Hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day this weekend!
When a man trades in his first name in favor of being called
Dad, his life changes forever. And to those who look up to him, this tiny
little word has so much more meaning than the three letters could ever hope to
Oral Care: Causes of Toothaches, Their Treatment
Toothache, also referred to as Dental Pain or Dentalgia, is
the most common dental emergency. Toothache refers to the pain in the teeth and
their supporting structures, which is triggered by dental diseases or pain
referred to the teeth by non-dental diseases.
What are the most common causes of Toothache?
Toothache is a constantly throbbing pain and may be set off
by certain foods or drinks. Apart from Tooth Decay, various other dental
problems including the following can cause toothache:
(inflammation of pulp)
Periodontitis (inflammation of periodontal ligament and alveolar bone)
Mouth (a gum infection)
Pericoronitis of Lower Wisdom Tooth
How can Toothache be treated?
The kind of treatment you receive largely depends upon the
cause of your toothache. Dentists, after making a complete oral examination may
suggest the following treatments:
toothache is due to cavity, dentists may fill the cavity or extract your
loose or broken filling is causing the problem, the dentist may put new
filling in the place after clearing out the decayed or the broken one.
canal treatment may be suggested for treating the infected gums.
medicines or antibiotics may be prescribed to speed up healing.
of TMJ may involve surgery, stress minimizing techniques and mouth guard
to check the tooth grinding.
lessen the pain and inflammation associated with toothache, Phototherapy
with cold laser may be used.
How to prevent Toothaches?
Toothaches can be prevented by strictly following a hygienic
oral regime and by keeping your gums and teeth as healthy as possible. For
healthy gums and teeth, you need to follow the below listed practices:
your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride containing toothpaste
at least for once in a day to clean between your teeth
your dentists for regular and scheduled dental check-ups and professional
healthy diet; consume less sugary foods and drinks
smoke, as smoking can worsen certain dental problems
Contact Dr. Bikram Singh DMD for the professional and
state-of-art treatment of acute and chronic dental problems. We not only
provide treatment for the current ailments but also educate you by providing
oral hygiene instructions that help you to check the recurrence of dental problems.
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How do the Hormonal Fluctuations in Women affect their Oral Health?
It is an established and well-known fact that women
experience mood swings due to the hormonal changes at different stages of life.
But these hormonal changes related with the puberty, menstrual cycle, pregnancy
and menopause affect their oral health also and make them more susceptible to
dental problems at certain stages of their life.
At which stages, do the women become more susceptible to oral health
In a woman’s life, there are five main situations when the
hormonal variations make them more prone to oral diseases. They are:
During the puberty, an increase in the production of women hormones
viz. estrogen and progesterone is noted. This increases the blood flow to
gums and alter the ways the gum tissues react to the bacterial plaque;
thus resulting in reddened, swelled and bleeding gum tissues.
Menstrual Cycle: Hormonal variations during the menstrual cycle lead
to oral health problems like; red, swollen and bleeding gums, swollen
salivary glands, canker sores and gingivitis.
The considerable changes in the hormonal level during pregnancy lead to
gum diseases or gingival inflammation known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” At
times, these changes heighten the inflammation so much so that it becomes
localized and presents itself as a sore known as “pregnancy tumor.”
Contraceptives: Women taking birth control pills may develop
gingivitis. It happens because these pills contain progesterone and they
increase the level of that hormone in the body leading to inflamed gum
Due to menopause, levels of estrogen and progesterone decrease in the
blood stream. Numerous oral changes can occur including; altered taste,
discomfort in the mouth, pain and burning sensation, sensitivity to hot
and cold beverages, tooth decay, gum diseases and loss of jaw bone due to
Which preventive measures should women take to prevent these oral health
Visiting your dentists regularly and by following the below
mentioned measures women can prevent these oral problems that they have to face
at the certain stages of their life:
a good oral hygiene; i.e. brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride
containing tooth paste and floss at least once in a day.
women should consult their dentists regarding nutritional counseling and
should observe strict plaque controlling measures.
are pregnant and suffer from morning sickness, then rinse your mouth
immediately after every vomiting.
dry mouth during pregnancy and menopause should drink lots of water and
chew sugar less gum or candy.
treat oral contraceptives related gingivitis, women should visit their
dentists for professional cleanings.
the menopause, visit your dentist twice a year for oral examination and
well balanced diet.
sugary and starchy food.
Contact Dr. Bikram Singh DMD for any of your oral health
related issues. We use state of the art technology to diagnose and treat your
oral problems and help you to attain and sustain a pearly white smile.
Most of the people reach out for over the counter medicated
syrups to relieve and ease their cough, colds, flu and runny noses. But these
syrups either sweetened or sugar-free are as bad for your oral health as any
other sugar contained food, because they make you prone to oral cavities when
you are already encountering other health related problems. So most of the
dentists are not in the favour of using these syrups to get relieve from coughs
Good oral practices and habits during childhood lead to
lifelong healthy gums and teeth. So Preventive Dentistry is all the more
crucial and necessary for children. It is an established and proven fact that
children with good oral health and healthy teeth are more alert and active as
their healthy teeth and gums enable them eat and chew properly, thus making
them healthy. Keeping this view in mind, American Dental Association (ADA)
sponsors each February every year as National Children’s Dental Health Month.
Do you feel an electric stinging sensation when you eat ice
cream or drink iced tea; bite down on a chocolate bar or gulp some hot soup?
There are the chances that you have “Dentin Hypersensitivity or Sensitive
Teeth.” When you have sensitive teeth, actions such as; flossing, eating,
drinking, brushing etc. cause sharp pain in your teeth. Various reasons ranging
from trauma to dental disease can cause sensitive teeth. People falling in the
age group of 20 to 50 are more prone to this condition.
Bad breath is embarrassing for you and as well for the
people around you. It adversely affects your social and interpersonal
relations. In case of certain people, regularly brushing, flossing and rinsing
mouth can eliminate plaque; while for others, a visit to the dentist for
professional cleansing of the struck on plaque is essential.