Radiographs, or more commonly known as x-rays, are images of your teeth that are used to evaluate your oral health. They can detect tooth decay, impacted teeth, and other conditions associated with your teeth.
There are three main types of x-rays: bitewing, periapical, and panoramic.
– Bitewing: These are the most common type of x-rays and are used to detect tooth decay in between your teeth, and are taken at your routine cleanings.
– Periapical: This type of x-ray goes below the gum line and captures one or two teeth to detect any issues with the roots of specific teeth.
– Panoramic: This x-ray is larger scale and captures all the teeth in your mouth. It goes all the way around your head and is taken to evaluate the mouth as a whole. This is also used for oral cancer screening as it shows bone pattern.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that supports tooth enamel, builds strong teeth, and prevents tooth decay. It can be found in toothpastes or applied directly to the teeth, and once absorbed protects your teeth from cavities and erosion of the teeth and gums. Patients who are more cavity-prone often receive a fluoride treatment at their regular dental cleanings.
Charcoal has become a trend in the world of health and wellness, and especially in the dental world. Charcoal toothpaste has been introduced as a teeth whitening product, but patients should know there are some harmful side effects. It can be very abrasive and can wear down your tooth’s enamel, can cause staining, and does not contain fluoride. Please speak with your dental provider before using charcoal toothpaste.
Cannabis and Oral Health
Cannabis can affect your oral health in many ways. It is important to understand the risk associated with drug use and both the short and long terms effects on your oral health.
Cannabis use can cause an increase in bleeding. This can cause complications with your dental treatment and affect any healing of surgical sites.
Medications can also be affected before, during, or after dental treatment, as well as any medication you take on a regular basis.
Cannabis use can impair your cognitive focus and can affect your decision making process and informed consent when it comes to your dental treatment.
Vaping has become increasingly popular among teens and adults and is often a gateway to smoking. There is a misconception that vaping is less harmful than smoking, but in reality the health risks are still incredibly high.
The effects of vaping can cause irritation to the mouth and throat, inflammation, tooth discolouration, cell damage, gum disease, and oral cancer.
In regards to the oral side effects, nicotine is a vasoconstrictor which causes dryness in the mouth, which can lead to an increased risk of tooth decay. There are other causes of dry mouth but vaping is just one of them.
Have you ever experienced a dryness or stickiness in your mouth? Bad breath, a change in taste, or a difficulty chewing and swallowing? These are all symptoms of dry mouth, a condition in which your salivary glands aren’t producing enough saliva.
There are a few causes of dry mouth, including radiation / chemotherapy, prescription medications, and marijuana use.
Ask your dentist about treatment options for dry mouth!