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How Men’s Oral Health Is Different

How Men’s Oral Health Is Different

MEN AND WOMEN have a lot in common, but they face significantly different challenges when it comes to keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Women are more prone to certain oral health conditions than men, but men have their own disadvantages to overcome, and we’re here to offer them a few tips.

Brush and Floss Like a Manly Man

Women tend to be pretty good at daily brushing and flossing habits, whereas men struggle more with this on average: men are up to 20% less likely to brush twice a day and even less likely to replace their old toothbrushes on a regular basis. Luckily, it’s a simple problem to fix: make brushing for two full minutes a regular part of your morning and nighttime routines! And don’t forget to floss once a day as well.

What Oral Diseases Are Men More Vulnerable To?

Because men are more likely to drink, smoke, and chew tobacco than women are, they put themselves at higher risk of serious oral health problems like periodontitis (advanced gum disease), tooth loss, and oral cancerBy avoiding harmful habits, men can do a lot to protect their oral health, which is why we recommend minimal alcohol consumption and complete avoidance of tobacco products.

Dry Mouth Is Also a Problem for Men

Dry mouth is a common side effect of high blood pressure and heart disease medications, and because men are more susceptible to those conditions, they are also more likely to get dry mouth. Saliva is the mouth’s first line of defense against bacteria, acid, and leftover food particles. When it runs dry, the risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and chronic bad breath becomes much higher.

Be a Real Man and Go to the Dentist

Just as men are less likely to follow a good brushing and flossing regimen than women, they’re also less likely to keep up with their regular dental exams — and they’re more likely to try to tough it out if they’re experiencing toothaches or other symptoms! This strategy is neither safe nor effective for addressing dental health problems. It is not unmanly to go to the dentist, even if it’s just for a regular checkup and you’re confident you have no cavities!

Let’s Work Together for Those Handsome Smiles

The most important piece of advice we have for our male patients is this: don’t try to be a tough guy when it comes to your dental health. Minty fresh breath and regular dental appointments are not weak, they’re signs that your teeth and gums are important to you. Where you should be a tough guy is in the battle against oral bacteria, by keeping up with twice-daily brushing and daily flossing!

We’re here to help our patients keep their smiles healthy!

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The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Dentistry

The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Dentistry

SLEEP APNEA AFFECTS over 18 million adults in the United States alone, as well as one of every five children who habitually snore. Our Port Washington dental team are often the first ones to notice the signs of this disorder, because it can be very harmful to oral health.

How Does Sleep Apnea Work?

Sleep apnea can work in different ways, depending on the cause. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to signal the respiratory muscles to keep breathing during sleep. Much more common is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is caused by the airway becoming physically blocked. Typically, the tongue collapses against the soft palate, which in turn collapses against the throat, sealing off the airway. Complex sleep apnea combines OSA and central sleep apnea.

Whatever the cause of the interrupted breathing, the outcome is the same. Not breathing sets off all the brain’s alarm bells, waking the person up to take a breath. It happens so quickly that most people with sleep apnea never remember waking up, even if they’re waking up hundreds of times in a single night. They still feel the effects of not getting a full night’s sleep, however, through symptoms like exhaustion, morning headaches, and difficulty concentrating.

What Does Sleep Apnea Have to Do with Teeth?

In addition to the short-term and long-term effects of sleep deprivation, people with OSA tend to be more vulnerable to developing moderate to severe periodontitis, and they’re also more likely to have trouble with their jaw joints.

Studies have shown that the jaw tends to reflexively clench during a sleep apnea episode to try to keep the airway open. All that strain can result in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), which have symptoms like pain when chewing, chronic headaches, damage to the teeth, and neck and shoulder pain.

3V Dental Can Help

The reason dentists are often the first health providers to recognize the signs of sleep apnea and diagnose it is that dental health effects are a common complication. (Just one of many reasons why regular dental appointments are so important, not just for oral health but overall health.) Treatment for sleep apnea typically involves continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines or nighttime dental devices that push the lower jaw or the tongue forward.

Healthier Sleep Leads to Healthier Smiles!

Getting a full and restful night’s sleep is critical if we want to feel great and have the energy we need to go about our days. If you suspect you or someone you love might be missing out on good sleep due to sleep apnea (snoring is a major sign), your next appointment with us could be life-changing.

We wish all our 3V Dental Associates patients a good night’s sleep every night!

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What’s Different About Women’s Oral Health?

HEALTH CONCERNS CAN BE a lot different for women than for men, and that even includes dental health! Women face a different set of challenges than men do in caring for their teeth and gums, as well as having different advantages.

Which Oral Health Conditions Are More Common for Women?

Did you know that 90% of people diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) are women? TMD is chronic pain or soreness in the joints of the jaw. It’s typically caused by bruxism (teeth grinding), but joint structure, stress, arthritis, vitamin deficiency, or hormones could also be responsible.

Another condition women are more likely to be affected by than men is Sjörgen’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the body, particularly salivary glands and tear ducts, causing both dry mouth and dry eye. In addition to making chewing and swallowing difficult and uncomfortable and interfering with the sense of taste, dry mouth is dangerous to oral health.

Hormonal Changes Can Affect Teeth

Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause all come with major hormonal changes that can impact oral health. Gingivitis and gum inflammation are more common during puberty and pregnancy, which makes good daily dental health habits like brushing and flossing even more important under these conditions.

Menopause is associated with a higher incidence of dry mouth and bone loss in the jaw. This bone loss can compromise the gum tissue and the roots of teeth, which is why it’s important to discuss it with the dentist (preferably before any symptoms have even begun).

Eating Disorders Are a Serious Oral Health Problem

Women aren’t the only ones who struggle with eating disorders, but they are certainly twice as common among teenage girls as teenage boys. Eating disorders are incredibly dangerous and damage every system in the body, including teeth and gums. It’s a two-pronged attack on oral health: malnutrition weakens the oral tissues and the immune system while acid erosion (in the case of bulimia) destroys tooth enamel.

We encourage anyone struggling with an eating disorder to seek psychiatric help so that they can begin the mental recovery process. The dental health recovery process will likely require help in the form of a rigorous dental hygiene routine and professional attention from the dentist.

The Dentist Is the Expert on Women’s Oral Health

With all these risk factors women face in keeping their teeth and gums healthy, are there really any up-sides? Yes, actually, and it’s a big one. Women tend to be better than men at taking care of their teeth! Women are more likely to maintain good oral health habits, and they’re also better at keeping up with their regular dental exams and getting the dentist’s help when they experience tooth pain (as opposed to trying to tough it out), so even if they are more susceptible to certain problems, the impact is reduced!

We love working with our female patients!

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Don’t Let a Toothache Ruin Your Day

WHAT CAUSES TOOTHACHES? There are a few different causes, and we want our patients to be familiar with them as well as what they can do about them if a toothache strikes at a time when it’s not so easy to make a quick visit to the dentist.

Toothache Causes: The Usual Suspects

Tooth decay is the most common cause of toothaches, but it’s not the only one. Others include gum disease, pulp inflammation, and dental abscess. An injury to the face can also result in a toothache even if the tooth and surrounding gum tissue were perfectly healthy beforehand! Teeth impacted in the jaw can be painful too. There’s also tooth sensitivity, and sometimes simple congestion or a sinus infection can feel a lot like a toothache.

Can’t Get an Appointment Immediately? Here’s What to Do.

We encourage anyone with a toothache to schedule an emergency dental appointment, but sometimes toothaches aren’t polite enough to pop up during the dentist’s normal hours. What then? Fortunately, there are a few things patients can do to manage their pain level until the dentist can see them:

  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Apply topical pain relievers
  • Apply a cold compress to the sore area
  • Rinse and spit warm salt water to reduce the inflammation (don’t swallow it!)

Tips for Preventing Future Toothaches

Toothaches aren’t 100% preventable, particularly when sinus infections or injuries are the cause, but keeping up with dental health habits will certainly help your teeth stay in good shape. Most important among these are daily brushing and flossing. Make sure to brush twice a day for two full minutes, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

We can also make toothaches less likely by cutting down on sugary foods and drinks (which are what harmful oral bacteria love to eat), and by drinking water afterwards when we do have something sugary.

Regular Dentist Appointments Help Prevent Toothaches

Another important way to prevent toothaches before they happen is by keeping up with a regular dental exam schedule. For most patients, this means coming in twice a year. These appointments matter because even the most diligent brushing and flossing won’t always get all the plaque and tartar. It’s also better to catch a problem before it gets bad enough that you actually feel symptoms like a toothache, because then it’s easier (and cheaper!) to treat.

Let’s Keep That Smile Toothache-Free!

Never forget that pain is the body’s natural alarm system to let us know when something’s wrong. That’s why we should never ignore a toothache. It won’t go away on its own, and whatever’s causing it will likely get worse, so if you have a toothache, make sure to schedule an appointment. The dentist will get to the bottom of it and recommend the right steps to take next.

It’s never too soon for preventative dentistry!

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Oral Health in Cold and Flu Season

WHAT DOES A TOOTHBRUSH have to do with cold and flu season? More than you’d think! It’s never fun to battle a cold or a bout of flu, but that’s no reason to slack off on taking care of our teeth and gums.

Feel Better Through Dental Hygiene

It can feel like a lot of work to keep up with brushing and flossing when we’re not feeling well, but it’s worth it. Maintaining these simple daily habits is still important. They help us feel more normal, refreshed, and rejuvenated, and when we feel unwell, they can give us a small sense of accomplishment that does a lot for our overall sense of wellbeing. And getting rid of more oral bacteria can only help by giving your immune system less work to do!

Stuffy Noses Can Lead to Cavities?

Indirectly, not being able to breathe through our noses does make us more vulnerable to tooth decay. When we’re forced to breathe through our mouths, it dries up our saliva. This can be a major problem because saliva is the first line of defense against harmful oral bacteria. It washes away leftover food particles and keeps our oral pH neutral so that our enamel can stay strong.

Sometimes it’s the medicine we take that dries out our mouths (antihistamines, pain relievers, and decongestants are all big offenders), so make sure to drink plenty of water and breathe through your nose whenever possible.

Why Does Our Breath Smell When We’re Sick?

Have you ever gotten that snotty taste in your mouth when you have a cold? If you can taste it, then it’s probably what your breath smells like, and it comes from post-nasal drip (the excess mucus that leaks down the back of the throat during a runny nose). Bacteria can easily multiply in this situation, resulting in unpleasant smells. There’s one more reason to keep up with brushing and flossing while we’re sick!

Starve Bacteria by Cutting Back on Sugar

Harmful bacteria likes to live in our mouths because it can get plenty of access to its favorite food there: sugar. When we eat sugary cough drops, it might help with the cough, but it’s as bad for our teeth as hard candy. In addition to generally cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, we recommend choosing a sugar-free cough drop for combating a cough.

Likewise, use water or other sugar-free drinks to rehydrate when an illness is using up all your body’s fluids. When we do consume sugar, we should rinse with water after to wash away the leftovers. Drinking plenty of water is particularly important when we have a stomach bug, because it helps protect our teeth from the damage stomach acid can do to them if we’re vomiting frequently.

Bring Us Your Oral Health Questions

If we haven’t answered all your questions about how common illnesses and oral health interact with each other, just let us know! We want to make sure all our patients have the information they need to keep their teeth and gums in good shape, even when they’re not feeling well!

Take care this flu season!

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Dental Bridge or Implant? Which is Right for You?

Dental work can be confusing. Sometimes, it’s hard to know which choice is the best one for you. Of course, your dentist is the best source of information for this, but sometimes it comes down to a decision that only you can make. This article will discuss dental bridges and dental implants in detail and serve as a basic guide to help you better understand each one.

Implanted Tooth or Dental Bridge: What’s the Difference?

A bridge is an appliance that covers the space left by a missing tooth or teeth. It bridges the gap, hence the name. It’s composed of laboratory-made teeth, constructed from an impression, that attach to the two healthy teeth on either side of the gap. They are not removable. A bridge can be completed in two or three visits, at most.

In contrast, implants are false teeth that are attached to a post surgically placed into the jawbone and can be a great option as a form of restoration.

This post is often made of titanium, a strong, inert metal unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Over a time period of at least several months, the titanium post becomes integrated into the bone tissue of the jaw. It acts very much like a natural tooth root would. Once the post is securely meshed with the bone, a permanent tooth will be attached to the post. It looks and functions very much like real one.

All on 4 Dental Implants

This is a newer procedure in which a whole upper or lower arch of missing teeth can be replaced with just four to six implants. The dentist inserts a titanium post into the jawbone, usually at an angle designed to provide the most support, in four to six places. After these posts become part of the jawbone, an arch of teeth is placed over them. This eliminates the need for individual implanted posts and is typically far less time-consuming and expensive.

Teeth in a Day is a similar procedure. This allows selected patients the ability to have their implanted post procedure and teeth in one day. Not everyone will be a candidate, but for those who are, a temporary set of teeth will be placed over the implanted posts the same day. While the implanted posts are integrating with the jawbone, the patient must follow a soft diet to avoid disrupting them. After the healing period, new impressions are taken, and the permanent teeth are attached to the posts. Implants provide both excellent cosmetic and functional results.

The guideline qualifications for implants include:

  • Healthy gums
  • Enough bone tissue for either implantation or bone grafts
  • You are a nonsmoker

The jawbone must have reached full growth. This typically occurs sometime in the late teens to the early twenties. You will also be questioned about certain chronic diseases that may interfere with healing. For example, diabetes, especially if it’s poorly controlled, may exclude you from getting implants due to concerns about proper healing. If the bone doesn’t heal correctly, the implant will likely fail.

Some thing to be aware of…

While there are no real cons of this procedure, there are possible complications:

  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Implant failure
  • Pain
  • Problems with the sinus cavity

Although rare, allergic reactions are always possible. The pros of this procedure include a natural look and feel, greater self-confidence and possibly better nutrition, because the implanted teeth function and chew much like natural ones. Other major pros: With proper care, they can last a lifetime, and an implanted tooth cannot decay. Your text to link….

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are an older solution to the problem of missing teeth. This is much more than just cosmetic. Missing teeth can cause the following problems:

  • Shifting of adjacent teeth
  • Increased risk of infections
  • Difficulty chewing food
  • Problems with occlusion
  • Headaches and jaw pain
  • Uneven wearing of tooth surfaces
  • Loss of adjacent and nearby teeth

Teeth are kind of like herd animals. They like to be together. They each serve as supports for the others. When one or teeth are missing, the other teeth no longer have their support and begin to shift out of place. Some may even loosen in the jawbone. The occlusion, or bite, may become abnormal. The exposed gum area is more prone to irritation and infection.

Bridges help to avoid these problems by replacing the missing teeth. However, not everyone is a candidate for this procedure. For one thing, there must be healthy teeth on either side of the gap. For example, if one is already a crown, a bridge is not an option. Another one of the major cons of bridgework is that the healthy teeth that serve as attachment points must be shaped and prepared. This preparation weakens the healthy teeth and may contribute to problems in the future. The anchoring teeth on either side of the gap are called abutting teeth. These abutting teeth will be more prone to decay. They can also fracture or crack, threatening the whole bridge. Cracked teeth typically can only be repaired with a crown. Obviously, a bridge cannot be used if one of the missing teeth is a back molar at the end of the arch.

The Maryland Bridge

This is a type of dental bridge that doesn’t involve shaping and preparation of abutting teeth. Instead, it uses a metal connector attached to abutting teeth with dental cement. It can last a decade or more with proper care, but the Maryland bridge is limited to the frontal teeth. Biting forces in the molar area are too strong for this kind of appliance to withstand.

Pros of Dental Bridges

  • They cost less
  • The don’t involve bone grafts
  • The overall process is faster
  • They are still much better than dentures

If you have questions or concerns about either of the dental procedures discussed in this article, consult with your dentist. He or she is the best judge of what is best for you.

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Are Oral Piercings Worth the Risks?

WHY WOULD DENTAL health professionals want to weigh in on oral piercings? There aren’t many fashion choices that impact oral health, but this one does. The unfortunate reality is that lip and tongue piercings pose serious hazards to the teeth and oral tissues. Anyone considering getting one should be aware of the risks.

The Biggest Risks With Lip and Tongue Piercings

All piercings — even the extremely common earlobe piercing — come with certain risks. They can become infected or you might discover a previously unknown allergy to the metal. These risks apply to oral piercings too, but they aren’t the only ones.

Fidgeting Can Do Permanent Damage

It’s hard enough not to fidget with a stuck piece of food between your teeth when you can’t get a toothpick or some floss, but at least poking at those with our tongues won’t result in chipped or cracked teeth, damage our fillings, or risk soft tissue injuries in the tongue, gums, or lips. Fidgeting with a piercing can easily lead to any of those outcomes, which should be a serious consideration for anyone thinking about getting a lip or tongue ring.

Risk of Nerve Damage and Gum Recession

If not properly placed, a tongue piercing can cause nerve temporary or permanent nerve damage, which could include symptoms like numbness, difficulty with speech and chewing, and can even impact the sense of taste. The gum tissue, meanwhile, can be worn away by the constant friction with a piercing, leaving the roots exposed and vulnerable to decay.

More on Piercing Infections

When you combine the normal risk of infection any piercing has with the amount and variety of bacteria that lives in the human mouth, oral piercings are much harder to keep healthy than a simple ear piercing. Symptoms of an infected piercing include pain, swelling, and inflammation, as well as chills, fever, or shaking. Good oral hygiene habits are absolutely essential for minimizing infection risk.

At Least Wait Until After Braces

The risks with piercings are serious enough that we wouldn’t recommend getting them at all, but they are an especially bad idea with braces. It’s all too easy for a piercing to get tangled in orthodontic hardware, or disrupt the Invisalign process, and a serious injury around the piercing site or damage to the orthodontic appliance can happen before you know it. Orthodontic patients should definitely wait until Braces Off Day to get a piercing (though we still advise against it even then).

Piercing Care and Maintenance

It isn’t our job to forbid patients from getting oral piercings. All we can do is give you all the information you need to make an educated decision. For those who feel the risks don’t outweigh the benefits, proper piercing care is key.

  • Clean the piercing site after meals and snacks.
  • Remove all piercings during sports and other physical activities.
  • Check that the piercing is secure so it can’t become a choking hazard.
  • Go to the dentist at the first sign of infection.
  • Don’t clack the piercing against your teeth.
  • Brush twice a day and floss daily!

Our Top Priority Is Your Oral Health

We’re your partners in lifelong dental health, which is why we aren’t huge fans of oral piercings. We’re definitely huge fans of our patients, and if you need more information about how oral piercings can impact oral health, feel free to give us a call or stop by the practice to discuss it with us.

We love seeing you and your beautiful smiles!

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Smoking Versus Teeth

THE FIRST NEGATIVE health effect we usually think of in connection to smoking is lung cancer, but it actually harms every system in the body, and oral health is no exception. Smoking (or any kind of tobacco consumption, including chewing tobacco and vaping) is a serious risk factor for a lot of oral health problems.

Smokers Are More at Risk of Oral Cancer

Despite lung cancer being the high-profile risk associated with smoking, 80% of oral cancer diagnoses are connected to a smoking or chewing tobacco habit. Oral cancer can involve early symptoms like the sensation of having something stuck in the throat, difficulty chewing or swallowing, numbness, swelling, unusual white patches in the oral soft tissues, or persistent mouth sores or pain. Regular dental exams are critical for catching oral cancer early.

A Strange Oral Health Complication: Smoker’s Keratosis

Another less well-known effect smoking can have on oral health is smoker’s keratosis, or white patches on the roof of the mouth. This condition is still a mystery to medical science, but it could be the result of inflamed mucous glands. The white patches usually aren’t painful, but they may be precancerous.

Gum Disease Is More Likely With a Smoking Habit

According to the CDC, around 47% of adults over 30 have some form of gum disease. Smoking doubles the risk of developing it and also makes it more difficult to treat. As it progresses, gum disease can cause serious damage to the gum tissue and even result in bone loss in the jaw and tooth loss. If the bacteria in the mouth gets into the bloodstream through the inflamed gums, it can even jeopardize overall health.

Is Vaping a Safe Alternative?

While vaping may not be as harmful to oral tissues as traditional smoking, it still isn’t safe. Nicotine in any form reduces blood flow, which starves the gum tissue of oxygen and nutrients and slows down the healing process, making tissue death and gum recession more likely. It also dries out the mouth, which can lead to another set of problems from tooth decay to bad breath.

Smoking Doesn’t Only Harm the Smoker

Many smokers decide that the health risks of their habit are acceptable, thinking they will only affect them, but secondhand smoke has serious effects too. Studies suggest a link between regular exposure to secondhand smoke and the development of cavities. Beyond oral health risks, there are also broader health risks — particularly for small children and infants, from asthma attacks all the way up to SIDS.

It’s Never Too Late to Quit

Risk factors can’t always be controlled. We can’t help what our genetics are or that we grow old, but smoking is a major risk factor for so many health problems, and unlike aging and genes, we can avoid smoking or stop if we’ve started. It’s definitely better never to start in the first place, but even a longtime smoker can significantly improve their health outlook by quitting!

You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Quitting something as addictive as a smoking habit is difficult, but there are so many allies and resources available to help, including friends, family, counselors, and a wealth of useful information online. Another great resource is the dentist, who can check for early symptoms of oral health problems and help you work to keep your mouth healthy!

We love to see our patients!

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Fighting Back Against Dental Anxiety

DENTAL PHOBIA AND anxiety are pretty common, affecting more than one in every ten Americans. That means that close to 40 million people avoid getting crucial preventative dental care, which in turn means that small, easy-to-fix dental problems can become big, painful, expensive ones before they’ll see a dentist. We hope we can help all of our patients overcome any dental anxiety they may struggle with.

Where Does Dental Anxiety Come From?

Even though we’re dental professionals ourselves, we can understand why the idea of regular dental appointments (let alone more intense treatments) can be unpleasant for a lot of people. It’s not very fun to lie flat on your back while strangers poke around at your teeth and gums, and maybe it’s easier to hope there are no cavities instead of letting a dentist check and risk getting bad news. A lot of people feel this way, but for the sake of having healthy smiles, it’s important not to succumb to it.

Other people might have a specific bad memory that they associate the dentist with. Maybe they had a negative experience that gave them a terrible impression of dentists in general, or maybe older family members told them about their bad experiences and passed on their dental anxiety that way. At our practice, patient comfort is one of our highest priorities, and we would love to help any patients overcome anxiety based on previous experiences.

Strategies for Fighting Dental Anxiety

Here are a few things we recommend trying to help with feelings of dental anxiety:

  • Don’t wait until a scheduled appointment to visit the dental office. Come in ahead of time to meet the team and get familiar with the space. Maybe even bring a friend or family member along so you can feel as in control as possible.
  • Learn about what goes into a typical dental appointment. Ask questions and get an idea of how the process will go so that you won’t have to worry about any surprises.
  • Discuss your anxiety and what you think the cause might be with the dentist. When dentists are aware of a patient’s dental anxiety struggles, they are much better able to help.
  • Bring a relaxing distraction like your favorite music or podcast to listen to during the appointment.
  • Remember that modern dentistry is full of conveniences and comforts that didn’t exist for our parents and grandparents! We get a pretty great deal in the 21st century.

Dental Professionals Are on Your Team

We hope every patient we interact with can leave our practice feeling confident that their healthy smiles are in good hands. If you struggle with dental anxiety or have a family member who does, we want to help, so schedule a time to visit the practice, get used to our facilities, and meet our team. We can’t wait to answer your questions and help you feel at home.

We love our patients!

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Wisdom Tooth Care and Treatment Tips You Should Know

What is a wisdom tooth exactly and why do you keep hearing about them? The wisdom tooth is the final (or third) molars located in each side of the mouth. Everyone has a wisdom tooth located on both the top and bottom portions of your gums, which means there are four wisdom teeth total. When you do not properly take care of your dental health, your wisdom teeth are just as likely to be impacted by symptoms of deterioration as any other tooth in your mouth will be.

Since this type of tooth is located at the very back of the mouth and is considered one of the chewing molars, food is actually more likely to be pushed into the back where hard to reach crevices lie. When there is buildup here, the results may end up being specialized extraction treatment wherein the wisdom teeth will need to be removed by a registered dentist.

Why Should Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Due to the fact that wisdom teeth are located so far back, it can be difficult to properly clean and floss them consistently over the years. It is not uncommon for food to get trapped in the furthest reaches of the mouth. From there, cavities will inevitably form from the build up. When cavities form what it does is cause deterioration to the tooth’s natural structure. This will end up with the impacted individual experiencing differing degrees of pain.

According to the American Dental Association:

Wisdom teeth can lead to problems if there isn’t enough space for them to surface or they come through in the wrong position. If your dentist says your wisdom teeth are impacted, he or she means they are trapped in your jaw or under your gums.

Wisdom Teeth & Molar Extraction to Prevent Further Issues

Signs that your wisdom teeth have developed cavities and need treatment from your 3V Dental dentist include pain, irritation at the gum site surrounding the tooth, visible decay or graying of the tooth, and an odor to the breath caused by this dental decay. To prevent this type of decay from occurring, it is best to take ultimate care of the area where the final molars are located through special concentration to that area when brushing and flossing. Doing so will help prevent the symptoms of damage due to plaque build up and food pushed against the tooth for too long.

Aside from poor dental health, the number one reason why wisdom teeth are commonly removed by your 3V Dental Associates dentist is due to overcrowding within the mouth. As our teeth grow in, the last molars in the very back are also the last to grow in. When they do, for the vast majority of adults, there is simply not enough room to accommodate the new teeth. It is more common than not that our mouth cannot sustain the amount of teeth we naturally have, which means that something has to go in order to make up for this overcrowding. When a person’s final molars start to grow in they will usually make an appointment for a dentist to examine them in order to decide whether they should be removed or not.

When your dentist decides that the back molar is not going to make the cut, the patient will seek to make more room in the gum line by having these unnecessary back molars removed. In rare cases a patient may be able to keep these molars if their dentist feels that they do actually have enough room for them to comfortably fit. This will depend on the individual patient and what their needs are. If the signs are there that extraction is needed, you will move forward to the planning stages with your 3v Dental dentist.

Depending on the cause of why these molars will be removed your dental specialist, or oral maxillofacial surgeon, will decide the best type of anesthesia for you to use during surgery. The same applies to the details surrounding the best plan that works for you.

Think you may have issues with your molars or wisdom teeth? If you’re located in or around Port Washington, New York, we’d love to meet you at our Main St. dental clinic. Our patients travel from all around the 5 boroughs and Long Island to meet with our Port Washington dental team. All it takes is a quick phone call to schedule your wisdom teeth consultation, so what are you waiting for? Call today!

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