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General Health

separator Considering Tooth Whitening?
If you want whiter teeth, here’s what the American Dental Association has to say about it:

  • Even though it’s tempting (and less expensive) to do it yourself with over-the-counter products, you do run the risk of damaging your gums, other mouth tissue and tooth enamel.
  • It’s safer to have your dentist whiten your teeth. Dentists can do this either in the office, or by preparing a special mouth guard for you, which you wear with some gel for about two hours a day for two weeks.
  • Not all teeth respond well to whitening. Yellowish teeth respond best. Brownish teeth have less success, and grayish teeth are likely not to whiten well at all.

Talk with your dentist to make sure you make the best decisions about tooth whitening for you.

Source: American Dental Association

Acupuncture for Dental Pain
Acupuncture can be helpful managing chronic and acute pain. Some dentists are now incorporating acupuncture into their practices as a pain management tool.

So don’t be surprised if one day your dentist asks you if you’re interested in having a little acupuncture along with your dental surgery. And if your dentist does not practice acupuncture, but you’re interested in seeing whether it would help, don’t hesitate to ask a qualified practitioner whether acupuncture would be a good pain management tool for you.

Source: NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, November 1997

How to Detect Gingivitis
Gingivitis is gum disease in its early stage. It’s usually reversible at this point, but it’s not painful, so many people don’t know they have it. Here are some of the signs:

  • Bleeding when you brush your teeth
  • Gums that are red, swollen or tender
  • Gums that have begun to recede, or pull away from the teeth

See your dentist if you’ve noticed these symptoms. A careful program of daily brushing and flossing can help stop the progression of gum disease. The longer gum disease goes untreated, the greater the chances of tooth loss.

Source: American Dental Association

Think it’s a Sinus Headache?
An actual sinus headache is caused by a sinus infection or some other irritation inside the sinus cavities.

A lot of times, people think they have a sinus headache when really what they’re having is a migraine or tension headache. Tension headaches can last from minutes to days. They can occur on both sides of the head, and they don’t usually get worse with physical activity. Migraines usually last one day. They typically occur on one side of the head. There’s a pulsing pain that can be moderate to severe, and it usually gets worse with physical activity.

Headache treatment varies depending on the type of headache you have. If you frequently experience what you think are sinus headaches, it’s a good idea to see your doctor just to make sure.

Source: American Headache Society

Effects of Thumb Sucking
When an infant’s thumb sucking habit continues into childhood, it’s time to see the dentist. Thumb sucking can prevent proper spacing and alignment of permanent teeth. In rare cases, it can even change the shape of the roof of the mouth. These problems tend to happen in children who suck strongly rather than rest their thumbs passively in their mouths.

Your dentist can help you determine whether your child’s thumb sucking can cause problems later on.

Source: American Dental Association

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