How Do I Know When I Need a Root Canal?

If a tooth is causing you a lot of pain and discomfort the first thing you should do is visit your trusted dentist. They will advise you about the treatment is appropriate to treat your case. An endodontic treatment is performed when the nerves or pulp of the tooth become inflamed or infected due to decay, fractures or some dental disease.

What Are Some Root Canal Symptoms to Look For?

Here are some of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal:

  • Pain: This can vary from moderate to intense throughout the day or it can appear only when you bite and put pressure on the tooth.
  • Swelling: In some cases, a slight swelling around the affected tooth can be observed.
  • Sensitivity: Although it is not a very common symptom, you can develop sensitivity to hot or cold foods in that area specifically.
  • Color change: The tooth tends to suddenly darken.
  • Fistula: In very severe cases fistula occurs which is the secretion of infection material such as pus.

When you receive a very strong blow on a tooth, it is best to go to a specialist to check if it does not affect the nerves.

What Are The Benefits of Root Canals?

Root canals offer several endodontic advantages including:

  • The dental infection is eliminated. 
  • It is usually done in a single session. 
  • It is one of the most conservative ways to eliminate an infection without removing the tooth. 
  • The materials used in the filling and reconstruction are biocompatible. 
  • A recovered tooth can last for many years without presenting any discomfort. Endodontics have a high success rate 
  • They are significantly cheaper than tooth extraction and replacement with an implant or bridge. 

Can You Give Me Tips to Avoid Dental Infections?

Of course! As we have already mentioned before, tooth decay and dental infections are the causes that you should have root canal treatments.

That’s why you should be aware of these tips to avoid these infections.

  1. Avoid smoking: According to studies by the American Dental Association and the American Medical Association, people who smoke are 70% more likely to repeat root canal treatments.

  2. Visit your dentist annually: If you make periodic visits for review, they may detect infection or decay before it affects the pulp of the tooth.

  3. Have good oral hygiene: Take care that your dental hygiene habits are adequate. Sometimes brushing after each meal is not enough to keep your mouth in a healthy state. Also remember to continue to schedule routine dental exams & cleanings as well!

  4. Do not hesitate to call your dentist: In case you feel pain or discomfort in any tooth you should go quickly to your dentist. This will identify the cause and the appropriate treatment to solve it.

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What is Teeth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is an operation whose result is not valid for life. After the tooth whitening period, they rejuvenate again but will be whiter than before treatment. To regain a bright smile, it will be necessary to redo a treatment.

What Are Some At-Home Solutions to Whiten My Teeth?

People who have yellowed teeth due to daily coffee or tobacco consumption should not worry, because there are several tips for whitening teeth to have a beautiful all-white smile. A teeth whitening kit can be purchased at a pharmacy. The product gets into the teeth and whitens them from the inside. To penetrate products in the teeth, there are two techniques: that of the gutter that requires the use of a bleaching kit. Thanks to these types of equipment, the product penetrates alone in the enamel. It only takes 2 or 3 weeks of daily applications to have pristine teeth. The second technique for self-bleaching is to apply strips. These whiteners are to stick on the teeth for about an hour.

Why Should I Whiten My Teeth?

Today’s society is always looking for beauty, and some people want to improve their physical appearance to feel good about themselves. To achieve this, many adults are more interested in orthodontics to optimize their smiles and get a better masticatory function. When it comes to teeth whitening, even when brushing your teeth with 2 or 3 daily brushings and flossing once a day, that’s not enough to keep your teeth white. To restore radiance to the smile, it will be necessary to resort to the whitening of the teeth.

What Factors Contribute to my Teeth Changing Color?

Several factors intervene in the color change of the teeth. Consuming colored drinks and foods containing color pigments called chromogens is one of these factors. The colored pigments are found in several products such as tea, coffee, red wine, dark soft drinks, dark fruit juices such as grapes, cranberries, curry, tomato soup, and beets. The colored pigments are easily attached to the enamel of the teeth. Age can also contribute to the evolution of the color of the teeth. Over the years, the outer enamel decreases and reveals the naturally yellow hue of the dentine. 

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What is Dental Plaque?

Plaque is a natural phenomenon and quite normal. Everyone has it. It results from a very simple process: when eating, bacteria, and food residues mix and form a thin white or yellow film that settles on and between the teeth. It does not matter. You have to brush your teeth regularly to eliminate it every time it is formed to prevent it from settling permanently. 

What is Dental Plaque?

When food and saliva mix, the result is the production of bacterial deposits that accumulate between gums and teeth. It’s the dental plaque. It is transparent and of a slightly gelatinous consistency. The problem is that it contains acidic substances released by bacteria naturally present in the mouth when they transform sugars from the diet. These acids attack the tooth enamel, gums and can damage them. It is necessary to quickly get rid of dental plaque because if it is not removed in time, it becomes tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist. It is the mineral salts and saliva that cause hardening and calcification of the dental plaque which then becomes tartar.

What Complications Can Dental Plaque Cause? 

If dental plaque is not removed gradually through daily toothbrushing, it hardens and attacks the tooth surface, especially when wearing a brace. It can cause bad breath and promote the development of cavities. Plaque can also cause gingivitis. It is an inflammation of the gums. While they are normally firm, they become red, irritated, swollen, tender and painful. It is necessary to take care of gingivitis quickly because it can be the first step in periodontal disease. It can have serious consequences such as infection of deeper tissues than the gums and even tooth loosening.

How Do I Prevent the Appearance of Dental Plaque?

The best way to fight against dental plaque every day is not to let it settle down. There are many simple tips and good habits to take and set up to have impeccable oral hygiene.

Use a fluoride toothpaste, which helps limit the growth of bacteria in the mouth. Use after use, the toothpaste enriched with fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and makes them more resistant to acid attacks of bacteria. 

Use dental floss to clean your teeth. You can also use interdental brushes. It allows you to access all the places, even the least accessible, especially between the teeth.

Consult a dentist regularly. He alone to carry out a descaling without danger, and you then avoid complications. 

Change toothbrush every 3 months to avoid damaging your gums.

Use a mouthwash. It allows you to purify your entire mouth, even the most difficult areas of access, between the teeth, for example.

Brushing your teeth after every meal, even snacking, is the basic and most important rule. Indeed, the brushing of the teeth makes it possible to eliminate the dental plaque as and when it is formed. Thus, it does not accumulate and is easily removed. After each brushing, your teeth should be perfectly clean and smooth. You can swipe your tongue over to check.

Limit the consumption of sugary foods. Indeed, at the time of digestion, they promote the production of acids and the appearance of dental plaque.

Use an electric toothbrush. It allows a effective brushing of teeth and gums. Brushing with an electric toothbrush would remove twice as much plaque as a conventional toothbrush.

How Can I Get Rid of Dental Plaque?

When the dental plaque is well installed, you cannot get rid of it alone, with the methods mentioned above. First of all, you must go to the dentist who will perform a descaling. It is necessary to perform regular descaling to fight against dental plaque, the risk of gingivitis, cavities, the appearance of other diseases or bad breath. Tartar can have many colors, from white to brown depending on the food you usually eat. 

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