Tooth Sensitivity: What Are The Common Causes? – Part 2

Did you read our article last week? In it, Dr. Aerni began a discussion on tooth sensitivity. You can read that article, here. Below, Dr. Aerni continues his discussion on tooth sensitivity by discussing some of the most common causes of sensitive teeth.

1. Injury

A tooth may become sensitive after it has been damaged or experienced any kind trauma, including a “bruise” or crack. If you sustain a blow to the mouth or bite into something that is too hard, these kinds of damages can occur. Sensitivity from an injury can take time to heal; it can be weeks, or maybe months, before the discomfort goes away.

2. Disease/Infection

If your tooth is infected or diseased, you will feel a lot of sensitivity in the tooth. To eliminate the sensitivity, it is important to take care of the infection immediately. The infection may not only cause severe discomfort, but it could also lead to more harmful oral health issues.

3. Tooth Whitening

One of the most common side effects of any tooth whitening system is sensitivity. Typically, your sensitivity will go away after your treatment is complete. If the sensitivity becomes to much to bear, you can put your whitening treatment on hold, and restart when your sensitivity subsides.

4. Exposed Dentin

When your tooth and tooth enamel are healthy, your dentin is naturally protected. Dentin is an inner part of your tooth and has a sponge-like texture. If your enamel is worn down or damaged, your dentin may become exposed and subsequently cause sensitivity.

ALSO READ: How Can I Eliminate Cavities?

When your enamel is damaged, your dentin is exposed, which can result in sensitivity and even extreme discomfort.

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Make sure to be on the look out for the third and final part of our blog series on tooth sensitivity. In the next article, Dr. Aerni will take a look at what causes your dentin to become exposed.

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Tooth Sensitivity: Introduction – Part 1

Do you know what tooth sensitivity is, or, rather, what causes tooth to become sensitive? Many of your probably suffer from tooth sensitivity—you know, that discomfort you experience when eating something really hot or cold.

First off, it is important to understand what tooth sensitivity is. Unfortunately, nearly half of people in the US will experience some kind of tooth sensitivity in their lifetime. Tooth sensitivity can occur for a number of different reasons. For example, eating or drinking something that is hot, cold, or sweet can cause discomfort. The discomfort that is felt from tooth sensitivity can be minor or severe, and can last for a couple seconds or for hours at a time.

Just like the amount of time it lasts, the discomfort level will vary on a case by case basis. Some people may feel only a slight discomfort, while another person may be in severe distress. The sensitivity can sometimes be a simple fix, but other times it is a warning sign of more serious health concerns. Some serious concerns that the dentist may be looking for include: damage to your teeth, tooth decay, gum recession, and more.

What should you do if you notice sensitivity?

It is important to be aware of any sensitivity or discomfort you feel in your teeth. Tooth sensitivity is a common issue among adults, and should be looked at sooner rather than late. Receiving dental care for your sensitivity is important in order to determine that the sensitivity is not being caused by something more serious. Additionally, if you receive care from your dentist, you may solve your sensitivity issue and get rid of any discomfort.

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Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity in Strongsville, OH?

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Make sure to stay tuned to our blog (you can look for posts on Twitter and Facebook) for part 2 of our blog series on tooth sensitivity.

Tooth Discoloration: Caused By These Foods and Drinks

In our last blog post, Dr. Aerni discussed ways you can strengthen your tooth enamel to protect against cavities. In this post, Dr. Aerni will examine which dietary choices are most likely to stain your tooth enamel and cause tooth discoloration.

While your tooth enamel is extremely strong and usually translucent, it is covered in tiny (actually microscopic) ridges and valleys that can trap residue from food and drinks. When these areas on your teeth trap residue, your teeth begin to look discolored from the dark pigments left behind.

Below, Dr. Aerni lists several drinks and foods that can cause tooth discoloration:

• Coffee
• Tea
• Colas
• Tomato sauce/juice
• Popsicles
• Citric Fruit
• Foods that contain food coloring

For more foods and drinks like this, click here.

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Something to keep in mind when determining if a food will stain your teeth is that, if it would stain white clothes, it has the potential to stain your teeth. In addition to the foods mentioned above, foods and drinks that contain a lot of acids can actually wear your enamel down, and expose your dentin. When your dentin becomes exposed, it causes your teeth to look a more yellowish color.

Have you developed tooth discoloration?

The best way to ensure your teeth stay bright and white is to maintain visits to the dentist, and to keep good oral hygiene habits. If your teeth are already discolored, and you would like to receive tooth whitening, feel free to schedule an appointment at our office in Strongsville. Whether your teeth are already bright and white, or you plan on starting a tooth whitening system, you should be conscientious about what you eat. Eating these types of food after your treatment can negate the results you are looking to achieve.

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Oral Health | How Can I Eliminate Cavities?

Cavities! The word everyone is scared of hearing every time they visit the dentist.

If you have a cavity, this means you need a restoration, and will be at the dentist for longer than you originally planned. It also means some potential drilling and uncomfortable procedures. Unfortunately, if you have a cavity, you have to get them restored. If you don’t, the decay will get worse and cause you to lose more of your tooth, have extreme sensitivity, and cause issues like gum disease and tooth loss. If you lose your tooth, you may require a dental implant to restore your smile!

Do you brush your teeth, floss, use mouthwash, and visit your dentist on a regular basis, but want to do more to prevent cavities? Many of our patients ask use what more they can do to protect themselves against cavities–and this is what we recommend!

1) Use products that contain fluoride

When choosing which type of toothpaste or mouthwash to use, look for a brand/product that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps to remineralize your teeth and strengthen your enamel. Receiving a professional fluoridation treatment could also be advantageous for your tooth enamel.

2) Receive dental sealants

Sealants are most commonly used for children! This is because children are the most susceptible to cavities, due to their dietary choices. However, if an adult is struggling with keeping their teeth cavity free, sealants are definitely an option. Sealants should not replace your hygiene care, but can create an additional barrier between your teeth and the acids and bacteria in your mouth.

3) Drink more tap water

Tap water is better for your dental health than any other kind of water. This is because of water fluoridation. Just like with dental products that contain fluoride, tap water can help to strengthen your enamel.

4) Look for products that contain Xylitol

The most common products that contains Xylitol are certain brands of sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum is good for your teeth for a couple of reasons. First, it stimulates your salivary glands and causes you to produce more saliva, a natural protector against cavities. Secondly, Xylitol, while a sugar substitute, works directly against sugars in your mouth. Please note that not all sugar-free brands of chewing gum contain Xylitol.

5) Increase your dairy intake

Dairy products are an excellent source of calcium. Additionally, many dairy products contain casein, a protein that strengthens your teeth. Due to containing both casein and calcium, consuming dairy products is a great way to strengthen your teeth!

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Orthodontic Care | Keeping Your Mouth Healthy With Braces

Dr. Aerni wants everyone to have a happy mouth. In order for your mouth to be happy, it needs to be clean, healthy, and beautiful. Unfortunately, for patients who are undergoing orthodontic care, keeping your teeth clean and healthy is a little bit more difficult. After all, germs, bacteria, and food particles have many more places to hide throughout your mouth!

While it is more difficult to keep your mouth healthy and happy, it is not impossible for orthodontic patients to do so! Below, Dr. Aerni outlines a few steps you can take to ensure that your mouth remains healthy throughout your treatment.

Step 1: Ditch your manual toothbrush for an electric brush.

An electric toothbrush will help to make up for the difficulties introduced by the brackets and wires in your mouth. Removing as much plaque and tartar from your mouth as possible is imperative in maintaining a healthy mouth An electric toothbrush is your best bet to maximize what you are removing from your teeth.

NOTE: Dr. Aerni believes so much in the importance of keeping your mouth clean, and the advantages offered by an electric toothbrush, that he gives all of his orthodontic patients a free Sonicare toothbrush.

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Step 2: How you brush matters.

Even if you are brushing with an electric toothbrush, your technique is extremely important. When you are brushing your top teeth, you must angle your toothbrush downwards so that the plaque and tartar are easily removed. Likewise, on your bottom teeth, you need to angle your brush upwards. Additionally, you should brush each tooth for a minimum of ten seconds, and focus on areas where your brackets are connected to your teeth.

Step 3: Brush more often.

Instead of the recommended twice per day, you should brush after each meal you eat. Brushing after you eat a meal will ensure that you are removing food particles from your mouth before they can become an issue.

Step 4: Use products that contain fluoride.

When choosing a toothpaste and mouthwash, make sure to select a brand and product that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen your tooth enamel and avoid cavities.

Step 5: You still need to floss.

We know that we discussed this in our last blog, but it is very important. If you do not continue to floss, you are at a much higher risk of developing gum disease and cavities in between your teeth.

Are you in need of orthodontic care in Strongsville, OH?

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Orthodontic Care | Oral Care With Braces

If you are receiving orthodontic care, especially traditional braces or Tip Edge orthodontics like Dr. Aerni offers, they will become a part of you over the course of your treatment. Due to this, it is important that you take proper care of your braces to ensure they remain effective and clean.

Below, Dr. Aerni offers several suggestions on how to best take care of your braces:

Remember to floss!

Flossing can be a pain, especially with a mouth full of wires and brackets. However, it is important to floss and remove particles of food from between your teeth and braces. Flossing is the best way to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout your treatment.

Stay away from certain foods.

You hear this all the time from your dentist or orthodontist, but, nonetheless, you need to stay away from hard candies, suckers (especially those caramel apple ones), chewy candies, and corn on the cob! If you eat these foods, and your brackets or wires break, your braces will no longer do their job properly until fixed.

Wear a mouthguard while playing sports.

Dr. Aerni always recommends wearing a mouthguard while participating in sports. However, when you have braces, it becomes even more important to wear a one to protect your braces and your teeth.

Be attentive to your braces.

If you have a wire that breaks, or brackets that have become loose, it is important schedule an appointment to get these problems corrected ASAP.

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Are you (or your child) in need of orthodontic care/braces?

Aerni Dental in Strongsville, OH offers orthodontic care for our patients, and everyone in the area looking for orthodontic care. As stated above, Dr. Aerni offers Tip Edge orthodontics. To learn more about what Dr. Aerni offers, and to see a patient story, click here.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to visit Dr. Aerni, click here. Dr. Aerni and his team are always welcoming new patients!

Children’s Dental Hygiene | Do You Want Your Child To Brush More?

In our last blog post, Dr. Aerni began a discussion on the dental hygiene habits of children. Unfortunately, one major issue that many parents face is getting their children to brush twice per day for two minutes at a time. In addition to this, it is important that your children are brushing with proper technique! Your dentist can offer some tips on proper brushing technique. You can see what Colgate says about proper brushing technique, here.

Below, Dr. Aerni lists a few tips to help your children brush longer and more often to improve their dental hygiene.

Let your children choose their toothpaste.

It is rare that your children have the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. If you give your children this choice, they will likely take more ownership over the decision, and take more pride in using what they chose. Letting your child pick their toothpaste is good, but make sure they are choosing a brand that will give results, and make sure they are using the proper amount of toothpaste. Remember: Children do not need to use as much toothpaste as adults, as their mouth and teeth are much smaller.

Let your children brush with their stuffed animal or blanket.

Your children have a significant bond with their favorite stuffed animal or blanket. These items provide them with comfort and a sense of normalcy. After all, your children probably sleep with a blanket or stuffed animal, take them in the car, and to grandma and grandpa’s house, so why not let them bring these items while they brush? In addition to providing comfort, stuffed animals spark children’s imagination and may help them brush longer.

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Buy your children an electric toothbrush.

Your children probably get bored while they brush. Due to this, they probably won’t want to brush twice per day or for two minutes at a time. However, if you buy your children electric toothbrushes, brushing can become more fun as they get to use something that is “motorized.” Using an electric toothbrush will also help your children make up for poor technique.

Dr. Aerni also recommends introducing music while your children brush. If you reserve one of your child’s favorite songs for brushing time, it will cause them to want to brush more often and longer, so they can listen to one of their favorite tunes!

Does your child need a dentist?

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Children’s Dental Health | Good Hygiene Habits Should Be Formed Early

As you probably know, your dental health is an important part of having good overall health and wellness. With this being said, what is the best way to keep your oral health in order? Of course, you need to visit your dentist on a regular basis. You also need to take good care of your teeth at home and consider your dietary choices.

While practicing good oral health habits is important for yourself, it is especially critical for your children. When growing up, it is important that you help your child develop proper oral hygiene habits. If your child develops good oral hygiene practices while they are young, these practices will carry over to when they are older.

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If your child develops bad hygiene habits, they will develop more cavities, which will require restorations, and their oral health will decrease. In addition to this, their hygiene habits will lack later in life and cause issues like gum disease, tooth loss, and tooth decay.

When should you start your child’s oral hygiene?

As soon as your child’s first tooth begins to break through the gum line, you should start brushing the tooth. When two or more teeth start to touch, flossing should also begin. In addition to your at-home care, you should start scheduling your child’s dental appointments for 6 months after their teeth begin to show.

Have questions about your child’s dental health?

If you have any questions about child’s dental health, or caring for your child’s teeth, feel free to schedule an appointment at Dr. Aerni’s office in Strongsville, OH.

In our next article, Dr. Aerni will offer several tips to help you get your child to brush more often. It is not always easy to get children to brush twice per day for two minutes at a time, but these tips should ease the process and help keep you child’s teeth in good shape.

Periodontal Disease | Why a Deep Cleaning is Important

Maintaining your oral health is probably important to you. However, no matter how hard you try, you may still develop some oral health issues. One of the most common oral health problems to develop is gum disease. In fact, the CDC reports that 47% of adults in the US suffer from gum disease.

If you have developed gum disease—whether you have been properly caring for your teeth, or neglecting them—there is treatment available. How far your gum disease has advanced will determine what type of treatment your case demands. The most common form of treatment for gum disease is a deep cleaning. This type of cleaning will be necessary if you develop gum disease, as your regular cleanings will no longer properly clean your teeth and gum line.

Deep Cleaning

Deep cleanings utilize special tools and techniques and include two steps: scaling and root planing.

The first step, scaling, removes tartar and plaque from the surface of your tooth and beneath your gum line.

The second step, root planing, is a process of carefully smoothing the surface of your tooth’s root to decrease inflammation, and shrink the pockets that have formed in your gums. If these pockets are left untreated, they will continue to allow plaque and tartar to build up under your gums and on your gum line.

Typically, a deep cleaning will require 2-4 visits to your dentist, and also may involve a local anesthetic during treatment.

Unfortunately, if your gum disease has developed too far, it cannot be fully cured, only treated. Gum disease is a systemic disease, very similar to diabetes or high blood pressure (HBP). After you have received a deep cleaning, it is important to continue treatment and schedule routine cleanings at your dentist’s office. If you do not receive routine cleanings, gum disease can cause tooth loss, loss of jaw bone, and lead to many other health problems.

To learn more on deep cleanings, visit Oral-B’s website.

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Gum Disease | The Health of Your Gums

Are your gums in a healthy state or are you suffering from gum disease? This is something that you need to know the answer to, but probably don’t.

Unless you have been diagnosed by your dentist, you probably don’t know if you are suffering from some form of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) or not. The reason for this, is that periodontal disease does not present many signs or symptoms. The few you can look for include unexplained bleeding while brushing or flossing, and your gums appearing bright red and inflamed.

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If you notice either of the above signs, you should schedule a dental appointment ASAP. Your dentist’s office will have specialized tools to determine the health of your gums. Additionally, these tools will determine how far your gum disease has developed and what treatment is necessary. The earlier you catch gum disease, the better off you will be, as, if you let gum disease develop too far, it will not be able to be fully cured. Your dentist will be able to put together a personalized treatment plan to improve the overall health and wellness of your gums. Please note that a treatment plan may include the work of a periodontist

Determining if you have periodontal disease, and receiving necessary treatment, is critical for your oral health. Along with this, gum disease has been associated with many other diseases including:

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As with any health issues, you are better off preventing periodontal disease from ever forming. Gum disease can be usually avoided by following instructions below:

  • Brush twice per day for two minutes
  • Floss daily
  • Brush your tongue, roof of your mouth, and gums
  • Use mouthwash

If gum disease does develop, there is treatment available. In our next blog post, Dr. Aerni will examine exactly what a deep cleaning is and what it entails.

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