6 Reasons a Tooth Needs to Be Pulled

6 Reasons a Tooth Needs to Be Pulled

Extracting a tooth doesn’t really sound fun for anyone. We definitely want you to be able to keep your pearly whites and we believe that knowing under what circumstances a tooth needs to be pulled can help you prevent these problems from ever happening. So here are the 6 main reasons teeth need to be pulled:

1. There Is an Infection in the Tooth

If tooth decay goes untreated, it can lead to further infection. It’s especially worrisome if an infection reaches the nerve (or pulp) of the tooth. If the infection gets to the nerve then it can easily spread to your other teeth. A root canal may be possible, but if the damage is too extensive then there is no other option than to pull the tooth.

2. There Is Severe Tooth Decay

When it comes to tooth decay, there is a point of no return. While there are many methods for reversing or treating tooth decay, not every tooth can be saved. The damage might be irreversible, in which case, the tooth must be pulled. That’s why it’s important to make regular visits to the dental office before it’s too late to correct the damage. If the tooth has cracked or broken down, then it will have to be pulled.

3. A Tooth Has Grown or Moved Into the Wrong Position

This problematic issue is referred to as impacted teeth. When teeth move into the incorrect position they are no longer useful and can disrupt the placement of the rest of your pearly whites. Teeth that become too large to properly fit within their lineup are referred to as “overcrowded” teeth. These teeth can prevent other teeth from coming in to place. In either situation, the tooth must be pulled in order to not damage the rest of your mouth.

4. A Permanent Tooth Is Loose

If a permanent tooth is only slightly loose, it will most likely tighten back up on its own as long as you don’t wiggle it or apply too much pressure. Eat soft foods and don’t mess with the tooth until it feels properly tightened once again. If a tooth is extremely loose, however, to the point where it may fall out, you must reach your dentist immediately. The tooth needs to be put back into the socket within two hours or else the damage will be permanent and the tooth will be pulled.

5. There Are Signs of Gum Disease

You might think gum disease is something the dentist uses to scare you into taking better care of your oral health, but gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss. Even worse, this problem isn’t rare, it’s actually pretty common. What actually occurs in your mouth is that the gums start to pull away from the teeth and that space becomes infected. Everything keeping your teeth in place begins to break away. Without treatment the entire system will break down, the tooth will become loose, and will eventually need to be pulled.

6. A Severe Trauma That Cannot Be Corrected

In many trauma cases, dentists can repair the damage with a filling or a crown, but in some cases, the tooth is beyond the point of a healthy return. In cases where the filling is used, the filling helps to repair any damage teeth until they are able to function normally once again. A crown resets the entire structure of the tooth and covers said tooth entirely. In a severe trauma case where the tooth cannot be saved, the dentist has no other option than to remove the compromised tooth.

At the end of the day, preventing a tooth from needing to be pulled is all about maintaining the health of your teeth and acting as quickly as possible when you experience a dental problem. Make oral hygiene a systematic part of your daily routine and never skip a dental appointment. Above all, when you experience anything out of the ordinary contact your dentist as soon as possible because waiting to act might just result in the loss of a tooth.

Don’t Ditch Your Dental Floss

Don’t Ditch Your Dental Floss

Recently, the dental industry was rocked by reports that flossing your teeth may not be as important as dentists make it out to be.

“The AP report looked at five analyses of 25 studies in total that compare the use of a toothbrush with the combined use of a toothbrush and floss. The reviews found that evidence supporting the health benefits of flossing is “very unreliable” and of “very low” quality. Other studies cited by the American Dental Association and American Academy of Periodontology as proof of the benefits of flossing used outdated testing methods, lasted for too short a time, or studied too few people to be deemed reliable.”

Keep Flossing For Now

You should be reminded though that this doesn’t show evidence that flossing isn’t essential to your daily oral healthcare routine. It just tells us that not enough time has been spent researching the subject of flossing. At the end of the day, it’s important to remove that extra plaque and leftover food particles clinging to your teeth and gums.

To learn more about the debate over flossing refer to Sorry Haters, But You Can’t Stop Flossing Your Teeth Just Yet.

5 Times to Avoid Brushing Your Teeth

5 Times to Avoid Brushing Your Teeth

Have you ever heard the saying “don’t overdo a good thing”? We all know that eating an entire bag of potato chips or scarfing down a box of Oreos is “overdoing a good thing”, but did you know you can overdo brushing? Below we will list five times you should avoid brushing your teeth.

 

  1. Immediately After You Eat

I’m sure you were told as child NOT to go swimming for at least thirty minutes after you’ve eaten. Use this same rule but only on your teeth. Brushing right after a snack or meal will only brush the acid from the food onto your teeth. While you’re waiting for your thirty minutes to expire take a drink of water to help neutralize the PH levels in your mouth.

**For the record, the pool rule is a myth J

 

  1. After Tossing Vomiting

The first thing that you likely want to do after vomiting is getting that awful taste out of your mouth. DON’T! The same rule applies for brushing as it does in number one, wait at least 30 minutes. Vomit contains acid just like many foods and if you brush right after you’re brushing your teeth with acid. While the clock is ticking down suck on a sugar free breathe mint or eat something bland to get the taste of out your mouth. After the sickness has left your body don’t forget to replace your toothbrush!

 

  1. In The Shower

Some mornings we have more time than others, and we understand that multi-tasking is a way of life especially if you are a parent. However, there is a time and place to brush your teeth and that time is not in the shower. When you’re rushing in the shower that means you’re rushing to brush and will likely cut that two minute deadline in half. In addition, your shower head has thousands of microbes which can enter your mouth right along with your toothbrush. Your best bet is to brush in front of your mirror solely focusing on keeping those pearly white clean!

 

  1. On The Toilet

Fun fact! Your mouth and toilet are super similar as they both contain billions of germs! Now that we’ve caught your attention (and suppressed your appetite) please don’t brush your teeth while on the toilet.  It is a great place for scrolling through Facebook and reading up on current events but not ideal for keeping good oral hygiene. Bacteria from the toilet can become airborne and get into your mouth.

  1. With Your Partner

We don’t mean you can’t stand next to your partner while you both brush, we mean we don’t want you to share a single toothbrush. There are a number of reason why this is a bad idea. To name a few:

  • You can spread a bloodbourne illness if the gums bleed when a person brushes.
  • They can harbor all sorts of bad bacteria such as MRSA, lactobacillus and pseudomonas (germs that cause pneumonia) and too many more to list.
  • You will come into contact with whatever that person ate for dinner the night before especially if they don’t clean or rinse their brush correctly.

Keep the sharing between you and your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend to popcorn at the movies, desserts, and similar interests.

 

Hopefully you will give these examples some thought and get back to brushing with no distractions!

4 Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies

4 Common Pediatric Dental Emergencies

As a Parent you never want to see your child in pain. Unfortunately, pediatric dental emergencies can occur. Below we are going to give you the four most common types of emergency calls that we receive and how to handle them to achieve the best possible outcome.

With any dental trauma if your child has lost consciousness or has signs of a concussion, take your child to the emergency room.

Toothache

Unfortunately toothaches are the most common emergency call we receive and rarely occur without a cause. The most common causes of a toothache are decay, abscess (infection) or trauma.

What you should do:

  1. Assess the area and look for any fractures on the tooth or white bubbles on the gums.
  2. Call your child’s pediatric dentist to seek advice. They will be able to do x-rays and an in depth exam to figure out the cause of the toothache.

 

Broken Tooth

It is no secret that children are more prone to falling and these types of accidents can result in a broken tooth. In most cases the front teeth are the most likely to sustain the injury.

What you should do:

  1. If your child is in pain give them a pediatrician approved pain reliever such as children’s Tylenol to help ease the discomfort for the time being.
  2. Call your child’s pediatric dentist immediately. They will need to see your child and take an x-ray to be able to properly diagnose how severe the fracture is and properly treat the injury.

 

Knocked out tooth (Dental Avulsion)

If your child’s tooth has been “knocked out” do your best not to panic as this will only alarm your child more. Call your child’s pediatric dentist right away and they will give you the proper steps to take in order address the situation. Depending on if it is an adult tooth or a baby tooth the steps may be different.

What you should do for a permanent tooth:

  1. Recover the tooth but don’t touch the roots! Try your best to handle the crown only (the crown of the tooth is the portion of the tooth visible in the mouth).
  2. If at all possible lightly rinse off any debris and replant the tooth immediately (put the tooth back into the socket).
  3. If unable to replant the tooth, place the tooth into a solution known as Save-a-tooth (a lot of schools have this available). If this solution is not an option then place the tooth in a glass of milk and call the dentist immediately.

What to do for a baby tooth:

  1. If it is a baby tooth do not try to replant the tooth. Baby teeth can not be replanted.
  2. Call your child’s pediatric dentist as soon as possible! Your child will need to be seen and an x-ray taken to make sure the entire tooth has come out.

 

Dental Concussion

A dental concussion is when a tooth has been bumped but has not been dislodged or fractured. This occurs more frequently in smaller children and can cause the tooth to become temporarily or permanently discolored. Typically this type of injury does not require treatment and the tooth only needs to be monitored but it is best to call your dentist and have the child seen for an evaluation.

 

If you have any further questions about a dental or emergency or your child has experienced something that is not on this list please give us a call, we are always happy to help!

7 Labor Day Weekend Recipes

7 Labor Day Weekend Recipes

How is it Labor Day Weekend already? This Holiday is bittersweet. We welcome the three day weekend but also know this is the “end of summer”. Why not celebrate all your hard work throughout the year and throw a party! We have some killer recipes for you to try out on your friends and family, we promise they will be impressed.

Southern Baked Beans

Bakes beans are a staple at most parties but this recipe looks to die for.  They are perfect for feeding a crowd and it freezes really well so you can enjoy them for a random dinner.

Check out this website for the recipe and their other delicious ideas

Southern Baked Beans – Recipe Here!

Parmesan Garlic Grilled Corn

This is a really delicious twist on the classic corn on the cob. It’s super cheap and really easy to make so you can fool all your friends and family into thinking this took a lot of effort.

Parmesan Garlic Grilled Corn – Recipe Here!

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Most everyone loves a good potato salad. With so many different variations it’s hard not to find one you love. This one looks delicious and only has five ingredients.

Potato Salad – Recipe Here!

Pickle Roll-ups

This is hands down the easiest recipe on this list. You’ll need ham, cream cheese (preferably whipped because it spreads easier), and your favorite brand of dill pickle. Lay down the ham, spread on the cream cheese, place your pickle, roll it up and you’re done! Cut it up into smaller pieces or leave it whole.

Just in case your need the recipe you can find it on this website.

Pickle Roll ups – Recipe Here!

Sausage and Pineapple Appetizer

Maybe for your party you’ve decided to do appetizers instead of a big dinner. In that case these little guys are perfect. Really simple to make and fun to eat.

Sausage and Pineapple Appetizer – Recipe Here!

Slow Cooker Queso Dip

This is always a good recipe to fall back on. You can quadruple the batch if you have to and everyone loves it. Plus you just throw it all into a slow cooker and that does the work for you!

Queso Dip – Recipe Here!

Firecracker Cake

Despite the name this cake has nothing to do with firecrackers, but it does look like one! The ingredients seem simple enough and the finished product looks pretty cool in all its red, white, and blue.

Firecracker Cake -Recipe Here!

Hopefully you’ve found something that you would like to try. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and soak up summers last bits of sunshine!

 

When Does a Toothache Warrant a Trip to the Dentist?

When Does a Toothache Warrant a Trip to the Dentist?

 

Teeth are one of the many parts that make up our bodies. When someone experiences pain it is a sign that something is wrong. The same goes for a toothache, if there is pain present in a tooth it could be a sign of decay or infection. The best thing to do is get ahold of your child’s pediatric dentist to set up an appointment. Sometimes the reason for the pain is not visible to the naked eye so getting his/her dentist to do an exam and x-rays is best.

Below we are going to answer some commonly asked questions about toothaches. Hopefully this will give you more insight on how to move forward if your child is experiencing pain.

Will my child’s cavities heal on their own?

Most tissues on the body can self-heal; teeth are very different and cannot do this. Once the damage has gone below the enamel of the tooth (protective layer) the cavity will only get deeper. At this point it is necessary to make an appointment at a dental office so they can restore the tooth ensuring the decay does not progress any further and go into the nerve of the tooth. The most common way to do this is placing a filling which is a material that protects the tooth from further damage however, only your dentist can determine the best treatment.

It’s just a baby tooth; do we have to fix it?

Yes. Baby teeth are very important. It is common to think because the teeth are going to fall out at some point that they don’t need to be repaired, but this is incorrect. If decay in a baby tooth goes untreated it can cause pain, infection, and even risk of damaging the permanent tooth growing underneath.

What can we do to help prevent decay and pain?

There are multiple things you can do to help prevent decay in your child’s teeth. Start by making an appointment at a Pediatric Dentist by age one. This appointment will serve not only as their first cleaning but will also give you the chance to ask any questions you may have and get more educated on early dental hygiene habits. Being consistent in taking your child to the dentist every six months will give hygienists the opportunity to monitor dental hygiene and check for any signs of decay or beginnings of decay. While at home make sure to limit sugary foods and drinks and save them for special occasions only. Also help them brush and floss every day to help make dental hygiene a lifelong habit.

 

If you have any questions please call our office, we are happy to help answer any more questions you may have!

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