Monthly Archives: January 2019

How to Deal With the Sensitivity of Teeth

You may be in the need of visiting the dentist immediately if you are unable to have your hot and cold foods due to a sense of hypersensitivity which you get after eating those kinds of foods. Things can get worse when you feel the same kind of pain after eating something sweet, sour or acidic. There is a chance that you are having the tooth sensitivity, which can be very painful.

Here, you will have to make sure that you know about the reasons that make your teeth hurt. If you know the reasons, it is going to be easier for you to treat the problem.

Tooth enamel is highly important

When it comes to prevention of tooth sensitivity, role of tooth enamel is highly important. The hypersensitivity is mainly developed due to thinning of tooth enamel. Thin tooth enamel doesn’t stop hold and cold temperatures from reaching the inner layers which are dentin and tooth pulp. Tooth pulp consists of active nerves and vessels which keep the tooth alive. This is the portion which can feel hot and cold temperatures.

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Now, if you feel extra sensitivity in your teeth, there is a chance that some of your tooth enamel is worn off. Here, you are going to need to take care of your tooth enamel with the help of following steps.

  • It is good to be careful about your oral hygiene; and this carefulness may be the reason you consider it highly important to brush your teeth. However, there are several people who brush their teeth quite abrasively. You need to make sure that you brush your teeth gently.
  • If you want to protect your tooth enamel, you will need to make sure that you avoid acidic foods and beverages. Acid can dissolve tooth enamel. After this dissolution, there is going to be no way to get the lost part back. Foods that you can eat to prevent the loss of tooth enamel may include fruits and vegetables rich in fiber and dairy products. Green tea can also be quite helpful in this regard.
  • If you have the habit of clenching your teeth, you are going to have to get rid of this habit. Clenching can result in the wearing out of tooth enamel on the chewing sides of the teeth. As a result, the teeth are not only reduced in size but the dentin and tooth pulp is also going to be at the risk of being exposed.

Treating the root causes

It is very important to pay attention to the main reasons for tooth sensitivity. When you know about the reasons, you are going to find it pretty easier to deal with the problems. The major reasons for tooth sensitivity mainly include gum disease, natural shrinking of gums and cracked tooth or filling.

You will need to bring a change in the dental hygiene practices to treat your problem of tooth sensitivity. First, you will have to make sure that you brush and floss your teeth using the right technique. Then, you can use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Fluoride gel is also an effective treatment because it helps in the re-mineralization of teeth at some extent.

In the end, you need to visit your dentist regularly. Of course you are going to visit the dentist when you will have pain. But it is very important to not miss the scheduled dental visits.

Coffee and Teeth Staining – Things You Need To Know

It is a common habit of many people to kick start their daily working routine after having a cup of coffee. However, you may wonder if this cup of coffee can affect your smile by staining your teeth. A few things are worth mentioning in this regard.

How does the coffee stain your teeth?

The enamel may look hard and smooth but, in fact, it is a surface with tiny fissures which can trap microscopic food particles. Therefore, if you eat and drink staining foods and beverages, you are going to get your teeth stained.

Pigments from the foods such as coffee, tea and soda can settle in the fissures of the tooth enamel and cause the teeth to look stained. If the teeth are not properly cleaned, these stains can get permanent and cause the teeth to look yellow.

What happens when you add cream?

Cream or any whitener can be added in the coffee to bring new flavor. The concept of coffee getting its capability to stain the teeth reduced due to this addition may seem pretty logical but it is not actually the case. You are still going to get your teeth stained because the stain-causing pigments do not go anywhere when you add cream or whitener. Nevertheless, the risk of staining can be reduced if you reduce the amount of coffee in order to make room for cream.

Preventing the coffee smile

The best way to prevent a coffee smile is to avoid the consumption of tea, coffee and other staining foods and beverages. However, this may not be an acceptable solution for many people. Good news is that you can still avoid the staining of your teeth while not giving up on coffee consumption. Here, you are going to have to quit the consumption of coffee by sipping it throughout the day. You can have a cup of coffee at specific times in a day. When you are done with your cup of coffee, you will need to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth in order to remove the staining pigments.

You will need to make sure that whiteness of your smile is being maintained well. You can use whitening toothpaste in this regard. Make sure that you brush your teeth twice every day. Furthermore, visiting the dentist after every six months can save you your smile and a lot of money which you can end up spending to treat the dental issues which are developed due to carelessness.