General Dentistry

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General Dentistry

Ask a dental question, discover possible causes of mouth problems, and learn about normal tooth development. Perhaps get a book on dental first aid so you know what to do the next time tooth problems arise on a weekend or during a vacation. Taking good care of those pearly whites is essential for everyone; and doubly important for those who have chronic illnesses, such as scleroderma and Sjogren's syndrome. (Also see Scleroderma Dental Involvement, What is Scleroderma?, Types of Scleroderma, and Systemic Sclerosis)

Athletes have poor teeth despite brushing. Elite athletes have bad teeth despite putting more effort into looking after them than other people, a study shows. BBC Health News, 08/24/2019.

Mouth Problems Use this chart to determine possible causes of pain, swelling, discolored patches, and much more.

Tooth Development. For human teeth to have a healthy oral environment, enamel, dentin, cementum, and the periodontium must all develop during appropriate stages of fetal development. Primary (baby) teeth start to form between the sixth and eighth weeks in utero, and permanent teeth begin to form in the twentieth week in utero.[1] If teeth do not start to develop at or near these times, they will not develop at all. Wikepedia.

Tooth Problems A tooth that causes ongoing pain can be due to a serious problem. Use this chart to determine if an immediate exam is needed.

Related Books

Dental First Aid for Families by Richard Diamond. What to do for toothaches, lost caps, broken dentures, cut lips, canker soes, cold sores, bad breath, etc. With this book and the recommended first aid supplies, you'll be prepared for your next dental emergency.

Tinnitus: Treatment and Relief by Jack A. Vernon. A good book for both patients and practitioners. It covers nearly everything known about tinnitus (extraneous noise in the ears; which is often referred to as "ringing in the ears" and is sometimes related to dental or TMJ problems.)

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