What can my dentists do about sensitive teeth?

After a thorough exam your dentist may be able to paint special fluoride gels, provide rinses or varnishes to the affected teeth. If these agents do not work, your dentist can prescribe prevident 5000 plus or MI paste to help relieve the sensitivity.

My teeth are sensitive what can I do?

The most frequent cause of sensitive teeth is brushing too hard and using abrasive toothpastes. The reason teeth become sensitive is due to exposed dentinal tubules. Sensitivity can also arise from gum disease, gum recession, acid erosion, cracked fillings and cavities. Desensitizing agents such as Sensodyne toothpaste is a great option to relieve the sensitivity. It works by blocking off the dentinal tubules, so that the nerves do not get stimulated. Another option is the use of a non-alcohol mouthwash with a high fluoride content instead.

Should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Your dentist might advise you to remove impacted wisdom teeth before they actually start causing serious problems. Removal of wisdom teeth is better done at a young age, as later on, the removal becomes difficult. Additionally, with age, complications associated with removal of teeth may also increase and healing generally becomes difficult. Ask your dentist if the procedure is right for you.

What are porcelain veneers and how can they improve my smile?

Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of tooth-shaped porcelain individually crafted to cover the face of teeth. They are very durable and will not stain, making them a great solution for patients seeking to enhance their smile.

How Long Do Crowns Last?

Crowns should last approximately 5-8 years; however, with good oral hygiene majority of crowns will last for a much longer period of time. Some damaging habits like missing recall appointments, bad oral hygiene, grinding your teeth and chewing ice may cause this period of time to decrease significantly.

What Is Dental Amalgam and is it safe?

Dental amalgam is one of the oldest filling materials used by dentists. It is a mixture of mercury and an alloy of silver, tin and copper. Mercury makes up about 45-50 percent of the compound and is used to bind the metals together to provide a strong, hard durable filling. Dental Amalgam is safe to use and when combined with other materials in dental amalgam, the chemical nature of mercury changes, so it is essentially harmless. The amount released in the mouth from the forces of chewing and grinding is extremely small and no cause for alarm. In fact, it is less than what patients are exposed to in food, air, and water.

What is dry mouth and how can I fix this problem?

Dry mouth, a common problem among adults is a reduction of salivary flow and could be a symptom or a side effect of certain medications. Sufficient saliva is needed in the mouth to wash away food debris and to reduce plaque by reducing acid byproducts. If you think you suffer from dry mouth there are saliva substitutes including sugar-free gum, Biotene toothpaste and mouthwash.

How many times a day should I brush my teeth?

It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. Brushing after every meal and flossing at least once a day is also a great way to maintain a beautiful smile.

When should my child have his/her first dental appointment?

Your child should have their first dental appointment by their first birthday.

Can the dentist whiten my teeth?

Several methods are available for whitening your teeth, including: in-office and at-home. One session of in-office whitening generally lasts one to two hours, and you can read or relax during the treatment. For at-home whitening, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth and create a clear tray custom made for your mouth. You can then use the trays to whiten your teeth whenever you want to brighter up your smile.

What type of dental floss should I use; waxed or unwaxed?

Studies comparing waxed and unwaxed floss revealed no difference between the two types of dental floss. It is more important to use proper floss techniques in order to remove plaque and food particles from areas not reached by a toothbrush.

Are electric toothbrushesbetter than manual brushes?

Both manual and power toothbrushes are effective, but research studies have shown electric and sonic toothbrushes, if used properly, can perform better than manual toothbrushes. The key is to use the toothbrush that best meets your needs, for example, people with arthritis may find electric toothbrushs are much easier and helpful to use.

I wear braces, what type of tooth brush do you recommend?

Patients with orthodontic braces can use either manual or electronic tooth brushes, but many find it easier to brush effectively with an electric toothbrush. The rotating head of a powered toothbrush requires less force and manipulation than a manual toothbrush, therefore the risk of dislodging orthodontic appliances is reduced significantly.

What should I do if I have bad breath?

Bad breath can be an embarrassing condition and many people do not realize they have bad breath. There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to bacterial deposits on the tongue. Studies have shown that simply brushing the tongue reduced bad breath by as much as 70 percent.

What may cause bad breath?

Many factors can cause bad breath here is a list of common reasons.

Periodontal (gum) disease – Billions of bacteria and food debris reside under inflamed gums producing bad odor.

Sleeping with removable dental appliances including partial and complete dentures

Certain foods( Garlic, onions, etc.)

Poor oral hygiene habits

Dental cavities

Dry mouth

Tobacco products