5 Common Oral Infections

At Solara Dental Care in SW Calgary, we help to diagnose what is going on in your mouth and teach you about what it means to your overall health. We have treatments that will benefit you, and we will teach you how to care for your oral health in a preventative way. Some infections last just a few days. However, some, if left unattended, can end up lasting a lifetime and affecting your overall health. There are many studies showing links to periodontal disease and other conditions such as heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, cancers and more.
Many of these infections are easily preventable with just a few minutes of good oral hygiene each day. Let us show you how.

1. Dental Caries (otherwise known as cavities)

These are the primary result of tooth decay. They’re the leading cause of tooth loss in children under 12 and are caused by the bacteria Streptococcus mutans. Many suffer from this oral infection, but by using good oral hygiene, it can be prevented.

2. Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease, meaning a variety of bacteria settle into the gums crevices and these bacteria produce toxins that then circulate through the bloodstream around your body. The gums react to this toxin with inflammation and bleeding that you notice when you brush. Anywhere between 50 to 90% of adults have gingivitis and if left untreated can produce harmful results in your body.

3. Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is the result of gingivitis that has been left untreated. This infection affects the bone and supporting tissues around the teeth. Pockets form around the teeth, inflammation in these pockets leads to bone loss and as a result, teeth become loose. The toxins and inflammation also circulate around the body affecting many of your other organs and tissues. Periodontal disease is associated with many other conditions in the body such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and lung disease.

4. Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

This infection is most common in toddlers or school-age children. It usually begins with one to two days of a sore throat and fever, and then slightly painful blisters can appear inside the cheeks in the tongue, even on the palms, soles of the feet, and buttocks.

5. Cold Sores

This is a common infection sometimes called fever blisters. It is caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus. It shows up as small blisters in clusters on the lips or inside of the mouth.

What You Need to Know About Teeth Grinding

Do you or a loved one frequently grind your teeth during the day or at night? You may suffer from a common condition known as bruxism. Luckily, at Solara Dental Care we are proud to offer bruxism treatment in Calgary, AB.

What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition which causes tooth grinding, two types however exist. There is sleep bruxism and awake bruxism. Sleep bruxism is a more common condition and typically causes more damage and symptoms. Awake bruxism is thought to be caused by different causes and actually affects more women than men.

Symptoms of Excessive Tooth Grinding

Physical Bruxism Symptoms

When people think of teeth grinding, physical symptoms typically don’t come to mind, however they certainly occur. We often hear patients complain of:

  • Headaches
  • Facial Pain
  • Earache
  • Temporomandibular Joint Discomfort
  • Cracking/Popping Jaw Noises
  • Shoulder Tightness
  • Shoulder Stiffness
  • Limited Mouth Opening
  • Sleep Disruption

Oral Bruxism Symptoms

Along with physical symptoms, bruxism and grinding teeth can have a big impact on your oral health, symptoms include:

  • Worn Teeth
  • Cracked Teeth
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Jaw Misalignment
  • Gum Inflammation
  • Receding Gums
  • Loose Teeth
  • Missing Teeth

Causes of Tooth Grinding

There are a variety of known factors that contribute to tooth grinding and bruxism, which include:

  • Sleep Disorders
  • Lifestyle Choices
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Illnesses
  • Abnormal Bite
  • Personality

How to Stop Teeth Grinding

Wondering how you can reduce your bruxism and teeth grinding symptoms? We often recommend:

  • Lifestyle Adjustments
  • Stress Relief
  • Sleep Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Muscle Stretches
  • Habit Breaking

Along with these above changes, we also recommend night guards for bruxism in Calgary, AB. With night guards, we can protect your smile while reducing uncomfortable and painful symptoms.

Schedule Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Treatment in Calgary

Want to reduce the discomfort and damage caused by your bruxism and teeth grinding? Schedule an appointment with Solara Dental Care today! We’d be happy to determine whether a bruxism night guard in Calgary, AB is the right option for you.

All About Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped covering bonded into place over a tooth. It’s designed to totally cover the visible part of a tooth above the gum line. Crowns serve to restore the appearance and strength of a tooth.

When do you need a dental crown?

You might need a dental crown to:

  • Restore badly damaged or broken tooth
  • Cover and brace a tooth with a rather large filling and very little tooth remaining
  • Shield a weak tooth from decay or from breaking up, or to keep fragments of a broken tooth together.
  • Anchor a dental brace in place
  • Conceal a badly shaped tooth or discolored tooth.
  • Cover a tooth that had undergone root canal treatment.
  • Cover a dental implant

What kind of materials can be used for dental crowns?

Permanent crowns can be made from:

  • All metal: palladium, gold, nickel, and chromium are some of the metals used in crowns. They are the most durable materials and can be fitted with only a small amount of tooth chipped out. They also withstand more pressure. The metallic color is a minus and means they are more suited for hidden molars.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal easily blends in with the surrounding teeth because of their more natural tooth color. But the underlying metal sometimes appears as a dark line. Also, the porcelain portion can break off, and the teeth opposite the crown tend to wear quicker. These crowns are a good fit for both back or front teeth.
  • All-resin is cheaper than other crowns. They are also not as durable and are more fragile than porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns.
  • All-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns provide the best color matching with natural teeth. They are recommended for people with metal allergies. However, all-ceramic crowns are not as tough as other dental crown materials. They may also wear down the opposite teeth faster than either metal or resin crowns. They are perfect for capping front teeth.
  • Pressed ceramic crowns are made with a hard inner core in place of the metal liner used in making all-ceramic crowns. They are covered with porcelain and are more durable than all-porcelain crowns. Also, the color of porcelain best matches that of the natural teeth.
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