Can Black Mold Cause Periodontal Disease?

Exposure to black mold can cause serious health complications. Most people are aware that the toxins produced from black mold can cause symptoms such as coughing and sneezing, however, many people are unaware that black mold can be linked to dental issues. The toxic substance produced by black mold, known as mycotoxin, is what causes additional health issues beyond those caused by inhalation of mold spores.

Here at TeethNow, we care about the overall health of our patients and provide them with the best possible treatment options. In order to treat our patients properly, it is essential to know the circumstances of each case. With that being said, it is important to educate yourself on the effects mold exposure can have on your overall health, as well as your oral health. Let us unfold some important information and helpful tips about black mold and the effects it has on the human body.

What Is Black Mold?

Black mold is a type of fungus that is formed by several species of fungi that have a black or green appearance. These molds develops in warm, moist areas, including bathtubs, showers, kitchens, and basements. Many black molds release toxins that can be irritating or extremely harmful to the human body.

When mold spores manifest and create colonies with other spores, they produce what is called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins affect the upper respiratory system and cause flu or cold-like related symptoms. People living in homes that have toxic black mold are exposed mainly through breathing in the mold spores and mycotoxins. Breathing in large amounts of these substances can cause irritation in the airways, such as the mouth, throat and nasal cavity.

Common Symptoms Of Mold Poisoning

Exposure to toxic black mold can cause a number of serious health issues. The more common symptoms caused by mold poisoning include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Congestion
  • Itchy or irritated skin
  • Itchy, red eyes

If you have allergies or asthma, exposure to these substances will affect you greatly. You may experience more severe forms of these symptoms or have other serious symptoms, such as:

  • Chronic headache
  • Fatigueness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever

How Can I Identify Black Mold In My Home?

Mold can be unsightly, therefore, identifying if you have it in your home can be difficult. Some helpful tips in identifying black mold include:

  • At times, black mold may not be visible because it grows in dark, hidden, and humid places. That is why the odor is oftentimes the first sign. Mold produces a unique smell that can help identify if you have mold, without even seeing it.
  • Searching for bundles of black growths, especially in moist, warm areas in your home. Even if you do not spot clusters of black mold, notice if you begin coughing, wheezing, or sneezing when entering a room.
  • Search for causes of black mold growth, such as any leaks, papers, old food, or poor ventilation.
  • Discard anything that has been affected by mold or contributes to the growth of mold.

Dental Issues Caused By Black Mold

Along with the common symptoms caused by black mold, dental issues, like bleeding gums, can also be a symptom of mold exposure. Oftentimes, people just believe they are practicing poor oral hygiene and would not think to relate their bleeding gums to black mold.

Mold multiples in the form of spores, which are microscopic and difficult to see with the naked eye. These spores and the toxic substance they produce, mycotoxins, are responsible for the dental issues related to mold exposure. When inhaled, the spores become trapped in the mucus that lines the throat, nasal cavity and sinuses. It is the mycotoxins produced by black mold that irritates the membranes in the mucus, which triggers extreme sensitivity and bleeding gums.

Also, the upper respiratory issues mentioned before causes individuals to breathe mainly from their mouth. Breathing continuously through your mouth can be damaging to your teeth. Breathing through your mouth dries it out and decreases the production of saliva. Saliva is essential for washing away food particles and neutralizing the acids in the mouth. Therefore, without sufficient amounts of saliva, tooth decay and cavities may occur.

Now that we have established the link between mold exposure and dental issues, it is important to be aware of your treatment options. Our periodontists at TeethNow are experienced in treating periodontal disease. If your gums bleed excessively while brushing or flossing or if your tooth is decayed, we can help. We offer several dental implant and periodontal care treatment options to resolve your specific cse. Call (877) 440- 6579 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Is Root Canal A Painless Procedure?

Most patients when they hear the words “root canal” automatically think of a painful procedure. Many years ago, that may have been the case; however, now with advancements in modern technology and general anesthetics, root canals can in fact be a painless procedure. There are several misconceptions and myths about root canals that force people to avoid getting this treatment. Here at TeethNow, we can assure you that you are in the best hands and will undergo a painless procedure.

What Is A Root Canal Procedure?

The goal of root canal therapy is to save a tooth that is extremely infected. Root canal therapy is recommended when the pulp (the soft tissue deep inside the root canal) becomes infected or inflamed. The pulp can become infected by bacteria due to an injury or because of a severe cavity that was left untreated.

There are several indicators that show you may need a root canal. Signs to look out for include:

  • Immense pain. Serious teeth pain felt when eating or when pressure is applied to the infected area.
  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold. Having sensitive teeth is common, however, if the sensitivity is prolonged even after the food is removed, it may be a sign of needing a root canal.
  • Discoloration of the tooth. A greyish/blackish discoloration of the tooth may be caused by an infection of the pulp.
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums. A serious infection can cause swelling or tenderness in the gum to touch or when pressure is applied.
  • Drainage. Discharge from the root of the tooth is a common sign of infected pulp.

In some cases, there are no symptoms that indicate you may need a root canal; that is why regular dental checkups are important. During a regular dental check up, your teeth and surrounding gum and bone are evaluated for any signs of infection or periodontal disease.

What To Expect During A Root Canal

Now, with all of the stories you have probably heard and read about root canal procedures, you’re probably wondering if they are actually true. It is common to hear horror stories of pain and discomfort that is felt during the procedure. Actually, the exact opposite is true. The pain felt isn’t from the procedure itself, it is from the infection in the tooth. The procedure itself is painless. A local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and the surrounding area, therefore, no pain or discomfort will be felt.

Here is what to expect during a root canal procedure:

  • Once the local anesthetic is administered, very small tools, such as a drill, are utilized to access the inside of the tooth by creating an opening at the bottom. After access to the root is available, the damaged and diseased pulp from the inside of the tooth is removed using very small files. The files are then used to reshape the inside and root of the tooth.
  • After the inside of the tooth and root canal is completely cleaned out and dried, the opening of the tooth will be covered with a temporary filling, made with rubber-like material called gutta percha.
  • Finally, the treatment will be finished with a permanent crown placed on top of the tooth.

How TeethNow Can Help You Face Your Fear!

We understand that the term “root canal” isn’t a very pleasing one to discuss and can bring fear to patients. However, here at TeethNow, we can help you overcome that fear. We offer several restorative services to help you with any dental emergency you may be experiencing. Our specialists have performed several successful root canals, having our patients leave healthy and satisfied. If you feel too anxious or nervous about the procedure, don’t worry! We also offer laughing gas as well as sedation to help you feel more comfortable and at ease during the process. It will be a painless and stress-free root canal.

Our office is fully equipped with advanced dental technologies, making our root canal therapy relatively painless, easier, and quicker. If you are looking for more information about the root canal procedure or what to expect during your consultation, call us at (877) 447-6768.