Dental Health & Gum Disease : Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection

Dental Health & Gum Disease : Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection


Hi today we’re going to talk about symptoms
of a Root Canal infection. I’m Dr. David Wagner, NorthWood Dental; Clearwater, FL., and what
are the symptoms of a Root Canal infection? A Root Canal is when you have an infection
that starts in the tooth, spreads down to the root, and gets into the bone underlying
the root. This infection can actually swell or spread and creates pressure which radiates
to the jawbone, so that would be part of the pain or the most severe pain you could have
would be the radiating of pain through the jawbone. It actually can feel like it’s going
from, you don’t even know which tooth it is because it goes through the entire jaw. so
it’s very common for a patient to come in say “I don’t know which one it is, but it
really hurts.” Now before that occurs sometimes you’ll feel sensitivity because of the hole
in the tooth gets down to the nerves so hot and cold and sweets will actually cause a
problem. Now it may be a cavity or it may be the beginning of a root canal. Sometimes
when the infection’s inside the tooth hot or cold can make it worse or better. I’ve
actually seen where hot will make it feel worse and cold will make it feel better. This
is a very good sign that you’re having an infection inside the tooth. This has to do
with the expansion and contraction of the tooth and the nerve inside. So sometimes though
it’s very evident, because it’ll actually be swelling and even some pain and puss drainage
right beside the tooth that’s affected so, that makes it pretty easy to see which tooth
it is there. So those are some of the symptoms of a Root Canal. I’m Dr. David Wagner, NorthWood
Dental; Clearwater, FL.

Dental Health & Gum Disease : Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection


Hi today we’re going to talk about symptoms
of a Root Canal infection. I’m Dr. David Wagner, NorthWood Dental; Clearwater, FL., and what
are the symptoms of a Root Canal infection? A Root Canal is when you have an infection
that starts in the tooth, spreads down to the root, and gets into the bone underlying
the root. This infection can actually swell or spread and creates pressure which radiates
to the jawbone, so that would be part of the pain or the most severe pain you could have
would be the radiating of pain through the jawbone. It actually can feel like it’s going
from, you don’t even know which tooth it is because it goes through the entire jaw. so
it’s very common for a patient to come in say “I don’t know which one it is, but it
really hurts.” Now before that occurs sometimes you’ll feel sensitivity because of the hole
in the tooth gets down to the nerves so hot and cold and sweets will actually cause a
problem. Now it may be a cavity or it may be the beginning of a root canal. Sometimes
when the infection’s inside the tooth hot or cold can make it worse or better. I’ve
actually seen where hot will make it feel worse and cold will make it feel better. This
is a very good sign that you’re having an infection inside the tooth. This has to do
with the expansion and contraction of the tooth and the nerve inside. So sometimes though
it’s very evident, because it’ll actually be swelling and even some pain and puss drainage
right beside the tooth that’s affected so, that makes it pretty easy to see which tooth
it is there. So those are some of the symptoms of a Root Canal. I’m Dr. David Wagner, NorthWood
Dental; Clearwater, FL.

Rush to Brush: Oral hygiene is weapon against infection

Rush to Brush: Oral hygiene is weapon against infection


DIAN BAKER: When patients come into
the hospital to receive treatment, sometimes, unfortunately,
they can acquire a hospital infection. In the case of pneumonia, it’s responsible
for 1 in 4 hospital-acquired infections, and it’s associated with 15
to 30 percent mortality rate. Postoperative pneumonia
is a serious condition. It requires antibiotics, oftentimes
resulting in extended hospitalizations, increased costs,
and there’s risk of dying. About seven years ago, we did
a national study with 21 hospitals. It turns out that pneumonia
comes from germs in the mouth. Those germs are finding their way
into the lungs and people whose health
is already compromised just by the nature that
they’re in the hospital, and you have a perfect setup
for the pneumonia. We also found there was
a lack of oral care and we found,
in some of our studies, that it’s not even being done
one time a day. When patients brush their teeth, they’re
basically taking their bacterial count from hundreds of millions
down to just a few, and this greatly reduces
their risk of pneumonia. We have implemented toothbrushing
as pneumonia prevention in several hospitals
across the United States. In one hospital,
in Sacramento, California, we’ve been able to reduce non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia by over 70 percent. This means that 61 lives were saved
and the hospital saved $5.8 million. Now we know it works.
We just need to get the word out. MARY LEE CONICELLA:
We read an article
in theWall Street Journalthat featured a couple of studies
that were done in hospital systems. We thought that was such an easy step
to take to improve health that we decided we would try
to see if we could do that using Aetna’s data that tells us
which of our members are going to have a hospital stay
in the near future. That gives us an opportunity
to reach out to that member in advance, before they go to the hospital, and we send them
an oral health care kit. DANIEL KNECHT:
In these kits, we have Listerine Zero,
Colgate toothpaste, and a soft-bristled,
high-quality toothbrush. What I’ve been really thrilled about
is the collaboration we’ve had with Johnson & Johnson
and Colgate. They’ve been just
phenomenal partners. DIAN BAKER:
To me, the most important part
of that kit is the education. There is a card
for the healthcare providers to inform them about
the importance of this, too. A lot of advances in human health
are basic innovations like sanitation,
like clean water supplies and something like this
fits into that broader narrative of simple innovation that really
can positively impact population health. Rush to Brush differentiates Aetna
as a health company because it’s a way to use data
and then empower and engage members. I think we’re hitting
the triple aim here. It’s improved member experience,
it’s better population health, and it’s reducing total costs
on the healthcare system.