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Ways of Explaining Dental Pain When You Come See Us
Posted on 8/30/2018 by Karl Olson
Toothaches are commonplace in our office, but they occur for so many different reasons. They can range from mild to severe, consistent to recurring, and dull to sharp and debilitating. When your tooth hurts like this you'll need to try to explain the toothache pain to us. There are a variety of ways you can do so. "It's occasionally feeling sensitive."This is when your teeth ache because you've eaten or drank something hot or cold. While you may not feel this is an emergency, you should visit our office before it becomes one. The problem could be with the enamel growing weaker, which means you'll soon develop cavities that lead to tooth decay. "It generally aches."When more than one of your teeth hurts you could be grinding your teeth (bruxism). The combination of the excessive pressure and friction can wear your teeth's chewing surfaces down, making them ache and causing your gums and jawbone to be sensitive. "There's sharp, shooting pain when I bite down."This is probably because your tooth's nerves are exposed. When this happens, your tooth is in immediate danger. This is because oral bacteria can cause an infection in the tissue that's left exposed here. How we can HelpKnowing how to talk to us and describe the pain that you're experiencing is important. Not every type of toothache will feel the same because not every toothache is caused by the same issue. You need to explain this pain to us so that we can figure out what your problem is right away. This is the first step to solving your issue, but none of this can start until you're ready to pick up your phone and give us a call so we can have you come into our office as soon as possible....

Uncommon Things That Erode Your Enamel
Posted on 8/20/2018 by Karl Olson
Having healthy teeth starts with having a strong layer of enamel. If you don't know, the enamel is the hardest part of the tooth. This material makes up the outer layer of the tooth surface and protects the rest of the tooth from wear and tear. Considering the amount of abuse your teeth go through, it is vital to keep your enamel as strong as possible. In spite of this, many of our patients come to us with enamel that has been severely eroded away. To keep this from happening, we have dedicated our practice to helping keep our patients informed. Here are some things that will erode your enamel, and hence should be avoided. Dry MouthIf you have a mouth that is excessively dry, you will have problems in a few areas. First, you will be more prone to halitosis (bad breath). Second, you will have more problems keeping your enamel strong and intact. This is because your saliva plays an important role in keeping the bacteria population in your mouth at a manageable level. As you know, your mouth is filled with microorganisms. These organisms excrete an acidic substance as a byproduct of their biological processes; this substance, in turn wears down the enamel. By keeping the saliva flowing in your mouth, you can keep the acid levels down. If you suffer from dry mouth, be sure to frequently take a sip of water. Swish it around your mouth, helping to rinse away excess bacteria. Too Much of a Good Thing We get it: soft drinks taste good. But they also contain numerous compounds that wreak havoc on your enamel. It's best to cut back on soft drinks. If you do feel that you have to drink them, follow each sip with a drink of water to help rinse away the harmful compounds. If you have any other questions about your teeth, please contact us. We are here to help educate you!...

Things to Do to Decrease Tooth Sensitivity Between Visits to Our Office
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Karl Olson
Do you flinch every time you take a bite of ice cream or drink a smoothie? I can be that during the winter months you open your mouth to speak and you feel sharp pain in one of your teeth. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to enjoy your favorite foods or treats because of sensitive teeth, but you're not alone, millions of Americans suffer from this condition. Whatever the situation, there are things to do to decrease tooth sensitivity between visits to our office. What Causes Teeth Sensitivity?Your teeth are strong and with the proper care they can last your lifetime, but over time, things like the foods you eat or what you drink will damage the enamel, the outer layer that protects them. Your enamel is the last defense against tooth decay and when enamel weakens, the inside of your teeth can get exposed. If the root and nerves are not protected because of a cavity, it can cause sensitivity. If you get regular checkups at our office and feel sudden sensitivity, please don't wait for your next checkup. Call us as soon as you can so we can take care of the problem. A cracked tooth or a tooth infection, can also cause sensitivity, so it's very important to identify the reason for your pain. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, you can be wearing out your enamel and this can make your teeth sensitive. What Can Be Done for Tooth Sensitivity?There are things to do to decrease tooth sensitivity between visits to our office. These tips can help make you more comfortable before you come to our office and we can check out what is going on....

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