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How to Avoid or Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

How to Avoid or Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

Do you feel a sharp pain in your teeth when you eat frozen yogurt? Do you wince whenever you floss or brush? If you are nodding to both of these questions, then you have tooth sensitivity. But, there is no reason why you have to still put up with this pain. There are various things that you can try to avoid in order to reduce the sensitivity and improve your overall oral health. Take a look at the following things you may be doing that increase your tooth sensitivity:

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Do you brush with force?

Tooth sensitivity often comes from using a toothbrush with hard bristles or brushing with force. You can expose the canals or microscopic hollow tubes leading to the dental nerves or easily wear down the teeth’s protective layers with force. The simple solution would be to switch to soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently.

Are you a tooth-grinder?

Even though teeth are a strong substance, grinding your teeth will wear down your enamel. Dentin, the tooth’s middle layer, gets exposed by grinding teeth which contains hollow tubes leading to your nerves. Discuss getting a mouth guard with your dentist tin order to stop grinding your teeth. You can also get a custom-made guard that fits your bite well.

Do you eat acidic food?

Acidic foods like lemon, tomato sauce, kiwi, pickles and grapefruit can cause pain if your pathways to the nerves are exposed. Use common sense here and try to stick only to the foods that would not cause you any pain.

Are you a mouthwash junkie?

Several rinses and mouthwashes available over-the-counter contain harmful chemicals and alcohol that makes the teeth more sensitive. The sensitivity increases if your dentin is exposed. You must try the neutral fluoride rinses and be more careful about brushing and flossing.

Do you choose teeth-whitening toothpaste?

A number of manufacturers add teeth-whitening chemicals in their toothpaste formulas which is harmful to those who have sensitive teeth. You need to switch to regular toothpaste instead of using the whitening one.

Do you have gum disease?

An increasingly common problem with age, receding gums can actually cause tooth sensitivity. The dentist may ask you for a procedure that seals teeth along with the treatment of gum disease if you are diagnosed with gingivitis.

Do you have excessive plaque?

The basic purpose of brushing and flossing is to eradicate the plaque that forms right after you eat. Excessive plaque build-up may cause the enamel of the teeth to wear away. But again, the teeth may become a lot more sensitive because they lose the enamel protection. Would you like to find the solution for this? Just visit the dentist for a thorough checkup and cleaning session every six months and practice good dental care on daily basis.

Do you have a cracked tooth?

A cracked or chipped tooth can cause the kind of pain that may go beyond tooth sensitivity. Visit your dentist as soon as possible when you experience such pain. He will evaluate the tooth and then select the appropriate course of treatment for you, such as an extraction or a cap.

Remember, tooth sensitivity is treatable but only if you visit your dentist regularly. Do not consult with friends or family members when you feel sensitivity in your teeth. Instead, book an early appointment, and get professional help as soon as you can.

 

Decay and Dental Emergencies Increase During the Holidays

Every year, dental offices across the country see thousands of patients, especially during the holiday season.  The number of scheduled patients can easily double in the last few months of the year.

Tooth Decay and Repairs

Tooth cavities don’t just suddenly appear.  The sugary food and drinks we consume during the holiday season tend to increase and a tooth cavity can quickly worsen requiring immediate attention.

Every office, bank or store you go into during the holidays is serving lollipops, chocolates or sticky candy at the front desk. Candies that stick to dental crowns account for the majority of the repairs seen during the holiday season. So beware and try to avoid eating the sticky candy, especially if your teeth have crowns.smile holiday

Cosmetic Dental Treatments

From all of the holiday parties thrown by work, friends and family, the sudden urge to have bright white teeth tends to also increase during the holiday season. More patients are reminded to get their teeth cosmetically whitened or repaired.

Year End Dental Insurance Maximum

Most insurance plans have a yearly maximum that must be used by December 31st.  Patients that have dental treatments they’ve been putting off all year due to their busy schedules, tend to finally focus on getting them done prior to year end.

Dental insurance maximums do not roll over to the next year, “if you don’t use it, you lose it” said Dr. Saliba, a trusted Orange County dentist in the heart of Corona Del Mar.

“Every year, we send a reminder to our patients making them aware that this is it.  On many occasions their yearly deductible is met and this is a way for them to save if they have a dental necessity they’ve been avoiding”.

Oral health is very important all year long, no matter when you chose to care for your teeth, Dr. Saliba says “just do it”.  Our mouth is the entry way to the rest of our body, caring for our oral health directly relates to our overall health and wellbeing.

 

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Best “Tooth-Friendly Foods” for Kids

The phrase ‘you are what you eat’ is actually true for teeth. The worst enemy of a tooth is acid; either produced by the bacteria that thrives on sugar or contained directly in food or drinks. The best tooth-friendly foods are ones that provide minerals, neutralize acids and the vitamins for stimulating saliva and repairing the tooth enamel. Whenever you plan to prepare meals or snacks for your children, try to incorporate the following tooth-friendly foods to keep their bodies and teeth healthy:

Apples

Eating apples is like using a natural toothbrush as it helps to stimulate the gums, prevents the cavity build-up and increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. They are also loaded with numerous healthy minerals and vitamins. healthy teeth

Celery

This vegetable is full of dental health benefits. Chewing celery helps to produce more saliva in the mouth, which prevents the plaque production as well. Make your kids eat celery once a week at least.

Dairy Products

Dairy products help your teeth in several ways if they do not contain added sugar.

  • Cheese helps to stimulate the saliva and the calcium in it helps to replace the minerals that are leached from your teeth.
  • Dairy products like yogurt, milk and other similar products provide phosphates and calcium which are beneficial to teeth. Enriched milk gives a good amount of Vitamin D which assists your body with calcium.
  • A recent study published in the Journal of Oral Dentistry shows that kids who take at least 4 servings per week of dairy are less likely to have cavities as compared to those who did not.
  • Children can enjoy cubes of the calcium rich cheese along with apple slices as an after school snack. It is perfect for their teeth.
  • Give low-sugar yogurts to your children for making their teeth healthier than before.

Whole Grain Snacks

Snacks made from whole grain are low in calories and sugar which is an added bonus for the diet of kids. You can start with the whole grain crackers and cereals that are a big hit among the kids. There are many whole grains that are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber; all the factors which make your kids’ teeth stronger and healthier. Apart from the snacks, you can also present whole grain food with varieties of rice, pasta and bread.

Kiwi

Kiwis are an excellent source of Vitamin C. Intake of Vitamin C helps your body to maintain the collagen network in the gums, fastens the healing, strengthens the gums and prevents your gum from infections. Kiwi also helps to prevent the periodontal disease.

Other Important Tips For Keeping Teeth Healthy

  • Juicy, crunchy vegetables and fruits are very high in water content. They help offset the sugar content in them as well.
  • Also the foods that are high in fiber are the foundation of a healthy diet. They make your teeth healthier as well.
  • Water is indispensable for oral health. It is very important for both gum and tooth health as it is the basic component of saliva.
  • Water works as the rinsing agent for the sugary drinks and foods. Fluoridated water prevents tooth decay as it strengthens the tooth enamel.

 

 

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