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Any type of oral surgery can be a nervous time for a patient. In the case of impacted wisdom teeth it is very necessary. This is because impacted wisdom teeth left untreated can cause all sorts of issues affecting your dental health. Below you will find the top 5 reasons to have your impacted wisdom teeth removed to avoid future dental issues.

Top 5 Reasons To Remove Impacted Wisdom Teeth

-Lack Of Space. One of the main reasons wisdom teeth can cause so many dental issues is because there simply is not enough room in most people’s mouths for them. Most people only have room for 28 teeth. With the wisdom teeth you would have 32 teeth.

-Crowding Leading To Crooked Teeth. The pressure of your wisdom teeth attempting to erupt can place forces on your other teeth pushing them forward. Causing crowding. This is especially concerning to those who have already had orthodontic treatment. If left untreated it can lead to further orthodontic treatment to recorrect the crwoding.

-Cyst/Tumor Development. A cyst can develop in the sac of the developing wisdom tooth. If a cyst develops it can lead to damage to surrounding teeth as well as to the bone of the jaws. Infection and tumor development is also a possibility.

-Nerve Damage. It is vital to remove your wisdom teeth when recommended. As they develop it is possible they develop in the area of the nerves of the jaws. Damage to these nerves can cause permanent damage.

-Infection. Developing of an oral infection is a definite possibility and should be addressed immediately. Infection will pose a risk for both your dental and general health. Dentally, infection can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and periodontal disease.

Conclusion

An impacted wisdom tooth should be removed based on your dentist’s recommendations. The complications that could develop are not worth the risk of leaving them alone. Routine dental examinations and professional cleanings will allow your dentist the time to make the proper diagnosis as to when and if they need to be removed.

Many people do not realize that children can develop bad breath. Most bad breath issues in kids are temporary. For children, the bad breath causes can be just as varied as for adults. However, there can be medical issues related, so it is important to figure out the cause.

Causes Of A Child’s Bad Breath

-Poor Dental Hygiene. Malodor can occur, if a child does not work to keep their teeth, gums, and tongue clean.

-Food Choices. If a child chooses to eat foods with garlic or onions their breath may be affected just like in adults.

-Infection. Children commonly develop bad breath because of an upper respiratory infection. This infection can include the common cold, postnasal drip, or allergies. Treatment will depend on the cause but it can be difficult to treat if these are chronic issues. An oral fungal infection can also lead to bad breath.

-Tonsillitis. This can also cause bad breath in kids. When the tonsils become inflamed it can restrict a child’s airway leading to more mouth breathing than usual. Mouth breathing can lead to a drying out of the oral tissues thus making the infection worse. Saliva acts as a natural lubricant of our oral tissues cleaning them over and over again. Large tonsil craters may also be the cause, food can become lodged in the pits of the tonsils and slowly decompose.

-Tooth Decay. If there is a large untreated cavity it can cause bad breath. If this is the case you need to see your dentist immediately.

-Intestinal Issues. May be an issue for bad breath if you are feeling gassy (burping) or vomiting your stomach contents. There may also be a residual coating on the tongue from bringing up stomach acids, this will cause malodor.

-Medication Use. Certain medications will lead to a drying of the oral tissues which can also lead to bad breath in children.

-Diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes eventually results in ketoacidosis, causing the breath to have an acetone  odor.

Treatment Of Bad Breath

This can include:

-Maintain Good Dental Hygiene. This includes brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, rinsing, and regular dental cleanings.

-Gargle. This can help remove food from tonsils, and clean the back of the tongue.

-Reduce Dry Mouth. Drink water, limit juice and soda pop. Try oil pulling therapy.

-Medical Evaluation. Treat Infections of the body. See a doctor to evaluate ulcers or gastritis. Improve your health and you will see an immediate decrease in bad breath.

-Chew gum with xylitol.

-Evaluate your diet. Dairy items such as cheese and yogurt can cause bad breath. Limit sugars.

-Try a neutralizing productClosys is a spray applied to the back of the tongue to neutralize volatile sulfur compounds. Neutralizers don’t mask with mint flavors, they actually remove the problem.

Bad Breath Conclusion

While bad breath in children can be a temporary nuisance, long term breath issues need to be evaluated. An increase in hygiene is always a good first attempt to rid your child of breath issues, but medical issues will not resolve by hygiene alone. If you have tried and do not see a change, talk to your dentist and pediatrician about it.

From time to time, we may all experience dental issues that we may not quite understand. Many dental symptoms may seem harmless at first but could develop into something far more serious. Below you will find some of the more common dental symptoms that can arise and what they might mean for your dental health.

Common Dental Symptoms

-Sensitive Teeth. This can start out as a slight twinge of discomfort when eating hot or cold foods (or drink), eating sweets, or while brushing. The sensitivity may subside quickly or become increasingly more painful. Sensitive teeth can be due to tooth decay, worn down enamel, tooth fractures, periodontal disease, or gum recession. Whatever the reason, it is important to have the sensitivity checked by a dentist to assess whether further might be necessary . There are many treatments for sensitive teeth.

-Bleeding Gums. This is a sign of the early stages of gum disease also known as gingivitis. Gums that bleed should not be ignored.  Many often make the mistake that brushing, flossing, or their dental cleaning caused the bleeding, this is rarely the case. Healthy gums do not bleed during hygiene procedures.  If caught early enough, gingivitis can be reversed with proper professional help and good at home dental hygiene.

-Pain In Teeth. Toothaches can occur from a variety of causes. These can include tooth decay, fractured teeth, infected teeth, or even periodontal disease. Any toothache should be examined by a dentist to see why it is happening.

-Halitosis (Bad Breath). This can be a troubling symptom for many as it makes us feel socially embarrassed. Bad breath can be caused by any number of things including poor dental hygiene, periodontal disease, smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, and even due to some medications we may be taking. If the bad breath persists after professional cleanings and improved at home care it is important to see your dentist to further evaluate the root cause of your bad breath.

-Oral Ulcers. These can be quite painful with causes ranging from infection (bacterial, viral, or fungal) to apthous ulcers (canker sores), or irritations from dental appliances. It is recommended that any sore lasting more than 5-7 days should be checked by your dentist to ensure your health.

-Clicking Noises, Jaw Pain, and Dislocation of Jaw. Temperomandibular Joint disorders can be very difficult to diagnose and treat. If you experience any type of jaw pain it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible to figure out the source of the problem.

-Discolored Teeth. A tooth discoloration could be the sign of a tooth that is dying due to trauma or infection. If the discoloration is more widespread it could be caused by ingestion of staining foods like coffee or teas. The discoloration needs to be assessed and possibly radiographed to determine the cause and decide upon treatment.

-Dry Mouth. Salivary flow is extremely important to maintain dental health. Our saliva acts to wash over our teeth and gums constantly cleaning and maintaining the proper pH balance in the mouth. Dry mouth (xerostomia) can be a symptom of many different health issues and medications. Your dentist can help you find a solution to dry mouth issues.

-Loose Teeth. Noticeable movement of teeth is a sign of attachment loss of connective tissues. Whether due to trauma, infection, or periodontal disease, mobility of a tooth needs to be checked by your dentist.

-Swelling. Infections of the mouth can and usually will exhibit swelling as the bacteria multiplies in the mouth. Dental swelling can be life threatening and should be evaluated immediately as to the cause.

-Cracked or Fractured Teeth. Damaged teeth can be caused by trauma or brittle tooth decay. Some cracks are so small they cannot be detected even with X-rays, but it is important to have cracked teeth checked by a dentist to ensure that no additional damage or decay will occur.

Dental Symptoms Conclusion

Being informed and educated regarding possible dental symptoms will give you an advantage in knowing when to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Generally, the earlier you receive dental treatment for dental symptoms, the better off you will be. Maintaining a healthy oral environment requires your attention to dental symptoms, and proper treatment in a timely fashion. It is best to consult with a dentist even if you feel the symptom might be minor.

Wisdom teeth or third molars generally erupt into the mouth between the ages of 17 and 25. These molars come in behind our 2nd molars which came in at about 12 years old. Most people develop 4 wisdom teeth, while others may develop less or even sometimes more than 4. Wisdom teeth commonly become an issue because of lack of room or odd positioning. Wisdom teeth can affect other teeth in the mouth by moving them, damaging root structure or causing tooth decay or periodontal issue. Wisdom teeth can come in sideways, horizontally, backwards, or even become impacted (partially or fully  unable to erupt into the mouth). When these complications arise, it is recommended that the wisdom teeth are removed to avoid permanent damage to other teeth.

What To Expect Following Wisdom Teeth Extraction

While most wisdom teeth extractions go quite easily with little to no pain or complications. There can always be complications no matter how minor they may seem. These can include:

-Bleeding. This is quite normal following any type of oral surgery. It is not unusual to see slight bleeding or oozing into the saliva following wisdom teeth extraction. Excessive bleeding ( mouth filling with blood) is not normal and your dentist or surgeon should be contacted immediately. The general instructions given by your doctor to control this oozing or slight bleeding is to bite down on a fresh gauze pad for about 30 minutes. You can repeat if necessary. This usually does the trick but if more action is needed biting on a moist tea bag will help even further. Tea bags contain tannic acid which helps with clotting of the blood. Activity should be limited directly following surgery. If bleeding continues or you are unsure of what to do, call your dentist immediately.

-Pain/Discomfort. Some minor pain following wisdom teeth removal is normal. A dull ache is expected after the local anesthesia wears off. This usually will subside on its own over 8-12 hours following surgery. Your dentist or surgeon will evaluate what may be necessary for pain management based upon your particular surgery. For more severe pain your dentist or surgeon will give you a prescription pain medicine. It is important to note that most prescription pain medication is much stronger and will make you groggy and reduce your reflexive actions. Driving as well as alcohol intake should be avoided while on these painkillers. The pain should begin to subside within 8-12 hours and be almost gone by end of 2nd day. If pain persists call your dentist immediately as you may be experiencing dry socket. A dry socket occurs when the blood clot gets dislodged prematurely from area where the tooth was extracted. Symptoms of severe and/or throbbing pain at the surgical site 3-4 days following surgery, that does not respond to pain medication, can indicate a dry socket in the area of the wisdom teeth. If this occurs call your dentist so they can relieve your pain.

-Swelling. Another very normal complication of wisdom teeth removal. Swelling can usually be found around the mouth and sides of the face. The swelling can be controlled or minimized by the use of ice packs. After 36 hours, ice has little beneficial effect and can be replaced with the application of moist heat to the sides of the face. Moist heat has been found to be helpful in reducing the swelling and increasing the range of motion of your jaws. Most swelling will subside over the course of 3-4 days.

-Dietary Restrictions. Initial nutritional intake should be in liquid form or very soft foods. It is best to avoid chewing on side where wisdom teeth were extracted. Drinking fluids is especially important to avoid dehydration. Stay away from sharp, crunchy foods that can lodge themselves into the extraction site. You need to eat and drink so that you will heal and the stronger you will feel, but not too much if you are experiencing nausea. Do not use a straw when drinking as you may dislodge the clot and cause a dry socket or increased bleeding.

-Nausea/Vomiting. Developing nausea is a real possibility especially if general anesthesia was used. Limit food intake until nausea subsides and try to drink a carbonated beverage (coke or ginger ale) it will help ease your upset stomach.

-Maintain Dental Hygiene. Keeping the mouth clean is important. Rinsing should not be performed the day of surgery. The day after surgery you can rinse 5-6 times a day using a saltwater mix (cup of warm water with a teaspoon of salt). Your doctor will let you know when brushing in the area can resume.

-Bruising/Discoloration. In some cases, this can happen and is very normal. Occurs when blood forms beneath the tissues causing black, green, blue, or even yellow discolorations on the skin. Usually occurs 2-3 days after surgery. Application of moist heat to the area may speed up the healing process.

-Infection. Your dentist may place you on a course of antibiotics if there is an infection present. The Antibiotic prescription should be completed as directed by your dentist and pharmaceutical instructions.

-Jaw Stiffness. This can occur from the jaws being open and stretched for an extended period of time. Normally goes away within a day or two.

Less Likely Wisdom Teeth Complications

-Numbness. This can happen and is generally temporary. Be aware that you can bite your lip or tongue while you are numb so be careful. If the numbness persists call your dentist immediately.

-Fever. Development of a fever is a rare occurence following wisdom teeth removal but it can happen. If the temperature lasts more than a few hours or does not go back down after taking Tylenol or Advil call your dentist.

-Dry, Cracked Lips. This can occur from your lips and mouth being stretched during surgery. Most dentists can minimize this by using vaseline on your lips and skin before surgery to keep them moist.

-Irregular Bony Projections. In some cases, patients may feel bony projections with their tongue. This is the bony walls that housed your wisdom teeth. These projections may need to be removed by the dentist if they persist.

Wisdom Teeth Conclusion

It is important to remember that we are all individuals and our bodies will react differently to different events such as wisdom teeth surgery. Many of us will have no complications beyond pain and slight swelling, but for others, bigger complications may arise. It is important to maintain an open line of communication with your dentist in case an issue arises.