Dental Tips Blog

Oct
22

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Are you having problems with your mouth, tongue, or cheeks? Does it feel like they are burning or tingling? If so, it’s possible you are dealing with burning mouth syndrome. This syndrome isn’t always constant. It can come on and off through days, weeks, and months. The symptoms will vary from person to person. But most commonly it is a burning sensation in your mouth, tongue, and cheeks.

There are definitely things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms. You can start a journal to find if there is a food triggering the burning sensation. Sometimes spicy or hot foods can trigger the pain. Or you can chew gum as this helps create extra salvia. Last but not least, stress and anxiety can also play into the burning mouth syndrome. So you will want to try to limit stress and anxiety by having relaxation techniques.

Most people describe the pain starting slowly and progressing throughout the day. It might start as a light burning sensation but over the day the pain increases. This can take a toll on your emotional health as well. Many times burning mouth syndrome leads to depression. Most times depression can make this burning mouth syndrome worse.  If you are having problems with depression, please see your physician as soon as possible.

Even though burning mouth syndrome can be uncomfortable, this syndrome is not serious. And for most people the pain is quite spontaneous. See your Marietta dentist to discuss how you can best treat your burning mouth syndrome.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.

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Oct
9

Are all Toothbrushes Created Equal?

Different mouths need different toothbrushes. While most Marietta dentists will agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and food particles from your teeth, not every mouth needs the same toothbrush.

Children need a small toothbrush. Their small mouths can not handle a large toothbrush head. A large toothbrush head can cause gagging in many children, and a large head will not allow the toothbrush to reach the back teeth effectively. Adults also have different sized mouths. An adult with a smaller mouth needs a smaller headed toothbrush than an adult with a larger mouth. As you brush your teeth, pay attention to how the toothbrush fits and feels in your mouth. If it is painful on the back of your gums or causes gagging, it probably means that your toothbrush is too big.

Many people choose a toothbrush with medium- to hard-bristles. Some people feel that these bristled remove plaque better from their teeth and get a cleaner feeling from using them. But not everyone can use these medium to hard bristles. With vigorous brushing, the harder the bristles are the more damage can be done to gums. Receding gums are the number one problem of vigorous tooth brushing with harder bristles. When gums recede, tooth sensitivity is often an unwanted result.

For many people an electric toothbrush is a favored option. These electric toothbrushes are often favored by those who brush vigorously but end up with receding gums. Electric toothbrushes effectively remove plaque from teeth with their vibrating motion. However, electric toothbrushes are significantly more expensive than a manual toothbrush.

It is often personal preference that determines the best toothbrush option for most people. Just remember that your gums are also affected by your brushing, and take that into consideration for how your toothbrush cleans your entire mouth.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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Sep
12

Oral Piercings and Tooth Decay

Is your daughter thinking of getting a tongue ring? For some teenagers, having a tongue or lip pierced is seen as a fashion statement. But for dentists and some parents, it’s a nightmare.

Piercings and tattoos became really popular in the 1990s and early 2000s, as part of the alternative music scene. In other words, the trend has been around long enough for experts to get a good look at the effects.

Studies show piercings in the mouth can lead to a number of problems. For one, chipped teeth can result from the constant friction caused by the metal stud or ring against the teeth. To make matters worse, those with pierced tongues tend to roll the jewelry around in the mouth, adding to the irritation.

Oral piercings can also lead to inflammation or infections. Think about it. The mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. When you pierce a hole in this area, it increases the chances of bacteria getting deep into the skin. Especially when the pierced area is just healing, the wearer can be at risk for an infection that could enter the bloodstream.

Another potential issue is gum problems, ranging from mild irritation to full blown periodontitus, when the gums separate from the teeth and form deep pockets and decay. It is not uncommon to see teenagers with oral piercings having to have root canal work because of all the gum and tooth problems, sometimes manifesting in just a matter of months.

What can you do to keep problems at bay? Well, Marietta dentists recommend extra care in cleaning the teeth and mouth to decrease the risk of infection. An antiseptic mouthwash could also help. If at all possible, the rings or studs should be removed during meals and at night. Finally, frequent dental checkups are recommended to make sure gums and teeth remain healthy.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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