Jul 23rd, 2018
Ever seen those videos where someone puts a baby tooth in a glass of soda and watches it decay? Well, the effect of soda in an actual mouth is a bit different.
You have your saliva to help wash away the sugar, you eat other things throughout the day, and brush at least twice a day to remove debris or plaque. Nevertheless, soda is not something we recommend you consume more often than a once-in-awhile treat. Here’s why:
Soda has an extremely high sugar content. The bacteria that cause tooth decay feed off of sugar and excrete acid, which is what causes tooth decay. The more sugar our teeth have to interact with, the more prone to decay they will be.
Think diet soda is a better alternative? Even though it contains zero sugar, it can still contain acids such as phosphoric acid or citric acid. Acid eats away at a tooth’s enamel and leaves it prone to decay.
Caramel color, Yellow 5, etc. Any type of artificial coloring can cause tooth-staining. If you prefer your teeth sparkling white, it’s best to stay away from soda.
Instead of soda, we recommend spicing up your daily beverages with other alternatives. How about some sparkling water or plain water infused with fresh fruit?
When you do drink soda, make sure to rinse with water afterwards. And, as always, keep up with regular brushing and flossing to protect those precious teeth!
Jul 9th, 2018
Wisdom teeth removal has become common in the dental field. It is mostly a preventive surgical procedure as wisdom teeth have been known to cause problems if left unremoved. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed as teenagers or young adults. If you need your wisdom teeth removed, go to the dental center and consult with an oral maxillofacial surgeon. After the procedure, you will need to rest up and give yourself time to recover. Below are what to expect during and after a wisdom teeth removal procedure.
1. Local Anesthetic
During the procedure, the dentist will need to use a local anesthetic. You won’t be conscious for the surgery. Have a friend drive you to the dental center as you won’t be able to drive yourself back home.
2. Recovery Time
After the procedure, the area swelling up is a natural reaction. The swelling will subside after 24 hours. Place a cold compact on the swollen area and keep your head up to control the swelling.
3. Rest Up
You will need a decent amount of time to recover from a wisdom teeth removal procedure. The Columbus dentist will give you a subscription for pain medication. Ensure you also rest up to speed up the healing process.
4. Soft Foods
For you to recover fast, make sure you stick to soft foods. Avoid eating anything that will aggregate the healing area. The foods you eat should not be too hot as this will slow down the healing process. Stick to warm soup dishes and foods that do not require chewing.
5. Brushing your Teeth
Even though keeping your mouth clean is good practice, refrain from brushing your teeth as this might undo your stitches. You should not even use mouthwash. You can use gauze to wipe your mouth, making sure not to make contact with the stitches.
Wisdom teeth removal is a preventive procedure that is recommended for everyone. In case your wisdom teeth cause damage to your jaws or other teeth, make an appointment at the dentist center and have them removed.
Jul 4th, 2018
Nothing comes close in terms of pain than a good old fashioned toothache. And while most of us devour pain killers -and sometimes even morphine- to lull the pain to sleep, a toothache always comes back, stronger, more unbearable than ever before. However, treating the root cause of the problem -and I mean that literally- is a surefire way to get rid of the pain for good, and that’s where root canal procedures come in. You may have heard about it before in passing, but what really is this miracle called root canal treatment after all.
Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal treatment is a dental procedure for eliminating infections from inside the tooth so as to prevent future infection. So, why root canal you may ask? Well, the pulp -the part of a tooth containing nerve tissue and blood vessels- is also referred to as the root canal.
A Few Fact About Root Canal Therapy
* The primary purpose of root canal therapy is to end the pain for good! Which is why it is used to eliminate the nerves located in the pulp -root canals- of the tooth. For your own information, nerves being the source of all bodily sensations, removing them has the obvious effect of making your gums and teeth insensitive to pain.
* Make no mistake about it, it’s a relatively painful pain relieving treatment. However, the flip-side to that is it’s a once off procedure that leaves you with a pain free root canal.
The stages in the dental procedure are pretty straightforward perhaps even a toddler can do better than a regular Columbus Dentist at The Dental Center.
It all starts with the cleaning of the root canal while your under anesthesia. The root canal is decontaminated and filled with dental cement, after which a crown is added to reinforce the brittle and fragile tooth.