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A Bump in the Mouth Could Signal an Extra Tooth



Most bumps on the roof of your mouth are purely superficial and will resolve themselves within a short period of time. However, a condition known as hyperdontia might cause you to grow an extra tooth.
Let's look at three symptoms which should be diagnosed by a dentist in order to discover if an extra tooth is present.
- You might experience headaches from time to time.
- Jaw pain often accompanies this condition.
- Discomfort around the bump itself is also common.
"People with hyperdontia grow too many teeth."
This link provides additional information about such bumps:

What Can Cause a Bump on the Roof of the Mouth?



Your dentist can often explain why bumps appear on the roof of your mouth when they examine your teeth.
Key takeaways:
- Burns, injuries and irritations can cause a bump to form.
- Sores, cold sores and viruses can create blisters and bumps.
- Epstein Pearls are cysts that appear briefly in mouths of some newborns.
Although oral cancer is rare, a sore that doesn't heal in 2 weeks should be checked by a doctor.
"...these extra teeth usually pop up just behind other teeth, but sometimes they can appear further back toward the roof of the mouth."

Genetics May Be a Root Cause of Yellow Teeth


Stained or yellow teeth is typically the result of food and drink consumed regularly, and a dental cleaning can usually erase those stains.
However, genetics can also be a root cause of discoloured teeth and more difficult to treat. Genes passed down from parents may mean that the tooth enamel is thinner than normal which can lead to teeth that can be:
- Susceptible to sensitivity
- More yellow than normal
- Prone to decay
Genetics is “only partially responsible in many cases” and maintaining a good dental health regimen will help overcome any predisposition to yellow teeth. Genetics is not the only cause of discoloured teeth and you can find out more at

What Are The Symptoms Of A Misaligned Bite?


Some people have a misaligned bite and don’t know it, as the symptoms aren’t always obvious. Here are some tell-tale symptoms of this dental condition.
Key takeaways:
- Pain, pressure and / or discomfort along the jaw joint.
- Some of your teeth appear more worn away than others.
- You inadvertently grind your teeth.
A misaligned bite can give rise to other dental conditions that are difficult or time-consuming to treat, so visit your dentist as soon as you notice any symptoms.
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Did You Know Teething Does NOT Cause Vomiting?


Although teething can cause mild distress for baby, it does not cause vomiting, contrary to popular opinion:

- 'Teething' is when teeth start to emerge through the gums.
- Signs include crying, chewing on objects more, loss of appetite and red or swollen gums but not vomiting or fever.
- Your dentist can advise about how to reduce the discomfort of teething.

"It is also important to seek medical attention for vomiting that persists for more than 12 hours or is particularly forceful. In these cases, there is likely to be another underlying cause, such as an infection or food allergy."
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What You Need to Know About Receding Gums


When gums recede, teeth start to look longer and can become sensitive. It's important to get gum recession treated as soon as possible:
- Receding gums could be a sign of gum disease; if left untreated this can result in tooth loss.
- If the cause of receding gums is teeth grinding, it can be treated by wearing a mouth guard at night.
- Overly aggressive brushing and flossing and tooth grinding can also lead to gum recession.
"Your dentist may advise you to buy a soft-bristled toothbrush and be more careful when brushing and flossing"
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Need to Know: Dental Veneers


Dental veneers can transform teeth quickly, covering up flaws easily. Veneers consist of a thin layer of porcelain which is bonded to the front of your teeth.

Key points:

- Veneers can cover gaps, chips and uneven teeth.
- Veneers can cover stained teeth and are very stain-resistant.
- Veneers can protect teeth from sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
Talk to your dentist if you would like more information about veneers.
"Veneers can correct uneven teeth and even crooked teeth to make them smooth and uniform."
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How To Properly Care For Your Toothbrush


Toothbrush care is often overlooked, but there are certain simple steps you can take. These will ensure this essential tool remains clean and in good shape for the benefit of your teeth and overall dental health.
Key takeaways:
- Don’t store your toothbrush in enclosed spaces to prevent the growth of bacteria.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 months, or sooner if it begins to fray.
- Keep toothbrushes in individual holders, so bacteria isn’t transferred between them.
For more tips and advice on toothbrush care, ask your dentist during your next dental appointment.
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Top Tips for Dealing With Dental Phobia

undefinedIf you know someone with dental phobia who refuses to go to the dentist there are a few tips that could help:
- Encourage them to visit a dentist just for a chat to discuss their phobia and how the dentist can help manage it.
- Some dentists specialise in phobias and can help alleviate fears.
- Dental sedation can be administered before treatment to keep you comfortable or asleep during procedures.
"Many dentists are experienced in helping patients with dental phobia get the care they need without experiencing debilitating stress and anxiety over the event."
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Ice and Heat Can Reduce Swelling After Wisdom Tooth Extraction


If one or more wisdom teeth have been removed by a dentist, there are several ways to reduce pain and swelling. One of the most common is to apply either hot or cold compresses to the affected area. The best advice:

- Experiment to see which option (hot or cold) offers the best results.
- Any compress should not be applied for longer than 20 minutes.
- Do not apply ice directly to the skin; wrap a cloth around the ice.

"Most oral healthcare professionals recommend keeping a cold compress on for 20 minutes and then leaving it off for 20 minutes."
Other methods are mentioned at this link:

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