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May 04, 2011 Posted Under: Dental Care

Orthodontic Emergencies: Problems With Your Braces

If you’ve got braces in your mouth, you’re eventually going to have an emergency. An orthodontic emergency occurs when something doesn’t go exactly as expected. The most common orthodontic emergencies are those related to problems with the braces themselves.

The most common orthodontic emergency occurs when something on the braces themselves rubs against the lips, cheeks, or tongue. This could be a wire, a steel ligature tie, the edge of a band or bracket, or some other gadget that your orthodontist has placed into your mouth. Even if everything is OK with your braces, you can expect some discomfort as your lips, cheeks, and tongue become acclimated during your first month. Similar to when you fall and scrape your knee, your mouth will toughen up (callous) during the first month and the braces will be more comfortable the rest of your treatment. Your orthodontist will give you soft wax that you can place over the part of the braces that is irritating you. Use it only after you develop a sore to allow healing. Using it preventively will not allow the mouth to toughen up and you’ll be uncomfortable your entire treatment.

Wire-poke emergencies occur when a part of your braces sticks out or is too long and irritates your mouth. Even if you can place wax over these irritations, if they are sticking out or too far, they need to be fixed. Sometimes you can tuck the end of a flimsy wires or steel ligature tie up against your teeth with the eraser of a pencil. If you can’t eliminate the poke yourself, or it the wire sticking out the back of your braces is too long, you’ll need to get into see your orthodontist on the next business day. Place wax over the poke until you can get in to the office.

The second most common problem is a loose bracket or band. If you have a problem within the first 24 to 48 hours of getting your braces on, it is probably due to an issue with the bond between the bracket and the tooth or it may be that a tooth in one arch is hitting a bracket in the other arch and dislodging it. In either case you need to call your orthodontist and get the loose bracket fixed within a day or two. If your braces have been on for a while and a bracket comes loose, you probably ate something hard or sticky that caused the problem. Your orthodontic team gave you instructions at the beginning of your treatment on the kinds of foods and habits to avoid while wearing braces. The more compliant you are with those guidelines, the faster your treatment will go. You should inspect your braces every night after you brush to make sure they are in good repair. Signs that something is loose include a bracket which moves on the wire or the obvious movement of a tooth that was once straight (i.e. one tooth gets longer than those next to it or it moves in front of or behind the adjacent teeth).

Losing an O-ring or having a chain break are both emergencies that need to be dealt with within a couple days of being discovered. Do not wait for your next appointment! Not only do they move the teeth, they also attach the teeth to the wires. O-rings and chains are easily replaced. The changes that will occur if they are not replaced can add months to your treatment. Inspect each tooth to make sure there is something attaching it to the wire when you are checking for loose brackets each night. Although some orthodontic emergencies cause discomfort, missing O-rings and broken chains do not. Don’t wait until your teeth get crooked again before coming in to get your braces repaired.

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Apr 21, 2011 Posted Under: Dental Care

What To Do When You Have Bad Breath

Most people think that chewing gum will get rid of bad breath. It’s not altogether true.

Bad breath could be the result of bacteria residing in your teeth and your gums and your tongue. But sometimes it goes deeper than that… deep into your system via the foods that you eat.

If you suffer form gastritis, constipation, poor digestion, these conditions are all a result of food from within your system fermenting in a semi state of digestion and the aromas are so strong that instead of being absorbed by our digestive system (which is normal) the smells come from inside out.

If you are fond of meats and garlic and onions… you now you have a problem. Garlic and onions – because of their potency and the pungent smells. Meat – takes a very very long time to digest. It takes as long as 5.5 hours to digest meat compared to just half an hour for fruits and about 2 hours or less to digest veggies.

Imagine foods staying in your digestive system for that long… And if your digestion is not as perfect as it should be, you may have aromas of food about that you would not like to have!

So if you have bad breath the first things you have to check is: What is your food intake like? You may have to change it a little if you are really bothered by bad breath. Eat more salads, veggies, fruits.

If you think it is minor then check food bits that may be caught between your teeth. If you don’t like the idea of flossing after meals (which can be bothersome!) then get some interdental brushes and keep it near you. That should solve bad breath problems.

When brushing your teeth at night don’t brush just with the toothpaste, try adding some sea salt and clove powder and baking soda (put equal amounts of salt and clove powder and less of baking soda in a little bottle and leave it on the bathroom shelf). And while you are at brushing, brush your gums as well as your tongue.

Another method to get rid of bad breath, especially if it is not superficial (i.e. it is not just mouth, gums, teeth) and it comes from deep within the system, get some aloe vera juice and drink a half a glass of it. Some have reported that it works like magic.

Other home remedies that have had good reports are gargling in warm water with lemon juice. Chewing on a clove or a cardamom or fennel seeds works wonders. Drink lots of green tea.

While this article if full of tips and lighthearted in its vein, I know that bad breath can be debilitating in your life. Relationships can be destroyed. Confidence can be lost, the fear being in a social circle is large and you can become a recluse. It can prove torturous to many people suffering (yes, “suffering” is the right word here) this ailment.

So go to it. There are many things in your kitchen that helps. Do it. Have some determination (especially when it comes to changing your diet a little) and get it done.

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Apr 16, 2011 Posted Under: Dental Care

Tips on Buying Dentures

Buying dentures for some people might seem to be intimidating or even embarrassing at some point. This does not have to be the case, and buying dentures can be a very simple and easy process. The most important thing you need to know when buying your dentures is to know the choices that are available, you choose something that will work for you and satisfy your needs.

Typically, the process that is involved in choosing dentures will change according to the type of dentures you need. The types of dentures that are available are partial, immediate, implant retained, and standard. With these choices it is very important that you choose the style of dentures that will best suit your condition.

If you are not sure which style to choose, you can start with something that is tolerable for you as an individual. Dentures make it possible for you to enjoy the natural process of chewing your food as well as allowing you to have a more natural smile. By having the correct type of dentures, this will allow the feel and look to be more of pleasing to you, also allowing your mouth to adjust to having a foreign object in place for long periods of time.

Below we will explain each type of denture to allow you to have a better idea of which dentures will work for you.

Partial – Partial dentures are designed to fit in your mouth like standard dentures, and work in conjunction with your regular teeth. This provides support at the roof of your mouth as well as holes being created to allow you to keep your good teeth.

Immediate – Immediate dentures are provided for temporary relief, these will only substitute for more permanent dentures in the future. These dentures are made to train your gums after a surgery has been performed and can possibly be worn up to a year.

Implant retained – implant dentures are probably the most sought after dentures if finances permit. These types of dentures will not work for everyone, and the reason for this is the bone structure in your mouth has to be suitable. For this procedure typically screws are mounted in the bone structure and your new dentures are made to attach to those screws. The reason these types of dentures are so ideal is because, they never have to be removed.

Standard – standard dentures are the most typical type of dentures available. Standard dentures are commonly used with a denture paste to hold them to the roof of your mouth. These types of dentures are the most common, most affordable, and can be made to fit every individual.

With the information provided above you can make a decision about what types of dentures will work best for you. Once you have decided the type of dentures you would like, don’t forget that except for implants, you will need denture paste as well as cleaner. These items can all be purchased through you denture provider or through other sources.

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