Archive for October 2016

What Are Dental Pulp Diseases

October 24, 2016 | Posted Education

Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, which when left untreated, can affect the centre (or pulp) of the tooth. The pulp of the tooth contains sensitive nerves and blood vessels, so if pulp diseases are left untreated, it can lead to the loss of a tooth. Typical symptoms of pulp disease include tooth pain when eating hot/cold foods, sudden intense pain in the mouth, and infection.
 
There are several different types of pulp diseases:

  • Reversible pulpitis - Mild inflammation of the pulp, symptoms include pain when eating hot or cold foods. Without treatment, this form of pulp disease can lead to a collection of bacteria and pus. Typically, a filling is needed. 

  • Irreversible pulpitis - Severe inflammation of the pulp, symptoms include sudden intense pain. If left untreated, it can result in a widespread gum infection. This type of pulp disease is typically treated with a root canal.

  • Dental pulp calcification - Hardening of the pulp tissue causes hypersensitivity and pain. A root canal is used to clear away hardened tissue.

  • Dental pulp exposure - Occurs when a crack in the tooth exposes the pulp to bacteria. Depending on the severity of the exposure, a root canal or even tooth extraction may be required.

 
Most instances of pulp disease are caused due to poor dental hygiene, which means that it can be easily prevented by regularly brushing and flossing. If you have any questions about pulp diseases, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475

What Causes Morning Breath

October 11, 2016 | Posted Education

Everyone has experienced the so called “morning breath” one way or another, but what causes it and how can it be mitigated? Bad breath varies from person to person, and depends on a number of different factors. When you sleep, your mouth dries out due to a decrease in saliva, allowing odor producing bacteria to thrive. This means that if you snore or breathe through your mouth while sleeping, you are more likely to have bad breath in the morning than those who don’t because the airflow through your mouth dries it out even more.
 
Other less common reasons for morning breath include medications, allergies, and smoking. Medications can cause the mouth to become very dry overnight, therefore increasing the strength of bad breath. Smoking dries up your mouth, decreasing saliva production, and also causes an increase in temperature, speeding up bacteria growth. Allergies create mucus which can drip down the back of your throat, providing a food source for bacteria.
 
Fortunately, morning breath is treatable. The easiest way to eliminate it is to properly brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Try to incorporate brushing your tongue into your nighttime routine, as it’s a prime breeding ground for bacteria. If brushing and flossing still isn’t doing enough, try using mouthwash to freshen up your breath. As long as you follow the instructions on the mouthwash, it should kill the bad breath causing bacteria. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.