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Dental horror stories highlight importance of seeking professionals

Wed

Would you try your own root canal treatment with power tools?Dentists have spoken out about some of the more unusual cases they have come across in a bid to remind people that emergency dentistry is not something that should be attempted by the unqualified.

A survey carried out ahead of last month's Chicago Dental Society annual Midwinter Meeting found that some 70 per cent of healthcare practitioners have had to repair damage done by people who try to perform their own treatment.

The most common DIY attempts involved super-glue on crowns and dentures, while filing broken teeth with emery boards featured in several other respondents' reports.

However, others said they had even had to pick up the pieces after patients tried their own root canal treatments with power tools.

The professionals said the poll should encourage people with problems to see a dentist and added that even root canal procedures are not as painful as many expect.

Journalist Nate Delesline of the StarExponent.com may be one person who would agree – he recently wrote an article saying that he wished he had not put off his own root canal for so long, as it was not as bad as he feared.
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Children ‘outgrow teeth grinding’

Sat

Many children grow out of grinding their teeth.

The parents of children who grind their teeth have been reassured that in many cases this is a phase that they will grow out of.

The Windsor Star reported that many children suffer from this affliction, but it is not something that parents should be unduly worried about.

In fact, teeth grinding – or bruxism as it is also known – can be caused by a range of factors, most of which are to do with the normal growth of a child’s body.

The publication noted: “The reasons why it happens with these youngsters are not well known or understood at this point. Some clinicians feel it is related to differences in the rates of upper and lower jaw development.”

Elsewhere, the Tennessean recently reported that more dentists are seeing patients who have damaged their oral health through excessive teeth grinding.

Indeed, the newspaper revealed that research from the Chicago Dental Society has shown 65 per cent of dentists have claimed an increase in treating this condition over the last six months.

Patients should ‘seek help for fractured teeth’

Wed

Anyone with broken teeth should organise a trip to see the dentist.

Individuals who have chipped, broken or fractured teeth have been urged to contact a dental professional to get these problems fixed.

According to the Hattiesburg American, a dentist’s evaluation of broken teeth is critical, even if a person does suffer from pain or bleeding.

The publication stated that sharp teeth can damage the lips and cheeks, as well having the possibility of harbouring excessive amounts of bacteria that could lead to tooth decay in the future.

As a result, people should seek advice as soon as a problem occurs, as failing to seek treatment could be extremely detrimental in the long term and could adversely impact on their overall – not just oral – health.

Elsewhere, the Tennessean recently reported more dentists are seeing patients who have damaged their oral health through excessive teeth grinding.

Research from the Chicago Dental Society showed that workplace stresses and financial worries are leading to more people grinding their teeth.

Teeth grinding ‘linked to stress’

Tue

People are grinding their teethmore.

More dentists are seeing patients who have damaged their oral health through excessive teeth grinding, it has been revealed.

The Tennessean reported that workplace stresses and financial worries are leading to more people grinding their teeth and pointed to research from the Chicago Dental Society that showed 65 per cent of dentists have claimed an increase in treating this condition.

“I’ve seen more cracked teeth in the last six months than I have ever seen – and I have been practising for 40 years,” said Dan Hixon, a dentist in Hermitage.

Elsewhere, Divine Caroline – an online health and wellbeing publication – recently reported that investing in a night guard could be a solution to this problem for many, as the majority of people grind their teeth during their sleep and are unaware they are doing it until damage has been caused.

The publication stated that for the best results sufferers should consult a dental professional.

‘Teeth suffer’ during downturn

Wed

More people are griding their teeth.

Teeth grinding is becoming a bigger problem as a result of continuing financial problems and stress for patients, it has been claimed. teeth grinding

A survey carried out in the US by the Chicago Dental Society revealed 75 per cent of dentists reported the patients say their level of stress has increased in their lives since the onset of the economic downturn, with 65 per cent of dental health professionals reporting an increase in patients’ jaw clenching and teeth grinding.

The Dental Society noted severe teeth grinding can cause headaches, as well as creating sleep problems and resulting in inflamed gums.

Elsewhere, Cosmetic Dentistry Guide recently reported smokers have been warned that the habit could be damaging to their oral health.

New Jersey emergency dentistry professional Dr Sherzoy, who practices in Bergen County, claimed smoking can cause both tooth and bone loss in the jaw.

He warned the habit can cause bad breath, tooth discolouration and inflammation of saliva producing glands.

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