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3 Ways to a Confident Smile

Confident smiling businessmanResearchers have over the last couple years have made the connection between the frequency of one’s smile and laughter to one’s happiness, self-esteem and confidence.

Almost hands-down, people want a beautiful smile with straight, white teeth. You may feel self-conscious if you’re the only one not smiling in group or family pictures due to embarrassing gaps between teeth, yellow stained teeth or crooked teeth.

Smiling makes you relaxed, approachable and more confident.

The smile that you’re too embarrassed to show off may be the source of your lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.

Like many patients, you want to regain that beautiful, confident smile. How do you go about doing that?

Here are three ways you can get that confident smile you’ve been missing:

Proper Dental Health

The first step in having a smile you can be proud of is to have proper dental hygiene and health. A healthy smile is a pretty smile.

Proper dental care has many other benefits other than a beautiful, confident smile. Healthy teeth and gums have less pain, are less susceptible to injury and infection and require less, expensive dental work in the future.

Proper dental care and hygiene include:

  • Visits to your dentist every six months for an examination and thorough cleaning
  • Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a good toothpaste
  • Daily flossing
  • A healthy diet low in foods and drinks that can stain your teeth or wear off your teeth enamel
  • Managing any teeth grinding issues
  • Regular rinsing with water or mouthwash

Taking care of your teeth is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body. The first step in having a confident smile is taking care of your oral health.

Restorative dental procedures such as dental bridges, crowns, and root canals can also restore the health and look of your smile.  They will also diminish the pain and discomfort you may feel. While you may take care of your teeth and gums, your smile may not be as great as it could be because you’ll need some restorative dental work done.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Stained, and discolored teeth, and large, glaring gaps in between teeth are unpleasant flaws that even the best dental care may not do anything about.  For such instances, your second-best option is cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry can handle a variety of dental issues, besides teeth whitening. Cosmetic dentistry includes:

Most of the effective cosmetic dental procedures are done by your dentist in the office. There are some at-home options, mainly for teeth whitening, available. These are effective for patients with minor teeth stains that are mostly on the surface.

While adequate tooth and gum care is the most important way to achieve a confident smile, supplementing it with cosmetic dental work can really do wonders for your smile.

Show Your Smile Off

The final way to a confident smile is to show the world your pearly whites. You won’t be able to appreciate the efforts of your good dental hygiene or your cosmetic dental procedure if you continue to hide your smile.

Embracing your natural smile, flaws and all will greatly improve your confidence and self-esteem.

Whether you’re looking to schedule a routine dental check-up or you’re exploring your cosmetic dental options, contact us at LeDowns Dentistry today so we can get you that gorgeous smile you’ve wanted.

The Latest Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is an ever-evolving industry. Technology is continually improving, bringing new information on how to treat our patients with better tools and education. Some of the latest trends are 3D dentistry, better screenings for oral cancer, and discreet braces.

3D Dentistry

While 3D graphics are not new, they are continually being improved and put to different uses. In dentistry, these graphics are helpful in taking better x-rays. These images create a model that dentists can zoom in on, get more accurate pictures, and generate more images with a single scan. With this tool, dentists can spot problems easier and faster than with traditional x-rays. Saving these images into the patient’s file is a more accurate health history too.

Even more beneficial is that these images are done with a computer and use little to no radiation. With less exposure, dentists have a safer option for checking inside the gums and is better for every patient.

Oral Cancer Screenings

One type of cancer that most people don’t think much about is oral cancer. It has a high mortality rate though, because it is so hard to spot. Part of a professional dental cleaning is inspecting the mouth for any problems or abnormalities. The biggest hurdle, like with any other cancer, is that it can go unnoticed until it is too late. Catching the cancer in its early stages increases chances of survival and less physical changes to remove it.

New advances in technology have provided us with tools to spot the signs of cancer earlier. Our office is currently using a system that uses blue light to find any lesions or pre-cancerous signs. It only takes a couple of minutes to do the screening.

You also play a part in early detection. Never be afraid to speak up when you are experiencing abnormalities. Some of the signs you can look for are:

  • Mouth sores that won’t heal
  • Lumps in the mouth or neck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Numbness in the mouth or face
  • Growths that look like a wart
  • Hoarseness
  • Pain during swallowing, speaking, or chewing

If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment and come in to talk about them. We can do a screening outside of your biannual exams. If you have ever been diagnosed with oral cancer, know that your chance of having it reoccur are very high within the next 5 to 10 years of a first diagnosis.

Braces

Invisalign is not new, but their advances are continually improving. There are options to do it in a shorter amount of time. Instead of using the traditional bracket braces, you can choose custom trays to adjust your teeth a little at a time, but still faster. Invisalign is a fast, discreet method for straightening teeth, fixing bites, and correcting jaw problems. It is also more convenient for patients to eat and clean their teeth regularly. We highly recommend Invisalign, but we do offer the traditional form of braces so that our patients can use whatever option with which they are most comfortable.

Technology is continually improving in the field of dentistry. We strive to keep learning and bringing what we feel serves our patients. If you need a dental cleaning, or have any concerns with your health, make an appointment to come in today. We would love to talk about how we can help you.

Get a Winter White Smile Today

Teeth whiteningWhen people are asked what they wish they could change about their smile, the number one answer is to have whiter teeth. There are many foods and habits that work against this desire though, including smoking, coffee, tea, and wine. One walk down a toothpaste aisle at a major retailer will yield dozens of products claiming to work against these lifestyle habits to give you a whiter smile. However, these products just can’t get you the whitest and brightest smile possible.

Our System

Professional whitening uses stronger products that can’t be sold over the counter because a licensed doctor is supervising the application. There are different systems available in various forms, like pens, trays, and lights. Each used in a professional office are going to be stronger than anywhere else, but not all methods are created equal. Many dentists will offer free whitening for life because they use an inferior product.

The system we use in our office though is cutting edge technology that gives you a whiter, brighter smile than any of the other products. It is called the Kor Whitening System. Developed by Dr. Rod Kurthy, a renowned bleaching expert, you can see drastic results even after the first visit. Over the counter products can remove some of the surface stains that are most obvious, but the Kor Whitening System works harder to reveal a winter white smile.

Keeping It White

Once you have your white smile, you want to protect it. We strongly recommend that you keep up with your brushing and flossing at home. Most patients have found they prefer to use a whitening toothpaste to help keep their teeth white. This will not reverse the results, and it may help keep away daily staining attempts.

Another important step to maintaining white teeth is coming in for regular professional cleanings twice a year. This helps to protect your smile because our hygienist will scrape off all plaque and tartar before doing a thorough cleaning. This removes any yellowness that builds up on the edges of teeth or along the gum line that brushing and flossing don’t reach.

As part of a regular dental cleaning, we use a special tool called The AirFLow to polish your teeth. This polisher whitens your teeth better than traditional polishers with only water and sodium bicarbonate. The reason it works so well is because it makes it easier to remove significant stains from areas that your toothbrush and traditional dental tools don’t reach during your cleanings. Not only does a clean mouth ensure that your teeth whitening will stay, it helps make sure that your smile is as bright as possible.

Find Your Results

If you are wanting a whiter and brighter smile, give us a call today. After a quick consultation, we craft a plan together to achieve the results you want in the time frame you need them. We want everyone who walks through our doors to leave feeling confident in their smile. Let us help you get your winter white smile today.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Crowns

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e not to the average patient. Before jumping into any major dental work, it’s important to understand the “what” and “why” of what’s going on in your mouth. Here are the most common questions about dental crowns.

Question: What is a dental crown?

Answer: A crown is a fake tooth that caps one of your natural teeth or a screw for an implants. They are typically made from either ceramic, porcelain, stainless steel, or an alloy (including gold). Naturally colored materials are much more discreet for those who prefer that option. Crowns are made in a dental lab, based on a mold that the dentist will take after prepping the area. While it’s being made, you will get a temporary crown.

Question: Why do I need it?       

Answer: There are several different problems that a crown can correct. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Strengthen a weak or fractured tooth
  • Replace a tooth after a root canal
  • Attaching an implant
  • Cosmetic purposes
  • Replace a filling that is too large for the remaining tooth

Some of these problems need immediate dental work, but others use a crown as a prevention of further problems down the road. We never advise getting a crown unless we feel like it is absolutely necessary.

Question: Does it hurt?

Answer: For the crown to be placed over your existing tooth or dental implant, the dentist will need to do some modifications. For this part of the process you will be numb, so the worst of it will be the achiness you might feel after the feeling comes back.

The placement of a crown does not usually hurt. Most people complain when a temporary crown is removed and the permanent one is placed, when air hits the exposed nerves. This lasts for maybe a minute and doesn’t even require numbing. If you have a root canal, this isn’t even a concern since you don’t have feeling in those nerves anymore. For implants, the pain and swelling is managed with over-the-counter medicines.

Questions: What kind of maintenance is involved?

Answer: Crowns are treated just like any other tooth. Stick to your daily oral hygiene regimen of flossing, brushing, and mouth wash. Make sure to come in for your regular dental check-ups twice a year. If there is a need to treat the tooth inside the crown, the dentist can just drill through it and fill it in when the work is done. You really don’t need to worry about doing anything special for your crown.

While you may not want to replace all your teeth with crowns, it isn’t something you need to be afraid of either. Crowns are a great way to
fix a handful of problems or potential problems. If you feel unsure

Aren’t You Glad it’s 2016? – Advancements in Dental Technologies

Dental implant and teethThe dental field has undergone dramatic technological advancements over the last 100 years. The dental field has been around for hundreds of years, but has not been officially recognized until the mid-1800s. As you can imagine, there has been a lot of technological and medical breakthroughs over the last 200 years. Today, complicated procedures such as root canals, dental implants and full-mouth restoration are possible and are done routinely. With current medicine and equipment, the risk of dangerous complications and infections from dental procedures are rare. What kind of technological changes are happening now in dentistry? Look for the following equipment, and technology the next time you visit the dental office:

CAD/CAM

Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacture technologies provide dentists with a high-quality, accurate design of items that need to be made. The most common dental items that can now be created using this design technology include crowns, veneers, bridges, and onlays/inlays.

Laser Dentistry

The benefit of laser dentistry is that it offers a much less invasive alternative to many procedures. The light energy that is emitted from lasers results in a shortened and almost painless healing period. This option is commonly available for the treatment of benign tumors, cold sores, crown lengthening, decay removal, gummy smile changes, dental fillings, tongue tie and speech impediment improvements, nerve regeneration for damaged nerves and blood vessels and scars, certain conditions related to sleep apnea, TMJ and tooth sensitivity.

Sedation Dentistry

Traditional dental sedation involves IV needles and injections. Patients who were afraid of the dentist were even more fearful because of the use of needles. With oral sedation, there are no needles and the patient remains at some level of consciousness. This low state of consciousness allows the patient to respond to the dentist while being relaxed during a dental procedure.

Dental Implants

The dental implant procedure is now a routine procedure that offers more stability and support than prior versions. With the use of titanium, the implants are easily grafted into the jaw bone tissue, causing little or no allergic reactions or rejection. Titanium is also strong and durable. Now, there are also same-day crowns, so patients can get both the implant and the crown that goes on top of it in the same day. This is a huge improvement from traditional implants where patients must wait at least 6 months for the crown to be made.

Air-Abrasion

Many people have negative views of the dental office. The needles, the smell and of course, the horrible sound of the drill. With air-abrasion, the traumatizing dental drill is a thing of the past. Air-abrasion removes decayed teeth without the use of anesthetic. This technique is done by the blasting of air pellets and aluminum oxide onto the tooth and gums.

CAT Scans

CAT scans allow dentists to accurately place various restorative dental devices such as dentures. CAT scans work well with the 3-D imaging available with digital photography and x-rays. The combination of these technologies allow dentists to have a clear view of the bone and jaw structure of the mouth.

Digital X-rays

Just like digital photography, digital x-rays use computers to capture high-quality images of the patient’s mouth. Unlike traditional x-rays that involved a lot of bulky equipment and the exposure of potentially harmful radiation.

Intraoral Camera

Intraoral cameras are tiny cameras that can fit inside a patient’s mouth. Dentists and patients can now make better informed dental decisions because they can now see and view images of what is going on inside a patient’s mouth.

Composite Resins

Next time you need to get a filling, you now have an option for composite fillings instead of the traditional gold or amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are easier to apply, are more durable and look better. Dentists can now apply composite resin directly to the tooth and shape and color it to make it look like part of the natural tooth.

Digital Photography

Gone are the days of low-quality, film photography. Now photography is digital, using computers to manipulate photos. Dentists use digital photography, for instance to show patients what they would look like after a certain dental procedure. This is great for the patient by helping them to determine whether the procedure is worth it or not and whether it will meet the patient’s expectations or goals.

The dental experience is not what it used to be. It involves a lot less pain, has faster service and quicker recovery time. At LeDowns Dentistry, we strive to stay abreast of the latest dental technology and best practices. Call us today to make an appointment or learn how our advanced dental technology and extensive dental expertise can give you a pleasant dental experience.

Guiding Your Child Through Tooth Loss

guidingyour-child-trough-tooth-lossFor adults, tooth loss is never something to look forward to. Whether it is from injury or poor oral hygiene, our teeth are important, so we tend to want to keep them. However, for a child, losing a tooth is exciting and means a visit from the tooth fairy. Children are proud to show off a wiggly tooth and will flash a toothless smile with enthusiasm and pride. This is a major milestone in your toddler’s life. It is the mouth’s natural process to prepare for permanent “adult” teeth.

This is also a major milestone for parents. When your child starts to lose their baby teeth, it is one of the biggest steps to them no longer… well… being your “baby.” They have now hit the “big kid” stage of life. The circumstances involving the loss of a tooth are unique for each child, knowing the right steps to take as a parent will help you guide your child seamlessly through this exciting, but often a little scary, time.

The Process of Toddler Tooth Loss

Each person starts life with 20 baby teeth, which usually show themselves fully by the age of three. They will most likely fall out in the same order they came in, first to the party, first to leave. Of course, this does not include tooth loss from injury. Wobbly toddler + coffee table edge (can often) = early loss of a baby tooth. Barring any unforeseen forces, your toddler should start losing their baby teeth around the age of five.

Permanent teeth will start to push the baby teeth below to take its place. Keep in mind, the earlier your child’s teeth come in the earlier they will start to fall out. Your child’s first tooth will most likely be either the lower or upper incisors (front teeth) and will be the first teeth to jump ship. The rest will follow.

How to Prepare Your Child for Tooth Loss

Always be positive. This goes back to the mention of tooth loss being not exactly sought after in adults. Educating them on why and how before they get their first loose tooth will help keep them from becoming afraid when it happens. There are many children’s story books that can help your child see tooth loss as an adventure. Or, you can create your own story where the hero, princess, prince, lovable-swamp monster… you get the idea, let them know that losing a tooth is “fun’ and part of becoming a “big kid” (or a big-loveable-swamp monster).

Encourage the Wiggles

Usually, parents are telling their child to “stop wiggling,” but the opposite goes for baby teeth. If you encourage them to gently wiggle a loose tooth it allows the root underneath to disintegrate completely. However, make sure they do not try to pull the tooth out before it is ready to on its own, this will help avoid infection.

There Might be Pain

A loose tooth may cause some discomfort, and the surrounding gums can often become swollen and tender. This should resolve itself when the tooth breaks free from the tissue. If your child is in serious pain, you can apply a cold compress to the area or give them age appropriate painkillers, such as children’s ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

When teaching your child what to expect during this important time of life, you can remind them how important it is to maintain good oral hygiene, especially when they start to lose their baby teeth. Successfully losing a tooth can be rewarded to encourage dental habits, such as a visit from the tooth fairy.

If you have any questions on how to guide your child through tooth loss, how to teach a child good dental habits, or have concerns about delayed tooth loss (no loss by the age of 8 years old), contact our office today and let our friendly and knowledgeable staff put your mind at ease during this milestone in life.

In-Office Dental Teeth Whitening

SmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmilesmileYou have a special occasion coming up in a few weeks and you’re putting together the final touches of your outfit together. You look at yourself in the mirror and notice that the years of drinking your morning cup of coffee is catching up to your smile. Your pearly whites are no longer as bright as they use to be.

Now you’re wondering if you should try those at home whitening or bite the bullet and try the in-office professional teeth whitening by your dentist.

Disadvantages of At-Home Teeth Whitening

While at-home teeth whitening kits come in a variety of forms and are the less expensive alternative to in-office teeth whitening, they have significant disadvantages that may not be worth their reduced costs. While teeth whitening mouthwash and toothpaste can be considered at-tome teeth whitening treatments, most people turn to teeth whitening kits to do the job. The most common forms of teeth whitening kits include those with bleaching trays or adhesive bleaching strips you apply onto your teeth. The biggest disadvantages of teeth whitening kits include:

Time

At-home teeth whitening kits take significantly longer than in-office professional teeth whitening at a dentist office. This is mainly because the concentration of the bleaching agents in at-home whitening kits are less than that which is used at a dental office under the supervision of a dentist. At-home teeth whitening kits also lack the specialized lights and lasers that only dental professionals can use that accelerates the activity of the bleaching agents and, therefore, the overall teeth whitening process.

Though at-home kits claim to be easy to use and apply, most still require some know-how for proper application. Only a dentist can get to those hard-to-reach places and properly apply the bleaching agent.

At-home teeth whitening kits in general take longer to apply and see results. They are best for those who aren’t in a hurry to get a whiter smile.

Not as Effective

As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Teeth whitening is no different. At-home teeth whitening kits are cheap because they take longer to produce results and they aren’t as effective as in-office teeth whitening. They tend to whiten the surface of the teeth which makes for short-lived results. At in-office teeth whitening, the bleaching agent is able to penetrate deeper levels of the tooth enamel and a higher concentration of bleaching agent is used. The activity of the bleaching agent is enhanced with the light of lasers.

How Do Dentists Whiten Your Teeth?

In-Office Bleaching

Typical in-office dental teeth whitening, also referred to as “chairside bleaching” involves the dentist using a highly potent bleaching agent which may be accompanied by the use of a light or laser to accelerate the activity of the bleaching agent. Usually, the dentist will first apply a protective gel on your gums to protect them from uncomfortable and potentially damaging effects of the bleaching agent. An in-office teeth whitening procedure requires only one office visit.

The Kor Whitening System

At LeDowns Dentistry as well as a few, select dentist offices across the United States, the Kor Whitening System is used as an alternative to traditional in-office whitening. This form of in-office whitening doesn’t use lights or lasers and is more effective. It produces less uncomfortable side effects which makes it a great option for patients with sensitive teeth and gums.

The Kor Whitening System uses bleaching gel that is significantly more resistant to saliva and its whitening effect. The gel is put into trays that your feet fit snuggly into. More information about the Kor Whitening System can be found on their website.

If you want quick, effective in-office teeth whitening that won’t cause irritation, contact us. The Kor Whitening System may be the best whitening system for you. At LeDowns Dentistry we want you to have the healthiest, brightest smile possible whether that be for an upcoming special event or for the everyday.

Why Smiling is More Important Than You Think

group of teenagers looking downConfidence: belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance

There are many reasons why each and every person should feel confident. Everyone has a talent in one form or another that allows them to lift their head up high. However, there is one specific thing that has a sizable influence on everyone’s level of positive or negative self-esteem: an attractive smile.

Smiling is a universal greeting. When you are confident about your smile and share it with other it releases endorphins and makes you feel good. It is a key player in your overall wellbeing and comes with many benefit.

Smiling is the purest expression of happiness and has the ability to:

  • Boost your immune system
  • Increase your lifespan
  • Lower the risk of cancer
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Elevate your mood
  • Induce a feeling of peace and satisfaction
  • Less stress
  • Increased feelings of joy
  • Reduces effects of pain and aggression
  • Increase good sleeping habits

These are only a few examples of what the power of a smile can do. However, as we grow and become older, the average adult only smiles approximately 20 times a day, whereas an infant or toddler smiles up to 400 times a day. Stress and the requirement to “adult” plays a role on our daily smile count, but for some it is the fact that they feel embarrassment or are uncomfortable sharing their smile because of dental issues.

When someone has misaligned, missing, or discolored teeth they often hide their smile, which keeps them from the benefits that a pearly-white grin has to offer. However, we can help you regain your confidence through the power of braces, dental implants, dentures, or teeth whitening.

Did you know that different smiles have different meanings?

  • Tight lipped – this can be a sign that someone is concealing a secret
  • No eye contact/turn away – shows vulnerability, shyness, and femininity
  • Sneer – a sign of contempt or sarcasm
  • Full open mouth – full joyfulness

Studies have shown that having an attractive smile makes you more alluring to others, 58% of men and 71% of women rate a smile as the most desirable feature that a potential partner can have.

When remembering new faces, 24% of Americans said that a smile is the number one feature they recall first, good or bad.

At least 50% (this is the lower side of the scale) will return a smile. Whether you are a close friend, loved family member, or a stranger at the grocery store, smiling is contagious.

If you feel like you are among the many who hide their smile due to dental issues, contact us today and let us help you find a way to gain back confidence and feel good about sharing your beautiful grin.

Cavities in Children – The #1 Child Disease

The number one childhood illness is pediatric dental disease, which means cavities and tooth decay, and the consequences can lead to extensive treatment that could be beyond the help of a dental professional.

However, the oral health of a child falls in the hands of the parent. Kids don’t understand the importance that dental health plays on their overall wellbeing. Poor oral hygiene can affect development and growth, and have an impact on their self-esteem.

However, that is not all…

  • Pediatric disease is more common than asthma and hay fever
  • Untreated tooth decay among children can lead to problems eating, speaking, and learning
  • Left untreated, pediatric disease can lead to bacterial infection and malnourishment
  • Pediatric disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and pneumonia
  • Can lead to oral pain/toothaches
  • May cause poor sleep habits, which has an effect on social development and school performance

A child who has issues with their dental health risks future oral health problems as an adult. For example, if the tissue surrounding the tooth becomes infected it can cause an abscess, which can have an effect on permanent-adult teeth. This may also cause those teeth to erupt in a misaligned position, make them more susceptible to cavities, or result in gum disease.

Lifelong problems are amplified due to early childhood oral-health problems, such as ear infections and tooth loss, which may result in expensive dental treatments later in life.

When tooth decay goes undetected it can lead to infection, and infection has been linked to more serious diseases within the body, such as heart disease and diabetes.

The good news is – tooth decay is preventable:

  • Make sure your infant’s pacifier or bottle nipple is clean at all times. This is the perfect place for bacteria to hitch a ride and cause problems within a child’s mouth
  • To keep an infant’s mouth clean, use a soft cloth to wipe their gums and teeth
  • Encourage children to drink water instead of sugar-filled beverages
  • “Monkey see, monkey do.” If your kids see you taking good care of your oral health, they are more likely to imitate the behavior
  • Buy products with the sugar alternative: xylitol. Sugar filled treats are usually a child’s favorite, but they don’t have to be harmful to their dental health
  • Help your child set dental goals and reward them when they achieve them
  • Teach your child the importance of brushing and flossing every day
  • Make regular dental visits (at least twice a year)

Kids don’t think about their health in general, overall or dental. That is a worry that comes along with becoming an adult, so it is important for a parent to teach their children good dental habits at a young age. Dental health starts with our first tooth and continues throughout our lives. Contact our office to learn more about how to teach children good dental habits and why it is important to their overall wellbeing.

When Does Tooth Sensitivity Become a Big Issue?

Tooth ouchOur mouths play a big part when it comes to communication, including a confident smile, but did you know that tooth sensitivity may be your mouths way of communicating with you that there is an issue that needs to be addressed? Sensitivity is the way our teeth are trying to tell us that something may be wrong.

You may experience this when you bite into that deliciously frozen popsicle or sip on your favorite cinnamon-hot chocolate. If your teeth are sensitive to these stimuli, and the pain is short lived, you probably do not have a big reason to worry, but if the pain is persistent or confined to a specific tooth or area in the mouth, it may be a sign of a cracked tooth, cavity, or damaged filling.

What are some of the common causes for tooth sensitivity?

  • Receding Gums – brushing your teeth too forcefully may cause your gums to “run away.” You may think that the harder you brush the better, but this is not true. You may be causing damage to the soft tissue of the gums by brushing to forcefully, causing your gums to recede, which can play a major role in tooth sensitivity. Use a soft-bristle brush and a circled stroke when you brush, and always brush (at least) for 2 minutes
  • Grinding Your Teeth – bruxism (grinding of the teeth) is when you grind, gnash, or clench your teeth. Often people who do this are unaware they are doing it, such as at night while they are asleep. The wear and tear that happens to your teeth because of this can cause immense sensitivity and lead to extensive dental treatment. However, with the help of mouth guards, this can easily be avoided
  • You Are What You Drink? – acidic beverages can take a toll on the enamel of your teeth. This includes soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, such as Gatorade and PowerAde, and alcoholic beverages. If you indulge in the deliciousness of these beverages, it is best to rinse your mouth with water afterwards or, even better, brush each time you do so
  • Damaged or Cracked Teeth – this problem will often expose the nerve of a tooth, leaving it vulnerable to anything it comes in contact with. A chipped or broken tooth can be the gateway to severe sensitivity. This often leads to dental treatment, such as root canals, fillings, or extraction. If you know that your tooth is sensitive because of those leftover kernels of popcorn that got the best of you at the bottom of the bowl, seeing a professional (us) as soon as possible is going to help you avoid days, weeks, or even months of oral pain
  • Age – tooth sensitivity is just another stepping stone when it comes to human aging. As we get older our teeth feel the years of talking and the outcome of chewing on delicious bites of our favorite, but often damaging, snacks. Food may sustain the body, but it can have a negative effect on our teeth

These are among the most common reasons that you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity, but always keep in mind that the cringe you feel in your spine and your soul when you bite into a perfectly chilled piece of watermelon, may be your mouth telling you that there is a bigger issue that needs to be addressed. Contact our office today for more information and learn what it is your sensitive teeth are trying to tell you.