A tooth or dental abscess is a localized collection of pus in a sac formed by disintegration of purulent material from a bacterial infection. Invasion of bacteria which cannot be drained results in abscess. An abscessed tooth can be further classified into periapical, periodontal or gingival abscess depending on its location in the oral cavity.
Periapical abscess: located at the apex of an infected tooth surrounding the roots. Continue reading →
Bad breath is also termed as halitosis/fetor oris/breath malodor and foul breath. Halitosis is a term used to describe noticeably unpleasant smell exhaled in breathing. It affects a large proportion of population,estimated to be the third most frequent reason for seeking dental treatment , following tooth decay and periodontal disease. Bad breath increases during the day (maybe due to stress or fasting), eating certain foods (like garlic, onions,meat,fish and cheese), smoking and alcohol assumption. The mouth is dry and inactive during the night, the bad breath is usually worse when you wake up (morning breath) Continue reading →
Therapeutics mouthwashes are used along with regular toothbrushing and flossing to help reduce gum disease (gingivitis) that causes red, swollen and easily bleeding gums. There are two categories required by the American Dental Association (ADA) to be effective against plaque and gum disease:
1. Mouthwash that contains essential oils as an active ingredient. For example Listerine® and other generic equivalents sold over the counter.
2. Mouthwash that contains chlorhexidine gluconateas an active agent which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ONLY as prescription products. For example Peridex® and Periogard®. Continue reading →
Toothache is any discomfort, swelling, reddening, irritation, possible abscess formation that occur when the pulp tissue is infected and the teeth nerves are damaged. Toothaches occur due to a myriad of causes and can be very bothersome. It may even interrupt daily function such as eating and sleeping. Follow these simple yet easy steps to ensure yourself a mouth free of toothaches. Continue reading →
Gingivitis, which means inflammation of the gums, is perhaps the most common human disease. Usually related to bacterial biofilm on the tooth surface, gingivitis of plaque origin is a preventable and curable periodontal disease.
Gingivitis treatment can be by mechanical removal of the source of irritation to the gums (for example scaling and toothbrushing) or by chemotherapeutic means (for example mouthwash). Mouthwashes like over-the-counter products with essential oils, such as Listerine, or dentist prescribed chlorhexidine mouthrinses may help in keeping our mouths clean but some may prefer a natural cure for gingivitis. Continue reading →
So can hydrogen peroxide (H202) be used as mouthwash safely? Many have pondered on the thought, but first let us get down to the basics.
What exactly is Hydrogen Peroxide (H202)?
Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is actually a pale bluish liquid but appears colorless when diluted in aqueous form. More powerful than that of chlorine, hydrogen peroxide (H202) has strong oxidizing properties due to an increased oxidation potential and hence has found many applications in everyday life ranging from bleaches to antiseptics and even rocket fuel to military ordnance. Continue reading →
Hydrogen peroxide has been used as an antibacterial agent for many years because of its oxidizing properties. The chemical is a weak acid and a strong bleaching agent therefore it is not unusual to find hydrogen peroxide listed in the ingredients of some toothpastes and dentifrices. Even dentists use high concentration hydrogen peroxide in professional teeth whitening procedures to remove stubborn stains. Hydrogen peroxide mouthwash can help reduce gum bleeding and clean mouth wounds by killing bacteria and removing dead tissues. Continue reading →
So you feel that buying a mouthwash could pinch your wallet but yet you can’t help but be concerned about the health of your mouth?
Commercial mouthwashes sold over the counter can be costly especially therapeutic mouthwashes that help reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth.
However worry naught as there are several homemade remedies available to make your own mouthwash when you are on a tight budget. Homemade mouthwash has mild antibacterial properties that can provide relief for mouth sores and reduce bad breath. Continue reading →
Your dentist may be advising you to use a mouthwash whenever you go for a dental visit but frankly is it necessary to use one?
Mouthwashes or mouth rinses have been around for ages and are most widely used by consumers. The traditional purpose for mouthwash has been to keep bad breath away but now there are therapeutic mouth rinses available that help reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth. Continue reading →