Sensitive Teeth – Treatments for Sensitivity

If you have sensitive teeth, there are a variety of treatments for sensitivity. Sensitive teeth may reroute your daily lifestyle due to the temporary shooting pain that’s experienced. Certain sensations, like “sourness” from candy, or temperatures, like hot tea, cause discomfort. Anyone can experience teeth sensitivity, regardless of their dental health.

Some factors of your oral health may contribute to sensitivity, including:

  • gum diseases
  • teeth chips or cracks
  • clenching and grinding
  • plaque buildup
  • acidic foods or drinks
  • aggressive brushing or hard bristles on your toothbrush
  • gum recession
  • teeth whitening treatments

Improve the symptoms of sensitive teeth by choosing a variety of treatment options. A proper diagnosis from a dentist will help guide you to the right treatment. Treatment of sensitive teeth varies with each patient, from changing your toothbrush to a softer head, to receiving a deep cleaning.

Treatment for sensitivity includes:

  • a custom night guard from your dentist
  • using a soft bristled toothbrush
  • switching to “sensitive” or “desensitizing” toothpaste
  • a dental cleaning from your hygienist
  • adding fluoride mouthwash to your daily routine
  • a fluoride treatment from your dentist or hygienist

If you experience sensitivity to hot/cold foods and more, take a trip to your dentist for evaluation. Sensitive teeth are an indication that you may need to change your oral care routine or receive treatment. Learn more about sensitive teeth in our blog “Sensitive Teeth,” at https://www.serenityhavasu.com/uncategorized/sensitive-teeth-what-causes-tooth-sensitivity/

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Sensitive Teeth – What Causes Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can cause you to avoid hot and cold foods and beverages because of the overwhelming sensation. Sometimes, simply brushing teeth can be painful! Tooth sensitivity occurs when dentin becomes exposed in your teeth. Dentin is beneath the enamel (hard, outermost layer of your tooth). Increased exposure of dentin can cause more serious problems to your teeth, such as tooth decay!

Tooth sensitivity is the most common type of “toothache.” The pain that is experienced with sensitive teeth can be described as sharp and shooting.

Gum disease, grinding, harsh brushing, post-whitening treatment, and diet are all leading contributors to the experience of tooth sensitivity.

Sweet, acidic, and hot/cold food and drinks are major causes of tooth sensitivity if they are able to sit on the surface of your teeth for long periods of time.

Read more of our blogs on how to prevent and treat tooth sensitivity. If you’re in pain, please contact us at Serenity Dental so we can help relieve you and help you enjoy your smile.

Gum Disease – Gingivitis and Periodontitis

In adults, gum disease is a leading cause for dental problems and losing teeth! It may be hard to tell if you have gum disease because it typically painless. Your dentist, hygienists, and assistants are all knowledgeable in the signs and symptoms of gum disease. With regular check ups, you can avoid and potentially reverse gum disease.

Some problems can signal the presence of gum disease, including:

  • gums that bleed easily
  • tender, inflamed, and/or red gums
  • bad breath or taste
  • loose permanent teeth
  • change in bite
  • change in the way partial dentures fit

The risk of developing gum disease can increase with some factors:

  • poor or inconsistent oral hygiene
  • tobacco products and smoking
  • some medications
  • diabetes or other health conditions
  • crooked teeth that are hard to clean effectively
  • pregnancy

Early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, which includes symptoms of red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Luckily, gingivitis is reversible in most cases! Receiving a deep cleaning from your dental hygienist can help you regain a healthy mouth, followed by good daily oral hygiene.

Periodontitis is advanced gum disease. Over 45% of adults in the United States suffer with chronic periodontitis! Consequently, tissue and bone in the mouth are both affected over time. Aggressive periodontitis causes rapid loss of both bone and tissues and could occur in the entire mouth.

Researchers and doctors are starting to link the onset of systemic diseases (such as heart disease) to periodontal disease. it is important to schedule regular dental check ups and cleanings. Outside of the dental office, great oral hygiene helps maintain your smile for a lifetime to come!

Invisalign Clear Braces

Invisalign may be a better option for straightening your smile because it avoids the use of traditional metal braces. Clear and discreet, Invisalign aligners ditch the metal appearance and are made of a safe, thermoplastic called SmartTrack, which is FDA approved. Invisalign aligners do not contain BPA, latex, or gluten.

Instead of at home services, it is much safer to see a trained orthodontist or dentist for Invisalign clear braces because they can ensure your treatment is custom to you and safe. Some patients only need 6 months of daily Invisalign treatment! This may vary depending on your unique smile alignment, though Invisalign is the easiest treatment option as a removable upper and lower appliance.

Invisalign works by tracking your use and alignment through 3D technology and digital planning. You likely will receive new Invisalign aligners with each visit to your dentist or orthodontist to continue the process of straightening your smile.

There are so many reasons that Invisalign may fit your ideal treatment:

  • Clear, Invisible look
  • Easy to clean and take care of the aligners
  • Removable for eating/drinking
  • Comfortable material that won’t cut the gums and lips like metal braces
  • 3D impressions – no gooey material!
  • Dentists/Orthodontists that provide Invisalign are certified
  • Compliance Indicators – show if you’re wearing your aligner enough

Call us today to schedule a consultation to see if Invisalign is your treatment of choice for a beautifully straight smile!

Laser Dentistry Benefits

What is Laser Dentistry?

Lasers in dentistry work by delivering energy in the form of light and can be used for a variety of procedures, offering several benefits to patients. Lasers can:

  • be used to remove the decay and prepare the tooth for a filling. 
  • reshape gums and remove bacteria when receiving a root canal. 
  • be used as a pain free cutting instrument for a biopsy and relieve canker sore pain. 
  • can speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures.

Receiving dental treatment with a laser rather than a dental drill may

  • reduce the need for numbing
  • reduce anxiety that a patient may have with drilling
  • reduce bleeding and swelling
  • and more!

With the different types of tissues in the mouth, there are several more applications of lasers that dentists are happy to provide.

  • In hard tissues, lasers are used as cavity detectors, providing early detection of small cavities. Lasers can also be used to seal the tubules at the root of teeth, which helps remove the feeling of having sensitive teeth.
  • In soft tissues, lasers can lengthen the look of teeth and eliminate the look of a gummy smile. Also, lasers are used for frenulas (“tongue-tied” children) and patients with speech impediments. 

Laser dentistry has shown helpful in various treatments for patients and will continue to become more popular as more dentists use laser in their work.

Please contact us today at Serenity Dental if you are interested in incorporating laser dentistry into your treatment!

 

What to Expect With Dental Veneers

Have you ever seen a smile that you won’t forget? Have you ever looked to Hollywood celebrities and wondered how they were born with perfect teeth? Believe it or not, these smiles most likely were crafted by a dentist. Hollywood celebrity smiles are almost all credited to cosmetic dentistry and dental Veneers. All parts of a smile can be changed by cosmetic dentistry with Botox and Juvaderm injectables, dental bonding, Invisalign and clear braces, teeth whitening, implants, and dental Veneers, right in your dentist’s office.

Dental Veneers (sometimes called Porcelain Veneers) are an increasingly popular way to enhance and change the esthetics of your smile by crowning (capping) your existing teeth with vibrant, natural looking Veneer crowns. Depending on what you want through a smile makeover, every tooth, only the top teeth, or only the “smile teeth” (the teeth visible when you smile) can be crowned to achieve a new look. Don’t expect a perfect smile in one visit to your dentist, though. To achieve a “perfect” smile, it requires planning and a good relationship with your dentist. Any parts that you don’t like about your smile or envy about another’s smile can be made for you during planning with your dentist. Tooth color, size, straightness, angle, shape, and even personality, can be chosen when planning the look of your dental Veneers. Try-in or 3D models of your future teeth can be made so that you can actually see a new smile before committing to it.

To permanently seal your dental Veneers, your dental office will schedule you for a few visits. First, there will be a consult where you and the dentist will talk one-on-one to agree on your smile makeover’s product. Secondly, a “Build-Up” appointment will be scheduled, where the dentist gently shapes your existing teeth to properly house your dental Veneers. This feels like a filling or regular crown appointment, and shouldn’t cause anxiety. The dentist will make you temporary crowns until your dental Veneers are ready. Next, an “Impressions” appointment will be scheduled or even on the same day as the Build-Up, where impressions (a mold) of your teeth are taken to send to the lab designing and hand-crafting your dental Veneers. Improvements in dental technology have been to use 3-D scanners and avoid the gooey impression material all together in some offices. After a few weeks, your new smile is ready to be “seated,” as a dentist would say, meaning permanently bonded to your existing teeth to house a new, improved smile.

On the day of your Seat appointment, get ready to get emotional and feel vibrant. In several cases, such as the viral videos of makeovers – people get emotional when they see their new smile – and it’s contagious to the dentist and staff caring for your makeover. Get ready for lots of photos and a perfect smile every time!

Tips to Help Control Dry Mouth:

Dry mouth is clinically called as xerostomia and is a situation where the salivary glands in the mouth, fails to make the required amount of saliva to keep the mouth wet. The condition has plenty of reasons behind its development and can be a sign of an underlying problem. As saliva is an important part of the oral cavity and has a number of tasks to do, it becomes tough for an individual to survive a dry mouth condition for long.  Here we will offer some tips to manage dry mouth conditions and have a happy, healthy smile back!

What is the reason for dry mouth?

Dry mouth can happen to anyone because of one or many of the below-mentioned reason:

  • Anxiety
  • Allergies
  • Side effects of prescription and non-prescription drugs
  • Psychotic disorder
  • Hypertension
  • Parkinson
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Asthma
  • The side effect of diseases and infections
  • Chemotherapy

How to manage dry mouth?

Experts Dentist Dr Kaushesh suggests that managing dry mouth is easy and can be done by:

Chewing a sugar-free gum or candy

When you chew or suck something hard, your mouth releases saliva which make the process easier. This can help you with your dry mouth condition. However, keep the consumption under control as too much of candy can cause diarrhea.

Say goodbye to Caffeine:

If you are taking a lot of tea or coffee, the chances are you can experience dry mouth more than a tea-tootler. To treat the condition, it is good to prevent too much intake of caffeine.

Alcoholic mouth-washes are a big no:

Just like caffeine, alcohol-based mouthwashes also dry up your oral cavity and hence must be avoided when you have a dry mouth condition.

Stay hydrated:

Drinking enough amount of water throughout the day is recommended for a healthy body, overall. When you have a well-hydrated body, the chances of you feeling dry in the mouth and less than usual.

Use a saliva substitute:

There are some over-the-counter saliva substitutes available in the market which can help you in your condition. Buy one after consulting with your family dentist New Britain.

Avoid breathing from the mouth:

If you breathe with an open mouth, your chances of experiencing dry mouth and more than a person who breathes through the nose.

How Acne And Your Dental Health Could Be Linked

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Acne is a resilient problem that almost every person fights with. If, despite using the best face washes, acne creams, and medicated solution, your acne appears to be unaffected, it could be time you visit a dental care clinic center. Now you might ask “Why?” The fact might be surprising to you, but a prominent reason that you have acne can be your poor dental health. You might have never thought the two could be linked, but, in reality, they are. In this post, we have covered everything you should know about acne and your dental health.

Healthy teeth are your way to a healthy face:

Yes, and it isn’t common knowledge, but, the better teeth you have the healthier face you can maintain. The oral health, which includes teeth and gums, have a big effect on your face’s overall health. It has been concluded through studies that the bad bacteria, which resides in an abscessed (infected) tooth or gum can infect the face as well and result in a breakout or irritation in the skin. Not necessarily, all types of acne are a result of bad dental health, but it is certainly one of the reasons!

Analyze your acne’s position to find out the reason:

Expert Dentists state that the bacteria may travel with the bloodstream and affect the skin in these areas as they are the nearest to approach. Also, they can directly reach your skin, so, it is important to wash your face often, especially after you have brushed your teeth!

How dental hygiene can reduce Acne?:

If you think poor dental health is the reason you are struggling with acne, you must keep your dental hygiene schedule up-to-date! Brush twice and day and do not forget to floss, moreover, use a fluoride face wash to complete the regimen. This will make sure your mouth is free from gum disease, cavities, or tooth infection, which, in case, left untreated can be a problem for your dental as well as facial health.a infection, which, in case, left untreated can be a problem for your dental as well as facial health.

3 Things to Consider for Lowering Your Child’s Risk for Cavities

From the moment your child’s first tooth appears, usually between six and nine months, you need to be concerned about Early Childhood Caries (ECC). This particular form of tooth decay can have a devastating effect on primary (baby) teeth and lead to their premature demise. Losing one before its time could adversely affect how the future permanent tooth comes in.

You can help prevent ECC with daily brushing and cleaning, regular dental visits (beginning around their first birthday) and limiting the sugar they eat. Here are 3 more things to consider for boosting your prevention efforts.

Breastfeeding. Pediatricians generally recommend breastfeeding if possible for a baby’s overall health, including dental development. And although breast milk contains fermentable carbohydrates that boost bacterial growth, it no more promotes tooth decay than similar foods and beverages. That said, though, once the child begins to eat and drink other foods and beverages, the combination of sugars in them and breast milk could increase the bacteria that causes ECC. This is another good reason to wean the child from breast milk as they begin to eat more solid foods.

Bottles and pacifiers. It’s quite common for parents and caregivers to soothe a fussing or crying baby with a bottle filled with formula, milk or juice for sipping, or even a pacifier dipped in jam, sugar or some form of sweetener. But these practices can create an environment that promotes high acid production from bacteria feeding on the sugars. Instead, avoid giving them a “prop-up” bottle filled with liquids containing sugar and try to limit bottle use to mealtimes. And provide them pacifiers without sugary additives if you use them.

Medicines. Children with chronic illnesses or other needs often take medication containing sugar or with antihistamines that reduce the flow of acid-neutralizing saliva. If the medications can’t be altered, then it’s extra important for you to practice diligent, daily hygiene to reduce the effect of higher mouth acid.

If you would like more information on dental disease prevention in babies and young children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Age One Dental Visit: Why it’s Important for Your Baby.”

3 Reasons Why Smoking Doesn’t Mix with Dental Implants

If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.

Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.

So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.

Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.

Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.

Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants & Smoking: What are the Risks?