Four Interesting Facts About Our Teeth

Try to protect your teeth

By on November 20th, 2007 18:41 GMT
1. Specialists say that if during an accident you lose a tooth, do not throw it. Your chances of reimplanting the teeth can be of 50 % if you go to the dentist 30 minutes after the 'incident'. Try to stay calm, as much as possible. Hold the tooth by the corona and rinse it gently with warm water. Don't brush it.

Call the stomatologist and if he/she does not recommend otherwise, introduce the tooth in its alveola. Bite strongly a handkerchief or a clean cloth for up to 5 minutes, to put the tooth back in its place, after which keep on biting moderately till reaching the stomatologist's office.

If you cannot replace the tooth immediately, keep it in the mouth soaked in the saliva. In case of small children, which might swallow it, put the tooth in a plastic bag or in a cup of water or milk, in which you've added a pinch of salt.

Even if a lot of time has passed, the best thing to do is go to the stomatologist's and let him/her decide.

2. Not only sugar induces tooth decay, but also acid containing foods. Those drinking orange juice at breakfast or acid-containing foods are advised not to brush their teeth for at least half an hour after eating. That's because when the level of acids overcomes a certain value, the teeth enamel softens, and through brushing the outer layer is removed.

To neutralize the acidity eat protein-rich food, like cheese or peanuts, but no later that 20 minutes after eating acid foods.

3. The teeth treatment can be painless. The YAG laser for tooth surgery removes the caries not through a small drill, but by pulverizing decayed tooth tissue. The laser has many advantages compared to traditional mills. Besides being not painful, thus not requiring anesthesia or anesthetic injections, the stomatologist does not have to wait for the effect of the anesthetic chemicals, starting the treatment immediately. Moreover, the patient won't have to stand the annoying vibrations of the high speed mills. One disadvantage is that laser cannot be employed for filled teeth.

4. Drugs can destroy your teeth completely. Methamphetamine (also known as meth, crank, crystal and speed), a powerfully addictive drug, can do this.

The drug releases a high amount of dopamine inside your body, leading to the typical euphoria. Short-term effects include extreme wakefulness, a lasting boost of energy and a lack of appetite. Long-term effects include a high blood pressure, stroke and serious heart problems.

Methamphetamine is used by over 12 million people in the US, taken orally, injected, snorted or smoked. Most users are 18 to 34 years old. In just one year, the users can experience from sensitive teeth to tooth loss, a condition called "meth mouth".

The so-called 'meth mouth' frequently leads to full-mouth extractions and a lifetime of wearing dentures. It is characterized by rampant tooth decay, blackening, staining, rotting, crumbling or falling apart.

The drug inhibits the salivary glands and without the diluting saliva, acids produced by food and bacteria in your mouth start dissolving tooth enamel. Moreover, the consumers may neglect their oral hygiene and the drug's effect can last for 12 hours.

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