Bumps On The Roof Of Your Mouth

There are many different reasons for bumps on the roof of your mouth. Every persons oral hygiene is different and so is their genetic makeup. If you have a bump on the roof of your mouth, there are many different causes and reasons behind this change. This article gives insight into mouth bumps as well as prevention methods.

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Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323063.php

Breath smells like poop: 6 causes

Bad breath! Nobody wants to be known as the person with stinky breath, especially if you don’t even know you have it. There can be many underlying causes for bad breath, and luckily we are here to help identify six of them, so you can make a quick fix and have that fresh, minty smelling mouth once again!

Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321397.php

Why Do I Have A Bitter Taste In My Mouth?

Ever wonder why you seemingly randomly get a bitter taste in your mouth? Having this happen can cause self-consciousness if you have bad breath or not, unpleasantness, along with having to deal with it all day. Find out the symptoms, causes, and home remedies you can try to clear out that bitter taste, and feel fresh again!

Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321175.php

Is Mouthwash Good or Bad?


There has been debate about different oral hygiene steps in the past and whether or not they are actually beneficial to you.  Flossing, for example was discussed a lot in 2017 because some believed it wasn’t necessary for good oral hygiene.  This time around mouthwash is the topic of debate.  The article below answers the question ‘Is mouthwash bad for your long-term health?’.  Continue reading to discover one opinion.  As always, however, feel free to ask your orthodontist and/or dentist any questions you might have!

Is Mouthwash Bad For Your Long-Term Health?



Is mouthwash unhealthy for long term health? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by C Stuart Hardwick, Award-Winning Scifi Author, on Quora:

There are a few things to consider, regarding mouthwash.

First, like most toothpastes, some mouthwashes contain sodium lauryl sulphate, a detergent without which it is very, very difficult to get your teeth really clean. Effective as it is, however, it’s a source of sodium, if swallowed, and most westerners get too much sodium already.

Second, any mouthwash that claims to be “antiseptic” or “anti-bacterial” is a bad idea. Assuming it really does kill bacteria, it kills them indiscriminately. Only a few of the bacteria in your mouth are harmful (i.e., cause illness or cavities). The rest are part of the environment you are evolved to live in and form part of your body’s first line of defence against pathogens. If you kill all the bacteria in your mouth, you are leaving a hole in your immunity that something else can come along and fill. There are times when this is worth it—say when disinfecting a wound, but as a part of daily hygiene, it’s not the best idea.

Third, there is no medical reason for most people to use mouthwash. Most people do so because they think it will improve their breath, however, if your have bad breath that doesn’t resolve with brushing and flossing, mouthwash it like spraying perfume in a stinky bathroom—you need instead to solve the problem. For many, that’s cryptic tonsils, incompletely closed wisdom tooth extraction pits, or some underlying disease or infection.

Finally, if you still feel you need a mouthwash, there are brands that contain neither sodium lauryl sulphate nor anti-septic, sold as being extra gentle for those with “sensitive gums.”

All that said, small amounts of sodium or the alcohols, phenols, or peroxides in mouthwash are not going to accumulate over time. As long as it isn’t overwhelmed, your body is extremely good are breaking down and removing chemicals it doesn’t need. If it weren’t, you’d be dead, since they come in every bite of food.


Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2018/01/16/is-mouthwash-bad-for-your-long-term-health/#16220c802b22

Adults and Braces

More and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth with traditional braces or other teeth alignment systems, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

The AAO reports nearly 1.7 million adults were treated by an AAO registered orthodontists for crooked teeth in 2016. That’s a nearly 50 percent increase from 2006.

“Our patient pool is about 20 percent adult. That used to be five to 10,” said long-time orthodontist Dr. Ralph Brock. “We’ve been doing things with metallurgy to make the wires more flexible and the brackets even smaller.”

Dr. Brock credits the resurgence to advances in orthodontic technology in the last five to 10 years. Clear options have made it more appealing for patients to straighten their teeth.

The clear choices also include the more traditional form of teeth straightening, using brackets and wires to push, pull and twist teeth into place.

“I’ve thought about getting braces before, but it’s always been the kids first,” said patient Gary Kong. “But lately with my career when I’m dealing more with the corporate executives, it gets to be more of a distraction.”

Kong has to get traditional braces. Clear aligners were not a good fit for him because Dr. Brock said his teeth will require dramatic movement to get in place.

Invisalign, a system where clear aligners or trays are used to slowly move the teeth into place, is seeing big growth in patients. But it’s not a good fit for everyone. A company spokesperson told ABC13 their teeth straightening system is a good fit for nearly 60 percent of patients.

The company expects to improve that number. Dr. Brock said candidates for Invisalign are usually those that don’t require dramatic movement of teeth.

Dr. Brock said there’s still lots of room for growth in all orthodontic systems. He said soon, traditional braces may be virtually invisible, too.

“Actually what they’re working on is a fiber optic cable,” said Dr. Brock.

“It is a big competitive world out there, and I think you need to look your best,” said Kong.

The Importance of Flossing

How often do you floss?  Did you know you what can happen if you don’t floss on a regular basis?  The article below talks about why flossing is a key part in maintaining good oral hygiene.  When you have braces it is just as, if not more, important to floss because food can easily get caught in the wires.  Give the rest of this post a read and then go floss!

Flossing: How Important Is Flossing to You?

by Christine Hovliaras, RDH, BS, MBA, CDE

Many people hate flossing. Why? Well, for some people, taking out a piece of floss, wrapping it around their index and middle fingers, placing it between two teeth, and then moving it to remove food or dental plaque can be too much of a process. There are easier options to clean between the teeth like dental flossers, toothpicks, interdental brushes and even battery-powered or electrical flossing devices.

Regardless of the method, if you’re someone who just doesn’t like flossing or you don’t fully understand it, it’s crucial to remember why flossing is an important part of a healthy smile.

What Are the Facts?

Recently, the Associated Press has reported that “there’s little proof that flossing works.” This is a bold statement to make to the public, dental professionals and oral care companies who make dental floss. This report claims that there is no scientific research out there that proves flossing helps prevent gum disease and cavities. However, published research in the Journal of Dental Hygiene shows that flossing and tooth brushing will help reduce gingivitis at one, three and six months, but not reduce plaque at one or three months.

So what does this flossing news mean to you?

The Downfalls of Not Flossing

When you don’t floss, you’re at risk for two major dental issues in your mouth: Gingivitis, and cavities between your teeth. Without flossing, you are not able to remove dental plaque buildup. According to Clinical Microbiology Reviews, there are over 1,000 bacteria in dental plaque. These bacteria can irritate the gum tissue, causing it to become red and inflamed and bleed easily, which breeds more bacteria and causes gingivitis to occur.

Another risk of not flossing is that cavities are more likely to form between your teeth. The same dental plaque that causes gingivitis can lead to the growth of harmful bacteria that will destroy the enamel between your teeth, consequently forming a cavity.

Oral Health and Overall Health

Gingivitis, if left untreated, can progress to periodontal disease. According to the Anaerobe Journal, the bacteria from periodontal disease can enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of your body like your heart and respiratory tract. Periodontal disease has also been linked to diabetes and can contribute to the risk of low birth weight in newborn babies. An easy way to reduce your risk of other serious side effects from periodontal disease, however, is by practicing optimal oral hygiene at home, which includes flossing and tooth brushing.

Conducting Great Oral Hygiene

You should floss at least once a day, the best time being right before you go to bed to remove any food and plaque from between the teeth and along the gumline. Flossing should be done with waxed floss, as it won’t shred between the teeth.

Use a soft-bristle toothbrush at least twice daily with an antimicrobial toothpaste to remove plaque, reduce gingivitis, prevent cavities and provide your mouth with an overall clean healthy feeling.

So, when you see that container of dental floss at your bathroom sink, be motivated to start flossing and help prevent dental diseases from occurring in your mouth!

Source: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/brushing-and-flossing/how-important-is-flossing-0816

Getting Braces Adjusted

Part of the process of having braces is getting them adjusted periodically.  The point of adjustments is to guide teeth in the direction they need to go to align your smile.  There is no need to be nervous about adjustments because they are a necessary, normal step in the process.  Learn about what happens at adjustment appointments in the article below.

Braces Adjustment Appointment

Once the braces have been placed, wires are attached into the braces with very small rubber bands (elastic ties). These are most commonly seen as the colors on the braces, although clear elastic ties can also be used if the desire is to have the braces be less noticeable.

The wires used today are very flexible and return to their original shape, thereby applying a continuous and gentle force on the teeth. The pressure applied to the teeth through the braces will reduce over time as the elastic ties holding the wire into the brackets weaken and stretch. Regular “adjustment” appointments are therefore needed to replace the weakened elastic ties and re-establish the forces necessary to move the teeth.

The appointments also give the orthodontist an opportunity to evaluate the tooth movement and make the necessary recommendations in treatment. Usually the original treatment plan predicts the process throughout the whole treatment time. Since the teeth are constantly moving during treatment, every adjustment presents a new set of circumstances for the orthodontist to evaluate. The patient is essentially re-diagnosed at each appointment throughout the treatment plan, following the original plan as a guide.

Since the changes in tooth movement require a minimum of 3 weeks to take effect (the biological requirement for tooth movement), most adjustment appointments are made in the 3-8 week range. Longer times between appointments may be recommended in some patients since many of the wires used today have a very long working range, and more frequent visits may not be necessary. A normal adjustment appointment may include the following:

Remove the colored ties that hold the wire into the braces

Remove the wires

Allow the patient to brush and floss

The orthodontist will check the patient and recommend treatment (i.e. new wires, rubber bands, etc)

Replace the new colors onto the braces

It is not unusual for a patient to feel tightness during and immediately after the adjustment appointment. The tightness tends to progress into soreness about 4-6 hours after the adjustment. The tightness and soreness is usually a result of wire changes or adjustments in the wires that eventually result in additional tooth movement. The recommendations for managing the pain are the same as when braces are first placed (i.e. over the counter pain medication). The pain will usually decrease over the next 3-5 days.


Source: http://www.bracesguide.com/duringbraces/braces-adjustment-appointments.html

Healing Canker Sores

Almost everyone has had a canker sore at least once.  They can be painful and make eating and drinking certain things a challenge sometimes.  When you have braces, canker sores can hurt even more if they rub against the metal.  So how and why do people even get canker sores?  And what can we do to help them go away?  The article below explains what a canker sore is and gives you 10 remedies!  Check it out.

Ten remedies for canker sores

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Canker sores can be painful and irritating. While they should heal on their own within a week, there are ways to speed up this process and reduce the discomfort.As well as over-the-counter medications, there are some home remedies that can ease the discomfort of canker sores and help them to heal. Read on to discover 10 tried and tested ways to get rid of these ulcers.

What is a canker sore?

A canker sore is a small ulcer inside the mouth. It may appear white or grey with red edges. Canker sores usually appear on the soft parts of the mouth, such as the tongue, inside of the cheeks, and just inside the lips.

The medical term for canker sores is recurrent aphthous stomatitis or RAS, and these ulcers will reappear again and again over time.

Canker sores are not contagious and usually heal on their own in around a week. They are less than 1 centimeter in diameter and can appear alone or in a cluster.

A rarer and more severe form of RAS causes larger ulcers that may last for 2 weeks or more and can cause scarring.

Ten ways to get rid of canker sores

Canker sores should heal on their own, but there are ways to relieve pain, speed up healing, and prevent infection. These include:

1. Over-the-counter gel or patch

Applying topical, over-the-counter medication, usually in the form of a gel or paste, directly to the canker sore. This prevents the ulcer from being irritated by spicy or acidic food, or by being touched.

Special patches or bandages can be placed over the canker sore. These are designed to stick to the inside of the mouth and will protect the ulcer from irritation.

2. Using a mouth rinse

Rinsing the mouth with an over-the-counter rinse to clean the area and provide relief from pain or discomfort.

A person should choose a mouth rinse that has antiseptic properties to prevent infection and to numb the inside of the mouth.

3. Using a salt rinse

People may also choose to use a natural alternative, such as a salt solution, to promote healing. Rinsing the mouth with a salt solution should not replace using a medicated mouthwash if needed.

4. Practicing dental hygiene with a soft brush

Looking after the mouth and being careful not to damage canker sores can speed up the healing process.

Using a soft toothbrush can help avoid irritating canker sores. Maintaining good oral hygiene by keeping teeth and gums clean can prevent ulcers from becoming infected.

5. Taking vitamin B-12 supplements

Vitamin B-12 supports normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and has an important part to play in the creation of red blood cells.

A small study found that taking a vitamin B-12 supplement reduced the amount of pain from the canker sores, the number of outbreaks, and the number of ulcers experienced in a month.

6. Drinking chamomile tea with honey

Chamomile and honey have been used historically for a variety of health reasons, and have been reported to help heal canker sores by reducing pain and inflammation.

There is limited scientific evidence of their benefits in treating ulcers, so they should not be used in place of medication.

Honey may have antiseptic properties and can be applied directly to a canker sore. It can also be combined with chamomile in a tea, which should be left to cool slightly before drinking.

Chamomile may have anti-inflammatory properties. A person can use chamomile as a canker sore remedy, by brewing a strong chamomile tea and using it to rinse the mouth once it has cooled. They can also soak a chamomile tea bag in warm water and apply directly to the ulcer.

7. Avoiding certain foods

A person should avoid very spicy, salty, or acidic food, which can irritate canker sores and stop them from healing.

Even hot drinks and food with rough edges, such as a piece of toast, might cause discomfort.

8. Using aloe vera

Applying aloe vera gel directly to the canker sore may help to soothe irritation, as well as reduce pain and inflammation.

Although there is limited scientific evidence on the benefits of aloe vera for canker sores, it is considered safe for use by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

9. Numbing the mouth

A person can suck on ice chips and then apply them to a canker sore to relieve some pain and discomfort, as the cold will numb the feeling. The ice cube should not be applied directly to an ulcer without melting the surface slightly first.

10. Making a clove oil rinse

Clove oil has been used historically to relieve pain. A person can use clove oil as a remedy by rinsing the mouth first with a sea salt solution or mouthwash, then applying cotton wool soaked in clove oil to the canker sore to numb the pain.

Continue reading: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320015.php

Source: Medical News Today

Good Oral Hygiene During the Holidays

From Halloween to New Years’ Day it is easy to indulge in a variety of foods from candy to pumpkin pie to Christmas cookies.  But have you ever thought about what all those rich, sweet treats do to your teeth?  It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the holidays.  That way you don’t have to worry about a bad report from your dentist or orthodontist.  Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, we thought that the article below was worth sharing.  It gives you ideas of foods to eat more of that are better for your teeth.  Give it a read and then share the tips with family and friends!

4 oral care tips to share around the Friendsgiving table

By – Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  To ensure guests take proper care of their mouths this holiday season, here are four oral care tips you can share around the Friendsgiving table.

Posted: November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. While many people gather with family for the festive Thursday feast, some also plan a separate get-together with close friends. This event, most commonly referred to as “Friendsgiving,” is just another gathering that’s filled with thanks, laughs and turkey.

With the amount of food you’ll eat between these two celebrations however, your teeth, tongue and gums will need extra attention this November. To ensure guests take proper care of their mouths this holiday season, here are four oral care tips you can take advantage of this Friendsgiving:

1. Eat from an appetizer platter of cheese and raw veggies
Before you and your friends dive into the big meal, start out with an appetizer of cheese and raw veggies. According to Colgate Oral Care Center, cheese is loaded with casein, a protein that strengthens the surface of your teeth, which ultimately reduces your chance of developing cavities. Raw vegetables are beneficial because they produce saliva, which washes away bad bacteria and lessens your halitosis risk. The crunchy exterior of the veggies can also help remove food particles from teeth, taking some of the hassle out of flossing.

2. Drink plenty of water
There’s no denying the variety of beverages you’ll drink with

your Friendsgiving meal, but prioritizing water is a must. Sipping water throughout the night can flush away the sugars that bad bacteria thrive off, reducing your risk for tooth erosion. And drinking water doesn’t only keep your mouth clean; it also strengthens your teeth and fights dry mouth, according to Mouth Healthy, an oral health initiative by the American Dental Association. Be sure to alternate between sugary beverages and water throughout the Friendsgiving festivities.

3. Try a nut-based dessert
Pumpkin pie might be your go-to dessert on Thanksgiving, but the added sugars in the pie base and whipped cream topping are bad for tooth enamel. This year, why not try a sugar-free recipe or a nut-based dessert instead? The hard and crunchy texture of nuts is great for producing extra saliva in your mouth, which can be beneficial for a healthy, odorless oral cavity.

4. Practice healthy oral habits after the feast
Why let the food eat away at your enamel after the feast when you can eliminate the food particles and bad bacteria before they cause harm? You don’t have to brush your teeth at your Friendsgiving get-together, but at least consider using an Oral Rinse after the meal to help rinse food particles away and freshen your breath. It’ll reduce your fears of post-holiday-meal halitosis and keep you from worrying about the leftover turkey getting stuck in your teeth for the Friendsgiving picture!

No matter how you choose to spend the holiday season this year, oral hygiene is critical as always. Give your teeth, gums and tongue a little extra attention. Happy holidays!


Source: http://www.therabreath.com/articles/oral-care-tips-and-advice/4-oral-care-tips-to-share-around-the-friendsgiving-table-37142/

Always Think Things Through Before Changing Your Smile

A person should always think things through before getting any treatment or procedure.  When it comes to your smile, you should be sure you are going through with something you truly want that will not only correct oral problems you have but also boost your self-esteem.  The article below briefly discusses some things you should know or consider before fixing your smile.  Give it a read and then make your consultation appointment with Dr. Grob for orthodontics.

What everyone should know before getting that smile straightened, whitened or veneered

By Alice Short
September 27, 2017, 6:00 AM

Cosmetic dentistry procedures — teeth whitening and straightening, veneers, bonding — have become commonplace in the U.S. and, seemingly, mandatory in Southern California, where image enhancement is something akin to religion.

Here are four things to consider before you take the plunge.

1. Success starts with a blueprint

Edmond Hewlett, professor and associate dean for outreach and diversity at the UCLA School of Dentistry, says the best practitioners emphasize planning. “You really need to have a blueprint of what is going to be the best thing for any individual patient and not just what will make them the most attractive. The mouth is not a fashion accessory.”

For patients who are getting veneers, for example, that planning should include models, photographs and, Hewlett says, “an extensive interview with the patient to understand what they are looking for, what’s going to please them emotionally.”

Dr. Jack Ringer, who practices general family and restorative dentistry in Anaheim and is a former president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, also stresses extensive planning. For his patients who want veneers, he explains, “We do a computer simulation. We build a 3-D model so a patient can decide. Many dentists don’t do that.”

Although the American Dental Assn. does not include cosmetic dentistry on its list of specializations, many dentists participate in training and continuing education in the field of “smile enhancement.” In addition, about 5,500 of the 190,000-plus dentists nationwide are members of the AACD, which offers an accreditation process.

2. Take the time to understand the logistics and benefits of various treatments

Whitening is the most popular of the cosmetic dentistry procedures. Although many of us opt to whiten our teeth with over-the-counter products, in-office treatments (which typically involve a bleaching agent that is painted onto the teeth) have proved to be a boon for tens of thousands of practices — and patients. Follow-up treatments, Ringer says, depend, in part, on consumption (coffee, cigarettes, red wine) habits. “Typically, maintenance doesn’t need to be done more than every six to 12 months,” he adds.

Dental bonding, often used for chipped teeth, involves the use of a resin material that is applied to a tooth and hardened with a special LED light.

Porcelain veneers, the superstars of cosmetic dentistry, offer “the most conservative, long lasting and beautiful cosmetic therapy available — if designed and manufactured correctly,” Ringer says. The procedure typically involves a thin piece of porcelain that is bonded to the enamel of a tooth, and many dentists employ professional ceramicists in their quest to achieve just the right look, which should be natural rather than perfect, Dr. Ringer says.

3. Ask about the cost of treatments (and possible follow-up treatments) before you take the plunge

According to Ringer, the average price for in-office bleaching ranges from $200 to $2,500, depending, in part, if the patient uses a take-home system provided by the dentist or has a series of in-office treatments.

The price of a veneer is typically $1,000 to $3,000 per tooth, he says, and the price of bonding “varies dramatically depending on how much a tooth is modified or bonded, but is probably in the range of $100 to $500 per tooth.”

4. Don’t forget about orthodontics

“One of the most under-discussed things is orthodontics,” Hewlett says. “The color is one thing, but there is also the position of the teeth. As dentists we are obliged, when it’s appropriate, to tell patients about orthodontics. Even if [the process takes] two years, two years is going to be here quickly.”

The price of conventional orthodontics (with bands and wires) can range from about $5,000 to $7,000. Computer-generated trays such as Invisalign typically start at about $5,000. For patients with minor problems some dentists use a tray system that costs from $700 to $2,500.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-cosmetic-dentisty-20170927-story.html