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Chris asks…

Do I still have an infection?

A long time ago I had a filling on my tooth, the filling shifted which pinched and then killed a nerve and caused an infection.

When I first noticed the infection I had an abscess like bump right above my tooth as well as a bigger bump above that, where my gum meets my cheek. Because that bump was there first neither I nor my dentist saw it at first. When we noticed it he first thought it might have been caused by a crown right in front of the tooth that had been done by my previous dentist because there was too big of a space between it and my tooth so he gave me a new crown. That didn’t fix it so he had to give me a root canal.

I don’t know how long I had the infection before I found it because the bump that was higher up was in a spot where I couldn’t see it, I had some pain there but I assumed it was from the pinched nerve. I only noticed something was wrong when the lower bump appeared because I was brushing my teeth and it popped. But my dentist said that when he did the root canal I didn’t bleed.

My dentist did the root canal and he says he cleared out all of the infection. When he was done both of the bumps were huge and hurt. He then gave me antibiotics and I took them exactly as he asked. When the antibiotics were done 10 days later I was still in pain and my face was still swollen to the point my eyes looked crooked. I called him and he gave me stronger antibiotics. I also took those exactly as I was supposed to as well. When those antibiotics were done there was still some discomfort so I went in to see him.

My dentist looked at my mouth and told me the infection was gone. He said that the discomfort was from the materials in my mouth shifting into place and the swelling was because my body was having a hard time accepting the materials after the infection. At this point my right eye still had some swelling around it. He told me that the swelling could take 2 to 3 more months to go down and if it didn’t go down then that would mean that my body was rejecting the root canal materials and I would need to have the tooth pulled and a bridge put in.

It is now about 2 months later and my eyes look normal again but there is still some swelling around my lower eye, right above where the infection was initially. The bump that was right over my tooth is gone but the bump that was higher up is still there, though it’s much smaller and it doesn’t hurt when I touch the area above it anymore.

My dentist looked in my mouth and told me my infection was gone but never really did anything other than that to check. My aunt told me that when she had an infection they injected dye into her gum and took an x-ray and that is how they discovered that the infection was also in her bone, she had to see a specialist to get it fixed. My dentist took x-rays of my mouth but not with dye.

Is what my aunt’s dentist did normal procedure for an infection?

My main concern is whether or not I could still have an infection even though my dentist says that it’s gone. I am especially concerned because the area that is still swollen is right under my eye. The bump that was there because of the infection is still there, though it is much smaller. The swelling has gotten better as well but it still exists. Is this something that I should get a second opinion on or have I just let my aunt scare me?

New Niche Finder answers:

You need to keep your mouth from drying out, because bacteria thrives in dry conditions. You need to get an oral lubricant that increases the flow on oxygen to the mouth.

Saliva is the bodies natural defense against bacteria, because saliva contains oxygen which bacteria hates. This will aid tremendously in your fight against gingivitis/bleeding gums.

Sharon asks…

how can i get out of this tenancy?

We have been in a new tenancy for 2months now. We were told the property was a warm dry house (especially with the fujitsu heatpump) by the landlord after we explained we had such a bad winter last year in the old property we moved from. Its destroying us health wise and is starting to become a financial burden by doctor/prescription fees!

We now have excessive black mould in our bedroom (mainly) and the rest of the house. We also have a small dog who loves licking windows-our vet has warned us it is deadly. My partner and I both have developed health problems from it. My partner who has not had asthma in 10years is getting it again. I myself have been in and out of the doctors on and off antibiotics for about a month and a half-two months.

A fortnight ago I scrubbed and scrubbed our house window sills and managed to get this black fur and sludge off our (ALLUMINIUM!!) windows and all the sills. After doing this I thought that it was maybe a one off situation and I wouldnt need to contact the landlord.. Then yesterday I discovered it had come back worse and spent most of my day off scrubbing the living day lights out of the excessive mould (after taking photo’s). It has been my worst nightmare!

My partner called one of the landlords (the wife) and they seemed sympathetic to help us out of our fixed term lease as we have now found a much much healthier warmer house. Then an hour or so later the husband calls me and basically tells me that he will have trades people into the property to inspect the damage and find a solution and pretty much made out we had to stay until Feb 2010! He also said that the worst of the weather is over and it will pretty much be better from now on. This is crap in my eyes, his wife seemed so understanding and willing to help us while negotiating this to suit both parties.

Now i’m stuck with him not being very understanding, our doctors bills going thru the roof, living in an unheathy home and us signing a new tenancy (at the lovely new home) on the 20th of this month!!

HELP! :(

New Niche Finder answers:

It appears you have not let the landlords know of the problem untill now, and quite frankly, an answer and immediate response from them within an hour is faster than nearly any other landlord will do. They are sending tradesmen to check out the situation and that is the best they can do. If the tradesmen correct the situation then you are still expected to honor the lease.If they cannot rectify the situation, then you have a legal ground to get out of the lease.They may have to get qualified mildew removal people to do the job, but it seems they are quite fast and concerned about the situation and trying to correct it. You cannot legally dump your lease if they are fixing the problem, unless you can prove that the issue is A IMMEDIATE health concern.They may now be liable to provide you housing/hotel/motel with proper accomidations to cook and eat while they correct it.But it appears they are right on top of the situation within an hour of you reporting it.I have seen some landlords takes weeks and months to try to correct things like this if they try to at all.You must give them the oppurtunity to try and do so.

Robert asks…

What do you think of my report and can you come up with a conclusion for it?

Have you or a family member ever had Chickenpox? Not a pretty sight is it? “Over five thousand people get Chickenpox each year”. Chickenpox, also known as Varicella is a highly contagious illness. It usally starts with a vesicular skin rash appearing in two or three waves mainly on the body and head rather then the hands, and becoming itchy raw poke marks which heal without scarring for the most.
Who discovered Chickenpox
Chickenpox was first discovered by scientist Muhammad Idn Zakariya Ar-Razi of Persian who clearly distinguished it from smallpox and measles. Giovanni Filipo of Palermo later provided a more detailed description of Chickenpox. Subsequently in the 1600’s an English physiciannamed Richard Morton described what he thought a mild form of smallpox as chickenpox. Later in 1767 a physician named William Hederden also from England was the first physician to clearly demonstrate that Chickenpox was different from smallpox.
How the organisms get the disease
Varicella is a highly infectious disease that spreads from person to person by direct contact or by air from an infected person coughin or sneezing. Touching the fluid blister can also spread the disease. It is major contagious.
How it affects the body of the effected organism
Chickenpox may start out seeming like a cold. You might have a runny or stuffy nose sneezing and a cough. But one to two days later the rash begins often in bunches of spots on the chest and face. From there it can spread out quickly over the entire body. Sometimes the rash is even in a persons ears and mouth. Some people get just a few bumpsothers are covered from head to toe at. At first, the rash looks like pinkish dots that quickly develop a small blister on top(a blister is a bump on your skin that fills up with fluid). After twenty-four to fourty-eight hours, the fluid in the blisters gets cloudy and the blisters begin to crust over. Varicella blisters show up in waves, so after some begin to crust over, a new group of spots may appear. It usally take ten to fourteen days for all the blisters to be scabed over and then you are no longer contagious.Besides the rash someone with chickenpox might also have a stomachache, a fever, and may just not feel well.
All about the vaccine
I no that there is a vaccine for Chickenpox, because just a couple of months ago I had to get it. It is called the Varicella vaccine. The Chickenpox vaccine was first licensed for use in Japan and Korea in 1988. After many years of development, it was licensed in the United States in 1955. It was developed by Takahashi Et Al in the Research Institute for Microbial Diseases, Oska University.
The Cure
There is no cure for Varicella. Antibiotics do not help. You would need plenty of rest and liquids. Lukewarm baths and calamine lotion may help the itching.
Where Chickenpox is found in the world
Chickenpox are only found on humans. Varicella is found on people of every continent and country of the world.
Who Chickenpox affects the mostInfection in otherwise healthy adults tends to be more severe and active, treatment with antiviral drugs is generally advised as long as it is started within twenty-four to fourty-eight hours from rash onset. Patients of any age with depressed immune systems or extensive eczema are at risk of more severe disease and should also be treated with antiviral medication. In the U.S fifty-five percent of chickenpox deaths are in the over twenty year old age group even though they are a tiny fraction of the cases.
Interesting information about Varicella
Although most people recover from Chickenpox uneventfully or with a few minor scars, a small percentage suffer more serious complications. Each year in the United States, four thousand to nine thousand persons are hospitalized with Chickenpox and up to one hundred people die. Those at highest risk for complications are newborns, people with weakened immune systems, and adults. Although adults make up fewer then 5% of Chickenpox cases in the United States they account for half of the deaths from the disease. The most common complications of Varicella are skin infections and pneumonia. Other complications of chickenpox are encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and hepatitis. Chickenpox can also lead to severe problems in pregnant women, causing stillbirths, birth defects, or infection of the newborn during childbirth.
By the way im 11 in the sixth grade.

New Niche Finder answers:

Very good. But in a report for a ‘grade’ or for publishing for $’s you should give credit to the references you used to get your facts.

In some cases the facts are wrong and noting the references will allow others to separate your reporting efforts from the reporting and facts of others.

Good job though. I learned some important things in a short time. Good report.


Mary asks…

A change from the McCann questions?

I got this email from a friend today about a new use of Vicks Vapour Rub. This is part of the email and I want to share it with all you good people. My friend and her husband have both just had a really bad cold which has left them both with a cough.They just spend most of the night coughing but last night they tried this and it worked ! they never coughed all night.
My question is are you all going to give it a rty next time you get a nasty cough ?
We have all been kept awake by our own or someone else’s cough. Try this and pass it on. The tip…not the cough. ANYTHING is better than antibiotics. Even babies could benefit from this and the parents wouldn’t worry about the safety of their child.
WOW! I was raised, and raised my kids with Vicks. How come I never knew this? I can’t wait for my next cough. Amazing! READ IT ALL. It works 100 percent of the time, although the scientists at the Canada Research council (who discovered it) aren’t sure
Canada Research council (who discovered it) aren’t sure why. To stop nighttime coughing in a child (or an adult, as we found out personally), put Vicks Vapor Rub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime and then cover with socks. Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about five minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief. This works 100 percent of the time, and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.
Steve….If it stops a nasty cough at night it will be well worth having to wash my feet the next morning. LOL
Abigail…. This is not a wind up.
ALI…… you could volunteer to be our guinea pig for tonight and report back with a Q tomorrow ???
Paul C … Well whether it’s a fake email or not my friend and her husband tried it last night and neither of them coughed. They are both level headed , reliable people. So I won’t knock it until I’ve tried it but unfortunately I don’t have a cough at present.
I just emailed my friend to inform her of the fake email and here’s her reply….
That’s interesting. Maybe it is the power of suggestion that made it work. But it sure did. We slept the night through, and neither one of us had a cough.
Bernie… You poor thing, I hope you feel better soon.

New Niche Finder answers:

Cheers Iv had a cough keeping me up til 3am every night for the last 6 weeks your a lifesaver

Daniel asks…

How this maxillary first molar should be treated?

Re asked, modified and with more details.
I just discovered one month ago that I have a maxillary first molar not erupted in the upper right part (no. 16). I’m 26 now and yes I know it’s been 20 years since I have this problem. The tooth is grown at it’s full size but included inside. There is no bumping on exterior or interior of the mouth and the wisdom tooth was erupted long time ago and probably that’s why no other dentist have notice this. Well, I haven’t been so many times to a dentist; 3-4 times :).
I had some untreated infections to both premolars and the second molar in the last 6 months that I treated myself with antibiotics… so going back and forth from chronic to acute (very bad thing but I learn my lesson).
I know it’s a very weird case. This is the first tooth of the new dentition and does not replace another tooth so it should have erupted normally. The only option remains that maybe the tooth had lost it’s eruption potential.
How I said, It’s fully grown and from the radiography it passed through sinus and his root is near the eye orbit.
Have any of you saw this before?
Does anyone knows what is the best way to fix this?
Can it be removed with local anesthesia or should it be a complete one?
How will the bone heal? Is there anything that can help this, considering that the tooth pass through the sinus cavity or near it?
I asked this before but now I have some pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35718596@N08/sets/72157624486390261/
Take a look. Waiting for your opinions…

New Niche Finder answers:

See an orthodontist, dental surgeon.or an Oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

General caring for teeth:

1. Use:

– Pre-rinse: PLAX® Advanced Formula Plaque Loosening Rinse Original
Advanced Formula PLAX® is patented and clinically proven to remove more plaque than brushing alone, Plaque build-up can lead to dull looking teeth, bad breath and an unpleasant film in your mouth, Pleasant tasting PLAX® helps loosen and detach plaque,

– Floss Buddy Kit – If you have difficulty flossing-:
An easy way to get patients to floss other than using Flosser Piks™ is maxill’s Floss Buddy Kit™ that comes with the easy to use wand and 12 metre E-Z Slide Floss™.
* Narrow floss bridge to best access cavity prone back teeth
* “No Slip” grooves keep floss tight while Floss Buddy is in use
* Specially notched grooves for the fast winding/unwinding of dental floss
* Ribbed finger areas for secure handling Compact sized handle for easy maneuverability Kit includes maxill’s 12 yard Mint Dental Floss

– A Sonic electric toothbrush
This cleaning action is founded on the intense speed at which the bristles of the sonic toothbrush vibrate. This vibratory motion is able to impart energy to the fluids that surround teeth (such as saliva). The motion of these agitated fluids is capable of dislodging dental plaque, even beyond where the bristles of the toothbrush actually touch. Only a sonic toothbrush can make this claim.

– Vicco Ayurvedic Toothpaste or ARM & HAMMER PeroxiCare toothpaste

– ACT Fluoride Rinse for Kids or ACT Restoring Mouthwash (adults)

2. Tips

– Floss before brushing.

– Use an electric toothbrush (e.g. Sonic) OR a good medium bristle toothbrush (Colgate 360); brush top teeth down & lower teeth up. Do the best you can with braces.

– Brush inside surfaces of teeth same way

– Brush along the flat chewing/ biting surfaces

– Pass brush between gum & cheek also massage gums all over

– Brush tongue

– Toilet lid should be closed when flushing and when not in use.

– Toothbrush should be covered and stored at least 4 feet away from toilet

– Look at your toothbrush from behind. When you can see bristles sticking out the sides it’s time to get a new one.

3. Avoid anything that can scratch/ damage your enamel.
Check the Arm & Hammer site -.lots of stuff. The baking soda in their toothpaste is dental grade.

Avoid candy that remains in the mouth long (lolly pops, sweets etc). The sugar turns into acid which attacks the enamel. So with sweets that you suck, the acid stays around longer to do more damage. On the other hand cake & ice-cream for example, are quickly swallowed – generally no problem.

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