disorder. People suffering from this disorder experience pain, pressure, popping and crackling in the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. People who experience the effects of TMJ often search for ways to help the syndrome or disorder before it results in an inability to open the mouth or chew food.
One of those methods of treatment are TMJ exercises. Before determining the correct exercises many practitioners who are experienced in TMJ attempt to find the areas of the body that are out of alignment and may be causing the tension in the jaw.
People who are suffering from the pain and discomfort of the jaw from TMJ may also find they experience dizziness, ear pain, knee pain, scoliosis and shoulder problems. These issues may come before the TMJ or as a result of the TMJ. The TMJ pain may be a symptom of other underlying issues with your body. Think of a person having a heart attack. The heart is in the chest but people often complain of pain in the arms, back and stomach areas.
Teeth cleaning at home is often called dental prophylaxis because it is designed to preserve the health of your teeth and prevent the spread of disease. When the dentist polishes your teeth it makes the surface smooth and more difficult for plaque to build on your teeth and gums. You can use a daily teeth cleaning at home routine to prevent even more plaque and bacterial build up.
Teeth cleaning at home is a superficial procedure that cleans the tooth but doesnt get rid of infection or diseased gum tissue. However superficial, it is important to the daily care and treatment of your teeth. Researchers have found that gum disease is linked conclusively to heart disease and strokes. You can contribute to the prevention of these conditions, and therefore improve the quality of your life, using several simple techniques.
When you do your teeth cleaning at home you will use floss, mouthwash, toothbrush and toothpaste. This process doesnt involve polishing or whitening those are cosmetic procedures that dont contribute to healthier gums, just whiter smiles.
People don’t often think about their body’s automatic actions such as their heartbeat, blinking or breathing. The heartbeat is required to pump blood throughout the body. Blinking moistens and cleans the eyes. Breathing is necessary for life. Have you heard of Healing Breath? You may be surprised to know how using this type of breathing can be beneficial.
The Healing Breath is much more than the breathing you do every day. It is basically learning to control your breath by using both your mind and your body.
Many people don’t realize how their breathing is shallow and possibly doesn’t provide the oxygen the body needs. In fact, how you breathe while you’re sleeping is entirely different from how you breathe while you’re awake. That may explain why you feel more rejuvenated after waking up than during the remainder of the day.
Scientists have begun to realize the importance of breathing technique in helping the body run properly. Depending upon which breathing technique you learn, you may find the following and other conditions improve:
Wisdom teeth are not some magical teeth in your mouth giving you smarts; they are the last set of molars to erupt in your mouth. This eruption of your wisdom teeth usually occurs from age 16 to 20. As is usually the case with things that come last, there is often not enough room for them. The teeth that came in before them often overcrowd wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth can even become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are those that become trapped beneath the gum tissue by the other teeth in the mouth or by the bone. The individual may feel discomfort or swelling when they have impacted wisdom teeth.
Even if your wisdom teeth come in they may only emerge partway through the gum or come in crooked. The American Dental Association recommends that if wisdom teeth are impacted or causing crowding they can be removed more easily before age 20 than if they are removed later in life. An oral surgeon can remove wisdom teeth by general anesthesia, or by using a local anesthesia such as Novocain.