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Understanding Dental Fistulas

Fistula seems like a made up and confusing word, but for your health, it is important you understand what fistulas are and how to identify them. If you have a fistula, you will want to contact your doctor right away to seek advice and treatment.

Fistula is a general medical term that is used to explain a connection between an organ and the body’s surface. This connection though should not exist, and it is not good for you.

Specifically, in dental health, “a fistula is defined as a non-natural or non pre-existing tube connecting the inflammation centre or an organ with the interior body parts and/ or exterior surface of the body” according to checkdent.

One of the biggest signs of dental fistulas is persistent and painful inflammation concentrated in one specific site. When this happens, puss is created and eventually, a puss corridor can be created. Once this corridor reaches the surface, the resulting mass is called a gum boil.

Gum boils can be very painful, but even ones that are not painful still need to be seen by a doctor. Some of the puss can be released temporarily, but this is not a permeate solution. The pus corridor is lined with special cells that form a – you guessed it, fistula.

Fistulas are an infection, and untreated the infection will continue to expand damaging your mouth, teeth, and oral health. It can also lead to more dental procedures in the long run such as root canals.

If you believe you have a fistula or a gun boil, be sure to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner it is identified, the more help can be provided and the more complications that can be avoided.


Fun in the Summer Sun

It is finally summer, and we hope you are all enjoying summer vacation. As you soak up the sunshine though, we don’t want you to forget about your oral or overall health.

Summer is a great time to take care of all of your doctors’ appointments, especially your dental check-up or to take care of that procedure you’ve been putting off. If you call now at the start of summer, it should be easy to find a convenient time that works for you and your teeth.

Summer is also a time for sugar popsicles, delicious candy, and sticky treats. We love these treats as much as anyone, but don’t forget about your teeth. As always, moderation is key. Make sure to spread out the love and snack on your delicious treats all summer long a little bit at a time.

If you do snack on these treats, also make sure that you are practicing good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth after and frequently flossing. If you can feel something getting stuck in your teeth, make sure to work to get it out!

Finally, our last summer tip is to hydrate, but not chew ice. Chewing ice is bad for your teeth and can end you up in the dentist office instead of the beach. In the heat, you will need lots of water to keep from getting heat exhaustion, so carry a water bottle with you. Make sure you are wearing sunblock to protect from those UV rays too!

Dental Education School

Becoming a Dentist

As a part of the medical field, the dental profession is both a challenging and rewarding one. Our dentist are responsible for our oral health and well-being and are an important part of our lives. For those of you considering pursuing the dental profession, we encourage you to put time and thought into this decision. Here may be some things you want to start thinking about:

The biggest thing to keep in mind if you are considering becoming a dentist is the extensive educational requirements as there is with any medical field. First, you need your bachelor’s degree. While a pre-dental track or other related degree is helpful when you go onto dental school, it is not required.

Then, you will need to take the Dental Acceptance Test given by the American Dental Association, which is a five hour test on the natural sciences, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning. This is a portion of your dental school application.

Finally, once you have been accepted, dental school is your next hurdle to getting your doctoral degree. There are nine different speciality areas you can choose from currently recognized by the ADA. At last, you will need to get you license to practice. Specifics will vary from location to location. Learn more about specific requirements here.

Being a dentist is not just about the classes and teeth. It can be an both an interesting and intriguing field of medicine. One of the major benefits and challenges of the dental profession is that you see a broad range of patients. Instead of specializing in pediatric care or geriatric care, you see patients of all ages and background. This requires dentists to be well and broadly educated

Additionally, the field is constantly evolving and adapting as technology and techniques change. Your learning will never end. New technology will continue to make your job interesting, and new techniques will challenge you.

Being a dentist, or even a hygienist, can be an extremely rewarding profession. We may be biased, but the work done by dentists is critical to not just your oral health but your overall health as well. If you have questions about the dental profession, feel free to contact us at Masters Dental!


Dangers of Tobacco

Whether it is cigars, cigarettes, or chewing tobacco, these various types of tobacco products have a real and lasting impact on your teeth. It is important you understand the dangers associated with tobacco before you choose to use those products.

Beyond just your teeth, these various different types of products have a number of negative health effects. Tobacco products have been shown to be highly addictive and to be linked at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals. Thus, tobacco can lead to cancer and other health problems like COPD.

Since tobacco is consumed however through the mouth, your teeth are especially at risk. When you use smokeless tobacco, you can irritate your gums. This may cause them to recede or become damaged. As a result, people using tobacco are at a higher risk of other oral health issues such as cavities or tooth decay. Increased sensitivity in the teeth is also common in people who frequently use tobacco products.

Tobacco use also commonly leads to oral cancer. For more information on oral cancer, see our blog post specifically on oral cancer. Common signs of oral cancer include general tenderness and irritation, pain, development of lumps or patches inside the mouth, and sores. Your mouth may also experience a change in color, and you have have trouble eating, speaking, and essentially using your jaw and tongue.

While using tobacco products is a choice, it is important you understand the risks you are taking. Your teeth and your body will be healthier and happier without tobacco products. If you have questions or concerns about oral cancer or tobacco use, contact Masters Dental today!