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Mouth Ulcer

March 14th, 2019 by
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What are mouth ulcers?

Ulcers are painful sores that appear inside the mouth. They are usually red or yellow. They are utterly different from cold sores, that seem on the outer lips and are because of a virus.

What are the common causes of mouth ulcers?

Usually, a single mouth ulcer is mainly due to damage caused by accidentally biting the cheek or tongue, sharp teeth, tooth brushing or poorly fitting dentures. These ulcers are called ‘ traumatic ulcers.’
If you have a more than one mouth ulcer that’s because of ‘ recurrent aphthous stomatitis. ‘

How do l know if I have a traumatic ulcer?

Traumatic ulcers are generally on their own, are next to the cause of the damage and go away once the source of the problem is solved.

What are the sings of recurrent aphthous stomatitis?

Recurrent aphthous stomatitis is a common problem and leads to repeated bouts of mouth ulcers in otherwise healthy children and young people. The cause is unknown, but it is not infectious and is not likely to be inherited.

Are there different types of recurrent mouth ulcers?

Yes.
Minor ulcers are the most common. They can appear inside the cheeks, on the lips, tongue, and gums and, more rarely, on the roof the mouth. Most of these ulcers are in the size of the top of a pencil and sometimes comes in clusters. You can get four to six at any one time.
Large ulcers are more severe and can last for five to ten weeks. They can appear near the tonsils, and that can be very painful, mostly when swallowing. You usually only get one at a time.
There is also a possibility of 100 tiny painful ulcers appearance which lasts for one to two weeks.
However, these last two varieties are very rare.

You can also get ulcers in other body parts like your eyes or genital area. It is important to tell your dentist about this ulcers are sores that appear inside the mouth.

What are the less common causes of mouth ulcers?

Infections can cause mouth ulcers. Herpes simplex often leads to widespread mouth ulcers in children and some adults. Other less common viral and bacterial infections can also cause mouth ulcers, but this happens very rarely. Mouth ulcers can be caused by occasionally and occasionally by other blood disorders and some skin or gastrointestinal diseases. In some cases, the mouth ulcers are the only sign of an underlying illness.

Can cancer cause mouth ulcers?

Cancer of the mouth can first appear as a mouth ulcer. The ulcers caused by mouth cancer are usually single and last a long time without any apparent local cause ( for example a sharp tooth)
Any sore that lasts longer than three weeks should be looked at by your dentist?
Ulcers caused by cancer frequently appear on or under the tongue, but can occasionally look somewhere else in the mouth.
Cancer of the mouth is usually associated with heavy smoking and drinking. Doing both together greatly increases the risk.

Can I catch mouth ulcers?

Mouth ulcers do not spread by kissing or sharing drinks or utensils as infection does not cause mouth ulcers.

What types of treatment are there for mouth ulcers?

The treatment depends on the cause of the ulcers. Sometimes all that is needed is for a sharp tooth to be smoothed down or a denture adjusted, although some patients may require a variety of mouthwashes or tablets.

What should I do if l think I have mouth ulcers?

If an ulcer lasts more than a few days, you should always ask your dentist or doctor for advice. They may be able to tell you the cause and provide treatment, or they may arrange further tests or refer you to the specialist if necessary.

How can l prevent mouth ulcers?

You can reduce the risk of mouth ulcers by:

  1. Maintaining good oral hygiene
  2. Using high-quality toothbrushes ( to reduce the risk of damage to your mouth)
  3. Eating a proper diet which is rich in vitamins A, C, and E and which includes foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables ( to lessen the risk of mouth cancer)
  4. Regularly visiting your dentist.
Should I worry about my ulcers?

Most ulcers heal up on their own. However, you should visit your dentist if they don’t heal within three weeks. Your dentist will be able to examine your mouth to check that the problem is an ulcer and not something more serious such as mouth cancer.
If you suffer from ulcers that come and go often, you ought to visit your dentist to see that there is not an underlying medical cause.

Caring for my teeth

March 13th, 2019 by
why are my teet so important

Why are my teeth so important?

Our teeth vary in shape and size and its position in the mouth. These differences help the teeth to perform different jobs. The main function of teeth is 0chewing and aid digesting the food. They also help us to talk, and to pronounce different speeches clearly. Finally, teeth form a good shape for our face.
A healthy smile influences everyday communication and hence so important to maintain your our oral health.

What can go wrong with my teeth?

Tooth decay can be painful and also can damage tooth appearance. It may lead to fillings, crowns or inlays to restore a damaged part. If tooth decay is not treated, the nerve of the tooth can become infected and causing as an abscess. This may then need root canal treatment or else even extraction.
It is important that you keep a good practice of keeping your teeth and gums healthy at home. Gum disease is the most common cause of teeth loss in adults. However, it can be preventable and can be treated with regular cleaning sessions. If teeth are lost, it will be necessary to fill the gaps with an artificial arrangement such as bridges, dentures or implants.

How do l keep my teeth and gums healthy?

Instead of facing severe cavity and pain, It is easy to keep your mouth clean and healthy. A simple routine of brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing is the first step. Good eating habits, avoiding sugary food and drinks less can be helpful. And the most important is a regular dental check-up, that can help prevent most dental problems.
Although most people brush twice a day they do not clean the edges of their teeth carefully. and some people don’t consider to get a regular preventive dental check-up. Small changes in our daily routine can make a big difference in the long run.
If you go to the dentist regularly your dentist can remove any plaque or tartar on your teeth. And treat for other oral diseases that have already appeared. But daily dental hygiene is solely up to you, and the main weapons are the toothbrush and floss

What is the plaque?

Plaque Is a thin, sticky substance which is created by bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth.

How can plaque cause decay?

When you consume food containing sugars and starches, the bacteria in plaque get nourishment and they can attack tooth enamel. After constant acid attacks, the enamel starts to breaks down forming a hole or cavity.

How can plaque cause gum disease?

If plaque is not removed by brushing it can harden over time and turns into calculus (‘ tartar’). Calculus usually forms near the gum line and the plaque underneath preleases poisons which cause the gums to become irritated and inflamed. The gums start to pull away from the teeth and the gaps become affected. If gum disease is not treated in the right time, the bone supporting the teeth will be damaged and healthy teeth can also start to get infected. Gum disease is the main reason tooth loss in adults and can eventually lead to a need for artificial fixtures as dentures, bridges or implants.

How can I prevent gum disease?

It is important to remove plaque and food debris between your teeth. It this will stop your gums to suck more infection and becoming sore. If you leave plaque not treated on your teeth it can harden and can turn to tartar. This can only be removed by the dentist. It is important to have regular dental consultation so that your teeth can have a thorough cleaning when required.

How do l know if have gum disease?

Gum disease ( gingivitis) will usually show itself as swollen red gums that bleed when brush or floss. Many people get the first sign when their gums bleed while brushing. It is important that you clean regularly and firmly in order to fight the condition.

brushing

Why is brushing important?

Plaque is the sticky substance which starts to form when you skip brushing. If the plaque isn’t removed, It continues to build up, nourished by the food debris and causing cavity and gum disease.

Which type of toothbrush should I use?

Your dentist will be able to recommend a toothbrush which suits you. However, adults should choose a small to medium size brush with a soft bristle. round-ended nylon bristles or ‘filaments’ are also good. The head of the brush should be small so it can reach into all parts of the mouth. Especially the back of the mouth where it can be difficult to reach (near wisdom teeth). Children need to use smaller brushes but with the same type of features.
You can now buy more specialized toothbrushes according to your condition. For instance, people having sensitive teeth can now use softer bristled brushes. There are also smaller headed toothbrushes designed for crooked or irregular teeth.

Some people find it difficult to hold a toothbrush due to physical disability. There are now toothbrushes available which have large handles and angled heads to make them easier to use.

ElectronicToothbrush

How do electric toothbrushes work?

An electric brush performs rotating and vibrating in the mouth. , which provides a large amount of cleaning action with little action needed from the user, although you need to position the brush correctly in the areas you need cleaning.

Do electric toothbrushes clean better?

Tests have proved that electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing plaque, particularly those have an oscillating rotary action. They are particularly useful for people who can do limited movements, such as disabled or elderly people.
Electric or battery-operated toothbrushes can be a better choice for children as they may be inclined to brush regularly because of the novelty of using as an electric toothbrush. Discuss the idea with your dentist about the benefit of using an electric toothbrush.

How should I brush?

Brushing cleans the plaque and food particles from the tooth surfaces. Here is one method of removing plaque.

  1. Hold your toothbrush against your teeth, then tilt the tips to 45-degree angle against the gum line.Start to move the brush in small circular movements, repeat this a few times, on all the surface of every tooth.
  2. Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth carefully, both upper and lower jawline, hold bristles angled against the gum line.
  3. Use the same method on the inside surfaces of each teeth.
  4. Brush the biting surfaces of the teeth and ensure any food particles are not stuck between.
  5. To brush the surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the toothbrush vertically and make a few small circular strokes with the front part of the brush.
  6. Cleaning your tongue will help enhance your breath and will clean your mouth by eliminating bacteria.

How do I know if all the plaque is removed?

There is a special solution available to check the existence of the Plaque. Using this solution can stain the plaque area and gives the idea about alerting about the plaque. This stain is harmless and will show any areas of your mouth which need better brushing. Look particularly where your teeth and gums connect. The stain from the can be removed.

How often should I brush my teeth?

Ensure brush thoroughly with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Visit the dentist consultation as he/she recommends. If you regularly feeling discomfort or bleeding after brushing consult your dentist soon.

How often should change my toothbrush?

Damaged bristles cannot clean your teeth properly and have the chance to damage your gums. Changing toothbrush on time will greatly help to clean and it good to change in every 2-3 months.

Should I use fluoride toothpaste?

Yes. Fluoride helps to strengthen and protect your teeth, Which can reduce tooth decay in both adults and children.

What sort of toothpaste should I use?

Along with the family toothpaste, some specialist toothpaste also available to help the particular issue. These include tartar control for people who are likely to build tartar. People with sensitive teeth also can use sensitive helping toothpaste. Total care toothpaste help fighting multiple issues such as gum disease, freshen breath and help reduce plaque build-up. Whitening toothpaste is good at removing staining but are not strong enough to change deeply discolored teeth.
Children should use a toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1000ppm ( parts per million). Special children’s toothpaste usually contains about half the fluoride that adult toothpaste has. They are able to give limited protection for the teeth. To have a clean mouth you need to use the correct dental care products. Ask your dentist or suggest the option and give their recommendations.

How should I clean between my teeth?

dental floss is one way to clean between your teeth. Dental taps are thicker than floss and most people find it easier to use. Flossing helps to clean plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. It can go to the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. You should clean food particles between your teeth at least once a day with floss. Your dentist tell you proper flossing techniques.
The following suggestions helps:

  1. Break off about 18 inches of floss, and hold it around one of your middle fingers. hold the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand. You can take up the used section with this finger.
  2. Hold the floss in between your thumb and forefingers, with about an inch floss between them, leaving no slack. Use a gentle movements to guide the floss between your teeth. Do not jerk the floss or don’t be aggressive to the gums.
  3. When the floss reaches till gum line, curve it as a c-shape against one tooth for a time.
  4. Hold the floss against the tooth start to scrap gently side of the tooth. Move the floss away from the gumline. Repeat the same on the other side of the gap.
  5. Don’t forget to clean the back of your (last tooth)

flossing

When flossing, follow a regular pattern. Start to work on the top an clean it from left to right, then start to move to the bottom and again work from the left to right. This way you will not miss any teeth. At first, looking into the mirror helps. Never neglect to clean in the edges of any crowns, bridges or implants. The specialist flosses are more easy to do than the traditional flosses.

Periodontal Disease

February 26th, 2019 by
“Perio” means around and “dontal” means tooth. Periodontal disease is an infection that gradually destroys the gum tissue surrounding your teeth and the jawbone. Nearly 3 out of 4 people will be affected with some form of gum disease at some time in their life, If it left untreated, often develops Periodontitis and eventual tooth loss.

Check out if you have any Gum Diseases?

  • Do you have swollen gums?
  • Do you find bleeding when you floss or brush?
  • Do you have bad breath?
  • Are the tips of your gums turned any color other than pink?
  • Have your gums pulled back from your teeth?
  • Have the spaces between your teeth increased recently?
  • Do you feel loose tooth or teeth?
  • Has the way your bite down changed?

The more times you find the answer “yes”, the more likely it is that you need professional treatment.

Our mouth is full of bacteria. In a healthy mouth, there is a natural balance of different kinds of bacteria. In fact, our teeth are constantly being coated with a white layer (film) of debris and bacteria. This layer is called a plaque. Bacteria will not harm in a normal condition, it will harm when dramatically their number increases. But brushing and flossing help reduce the bacteria by removing plaque. If plaque is not removed on time, it will be hardened and forms calculus (tartar). This calculus will only be removed by a Dentist.

How periodontal disease develops

How does periodontal/Gum Disease develop?

Common causes of Gum Disease:
Poor oral hygiene: The root cause of gum disease is plaque and cavity. Which forms when the hygiene is not maintained.
Diet: Some Nutritional deficiencies ( e.g. Vit. C deficiency and Iron defencies), excessive alcohol consumption.
Habits: Tobacco usage and excessive use of toothpicks.
Dental Causes: Large untreated cavities, irregular teeth, ill-fitting dentures, ongoing braces treatment.
Medical Causes: Some medical issues such as Diabetes, pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, steroids, Etc.

Gum disease comes in Stages:

Stage 1: Gingivitis
Poor brushing and flossing habits allow dental plaque formation. Plaque contains germs which cause gum disease. Some early signs of gingivitis may include swelling, bleeding, or tenderness. At this point, you may notice slightly loose gum but still attached high on the teeth. This inflammation of the gums is known as gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease.

Stage2: Periodontitis
When gingivitis is not treated, the plaque is allowed to accumulate and it forms calculus or tartar. This calculus slowly starts to wear down the gum and bone support of the teeth. Further, it leads to the pocket formation and bone destruction. As the disease continues, more bone gets damaged, the teeth loosen and finally fall out or may need to be pulled. Periodontitis is a silent disease, where the bacterial infection of the gums and the supporting tissues usually occurs without pain.

Signs of Periodontal disease

Sings of Periodontitis include:

  • Bad breath
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pus coming from around the teeth
  • Pain on chewing
  • Tender Gums
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Sudden appearance of spaces between teeth

Stage 3: Advanced Periodontitis
You may experience receding gums with exposed roots, darker calculus if you press on your gums deposit of pus.

Treatment Options

Treatment of periodontal disease depends on the damage done by the disease. Periodontitis affects more than just gums, so, it cannot be controlled with regular brushing and flossing. Treatment of periodontal disease involves extensive procedures. The primary goals of the treatment are to promote reattachment of healthy gums to teeth, to reduce swelling, the depth of pockets, and the risk of infection, and stop further damage.
Treatment options may be non-surgical or surgical.

Non Surgical Options

1. Scaling and Root Planning

Scaling: This is a type of cleaning. It removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and below the gum line.

Root Planning: The Dentist smoothens the root surfaces so that supportive tissues can reattach to the tooth surface. Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area, as this procedure goes deeper than regular cleaning. Your Dentist will remove a small part of infected gum tissue with a procedure called soft tissue curettage.

2. Antibiotics and Anti-inflammatory.
3. Bite Correction.
4. Splinting (using adjacent strong teeth to support the weak or mobile teeth).

Surgical Options

In later stages of the disease, depending on the severity, any of the following procedures may be indicated.

1. Gingivectomy
This procedure aims to remove an overgrowth of gum tissue taking the gum level back to its original position.

2. Flap surgery
during this treatment small incision is made, a “ flap” is lifted. The gums are gently folded back, allowing the dentist to access the infected pocket. Deep deposits of plaque and tartar also removed. The gum is then replaced to the normal position

3. Reshaping the Bone
Your Dentist may use osseous (bone) surgery to shape the bone after the flap surgery. In this procedure, gums will be sutured below the original gum line, reduce areas that trap plaque.

Prevention

Professional treatment alone can not cure for gum disease; it needs your dedication and care. Follow these simple tips as part of a self-care programme.
1) Brush your teeth twice a day.
2) To remove plaque from between teeth flossing is necessary
3) Rinse your mouth thoroughly after each meal.
4) Replace your brush every 3 to 4 month.

Thus we can come to the conclusion “An ounce of prevention is worths than a pound of cure!!”

5 Tips to avoid bad breath

May 31st, 2017 by

Bad breath can lead to lack of socialism and under confidence and may also denote health problems. This can be avoided by maintaining good oral hygiene and taking good oral care. Let’s see a few tips to avoid bad breath:

 

  1. Brush Regularly: Brushing regularly helps get rid of plaque. Accumulation of plaque and calculus can lead to bad breath. Moreover, gargling or even brushing after meals can help get rid of the foul odor from certain foods.
  2. Clean Your Tongue: Tongue can harbor plaque and tiny bits of food. So, it is advisable to clean the tongue regularly and prevent oneself from bad breath generated by these bacteria.
  3. Avoid certain food and beverages: Certain food and beverages can cause bad odor like coffee, alcoholic drinks, garlic, onion, and hot peppers. Avoid these foods and beverages or go for a strong mint post consuming these products.
  4. Drink water regularly: Avoid a dry mouth by drinking water regularly and avoid drinks that can dehydrate you.
  5. Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco:

Unpleasant odor of these products can result in bad breath and thus should be avoided.

 

And the most important is to visit a dentist regularly for a dental check-up and get teeth cleaning done every 6 months.

 

7 REASONS FOR YELLOW TEETH

May 29th, 2017 by

Yellow teeth not only affects your smile but also lowers your confidence. There might be multiple reasons for this. Let’s look at a few:

  • Genetic: Sometimes yellow teeth run in the genes of the family and if your parents have yellow teeth, you might have them too.
  • Thin Enamel: Thin enamel (outer layer of the tooth) can lead to exposure of the dentin which has a yellowish hue and may make your teeth appear yellower. It might be natural or due to wear and tear of the enamel.
  • Smoking: Smoking can leave yellowish or brown stains on your teeth.
  • Beverages: Coffee, Tea and sometimes red and white wine can also lead to yellow stains on the teeth.
  • Medicines: If a mother takes Tetracycline antibiotics in the second half of her pregnancy or a child takes them before the age of eight, one might have permanently stained teeth.
  • Fluorosis: Fluoride is good for teeth and strengthens it. But excessive fluoride can lead to a condition called as fluorosis. Fluorosis can lead to yellowish or brown spots on your teeth.
  • Grinding: Tooth grinding which is an unconscious habit can lead to wear and tear of the enamel and thus can lead to teeth yellowing.

 

To avoid yellow teeth one should maintain good oral hygiene & get regular dental cleanings done. One can also go for teeth whitening treatments or veneers.

Moreover, it is important to visit a dentist every 6 months to prevent dental problems.

 

How to prevent tooth sensitivity?

May 19th, 2017 by
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sensitive teeth

Have you ever faced a shocking type of a dental pain which lasts for less than a minute? It may be a result of tooth sensitivity.

Causes:

Tooth sensitivity usually occurs when the outer surface of the tooth (enamel)gets thinner. It may also be a result of gum recession, thus exposing the tooth structure below the gum level.

Symptoms:

A shocking type of pain felt on eating hot, cold or sweet food or on drinking cold drinks or breathing in cold air. This pain does not last for more than a minute.

This condition can be related to cavities, or a cracked tooth due to fall or habits like teeth clenching.

 

Tips to Prevent TOOTH SENSITIVITY:

  1. Brush twice a day with a toothpaste with low level of abrasives. Prefer using special toothpastes made for tooth sensitivity.
  2. Flossing once a day can help get rid of the sticky layer (plaque) on the gum line and between the teeth and can help reduce chances of gum diseases and recession and thus reduce tooth sensitivity
  3. Follow a diet low in acidic foods and drinks can help prevent teeth sensitivity.

 

Visit a dentist once every 6 months for a good dental health.

Tooth pain? Not necessarily a cavity.

April 4th, 2017 by

Cavities are the most common cause of tooth pain. But all tooth pains do not signify a cavity. Various types of dental pain denote various types of dental problems.

Let’s look at a few:

1)Sharp pains: Sharp pains when eating or drinking hot or cold foods might denote tooth sensitivity. (does not eliminate the possibility of a cavity). Sensitive teeth could have been developed due to receding gums or from thinning of the outer layer of the tooth.

2)Stabbing pain: Sharp and stabbing pain on chewing food could be due to a cavity or a cracked tooth. This tooth might need a filling or a root canal treatment depending upon the extent of damage.

3) Throbbing pain: Throbbing pain which lasts for more than 5 mins might denote an infection of the pulp and root canal of the tooth and might need a root canal treatment.

Sometimes the tooth pain might not be related to the tooth at all.

  • In cases like sinusitis, the upper teeth on both sides of your jaw pain. It is usually accompanied with nasal congestion. The area around sinuses pain on touch.
  • Pain near the ears radiating to the head and jaw may denote temporomandibular disorder. It can be caused due to excessive mouth opening especially during yawning, direct injury, or trauma to the jaw, by tooth grinding (bruxism), or by arthritis or cancer affecting the jaw.
  • Incomplete eruption of the wisdom tooth may also cause jaw pain.

 

Tooth pain might or might not be severe. But every kind of pain denotes some abnormality. Do not wait till the pain becomes worse and non-tolerable. Visit Sabka dentist at the earliest and get a conclusive diagnosis and treatment for the same.

 

All about Dental Decay

December 31st, 2016 by

Specific types of bacteria cause dental decay. They produce acid that destroys the tooth’s enamel and the layer under it, the dentin. They take the sugar from the food we eat and breaks it down to form acids that destroy the tooth structure.

Symptoms:
Initially one doesn’t feel any symptom apart from the appearance of a white spot followed by black discoloration of the tooth.

White spots indicate early caries which progress to get worse and progress deeper.

Prevention of caries:

1)Use of antibacterial mouth rinses is considered as one of the option.

2)Chewing gums with xylitol also help decrease bacterial growth. Fluoride application also helps reduce caries by strengthening the tooth structure.

3)In case the teeth have deep pits and grooves leading to food accumulation, it can lead to caries. This can be prevented with the help of pit and fissure sealants.

 

Treatment
A tooth with caries can be restored with the help of fillings.

Many fillings are made of dental amalgam or composite resin. Amalgam is a silver-gray material made from silver, mercury, copper or other metals. Composite resin offers a better appearance because it is tooth-colored. Newer resins are very durable.

Amalgams are used in molars and premolars because the metal is not seen in the back of the mouth. Composite and ceramic materials are used for all teeth.
Caries if not treated can lead to deep infection of the pulp. The pulp is the vital part of the tooth with blood vessel and nerves. Infection of the pulp needs to be treated with a root canal followed by restoration with a crown.

 

 

Recurrent Mouth Ulcers

December 30th, 2016 by

They are painful, round mouth sores. They show up in several places:

  • On the inside of the lips
  • Inside the cheeks
  • On the tongue
  • At the base of the gums
  • On the roof of the mouth (palate)

It often runs in families. You may have only one mouth ulcer at a time, or many of them all at once. Most people get one, two or three sores at a time. But some people have 10 or more at a time. People who get mouth ulcers typically have them a few times each year. Mouth ulcers are not contagious.

Emotional stress, menstruation or injury to the mouth are common triggers for simple mouth ulcers. Certain foods such as citrus or acidic foods may trigger a canker sore or make one more uncomfortable.

Other conditions cause similar sores:

  • Blood and immune system diseases, including HIV
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Allergies
  • Trauma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Lupus

Mouth ulcers are often confused with cold sores. Cold sores are caused by a virus.

About half of the population get mouth ulcers. Smaller mouth ulcers usually heal within a couple of weeks and do not leave scars. For most people, they are just annoying. But some people get larger mouth ulcers (almost one-half inch across or larger). These take longer to heal. They can be painful, and may leave scars. These sores may be so uncomfortable that it is sometimes hard to eat or speak.

Symptoms

You may feel a burning or tingling on your inner cheek, lip or tongue before a sore starts. Each sore takes two to three days to form. The sores are round and shallow.

Expected Duration

Mouth ulcers are painful for 3 to 10 days. Most go away after 2 weeks.

Prevention

There is no way to prevent mouth ulcers.

Treatment

Only the symptoms of mouth ulcers can be treated. Treatment is meant to make you feel better until the sores heal. Treatment cannot stop you from having mouth ulcers again. To reduce discomfort, you can:

  • Eat bland foods
  • Rinse with warm water
  • Use pain-relieving gels or creams on the sores

People with larger or very painful sores may need steroid medicines. These are gels or creams that are placed on the sores. They make the sores heal faster. They also keep the sores from growing.

Other possible treatments include injected steroids. There are also a few medicines you can take by mouth, but this is for the most serious cases.

Most mouth ulcers clear up without treatment and do not leave scars. In more severe cases, medicines often help to speed up healing.

Why are my teeth yellow?

December 22nd, 2016 by

Celebrities flaunt a pearly white smile and it is attractive. We all want one of those smiles but we observe that our teeth are yellow compared to theirs.

Has anyone thought why do teeth turn yellow?

There are 2 reasons because of which teeth turn from white to yellow.

1)Food and drinks that stain the teeth

Example:  Black tea, sugary sweets, red and white wine, brightly colored sauces like curries, sweet chili and tomato, brightly colored fruits and vegetables.

 

2)Wearing off the outer layer of the tooth(enamel) due to acids in certain foods and drinks. The tooth when thickest is naturally white but as it starts wearing off, the second layer of the tooth(dentin) starts to show which is comparatively yellower. This is one of the reason elder people have yellow teeth. The longer you have your teeth the more they have the chance to wear down their protective white coatings.

Example: Drinks that wear off the outer layer of the tooth: Soda, Aerated drinks, sports drink, etc.

 

 

Steps to avoid yellow teeth:

 

Avoid brushing immediately after eating the above-mentioned foods as the enamel may be soft after consuming these foods and brushing may worsen the case.

1)Have a big sip of water and swirl it in your mouth to clear the acids and staining compounds from foods.

 

2)Other option is to get more saliva into your mouth after eating and let it move over your teeth.

 

Soon it would become a habit for you to keep your teeth healthy and clean and white.

 

If your teeth are already yellow, you can contact your dentist for teeth whitening procedures.