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    Oral health mirrors overall health

  • The importance of oral health

    Oral health means more than just an attractive smile. Poor oral health and untreated oral diseases and conditions can have a significant impact on quality of life. And in many cases, the condition of the mouth mirrors the condition of the body as a whole. Recent reports indicate a relationship many exist between periodontal (gum) disease and stroke, heart disease, and preterm low-birth-weight babies. Likewise, more that 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations, meaning your dentist may be the first health care providers to diagnose a health problem.

  • What problems can poor oral health cause?

    According to the recently released Surgeon General's report on oral health in America, a large percentage of the population suffers from a reduced quality of life dur to oral and facial pain. This pain is largely due to infections of the gums that support the teeth and can lead to tooth loss. More than 75 percent of the population is affected by some type of periodontal disease or gingivitis.

    Recent reports show that infections in the mouth may affect major organs, One example is bacterial endocarditis, a condition in which the lining of the heart and heart valves become inflamed. Poor mouth care also many contribute to oral cancer. Which now take more lives annually than cervical or skin cancer.

    In addition, poor oral health affects the digestive proves, which begins with physical and chemical activities in the mouth. Problems here can lead to intestinal failure, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other problems.



  • Toothaches
    What causes a toothache?


          While decay often is cited as the primary cause of a toothache, it's important for you to have a complete oral examination to determine the cause. Other dental causes of a toothache include: dental abscess (infection in the nerve of a tooth), gum diseases, grinding teeth (bruxism), previous tooth trauma and an abnormal bite. Tooth eruption may be the cause of tooth or jaw pain in babies and school-age-children. TMJ, sinus or ear infections, and tension in the facial muscles can cause discomfort that resembles a toothache, but often these health problems are accompanied by a headache. Pain around the teeth and the jaws can be symptoms of heart disease such as angina, If your dentist suspects a medical illness could be the cause of your toothache, he or she may refer you to a physician.

    What causes a toothache?


           You may have a dental cavity or advanced gum disease. The first sign of decay many be the pain you feel when you eat something sweet, very cold or very hot. If the pulp – the inside of the tooth that has tissue and nerves-has become irritated, this also can cause pain in your tooth.

    What are the symptoms of a toothache?


           Because of the symptoms of a toothache many resemble other medical conditions or dental problems, it can be difficult to diagnose the cause without a complete evaluation by a dentist.

    If you notice pus near the source of the pain, your tooth may have become abscessed, causing the surrounding bone to become infected. Or the pus could indicate gum disease, which usually is characterized by inflammation of the soft tissue and abnormal loss of bone surrounding the teeth.

    Contact your dentist immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:


  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Swelling around the tooth area
  • Pain when you bite
  • A foul-tasting discharge




  • Orthodontics
    What is orthodontics, any why do people get braces?


          Orthodontics is a special discipline of dentistry concerned with aligning the teeth an jaws to improve one's smile and oral health. A dentist usually recommends braces to improve the patient's physical "orofacial" appearance. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or under bites, incorrect jaw position, and disorders of the jaw joints are corrected.

    When is the right time for braces?


          Patients with orthodontics problems can benefit from treatment at nearly any age. An ideal time for placement of braces is between ages 8 and 14, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more amenable to straightening. And braces aren't just for kids. Adults are increasingly wearing braces to correct minor problems and improve their smiles.

    How long will i have to wear braces?


          That depends upon your treatment plan. Patients with more complicated spacing or bite problems, and older patients, generally have longer treatment periods. Most patients wear full braces for between 18 to 30 months, followed by a retained, which must be worn to set and align tissues surrounding straightened teeth.

    Will treatment be uncomfortable?


          At each visit. The interconnecting wires are changed. The wires place mild pressure on the brackets or bands to shift teeth or jaws gradually into a desired position. Your teeth and jaws may feel slightly sore after your appointments, but the discomfort is brief.

    Do i have to avoid any foods?


          Your dentist will instruct you on which foods you should avoid to best maintain your braces and your oral health.


    GAMA DENTAL CLINIC

    FAL Shopping Center
    King Abdul Aziz Road
    P.O. Box 41726,Riyadh 11531,
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Phone : 00966 - 1 - 4542929 / 4549788 / 4549784
    Fax : 00966 - 1 - 4569563 / 2050096

    Email : gdcinfo@gamadentalclinic.com
    Web Site : www.gamadentalclinic.com

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