Common tooth disorders include cavities, pulpitis, periapical abscess, impacted teeth, and malocclusion. Fractured, loosened, and knocked-out teeth are considered urgent dental problems, as are some toothaches. Tooth decay, which often leads to toothache and tooth loss, can be largely prevented with good oral hygiene, which helps remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup.
There are 3 types of tooth infection. They have their own different characteristics but one thing common about them is the fact that they can cause so much pain. The first type of tooth infection is when the infection is inside your tooth (the living pulp tissue). This usually results from severe irritation or tooth decay. Normally, the body would send out its defensive warriors to fight off with the infection. But in the case of tooth infections, this is not possible. There is no room for the white blood cells or the antibodies and that is why they break down. Even antibiotics can't fully help the teeth recover from this kind of infection.
The second type of tooth infection is when the infection is located in the bone around the end of the tooth. This type of tooth infection will cause a tooth abscess. In this type of tooth infection wherein the bacteria is located on the bone, the white blood cells and antibodies can be put to use. But there is still a problem in this kind of situation. New bacteria are constantly being supplied to the infected region. These bacteria are supplied by the dead tissue inside your tooth. However, there is a possibility that the body's immune system can win against the infection. Unfortunately, the result of the battle between the infection and the immune system may last for several years. And if your antibody is on the losing side and you did not know about it, you may just someday notice that your teeth are in constant pain and that the infection has already spread to the other areas of your mouth.
The 3rd type of infection is gum infection. This type of infection occurs in the gums surrounding your teeth. This too can result in abscesses. This type of infection can also be fought by the body's white blood cells and antibodies. This is actually a special type of infection which is already handled not by the dentist but a periodontist.
Summary: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria, and leads to damage to tooth enamel, which results in cavities. It can also result in tooth pain, infection, tooth loss, and in very severe cases, tooth decay can result in death.
Exercise 10:Answer the following questions:
1. What kind of tooth disorders do you know?
2. How can you prevent the tooth loss?
3. How many types of tooth infection do you know?
4. What is the tooth infection?
5. What is the gum infection?
6. What are supplied by the dead tissue inside your tooth?
Exercise 11:Can you identify the specialists in right order. Use the dictionary if necessary.