If you’ve ever suffered from a toothache, you know how much they can hurt. Tooth pain can be so relentless and become so severe you find you can’t work, eat or sleep.
While there are several reasons for tooth pain, many toothaches are caused by simple tooth decay. So just what is it that causes our teeth to decay?
The top five causes include:
Inadequate Oral Hygiene
Bacteria in our mouths produces lactic acid which damages tooth enamel, eventually leading to tooth decay. Regular brushing and flossing prevents the buildup of plaque, which is a breeding ground for bacteria in the mouth. Less plaque means less bacteria, and less bacteria means less tooth decay.You should brush and floss at least twice each day, and if you can brush after each meal, you should.
Smoking is bad for every single aspect of a person’s health, including oral health. If you smoke, you are at an increased risk for cavities, as are those who are exposed to second-hand smoke.
Dehydration is very damaging to teeth. Alcohol tends to dehydrate you, which decreases the amount of saliva in your mouth, allowing bacteria to cling to your teeth more. Additionally, alcohol has a high sugar content, which accelerates tooth decay.
Eating sugar in excess isn’t only bad for your waistline, it’s bad for your teeth as well. Eating candy and drinking sugary drinks invites bacteria to breed in your mouth. The bacteria is able to convert that sugar into waste (lactic acid), which can accelerate tooth decay.
Fluoride is used to help fight and prevent tooth decay, which is why it’s present in many water systems, toothpastes and is available from the dentist as a tooth treatment. Fluoride strengthens enamel and makes teeth stronger against lactic acid.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, need a dental cleaning or are concerned about possible tooth decay, call Eddie Orobitg, DMD to schedule an appointment at 352-702-4147. We’re redefining the dental experience!
As one of the most common dental issues for people in the US, cavities happen to the best of us, even if you’re careful about regularly brushing and flossing your teeth. But how can you be sure? Here are six signs you may have a cavity:
Pain is one of the most common cavity symptoms, and often happens when the affected tooth contacts food. If a tooth hurts while you’re eating, chances are very good you have a cavity. If your tooth hurts even when nothing is touching it, you may have an infection present or there may be more damage than a simple cavity.
Teeth that have been compromised due to a cavity are often very sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks (and even to the water you use to brush your teeth). If one of your teeth suddenly becomes sensitive to hot or cold, a cavity is the most likely culprit. Let Dr. Orobitg or your hygienist know, as there are other reasons temperature sensitivity can occur.
Affected by Sugar
A tooth with a cavity will often become sensitive to sugar. A tingling or mild to moderate pain sensation when eating sugary food is a good indicator of a cavity.
Though there are different types of cavities, some can cause your teeth to develop small holes that are visible to the naked eye. When there’s damage like this, the tooth can sometimes become brittle and chip or break more easily.
Though not as strong of an indicator as others on its own, bad breath can be a result of food particles lodging themselves in the small holes created by a cavity.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, need a dental cleaning or know you need a cavity filled, call Eddie Orobitg, DMD to schedule an appointment at 352-702-4147. We’re redefining the dental experience!
Our patients often express a desire to whiten stained or discolored teeth – particularly once they have attained a healthy smile. Dr. Orobitg and his team recommend a professional-strength teeth-whitening treatment for best results.
Though numerous products like whitening toothpastes, strips, and gels are available over-the-counter (OTC), they typically only contain a small amount of whitening agent and do not have the same whitening power as professional-strength treatments. While OTC whiteners may be effective for those with only light staining, it won’t do much for people with more severe stains.
Some of the advantages of professional teeth whitening include:
A More-Thorough Whitening
Off-the-shelf whitening products are typically a “one-size-fits-all” solution that often fits no one. Best results should be tailored to your specific needs.
At Orobitg Dentistry, not only do we recommend the best whitening treatments for your teeth, we help you ensure they are applied evenly to brighten your entire smile.
Professional strength whitening agents are able to penetrate tooth enamel and remove more stubborn stains than store-bought kits.
Over-the-counter treatments can cause pain and sensitivity, whether it be because of something in the gel or the whitening agent coming into contact with lips or gums.
When you come to us for your teeth-whitening needs, we take measures to protect your gums, and we can offer fluoride treatments to cut down on tooth sensitivity. Our take-home kits use gel that is thick enough to stay in the trays without going where it shouldn’t.
Call us today at 352.787.5919 to learn more about our painless Opalescence Teeth Whitening and other whitening services to treat discolored teeth. After a thorough examination, Dr. Orobitg will help you find the whitening product or technique that's best for you.
Root canals are among the most common endodontic procedures performed, with over 14 million done annually. Dr. Orobitg performs root canals and other endodontic procedures right in his office to help relieve pain from decay, injury, inflammation or infection…and to save smiles.
Pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, can become inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, or an injury to the tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Symptoms are often identifiable as visible damage or swelling of the tooth, heightened temperature sensitivity, and pain in the gums.
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of infected tooth pulp, Dr. Orobitg may recommend endodontic therapy such as a root canal to eliminate the infected pulp. Once the pulp is removed, he carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal and then fills and seals the space.
Endodontic therapy typically only requires local anesthesia and is usually completed in one or two visits, depending on your specific situation.
The success rates for root canals is around 90%, and if your tooth does not respond well to treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, we will create a plan that works for your needs.
Since endodontic procedures are non-surgical and only require local anesthetic, you will be back to feeling normal and able to resume your normal daily activities shortly afterward. Complications are rare.
Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD, offers more than two decades of experience to Leesburg, FL residents. He brings a warm and caring approach to your care and helps you fully understand what each procedure entails. For more information about root canals and other endodontic procedures, or to schedule an appointment, contact the Dr. Orobitg at 352-702-4147 today.
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Dr. Eddie gives 110% to your problem or concern, and is incredibly gentle, professional, caring and skilled.Judy Blanchard
I avoided photos and eating out. Even worse was the pain. People know something’s better. They just don’t know what. I can’t stop smiling.Martha Millard
Dr. Orobitg has the absolute lightest touch.
We would never go to another dentist. Dreama Michael and Norma D. Hurst
I’ve been his patient close to 10 years. I love his staff and felt confident in their abilities from the first visit.Halah Ismail
I finally have confidence my teeth are healthy.The two Cerec restorations Dr. Orobitg did in one appointment were the icing on the cake. Beautiful. THANK YOU.Sheryl Garelick