When a Toothache is Not a Toothache

Most of us in Dubuque have experienced a toothache. At their mildest, toothaches may cause just enough discomfort to get on your nerves and disrupt your concentration, but at their worst, they can be debilitating. Because the pain feels like it’s coming from your tooth, it’s natural to assume that all toothaches are caused by cavities, gum disease or some other tooth-related problem. However, Dr. James Fili would like you to know that not all toothaches are related to your teeth.

Wait, what? Toothaches that have nothing to do with teeth? Yes– as anyone at Dubuque Periodontics will tell you –it is possible and it does happen. That being said, most toothaches are tooth-related.

How can a toothache not come from your tooth?

Your mouth is a complex organ that contains a number of different types of tissue, nerves, and microorganisms. While run of the mill dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease are responsible for the majority of toothaches, there are many other conditions that can cause localized pain in one of more teeth –and some of them have nothing to do with your teeth. Here are a few examples:

What’s the most important thing to remember? If you experience moderate to severe pain in your mouth, it’s time to visit Dr. James Fili. Lots of pain, doesn’t necessarily mean you need emergency dental care, but it’s not worth the risk. We at Dubuque Periodontics have seen it all and we know how to care for your smile. Dr. James Fili will examine your mouth and help determine the source of the problem, whether or not it’s actually your teeth!

If you are suffering from a toothache and have questions or would like to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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The Science of Tooth Decay

If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we love to talk about tooth decay. The chances are, everyone in Dubuque has had or will have tooth decay at one point. It is classified by the National Institutes of Health as the most prevalent disease in the world. Today we’re going to talk about a few of the factors involved in causing tooth decay and what you and Dr. James Fili can do to protect your smile.

The unique makeup of your teeth

Even within your own mouth, teeth vary widely in shape, size, and the quality and consistency of enamel formation. Some teeth are harder than others, and some, especially molars, may have deep fissures that can trap decay-causing bacteria. Additionally, defects in way enamel forms can cause yellow or brown areas on your teeth that are more susceptible to caries (tooth decay). Read more ›

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History of the Toothbrush

If you had to give up your toothbrush or your car, which would it be? According to a recent survey, 42 percent of adults and 34 percent of teens would rather turn in their keys, computer, cell phone, or microwave than get rid of their toothbrush. It seems that many Dubuque residents love toothbrushes the way Dr. James Fili does. We at Dubuque Periodontics would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the history of the toothbrush and talk about how to pick the right one.

Did you know that toothbrushes were invented before soap, deodorant, and even toilets? The idea of the toothbrush is over 5,000 years old, although back then they were a lot different than what we have now. In ancient times, people used sticks, bones, and all manner of animal hair and products to brush their teeth and take care of their gums. The switch from animal hair to synthetic materials (for bristles) is fairly new, and mass production of toothbrushes has only existed for a couple of centuries. Read more ›

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The Tooth About Teeth Grinding

Headaches in Dubuque are a dime a dozen. We all know the frustration of having your day interrupted by throbbing, shooting pains in the head. If you suffer from frequent headaches that never seem to go away, Dr. James Fili would like you to know about bruxism, or teeth grinding, a common condition that Dubuque residents rarely know they have. At Dubuque Periodontics, we love spreading the news about all things dental health, so here is some headache information that just might change your life.

Bruxism and Headaches

You may not be aware of it, but everyone clenches and grinds their teeth at some point, to some degree. Read more ›

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Stop Tooth Pain and Sensitivity Now!

Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

There are a ton of specialized toothpastes, mouthwashes, and toothbrushes available to Dubuque residents suffering from sensitive teeth. It is a very common problem that lots of products claim they can solve, but have you ever wondered why it exists? Today, we at Dubuque Periodontics would like to explain what causes tooth sensitivity and how these products work. Dr. James Fili wants everyone in Dubuque to enjoy a pain-free mouth, so feel free to give us a call with any questions or to setup a consultation.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth? Read more ›

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Teaching Your Kids to Brush and Floss

As a parent, you will have numerous opportunities to teach your children valuable skills and each one will yield priceless memories. Your child’s first step, your child’s first word, your child’s first bike ride, your child’s first unassisted brushing and flossing session…Well, maybe that last one won’t be as memorable, but Dr. James Fili wants to remind all Dubuque parents that good oral hygiene habits begin in childhood. So, today, we at Dubuque Periodontics would like to take this opportunity give you some tips on teaching your kids to brush and floss. Read more ›

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The Importance of Dental X-Rays

The technology of dental medicine is advancing by the minute. There are now sophisticated techniques for diagnosing and tracking oral cancer, correcting crooked teeth in less than a year, treating periodontitis (advanced gum disease) without surgery, and many more. Yet, when it comes down to diagnosing issues and creating an effective treatment plan, nothing beats a fresh set of X-rays. Dr. James Fili uses dental X-rays to see the whole picture, in order to keep your teeth healthy, bright, and beautiful. If you are a Dubuque resident with questions about how X-rays work, read on, and don’t hesitate to call Dubuque Periodontics with any concerns. Read more ›

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To Be or Not To Be Sugar-Free: The Facts About Common Sweeteners

Originally created for people that can’t consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in Dubuque in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. James Fili wants you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health, so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Dubuque Periodontics. Read more ›

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Teeth Grinding, Clenching, and Bruxism

There is a good chance you have heard Dr. James Fili or someone else at Dubuque Periodontics mention the term ‘bruxism’ and discuss the problems it can cause for your oral health. At the office, we talk about a lot of technical dental stuff that doesn’t necessarily concern our Dubuque patients, but bruxism is something we definitely want you to know about. Stress and bruxism go hand in hand, and we are going to tell you exactly what that means and how it affects your health.

Alright, we know you are on the edge your seat! What is bruxism and why does it concern you? Well, how often do you find yourself clenching your jaw or notice others doing just that? Bruxism is a common condition characterized by jaw clenching and the grinding of teeth. It is perfectly normal to clench your jaw and grind your teeth from time to time, but it can be very damaging if it gets to be a regular habit. The biggest issue with bruxism is that people are rarely aware that they suffer from this condition, and left unchecked, it can cause a number of painful and inconvenient side-effects. Read more ›

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Get Your Beauty Sleep Back with Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you have a spouse or loved one that complains about your snoring? Do you wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air? Do you find that you are always exhausted during the day and just can’t seem to ever catch up on sleep? If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be one of many Dubuque residents suffering from sleep apnea. Dr. James Fili wants you to know you are not alone, there is a solution, and wants to help you get the restful sleep you deserve. Read on to learn about what sleep apnea is and how we can treat it. If you have any questions, our team at Dubuque Periodontics is happy to answer them. Feel free to give us a call!

Sleep Apnea and Your Health

Getting restful sleep every night is a crucial part of your daily health. Although snoring may seem harmless, it is actually an indication that your breathing is obstructed, and may be a sign of sleep apnea. However, it’s important to note that if you snore occasionally, it does not necessarily mean that you have sleep apnea. If the soft tissues of the mouth and throat become too relaxed (this happens involuntarily), they can form an obstruction and restrict airflow. The result is snoring, difficulty breathing at night, frequent urination during the night, and poor quality of sleep. Some research has even shown that sleep apnea increases the risk of heart attack.

The Solution

If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, Dubuque Periodontics recommends a visit to Dr. James Fili. Most importantly, don’t give up on a good night’s sleep! The most common treatments available include:

  • 1) CPAP Machines: Through the use of a face mask worn during sleep, continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) is applied to keep the airway unobstructed. Although some Dubuque residents find this treatment to be effective, others have a difficult time sleeping with a bulky mask on.
  • 2) Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT): If you are looking for a solution that doesn’t require a cumbersome machine, Dr. James Fili can fit you with a special device that shifts the jaw slightly forward, opening the airway, and allowing for peaceful sleep.

 

If you would like to find out more about oral appliance therapy or come in for a free consultation, give us a call at Dubuque Periodontics at 563-557-7569. We can help you get your “zzzzz’s” back!

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