More often than not, people feel uneasy when they hear the term ‘root canal treatment’ as they directly associate the procedure to pain. The perception of root canal treatment being painful began years ago however with modern technologies and anesthetics; root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a dental filling placed. A recent survey in fact showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as ‘painless’ than patients who have not had root canal treatment.
Most people who are suffering from gum disease are not really aware of it because the progression of the disease is slow and painless. It all starts with the bacteria forming a yellowish coating called dental plaque on your teeth. If this plaque is not removed properly during brushing, over time it ends up solidifying and forming what is called as calculus or tartar.
The notion that problems in the mouth cause disease elsewhere in the body makes sense but has been difficult to prove.
“About 75 percent of bad breath or halitosis is caused by the mouth itself. Other causes include gastric problems, sinus infections or severe gum disease,” says Mark Wolff, DDS, Ph.D., director of operative dentistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
The following are simple toothbrush storage tips to keep your brush as germ-free as possible...
Many experts agree it’s actually best to wait a little while after a meal to brush your teeth, rather than trying to clean them right away. This is especially valid in cases where you have had something acidic like oranges or lemons. Its good to leave at least a window of around 30 minutes after you eat. This is because the acidic food and sugars temporarily softens the teeth enamel and brushing right away can actually cause damage to the teeth enamel.
A dental check-up and cleaning twice a year may seem like a lot for someone with good oral hygiene and home care. However when you take in to consideration the amount of sugar laden foods we eat on a daily basis, the accumulation of buildup can be significant in a six month period.
Dr. Naeem Moideen is our Specialist Orthodontist and is also Invisalign® and Inman aligner certified.