Posts for tag: Tooth sensitivity
If you are concerned about tooth decay, and want to do more than just your normal oral hygiene routine, you might want to change your dietary choices.
The team at Royalton Dental Associates in North Royalton, OH wants your teeth to be as healthy as possible. By including these things in your diet, you can increase your chances of remaining cavity free.
1) Eat your fruits and veggies.
Many fruits and veggies are great for your oral and overall health. Pineapples, celery, and pears are especially good for your oral health.
2) Stick to sugar-free sweets.
If you are eating sweets, especially candy, make sure it contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that actually prevents cavities from developing.
3) Chew sugar-free chewing gum.
As with some sugar-free candy, sugar-free gum may contain Xylitol. When you are looking for gum to buy, you should look specifically for a brand that contains Xylitol.
4) Drink wine and eat raisins.
There are studies that show a chemical component in wine and raisins that fights the bacteria that causes cavities to develop.
5) Consume more dairy products.
There is a protein in dairy products called casein that is extremely beneficial to your oral health. Casein is found in yogurt, cheese, and more!
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For part 2 of our look at tooth sensitivity, we'll be looking at some of the causes. Here are a few notables ones:
Since tooth decay results in the loss of enamel and exposes the more sensitive parts of the tooth, it stands to reason that it would make your teeth react to hot/cold and sweet/acidic foods. Having the tooth decay treated will resolve the problem.
Teeth can shift for a number of reasons, including missing teeth, bone loss and thumb-sucking. The surrounding teeth will move to fill the the void in the case of a missing tooth. If your teeth have shifted, it may cause them to hit too soon or too hard when you bite. This can be fixed with bite correction.
Your mouth, gums and teeth can become infected, and some times, extreme sensitivity is a symptom of this. It's important to have this treated right away, as these infections can cause major health problems.
A traumatic event can lead to tooth sensitivity. Sometimes this can mean large things (like cracking a tooth), and other times it can be smaller events like biting down to hard, or having a tooth drilled. This type of sensitivity can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to subside.
Dentin, the layer beneath tooth enamel, is very sensitive, and its exposure to the elements is the most common cause of tooth sensitivity. This often happens because of gum recession from gum disease.
We'll look more at dentinal sensitivity in our third post. In the mean time, if you happen to be suffering from mouth pain, don't put off having it checked out. Make an appointment at our office in North Royalton today.