Posts for: October, 2016

October 17, 2016
Category: Dental Health

In our previous blog article, we discussed the usual suspects that cause tooth sensitivity and also introduced dentinal sensitivity. There are a lot of different things that can play a role in your dentin being subjected and the resulting sensitivity. They include but are not limited to:Tooth Sensitivity

Brushing technique/tools - Do you brush harder thinking it will clean your teeth better? Don’t. If you brush with too much force it can wear your enamel away. Additionally, you should be careful about the type of brush you use. If your brush has bristles that are too stiff or hard it can damage your enamel.

Foods that contain acid - Similar to certain diseases, if you eat foods that contain a lot of acid, it can cause the acid to erode the enamel of your teeth. Examples of foods high in acid are pickles, tea, tomatoes, and citrus fruits.

Gum recession - Dr. Samuels sees many patients whose gums, overtime, shrink back. This leaves parts of your tooth exposed that used to be covered by your gums. If you notice your teeth looking longer you may be experiencing this. 

Bad oral hygiene habits - If you do not consistently brush, floss, use mouthwash, and visit the dentist, you may be more susceptible to cavities and plaque build-up. 

Bruxism - If you are experiencing pain when you wake up from a sleep, you may be grinding your teeth. If you are grinding your teeth,  you may be physically wearing away the enamel of your teeth. 

Medical ailments - Diseases like bulimia and GERD (heartburn) can cause more acid to be present in your mouth and erode the enamel of your teeth. 

The best way to restore the enamel of your teeth is to use fluoride. Fluoride will help your teeth rebuild enamel and protect your dentin. 

For more information, or to schedule a visit at our office in Rockville, MD, contact us online or call us at our office today!

October 03, 2016
Category: Dental Health

Last week we introduced tooth sensitivity. Continuing our discussion from our last post, we now look at some common causes of sensitive teeth. 

Sensitive Teeth Rockville DentistBelow are five common causes of sensitive teeth in no particular order:

Dental trauma (injury) - If your tooth has experienced an injury like a bruise, crack, or fracture, it can cause your tooth to become sensitive. You may even feel sensitivity during a cleaning or having a filling placed. Once your injury heals, your sensitivity should subside.

Uneven bite - If your teeth are not properly aligned, and are hitting too soon or with too much force, it can cause tooth sensitivity. Your teeth may not be aligned correctly due to thumb sucking, losing jaw bone density, or losing one or more teeth. If you receive a bite adjustment, your sensitivity will cease.    

Tooth decay - If you have a cavity, you will experience sensitivity when consuming something hot or cold, or something that contains a lot of sugar. This sensitivity comes from germs and bacteria reaching to nerves of your teeth. Once you receive a filling, or another type of restoration, the sensitivity should subside. 

Dental infection - If you have some type of infection in your tooth you may experience some sensitivity. Once the infection is cleared your sensitivity will disappear. If you do not have your infection cleared it can cause extreme sensitivity as well as serious health issues. 

Dentinal sensitivity - Your enamel is the protective barrier of your tooth. If your enamel has been worn down, your dentin becomes exposed. If your dentin becomes exposed it can causes discolored teeth and tooth sensitivity, A fluoride treatment will help strengthen your enamel.

Make sure to be on the look out for our next blog post where we will discuss what causes enamel to wear down and expose the tooth’s dentin. If you are in the Rockville, MD area and would like to see Dr. Samuels about your tooth sensitivity, or any other dental health issues, please contact us today at 301-881-4200.

11140 Rockville Pike, Ste 510
Rockville, MD 20852
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