Answer: Nitrous Oxide is a gas that's combined with Oxygen to produce a a calming effect and a sense of well being when inhaled. Many dentists use Nitrous Oxide to help a patient relax during dental treatments.
When the dental procedure is over, the dentist will have the patient breathe only Oxygen for a few minutes to eliminate the effects of the Nitrous Oxide.
Unlike other sedations, the patient should have a clear head within minutes of coming off of the Nitrous Oxide allowing them to function normally with no lingering effects. Nitrous Oxide is also known as laughing gas.
Pregnancy is a very exciting and busy time. There are so many changes going on in your body and your mouth is no exception. Good oral hygiene is extremely important during pregnancy because the increase of hormone levels during pregnancy can cause dental problems to be intensified.
One of the most common dental problems associated with pregnancy is a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis, which usually occurs during the first trimester. Symptoms of pregnancy gingivitis are usually bleeding, swollen, red and tender gums.
Good oral health during pregnancy could also be important to your fetus. Some researchers have suggested that the serious stage of gum disease, periodontitis, could cause premature birth and low birth weight.
The tips listed here can help you maintain good oral health throughout your pregnancy.
- Visit your dentist for regular check ups andcleanings. This is the best way to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene.
- Brush your teeth properly at least twice a day to remove plaque.
- Floss your teeth daily. Flossing will remove food debris from in between the teeth that atoothbrush can't reach.
- Use an antimicrobial mouth rinse. Antimicrobial mouth rinses can help prevent gingivitis.
- Brush or scrape your tongue daily to help remove bacteria.
- Eat nutritious meals and healthy snacks.
Now that you know what to do to protect your oral health, sit back, relax and enjoy this beautiful time in your life.
A retainer is an orthodontic appliance (usually removable) that is supposed to be worn after your orthodontist removes your braces. When braces are removed, the teeth have a tendency to want to return back to their original positions. Retainers prevent this from happening.
Most upper retainers are made of wire and hard plastic and fit in the roof of your mouth. A lower retainer can be removable or permanently cemented to the lower teeth so that it doesn’t come out.
During the first several months, retainers are usually worn full time. After that, yourorthodontist will decide how often they should be worn.
When your braces come off, it is very tempting not to wear your retainers. To keep your teeth from shifting and avoiding having to wear braces again, it is crucial to wear your retainers as often as your orthodontist tells you.</p
Answer: Canker sores are very common and they are not contagious. These irritating little sores will normally go away on their own in about one to two weeks.
- The canker sores persist more than two weeks
- The canker sore is unusually large (more than one centimeter in diameter)
- A persistent high fever accompanies the sores.
- The pain from the canker sore is unbearable
- You experience difficulty drinking with the sores
A dentist can easily diagnose and recognize the type of sore in your mouth based on where its located and how it looks.
Canker sores are very painful sores found inside the mouth that often appear out of nowhere, leaving suffers asking: What causes canker sores?
Answer: We know what canker sores are, but the exact cause is still unknown. Women statistically suffer from canker sores more often than men. Canker sores are typically seen in people between the ages of 10 and 40, although they have been known to show up at any age.
There is reason to believe that certain types of bacteria and/or viruses are responsible for the painful mouth sores. Canker sores are not contagious and are not related to the herpes simplex virus, also known as cold sores.
Canker sores are caused by:
- Injuries to the mouth, as seen frequently bycontact sports players. Accidentally biting the inside of the cheek or lip may also result in a canker sore
- Temperature hot food or drink may cause a canker sore in the area of the mouth that was essentially burnt by the offending substance
- Spicy and/or acidic foods often produce a canker sore as a response to the irritation these spices and acids create in the mouth
- The use of chewing (smokeless) tobacco will often cause a canker sore to develop in the area of the mouth where the tobacco is held, due to the irritating chemicals found in the addictive product
- Poor-fitting, complete or partial dentures may cause canker sores in the area of the mouth where the denture may rubbing on the tissue. The development of a canker sore is often one of the first signs that indicate the need for a denture reline or adjustment by your dentist or denturist
- Orthodontic brackets, bands, and various other orthodontic attachments will often cause canker sores to develop in area of the mouth where there is constant friction on the oral tissues. This is common when orthodontic treatment first begins and may occur after each subsequent adjustments, throughout each stage of treatment
- Allergies to metals such as nickel may become evident in the mouth of a person wearing orthodontic devices necessary to move the teeth. Canker sores may begin to appear adjacent to the metal attachments. This is often referred to as contact dermatitis.
- Broken teeth are often sharp and may rub on the oral tissues to produce painful canker sores. Broken restorations may also cause a similar effect on the oral tissues
- Emotional stress has been identified as a possible trigger that may cause the development of canker sores
- Bacteria responsible for peptic ulcers known asHelicobacter pylori, has been linked to canker sore occurrence
- Vitamin deficiencies, specifically vitamin B12, foliate (folic acid), and iron, may trigger canker sore development
- Hormonal changes, notably during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, have been linked to canker sores
- Canker sores often run in families. Genetics my be a factor for many canker sore sufferers
- Allergic reactions and sensitivities to certain foods may cause a canker sore to develop. Allergic reaction to certain types of bacteria found in the mouth may also result in this type of mouth ulcer
- Celiac disease sufferers may experience canker sores. Gluten may be associated with the development of canker sores in those with celiac disease
- Information associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) often will list canker sores as a complication associated with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
- Mouth sores are a common occurrence observed in immuno-suppressed patients, such as those with HIV/AIDS
- Behcet's Disease, a rare autoimmune disease that damages the body's blood vessels notes mouth sores, more specifically canker sores, as a one of the four most common symptoms of the disease
- Sodium lauryl sulfate is a common ingredient in toothpaste and had been associated with the development of canker sores
Treatment is generally not necessary for most canker sores as they tend to heal quickly on their own. If canker sores persist for longer than 2 weeks, see the dentist.
See your dentist immediately if canker sores:
- Become unusually larger than normal
- Are extremely painful, interfering with eating, drinking, and talking
- Begin to appear more frequently than normal
- Do not heal after 14 days
- Are accompanied by a high fever
- Appear to become infected
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