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Sinus Infection (Sinusitis): Causes of Sinus Tooth Pain

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What is a Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)?A sinus infection can create pressure and pain in the mouth and cause a sinus tooth pain. Specifically, this is due to pressure and pain in the maxillary sinuses located behind the cheek bones. Sinus tooth pain is often confused with other causes of tooth pain, including gum disease, tooth decay, or an impacted wisdom tooth. What Causes Sinus Infections?A sinus infection occurs when bacteria from the nose enter the sinuses. To help you assess whether you have a sinus tooth pain or a toothache caused by something else, take note of symptoms that occur in addition to pain around the upper teeth, eyes, or cheekbones. Sinus Infection SymptomsAny type of sinusitis, including maxillary sinusitis, can be chronic or acute.  Symptoms of acute maxillary sinusitis include: FeverStuffy nose and nasal dischargeBad breathPain that is worse when sitting up than when lying downTenderness, redness, or swelling in the cheekbonesSigns of chronic maxillary sinusitis incl…

Root Canals: FAQs About Treatment That Can Save Your Tooth

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If you have a severely damaged, decaying tooth or a serious tooth infection (abscess), your dentist may recommend a root canal treatment. Root canals are used to repair and save your tooth instead of removing it.  What’s Involved in Root Canal Repair?The pulp is soft tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and provides nourishment for your tooth. It can become infected if you have:  A deep cavityRepeated dental procedures that disturb this tissueA cracked or fractured toothInjury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)If untreated, the tissues around the root of your tooth can become infected. When this happens, you will often feel pain and swelling and an abscess may form inside the tooth and/or in the bone around the end of the root of the tooth. An infection can also put you at risk of losing your tooth completely because bacteria can damage the bone that keeps your tooth connected to your jaw. Can I Get This Treatment Done During My Regular Che…

Warning Signs & Factors of a Gum Disease

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Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth. Here are some warning signs that can signal a problem: gums that bleed easilyred, swollen, tender gumsgums that have pulled away from the teethpersistent bad breath or bad tastepermanent teeth that are loose or separatingany change in the way your teeth fit together when you biteany change in the fit of partial denturesSome factors increase the risk of developing gum disease. They are:poor oral hygienesmoking or chewing tobaccogeneticscrooked teeth that are hard to keep clean pregnancy diabetes medications, including steroids, certain types of anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs, some calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptivesSee your denti…

Gum Pain Causes, Relief and Treatments

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What Causes Painful Gums?If you experience painful gums when you eat, drink, brush, or floss, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can treat it. Painful or bleeding gums can be caused by improper brushing or flossing techniques, gum disease, chemotherapy, tobacco use, or certain hormonal changes. It is very common for gum disease to lead to pain and bleeding, so resolving the problem is an important part of keeping your gums healthy. Your gums provide the overall support for your teeth and the basis of a healthy mouth, and if not properly cared for, early gum disease can progress to other serious oral health problems. Below are several different causes of gum pain. Being familiar with these causes of gum pain can help you talk to your dental or medical professional when they’re diagnosing the cause of your discomfort. Canker Sores: These are painful ulcers found in your mouth that can cause serious gum pain. Canker sores can be caused by stress or injury to the tissue in y…

Dental Grills — The New Trend Affecting Dentistry And The Health Of Your Teeth

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It’s the latest trend in dental wear, but there’s nothing cool about the damage it could do to your smile. Dental Grills are a cosmetic, metal and sometimes jeweled tooth covering developed in the early 1980s by hip hop artists. Grills, also called fronts, are removable and fit over the front teeth. Dental grills are made of gold, silver or jewel encrusted metals that run as little as $20 and well into the thousands for more elaborate designs. Can Wearing a Dental Grill create Oral Health Problems?  Yes, they can. It’s important to conduct thorough oral hygiene procedures including flossing and brushing with an anti-microbial toothpaste as food and plaque can easily develop on the grill and can cause irritation to the gingival margin and gingivitis may develop and the possibility of tooth decay. Dental grills can also cause abrasion to adjoining teeth, gum recession, tooth discoloration or chipped teeth. A grill should always be removed before eating or rinsing to clean the mouth, and m…

Aging and Dental Health

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As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health. One common misconception is that losing your teeth is inevitable. This is not true. If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime. Your mouth changes as you age. The nerves in your teeth can become smaller, making your teeth less sensitive to cavities or other problems. If you don’t get regular dental exams, this in turn can lead to these problems not being diagnosed until it is too late.  If you want to feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout life, you might be surprised what a difference a healthy mouth makes. Tips for Maintaining and Improving Your Oral HealthBrush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also benefit from using an electric toothbrush.Clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another flossing tool.If you wear full or partial dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis. Take your dentures out of your mouth for at least four hou…

Teaching Teens Proper Oral Hygiene

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When your teen is already busy with friends, schoolwork and catching up on sleep, proper oral hygiene can go on the back burner. When running late for school, sometimes there just isn't time for a full two minutes of toothbrushing. But as a parent, it's up to you to make sure that your teen practices good dental care. By making oral hygiene part of a simple daily routine, you can help your teen sneak in regular brushing and flossing along with all the other plans in his or her schedule. Use Teen-Based Products One of the reasons teens might be slacking in the dental care department is the fact that most oral hygiene products aren't exactly tailored to adolescent tastes. Strong flavors and boring designs could make teens less than enthused when it comes to daily care. That's where youth-geared products can really come in handy. By appealing to teens' tastes and style, it's easier to coax them into a daily care routine. Check out the Colgate®Fresh Confidence produc…