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Aug
15

Three Ways to Fight Tooth Sensitivity

Having sensitive teeth can make it difficult to enjoy your favorite foods or even sit through a dental appointment. There are a number of different things that can cause people to experience sensitive teeth, some of which are caused by ourselves without us actually realizing it. Others may not be as easy to prevent. Depending on what’s causing your tooth sensitivity, here are 3 common ways to effectively fight and even reverse tooth sensitivity:

Check Your Toothpaste

The first thing your dentist or hygienist will ask you when you have generalized tooth sensitivity is what kind of toothpaste you are using. Believe it or not, toothpastes with “whitening” formulas can cause tremendous amounts of tooth sensitivity. This reason alone is probably the most common cause of sensitivity in dental patients. Changing to a “sensitivity” toothpaste should reverse the symptoms within 2 weeks of use. 

Ask For Fluoride Varnish

This white, viscous varnish is perfect for making teeth stronger, as well as reversing sensitivity of the teeth. Areas like those with gum recession or just generalized sensitivity typically experience a reversal of sensitivity that lasts as long as 3 months after one application of fluoride varnish. 

Know What Foods To Watch Out For

Certain types of acidic foods can cause erosion of the tooth enamel, making the teeth more sensitive. Some examples are lemons or tomatoes. Or, if you have unmanaged acid reflux disease, you could be getting enamel erosion across your teeth as well. Rising your mouth thoroughly with water can help flush away some of the acids that your teeth are exposed to after consuming these types of foods.

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Aug
1

Acid Reflux and Your Teeth

Reflux disease can give you heartburn, but it can also have an impact on your smile. A lot of people don’t realize that managing their acid reflux isn’t just about being free of discomfort; it also prevents severe damage to your esophagus as well as your teeth. Enamel damage caused by acid is irreversible, and can make teeth weak, thin, and appear discolored. Enamel is the hardest material in your entire body, so the effects of acid reflux are something that shouldn’t be ignored.

Even small amounts of acid exposure can begin to etch and erode away enamel. Long-term exposures to acid create large portions of enamel that won’t come back. One of the first areas that acid erosion is evident is on the cusp tips of the molars. Shallow divots on the cusps will begin forming. Over the course of time, teeth can become sensitive as well. Patients may not even be aware that they have acid reflux, because they aren’t suffering from regular heartburn. However, untreated reflux disease is nothing that you should ignore!

Professional fluoride treatment can help restore important minerals inside of enamel, strengthening it and helping it repel acid erosion. Daily fluoride treatments are also important, as teeth are more prone to decay, breakage, and sensitivity. Regular dental check-ups will also ensure that your dentist can identify areas of concern before they become too significant. Waiting until a tooth is visibly damaged before you see a dentist is too late.

Always let your dental team know about any changes or updates in your health history. Health conditions and medications affect your smile in more ways than you might have thought. Your dentist will provide preventive therapies that keep you smiling and cavity free!

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Apr
10

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in many foods and water. Fluoride is also an essential part of good oral health. Every day, the teeth go through two processes: demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost (demineralization) when bacteria and plaque build up on the tooth enamel and the acids from this build up attack the enamel. Minerals such as fluoride and calcium are redeposited (remineralization) to the tooth enamel from the foods we eat and the drinks we consume. Too much demineralization without adequate remineralization leads to tooth decay.

Fluoride treatments are used on dental patients to help prevent tooth decay. These treatments make the teeth resistant to damaging acids from bacteria, plaque, and sugars that build up and remain in the mouth. Dentists offer fluoride treatments in their office. These treatments contain a high level of fluoride; much more so than is found in toothpastes and mouth washes. Fluoride treatments can be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish.

Children and adults benefit from fluoride treatments. While fluoride is essential to children 6-16 as their teeth grow and develop, adults also need fluoride to strengthen their teeth and prevent tooth decay. Not everyone needs additional fluoride added in to his or her regular dental hygiene. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you could benefit from additional fluoride based on your dental history, medications that may cause dry mouth, frequent cavities, or having crowns and/or bridges in your mouth.

It is important to take proper care of the mouth to ensure that your teeth last the lifetime that they were meant to. Talk you your doctor to see if fluoride treatments would promote more optimal oral health.

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Mar
25

Fluoride Levels in Municipal Water Supplies

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in soil and water systems that has been proven to increase tooth strength and reduce the rates of decay. Initially, fluoride began being added to public water supplies in the 1940s and 50s in an attempt to manage the rates of tooth decay in local communities. These levels are closely monitored to be within a safe level that promotes healthy tooth development.

In the summers, people drink more water because they get hotter and need to stay hydrated more. Because water intake is higher, fluoride levels are then reduced during this part of the year, preventing people from taking in more fluoride than what is needed for healthy tooth development. In the winter, people drink less water, so the fluoride levels are adjusted to make them slightly higher. Careful calculations and small parts per million come into play to promote healthy teeth and smiles for the people in our communities.

There are some rural areas where residents rely on well water. Testing of the water through your local agricultural extension service can determine the levels of minerals present. Should fluoride not be present in your water, talk to your dentist about flouride treatments.

Some types of water filters used at home may be capable of removing fluoride from your city water. It’s best to follow up with the manufacturer of the filter to determine if this is the case or not.

Water is the best thing that you can drink when it comes to the health of your teeth. It naturally cleanses the teeth, washes away acidic bacteria, and when containing fluoride it helps promote healthy, strong enamel that repels decay easier.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Omar Damji, Executive Park Dentistry

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Jan
30

Acid Reflux and Your Teeth

Has your dentist or dental hygienist ever asked you if you had acid reflux disease? You may have thought that they were psychic, but in actuality they were just seeing symptoms of acid erosion on your teeth. Unlike the acids from drinks or food we consume, the acid erosion from GERD and frequent heartburn leaves a classic erosion pattern in a person’s mouth. This type of pattern usually results in small divots in the cusps of posterior teeth.

Even if you don’t have symptoms of heartburn, it is possible to still suffer the effects of acid erosion on the teeth. If visual damage is evident to your dentist, and continues to worsen, it is extremely important to see your physician about diagnosis or controlling the reflux condition. Enamel is the hardest structure in the human body, and if gastric acid can cause tooth enamel to erode away, imagine what it can do to the lining of your esophagus. Avoid foods that cause heartburn to flare up, and don’t attempt to control symptoms long-term strictly with over the counter medication. Proper medical and preventive care is important.

To combat erosion, enamel needs additional nutrients to keep severe damage and sensitivity away. Topical fluoride can help strengthen enamel, reverse sensitivity, and prevent tooth decay. Over the counter fluoride rinses can help if used on a daily basis, but some patients will need a stronger concentration that is prescribed by their dentist. Professional strength fluoride treaments such as a gel or varnish can be applied at routine preventive appointments as well. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush as well, to prevent additional wear to tooth enamel over time.

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Dec
19

Should You Drink Tap Water or Bottled Water?

Water is necessary for life. Our body is made up of almost 90% water, and this vital part of our diet is something that keeps us healthy, our mouths lubricated, and is a key part of our diet. Choosing water throughout the day instead of other drinks helps naturally cleanse our teeth, washing away acids and bacteria. So, when you drink water, it’s all the same, right? Well, not necessarily. Between bottled water and tap water, there’s a big difference when it comes to the health of your teeth.

Bottled water does not have regulated fluoride levels. In fact, many bottled waters use a reverse osmosis system that removes and prevents any fluoride from being in them at all. Some even have a lower pH than tap water due to their processing, which causes your mouth to be more acidic. The result? Weak tooth enamel that is more susceptible to developing cavities.

Tap water that comes from municipal water supplies has regulated and safe fluoride levels that are monitored by your supplier. Drinking tap water allows fluoride to be absorbed both topically and internally, strengthening teeth and bones, and reducing the risk of tooth decay in people who drink it. If you have a well, it’s important to have your local agricultural services determine the amount of natural fluoride in your soil, to prevent an overage of the mineral in your diet. Too much fluoride can cause an alteration in your enamel formation.

Try to drink water throughout the day. Instead of buying disposable water bottles, keep a nice reusable water bottle handy throughout the day. It will not only save you more money in the long run, it may also save your teeth.

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Oct
10

Your Teeth Are Meant To Last A Lifetime

Quite often, many people walk into the dental office fully expecting to have all of their teeth pulled. After all, they say, their mother or father got dentures when they were only in their 30s, so as their child they fully expect to do the same. While some oral diseases like decay or gum disease can be linked between parents and children, the research shows that good oral care and hygiene practices can help prevent premature tooth wear and allow you to keep your teeth for just about as long as you’re alive.

Most of the time people lose their teeth due to bone loss and gum disease. Thankfully, many people have access to routine preventive care that allows them to have cleanings and maintenance visits every 6 months. This, combined with good oral hygiene skills keeps gum disease in check and prevents it from progressing to the point where it causes the teeth to become mobile and fall out.

Another significant factor that leads to tooth loss is severe tooth decay. Older generations did not have access to preventive treatments like fluoride or dental sealants. Thankfully, younger generations do. This has caused a decrease in the risk of tooth decay in American children and younger adults. If you had access to fluoridated water, then you most likely have much stronger teeth than your parents did.

Dental care is also more affordable and accessible, which allows people to treat cavities while they are small, before they become so severe that they result in extractions. If you’ve thought your smile didn’t have a chance, it’s not too late! See your dentist today and get your mouth back on track.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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