What Your Dentist Can Learn About You Just By Looking At Your Teeth

June 30, 2017

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elieve it or not, your teeth tell your story. When a dentist or dental hygienist takes a look in your mouth, they can learn a lot about you in a very short amount of time. The shape and condition of your teeth tell dentists more than just whether or not you have good dental hygiene- they can help to identify certain bad habits, health conditions, and illnesses.

You Bite Your Nails

If your front teeth show signs of chips and cracks or look like they are flat and leveled off, dentists may note that you are a patient that bites their nails. The wear and tear on your teeth doesn’t come from the fingernail itself, but rather from the contact between the top and bottom teeth during the nail biting process.

You’re Pregnant

Many women develop gingivitis while they are pregnant so it is relatively easy for dentists to figure out if someone is with child. Other pregnant women may notice a red bump or lump on their gums, often called a pregnancy tumor, that is completely benign and will disappear after the baby is born.

You Sucked Your Thumb As A Child

Sucking your thumb when you are young can leave lasting effects on your mouth and teeth. Your bite and the position of your teeth can be significantly impacted by this, as well as how your jaw grows together and if your front teeth begin to protrude. In most cases, these issues can be corrected with orthodontics.

You Have Diabetes

Imbalances in sugar often cause the health of your gums to rapidly change. These imbalances can lead to increased swelling, excess bleeding, and sensitivity. If your dentist notices signs of this, they may encourage you to have your doctor test if you have diabetes.

You May Have An Eating Disorder

For those that are bulimic, your dentist may be the first one to recognize signs of this disorder. Bulimia leaves a very distinct pattern of wear on the teeth and causes them to erode on the tongue side of the front teeth. This increases the likelihood of cavities in this area and makes the disorder quite easy to identify.

You May Be Vitamin Deficient

Burning tongue syndrome, increased infections, delayed healing, bone infections, and bleeding gums can all be caused by a vitamin deficiency in a patient. These are usually symptoms of a lack of iron, so be sure you are incorporating enough into your diet.

Do I Really Need To Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

June 26, 2017

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Some see it as a rite of passage before leaving for college, while others dread the day they will undergo the procedure that makes their cheeks swell up like a chipmunk, but how necessary is getting your wisdom teeth removed? Well, while each case varies, the truth is wisdom teeth removal prevents severe dental problems in the future. Wisdom teeth are otherwise known as the third molars and often come in impacted or misaligned. They tend to emerge after the jaw and mouth have finished growing – usually when a person is between the ages of 18 and 25. By this time, the other teeth have filled the mouth and there is rarely enough room for this extra set of molars to grow in properly.
Historically, this is why many dentists recommend that you have your wisdom teeth removed because about 75% of the time, these molars can cause some sort of complication. But as of late, this procedure doesn’t seem quite as crucial. One in four wisdom teeth grows in perfectly healthy, unobstructed, and disease-free so extraction isn’t necessary. Still, however, there is not sufficient evidence as to whether it is best to remove these healthy teeth or let them be. Early surgery can be risky but waiting too long can lead to a more difficult and complicated surgery down the road.
Long story short, some healthy wisdom teeth are totally fine to keep as long as you and your dentist keep an eye on them. Listen to your dentist because they know best. If they recommend that you get your wisdom teeth removed, it is in your best interest to do so. But if they say your third molars can be left alone for a while, that is perfectly okay as well.
Dr. Rajul Patel and her team of highly-trained oral surgeons are well equipped to help consult you on wisdom teeth removal. Considering each patient’s unique case, a consultation will help determine the best plan of action for your wisdom teeth removal, which includes possible sedation methods. Call us today to schedule your consultation!

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