DENTAL HEALTH ADVISE

Bad breath

Bad breath (halitosis) can be unpleasant and sometimes embarrassing. Several things can cause bad breath: tooth decay, gum disease, food, tobacco, and even certain medical conditions may be involved. In healthy people, the main reason comes from microbial deposits on the tongue.

Studies show that it is possible to reduce halitosis by nearly 70% by brushing the back of the tongue. It is important to discuss with your dentist if you have persistent bad breath because several reasons can cause this condition and it is important to make the correct diagnosis.

Dental x-rays are they safe?

Although there are no studies that directly link cancer to the low dose radiation from dental x-rays, yet there are fears from dental x-rays. It is important to note that every day we are exposed naturally to background radiation. The unit for measuring radiation is Sieverts (Sv). We are exposed daily to about 0.008 mSv (millisieverts) of radiation, taking a 6-7 hour flight can expose the person to 0.02 mSv worth of radiation, and the average medical xray is 0.1-0.5 mSv. In comparison a digital dental x-ray (i.e. bitwing) exposes the person to 0.0013 mSv. At North Central Dental we value your concerns, therefore we use the low dose digital x-rays which are the safest x-rays you can have.

Teeth grinding

Bruxism is frequently encountered in the population, and it is a serious condition. Often observed at night, bruxism can cause dramatic tooth wear, cracks and sensitivity. Your ability to chew may deteriorate, you can develop serious problems with temporomandibular joint and major headaches can ensue.

If untreated, bruxism can lead to root canals, crowns and even tooth loss. It is possible to control this phenomena by balancing the bite or by an occlusal plate (Night Guard) that protects the teeth overnight. It is important to see your dentist if you grind your teeth!

Do you give special attention to anxious patients?

Of course! It is quite common for patients to have some apprehension to dental visits, especially if they have not gone to the dentist for a long time. Our team at North Central Dental will explain in detail the treatment and take your concerns into consideration.