Tag: ‘Caries’

Dental crowding and its causes

Dental crowding and its causes

Besides a higher incidence of caries, people with such anomalies may have problems when to talk and can affect self-esteem.

The dental crowding is a problem that has been increasing in recent years in countries like Spain.

The crowding of the teeth referred to the teeth mounted on top of each other is caused by an incorrect diet, increased mouth breathing and acquired some bad habits, especially in childhood.

This type of deformity is due to the disparity between the size of the teeth and the inter-dental space needed to be aligned and, although the appearance of crowded teeth are a genetic component, there has been an increase in incidence of this problem can cause difficulty eating and talking and even oral health as a result of plaque buildup. (more…)

Against bad breath, parsley, mint or lemon

Against bad breath, parsley, mint or lemon

Bad breath or halitosis is a lesser evil that often does not affect the sufferer, but that may disturb a third and be very harmful on personal relationships.

If you suffer from this problem, you can combat it by following these tips:

- Brush your tongue, just as we brush our teeth
- Parsley and mint: Chewing fresh leaves of parsley or mint for 10 or 15 minutes
- Lemon: chew a piece of lemon peel for a couple of minutes after meals
- Baking: rinsing the mouth after brushing with a little warm water and a pinch of baking

Lesions and mouth such as sores or cold sores-and nostrils are mainly responsible for bad breath. However, are very common causes digestion and decomposition in the mouth of the food consumed, and hormonal factors (certain phases of the menstrual period in women).

The presence of caries and misplaced teeth, along with poor oral hygiene, leads to accumulation of food wastes to decompose causing a stench that is expelled with the breath. Against bad breath, parsley, mint or lemon.

The digestion of certain foods like garlic, onions, peppers, very fatty foods, certain spices, etc. produce gases that contribute to bad breath. The consumption of alcohol and snuff also causes halitosis, as well as the presence of infections in areas where air circulates: pharynx, larynx, bronchi or lungs.

Why and How Dental Caries Formed?

Why and How Dental Caries Formed?

Knowing how to take care of your teeth is very important, but knowed why and how dental caries formed is something more important.

Caries is a transmissible infectious disease, the most common affecting the teeth, in which the acids produced by bacteria dissolve the teeth.

Some bacteria such as Streptococci mutans and Lactobacilli, can be transmitted, for example, from parents to children. These bacteria are cariogenic (which means decay-causing) and create a sticky film known as plaque on the surface of the teeth. The bacteria in plaque feed on fermentable carbohydrates and convert them into acids. Fermentable carbohydrates are sugars and other carbohydrates from food and drink, bacteria can ferment. The acids formed dissolve minerals such as calcium and phosphate from teeth. This process is called demineralization.

But tooth decay is not inevitable. Saliva carries food debris left in the mouth, neutralizes acids produced by plaque bacteria and provides calcium and phosphate to the teeth in a process known as remineralization. Saliva also acts as a reservoir for fluoride toothpaste or fluoridated water. Fluoride helps control remineralising tooth decay and inhibiting bacterial acid production, which reduces or stops the decay process.

Tooth decay only occurs when demineralisation exceeds remineralisation over a period of time.

Dental Erosion and Caries

Dental Erosion and Caries

Dental erosion is an injury caused by the acids in the diet that causes irreversible loss of tooth tissue. At present this injury has increased by changes in diet and increased consumption of juices and soft drinks. The citric acid, phosphoric, maleic, and other content in frequently consumed beverages are responsible for this injury can be particularly destructive in children if ingested in juice bottle, for extended periods and near the hour of sleep.

According to scientific evidence, how often you eat can be critical in the process of erosion. At bedtime, a bottle should
contain only water. Remember that to prevent tooth erosion, juices and soft drinks should not be administered frequently. Preferably drink them with meals.

Prevention is implementing a set of knowledge, actions and attitudes as early as possible.

Dental caries is a controllable disease. To achieve control we need to consider the following preventive measures: oral hygiene to disrupt the bacteria and food stuck to the teeth, streamline intake of carbohydrates from which microbes produce acids that demineralizating tooth; use fluoride pasta and topics to increase tooth resistance to the action of acids and monitored periodically according to risk.