The Money Tooth

Why is it called the money tooth?

The first mandibular molar #19 and #30 is considered the most commonly treated tooth in dentistry. Reasons are: over the years, more restorations follow and they keep getting bigger and bigger until a root canal is involved.

Some molar are crowned several times in the life of a patient with occasional crown lengthening and endodontic re-treatment. The money tooth is often functional until the root fractures or secondary caries makes it non-restorable. The tooth is then extracted and replaced with a dental implant.

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WARNING: Signs You Might Have Periodontal Disease!

More Americans die from heart disease than any other diseases. However, ironically researchers have observed that people with gum disease (when compared to people without gum disease) were more likely to develop heart disease or have difficulty controlling blood sugar. That is, irritation between your gum lines can cause inflammation around the tooth. The gums will gradually separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) that will eventually become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. The teeth will then become loose and will have to be removed. This is called periodontal disease, the progression of bad oral hygiene ranging from simple gum inflammation to serious diseases.

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Bad Breathe

Why You Experience Bad Breath

Everyone experiences bad breathe from time to time. Bad breath accumulates when you eat strong odor food such as garlic and unions. It even occurs when you are NOT eating, hungry, or thirsty.

When you are hungry

Bad breath is more common in people who miss meals or are dieting. Chewing food increases saliva in the mouth. When you are not eating, saliva decreases and bacteria growth increases, causing bad breath.

When you are dehydrated

When you become dehydrated, you do not produce as much saliva. The reduced cleaning action of the saliva allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.

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