By Sam E. Ruvinov, D.D.S., Originally printed in St. Louis Women’s Journal
If you often wake up with a dull headache, ear ache or pain in your jaw; or your teeth seem super sensitive to heat, cold and even the touch of your tongue, you may have the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth or bruxism. This condition can affect both kids and adults. It is Read More
By Sam E. Ruvinov, D.D.S.
Many patients ask me about so-called “dry mouth syndrome” or xerostomia, speaking scientifically. Xerostomia is a condition when there is no or very little saliva in the mouth. Some patients complain of a burning sensation and even loss of taste caused by dry mouth.
The role of saliva cannot be over-estimated. It helps us to chew and swallow food. Also, it plays an important role is our dental health. Saliva is a source of minerals for teeth. Read More
A possible complication of tooth extraction is called a “dry socket” – when there is not enough bleeding to form a clot in the socket. You will want to follow your dentist’s advice after the extraction as this is designed to prevent dry socket or other problems.
In the rare case this does develop, contact your dentist as soon as possible for treatment.
The actual dental term for a dry socket is an osteitis of the socket, which in actuality an infection Read More
After a tooth has been extracted, it is very important for a good blood clot to form. This is important as it assists in the healing process by acting as a bandage over the exposed bone. A wad of cotton is also placed over the socket for you to bite down on, as that helps the bleeding stop. There could be a slight blood seepage for a few hours, and this shouldn’t last long; but if it does persist, you Read More
Due to injury or decay, extraction of a baby tooth may become necessary as part of orthodontic treatment.
If a baby tooth is forced into the jaw by a fall or a blow, the tooth will need to be extracted if it has caused damage to the underlying permanent tooth. Sometimes an injury causes the death of the blood vessels and nerves of a tooth and that may make it necessary to extract the tooth.
A pulpotomy could be possible, but if Read More
Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical that is effective in preventing tooth decay. Since the 1930’s, it has been used to reduce tooth decay. It is often added to tap water. It is contained in some toothpastes, or can be supplied by prescription from a dentist or physician. Recently, it has become noted that fluoride is responsible for a great decrease in the number of cavities, despite a dramatic increase in the amount of sugar consumed.
As fluoride strengthens a tooth’s Read More
Recently there has been much discussion in the dental community about whether or not infants should be given fluoride supplements and what to do about infants who are under 12 months of age consuming fluoridated water.
At this time, fluoride is not recommended for newborn children in the form of supplements or fluoridated drinking water. Evidence is now suggestion that fluoride ingestion during the first year of life is linked to dental fluorosis.
Dental fluorosis is not a dangerous condition but it Read More
Gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss. As a result, each new patient, as well as all existing patients, receives a comprehensive gum exam to check for signs of potential tooth loss or degree of existing gum disease, if any.
Probably the most important fact for people to understand about gum disease is that it is seldom, if ever, painful. Thus, doing a comprehensive gum exam, we feel, is important for every one of our patients of our Read More
More than 50% of adults suffer from one degree or another of gum disease. This disease includes damages to the bone that connects the teeth to the jaws and inflammation of the gums. It is important to deal with and address gum disease as quickly as possible. As potential future pain and expense can be prevented or at least minimized; it’s always worthwhile to deal with this problem as quickly as possible, no matter how minor or advanced. Many people Read More
Holistic medicine is an approach that has more recently come to the forefront of dentistry. It embraces the idea that the body needs to be considered as a whole with one part affecting the other. As it is applied to dentistry, this means that what affects the rest of the body will also affect the mouth and vice versa.
This means our general nutritional needs must be considered when it pertains to dentistry. This includes but is not limited to homeopathic Read More