Causes of Toothache in Young Adults

Toothache in Young AdultsNo one is immune to getting a toothache. Though many ailments in life tend to fall on older people, to be candid (and obvious), anyone who has teeth can get toothaches. The causes of toothache in young adults typically involve what they eat and how they care for their teeth. Unfortunately, young people often don’t eat the type of diet that enables optimum oral care. Foods that contain refined sugars and starches are among the worst culprits for poor diet among young adults. Even juices that are considered healthy can lead to toothaches. Another miscreant that causes toothaches in young adults is dental hygiene, particularly if they find themselves too busy to stop for a good brushing or flossing. Finally, not visiting a dentist on a regular basis is a big cause for toothaches in young people who often don’t have the means or insurance to see a professional. Family dentists in South Orange have compiled information about the causes of toothaches in young adults, as well as remedies.  For more information about ways to reduce the risk of toothache contact a top dentist near you today.
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The Structure of The Tooth

Healthy TeethYou may gaze into the mirror and simply see a set of pearly whites grinning back at you, but those teeth are a little more complex in their composition – more than you probably have ever thought about.

When you think of it, your teeth are challenged every day to withstand icy cold or steaming hot drinks, or to crunch down and pulverize every piece of food that you put into your mouth.  We’ve had our current teeth since we outgrew our baby teeth and got the permanent set, and, for some, old cavities or dental issues forced us to get crowns so that our old metal fillings were not so unsightly.
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What Role Does Diet Play In Dental Health?

Diet and Dental HealthWhat you eat has a huge impact on your oral health. It seems so obvious, doesn’t it? Pretty much everything we eat or drink touches our teeth in one way or another. We chew certain foods. We drink liquids, and they pass over our teeth. So, if everything we eat has an impact on our teeth, then why do so many of us not consider our teeth and our diets when we’re considering what to have for lunch? The fact is that diet plays a huge role in dental health, but not just because foods and beverages come into direct contact with our teeth. The nutrients found (or not found) in foods also play a vital role in the health of our teeth. Following are answers to common oral health questions about how various vitamins and minerals affect the health of your teeth. Continue reading “What Role Does Diet Play In Dental Health?”

What Is Gum Recession?

Gum RecessionWhen you hear people talking about ‘recession,’ they’re never talking about anything good. An economic recession can have an impact on your wallet, your job, and your lifestyle. And, believe it or not, so can gum recession. Recessed, or receding, gums can cause bacteria to build up in your mouth. They can cause gaps to form between the teeth. They can even cause the roots of teeth to become exposed, and that can cause pain. So what causes gum recession? Is it something that happens with age, or can young people have recessed gums, too? And, the most important question of all is there anything you can do to prevent gum recession? These are some of the most common dental questions asked of dentists concerning recessed gums. Continue reading “What Is Gum Recession?”

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom TeethWisdom comes with age, and so do wisdom teeth. In fact, that’s the reason they’re called ‘wisdom teeth.’ Once referred to as third molars, over the ages they garnered the moniker wisdom teeth because they don’t appear in early years when other teeth do. According to the National Institute of Health, wisdom teeth typically show up in the years between the late teens and early 20s. Most people have gotten their wisdom in teeth by the time they reach age 21, but it’s not impossible for them to come in after your 21st birthday. In fact, there are some folks (an estimated fourth of the population), who never even get all 4 of their wisdom teeth. So, what are wisdom teeth anyway? If you haven’t experienced an impacted wisdom tooth, it’s possible you didn’t even notice your coming in at all. Here are some common dental questions about wisdom teeth, complications, and what to expect if you’re facing treatment of an impacted wisdom tooth.

For most of the population, wisdom teeth (or third molars) come in as one in each of the four quadrants of the mouth. These include the upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right locations of the mouth. As mentioned above, roughly a quarter of the population never even sees all four of their wisdom teeth come in, which is typically due to heredity. Although most people do have all four of their wisdom teeth by the time they’re in their early 20s, not having them yet isn’t something to be concerned about. In some cases, it takes up to year 25 or even older to have all your wisdom properly in place. If you’re 25 and you haven’t noticed your wisdom teeth yet, don’t panic. Mention it to your dentist at your next bi-annual checkup. It’s possible they’re in and you never even noticed.

As they develop, wisdom teeth can affect other teeth. They may become impacted. They may try to squeeze their way into an already crowded mouth. Or they may come in at an angle. When any of these scenarios occurs, a wisdom tooth may need to be extracted. A wisdom tooth that’s impacted has not yet fully emerged through the gums, leaving it fully or partially by the gums. If a wisdom tooth has fully emerged through the jawbone, a dentist generally can extract it just as she would any other tooth that needs to be extracted. When a wisdom tooth hasn’t completely emerged, this is when surgery likely is necessary. Because the tooth is still within the jawbone, oral surgery is required to extract the tooth and keep it from doing any damage to other teeth. In this case, the tooth plus any bone that obstructs it will need to be extracted. Naturally, as with any type of surgery, recovery will be necessary. During this period, your family dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe medications for pain. There may be some facial swelling post surgery, and you will likely be given instructions to refrain from rinsing, sucking, or spitting within the first day or so following surgery. After the first 24 hours, your dentist may instruct you to begin rinsing your mouth with warm salt water periodically throughout the day, as this is a powerful method of healing. The recovery period typically takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Sadly, wisdom teeth don’t really make you wise. As a matter of fact, many dentists agree that wisdom teeth are pretty much useless these days.  But wait. Shouldn’t wisdom teeth make you chew better? The fact about wisdom teeth is that no one seems to know the facts. Some dental experts say wisdom teeth have no purpose for modern humans. In fact, many dentists say that wisdom teeth are actually vestigial, meaning they’re right up there with the old appendix for purposelessness. Still other dental experts say that wisdom teeth are useful for helping us to chew more efficiently. If you have more questions about wisdom teeth, especially if you think you may have an impacted wisdom tooth, make an appointment as soon as possible to ask your dentist these and other oral health questions.

Common Causes of a Toothache

Causes of a ToothacheMost people throughout the country have experienced the pain of a toothache at one time or other in their lives. However, just because a toothache is a fairly common occurrence, does not mean that it isn’t all that big a deal, especially if you’re the person who’s experiencing it. What causes a toothache is one of the most commonly asked dental health questions patients pose to their dentists, and some of the answers may surprise you. Of course, everybody knows that a toothache can be caused by all manner of dental health issues, from cavities and other types and degrees of tooth decay, to chips and cracks in the teeth, to exposed nerve roots. But did you know that the cause of a toothache could be an ear infection or that chronic sinus problem you’ve been enduring? Following are answers to questions about some of the most common causes of toothaches, as well as tips on preventing them. Continue reading “Common Causes of a Toothache”

What Causes a Toothache

Toothache“This toothache is killing me!” Okay, this might be an exaggeration, but if you have a toothache now, or have ever had one in the past, you probably don’t think so. Anyone who has never had a toothache cannot possibly know the pain, not to mention the disruption it can cause in your life. You have trouble eating because you can only eat on one side of your mouth, and you often can’t stand any food that’s too cold or too hot. (And how many of the foods you love does this eliminate? In those cold Essex County winters, you can’t drink anything hot, and in those warm Jersey summers, you can’t eat anything cold!) You have trouble sleeping because the pain keeps you awake unless you reach, yet again, for pain killers. Yes, a toothache only seems like it’s not a big deal to a person who’s not suffering from one. So what caused your toothache? Continue reading “What Causes a Toothache”