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Jun 21, 2008
Eating is fun. Yes, this has been the mantra of the obese. However, binging as a hobby can pose a threat on one's oral condition. A study from Sweden stated that obese individuals have higher cavity rates than those who have normal weights (obese have 60 percent more cavities in their compared to those whose weights are normal). The subjects of the study were teenagers, ages 1 to 15, and the researches used the BMI method to measure if the teens are overweight or not. They also found out that the teens who gorge on snacks or junk foods when they were still young, have a higher tendency to build plaques and cavities on and in between their teeth.

If your teeth are crooked, then your orthodontist or dentist might suggest that you get braces. However, recent studies show that having perfect, straight teeth can lead to certain oral problems in the future. Dentistry practitioners from the University of Washington in Seattle studied people who have had braces before. Dentists found out that they (past braces users) in fact have a higher chance of having receding gum lines. They also lost some part of the bones that support the teeth in gripping the gums. If these problems are not treated, doctors say that this can lead to gingivitis, or much worse, periodontitis.

If you just had your dental extraction, do you feel like your lip is a little fatter than the usual? It feels awkward, right? Now, you don't have to worry about it on your next extraction. There is a new drug that has been carefully designed to counteract the anesthesia that has been injected on you. Introducing OraVerse. The local anesthesia that has been injected to your gums or lip normally wears off about three hours. With OraVerse, the waiting time can actually be cut into half. 60 percent of those who were given a shot of OraVerse had the numb feeling subside an hour later and about 88 percent who decided not to get the shot had their "fat lips" for more than an hour.

Bleeding gums while brushing teeth connote something serious. Either you brush your teeth to hard or you have gingivitis. This bleeding shouldn't be taken lightly as it can actually develop into a more serious problem such as periodontitis. Periodontitis is a tooth and gum disease that is caused by the bacteria surrounding the tooth. The bacteria around the tooth loosen the grip of the teeth to the gums, making you toothless if untreated. This is a prevalent disease in America, affecting almost 30-50% of the American population. Brushing of teeth should be a daily (twice or thrice a day) ritual for everyone to avoid periodontitis.

If you have not been brushing your teeth regularly, you might have cavities in there lurking at the corners or backsides of your teeth. These cavities do cause pain (if not treated immediately) and bad breath. However, cavities are not the only source of bad breath as diet to takes a big role in your oral hygiene. Have you been skipping meals lately due to your hectic schedule? The stomach is producing acid to break down the food inside. If you haven't eaten anything, chances are, the acid inside is bumping the walls of your stomach lining, making you secrete a foul acid smell through your mouth.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://aboutdental.net
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