Archive for August 2018

Many of us know that poor oral hygiene can cause cavities, but what if these cavities are left untreated? Untreated cavities can affect the pulp of the tooth, which is a collection of sensitive nerves and blood vessels located at its center. Left untreated, pulp diseases can lead to the loss of the tooth. Pulp diseases usually come with symptoms including tooth pain when eating hot/cold foods, sudden intense mouth pain, and infection.
There are a few different types of pulp disease:

  • Reversible Pulpitis - Mild inflammation of the pulp, symptoms can include pain when eating hot/cold foods. Left untreated, this form of pulp disease can lead to a collection of bacteria and pus. To treat this form of pulp disease, a filling is typically required.

  • Irreversible Pulpitis - Severe inflammation of the pulp, symptoms include sudden pain. Left untreated, this form of pulp disease can lead to widespread gum infection. This type of pulp disease is usually treated with a root canal.

  • Dental Pulp Calcification - The hardening of the pulp tissue can cause hypersensitivity and pain. Root canals are used to clear away hardened tissue.

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

Most instances of pulp disease occur due to poor dental hygiene, meaning that it can easily be prevented by maintaining healthy brushing and flossing habits. 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 Swollen Taste Buds?

August 13, 2018 | Posted Education

Taste buds are the reason that you can tell sweet from sour, and salty from bitter. Every person has around 10,000 taste buds in total, and they are housed inside of the tiny bumps on your tongue, called papillae. Normally, you shouldn’t be able to feel your taste buds. But sometimes, they can swell up. Swollen taste buds can be very painful, and make drinking and eating uncomfortable. Some of the conditions that can cause your teeth to swell up are:

  • Acid Reflux - If acid makes it all the way into your mouth, it can burn the papillae on your tongue.

  • Allergies - Certain foods or substances can cause reactions when they hit your tongue.

  • Mouth Burns - Hot drinks and foods can burn taste buds, causing them to swell up.

  • Smoking - Cigarettes contain chemicals that can irritate the taste buds.

  • Stress - Being under stress has been linked to a number of health issues, including swollen taste buds.

  • Transient Lingual Papillitis - A common condition that causes inflamed taste buds. Only lasts for a short amount of time.

  • Oral Cancer - Very rarely, swollen taste buds could be a sign of oral cancer.

Usually, swollen taste buds will go away on their own after a few days. If you find yourself getting them frequently, make sure to practice proper oral hygiene, avoid spicy and acidic foods, and quit smoking. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.