Do Sensitive Teeth Get Better Over Time?

teeth, health, smile, dentistDepending on what is causing your tooth sensitivity, it may clear up all by itself or need treatment.

– Long-term sensitivity may be due to a chipped tooth or enamel erosion due to overly aggressive brushing, teeth grinding or acidic drinks.

– Temporary sensitivity often follows procedures such as having veneers, teeth whitening or extractions.

– Sensitivity can be treated with fluoride toothpaste.

– Sensitivity can be prevented by not brushing too hard and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups.

“If you’re a teeth grinder, a custom mouthguard can protect your smile at night.”

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Severe gum disease leads to early death

Results from a small study of oral health in patients with liver cirrhosis were presented at the 2017 International Liver Congress.

Key takeaways:

– In 184 patients with liver cirrhosis, severe periodontitis (gum disease) was associated with higher all-cause mortality, related to complications of cirrhosis

– Bacteria from the gums and teeth can travel to the liver, causing inflammation

– See your dentist regularly for exams and cleanings to prevent gum disease

“Further studies are now required to determine if improving gum care can improve outcomes in patients with liver cirrhosis.”

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The best treatment for cavities

smile health dentist teethIf you have cavities, you might be wondering whether to get fillings or root canal therapy. Take your cavities to the dentist immediately to prevent tooth loss.

Key takeaways:

– You will only require fillings if your cavity is normal sized and there’s no pain.

– Root canal therapy is needed where the cavity has eaten into the third layer of the tooth and exposed the pulp.

– A root canal procedure will end the intense pain.

– Prevent cavities by cleaning your teeth properly and seeing the dentist regularly for cleaning.

Book an appointment with the dentist immediately, to save your tooth.

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Brush extra longer after eating these foods

teeth, health, smile, dentistIts common knowledge that we should brush our teeth every day. However, some foods are so bad for our teeth that we are required to brush extra long after eating.

Key takeaways:

– Foods that stick to teeth like chocolate, white bread, candy and dried fruits cause plaque build-up.

-Soda contains acids and artificial sugars and it can penetrate to small gaps and cause decay.

– Alcohol corrodes the enamel and you should drink it along with water, to make sure it doesn’t stick to teeth.

See your dentist regularly for cleaning.

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Are you brushing your teeth too much?

Cleaning our teeth at least twice a day is essential for perfect oral health. It kills bacteria and prevents discolouration. But how much cleaning is enough?

Key takeaways:

– Flossing your teeth once a day is enough but excessive flossing could tear your gums and cause gum disease.

– Mouthwash which is used to kill oral bacteria but may also cause oral cancer if used excessively.

– Brushing our teeth with using excessive force and a hard-bristled toothbrush destroys the enamel.

Please, talk to your dentist about the best teeth- cleaning method for you.

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All you need to know about the effects of trendy health fads on your teeth

When it comes to dental health, certain health trends can cause more harm than good. Overuse of acidic substances and avoiding fluoride are just two examples.

Key takeaways:

– Never clean your teeth with cider vinegar which can attack tooth enamel.

– Choose a fluoride toothpaste if you want to protect your teeth against decay.

– Hot water with lemon drinks are acidic and damaging to tooth enamel.

– Charcoal can damage tooth enamel, and does not contain fluoride.

Talk to your dentist if you have been practicing any of these health trends.

“Fluoride is the main protective ingredient in toothpaste…”

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Raiding your cupboards to ease toothache

While you need to see a dentist about a toothache, you may be surprised at just how many household items can be used to ease the pain temporarily.

Key takeaways:

– You can apply aloe vera gel, clove oil or a brewed peppermint teabag directly to the affected area

– You can make a cool soothing mouthwash with thyme, peppermint tea, saltwater or 3% hydrogen peroxide solution

– A cold compress or an ice pack can help ease dental pain, especially if a toothache is due to injury or swollen gums.

It is a good idea to book an appointment with your dentist if the pain lasts longer than a couple of days

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Veneers can protect against sensitivity

Veneers are a wonderful treatment to cover up minor imperfections in teeth. Some people experience a little sensitivity when veneers are fitted. However, for people who already have compromised tooth enamel, veneers can actually protect against sensitivity.

Key takeaways:

– Porcelain veneers cover your existing teeth with a natural looking surface, disguising any chips, stains or minor gaps.
– When fitted, a tiny portion of your enamel is removed to allow the veneers to bond permanently to your teeth, resulting in sensitivity for some people.
– If tooth sensitivity lasts two months, speak to your dentist.
“Porcelain veneers may actually be able to help alleviate your tooth sensitivity.”
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Tips to prevent stained teeth

teeth, health, smile, dentistStained teeth can be caused by food stuck on a tooth’s surface or by the affect of food on the enamel.

Key takeaways:

– Avoid dark-coloured edibles like dark chocolate, beetroot and red-wine and tobaccos like cigarettes.

– Practice proper oral cleanliness by brushing your teeth twice daily using toothpaste or teeth-whitener and flossing after every meal.

– Rinse your mouth after snacks to remove any food particles from the surface of your teeth.

Visit the dentist regularly for cleaning and consult on cosmetic whitening.

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