Thursday, April 8, 2021

Common Question About Teeth Staining!

We all want a nice white sparkling smile, Right? In order to achieve this you have probably tried all sorts of whitening options, but have you ever thought about what causes the staining?

Below are some common quotations regarding teeth staining and the professional team from "Perfect Dental" has the answers for you!

  • What causes teeth staining? 
    • There are a few reasons for tooth discoloration including: food, drinks, smoking, stain-causing particles within the tooth enamel, and even simply aging. 
  • How can I prevent teeth staining?
    • Prevention is pretty easy when it comes to stained teeth. Avoid certain foods and beverages that satin your teeth, quit smoking, and keep up with good oral care routines including brushing twice daily, rinsing with mouthwash and flossing daily, chewing sugar-free gum between meals, and seeing your dentist at least twice a year.
  • What foods stain your teeth?
    • Foods that are bright or bold in color are the most likely to stain your teeth. Red pasta sauces, berries such as blueberries and raspberries, and bright curries all can contribute to teeth staining. 
  • When is the best tome to do teeth whitening? 
    • You'll need to make sure you're teeth are free from decay, so the best time to start whitening is after a teeth cleaning. 
If you are interested in more questions regarding teeth staining, click here!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Personality Traits According to the Shape of Your Teeth!

Yes, there is even a scientific name for it! It's called Morphopsychology.

Well, if nothing else this may make for an interesting hobby for dentists, assistants and hygienists!  It’s a form of people…uh, patient watching and could give you some insight into the type of personality you’re dealing with, if you’re in to that sort of thing.  Here goes:

Rectangular Teeth

People with rectangular shaped teeth tend to be rational thinkers, decision makers, practical people who possess leadership qualities.  They’re very sociable and tend to talk A LOT but they are imaginative and excellent planners. 

Square Teeth

The square type is the most common.  These people are orderly, objective, diplomatic sorts and possess good business sense.  They are intelligent, have good control over their emotions and are spiritually inclined and discreet. 

Triangular Teeth

(Best described as narrow at the gumline and wide at the bottom of the tooth.)

These souls tend to be free-spirited, carefree and independent.  They don’t let the grass grow under their feet…they prefer freedom and unencumbered lifestyles.  They also tend to be free thinkers. 

Oval Teeth

Everything about these types of people screams class!  They are typically well groomed, well dressed, organized and possess great sensitivity.  They are artsy, and that is reflected in every aspect of their being.  Right down to the clothing they wear and car they choose to drive!  They also tend to be shy, which is in contrast to the artsy style.  

If you’re looking for more, here are some additional observations to take this new hobby even further:

Passive Personality – If you are the type of person who goes with the flow and rarely gets stressed out, you likely have flatter canines with curvier tops. 

Anxious Personality – If you tend to bite your nails or grind your teeth when anxious you most likely have smaller than average teeth.

Aggressive Personality – If you are a slightly aggressive person you most likely have thinner, more pronounced canines that often protrude out past the lateral incisors.

Reckless Personality – If you are known as a party animal you are most likely relaxed about habits like drinking and smoking which often result in stained teeth!

Enjoy your new hobby, and have fun!   

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Cure For Tooth Sensitivity?

Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity? If yes, you may be in luck!  

According to a news article by Melissa Busch ( associate editor) posted the following article:

"March 29, 2021 -- Scientists have identified a protein in tooth cells that helps detect cold, possibly paving the way for new treatments for tooth sensitivity and pain, according to a study published on March 26 in Science Advances.

They found that tooth cells called odontoblasts contain the ion channel transient receptor potential channel 5 (TRPC5), a specialized protein that functions as a cold sensor. Additionally, more TRPC5 is present in teeth with cavities.

Based on prior research, the researchers knew TRPC5 was sensitive to cold, but they didn't know where, specifically, it reacted to temperature. This led them to examine odontoblasts, which reside in the outer zone of tooth pulp, making a natural barrier between hard tissues and soft dental pulp. They found that odontoblasts are necessary for sensing cold stimuli.

"TRPC5 may be an effective target for the treatment of dentin hypersensitivity and inflammatory tooth pain," wrote the group, led by Dr. Laura Bernal from Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.

Though many patients experience tooth sensitivity, the mechanisms behind cold sensation aren't completely known. One theory has been that tiny canals inside the teeth contain a substance that moves with temperature alterations. Some have suggested that nerves can sense the direction of the movement, signaling whether the tooth is hot or cold.

Bernal and colleagues developed a jaw-nerve preparation that recorded neural activity from intact teeth in mice under anesthesia. When researchers touched the teeth with an ice-cold solution, the drop in temperature prompted neural activity, indicating that the tooth was sensing cold. However, mice without functioning TRPC5 did not have the same reaction.

Extracted human teeth were also analyzed to determine the role tooth decay plays in sensitivity. More TRPC5 resided in human teeth with decay, and TRPC5 sensory nerve expression rose significantly in teeth with pulpitis.

Additionally, TRPC5 may signal protracted pain and operate as an oxidative stress sensor during inflammation. Therefore, TRPC5 may be the target needed to develop treatments for tooth inflammatory pain and sensitivity. This also explains why clove oil, which mostly contains eugenol, has been used as a pain reliever in dentistry for centuries. Clove oil inhibits TRPC5 currents, the authors wrote.

A limitation of the study is that TRPC5 could not be evaluated in response to cold in odontoblasts in live, unanesthetized mice, the authors noted.

Nevertheless, they concluded that the study closed an important gap in the understanding of tooth pain. And now that the knowledge is out there, it opens the door to new treatment options.

"Once you have a molecule to target, there is a possibility of treatment," stated electrophysiologist and senior study author Dr. Katharina Zimmerman in a release."

What are your thoughts?