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Toothpaste is popularly known for whitening, brightening, deodorizing, removing stains, and restoring, as well as protecting enamel. But toothpaste's cleaning capabilities work wonders on many things besides our teeth. The same ingredients that help polish our pearly whites can also soothe some common ailments, make household items sparkle, and even get rid of stains and pungent smells.
Here are a few things other than brushing your teeth that you can do with toothpaste, thus making it awesome.
1. Relieve irritation from bug bites, sores, and blisters. These skin irritations all often tend to itch. Apply a drop of toothpaste to a bug bite or insect sting to stop the itching and decrease any swelling. When applied to sores or blisters, it dries them up, thus allowing the wound to heal faster. It's best when used overnight.
2. Soothe a stinging burn. For minor burns that don't involve an open wound, toothpaste can deliver temporary cooling relief. Apply it delicately to the affected area immediately after a burn develops; it temporarily relieves the sting and prevents the wound from opening.
3. Clean your piano keys. Has tickling the ivories left them a bit dingy? Clean them up with toothpaste and a toothbrush, then wipe them down with a damp cloth. Makes sense, since ivory is essentially elephant teeth. However, toothpaste will work just as well on modern pianos that usually have keys covered with plastic rather than real ivory.
4. Shine bathroom and kitchen chrome. They make commercial cleaners with a very fine abrasive designed to shine up chrome, but if you don't have any handy, the fine abrasive in non-gel toothpaste works just as well. Just smear on the toothpaste and polish with a soft, dry cloth.
5. Remove stains. Toothpaste can make tough stains on both clothing and carpets disappear. For clothes, apply toothpaste directly to the stain and rub briskly until the spot is gone, then wash as usual. For carpet stains, apply toothpaste to the stain and scrub it with an abrasive brush, then rinse immediately.
6. Make silver jewelry and other silver pieces sparkle. Rub toothpaste onto jewelry and leave overnight. Wipe clean with a soft cloth in the morning. Make diamonds shine by giving them a gentle scrub using a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a little water. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of toothpaste. Do not use this method on pearls, as it will damage their finish.
7. De-fog goggles. Scuba divers, swimmers, and triathletes may already know about this handy little trick: Rub a small spot of toothpaste into each lens of your goggles, then rinse thoroughly, and voila! There'll be no need to ever buy expensive defogger gels again. Avoid rubbing too vigorously, though, as the abrasive ingredients in toothpaste could scratch the lenses.
Now the next time you're in a fix, you can run to your bathroom and avail of the awesome product that is - toothpaste!
Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. These teeth can be a valuable asset to the mouth, if there are healthy and correctly aligned. However, during their growth, they are misaligned and needed to be removed.
For most people, wisdom teeth aren't visible because they have become impacted under the gingival tissue.
An impacted tooth is a tooth enclosed within the soft tissue or the jawbone or only partially break through or erupt through the gum. This impacted wisdom tooth give an opening for bacteria to enter and cause an infection which results in pain, swelling, stiffness of the jaw and general illnesses. When this happens to your tooth, they are prone to tooth decay and gum disease because their hard-to-reach location and awkward positioning makes brushing and flossing difficult.
How can you tell if your wisdom tooth requires extraction?
Not all wisdom teeth need extraction. If the tooth erupts cleanly through the tissue, without compromising the adjacent tooth, it can be retained in the mouth with little concern as long as you are able to brush, floss and clean it thoroughly.
When should you get your wisdom tooth extracted?
Extraction is needed if the tooth has partially erupted through the gingival tissue, causing inflammation or infection. In some cases, a soft-tissue grows over the partially erupted tooth, referred to as operculum. If bacteria is trapped under the operculum, an infection called pericoronitis can develop. Pericoronitis is an inflammation of the gums and it is a sign that you need get your wisdom extracted. Symptoms of this infection include:
What should I expect post-surgery?
After surgery, the speed of your recovery depends on the degree of difficulty of the extraction. In general, here's what to expect during the first 24 hours.
After 24 hours
If your case is specific, your dentist with tell you what to expect.
What are the potential risks or complications following surgery?
It's only on a rare occasion that complications rise after surgically removing your wisdom teeth. They are:
When a child loses her baby teeth, you give it to the tooth fairy and get some cash in return. When you're an adult, you neither get new teeth nor does the tooth fairy drop in. Losing a tooth is annoying. It puts you through quite a bit of pain and your gums are exposed. If you've lost your tooth, you will be wondering, "Why has it fallen off?"
At times, a tooth falls out of the blue with no warning or any apparent reason. It can be baffling! Additionally, if you hope to take care of your teeth and prevent any further tooth fall, it is imperative that you understand why.
The number one cause of a fallen tooth is tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by cavities. Any tooth has a hard outer shell called enamel and an inner soft layer, dentin. A cavity basically creates a hole through the enamel layer, first and then, the dentin.
A cavity occurs because food particles and sugar remains settle in the mouth. They react with bacteria and produce acid. This acid is responsible for the tooth decay. If not taken care of, your tooth will erode, fall off and the decay will reach your gum nerves. This will cause terrible pain.
Ever noticed how you grind your teeth when you're nervous. Tooth grinding is bad when you suffer from bruxism. Bruxism leads you to constantly grind your teeth, especially while you sleep. Tooth grinding causes your tooth's crown to erode and your gum muscles to weaken. As your gum muscles weaken and your tooth slowly grows smaller, it will fall out.
Another common reason for tooth fall is gum disease. Gingivitis and periodontitis are the two common forms of gum disease. Gingivitis causes a little bit of swelling and bleeding in your gums and hardly causes any pain. Hence, it's barely noticeable. Periodontitis causes serious swelling in your gums that destroy the muscles and bone structure in your jaws. This results in your teeth falling off.
It is possible that when you slipped or tripped and fell down, your tooth cracked, loosened and came off.
What can you do?
- Take care of your teeth
The best way to prevent tooth decays and gum diseases is it to take care of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, drink water frequently to keep your mouth fresh and floss to remove any food particles that are stuck in your mouth.
- Wear a Mouth Guard
If you are playing any rough sport, wear a mouth guard to prevent tooth injury.
- Visit the Dentist Regularly
Meeting your dentist is all about preventing or catching the problem before it becomes serious. All of these problems (except tooth injury) can be caught early on by visiting the dentist, so you don't lose your tooth. If you do lose your tooth through an injury, visit the dentist ASAP, he may be able to put it back on.
Once you lose a tooth in your adult years, it is gone. So, take care of all of them well!
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
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