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Endodontists Demystify The Feared Root Canal -- One Tooth At A Time

Endodontists Demystify The Feared Root Canal--One Tooth At A Time

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When Ms. Barb Guerra went to her dentist with tooth pain, the simple words "root canal" filled her with dread. But after having the painless procedure performed, she realized her worry was for naught.

"I was pleasantly surprised when I had a root canal," Guerra said. "I really didn't experience any discomfort at all."

The Fear

Misplaced fears like Guerra's aren't uncommon. In a new consumer survey by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), nearly half (48.5 percent) of survey respondents said they perceived root canal treatment as "excruciatingly painful," and ranked the treatment just below a spinal tap in terms of discomfort.

Antacids may Prevent Gingivitis

Antacids may Prevent Gingivitis

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Common antacids used to treat indigestion may also help prevent bacteria in the mouth linked to gingivitis gum disease. Researchers from at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Göteborg University in Sweden reported their study in the November's Archives of Oral Biology.

An active ingredient in antacids called lansoprazole that is from a family of compounds benzimidazoles. These benzimidazoles are currently used to help control stomach hyperacidity. These compounds are also known to kill helicobacter pylori bacteria that cause stomach ulcers. If future research studies prove the effectiveness of these compounds for killing bacteria in the mouth, they could find their way into toothpaste and mouthwash in the near future.

Toothache Remedy - A Pain In The Mouth

Toothache Remedy - A Pain In The Mouth

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Anyone who has ever suffered from a toothache knows how painful it can be. Does it seem that for some reason, toothaches most often strike on a weekend or late at night when you can’t get in touch with your dentist? What can be done to ease this pain when your dentist isn’t available?

Most often, tooth decay, abscesses, impacted teeth, gum problems, or sometimes something as simple as a piece of food being lodged between the teeth can cause toothaches. Some diseases not associated with the mouth can also cause toothaches, such as heart disease, sinuses, and ear infections. Sometimes toothaches can simply be due to temporary sensitivity. Toothache pain can range from mild to severe. It is always a good idea to rinse your mouth with water and gently floss, in case a food particle is the culprit. In the event that this does not work, there are some other remedies to try to relieve your ache until you can consult a professional.

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