The Pain of Wisdom Teeth

There are many different causes for dental pain… tooth decay,  a fracture or abscess, a broken or damaged filling, gum infections or wisdom teeth pain.  If you still have your wisdom teeth, you may be experiencing this unique pain.  How do you know?  As wisdom teeth come in they can be very painful.  Many times they grow in crooked or sideways.  They can push on other teeth causing more pain.

The area around the gum can become inflamed or red and tender to the touch. You might even see them poking out from the gum. Some people don’t experience any pain at all.  Most dentist recommend removal before they start to create problems.

But what about impacted wisdom teeth? This occurs when wisdom teeth are prevented from coming out because of being blocked by the jaw bone or other teeth.

According to crest.com …Impacted wisdom teeth are more difficult to remove, leave you at greater risk for complications from surgery, and can permanently damage bones and other teeth. Also, the longer wisdom teeth pain persists, the more likely it is that an infection will result from bacteria entering open tissue. Oral infections can have a negative impact on general systemic health…

If you think your pain could be from your wisdom teeth, call our office today. We will be able to tell you after an examination if your pain is from your wisdom teeth, and what you need to do next.

Be wise! Don’t let the pain of wisdom teeth go on longer than it needs to.

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Have a cuppa and smile!

We’ve all heard about the benefits of a cup of coffee.  Things like protecting your liver, reducing the risks of heart disease, cancer and diabetes are well known but did you know that coffee can also help your teeth by preventing bone loss in the jaw and may help to protect your gums? If you drink coffee in moderation, the nutritional benefits can outweigh the bad such as tooth staining.

You should limit your intake to less than 5 cups of coffee a day, since more than this can over stimulate you and may interfere with your sleep.

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If you are worried about staining, try drinking or rinsing your mouth out with water after your coffee. As with any acidic drinks that can soften the enamel, do not brush your teeth right after your coffee but wait about 30 minutes so the enamel on your teeth can harden again.

So don’t give up that morning joe! Just remember, no more than 5 cups and drink water or rinse after your coffee.  For more information about teeth whitening, call Brogdon Dental at 423.870.5698 to see what we recommend or to schedule a consultation.

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss and a Fork 6

This month we will discuss number 6 in our list of 12 beneficial foods for healthier teeth and smiles, Vitamin C-Rich Fruits and Veggies. In order to build strong gum tissue, you need a diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially those with a high vitamin C content.

According to research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people who consume less than 60 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day had nearly 1-1/2 times more risk of developing severe gingivitis than those who took in 180 mg a day – the same amount you’d find in a half cup of guava. 

A cup of raw broccoli or half a cantaloupe has 75 mg of vitamin C, nearly a full day’s minimum requirement for women (the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) is 85 mg for women 19 and older).

Do you smoke? Then, you’ll need 35 mg more vitamin C per day to ward off gingivitis, because cigarettes reduce vitamin C levels in the blood, according to a 2000 study by the State University of New York at Buffalo, published in the Journal of Periodontology.

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Vitamin C helps prevent gingivitis, which is a disease that caused gums to swell, become red and bleed and eventually leads to tooth loss. Call us at Brogdon Dental today for a check up to see if you might be suffering from gingivitis and find our what we can do to help. In the meantime, eat your melon!

Trick or Treat for your Kids Teeth

Can Halloween treats be tricks for your kids teeth? What are the best treats for your kids to indulge in this year? the worse?  Here is a list of some of the good and bad treats for your kids.

Good Treats:

  • frozen fruit bars with chunks of real fruit
  • sugar-free gum
  • light popcorn
  • pretzels

Not too Scary:

  • chocolate without sticky fillings
  • peanut butter cups
  • sugar-free lollipops

Bad Tricks:

  • taffy
  • gummy bears
  • caramel
  • sour candies
  • jawbreakers

While all candies are not bad for your teeth, eating too much of anything, even good things, is not recommended. Remember, anything that can get stuck in your teeth is probably not good for your teeth. And don’t forget to brush and floss. At Brogdon Dental, we want to help your kids keep their boo-tiful smiles!

Brushing Techniques

What kind of technique do you use when you brush your teeth? According to the American Dental Association,

… for the most thorough cleaning, start with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and brush gently back and forth in tooth-wide strokes. To scrub the inside of your front teeth, hold your toothbrush vertically and make up-and-down strokes. Make sure to get all surfaces of each tooth, and brush your tongue, too!

By using this technique and visiting your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams, you can maintain good oral health. Contact us at Brogdon Dental 870-5698 to schedule your next dental appointment.

 

Regular Dental Visits Do Matter

No matter what your age, your oral health is important. Even though regular dental exams and good oral hygiene can help prevent most dental diseases, every year over 100 million Americans don’t see a dentist.  It is important to schedule regular dental appointments because they can help find oral health problems early on. By finding out the problems early, treatment can be simpler and more affordable.

According to American Dental Association here are some signs you should see your Dentist:

  • Your teeth are  sensitive to hot or cold
  • Your gums are puffy and/or they bleed when you brush or floss
  • You have fillings, crowns, dental implants, dentures, etc.
  • You don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
  • You have persistent bad breath or bad taste in your mouth
  • You are pregnant
  • You have pain or swelling in your mouth, face or neck
  • You have difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • You have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
  • You have a medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, or are HIV positive
  • Your mouth is often dry
  • You smoke or use other tobacco products
  • You are undergoing medical treatment such as radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
  • Your jaw sometimes pops or is painful when opening and closing, chewing or when you first wake up; you have an uneven bite
  • You have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in your mouth and it isn’t going away.

Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, you can still have oral health problems that only a dentist can diagnose. Regular dental visits can help prevent problems from developing. Don’t put off your dental visit.  Call Brogdon Dental today at 423-870-5698 to set up your appointment.

TMJ

The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are among the more complex joints in your body. Any problem that prevents the TMJ from working properly may result in a painful disorder, also referred to as TMJ disorders or sometimes TMD.

What causes TMJ syndrome?

According to medicinenet.com…

The causes of TMJ syndrome are not completely understood. Multiple factors contribute to the muscle tightness and dysfunction that characterize this condition. It is not clear whether some of these causes directly lead to TMJ syndrome or if they are a result of the disorder. Causes may include:

  • Misalignment (malocclusion) of or trauma to the teeth or jaw
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Poor posture
  • Stress
  • Arthritis or other inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders
  • Excessive gum chewing

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

  • pain in or around the ear
  • tenderness of the jaw
  • clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth
  • headaches

    If you’re regularly experiencing facial or jaw pain, call us at Brogdon Dental. Exercise, muscle relaxants or physical therapy may help. Schedule an appointment today for an evaluation.