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.

Night Guards for Teeth Grinding

If you are a nighttime grinder, it is important for your dentist make a night guard for you. Over time, nighttime grinding is destructive to your teeth and may leave you in pain during the day.

Since teeth grinding occurs while you’re asleep, the best solution is to wear a night guard.

Serenity Dental is happy to make you a night guard and it will be made to fit you. It will be as comfortable and easy to use as possible! Our night guards are made of a soft plastic material. Your night guard will take little time to get used to and will also serve as a retainer.

It is important to use a night guard to prevent the wear and tear that nighttime clenching and grinding can do to your beautiful smile.

Make an appointment to get your custom-made night guard today!

 

What Happens During Your Teeth Cleaning Appointment

Every 3-6 months, depending on your personal needs, you should receive a dental cleaning.

Dental cleanings are done by Registered Dental Hygienists, who specialize in removing any harmful plaque that you may not be able to reach and adequately clean with daily brushing and flossing.

Dental Hygienists have special tools to gently reach below the gum to remove any hardened bacteria in the form of plaque so that your oral health is at its best, always.

Without dental cleanings, a significant amount of bacteria and plaque may be resting on your teeth in areas that you cannot reach or below the gums, which over time, will result in tooth decay and damage.

A typical dental cleaning appointment lasts about 45 minutes to 1 hour and you will not need to be numbed unless requested!

Your dental hygienist’s passion is to make sure your smile is at its best health by giving you comprehensive, thorough cleanings every visit.

Oral Check Ups Can Extend Your Life

Living our best years possible is what everyone desires, and oral health can positively impact your longevity. Regularly visiting the dentist can make your life longer, happier, and more enjoyable. The mouth is connected to every other system in our bodies and needs as much care as the heart, lungs, and brain. Research shows that taking care of your mouth has several benefits: less toxicity and inflammation throughout the body and heart, resistance to dementia, and more. Visiting your dentist regularly will improve your life and simply keep you healthier for years of enjoyment to come. Contact us today at 928-854-8540.

Welcome to the Blog of Serenity Dental

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Lake Havasu area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote dental awareness as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including dental news, advancements in dental technology and treatments, practical oral health advice and updates from our practice.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best dental health.

As always, feel free to contact Serenity Dental with any dental questions or concerns.

— The Dental Team at Serenity Dental

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Keep the Space between an Implant-Supported Bridge and the Gums Clean

Dental implants can do more than replace individual teeth — a few well-placed implants can support other restorations like a fixed bridge. The natural integration that occurs between the bone and the implant’s titanium post creates a strong, durable hold for both implant and the supported restoration.

But if a bone-implant connection weakens, the implant could be in danger of failing. This can occur because of periodontal (gum) disease caused by dental plaque, a thin film of built-up food particles and bacteria on the teeth. Untreated, the infection can ultimately spread from the gums to the bone and cause it to diminish in volume. If the bone loss occurs around an implant the threaded surface of the post may be exposed, inviting more plaque buildup. This can trigger more bone loss and eventually implant failure.

That’s why you must brush and floss daily to remove plaque on and around your fixed bridge just as you do your natural teeth. Brushing around a bridge could be difficult with a traditional brush, so you may want to use an interproximal brush designed for just such situations. Be sure any utensil you use contains only plastic parts — metal creates microscopic scratches in the restoration materials that could harbor plaque.

You should also floss between the bridge and gums as well as between any natural teeth. While this can be difficult with traditional flossing methods, there are some tools to make it easier.

One is a floss threader, a small tool with a loop on one end and a stiff plastic edge on the other. With floss threaded through the loop, you gently guide the edged end between the bridge and gums. Once it passes through, you wrap the two ends of the floss with your fingers as you would normally and work it along each side of the nearest implants.

You can also use pre-cut floss sections with stiffened ends to pass through the gap, or an oral irrigator that loosens and flushes away plaque with a pressurized water stream. Just be sure you flush debris away from the gum and not toward it.

Keeping all surfaces of your implant-supported bridgework clean of plaque is necessary for its longevity. Be sure you also visit your dentist regularly for more thorough cleanings.

If you would like more information on oral hygiene with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

A Chewing Gum That’s Good for your Teeth: A Quiz About Xylitol

  1. Xylitol is a kind of sugar.
    True or False
  2. Xylitol is made from
    1. Bark of birch trees
    2. Coconut shells
    3. Cottonseed hulls
    4. All of the above
  3. Xylitol is a natural “sugar alcohol” similar to other so-called sugar alcohols such as mannitol and sorbitol.
    True or False
  4. Xylitol is broken down by decay-causing bacteria to produce acid.
    True or False
  5. Decay-causing bacteria are transmitted from a parent to a child through oral contact such as a simple lip-to-lip goodnight kiss.
    True or False
  6. Researchers have found no difference in prevention of tooth decay in gum made from xylitol compared to gums containing sorbitol/xylitol and sucrose.
    True or False
  7. Other xylitol products such as mints, candy and cookies also seem to decrease the incidence of tooth decay.
    True or False
  8. Xylitol products increase salivary flow and allow saliva to neutralize acids in your mouth.
    True or False
  9. The only side effect of too much xylitol ingestion is a possible mild laxative effect.
    True or False
  10. The target dose of xylitol is one to two teaspoons spread throughout the day.
    True or False

Answers:

  1. True. Xylitol is a kind of sugar that does not contribute to tooth decay.
  2. All of the above. It is also found naturally in some fruits and vegetables.
  3. True. The others, mannitol and sorbitol, are used as sugarless sweeteners.
  4. False. Unlike sucrose (table sugar), xylitol is NOT broken down by bacteria to produce acid. Xylitol also stops saliva from becoming acidic so your mouth becomes an unfriendly environment to acid-producing bacteria.
  5. True. However, xylitol inhibits growth and attachment of the bacteria to your teeth, so it also inhibits transmission to your children.
  6. False. Systematic use of xylitol chewing gum significantly reduces the relative risk of caries (tooth decay) when compared to chewing gums containing sorbitol/xylitol and sucrose. Xylitol gum also appears to halt the development of tiny cavities when compared to other types of chewing gum.
  7. True. Use of these products seems to stop the progression of active decay.
  8. True. Xylitol and your saliva combine to re-mineralize (harden) your teeth after an acid attack.
  9. True.
  10. True. This means two pieces of xylitol gum or two pieces of xylitol candy or mints should be consumed for five minutes four times a day after eating meals or snacks.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about xylitol and other methods of preventing tooth decay. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Xylitol in Chewing Gum.”