An abscessed tooth is the result of a painful infection that radiates from the tip of the tooth’s root to the surrounding area in the gum. The causative agent of this painful condition is the decaying of the living part of the tooth, which is referred to as the tooth pulp.
Angular Cheilitis is a condition that leads to the formation of red patches at the corners of the mouth. These patches are easy to identify because they form right at the point where the lips meet at an angle, hence the addition of the word ‘angular’ in the condition.
Halitosis is an embarrassing situation, and easily dents the self-esteem of those affected. Commonly referred to as bad breath, there are many causes of this condition that make it a distressing issue.
The tongue is a vital muscle in the body. Owing to its function, any changes in the structure of the tongue cause a lot of discomfort. A normal healthy tongue has a distinct pink color.
Cavities are a term that is used to refer to the decay of your teeth when different bacterial species found on the teeth and use the food remains as substrate. This destroys the teeth because the bacteria produce acids that cause enamel destruction.
There are several reasons why this happens. It may be a result of old age, severe anxiety, excessive smoking and alcohol intake. Dehydration is yet another reason why one will experience a dry mouth, particularly on days when it is very hot.
A dry socket is a common condition that typically develops after tooth extraction, and often manifests as sharp excruciating pain within the jaw. This socket develops when the blood clot present following the formation of the cavity dissolves, hence the use of the term ‘dry’.
A dry throat is a common condition that affects many people across the world. The condition is typically prevalent in the cold months of the year, but it is important to note that the condition can in fact occur at any month of the year as there are different causes for the same.
Gingivitis is a disease that affects the gums, causing them to be painful and inflamed. Some of the most obvious symptoms of this gum disease include redness at the site of infection, swelling and overall irritation in the area around the affected gum.
Gum boils, also known as parulus, usually develop as drainage spots for different forms of abscesses across the oral cavity. Due to the nature of the abscesses, these boils tend to develop at the roots of the teeth.
A hoarse voice develops when there is an abnormal change in the voice, usually one that occurs at the same time as a scratchy throat. This hoarseness gives your voice a raspy, weak quality that adequately prevents you from conversing normally for some people, this is often accompanied by a noticeable change in the pitch of the voice, depending on how sharp one’s voice is.
An itchy throat is often an indication of an allergic reaction or early stages of a respiratory infection. When allergens present in the environment are inhaled, they cause the throat to get irritated making it feel itchy and very uncomfortable.
Laryngitis is a condition that refers to the inflammation of the larynx, just as the name suggests. The larynx is the voice box, and is the part of the body that allows for the use of one’s voice.
A mucocele, also referred to as a mucous cyst, is a small bump that develops when the salivary glands in the mouth become plugged. To understand how the cyst forms, it is important to consider how saliva forms in the mouth.
Mouth ulcers are a common type of injury that develops in the mouth, and will usually affect everyone at least severally in their lifetime. These sores are painful, but they usually heal on their own which is what makes the condition easy to manage.
Plaque is a term that is used to refer the sticky stuff that coats your teeth, creating a film-like covering. It is important to note that plaque also affects dentures, dental fillings as well as the tongue and gum. Plaque in itself, is easy to get rid of. The challenge posed by plaque is that over time, it mixes with mineral salts present in the saliva and hardens.
Receding gum lines are often the first indication that you may be suffering from gum disease. This is often followed by the formation of a gap between the teeth and the gum, creating space that permits the entry of germs, therefore predisposing an individual to gum disease.
Root canal is a medical term used to define the dental procedure for the treatment of an infection located within the center of the affected tooth.
Sensitive teeth can make life almost unbearable when simple everyday activities such as eating, drinking and brushing teeth are all characterized by a stinging sensation. Sensitive teeth are often the result of enamel that is worn out. In many cases, this condition could also arise from roots that are exposed, thus predisposing you to tooth discomfort.
Proper care and hygiene for your gums is important to the overall health of your oral cavity. The gums constitute of sturdy pink tissue that provides a covering for your jawbones. This tissue is packed with fiber-like cells that ensure it remains strong.
The use of the term tartar in dentistry refers to the formation of a hardened layer of plaque on teeth over a considerable period of time. The hardening of plaque is often the result of mineral accumulation found in saliva. Through this process, the plaque destroys all bacterial population in the oral cavity, but with a twist.
A set of dazzling white teeth certainly is one of the ways to brighten your day with a smile. Needless to say, in today’s world, there is a lot of emphasis on appearance, which is one of the reasons why the dental industry has grown in leaps and bounds.
Teething in babies manifests at different ages, but most kids will get their first tooth anywhere between 4 and 9 months. Interestingly, some babies are born with their first tooth, so the time of teething is really dependent on your baby’s growth. Some babies will develop teeth without any fuss or discomfort, but for a good number, this phase is accompanied by pain and general fussiness.
Tonsils refer to a pair of tissue masses found at the back of the throat. Each of the tissues is made up of cells that resemble those found in the lymph nodes. The characteristic appearance of the tonsils is quite similar to that of the inner lining in the oral cavity and is therefore pink in color. More importantly, tonsils function as part of the lymphatic system whose primary function is to keep infections at bay.
Tonsil stones refer to calcified material that accumulates in the fleshy pits located at the back region of the throat. The pits, commonly known as are made of calcium and minimal amounts of other minerals including magnesium, phosphorous and ammonia among others.
Toothaches may seem minuscule, but if you have suffered one in recent times, then you know all too well just how painful this can be. Toothaches often stem from the irritation of inflammation of the tooth’s central region which is made up of living cells.
There are various tongue conditions that may arise, and one of these is the white tongue. There are several reasons why a white tongue can develop. For example, when the papillae get inflamed.This inflammation is almost always accompanied by the accumulation of food remains and bacterial populations in between the tiny bumps. Some of the causes of inflammation include excessive alcohol intake, fever and acute dehydration. Poor oral hygiene is also a causative agent for white coating of the tongue.
A yellow tongue, just as the name suggests, refers to a condition where the tongue is affected by yellowish discoloration. Typically, a healthy tongue has a bright pink color and is full of tiny nodules.