Some Tips for Headache Relief

STOP THE HEADACHE

Headache is a major, common neurological problem and is the main reason for decreased work
performance, life quality and it is associated with behavioral disturbances. The relationship of
headaches and temporomandibular disorders is proven by numerous studies. We tend to think of oral
cavity as of an autonomous organ with the main function of chewing the food and we barely connect it
with the pain in the temples, neck or shoulders. Blaming a stressful job, relationship or business project
is a simple choice when we end up during the day with a headache or migraine . And all we do, is to take
a painkiller!
But when the pain becomes regular, painkillers are not the best choice. We just mask the symptoms,
without treating the cause.
It is useful for our readers to mention google definition for following terms as they will be mentions
further:
Temporomandibular joint (abbreviation TMJ) – there is one on each side and they attach your jaw to the
bottom of your skull.


Temporomandibular disorder (abbreviation TMD) – the term covers pain in dysfunction of the muscles
or anatomical structures of TMJ.
After clarifying these terms we can go ahead and explain the correlation of the last one with the
headaches.

  • Clenching and grinding can elicit pain in the face , headache occurring specifically in the temples
  • Missing teeth , from one side or bilateral can change the bite that projects in the TMJ and the
    result is a headache
  • Misaligned teeth produce a wrong bite that again tenses the facial muscles and TMJ
  • Dental traumas. An exciting game in childhood associated with a bad fall on the face can have
    consequences in the future.
  • Ectopic tooth, means tooth that erupts in other head anatomical site than oral cavity, for example in the sinus or nose.

The first person who can detect and confirm TMD is your dentist. Regular checkups involve not only
caries detection and professional dental cleaning but also the way how you open your mouth, if any
clicking sounds or pain are present, deviations of the mandible to the right or left, etc. If the headaches
are not of dental/ TMJ origin, the dentist has to refer you to a specialist neurologist or ENT specialist (incase your sinuses are not clean).

  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Prosthetic treatment
  • Physiotherapy
  • Patient education


Ignoring the headaches/migraines, toping up your liver with strong painkillers is not a healthy
way of living. Do not let it control your life !

Shisha Smoking - Oral teeth

SHISHA – A SOCIAL TREND IN MIDDLE EAST BUT WHAT DOES YOUR DENTIST THINK?

Shisha or water pipe smoking is a well-rooted custom in the culture of Arab world dating back at least 400 years. Going for a Thursday or Friday shisha night is one of the most popular social thing in the Middle East. A study held in two large universities of the United States shows that shisha smokers are mostly male with age between 15-25 years.

Markets promote shisha as less hazardous than smoking regular cigarettes because it is filtered through water and regrettably majority of smoker population switch to shisha smoking for the similar belief. Research however has proven otherwise and the team at ConfiDent Dental Clinic is alerting of the following impact on health:

  • Oral Cavity

It is reported that shisha smokers harbor higher level of subgingival bacteria, higher risk of periodontal disease that results in teeth loss and malignant oral mucosa lesion, induce DNA damage the oral cavity tissue cells. Such cases require deep cleanings and stains removal procedures.

  • Lungs

A shisha smoker inhales up to 200 times more smoke in single session as compared to cigarette smokers. A higher concentration of metals is inhaled at a 900 degree Celsius shisha temperature compare to 450 degree Celsius for cigarette. Apart from the metals, lots of other toxins are inhaled such as carbon monoxide, aldehydes and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

  • Heart

Shisha causes stiffening of arteries that results in hypertension, which raises the risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular disorders.

  • Pregnancy

Babies born to women who smoked water pipes every day while pregnant weigh less at birth (at least 3½ ounces less) than babies born to nonsmokers. Passive smoking also is considered to have harmful effects on pregnant women.

Share this article with your friends and if you are looking to socialize on Friday evening, be aware and make the right choice when it comes to shisha smoking.

               

FAQ:

Does shisha have less nicotine that cigarette?

NO! Peak concentration of nicotine in cigarette and shisha are the same.

Foods/ drinks to keep your gums and teeth healthy

Foods and drinks to keep your gums and teeth healthy

Include these foods in your diet in order to keep your gums healthy: 

  • Water- keeps your saliva level high
  • Kiwi, berries, broccoli, kale, oranges are the best source of vitamin c. It reduces inflammation and influence the collagen production that helps to fight periodontal disease
  • Grapes, raisins, nuts, beans, apples- great source of antioxidants that protects the gum tissue from cell damage bacterial infection 
  • Eggplants, cherries, soy, flaxseeds, cocoa, shiitake mushrooms rich in anthocyanin, arginine and polyphenols. Shortly about their impact: fight the plaque attachment.
  • Ginger freshens the breath and inhibit bacteria growth 
  • Brushing – it is always a good idea 

Best foods to keep your teeth healthy:

  •  Foods that contain calcium an phosphorus: cheese (hard), yogurt , red meat , eggs . Vegans can enjoy: almonds, brazil nuts, tofu, pumpkin seeds.
  • Crunchy vegetables and fruits like apples, celery, carrots, and cucumbers. Chewing these fruits and veggies produces more saliva and their abrasive natural surface removes plaque and food particles.
  • Vitamin c and the foods mentioned above
  • Vitamin d – the sun is the best source

  It is worth mentioning the worst foods for gums and teeth: sticky sweets (they stuck in the dental fissures and grooves, that is an ideal environment for decay formation); soft and carbonated drinks wear away the enamel and it is as dangerous as candies when it comes to sugar content; medication and alcohol that dries the mouth disturb the natural process of saliva flow also lead to decay.

 

Dr. Irina Bratu

General Dentist

Dr Irina qualified as a Dentist in Republic of Moldova at State University of Medicine “Nicolae Testemitanu”.She completed her extensive three years postgraduate program on Dental Therapy & one year advanced educational program on Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University College of Dentistry (USA). She is a member of Emirates Medical Association EMA, has a passion for the prevention of oral disease, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of her patients.

Confident Dental Palm

The tongue can be an indicator of your health.

The tongue can be an indicator of your health. Patches, bumps and spots on the tongue can appear because of stress, infectious disease, gastro-intestinal issue, endocrine system issues, aging, medication intake, etc. Just looking at your tongue, the dentist can detect if the patient is smoker, tobacco chewer, autoimmune deficient or has a benign/malign condition. Signs and characteristics of your tongue associates with health conditions:

  • Halitosis (bad breath)

 Poor oral hygiene, food debris and dental bacterial plaque accumulate on the teeth and tongue, can cause caries and periodontal diseases like gingivitis, periodontitis that results in bad breath. Other dental related “conditions” are: orthodontic appliances, endodontic, surgical factors, removable dentures and fixed prosthetics.

Medical condition that is associated with halitosis are: diabetes, respiratory system diseases , gastro intestinal issues , hepatic diseases , hematological diseases ,  Sjorgen’s Syndrome ,chemotherapy , radiotherapy , medication intake such antidepressants , antipsychotics, diuretic, and antihypertensive . 

  • Change of color (bright pink , smooth)  – Vitamin B12 deficiency

Loss of tongue papillae is associated with loss of taste. 50% of people suffering from vitamin B12 deficiency have smooth shiny tongue.

  • Change of color ( dark brown) – excessive coffee and tobacco usage , antacid that contains bismuth ( medication used for gastro esophageal acid reflux)
  • White patches / coating – yeast infection called also oral thrush. It is caused by Candida Albicans, a small amount of this bacteria live normally in our mouth, but as soon as it starts to grow uncontrollably it causes trouble. It appears often in infants, toddlers and adult with deficient immune system. Characteristic for oral thrush are: creamy white bumps of cheeks, tongue and tonsils; slight bleeding when the bumps are scraped, bad taste in the mouth, angular cheilitis.
  • Sore patches  – cold/ fever , after accidentally biting your tongue
  • Severe dry mouth – diabetes , blood pressure medication , diuretics intake, allergy
  • Unusual growths – Human Papilloma Virus  , oncological condition

Your Dubai Palm Dentist advises to check your tongue in the mirror time to time, also the regular dental checkups (every 6 months) with your dental hygienist can reveal or prevent any upcoming tongue findings.

Dr. Irina Bratu

General Dentist

Dr Irina qualified as a Dentist in Republic of Moldova at State University of Medicine “Nicolae Testemitanu”.She completed her extensive three years postgraduate program on Dental Therapy & one year advanced educational program on Implantology and Oral Rehabilitation at New York University College of Dentistry (USA). She is a member of Emirates Medical Association EMA, has a passion for the prevention of oral disease, and works to promote a healthy lifestyle for all of her patients.

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