Babies Threatened By Bad Teeth

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Bad teeth dentistThe more dental science advances the more apparent its connections to overall health become. The following article from Dentistry IQ sheds light on a previously unknown connection between oral health of a pregnant mother and the health of her unborn child. When an expecting mother has to fight off infections in her mouth she leaves herself vulnerable and has to divert resources away from her fetus.

By Curt Yeomans

JONESBORO ? Protect your smile because your baby’s life may depend on it.

There is a new line of thought in medical science about the link between an expectant mother’s mouth and her unborn child.

It turns out oral diseases, such as gum disease and periodontal disease, may increase the chances that a baby will be born prematurely or underweight, said Dr. Vicki Edwards-Morris, the Clayton County District dental director.

When a mother gets these types of diseases, her body’s efforts to fight the disease may protect her but it can also put the unborn baby at risk.

“The anti-bodies their bodies produce to fight the infection can have a negative affect on the placenta,” Edwards-Morris said.

The research on how much of an impact dental diseases can have on an unborn child is still being conducted. But, Edwards-Morris and Board of Health spokesman Joel Hall said scientists are beginning to find links between the dental health of a mother and the likelihood that a baby will be prematurely born or underweight.

As a result, the Clayton County Board of Health is jumping ahead of the curve with a new program, called “Smile, You’re Pregnant.”

“It is open to all Clayton County women who are expecting a baby,” Hall said.

Hall later explained the health department is starting the program now, rather than waiting on the research because, “we want to be able to get ahead of it now.”

The new program is part dental exam and part dental education class. It is designed to educate expectant mothers on the threats gum disease and periodontal disease pose to a fetus.

Participants visit the health department’s offices every Thursday afternoon, from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., and dental health experts conduct dental exams on them. The dentists then offer educational advice on how to prevent oral diseases, said Edwards-Morris.

“We try to provide services to expectant parents to improve their overall oral health,” Edwards-Morris said.

The Board of Health’s dental health department is partnering with its Making Ours Moms Successful program to conduct the “Smile, You’re Pregnant” program.

Hall said mothers interested in participating in the program must make an appointment for the Thursday sessions. They can call the Board of Health at 678-610-7199 and ask to make a dental appointment….More at Babies threatened by bad teeth – Dentistry IQ

The health of a fetus depends on many factors and most mothers would do anything to ensure the health of their baby. Simply being aware that bad teeth can harm their baby can make sure a mother to-be takes care of her oral heath. As with most health care issues, most lower income families recieve inadequate coverage and as a result are more prone to having an unhealthy baby. Hopefully more studies are done to illucidate the connections between oral and overall health.

Ginger Tooth

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yello teeth

 

Recent studies indicate that the Ginger gene propagates through to the enamel, resulting in unsightly yellow teeth.

Terrible Teeth

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Courtesy of Alda Marta de Oliveira. This may be the worst smile we’ve seen.

What to do about a dead tooth

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dead toothWe get a lot of questions about dental issues here at I Hate My Teeth. Thats why we try and keep abreast of the latest technoloies and techniques being used to treat dental problems. One of the more unsightly dental issues you can develop is a dead tooth. It stars turning than weird grey color and probably smells bad too, gross. Anyway, heres an article we came across about what you can do if you’re unortunate enough to develop a dead tooth.

The other day a friend told me that her dentist had declared her tooth dead and her immediate response was ‘what do you mean dead? How can a tooth die?’ Then she thought, ‘What can I do about it?’

A dead, or non-vital, tooth is simply a tooth that no longer has access to blood flow. Our teeth have three layers: namely the enamel, the dentin and the pulp. The blood vessels and nerve fibers are located in the pulp and this means that when the pulp is dead, then the tooth is dead as well. Often, a non-vital tooth is removed, but there is another option. We’ll get to that, but first, let’s go over what causes a dead tooth and how you can tell if you have one.

Causes of a Non-Vital Tooth

A cavity or a bacterial infection, when left untreated for long, tends to run deeper into the tooth and eventually reaches the dentin. When this happens, sensitivity is usually the first sign and, if ignored, this sensitivity eventually reaches the pulp and results in severe tooth pain. What happens is that when the infection reaches that deep, the pulp tries to fight it off by using the white blood cells. Pus develops when some of the white blood cells die during the battle against the infection. If the infection is not treated at this stage, all the white blood cells will die and the blood flow will stop completely; that’s how a dead tooth comes to be. A brutal injury to the tooth may also cut the supply of blood instantly. Other factors that could contribute to this problem are tooth fillings and crowns administered in the wrong way.

It can be very difficult to identify a dead tooth just by looking at it and that is another reason why it’s important to visit a dentist regularly. However, a non-vital tooth may exhibit some symptoms like significant blackening or yellowing. This discoloration is usually the dead pulp becoming visible. Another sign of a non-vital tooth is unexplained swelling that is normally a result of a periodontal abscess, caused by gum disease or injury, which can rupture and produce a sinus tract, a channel between the infection and the mouth. A dead tooth will eventually become loose and start shaking. It can also produce a terrible smell andThe other day a friend told me that her dentist had declared her tooth dead and her immediate response was ‘what do you mean dead? How can a tooth die?’ Then she thought, ‘What can I do about it?’

A dead, or non-vital, tooth is simply a tooth that no longer has access to blood flow. Our teeth have three layers: namely the enamel, the dentin and the pulp. The blood vessels and nerve fibers are located in the pulp and this means that when the pulp is dead, then the tooth is dead as well. Often, a non-vital tooth is removed, but there is another option. We’ll get to that, but first, let’s go over what causes a dead tooth and how you can tell if you have one.

Causes of a Non-Vital Tooth

A cavity or a bacterial infection, when left untreated for long, tends to run deeper into the tooth and eventually reaches the dentin. When this happens, sensitivity is usually the first sign and, if ignored, this sensitivity eventually reaches the pulp and results in severe tooth pain. What happens is that when the infection reaches that deep, the pulp tries to fight it off by using the white blood cells. Pus develops when some of the white blood cells die during the battle against the infection. If the infection is not treated at this stage, all the white blood cells will die and the blood flow will stop completely; that’s how a dead tooth comes to be. A brutal injury to the tooth may also cut the supply of blood instantly. Other factors that could contribute to this problem are tooth fillings and crowns administered in the wrong way.

It can be very difficult to identify a dead tooth just by looking at it and that is another reason why it’s important to visit a dentist regularly. However, a non-vital tooth may exhibit some symptoms like significant blackening or yellowing. This discoloration is usually the dead pulp becoming visible. Another sign of a non-vital tooth is unexplained swelling that is normally a result of a periodontal abscess, caused by gum disease or injury, which can rupture and produce a sinus tract, a channel between the infection and the mouth. A dead tooth will eventually become loose and start shaking. It can also produce a terrible smell and even…More at How You Can Tell You Have a Dead Tooth and What You Can Do

So there you have it, the best way to avoid any dental problem is obviously to regularly visit your dentist. If you take a blow to the mouth, get to the dentist asap and see if they can prevent you from losing the tooth altogether. Remember to visit our gallery of bad teeth if you need some inspiration to go and see your dentist.

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