WE ALL KNOW it’s possible to catch a cold from someone who’s under the weather. Did you know cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from person-to-person too?
While sugary treats often take the blame for causing cavities, the real culprits for tooth decay are bacteria. Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus are bacteria which stick to our teeth and eat food particles left behind from our last meal, producing acids which threaten gum health and cause tooth decay.
And just like cold-causing bacteria, these bacteria like to travel.
Whether it’s through sharing a drink or kissing a loved one, cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from person-to-person the same way many other bacterial infections can. Studies have shown that “catching a cavity” is not only possible, but it also happens far more often than you might think.
One of the most common transmissions is from parent and child. Cavity-causing bacteria is commonly passed along to a child when a mother or father tastes food to ensure it’s not too hot or when he or she “cleans” a pacifier by sucking on it before handing it over.
What can you do to reduce your risk of transmitting these cavity-causing bacterias to someone else?
Nobody wants to inadvertently “catch a cavity.” Our practice is committed to providing you with the best information possible to help you create a healthy and resilient smile. If you have any questions about this, be sure to ask us! We love visiting about your oral health. You can also comment below and reach out to us on social media.
Cavities are one of the most common dental concerns we hear about at my dental office in Houston. While worries about cavities are valid since they can lead to pain, sensitivity, and more serious oral health conditions, there are many beliefs behind cavities that just aren’t true.
Fiction. But an almost fact. Bacteria are the main cause of cavities. Bacteria produce acid, acid destroys teeth, and cavities are formed. But where do the bacteria come from? Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates found in bread, rice, potatoes, and yes, sugar, are the main triggers behind bacteria production.
Fiction. Developments in dental technology and prevention have led to a decrease in tooth decay in children by half in the last 20 years. This means that children are actually at lower risk for cavities than their grandparents. Senior citizens are at the highest risk for cavities because a lot of medications lead to dry mouth.
Fact. Foods that are high in acid like lemons, citrus fruits, and soda really increase the chance for decay. The acid actually eats away at the protective enamel, putting your teeth at greater risk for cavities.
Fact. Gaps provide a great place for bacteria to hide. They’re also hard to reach and properly clean, leaving you more susceptible to cavities. However, larger gaps are much easier to clean than small gaps and aren’t as worrisome.
A few longstanding facts to protect your smile against cavities? Maintain regularly scheduled appointments at my Houston dental office, proper at-home oral care, and drink plenty of water. Don’t let cavities affect your grin. Call us today at (281) 930-5951!
Serving patients from Houston, Cy-Fair, Jersey Village, and surrounding areas. contact Tadros Dental today.
WE’VE ALL HEARD VARIOUS “FACTS” when it comes to our oral health—different ways to clean our teeth and gums, what is good or bad for them, etc. As your trusted dental professionals, we’re here to set the record straight about some of the most common oral health myths.
In reality, many dental problems don’t hurt in their beginning stages, such as chronic gum disease and cavities. When they have progressed, however, to where treatment is quite extensive and expensive, you may begin to feel discomfort. Preventing a problem is always better than treating one. Visiting your dentist as frequently as recommended is key in maintaining a healthy body and mouth.
When you wash your body, does it bleed? No! It’s not normal for your gums either. In fact, bleeding gums are the first sign of infection. Gums will bleed because plaque accumulates where toothbrushes cannot reach to remove it. This is why flossing daily is so important! Flossing will help reach these plaque-ridden areas, which adds up to about 35 percent of your tooth surface. To heal bleeding gums, consistently brush and floss gently twice a day. If bleeding continues, come see us so we can evaluate your gums for possible gum disease.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Spit, don’t rinse”? Keep this tip in mind while brushing. Toothpaste contains fluoride which helps protect our teeth from dental decay, strengthens tooth enamel, and even reduces the amount of cavity-causing acid that bacteria produce. So, when brushing, spit out excess toothpaste, but refrain from rinsing your mouth out with water. This will help your teeth remain protected far longer throughout the day!
There can be many causes for bad breath and mouthwash alone is not the solution. Bad breath can be caused by certain medications, illnesses, foods, and poor dental hygiene. The most effective way to fight bad breath is through regular brushing, daily flossing, and especially tongue scraping. Tongue scraping gets rid of any remaining bacteria on your tongue, which is the real culprit behind bad breath.
We may think that brushing right after eating is good because it gets any food particles that are left behind in our teeth. But brushing within 30 minutes of finishing a meal can actually weaken tooth enamel, especially if you’ve consumed anything sugary or acidic, such as citrus. After a meal, it is best to thoroughly rinse your mouth out with water or chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production. After about 30 minutes, however, brush away!
We’ve loved busting these oral health myths so that you have the best and most accurate information out there. If you have any questions, call or come in to see us!
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD your favorite music performed live? You likely noticed things that often don’t come across in a low-quality recording—the exact texture of the instruments and richness of the sound, for example. The parts of our auditory system that pick these things up are delicate and can be dulled by trauma or disease.
What does this have to do with brushing your teeth? A lot, actually! Research is making it clear how far-reaching the benefits of good oral health care, including links to a reduced risk of hearing loss.
Our mouths are home to billions of microbes of many different species. Many of them aren’t anything to worry about, but some of the more harmful microbes in dental plaque cause inflammation and tooth decay. If not removed by regular brushing and flossing, these bacteria will work their way into the bloodstream through infected, irritated gums.
Once inside the circulatory system, they inflame and narrow blood vessels in other parts of the body. When blood vessels that feed the auditory system are restricted, the fragile “hairs” that pick up sounds in the inner ear—called stereocilia—can be damaged, leading to hearing loss. And here’s the kicker: stereocilia don’t grow back.
Hearing loss occurs naturally with age—in fact, it affects about one out of three people by age 65. But there are steps each of us can take to reduce the risk and severity of the problem.
Here are three easy-to-remember points:
Hearing is just one part of life preserved or enhanced by good hygiene. It’s impossible to ignore how much oral care, or the lack thereof, affects day-to-day living.
We have a “big picture” view of dentistry as an essential component of overall health, so our advice and treatment are focused on making lasting improvements to your quality of life!
One’s set of pearly whites can easily lose its beautiful white color due to staining from food, drinks, smoking or aging. There are staining and coloring properties on food substances that can discolor the teeth and when this happens, you can get a teeth whitening procedure.
Teeth whitening may be a take-home procedure or it may be done in-office. Regardless of whether the procedure is of professional standard or not, most patients complain of teeth sensitivity. As a matter of fact, some people would rather stay away from the procedure because of it.
The tooth is made up of different layers. When the teeth undergo a whitening procedure, there is a component in the whitening agent that opens the pores of the teeth and activates it. When this happens, the inner layers of the teeth become exposed and sensitivity is felt.
With the pores of the teeth opened, there is direct communication with the pulp tissue located in the innermost layer of the teeth. The pulp has connections to the nerve endings and when they are exposed to stimuli such as cold and hot temperatures, striking pain may be experienced.
The degree of sensitivity varies greatly from person to person. Some patients have a completely pleasant experience and do not feel any sensitivity, but some may undergo extreme pain. When this happens, a dose of painkillers may be taken and tooth creams may be applied to the teeth to alleviate the condition.
Any sensitivity felt during a teeth whitening procedure is typically not permanent. It usually occurs during the procedure up to 48 hours after, but it is almost never a permanent thing. After a while, the pores deactivate and close, so it is no longer susceptible to stimuli. It will return to its normal condition, but beautiful and whiter. If you are considering on enjoying this procedure and you are having some second thoughts because of all the talk about teeth sensitivity, take comfort on some of the facts mentioned here.
If you have any further questions or concerns, or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment, contact Tadros Dental today.
The teeth are given the nickname, pearly whites because ideally they are white and they glisten like pearls. Teeth that are white and of an even color and shade look healthy and clean; when an individual is fond of taking highly staining food and drinks, they quickly lose the beautiful appearance of their smile.
A whitening procedure can restore the appearance of the smile and make the teeth whiter and brighter. These procedures may be classified into two main categories: home remedies and chairside procedures; what you choose for your problem will depend on your preference, your budget, expectation, and case.
The chairside teeth whitening procedures are performed by the dentist and other dental personnel. Unlike the home remedies and the various take-home whitening products, in-office whitening is much more effective.
Teeth Bleaching. Professional teeth whitening procedures involve teeth bleaching with the use of powerful whitening agents. Depending on the method used, a whitening light is sometimes also utilized. The whitening agent is of higher concentration so proper handling is important. More so, the use of a lamp further complicates the procedure, so only a trained professional can enjoy this.
There are more invasive tooth whitening procedures that do provide whitening beyond bleaching but resolves it with complete manipulation of the teeth color and shade. Examples of these cosmetic procedures are the fabrication of dental crowns, dental veneers, dental bondings, and Lumineers. The prosthetic material dictates the new color and shade of the teeth, so it gives a semi-permanent whitening effect.
If you have any questions related how to whitening your teeth, please contact Tadros Dental.
INJURIES ALWAYS SEEM TO HAPPEN when we least expect them. Picture yourself at an outdoor gathering, having fun, when suddenly a crying child runs up to you, knocked-out tooth in hand. Would you know what to do?
Knocking out or fracturing a tooth is especially distressing—just thinking about it can make you uncomfortable! But knowing what to do within the first hour after dental damage occurs can save the tooth. Here’s your plan of action:
Carefully recover the tooth. Pick up the tooth by the crown, do not touch the root. If necessary, gently rinse the tooth in water or milk, but do not scrub or brush the root.
Don’t let the tooth dry out.
If possible, put the tooth back in the socket and hold it in place with fingers or by gently biting on gauze. If you can’t reimplant the tooth, keep it in milk (not water) or inside the cheek until you can find help.
Seek professional dental care immediately.
You’ll have the best chance of saving the tooth if you get to a dentist or emergency room within an hour.
Accidents happen, but there are many steps you can take to prevent dental damage! These include:
Teeth are strong, but they can only last a lifetime if you do your part to keep them safe and healthy!
Part of what makes dental injury so traumatic is the thought that the damage could be permanent. We’re here to assure you that even if a tooth cannot be saved, we have the knowledge and tools to restore your smile! Should a dental emergency ever occur, see us as soon as possible.
Thanks for reading! We treasure the trust you place in our team as your lifelong dental health partners.
ONE OUT OF EIGHT PEOPLE in the United States are living with pain related to TMD every day. Thankfully, if diagnosed and treated correctly, relief is just around the corner.
TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is pain and discomfort caused by problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.
Common TMD symptoms include:
Adding to TMD’s complexity, there can be multiple causes. While an autoimmune disease or various forms of arthritis can affect your temporomandibular joint, some lesser known causes of TMD include bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching), bad bite, and stress.
Depending on your symptoms, various treatments and solutions are available such as:
If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD or have any questions, make an appointment to come visit us. We’re here to help relieve your pain and regain your quality of life!
Braces have grown in popularity over the past decade, and today it seems like everyone, both children and adults, gets them at one time or another. But are they really necessary? Aside from the cosmetic difference, how do braces affect oral health?
Here is an overview of various ailments that can be treated by braces:
Sometimes, patients simply want that “perfect smile,” and with braces, it is easily possible. Whether the reason is cosmetic or medical, braces have the capability to help most patients in significant ways, and modern advancements in orthodontic technology have made the process easier, quicker, and much less burdensome than before.
If you should elect to get braces or would like more information about what options would be right for you, contact Tadros Dental to learn about the services we provide.
We’ve heard it a million times: flossing is important. But even if you have the motivation to floss, flossing can be hard, especially if you have braces. However, it’s even more important to keep your gums healthy and your teeth plaque-free when you have braces.
Here are some tips for flossing while you’re wearing braces:
Flossing during your teeth straightening process can protect your mouth from painful gum disease. If you need advice on flossing or our teeth straightening options, such as Six Month Smiles, contact Tadros Dental today.
When we see kids running around with metal braces, it looks adorable. They’re growing up and their colorful braces reflect their whimsy. But if you’re an adult, maybe the metal braces look just isn’t for you, so you’ve always put off getting your teeth straightened. You’re not alone. Millions of adults out there are less than content with their smile and are looking for a modern, grown-up way to fix it. Six Month Smiles is your answer. It’s an effective orthodontic treatment that uses nearly invisible braces and typically only lasts, you guessed it, six months.
Here are the innovations that Six Month Smiles has brought to the orthodontic world:
Six Month Smiles uses the latest technology to maximize the efficiency at which your teeth can be shifted into the perfect smile. It uses standard orthodontic mechanics, so it’s not any tighter or painful than regular braces. It cuts down time not by forcing your teeth into more pain but by using gentle forces alongside a pinpointed cosmetic focus on moving your teeth into a straighter smile. It mainly focuses on the teeth that are shown in the smile and shifts attention from creating a perfect bite to the outward appearance of your teeth.
Six Month Smiles is perfect for adults (15 years or more) that aren’t looking for a major bite adjustment. Most adults qualify; talk to your dentist for more information.
If you’re interested in setting up an appointment today, contact Tadros Dental and we will be more than happy to help.
If you’ve been told that you have to get a root canal, you may be concerned about the pain of the procedure. Fortunately, the process has gotten a lot simpler in the last few years and patients are experiencing a lot less pain.
Even though the procedure is easier now, you’ll still need to give your body time to recover after your root canal. Here are some tips to make the days after a root canal easier:
Dr. Tadros chose to receive additional training in root canal therapy after dental school, so if you have any questions about your root canal, he’d be happy to answer them. Contact our office today to set up an appointment.
Have a Toothache?
If you have a severe toothache, it may be due to an inflamed or infected pulp within the tooth. To save the tooth and prevent future pain, you may need a root canal.
Signs your tooth might need a root canal:
Many people dread root canals, but in actuality, root canals have a high success rate and can save your tooth from needing to be extracted. With the help of a local anesthetic, you’ll feel little to no pain during the procedure. After treatment, your tooth will be able to function just like normal.
When you come into our office with a toothache, Dr. Tadros will examine your mouth and determine if you need a root canal. Together, you’ll come up with a treatment plan that works for you. Root canal treatments are typically completed in our office in one or two visits, depending on the extent of the infection and timeline for treatment.
To better serve his patients, Dr. Tadros has received additional training in root canal therapy outside of dental school. When you come into our office, you can rest assured that you’re receiving expert care. Contact Tadros Dental today to schedule your free consultation.
If you’re missing a tooth or recently had one extracted, it is important to ensure that the surrounding teeth don’t shift into the new open space. Dental bridges are one solution to this problem. They literally bridge the gap between teeth where there is a missing tooth or even multiple missing teeth. The two surrounding teeth are used as anchors. Two crowns are fitted onto these two teeth and the false tooth or teeth connect them.
Dental bridges can typically last anywhere between five and fifteen years; with exceptional care, it can last even longer.
Getting dental bridges to fill in missing teeth will greatly improve your eating and speaking. It is difficult to chew and it is difficult to enunciate words when there are missing teeth in the mouth. If you have become accustomed to living with missing teeth, your mouth may feel a little strange after getting the bridge in, so start off by eating soft, bite-sized foods in the earlier stages.
How long the dental bridges last depends on how well you take care of them, the rest of your teeth, and your general oral and overall health. Eat a balanced diet, brush twice a day and floss once a day.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Tadros Dental, and we will be happy to help.
It’s an embarrassing problem, but quite a number of people deal with it: a bad odor coming from a dental crown or bridge. “Why does this happen?” they ask. While there are several possible explanations, let’s start with how a crown or bridge is fitted onto your teeth.
Getting a crown starts with your dentist preparing the tooth by shaving it down and taking an impression of your teeth. The impression is then sent to a lab, where technicians create a crown that matches the size and shape of your teeth. In that first visit, your dentist will provide you with a temporary crown to wear until the permanent one returns from the lab. At your second visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and places the permanent crown on the tooth using a special cement.
Even if the dentist and technicians alike do their best to ensure you get the very best fit, mistakes are made on occasion that can result in tiny spaces between the crown and the tooth and/or gums. These spaces allow debris and other bacteria in, eventually causing a foul odor.
It’s not always the fault of the professionals, though. The cement used on the crown does not last forever, so the bacteria pocket might be the result of eroded cement that needs to be replaced. The patient might be at fault as well, as vigilant brushing, flossing and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash is imperative for the health of your dental work.
If you have been taking great care of your teeth and gums yet still detect a foul-smelling odor coming from your crown or bridge, it’s time to make an appointment with a dentist (it doesn’t have to be the same dentist from whom you received your original dental work).
At our office, Dr. Tadros can check your crown or bridge for any issues that might be causing the unpleasant odor and other problems. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Crowns aren’t only for royalty. Dental crowns are a common procedure that both children and adults go through to protect and restore their teeth. A crown is a tooth-shaped covering that goes over the weakened tooth. They are custom made to fit your mouth and match the shape and color of your surrounding teeth. Standard crowns, once put into place, cover the entire tooth’s surface above the gumline; the natural tooth underneath is neither visible nor accessible.
This is useful for several reasons:
Dental crowns can last up to fifteen years if properly taken care of. The duration that a crown is able to stay sturdy is highly dependent on both the wear and tear that it is exposed to on a day to day basis as well as your overall oral hygiene. To ensure that you get the most out of your time and money spent on this crown, follow good oral hygiene habits: brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, avoid grinding and clenching your teeth, don’t chew on ice cubes, don’t bite anything that isn’t edible food, and doesn’t use your teeth to open packaging.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if it’s time for your biannual checkup, contact Tadros Dental today.
Getting your tooth pulled is already in itself not the most pleasant thing to go through, but even after the tooth is out and gone, the pain could, in some cases, just be a beginning. Of course, as with most procedures, you can naturally expect some pain and soreness after the extraction, but sometimes a condition called dry socket can develop. Dry socket causes severe pain that is both lasting and excruciating.
Also called alveolar osteitis, dry socket is, fortunately, a rather uncommon condition. However, certain factors can increase a person’s chances of developing dry socket after a tooth extraction.
A patient is much more likely to get dry socket if he or she:
Therefore, to avoid dry socket, don’t smoke, brush and floss every day, avoid birth control pills, don’t drink through straws after extraction, and don’t rinse or spit unnecessarily after extraction.
If you think that you may have a dry socket, it is important to notify a dentist as soon as possible. Contact Tadros Dental today.
WHEN DENTISTS SEE emerging wisdom teeth are going to cause dental problems, wisdom tooth removal is likely in the cards.
Wisdom teeth–also known as the third molars–received their nickname because they emerge during young adulthood when a person has a little more wisdom. But why do we wait until the late teenage years to address the issue? In fact, if wisdom teeth so often cause complications, why has nature given them to us at all?
The most widely accepted theory behind wisdom teeth suggests we look to our ancestors in the distant past for answers. Early humans had a much different diet than we do today: roots, raw meat, tough plants—foods that would have required a lot of grinding. Big, wide molars were the perfect teeth for the job, and that third set of molars would have helped them immensely! They also had larger jaws to accommodate these extra teeth.
Today, we have smaller jaws and eat much softer foods, but our genes still produce third molars! When they don’t have enough room to emerge properly, wisdom teeth can begin erupting at angles of 45 degrees or more—even horizontally! When teeth grow where there isn’t space for them, they cause a lot of problems.
Wisdom teeth emerging at bad angles or crowding other teeth can damage oral health. They might not even emerge at all, becoming impacted below the gum surface. In either case, they can cause constant pain and infection, weaken the bone structure, and undo orthodontic work.
You might ask why wisdom teeth aren’t addressed in early childhood. It’s because they actually don’t begin forming until around age 10! All teeth (adult teeth included) begin forming in the jaws during fetal development—except for wisdom teeth.
There are the lucky few that have no problems with their wisdom teeth. It is possible for them to emerge at the right angle, with enough space, and not have to be removed.
Each case is unique, and by getting to know your unique dental profile, we will prescribe the best dental health solution—without any unnecessary treatment. From diagnosis to wisdom teeth removal recovery, we’ll be there every step of the way to provide the best in advice and care.
When most people hear the word “calculus,” they might think of high school math class rather than of teeth. Dental calculus, sometimes also referred to as tartar, however, is an unfortunately common occurrence in the lives of many people who do not keep up with good dental hygiene practices. When plaque is left on your teeth for an extended period of time, it will eventually harden into dental calculus. This process can happen in as little as 26 hours, which is why it is important to brush and floss daily.
Once calculus forms, it can only be removed by a dental professional with the right tools. However, anyone can prevent the formation of calculus.
Here are some tips and reminders for protecting your teeth against infection and bacteria:
If you have any further questions or concerns, or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment, contact Tadros Dental today.
Receding gums is a commonly ignored and overlooked condition in adults, even though untreated receding gums can lead to severe consequences. When gums recede, they expose the roots of the teeth., leading to discomfort, tooth decay, tooth loss, periodontal disease, and a sore jaw. Gum recession creates gaps, or pockets, between the teeth that invite disease-causing bacteria to build up. Although gum recession is such a common ailment, it often goes unnoticed by patients until the rather late stages because of its gradual nature.
After the age of 40, there is an increased risk of gums receding. However, many people will notice their effects even much earlier than that. If you look closely at your gumline and notice that it is shrinking away from the teeth, then it is likely that you are suffering from gum recession. Another way to tell is if your teeth are looking longer, as a result of the roots being exposed. Many also notice that when they run a finger across the top of their teeth, they can feel notches. Also, because the roots are much more sensitive than the rest of the teeth, many also experience discomfort when eating hot or cold foods.
If caught early enough, gum recession can be countered by a deep cleaning by your dentist. However, if the damage is more severe, where the loss of bone is significant and the pockets have become too deep, gum surgery may be required.
If you think that you may be suffering from receding gums, contact Tadros Dental as soon as possible to avoid any further damage, complications, or discomfort.
A majority of adults in the US have gum disease, with varying levels of intensity. At any stage, however, gum disease needs to be checked, and every effort should be made to treat and reverse it. For earlier stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, reversing it can be as simple as paying more attention to regular brushing and flossing. For later stages, both the consequences and treatments are more severe. In the ultimate stage of gum disease, the gum tissue is so poisoned and weakened that it can no longer support the tooth, leading to tooth loss. Later stages of gum disease require medication and, in some cases, surgery to resolve.
As if the consequence of tooth loss wasn’t already a good enough reason to avoid this ailment, gum disease has also frequently been linked to heart disease, respiratory diseases, blood sugar problems, premature births, and Alzheimer’s disease. Gum disease makes it much more difficult for diabetics to regulate their blood sugar, and there is even some research suggesting that gum disease increases the chances of developing certain types of cancer. So no matter what stage of gum disease you’re experiencing, it’s always better to start looking after your teeth and gums sooner rather than later.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s best to check with your dentist for a better understanding of your gum health. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Tadros Dental today.
EVEN IF YOU only enjoy an occasional glass of wine, it’s important to know how it can affect your gum health. A recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology brings new light to the connection between alcohol consumption and gum disease.
Over 500 study participants were asked about their drinking habits, and their gum and overall oral health were evaluated on several levels. This revealed a surprisingly close relationship between alcohol and gum disease risk.
While further research is needed to evaluate the precise reason for this connection, it seems to be greatly due to dry mouth, a common effect of alcohol consumption. Saliva neutralizes the acid in the mouth and serves to cleanse our mouths from harmful bacteria. Alcohol decreases saliva production and can strip our mouths of the protection they need.
Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. 50 percent of those over 30 are affected by some level of gum disease. The good news is that in its early stages, gum disease is reversible with strategic oral care. Here at our practice, we know how to deal with gum disease and we can help you get control of it.
Here’s our advice to you: be aware of the risks that alcohol poses to your oral health, especially if you enjoy an occasional (or not-so-occasional) drink. Be upfront with us about your habits, and we can help give you the most effective care and advice to preserve your healthy smile for life.
PEOPLE WITH DIABETES are mindful of their bodies’ feedback. Effective diabetes management requires frequent blood sugar checks, careful dietary planning, and close monitoring of other symptoms.
But with all the things diabetics have to consider, they often miss warning signs from another crucial area—the mouth.
Why are oral care and diabetes so intertwined? Recent studies have revealed more on the relationship between gum disease and diabetic symptoms.
People with diabetes have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the body and cause infection. When harmful bacteria are allowed to build up in the mouth, gums become swollen and sensitive. In addition to weakening the structures holding teeth in place, inflamed, bleeding gums are an easy access point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once inside, these bacteria can aggravate diabetic complications and make it harder to manage blood sugar.
Diabetes makes gums more susceptible to infection—and infected gums, in turn, worsen diabetic conditions. It’s a vicious cycle!
We understand that living with diabetes presents a host of extra things to think about every day. We want to ease that burden by providing personalized care to our diabetic patients. If you know someone with diabetes, share this information with them!
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be part of your health-conscious lifestyle.
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN LAID BACK in our dental chair wondering what the numbers mean that a hygienist calls out while examining your gums? They’re readings of the gum pocket depths in your mouth, and they’re an important part of monitoring your gum health.
Pocket depth refers to your gums’ attachment to your teeth. If there’s an infection in your gums, they can become inflamed. The gums slightly pull away from teeth, making that pocket between your teeth and gums deeper. The deeper the pockets, the higher the risk of gum disease.
We use a labeled probe to see how deep the pockets go. 1–3 millimeters is a good reading. Any higher than that, and you may be in the danger zone!
Bacteria harbors in those deep pockets and can cause more inflammation and detachment, so it’s important to counteract the first signs of encroaching gum disease right away. The early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) are reversible, with refocused care for your teeth and gums.
However, if the infection has progressed to periodontitis, it becomes a more complex condition to care for, requiring constant vigilance and possibly, more intensive treatments.
Periodontal disease is the most common cause of lost teeth in adults. Possibly 80% of adults have some level of gum disease. It’s something everyone needs to take seriously.
You can take responsibility for your own dental health. Talk to us about your gum pocket readings. You can even ask to have a mirror and watch as we measure. Ask us what you can do to reduce your risk. And if you have gum disease, take action to get control of the infection right away!
Regular cleanings with our team can help to fight gum disease, especially when paired with your vigilant at-home care, including daily flossing. If you ever have any questions about your oral health, please ask us!
WHAT DO OSTEOPOROSIS and gum disease have in common? Bone loss! For anyone with gum disease, osteoporosis, or both… it’s important to know about the correlation between these two conditions.
Are you surprised to hear that gum disease can contribute to bone loss? The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis, rarely affects bone structure. But if it progresses to advanced periodontitis, then the infection spreads beneath the teeth to destroy connective gum tissue AND supportive structure in your jaw.
A recent study showed an alarmingly high correlation between low bone density and gum disease risk. Bone density was measured using a FRAX score (fracture risk assessment tool). Even disregarding common risk factors like age, smoking, or diabetes, it was shown that patients with osteoporosis have an 85% greater likelihood of periodontal disease.
More research is needed to find the reason for this correlation. However, one factor is important to note: advanced gum disease degrades bone mass in the jaw. For those with already-low bone mass, thanks to osteoporosis, the risk is even greater. Gum disease can very quickly cause a lot of damage.
So, if you have gum disease, along with other possible risk factors for osteoporosis, don’t be surprised if we ask you the last time you had a checkup with your doctor. After looking at a dental x-ray, we may recommend that you have your bone health assessed.
In the meantime, take good care of your teeth. Gum disease can be worrying, but it’s preventable with good personal care habits and frequent visits with our team.
The relationship between osteoporosis and gum disease is just one example of the mouth-body health connection. The more we learn, the more we see that what happens in your mouth doesn’t just stay in your mouth. Dental health has an effect on your entire body.
The body is a fascinatingly interconnected machine. Everything relates back to each other, and there are many things that you can deduct about the rest of your body from just looking at one part of it. Today, we’re going to be looking at what your gums say about your health.
If your gums are a pale color rather than the typical healthy red-pink, it may mean that you have anemia. Other symptoms of anemia include a sore mouth and a smooth, swollen tongue. When anemic, your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells or the red blood cells that you have don’t have enough hemoglobin. Not enough oxygen gets through your body, and you may feel tired, weak, dizzy, or out of breath.
If your teeth are looking longer, your gums are probably receding. This may mean that you’re brushing too hard. Review proper brushing techniques.
Although gum diseases can be caused by many things, people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis are eight times more likely to have gum disease than those without rheumatoid arthritis. The relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and gum disease enters a vicious cycle since arthritis can make brushing and flossing difficult due to damaged finger joints. The silver lining, however, is that treating the gum disease can simultaneously relieve joint pain and inflammation.
If there seems to be a layer of gray film covering your gums, you might have necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (NUG). Smokers, people with weakened immune systems, and people under a lot of stress are especially susceptible to NUG.
If you have a dark spot of discoloration on your gums, it could be a sign of cancer, specifically melanoma. See a dentist immediately.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Tadros Dental today. If it’s been six months since your last dentist visit, ensure the health of your gums by scheduling an appointment for your biannual check up today.
There are many wonderful things about being a woman. However, the periodontal health, that is the health of her gums, is directly impacted by the hormone levels in her body. As a result, there are some points in a woman’s life during which the sensitivity of the gums is increased with increasing chances of developing gum disease.
During puberty, the level of sex hormones in a woman’s body is increased, which causes increased blood circulation in the gums. As a result, the gums become more sensitive, which sometimes means that they react more strongly to irritants like food particles. When they do, they turn bright red and feel swollen and tender.
An unfortunate population of women goes through menstruation gingivitis every month. Her gums get very irritated, red, and swollen. Some regularly break out with sores on the inside of the cheek. It’s an unpleasant experience, but it’s usually over as soon as the period has started.
When a woman is pregnant, her hormone levels are fluctuating, which, again, increases gum sensitivity. Many women get gingivitis during pregnancy. However, if the gingivitis develops beyond its initial stages and turns into a full-fledged infection of the gums, it could pose a problem to the fetus. Gum disease is an infection of the blood, and the mother’s blood is shared with the baby. Pregnant women with periodontal disease are more likely to have a premature birth.
Menopausal and postmenopausal women often experience dry mouth and irritated gums. This sets up an easy environment for gum disease to take over.
Keep in mind that, while your gums might be more vulnerable during these times in your life, nothing says that gum disease is inevitable. If you feel the early stages of gingivitis coming on, take note and be extra diligent with your oral care. Brush and floss well every day in order to take care of your gums and they can stay as healthy as ever. You are, ultimately, in control!
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Tadros Dental today.
When tooth decay is left untreated and the infection is left to its own devices, the infection can spread to the roots of the teeth or in the areas where the gums and teeth meet. From there, it can also spread even further to the jaw bones that support the tooth, which could cause even more pain. Abscessed teeth can also be caused by chipped or broken teeth as well as gingivitis.
The pain is usually caused by the infection attacking the nerves located in the root of the teeth. However, if the infection completely kills the tooth, the pain may go away, but this doesn’t mean that the infection has gone away as well. Make sure to see a dentist if you experienced any of these symptoms, even if the pain has passed for now.
Root canals are commonly used to eliminate the infection. It allows for the infection to be drained and to removed any damaged or dead tissues around the infection area. A crown is then placed over the tooth so that the area is restored.
In some cases, a tooth extraction is also an option for draining the infection.
In the meanwhile, to deal with the pain caused by an abscessed tooth, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and take over the counter pain medication like ibuprofen.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact Tadros Dental today.
Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, and is commonly called “gum disease”. Gum disease is widespread among American adults; approximately 75 percent have experienced gingivitis. When not treated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, the severe form of gum disease.
Gingivitis occurs when certain oral bacteria is allowed to accumulate on teeth, in between teeth and under the gums. In its earliest stages, gingivitis might be hard to detect. But as it progresses, there will be certain tell-tale signs of gum disease at work:
If you detect gingivitis, don’t lose heart. There are things you can do to fight it–and if caught early, even reverse it.
If you haven’t been doing so, commit to brushing your teeth twice a day. The bristles of the brush should be angled at 45 degrees to the gum line to remove plaque and to stimulate the gums. Daily flossing is imperative as well. Gently move floss between all teeth, making sure to also slide the floss just under the gum line.
Mouthwash is helpful in reversing gingivitis as well, but mouthwashes are not all created equal! Many commercial types of mouthwash contain alcohol, and those that do contain up to 25 percent–that’s about 20 percent more than an average beer. The problem with alcohol in mouthwashes is that it dries out the mouth and actually accelerates the rate of bacteria repopulation. That isn’t good for your breath and it certainly isn’t good for your gum disease. Aim for an antimicrobial (or antiseptic) mouthwash that is alcohol-free. Some over-the-counter choices include Biotene PBF Mouthwash, Listerine Zero mouthwash, and The Natural Dentist Healthy Gums antigingivitis rinse.
If you catch gingivitis in its earliest stages and diligently follow the steps above, you can reverse the gum disease in about a month. However, if your symptoms are severe, contact Dr. Tadros office in the Cypress-Fairbanks area to schedule an appointment. Only a dentist or dental hygienist can effectively remove the built-up plaque and tartar that is causing the inflammation.
Unhealthy gums can lead to a higher risk of tooth decay as well as painful gum infections. Maintaining gum health is simple.
Here are a few steps to maintain the health of your gums:
Proper technique is essential for both brushing and flossing. If you are unsure or have any questions about your tooth brushing and flossing methods, be sure to ask your dentist for a quick overview at your next appointment.
Dehydration makes the mouth dry and causes weakened gums. Remember to follow the “eight by eight” rule: drink eight ounces of fluids eight times a day. This does not only include water; other fluids like juice and milk count, too, and water-rich fruits like watermelon also contribute towards your daily hydration.
Smoking is unhealthy for a variety of reasons, but in relation to gums, smoking weakens the body’s ability to fight and prevent gum disease, thus increasing the chances of infection. Other tobacco products are shown to have similar effects.
Try to lower your intake of foods with high sugar or starch such as candies, cakes, bread, raisins, etc. Since gum disease is caused by bacteria, antibacterial and fluoride rinses, which reduce numbers of bacteria in your mouth, can also be very helpful.
Finally, gum health requires regular professional cleanings. Visit your dentist regularly every six months for checkups, and make sure to alert your dentist if you experience any pain, swelling, bleeding, or discomfort.
If you need an appointment, contact Tadros Dental today.