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Beware of Frozen Summertime Treats | West Palm Beach Dentist

Posted on: June 29th, 2017 by CSHYUBNNAI No Comments

When you think of summertime, chances are a frozen treat of some sort comes to mind. For some, that also sends chills down their spine because of tooth sensitivity. While your dentist can diagnose the problem, it’s best you understand what is causing your tooth sensitivity to prevent further dental problems in the future.

Tooth sensitivity is typically caused when your tooth enamel, which protects your teeth, is worn down or when you have gum recession. And when the dentine, or underlying surface, becomes exposed, your enamel and gums are no longer able to provide the protection to the root and the tooth itself.

Tooth sensitivity can be triggered by a myriad of things, including:

  • Periodontal/gum disease
  • Brushing your teeth too aggressively
  • Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Worn away tooth enamel (which is what protects your tooth’s nerves)
  • Exposure of roots
  • Grinding of teeth
  • Tooth decay

And now, the various ways to treat tooth sensitivity:

One of the first things you can try to help treat sensitive teeth from home is proper oral hygiene, such as brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using non-abrasive toothpaste. You should also avoid certain types of food and beverages, like coffee, carbonated drinks and even yogurt. If you clench or grind your teeth, try wearing a night guard to bed.

As for in-office dental treatments, these could include crowns, bonding, inlays and onlays, depending on your individual case. If due to gum disease, your dentist may recommend a gum graft or the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

To find out more about tooth sensitivity, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at 561-869-0872 to schedule a consultation today! Or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com for information.

Advanced Dental Group proudly accepts patients from West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Singer Island and all surrounding areas.

Drinks with Hidden Sugars and Oral Health – West Palm Beach, FL

Posted on: February 21st, 2012 by No Comments

Juice Drinks vs. Teeth

It is important to consume adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables. These food groups provide vital nutrients that allow your body to function at its best. Multiple studies have shown that orange juice, lemon juice and grapefruit juice all can be acidic and harmful to your teeth. It is possible for these acids to harm not only your teeth but dental restorations as well. These fruits are important parts of your overall diet but limiting the amount of citric juice intake to once or twice a day is recommended. Advanced Dental Group recommends you avoid sipping on acidic liquids all day long. Using a straw to avoid contact with the teeth and gently rinsing your mouth with water after drinking acidic juices is a way to reduce your risk.

 

Sports Drinks vs. Teeth

Sports drinks and energy drinks might seem like healthy alternatives to soda, but they are not healthier for your teeth. Here at Advanced Dental Group, we often see damage to the teeth and smile due to sports drinks. A new study from New York University College of Dentistry shows that sports drinks contain high levels of acids that may be linked to a condition called “erosive tooth wear”. In just 90 minutes of exposure to sports drinks over the course of a day the enamel coating on the teeth can be damaged and the teeth weakened. Sports drinks also contain a lot of sugar. In only a 12oz bottle of Gatorade, there are 10 and a half teaspoon of sugar. Most people do not drink only 12oz, they go for the 24 or 36 oz bottles. That can really add up on the amount of sugar we should be consuming daily. And can really add up on the amount of cavities that can occur!

 

Soda vs. Teeth

Dentists at Advanced Dental Group often see the damage to teeth caused by soft drinks. Most people seem to be aware of the damaging effect of soft drinks on their teeth but are not concerned by it. According to the American Dental Association, Americans drink more than 53 gallons of soft drinks per person per year. Some soft drinks contain more than 11 spoonfuls of sugar (like Sunkist) which is used by the bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. Of greater concern is dental erosion, which is caused by acids in soda such as carbonic acid, citric acid, and phosphoric acid. You have seen what happens to a penny when you soak it in soda for a few hours. Over time these acids can damage the enamel of your teeth and lead to decay and need to restore those cavities. If a beautiful, healthy smile is your goal than avoiding soda is a good idea. If you are concerned about your smile, feel free to call Advanced Dental Group at (561) 689-0872 to schedule an appointment and keep your teeth healthy and radiant.