Popcorn—the perfect companion for cinemas or a simple movie viewing at home.
These puffy kernels are healthy snack options for those who crave guilt-free indulgences. A tub of popcorn contains unprocessed whole grains, which contain fibre and antioxidants. If you do not overload your popcorn with salt, oil or butter, it is low in calories, sodium and fat.
You might wonder: ‘What is not to like about popcorn, then?’ Ask your dental practice or periodontist and they will reply with two words: gum abscess.
What is Gum Abscess?
Abscess occurs when a pus formation affects your teeth or gums. The pus is a result of your body’s effort to fight the threat of bacteria from infecting your mouth. Your immune system sends white blood cells to the infected area to get rid of harmful germs.
An abscess forms when your body cannot drain the pus. It manifests due to tooth decay or cavity, deep pockets between the gums or trauma (food or debris embedded in the gum). In terms of trauma, dentists point to one foreign object that appears to be the leading culprit in most abscess cases: popcorn hulls.
Popcorn’s Role in Causing Inflammation
Ever wondered why kernels often lodge themselves between your gums? The kernels’ tough and rounded coatings often conform to the tooth crown’s round shape. It is easy for the hulls to slip between the tiny gaps of your teeth and gums (pockets). Once these kernels are stuck, it is difficult to remove them with a toothbrush, floss or even a toothpick.
The presence of foreign matter leads to abscess, which results in toothache or throbbing pain in the gums. Other symptoms include swelling and redness of the mouth and of your face. With severe cases, you might suffer from vomiting, nausea, chills, fever or diarrhoea.
Your Next Step
Seek a dentist’s help right away if you are suffering the symptoms. Dental practices often use x-rays and other dental instruments to remove the source of infection, as well as drain the fluid from the pus. It seems scary but abscess often responds immediately to the procedure. Your dentist might also prescribe medications to soothe the inflammation.
You can still enjoy popcorn—just be mindful of this issue and always mind your gums. Partner with Aesthetic Smiles for a healthier and abscess-free smile. Call us now for a free consultation.
The jawbone acts as support to the teeth. Their direct contact inevitably affects the jawbone in case the teeth are removed, develop an infection or sustain any form of injury.
Here at Aesthetic Smiles, we strive to explain how your teeth can contribute to the demise or development of the jawbone.
Tooth Loss and Jawbone Loss
At worst, losing a tooth or several teeth exposes the jawbones to erosion. The jawbone loss at the site of the gap may develop serious problems. Bone loss becomes even more alarming when the patient’s appearance and overall health are put at risk.
A person experiencing jawbone loss may experience pain, altered facial appearance and problems with the remaining teeth. This may also lead to the inability to speak and eat normally.
In the event of tooth and jawbone mass loss, you can expect the remaining teeth will be affected. This may result in misalignment and drifting.
Aesthetically, jawbone loss leads to the distortion of facial features, facial collapse, thinning lips due to limited lip support, and wrinkling of the skin around the mouth. It may lead to aches, jaw (TMJ) and facial pain, and headaches. It may also cause speaking and communicating difficulties, sinus expansion, and inadequate nutrition because of the inability to chew properly and painlessly.
Teeth Movements and Jawbone Maintainance
The bone tissues maintain its support function and develop strength by use. Chewing and biting are some of the activities one can do to exercise the function of their jawbones.
Once the teeth are removed, the alveolar bone—or the portion anchored to the teeth in the mouth—stops receiving stimulation and breaks down or absorb again. The principle of use and disuse will apply, meaning what is not often used degenerates.
The bone of the jaw is compressible to some degree. That means when the teeth is pressed against one side of its socket, the bone in that area shrinks or is compressed. This will result in an enlarged socket.
Proper caring for the teeth will definitely improve the state of the jawbones as well. Learn more about taking care of your jaw bones and our other dental services; schedule a consultation with us today!
On average, humans spend up to two weeks of their entire lifetime doing one thing: kissing. Fun as it may sound, there is apparently something healthy about it. Aesthetic Smiles, the region’s centre of excellence in implant and cosmetic dentistry, weighs in on the science of kissing and its astounding benefits to oral health. The science of kissing is called philematology. It studies the different effects kissing has on the body, from the release of chemicals to involuntary physiological responses. It also includes the ways in which kissing provides the human body with dental benefits. The Benefits of Kissing Other than stimulating antibodies and happy hormones, deep kissing also increases the flow of saliva, which is crucial in keeping the mouth, teeth and gums healthy. The exchange of saliva during kissing fuels a process called cross immune therapy, which helps fight cavities and infection. The more saliva your mouth secretes, the better your mouth is able to wash away the plaque on your teeth that leads to oral cavities. Increased saliva flow during a good kiss also prevents tooth decay and removes food particles that accumulate after eating. Other than the mighty effect that kissing contributes to the process of fighting infection and cavity, experts agree that kissing also promotes mineral ions that aids in the repair of small lesions in the tooth enamel. A Healthy Dental Regimen Despite the astounding contributions of kissing to the mouth’s natural cleansing process and strengthening of the immune system, you still need to follow it up with proper dental habits and healthy dental hygiene regimen. Our dental experts here at Aesthetic Smiles encourage you to always brush and floss before going to bed, since sleep slows the production of saliva. Should you not happen to like the idea of kissing, you can always chew sugarless gum to get saliva flowing and your mouth cleaned up. Reach out to us if you need help getting your mouth cleaned up. We want you to enjoy good oral health, have confidence in your smile and feel comfortable when you visit us. Contact us today for a modern, friendly dental practice located in the heart of Leicester.