Thursday, July 26, 2012

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Did you ever drink something hot or cold and feel a sharp, shooting pain in one or more of your teeth? You probably have tooth sensitivity: potentially caused by a myriad of different problems. Here is a list of things that can cause sensitive teeth.
  • Receeding Gums
  • A Cracked Tooth
  • Teeth Grinding (Also known as Bruxism)
  • Whitening Products (Especially if overused.) Note: Some people have a natural sensitivity to whitening products, so it's common to have some sensitivity after use.
  • Gum Disease
  • Brushing your teeth too hard or with a hard bristled toothbrush.
  • Foods that have a high acid content, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, vinegar.....diet soda....
There are a variety of remedies out there to try, such as:
  • Desensitizing Toothpaste (there is a wide variety available at the drugstore)
  • Sealants
  • Brushing with warm water or rinsing with warm salt water
  • Add foods rich in vitamin D to your diet.
The most effective remedy is the common sense approach.....limit your usage of harsh mouthwashes, use a soft bristled toothbrush and keep up with your routine dental cleanings!

As always, keep smiling!

Original Post by walnutflwr on 7/27/10

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Natural Remedies for Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a yeast infection of the tongue, gums, inner cheeks or lips.  It looks like a white pasty coating on the tongue or patchy white sores on the inner cheeks or roof of the mouth. 
Babies, people with compromised immune systems and diabetic people are commonly prone to this type of infection.  It can be difficult to treat, but there are some thngs you can do at home to help.

1. Check your diet! Avoid sugar and starchy foods. Large amounts of sugar amd white carbohydrates can bring on or worsen a bout of candida (Thrush).  Eat fresh raw vegetables and lean proteins or yogurt, or you can eat foods that contain vinegar, such as sauerkraut or pickles to actually ward off the infection.!

2. Try a natural remedy such as grapefruit seed extract (a few drops diluted in water & just swish a few times a day) coconut oil ( excellent to cook with in place of vegetable oils), plain, sugar free yogurt (yogurt contains healthy bacteria that helps to balance the ph in the body).  Adults with the infection can also take acidophilus capsules or liquid to help reduce the growth of bacteria.

3. Remember to clean your toothbrush and your tongue scraper with a bleach/water solution after each use to avoid reinfecting yourself when you brush your teeth. 

These are some of the ideas I came up with from around the web.

Enjoy, & keep smiling!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Having trouble understanding dental language??

Check out Savon's Tooth-o-Pedia! This convenient dental dictionary helps if you are trying to understand your bill, your treatment plan, or even understand the dentist as he speaks to you!

This is a GREAT tool that I have found very useful at home and at work!!! I've even surprised my friends with how much I know about dental! I recommend bookmarking this page to anyone!

Here is Savon's Tooth-o-Pedia

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Suffer from Dry Mouth?

Well there is hope for you yet!

Several people suffer daily from a condition known as Xeristomia or Dry Mouth. Dry mouth can be brought on by any number of medical maladies and various prescription drugs. Most sufferers have found little to no relief from this condition and find themselves constantly drinking more water in hopes of quenching it.

New studies have shown that gums, candies, rinses and sweetners containing Xylitol offer comfort to those suffering from dry mouth. The xylitol coats the soft tissues of the mouth sealing in moisture and stimulates saliva flow.

There is a plethora of amazing over-the-counter products endorsed by dentists for treating dry mouth. Some products to check out are Biotene, Oasis and Sensodyne for Dry Mouth.

To learn more about this condition and it's treatments, please check out the following link from http://www.drymouth.info/consumer/default.asp .

Original Post by Dawn_DA on 9-8-09

Monday, July 2, 2012

Funny Dental Comic

Just a little humor to start out the work week!



Hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Keep Smiling!