Sensitive Teeth

 

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you?   Does it hurt to brush or floss?    If so, you may be experiencing sensitive teeth.  Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of things including tooth decay, fractured teeth, gum disease, worn fillings, or exposed tooth rot.  However, sensitive teeth can be treated.   Speak with your dentist if your teeth seem to be overly sensitive.  He or she may suggest one or more of a variety of treatments,  such as desensitizing toothpaste… fluoride gel… a crown or inlay… surgical gum graft…  or a root canal.  Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive tooth pain.   Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity.   

 

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Bad breath is uncomfortable and embarrassing but it is also treatable. There are several causes of bad breath such as strong foods, like garlic and onions…smoking…periodontal disease…dry mouth…various medical conditions…and improper or inconsistent dental healthcare.
Eliminating the bacteria found on your tongue and gums is one of the first steps in getting rid of bad breath. The tongue surface is made up of many tiny fissures which can trap small particles of food. When this food begins to decompose, bacteria produce a sulfur compound which in turn causes bad breath.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease is another source of sulfur producing bacteria. A professional cleaning by your dentist will remove the sulfur-producing bacteria from your mouth causing the bad breath.
Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth. If this is the case, your dentist will investigate the causes and suggest treatment options.
With the right treatment and regular visits to your dentist, you’ll notice improvement right away and soon will be enjoying fresh breath and a healthier mouth.

 

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Everyone knows that a balanced, nutritious diet is essential to healthy living.   But did you know that eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease?  While some foods DO benefit your dental health, many foods, especially snack foods do not.   Here are the top nine foods that can damage or harm your teeth:   Hard Candies… Chewing Ice… Too many Citrus drinks… Coffee with sugar. . . Sticky foods … Chips… Soda Drinks… Alcoholic drinks… Sports drinks with sugar.   In order to minimize any damage to your teeth from these foods, make a habit of brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes to remove any sugars and food particles from your mouth.   

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You may be able to prevent two of the most common oral diseases, tooth decay and periodontal disease, simply by improving your diet. Poor nutrition affects the entire immune system, making the body susceptible to many disorders. Be sure to plan meals and snacks to promote better oral health. Eat a well-balanced diet by choosing foods from the five major food groups: fruits, vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat. Avoid fad diets that limit or eliminate entire food groups, which usually result in vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Foods that cling to your teeth promote tooth decay. So when you snack, avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods such as cakes, candy and dried fruits. Instead, choose dentally healthy foods such as nuts, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese and sugarless gum or candy. And, always keep your mouth moist by drinking lots of water.

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If you have cracked or chipped teeth, you may want to consider Direct Tooth Bonding. Direct tooth bonding is a fairly quick and painless procedure in which a moldable substance, similar to putty, is applied to enhance the look of your teeth. This is a popular treatment for dental cosmetic purposes to repair decayed teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, or to change the shape of teeth; with little or no tooth reduction. Direct tooth bonding is less costly than porcelain veneers and crowns – and can be long-lasting with proper maintenance. It has a realistic tooth color and is both comfortable and safe to wear. After the procedure, teeth are polished and glazed to give a smooth, attractive appearance for a beautiful smile makeover.

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Top 5 Cleaning Tips

Proper care of your teeth and gums can help you avoid common diseases like gingivitis. Here are five tips that adults should do each day to keep oral hygiene in tip top shape.

*Use an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes work harder by pushing fluid between teeth and around the gum line, which provides a more effective cleaning.
* Floss at Night
It is very important to brush, floss and scrape your tongue every night to get rid of bacteria and go to bed with your mouth as clean as possible.
* Select the Right Toothpaste
Be cautious of any toothpaste that promises to “whiten” teeth.
* Don’t Forget Mouthwash
By using mouthwash before you brush, it can loosen particles of food that may not be fully removed by brushing and flossing.
* Eat Foods Good for Healthy Teeth
Certain foods naturally cleanse your teeth while you eat them. Load up on fruits like strawberries and pineapple and vegetables like kale and broccoli.

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Sooner or later your child may need urgent dental care. Here are a few tips to follow, should an emergency ever occur:
***If Your child’s baby tooth is knocked out. – Call your dentist as soon as possible. The baby tooth should not be replanted as this may cause potential damage to the developing permanent tooth.
***If Your child’s permanent tooth is knocked out. – Find the tooth and rinse it in cool water. If possible, immediately replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze. If you can’t place the tooth in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with cold milk, saliva, or water. Call ahead and get to your dentist’s office immediately.
***If Your child’s tooth is chipped or fractured. – Rinse the mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If you can find the fragment, place it in cold milk or water, and bring it with you to your dentist’s office.
Learn more preventative strategies for reducing dental injuries from your dentist during your child’s regular check-ups.

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