Dangers Associated with an Oral Piercing and Your Teeth

Many people consider body piercings as a form of facial expressions. While piercings to your tongue might look cool and trendy, they still pose some dangers to your overall health and wellbeing. This is because our mouths are filled with bacteria. On top of that, swelling and infections tend to occur when we have mouth piercings.

For example, because of the piercing, your tongue or mouth might swell such that it might end up closing your airways. Alternatively, you could choke if the piercings decide to break off inside your mouth. In other instances, you might crack a tooth in case you choose to bite too hard on your piercings. Moreover, repeated clicking of the jewelry against the teeth might cause damage as well.

Oral piercings might also lead to several serious infections such as endocarditis and hepatitis.

Common Dangers of Oral Piercings

Swelling, Pain, And Infection
Your mouth happens to be a moist environment, and thus, it’s home to a significant number of bacteria. This, in turn, makes it an excellent place for infections. Oral infection may quickly end up becoming life-threatening when it’s not treated promptly. There are chances that a piercing might cause the tongue to swell, thereby blocking your airways.

Damage To Teeth, Fillings, And Gums

A habit of playing or biting on piercings might injure our gums and in turn, leading to sensitive, cracked or scratched teeth.

Nerve Damage

After undergoing a piercing, you might develop a numb tongue that’s a result of nerve damage that’s usually temporary. However, there are instances when it can be permanent. An injured nerve might affect how you move your mouth and also your sense of taste.

If you have any signs of infections in your mouth, then make a point of reaching out to us. Some of the signs that you should look out for include fever, pain, chills, red-streaked appearance, and shaking.

Can Wisdom Teeth Remain in Place?

10 million wisdom teeth get ripped out of the back of Americans – mouths a year. For decades, the procedure was performed only when the teeth, also known as third molars, were causing real trouble. After World War II the ranks of dentists exploded, and with them recommendations that people get their third molars removed as a precaution.

35% of the population is born without wisdom teeth and another 30 percent possess wisdom teeth that never come out. It begs the question; Is it really necessary to have them removed? Our office has put together some content on the subject.

When is Teeth Removal Needed?

Wisdom teeth need to be removed if during x-rays it shows they are going to cause problems or are already becoming issues. They can start erupting into an abnormal position, such as tilted, sideways or twisted. They can become trapped below the gum line due to lack of space to come through. An infection has developed from trapped food, plaque, and bacteria known as pericoronitis. The way that someone’s teeth bite together has changed, causing a misalignment of the jaws. The wisdom tooth has come through, but lacks proper hygiene due to inability to reach it, resulting in decay.

Research For Keeping Them

Growing bodies of research indicate that we might be putting people through the risk of expensive tooth removal for no reason. The UK gave up on routinely removing wisdom teeth without solid evidence back in 1998, after a study at the University of York concluded that there was no scientific evidence to support it.

That same year, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh said that for patients who don’t have a condition related to third molars, removal is “not advisable”. 1988 a study showed that only 12 percent of 1,756 middle-aged people who didn’t have their impacted wisdom teeth removed when they were young experienced a complication.

It really comes down to your personal choice and preference combined with getting good information from our dentist about the condition of your wisdom teeth. Trusting us to give you accurate information about where your teeth are heading and the direction you want to go next is as good a direction as can be recommended until further research is conducted.

Types of Tea That Can Improve Oral Hydration

A dry mouth can lead to a variety of dental problems. The best way to prevent these problems from happening is to keep your mouth hydrated. There are several things you can turn to for help with this. The question becomes what the best way is to keep and improve your oral hydration. Some believe the answer to this question is found in different types of tea. Learning the right types of tea to do this can help improve your oral health.

The Importance of Oral Hydration

Saliva in the mouth is very important. Some people may not like it when they have an excess amount of saliva. They are constantly swallowing it or spitting it out. While you may not like the saliva in your mouth, it does play an important role in your oral health.

The saliva helps remove the bacteria that is always growing in the mouth. People who do not have the saliva they need deal with a dry mouth. Dry mouth can cause more bacteria to grow and that can lead to a variety of problems including tooth decay, gum disease and cavities.

Turning to Tea

Tea is more than just a liquid that fights dry mouth. Black and green tea contains polyphenols which can help with your oral health. They can fight the bacteria that grows in the mouth and that can slow down the production of saliva.

While black and green teas can help with oral hydration through the chemicals they contain, fruit teas will not help because they are not technically a tea. They do not contain the same chemicals and nutrients found in black or green tea.

Like many things while black and green tea can help with oral hydration, moderation is the key. Drinking too much tea means consuming more caffeine and ends up losing some of the health benefits you hoped to get from the tea.

Call our office today if you would like to learn more!

Times Where an Overdenture is the Best Option

If you have lost a lot of teeth whether due to disease, age, an accident or some other reason, you are probably wondering what your options are for replacing these teeth. If many teeth were lost, getting implants to replace all of them may not be cost effective. You may have to start looking at dentures.

Dentures are a rather misunderstood type of solution for your dental problems. You have likely known people that had all of their teeth pulled, even good ones, to make way for a full denture. You may have heard about partial ensures where the denture is attached to the teeth that are remaining in your mouth.

Then there are the questions of whether you have to take them out every night, are they removable, how do you clean them, can they fall out? Can you have the kind that are anchored with implants?

How can you avoid having full dentures because you don’t want any bone loss? What is an overdenture? All of these are reasonable questions, but for now, we’ll focus on the last one.

What Are Overdentures?

Overdentures are dentures that are attached to the remaining teeth or are attached to implants. It can be either a complete or partial denture. A complete denture replaces all of the teeth. If you are missing more than six teeth an overdenture may be the solution for you.

Overdentures have the singular advantage over traditional dentures in that they reduce the amount of shrinking in your jawbone and they are strong enough to keep your dentures stable when you are chewing, biting, and talking. This type of denture lasts longer and unlike traditional dentures, it typically does not have to be refitted. They are also removable.

When you get overdentures that are supported by your natural teeth, it is usually the canines that support them. Overdentures are a good option if you have teeth present because you can avoid the extraction of the rest of your teeth. This type of overdenture can be used for both the upper and lower jaw.

Implant-supported overdentures are an option if you do not have your canines or if we think that implant teeth would be stronger than your natural teeth. But implant-supported overdentures work the same way as overdentures supported by your natural teeth and both methods preserve the jawbone.

If you would like to discuss your options, please give us a call.

Painful Teeth Can Stem from Acid Erosion of Your Enamel

Acid erosion is a common cause of tooth decay, and it can lead to pain and sensitivity. Many people aren’t aware of the damaging effects of acid erosion, but protecting your teeth from it is essential to prevent discomfort and future oral health problems.

What is Acid Erosion?

Acid erosion is tooth wear that leads to irreversible loss of vital tooth structure. An acid-rich diet can put the enamel at risk of erosion, and as few as four acidic events throughout the day is all that it takes for the teeth to be affected. Even healthy food choices like fruit, salad dressings, and sparkling water are highly acidic and can attack the enamel.

How Does Acid Erosion Affect the Teeth?

If you consume a diet that is high in acidic foods and drinks, you might experience the effects of acid erosion. While you may not be able to see those effects on your own right away, we can look for signs at your regular dental visit. Some of the most common symptoms include pain and sensitivity. As the protective enamel of your teeth wears away, the underlying dentin will be exposed.

Your teeth may also change in appearance as a result of acid erosion. When the enamel wears away due to acid attacks, the yellow, dentin layer will become more visible. Teeth affected by acid erosion may lose their shine, and they could appear dull. Rounded edges are also common when the teeth are attacked by acid.

How Do You Prevent Acid Erosion?

There are a few steps that you can take to prevent acid erosion. Brush your teeth regularly, but always wait for at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking something acidic. Use a straw to divert acidic drinks away from your teeth.

Remember the importance of regular dental visits in protecting your teeth from acid. Call us today to set up your next appointment.