Tooth Sensitivity

Post by: Gerarda on 24 Jun 2019

Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that usually starts with a temporary sudden, sharp pain when eating, drinking or brushing your teeth and sometimes when exposed to cold air. At least 40 million adults suffer from sensitive teeth in the United States, according to the American Academy of General Dentistry.

5 Reasons for Tooth Sensitivity

1. Tooth grinding – Most people to some extent grind their teeth mainly at night and primarily when they are under stress. This grinding can wear away the enamel and leave the dentin exposed.

2. Receding gums – Brushing your teeth too vigorously or with a toothbrush that has hard bristles can wear away tooth enamel and expose dentin.

3. Chipped or fractured teeth – Broken teeth are a highway for bacteria and cause inflammation in the pulp of the tooth. More severe cases can lead to abscess and infection.

4. Acidic and sugary sweet foods – Citrus fruits and sticky sweet candy encourage enamel reduction.

5. Fillings – Sometimes after a composite filling, teeth become sensitive when biting down. This can be fixed with a simple bite adjustment.

Like anything else, you need a diagnosis. If the cause is not understood the symptoms may lessen, but they will not disappear. Proper diagnosis of the sensitivity is essential for treatment, and there is no single treatment that works for everyone.

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Posted on Monday 24th June 2019 at 9:48 am

Toothbrush Look Like a 90s Boy Band?

Post by: Gerarda on 10 Jun 2019

We get asked all the time, “When should I replace my toothbrush?” If you brush your teeth twice a day then every 3-4 months is a good time to change your toothbrush.

As the bristles on your toothbrush wear out over time it is important to change it regularly. If you have recovered from an illness, a cold, flu, or a sore throat, that is also a good time to change it. As germs can hide in the bristles of a toothbrush you can re-infect yourself.

If your toothbrush has a part in the middle that looks like the hair of a 90s boy band, then you are long overdue for a change.

Think of it in terms of seasons, then each time a new season rolls around and you change the clothing you wear, you also know to change your toothbrush.

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Posted on Monday 10th June 2019 at 7:38 am

Which toothbrush is most effective?

Post by: Gerarda on 27 May 2019

The correct answer is either a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush is most effective as long as you know how to use it.

As children, many of us were taught to brush up and down or side to side. If you use a manual toothbrush you need to brush in an elliptical fashion so you don’t put excessive pressure on the gums and erode them over time. You become the mover and the shaker of your brush. If you have difficulty brushing, perhaps an electric one is right for you.

With an electric toothbrush, the brush provides the movement while you become the guide; therefore, the brushing technique is slightly different than using a conventional brush. Read the inclosed manual for the brand you buy. Use an electric brush that has a round head.

Whichever type you decide to buy, make sure you use a toothbrush that has soft bristles. If you need to brush up on your technique, ask your dental professional for a “how to” session. Remember to brush for 2 minutes, which means 30 seconds for each quadrant.

 

6 Reasons Why Brushing Your Teeth is Essential

Post by: Gerarda on 21 May 2019

  1. Prevents Gum Disease – While poor oral hygiene, no regular trips to your dentist and genetics play a role in gum disease, so does non-existent brushing or insufficient brushing. If you´ve had a meal or a snack and have not brushed or flossed or at least rinsed your mouth then there will be leftover food deposits in your mouth. As a consequence those food deposits encourage bacteria which harden and become plaque. This can be seen as a white or yellowish substance at the gum line or between the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque irritates the gums and causes inflammation and the gums bleed when you brush. This is also known as gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease. The solution? Brush at least two or three times a day (three is ideal) to prevent plaque building up in the first place. And floss.
  2. Removes Stains on Teeth   The best way to do that is to have a good toothbrush and gentle toothpaste that you use at least twice a day. A soft toothbrush to be exact. For stains from coffee, red wine, ketchup and other teeth staining foods your toothbrush is your best defence.
  3. Maintains Fresh Breath As the remains of your meal accumulate, subsequent bacteria in the mouth are going to accumulate as well. This results in bad breath or halitosis. To prevent bacteria from building up, brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day. If you cannot brush after eating then rinse your mouth to help prevent food from becoming trapped between teeth.
  4. Reduces Chance of Major Illnesses – Just as a prolonged plaque build-up on teeth causes gum disease, a plaque build-up in the arteries causes a heart attack or stroke. Are they the same plaque? No, but according to the Mayo Clinic there may be a link between infected gums (gingivitis) and infected heart tissue (endocarditis). Nevertheless, as researchers do not until now understand the link, just that there is one, it is best to play it safe and treat one condition knowing that it may benefit you in treating another.
  5. Pregnancy – Changes in hormones cause greater gum sensitivity, therefore, pregnant women are more susceptible to gingivitis.
  6. Saves Money – If you ever wonder if you are brushing your teeth correctly, have your dentist explain the proper brushing technique. Being proactive by brushing and visiting your dentist regularly can result in having lower dental bills as your dentist knows what is happening in your mouth and will inform you of any changes.
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Posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 9:07 am

The bristles your toothbrush should have

Post by: Gerarda on 10 May 2019

Always choose a toothbrush with soft bristles. If your toothbrush has medium or hard bristles it can cause damage not only to your gums, but also to the enamel on your teeth.

Brush your teeth lightly as brushing too strongly can also cause damage to the gum and teeth. Too much pressure can do more harm than good so apply just enough pressure to feel the bristles against your gum. You are cleaning too hard if you are crushing your brush against your teeth.

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Posted on Friday 10th May 2019 at 7:52 am