Tooth Pain

What causes tooth pain or toothaches? In this post I will discuss what causes a toothache and tooth pain and how to stop a toothache. When you know what makes a tooth hurt and what makes a tooth feel better, you will help your dentist determine what treatment will relieve your tooth pain.
So let’s get right into the real causes of tooth pain. If a tooth hurts when you eat sweets this is most likely a leaky filling or a new cavity.

If tooth pain or toothache is caused by biting this may indicate a cracked tooth. Sometimes a cracked tooth can be treated with a root canal treatment or an extraction.

If a tooth hurts spontaneously meaning it starts hurting for no reason or it wakes you up at night this means that the nerve inside the tooth is dying and you will need a root canal treatment.

If the tooth hurts when you drink cold fluid and then goes away this means the nerve is injured or bruised and the tooth may get better. The cold sensitivity may go away or get better. This cold sensitivity may happen after a filling and is normal and may mean that the cavity was very deep and near the nerve. This does not mean your dentist is a bad dentist it just means your dentist did a good job cleaning out the cavity.

If the the tooth pain happens when you eat hot foods this means the tooth needs a root canal treatment.

If your teeth hurt only in the morning it could mean you are grinding your teeth. Your dentist can make you a mouth guard to keep you from grinding and may help with tooth pain.

How to stop a toothache by yourself

Many times a toothache or dental emergency happens when your dental office is closed on the weekend or evenings. So this is a how stop a toothache until you can see your dentists.

It is important to first determine what type of toothache you have and then follow these directions very carefully. If you have ANY SWELLING associated with a toothache this treatment will NOT work and you must seek medical attention immediately if you have ANY swelling with a toothache. If there is no swelling and you have a broken tooth or if you have a lost filling or broken crown or loose crown this post is for you. I will explain how to fix a broken tooth by yourself.

If the tooth is broken and you have a hole in the tooth and IF this is a new situation you can plug the hole on a temporary basis with DentTemp from Walgreens. DenTemp costs under $5.00 and allows you to fix a hole or broken tooth if there is no swelling. Simply take a pea size piece of DenTemp and place over the hole in your tooth. Make sure to bite down so that when the DenTemp sets it will not interfere with your bite. When the DenTemp gets wet from your saliva it will get very hard and you will not be able to remove the DentTemp. This will protect the tooth and prevent the sharp edges from cutting your tongue. IF you have any swelling after placing DenTemp call your dentist or doctor immediately.

If the nerve of the tooth is exposed, The DenTemp has medicine that MAY dull the pain until, you can see a dentist.

Toothaches Part 1

What exactly is a toothache and what causes a toothache?
In this series you will know better than most dentists the cause toothaches. Because of misdiagnosis many patients waste time and costs with unnecessary treatments. You can help your dentist and relieve most toothaches by knowing what makes a toothache feel better or worse.
A toothache can be totally harmless and in some cases a warning of a very life threatening condition.
Without even looking at the tooth in question I can determine the cause of a toothache by asking the patient some simple questions. In dental school I learned that the patient will always tell you what is wrong with them simply by asking questions and then listening to the things that cause the tooth to ache. Also asking the patient what makes the tooth feel better. In the next part I will discuss the different sensations that cause pain, hot, cold, sweet, biting and spontaneous pain.

Tooth Whitening and Bleaching Part 2

In this post I will discuss the four ways to make and keep your teeth white.

I need to mention that many times patients have unrealistic expectations when it comes to tooth whitening. Sometimes as dentists we strive for the most natural look when it comes to tooth color. Sometimes patients expect “toilet bowl” white which can look very “fake” and distracts from the natural beauty of our teeth.

Here are the four ways to whiten your teeth.

1) chose your grandparents very carefully. What I mean is that the color of your teeth is genetic and some people have naturally whiter teeth than others. There is not much that can be done for medicine stained teeth or teeth that are grey or stained from excessive fluoride ingestion during childhood. In this extreme situations laminates may be the only option. 2) Diet- Some foods can stain teeth. Dark fruit juices, coffee tea and chocolate will stain teeth. 3) Whitening Toothpaste is my least favorite because these rely not so much on whitening gels as much as very abrasive substances in the toothpaste. These abrasives remove the stains but also abrade and wear off the enamel. Enamel does wear off and you never get anymore than you are born with. 4) Gels and Whitening agents. These can be divided into two categories. In Office tooth whitening systems like Zoom Tooth whitening and home or self tooth whitening stripes. The In Office or professional whitening agents are much stronger agents and work quickly. Because these agents are much stronger they work much faster. What may take three to four weeks at home can be accomplished in 45 minutes in the dental office. Because these agents are very strong they can damage the gums and soft tissue. The dentist is able to cover the gums and checks and isolate just your teeth for whitening. The at home treatments also work very well but will take three to four weeks to whiten your teeth. We offer an in home treatment that works very well. Crest Whitestripes, Crest 3D whitestripes Luxe also work very well and I highly recommend them. The other natural way you can whiten your teeth at home is with coconut oil. Rinse with about two teaspoons of coconut oil for about 25- 30 minutes. The hard part of the coconut oil is the amount of time it takes. But the coconut oil will also kill mouth bacteria as an added benefit.

Tooth whitening and Tooth bleaching Part 1

Tooth whitening and tooth bleaching is a popular in office and at home dental treatment.
I will answer some of the most common questions about tooth bleaching and tooth whitening.
I must mention first that teeth color and response to tooth whitening and bleaching is different for each person. Some people naturally have whiter teeth, some people respond better to tooth whitening, some people’s teeth stain differently than others and diet is also an important component of tooth color. So you cannot compare the color of your teeth to another person or expect the same results as someone else.
Also understand that the main difference between a dental office whitening and in home tooth whitening is the speed at which your teeth whiten. Because the dental office whitening system is supervised by a dentist, higher concentrations are used in the dental office. Higher concentrations are used in a dental office because the dentist can control where these powerful agents are applied. If these strong whitening agents are applied at home and not isolated by a dentist they can cause serious burns to the soft tissue in your mouth such as gums and checks causing serious pain and possible permanent damage. Over the counter whitening gels are less concentrated and cause less damage to the gums however the process of whitening will take longer for your teeth to whiten.
In the next post I will talk about the four ways to whiten or bleach your teeth.

Gum Disease and Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

Gum disease is a a risk factor for heart disease, pancreatic cancer and dementia among other disease. Although the exact etiology (exact mechanism) or connection between gum disease and other systemic is not understood. Many doctors prescribe cholesterol lowering drugs when a patient is at risk for heart disease because of high cholesterol. However, a key vitamin CoQ10 (ubiqunone) is depleted in heart tissue and gum tissue when a patient is on statin drugs like Lipitor. So for my patients who are on statin drugs I encourage then to consider CoQ10 supplementation for their gum health.

I recommend 20mg to 100mg of CoQ10 supplementation when a patient is on statin drugs. Also, it is important to find a CoQ10 supplement that is easily absorbed and for this reason I recommend Jarrow’s Formula. Jarrow’s vitamins are pharmaceutical grade and quality for maximum absorption and benefit. Also I recommend Vitacost.com for cost savings and for ease of ordering and delivery.

Davenport Dentists that use Digital X-Rays

As your Davenport Dentist, we provide quality, state of the art diagnostic equipment and employ digital X-rays for our patients safety.
Digital X-rays use 90% less radiation and gives our group of Davenport Iowa dentist better images than traditional x-rays.

Davenport Iowa dentists that use use digital x-ray equipment protect the environment because there is no harmful chemicals used that need disposal. And when we use digital x-ray or digital images, we can safely store your information in a safe place and backed up offsite to a safe location that protects your privacy and your information. This group of Davenport dentists employees many state of the art technology for your care.
As your Davenport Dentists, we invest in digital technology for your benefit. There are over 70 Davenport Dentists in the Quad Cities, make sure your Davenport dentists uses current and safe technology for your benefit.

This Exercisre Can Kill You

We all hear that exercise is healthy especially aerobic exercise. And more is better, right? Wrong!
It turns out that recent research in Canada on endurance exercise or marathon type exercise shows maybe too much of a good thing is bad.
While moderate aerobic exercise improves our health and lowers our risk of heart disease, marathon type exercise or long distance running increase heart disease risk by 7 times. What?
Here’s some of the research findings:
1) Extended marathon exercise had a seven fold increase in heart disease risk
2) Long distance runners have increases levels of inflammation in their blood, not good.
3) 50% of long distance runners show evidence of heart muscle scarring
4) Long distance runners have diminished heart function after a long distance race.
5) Long distance runners have an increase in levels of an enzyme which indicates heart damage
6) Long Distance runners have increases levels of a stress hormone called cortisol. Ever notice how old long distance runners look?

Train like our ancestors did. Short bursts of intense exercise with intervals of rests or walking. When we hunted our meals, we walked, then we ran for short bursts with slower intervals in between. This type of exercise is called interval training.

I am reminded of the story of the original “Marathon” and what happened to the runner. When the Greeks defeated an invading army in Marathon Greece, the messenger or long distance runner, ran from Marathon Greece to Athens Greece, about 26 mile, to give the message of victory to the citizens of Athens. As the poor sole ran into the city yelling, “Nike, Nike” which means victory in Greek, he dropped dead from the long distance run.

As your Davenport Dentist, that’s the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

Causes of High Blood Pressure

As a Devnport dentist we always check patients blood pressure. Many dental offices do not check blood pressure and patients may be seriously injured in the process. I have sent many patients to the hospital for treatment of high blood pressure that I found during a routine exam. One patient was in the hospital for three days to get his blood pressure under control.

We hear talk about blood pressure and salt. But another cause of high blood pressure is fructose. Fructose is a sugar found in fruit, and just like some people are sensitive to salt, some people are sensitive to fructose in fruit. Eating more fruit for some people may raise their levels of uric acid. Uric acid can raise your blood pressure.

So in closing, make sure your dentist checks your blood pressure at every visit. It may save your life. As Davenport Iowa Dentist, we always check your blood pressure.

And that’s the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

Symptoms of A Cavity

Question? What are the symptoms of a cavity or how do I know if I have a cavity?
Answer: Many times there are no symptoms of a cavity. when a tooth hurts it may be too late to fix the cavity with a simple filling.
Question: How do I know if I have a cavity?
Answer? The dentist will do an exam and x-ray images. Cavities that can be found on the bitting surface are seen by the denitst. X-rays are needed to see cavities between the teeth.
Question: What if my teeth hurt when I eat sweets?
Answer: If a tooth hurts when you eat sweets it indicates a leaky filling or a cavity
question: What if my tooth hurts when I eat cold foods?
Answer: sensivity to cold food may indicate root exposure or a sensitive filling. Cold sensitivity after a filling is not unusual.
Question: What if a tooth is sensitve to hot foods?
Answer: Sensitivity to hot foods indicate a damaged nerve that needs a root canal treatment.