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 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.

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.

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.

How To Treat a Dry Socket

This is another question and answer about dry socket:
Q.What is a dry socket?
A. A dry socket is a local infection in the jaw bone usually after a tooth extraction.
Q. What are the symptoms of a dry socket?
A. Symptoms of a dry socket are extreme constant pain usually 4-5 days after a tooth extraction
Q. What is the treatment of a dry socket?
A. The best treatment for a dry socket is a visit to the dentist that extracted the tooth for placement of a medicine called iodoform paste placed in the socket
Q. Is there a home remedy or natural homeopathy treatment for dry socket?
A. A natural homeopathic treatment for dry socket is to apply clove oil to a damp gauze and bite on the gauze to cover the socket. You should first try to clean the socket of any food by rinsing the socket with a syringe if possible.

As your Quad Cities Dentist and a Davenport Dentist that treats dry sockets I suggest that you try a natural treatment first.

Coconut Oil Benefits

Here are more benfits of coconut oil.

1) Increase metabolic rate in human or animal body. Coconut oil affects your thyroid in a good way.
2) Coconut oil also has only has 7 cal per gram, inlike most fats that have 9 cal per gram. So coconut oil is less fattening than other oils or fat.
3) Coconut oil is classifies as a functional food. A functional food provides health benefits and provides basic nutrients . As a functional food, coconut has fatty acids which provide both energy (nutrients) and antimicrobial properties (functional component).

About 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are from lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid. Lauric acid is also found in mother’s breast milk. Lauric is antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal used by the human to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV and herpes.

As a Davenport Iowa dentist, your whole body health is important for your oral health.
And that is the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth.

Also, approximately 6-7% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are capric acid. Capric acid is another medium chain fatty, which has also has antimicrobial functions including antiviral effects against HIV and is being tested for antiviral effects against herpes simplex and antibacterial effects against chlamydia. It is the fat in coconut oil that kills lipid coated DNA and RNA viruses including HIV and herpes viruses as well gram positive bacteria.
4) Coconut oil is also very stable for long periods of time, meaning it will not get rancid.

Coconut Oil

Our natural coconut oil is one of the best oils to cook with, if not the best. Coconut oil contains vital nutrients that are necessary for like and good health.
1) Coconut oil can withstand high temperatures when used for cooking, other healthy oils like olive oil are harmed during cooking.
2) Coconut oil can kill harmful fugus, I recommend applying coconut oil to skin areas affected by fungus like angular cheilitis, a fungal infection around the mouth or to kill athelete’s foot.
3) Coconut oil contains vital medium chain fatty acids that is a preferred fuel for you heart.
4) Lauric Acid and Capric acid is found in breast milk and coconut oil. These two oils are converted in the body into antiviral, and antimicrobial chemicals.
5) You can brush your teeth with coconut oil and keep your mouth healthy.

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