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Dealing with a Dry Socket in Central Leeds

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Having a tooth removed is a very delicate time for you and your mouth in central Leeds: the body has gone through a form of trauma and needs to recover afterwards and this means giving the wound all the chance it can to heal naturally by stopping smoking and drinking and being careful when you eat food and brush your teeth. Left behind after a tooth has gone is a hole and in the hole, a blood clot will form. This helps to fuse the gums together and seal the wound up. However, this can dissolve prematurely and fall out and if it does, you will suffer from a dry socket. This is a condition that leaves your jaw bone exposed to the elements and apart from being very painful, your mouth is very vulnerable to bacterial infection. Painkillers can quell the pain, but to get on top of what could be a very nasty situation, you need to get along and see your dentist immediately and get the wound dressed, and then re-dressed each day until the problem starts to heal over. It could be the difference between your mouth healing and being healthy or, infection getting into your gums and then, this could lead to all manner of things going wrong later on.

Thumb Suckers of Leeds

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

A child picks up very cute habits in Leeds, even when it’s in the womb and thumb sucking is one of them. It appears to be a great source of comfort and is the first thing it will turn to if it doesn’t have a dummy in the mouth. But it’s a habit that they should grow out of by the time their secondary teeth come through, or being more precise, a habit they need to be out of when the secondary teeth come through. Over a prolonged period of time, thumb sucking can do quite a lot of damage so it must stop. To do this, you can offer incentives to get them to stop, buy specially designed gloves or thumb guards, or keep enlightening them about how bad it can be to carry on sucking and if need be tell them exactly how bad: as new teeth come through, they are fairly weak until they set in but constant thumb sucking throughout this growth can make them deformed and crooked, cause problems in the oral cavity and in the ‘bite’, lead to facial deformities and cause the child to talk with a lisp. However, you must be sure that the way you tell them doesn’t become a confrontation as this can have the opposite affect to what’s required.

Dealing with a Dry Socket in Central Leeds

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The mouth has a great natural sense of recovery when it comes to getting over a trauma, especially when a tooth comes out. The socket should naturally heal over, preventing infection, and so the rest of the mouth can adjust and move on. This normally depends on a blood clot forming in the hole that will help process. In some cases however, the clot can dissolve prematurely or fall out and this leaves the jawbone vulnerable to the air and the socket becomes dry and painful; it is also exposed to infection. If you find yourself in this position, you need to get along to your dentist in central Leeds for a diagnosis. Normally, your dentist will clean the wound and apply a healing paste to the hole before dressing it: you will be required to have this done daily until the wound starts to heal. You must also be wary of how you eat and to be sure that you use an anti-bacterial mouthwash each day- and avoid smoking. During this time, you may also need to take antibiotics and anti-inflammatory tablets as a precaution against any problems arising. If you keep on this course, the wound should be fully healed after a couple of weeks.

Overcoming Ankylosis In The City Of Leeds

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The body is a wonderful machine in the city of Leeds, a body that has the ability to repair itself when thing go wrong and this is especially true of how it adjusts to change during growth. This can also be said of the way our teeth adapt, especially when the secondary ones come through. However, on occasions, things go wrong and our system fails us and even the tiniest default can lead to major problems further down the line. When secondary teeth come through, the baby teeth should by that time be long gone and the roots should have dissolved, but in some cases, the roots can fuse to the jawbone causing ankylosis, and this can upset the growth of the new teeth. The new teeth can become suffocated by these roots and this can stunt growth as well as making it crooked. It will normally only happen to the odd tooth, but this can also affect the growth of surrounding teeth and cause infection. The growth of secondary teeth is important so it’s essential that they are allowed freedom to grow unhindered and if a tooth is suffering from ankylosis, there may well be little option but to have if removed for the sake of the health of others.

City of Leeds Dentist can Eliminate Sensitive Teeth.

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Sensitive teeth can make your life incredibly uncomfortable. Food and the weather can be enough to make your teeth sting with sensitivity. The sensitivity of your teeth should not be dismissed, if your teeth are sensitive it is likely that it is pointing towards a more serious problem. Most people experience it at some point and there are preventative measures and treatment options that can help when it occurs.

Sensitive teeth are caused by the exposure of the central dentin of your teeth. Dentin is found under the hard outer shell of the enamel. Sensitivity generally then means that the enamel has been worn away and exposed the dentin. This can happen for several reason: tooth decay, acid erosion, gum recession, gum disease, physical damage. Depending on the cause, your City of Leeds dentist will be able to offer you some solutions. While there are some short terms fixes, it is best if you deal with the root of the problem to solve it permanently. Cavities caused by tooth decay can be filled or crowned, gum disease can cleared and physical damage can be bonded. Addressing these underlying issues will likely, with time, reduce or remove your sensitivity.

The best defence against sensitive teeth it to be highly vigilant about dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth with fluoride tooth paste designed for sensitive teeth is the best preventative measure. Flossing will also protect you from many of the causes. Speak to you dentist if you need further advice about how to avoid it and how to treat it when sensitivity occurs.

Protect Yourself from Teeth Grinding with Help from Your Central Leeds Dentist

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Known medically as ‘bruxism’, teeth grinding may seem harmless but can cause serious long term damage to your dental health. Caused by many different factors, it is often difficult to figure out exactly why some people grind their teeth on a regular basis. Although we all grind our teeth at times (it’s part of chewing to an extent) when we do it constant and regularly there can be significant problems.

Teeth grinding will often occur at distinct times for different people: either awake or asleep. You may not be aware you are doing it while you sleep, though your partner may be able to hear the grinding if it is particularly bad. It is difficult to pin point where the subconscious instinct to grind your teeth comes from but it is often linked with stress levels. If it becomes severe your dentist may recommend using a mouth guard at night which will protect your teeth from the constant grind.

When awake it can become habitual instinct to grind your teeth with stress, anxiety or concentration. Mouth guards are obviously much less convenient when awake and so the best method is self-control and trying to becoming consciously aware of when you are doing it.

Your Central Leeds dentist will be able to offer some solutions for teeth grinding. Due to it be a mainly psychological instinct a lot of treatments involve conditioning yourself to stop or training yourself to become aware. Seek help for the problem before your teeth begin to wear away and you will save yourself a lot of dental work that could be avoided.

Aching Jaw? Speak to Leeds Dentist about TMJ.

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Connecting your jaw to the your skull, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is vitally important for all forms of jaw movement: speaking, chewing, swallowing, etc. The name of the joint is derived from the two bones that connect: temporal and mandible. Although the joint is in constant use, we rarely give it a second thought until there is a problem. Many people though, at some point in their lives, will suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), or TMJ syndrome. It is a common condition that is normally characterised by chronic pain and heightened sensitivity in the area of the TMJ.

Alongside the pain and sensitivity, may TMJD sufferers will have hyperactivity in the jaw, this will normally manifest as the clenching of the jaw (‘bruxism’), facial twitches and distortions, and grinding your teeth when asleep. While these symptoms do not pose a major risk in the short term it is very important to have the problem checked out by your Leeds dentist as over the medium/long term clenching and grinding can cause serious problems to your teeth. A range of other symptoms may also indicate TMJD, from discomfort chewing, jaw popping, facial aches and headaches.

Depending on the specifics of the case, your doctor will suggests some treatments or refer to you to a specialist doctor. Stretching and massaging the jaw muscles can provide some relief from the symptoms but it will still be necessary to seek medical advice to address the underlying issues.

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth in the City of Leeds

Friday, June 29th, 2012

There are quite a few reasons why we suffer from sensitive teeth in the city of Leeds, but the results are always the same- mainly great discomfort and it can cause a lot of problems in our everyday lives. The most common cause is done by overzealous brushing with abrasive toothpastes that wears away at the teeth’s enamel and then gets into the nerves. The build-up of plaque can lead to acid erosion and then tooth decay and gum disease which again, break down the enamel. Grinding and over-stated tooth bleaching also have the same affects. The first way to overcome this is to pay a visit to the dentist who can rectify any decay with a filling or a root canal. Then you can have fluoride treatments or even a sealant fitted to help protect the surfaces of the teeth; those who grind their teeth can have a mouth-guard made up. Outside of the dentists, it is down to you to help quell the sensitivity; for a start you can use a softer brush and find yourself a good de-sensitizing toothpaste. Fluoride mouth-washes are also excellent at re-mineralizing the enamel in the teeth and protecting the nerves.

The Destruction of Teeth Grinding in Leeds

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

It is one of the problems that tends to dip below the radar of oral issues because it can go unnoticed  for a very long time until it becomes serious- teeth grinding or bruxism, but this is a condition that needs to be addressed quickly in order to stop damage throughout the body. Stress and anger are the two main protagonists here and in a bustling little city like Leeds that places a lot of demands on people, it is rife. A lot of need to de-stress after a heavy day, otherwise we can take this angst into the bedroom and into sleep, and this is where a lot of grinding may well take place. A gum-shield can protect damage to the teeth, but it will not stop damage happening to the jaws, head a neck. Hopefully, with some anger management and stress counselling, these problems can be identified and avoided before they become a problem elsewhere. If however, the problem is allowed to continue, the damage to the jaws and neck (this can also affect the central nervous system) will require some pretty complex surgery to rectify. If you visit your dentist regularly, they should be able to spot any signs of wear in your teeth and then advise you as to which direction you should take in order to stop the grinding getting out of hand.

Dealing with Decaying Teeth in Central Leeds

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Tooth decay is something that takes its time to take hold and it will do it very covertly as well. It normally starts with poor oral hygiene and a lack of visits to see your dentist in central Leeds. But it starts immediately when the acids from bacteria are allowed to eat into the teeth’s enamel, over time it will go unnoticed, but then you may find yourself suffering from shooting pains in the teeth. Catch it now and you may be lucky enough to get away with a filling, but ignore it and then you will require root canal treatment just to keep the tooth in the mouth- even then you have seriously reduced the life of the tooth. After this you start to descend into tooth loss, but not only this, you can suffer from periodontal damage to the bone structure in the jaws and worse still, gum disease, which can work it’s evil into the bloodstream and poison the bodies vital organs. Essentially, if you suffer from pain, get your teeth fixed up, but more importantly, make sure you retain a high level of oral hygiene in the first place so that your teeth don’t get to this stage. If you have any doubts, you should confer with your dentist about avoiding tooth decay.