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Why Does My Tooth Feel Better When I Cover It?

Are you experiencing tooth pain?  Have you noticed that if you place a piece of gauze or tissue over your tooth that the pain goes away, or that it is less sensitive?

If so, you may have a cavity.  The reason your tooth is feeling better when you cover it up is that the hole where the cavity resides is no longer exposed which makes the tooth feel more comfortable to you.

A cavity is simply a small hole in your tooth that develops when plaque breaks down the tooth structure and enamel.  You experience pain when this hole is exposed to extreme temperatures, different food types, or even during extreme temperature swings such as when it is really cold outside.

Cavities arise from tooth decay that is not treated.  There are several things you can do to help prevent cavities from developing.  Eating a well-balanced diet, limiting consumption of candies and sugared drinks, brushing twice a day and flossing daily will help decrease your chances of developing a cavity.  Seeing your dentist regularly for dental examinations and your dental hygienist provides for regular dental cleanings will help identify any early problems.  Identification of these early problems helps allow for early treatment and prompt resolution.

Obviously, you cannot walk around with a tissue or piece of gauze in your mouth all the time.  If you are having tooth sensitivity or pain, you should contact your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible. Cavities are usually repaired by placement of a filing or, in some cases, a crown. Cavities that are left unrepaired will eventually get worse, and could cause root or bone damage.

Posted on behalf of Greencastle Dental



Do You Need An Electric Toothbrush?

Maintaining good oral health is very important for reducing plaque that can cause tooth decay, gingivitis and gum disease.  All of these can eventually lead to tooth loss.  Although almost entirely preventable by good oral health care habits such as daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings and checkups, more than 175 million Americans are missing one or more teeth and 35 million Americans have none of their natural teeth at all.

If you are concerned about doing all you can to maintain your oral health, you may be wondering if an electric toothbrush is worth the investment.  Electric toothbrushes cost between $50 and $150 and many people are reluctant to spend that much on a toothbrush unless they can be confident that it will improve their oral health.

The short answer is that for the vast majority of people, using an electric toothbrush will lead to better oral health.  Some studies have shown that electric toothbrushes do a better job at reducing plaque than manual toothbrushes.  Although other studies have reported that a manual toothbrush can be just as effective as a powered toothbrush, the reality is that very few people consistently use a manual toothbrush properly.  They don’t brush well enough or long enough and they often apply too much pressure.

One of the great advantages of an electric toothbrush is that it results in consistent proper tooth brushing.  They are equipped with timers to make sure that you brush long enough and sensors that tell you if you are applying too much pressure. Some will even signal when it is time to move the brush to another area of your mouth.  They are also much easier to use for people with limited manual dexterity, a common problem in older Americans.

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