Tooth erosion is when the outer layers of enamel diminish. This is caused by acids contained in certain foods that we may eat. The enamel is the hard outer coating of the teeth. It protects the underlying dentine.
When the enamel deteriorates, it can expose the dentine and cause both sensitivity and pain. Drink liquids high in acid content can cause the tooth enamel to weaken by softening through the loss of mineral content that keeps the enamel hardening. The body’s defence mechanism against this is the saliva.
Under perfect conditions, the saliva negates any progress that an acid may take thereby maintaining a balanced environment inside the mouth. If an excessive amount of acidic liquids and foods are eaten then the action of the saliva can become overwhelmed and not have the ability to maintain the proper balance for the tooth enamel to remain hard enough to protect the dentine. When this happens the enamel may get removed through the act of brushing the teeth and result in extreme sensitivity to hot and cold, which can become painful.
This condition is understood as halitosis, among the medical community of dental professionals. The typical major causes for this are one of two issues. The first being poor dental hygiene with the second cause being poor health overall. A person’s health is directly relatable to their eating habits and their lifestyle.
Poor oral hygiene can result in consistent bad breath or a constant bad taste in the mouth, which is a possible indication of periodontal, (gum), disease. The root cause of this condition is plaque buildup on the teeth. Plaque is a result of bacterial growth that can cause gum irritation. Left untreated, this condition can lead to severe damage to the gums and jawbone.
Along with the buildup of plaque from poor oral hygiene is the manifestation of cavities, (dental caries). This adds to having bad breath along with yeast infections, and mal-fitting dental plates. Dental bridges, or braces, that do not fit correctly, can trap food particles in hard to clean spaces between the teeth and gums.
A person’s lifestyle can affect their breath by the type of foods that they eat. This includes foods with high acid, fat, or spicy content. Additionally, not getting the correct amount of vitamins and minerals in their diet will cause nutritional issues, which will affect their breath and body odour.
Consistent dry mouth is a problem that can exist for many reasons. However, at the same time, it is a normal condition. If the condition feels persistent, it is advisable to seek medical attention. A Ottawa dentist will check for signs of tooth decay, which causes a reduction in saliva.
Having a dry mouth is not serious, yet it is expedient to see a dentist on a regular basis to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. Having a lack of saliva can enhance the probability of advanced tooth decay and fungal infections within the mouth. Patients who use inhalers often contract a type of fungal infection called oral candidacies.
It is recommended in these scenarios that the person rinse their mouths with water after every use of the inhaler. Additionally, certain medications can cause this condition. Therefore, it is suggested that you inform your dentist about any medications you may be taking. This will help determine the cause for your dry mouth.
On average, adults between the ages of 19 to 65 years of age have at least three missing or decayed teeth, or in some instance more. If you fall into this category, even with missing a single tooth, there is no reason not to change this condition. Missing a tooth or more do factor in a person’s speech and ability to eat.
This means that the gaps left as a result of missing teeth also allow the migration of the surrounding teeth. Additionally, bone loss can occur, where in either scenario, changes in speech and the ability to chew properly can go un-noticed. Furthermore, with the advances in technology, improve materials, and medical procedures no one should have to live with missing teeth.
The following list suggests the options available to remedy any situation that concerns missing a tooth or teeth, as the case may be,
- Dentures, if a person has lost or needs all teeth removed
- Implants, these are prosthetic teeth and a popular alternative to dentures
- Finally, bridge work, this entails a set of crowns and false teeth that fill in the gap left by missing teeth. They are anchored to existing teeth surrounding the area as a permanent fixed bridge or a removable one. Your dentist will help decide which will be most beneficial.
If you’ve ever scratched your gums with an ice cube or crunchy chip, you know gums are sensitive. That’s why we at Trillium Dental, a trusted provider of dentistry in the Kanata area, take a gentler approach to gum disease treatment.
LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, and it’s revolutionizing the way gum disease is treated. Developed by Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., LANAP is a comfortable laser alternative to traditional and painful scalpel and suture surgeries.
Here’s a brief overview of a minimally invasive and comfortable LANAP procedure session:
- A Trillium dentist will conduct an assessment to determine the scope of the infection. LANAP is virtually painless and does not require sedation, but we do offer nitrous oxide, oral and IV sedation options for patients with dental anxieties.
- A remarkably tiny fiber, only about the size of three hairs, is gently placed between the teeth and gums to eliminate the infected tissue in the pocket and kills the germs responsible for gum disease. The fiber leaves healthy tissue unharmed. This action improves accessibility to deeper areas of the pocket.
- The fiber is replaced with a small ultrasonic root cleaner. The ultrasonic root cleaner is used in the pocket to vibrate off tough calcium deposits off the surface of the tooth. An anti-bacterial rinse is then used to wash them away.
- Once the tooth is clean, the fiber is used again to disinfect the floor of the pocket and remove any remaining diseased tissue. The root and bone are also sterilized.
- The fiber causes the blood surrounding the pocket to become sticky and form clots, which seals the once receded gum back to the tooth and prevents dangerous bacteria from re-entering the gum line.
The Canadian Dental Association states seven out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease in their lifetime. Unfortunately, many Canadians don’t seek professional treatment because they’re fearful of traditional cut and sew procedures. If left untreated, gum disease can prompt tooth loss and jaw bone deterioration. General health conditions like stroke, dementia and heart disease have been linked to diseased gums, as well.
If your gums are especially sensitive, inflamed, bleeding or beginning to recede from the tooth, we urge you to give us a call. In only two, 2 hour sessions and two follow-up visits, your gums can be healed- comfortably. Visit us to learn if LANAP is the best treatment for you.