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Spaces and Food Traps Between Teeth

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Having large areas between the teeth can be troublesome, especially when they consistently tend to have food or plaque wedge its way in between. Patients with one or two open areas tend to find they floss or using a toothpick frequently throughout the day in order to remove debris from the area.

Most spaces like the one mentioned above are due to shifting of the teeth, gum disease, or failing dental restorations. For instance, losing a tooth even in one area of the mouth can cause teeth throughout the entire mouth to shift and move, adjusting to the new open space. Minuscule amounts of movement create a tremendous impact on your mouth. Food then frequently becomes trapped, and areas develop gum disease and bone loss because they are too difficult to keep clean. Gum loss or a broken filling allows key areas for food to become trapped in the mouth.

Being able to keep these areas clean can prevent them from getting worse. If the space is caused to a broken dental filling or cavity, the area should be treated as a priority, preventing further damage or spread of infection to surrounding teeth. In some cases a filing may not be shaped properly and actually is the cause of a food trap. If tooth misalignment is the cause, then considering orthodontic therapy to realign the teeth can be an effective treatment method. Invisalign patients find that their clear removable aligners allow them to clean their teeth exceptionally well, which is beneficial when there are problem areas that are hard to access.

Let your dental providers know about areas that you struggle with food traps. During your exam, your dentist can determine what the cause is and offer an appropriate method of treatment.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental




Seasonal Allergies, Sinus Infections and Your Teeth

Posted in Fillings

It’s not uncommon for dental patients to come into the office and present a problem to the dentist that appears to be from their teeth, but actually isn’t at all. If you have a toothache, you may need some allergy medication instead of a dental filling or toot extraction. After a series of questions based on your symptoms, your dentist can determine other outside factors that may be affecting the health of your mouth. One of the most common outside factors is uncontrolled seasonal allergies or active sinus infections. Symptoms from these two conditions can cause dental patients to experience some common concerns:

Bad Breath

The mucous from nasal drips down the back of the throat often cause bad breath. Even revamped oral hygiene or special mouthwashes may not improve the condition. Most of the time sinus drainage is due to seasonal allergies, and simply taking an over the counter medication to manage the condition is enough to improve the bad breath side effect. Some adults find this to be a problem, but it is especially noticeable in small children.


Sporadic pain in the upper teeth may manifest itself as a toothache. In reality, it is swelling of the nasal sinuses and pressure against the roots of the upper teeth that rest nearby. Pain may be more noticeable when the head is shaken up and down or as head congestion worsens. This type of tooth pain is differentiated from other types of tooth pain because external factors like food or drink do not affect the sensitivity.

As always, if the conditions continue to exist, see your dentist to make sure there isn’t an underlying dental condition causing the problem. If you have a previous dental history free of decay or infections, your bad breath or tooth pain may simply be blamed on a high pollen count where you live.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental


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