Wisdom teeth, also called your third molars can help you with chewing if your jaw is big enough to handle the extra four teeth.
Variations in DNA which are known as mutations when humans reproduced around 2.4 million years ago caused their jaws to become smaller and brains become bigger. This mutated genetic information was passed onto offspring because it was a favorable trait.
As the brain grew larger and the jaw became smaller, there eventually was no room for wisdom teeth in the new smaller jaw as the favorable trait of a larger brain was passed on. Currently, we have Oral Surgeons to remove wisdom teeth that are impacted or infected.
If you are born without your wisdom teeth, you are at an evolutionary advantage. As of now, we use oral surgeons to remove wisdom teeth, but the genetic mutation of no wisdom teeth is a beneficial trait.
Cavity on Wisdom Tooth
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal disease is also known as Gum Disease and is defined as:
What Causes Gum Disease and Gingivitis?
The tissues and supporting bone around a tooth may be attacked by specific bacteria, this may cause the teeth to become loose and cause tooth loss,. This bacteria can cause a gum infection. which is different than the bacteria that cause a cavity.
The specific bacteria that cause Gum Disease, Gingivitis, and Periodontal Disease are Anaerobic bacteria. This means that they can only survive in an environment without oxygen.
This is why flossing and brushing your teeth daily is important. You remove the debris, disrupt the biofilm forming, and allow oxygen to reach the pockets between your gums and teeth. 3.
Warning Signs of Gum Disease
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There are three main acid erosion patterns that have been associated with different likely causes (A, B, and C).
A = Diet
B = GERD - Gastroesophageal reflux disease also known as hot burps
C = Bulimia or Alcoholism
Here is link to a visual of what the patterns look like
Why do the patterns form this way?
A = These acids come from an outside source such as food or something your drink. When you eat acidic foods like soda and sour candy, the chewing surface, tongue, and cheek surfaces on the back molars begins to get chalky or demineralize.
B = These acids are internal. Stomach acid travels up your throat and into your mouth, usually when you are sleeping. This causes significant tooth loss since you are swallowing less when you are sleeping and your mouth is producing less saliva which protects your teeth from acidic attack.
C = When the acids start attacking the front teeth on the tongue side, it may be an indication of recurrent vomiting or alcoholism. These acids come from within you and are intrinsic acid.
Where does the Acid Come From, Internal or External Sources?
A = Extrinsic, an outside source of acid such as dietary acids.
B & C = Intrinsic, an internal source of acid such as gastric acids.
Erosion: Stomach Upset and Your Teeth. (n.d.). Retrieved March 29, 2019, from https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/e/tooth-erosion-and-acid-refluxAda.org. (2018).
Dental Crowns are artificial replacement teeth. They are used to replace a missing tooth, cover and support a tooth, or reshape a tooth.
The material being used depends on what is trying to be done with the dental crown, what look the patient is going for and if the individual has a metal allergy. The dental crown can be made of ceramic, gold, porcelain fused to metal, and base metal alloys.
Dental Crowns are used for
My education consists of a Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree in Business Administration & Art. Since then I have taken classes in chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, physics, and microbiology to pursue a career as a dentist; I studied to apply for dental school to become a dentist but was unable to pursue it.