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6 Tips on How to Deal With Sensitive Teeth

For the first time, a gulp of that deliciously cold milkshake made you quiver with your jaw almost paralyzed with sharp twitching pain – and many more similar experiences followed whenever you consume very hot or very cold food and beverages. That’s sensitive teeth and it can be very frustrating. There are 5 tips on how to deal with sensitive teeth:

1. Cut down on sour food. The acid in certain food such as green mangoes and most citrus foods can destroy the protective covering of the teeth and suddenly you have hypersensitive teeth. If you cannot live without acidic foods, you may consider consuming them as a milkshake recipe or mash them into almost liquid form and use a straw.

2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing too hard using a toothbrush with hard bristles can damage your gums. Gum recession leaves your teeth more sensitive. To avoid this, you should brush gently and with just enough pressure to totally clean your mouth without harming your gums. Sometimes even brushing can trigger the pain. You can use toothpaste that is specially intended for sensitive teeth. This specialized toothpaste contains desensitizing agents that can render the tooth insensitive when exposed to foods that trigger the sensation.

3. Toothpaste with fluoride can aid in restoring and strengthening your damaged tooth enamel. Fluoride is best known for its action in protecting against dental cavities.

4. Floss regularly. Flossing regularly will remove trapped food particles that can cause dental cavities and unhealthy gums. You should floss gently and try not to harm your gums. Unhealthy gums can also result in overly sensitive teeth.

5. Avoid any mouthwash containing ingredients that are harsh to the teeth. Mouthwash with harsh ingredients can corrode your tooth enamel.

6. Visit your dentist at the dental clinic if you suffer from teeth grinding. The enamel can wear away when you clench your teeth which usually happens when you’re asleep. Your dentist will recommend a dental tool like a mouth guard to address grinding.

There are cases when discomfort from sensitive teeth is just temporary. But if the reasons are grave enough as to require professional help, an appointment with the dentist will prevent more serious problems in the future.

An exposed root, cracked tooth, damaged filling and even gum diseases should receive immediate dental treatment. They are not only causing you pain but they may also cause illness. You should also consult your dentist if a previous dental procedure such as tooth restoration or crown placement creates that distinctive painful sensation.

If you consider the tips on how to deal with sensitive teeth, there will be no more reason why you shouldn’t enjoy your favorite food painlessly.

Source by Vera Zdarsky


Pros and Cons of Using a Laser in Dentistry

Laser technology has revolutionized various medical fields. Now this modern and innovative approach is being widely used in the dentistry. Many dentists around the world have incorporated laser techniques into their dental practices and a plethora of different procedures.

A laser is a device that emits energy in the form of amplified light. This amplified light is used to cut tissue and teeth.

In dentistry, laser technology is used to fix an array of periodontal (gum) diseases and other dental problems in a remarkable way. All dental lasers, be it hot or cold, work by delivering energy in the form of light. For different dental procedures the laser acts differently on hard or soft tissue. For example, lasers act as a precise as precise cutting instrument to cut decayed soft tissue and seal it at the same time.

Often used in conjunction with other dental instruments, dental lasers are considered to be exceptionally safe and effective. Compared to the traditional dental drill, laser technique is considered as a more accurate and effective way to perform many dental procedures.

Laser-assisted dental work has proven to be more precise, less invasive, less intrusive and less time consuming. Surgeries and dental procedures done with lasers result in less pain and lesser bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments because the high-energy light beam promotes coagulation (clotting) of exposed blood vessels. Lasers help dentists preserve most of healthy tooth during cavity removal.

Laser use eliminates the need of painful stitches and drilling, which means the patient experiences no discomfort and recovers faster.

Some of the major benefits associated with laser use in dentistry are:

• The US FDA has approved several types of lasers for use in dentistry
• It is a less invasive treatment than traditional methods
• Laser dentistry is performed with no noise and very little pain
• It reduces anxiety and nervousness in patients who avoid going to the dentist due to fear of drilling
• Laser-assisted soft tissue procedures may not require stitches
• It reduces the need of traditional anesthesia in certain dentistry procedures
• Fewer bacterial infections may occur due to the high-energy beam that sterilizes the area being treated
• Cold sores heal quickly and painlessly
• Less post-surgery pain and swelling
• Lasers can remove caries carefully and tooth preparation
• Dental lasers can remove any benign tumors located in the interior of a patient’s mouth
• Risk of damage to surrounding tissue is very less
• Minimize side effects eliminate the discomfort of aphthous ulcers
• Because dental lasers require no incisions or stitches, patients recover faster
• Certain dental procedures can be completed in a single appointment, so you don’t have to make multiple visits to your dentist


• One of the biggest disadvantages of lasers is that the American Dental Association (ADA) has not endorsed the use of lasers in dentistry
• A dental lasers is unable to remove gold and vitreous porcelain
• Lasers cannot be used on teeth with silver fillings
• They cannot be utilized to work on cavities between teeth and your dentist will have to use a drill during the filling process
• Lasers cannot be as much effective in preparing a tooth for a crown or prepping the teeth for a bridge as traditional drills
• Many laser-assisted dental procedures still need a dental drill
• Lasers cannot help dentist in shaping a filling, adjusting the bite, or polishing a filling.
• Lasers minimize but do not eliminate the need for anesthesia
• Since the equipment to perform laser procedures is much more expensive than traditional dental drills, treatments performed using lasers tend to be costly
• Both the dentist and patients can injure their eyes from the light of the laser

Source by Neelam Goswami


The Most Common Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth pops up when one is around 17 years old. Sometimes called “third molars”, one can have four wisdom teeth, but there are individuals who don’t have any. The main problem with them is that they grow even when there is insufficient space in the jaw for them. Thus the teeth become impacted and this eventually gives rise to problem such as gum infections and tooth decay. Below are some symptoms related to this set of teeth.

Pain: A wayward wisdom tooth may cause pericoronities (a localised infection) to arise around the problem area. This causes pain.

Irritation: Because of space constaint, wisdom teeth may get trapped. The end result is irritation and a feeling of uneasiness.

Sour Throat and Nausea: When pericoronitis spreads, be prepared for sour throat or nausea.

Fever: Body temperature can rise and fatigue sets in, no thanks to pericoronities.

Difficulty in Swallowing: One of the most common symptoms of wisdom teeth problems is difficulty in opening the jaw and swallowing.

Pus: Infection around the wisdom tooth may cause pus to form near the gum.

Facial Swelling: Swelling of the face, throat and ear may occur when the teeth erupted at certain angles. But the swelling could be due to worsened pericoronitis also.

Lymphs glands swells: Patients may feel pain in the throat. This is because the impacted teeth had caused havoc on the lymph glands under the jaw.

Gum inflammation: When the wisdom tooth erupts, the gum may become inflamed.

Cysts or Tumor: Cysts or tumors may form around impacted wisdom teeth, but such an occurrence is quite rare.

Difficulties in brushing: If you experience difficulties in flossing and brushing, it is highly possible that your wisdom tooth is rearing its ugly head.

Chewing problems: Impacted wisdom tooth may eventually lead to ulcers in the mouth. When that happens, chewing becomes a Herculean task.

Pain, oh, pain: Besides pain in your jaw, be prepared for headaches as well.

Foul mouth: Infected wisdom teeth can cause bad breath.

Source by Corrie Banji