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When it Comes to Toothpaste

Choosing the right toothpaste for yourself—or your family—goes beyond the coupon you may have in hand, or bright displays in the marketplace. For your health, you have to think like a dentist. At different times in our lives, dental strategies change, toothpaste requirements change. And product name isn't half as important as the basic components of the paste. Key word: ingredients. Besides fluoride, which every adult should use in one form or another (less for children), consider the options: Say you have sensitive teeth. Look for a toothpaste with strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. Such compounds block the microscopic tubes that lead to nerves within the tooth. And most people need to brush a month before they gain relief. With [...]

By |2021-10-20T19:44:47+00:00January 25th, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on When it Comes to Toothpaste

What Causes a Toothache, Besides Cavities

"My tooth hurts. It must have a cavity." Well, maybe it does. However, other conditions can cause a tooth to be sensitive to hot or cold foods, to the pressure of chewing... or to just plain ache. A few of these other toothache possibilities are: Shrinkage of the gum down below the top part of the tooth (crown) onto the tooth surface. This part of the tooth (cementum) is as sensitive to hot and cold as the part of the tooth (dentin) affected by a cavity. A new filling. When a tooth is treated to repair a cavity, it will sometimes be sensitive for a while afterward. This reaction is normal and will usually soon correct itself. A tooth that [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:49:57+00:00August 17th, 2021|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on What Causes a Toothache, Besides Cavities

Sense about Sensitivity

When teeth hurt, the sooner we reach the root of the problem, the sooner the pain disappears. What triggers tooth pain? Heat, cold, touch, air, sweet or sour foods. If you recently had a cavity filled, that area may be sensitive for a while. Other causes of sensitivity are: Erosion of tooth enamel. Gum shrinkage down below the crown exposing the cementum beneath, an area sensitive to heat and cold. One or more teeth shifting into a position where they strike too hard against other teeth. This can happen to anyone, but it's most frequent when a lost tooth is not replaced. Clenching or grinding of teeth, whether awake or asleep. Try This At Home Desensitizing toothpaste (look for the [...]

By |2020-07-27T19:07:32+00:00November 24th, 2020|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Sense about Sensitivity

You and the Tube

Start reading labels to choose the right toothpaste for you and your family. All toothpastes have certain ingredients in common. They'll contain mild abrasives for scrubbing, foaming detergents to help float away debris, fluoride to protect tooth enamel, thickening agents for stability, humectants for moisture retention, and flavors to make the mixture palatable. Gum Protection Given what we know about the relationship between gum disease and your overall health, finding a toothpaste that will protect your oral health should be your top priority. Dental researchers at the University of Buffalo found that the ingredient triclosan outperformed fluoride in battling the bacteria that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and halitosis. Natural Whether you're a vegan locavore or just a mother bear [...]

By |2020-06-27T20:32:23+00:00August 18th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on You and the Tube

Bulimia, the “Private Problem”

Bulimia Symptoms & Resources If you recognize symptoms of bulimia in yourself or someone in your family, you share a problem with over 500,000 other people. Do You: Worry about how much you eat—all the time? Start a new diet almost every day? Perceive everyone else as thinner than you are? Make time in the day to eat in solitude—ice cream, doughnuts, pies, cakes, soft drinks—then vomit or take laxatives? Eating disorders have become so common in this weight-obsessed nation that we've been forced to face the facts. Too many young people—and some not so young—are caught up in a cycle of binge eating, then purging, to physically attain some wacky cultural ideal. "Thin is in." "You can never be [...]

By |2019-12-31T19:17:02+00:00March 10th, 2020|Patient Education|Comments Off on Bulimia, the “Private Problem”