Anyone can experience tooth sensitivity, and there’s no telltale signs when it’s coming. However, it’s most prevalent among those aged 20 to 40. The condition occurs when the tooth’s protective layer, the enamel, wears away. This exposes the dentin beneath the enamel, leading to sensitivity when eating or drinking things that are hot, cold, sweet, or acidic.
With heightened sensitivity, you may experience sharp bursts of pain in your teeth. This can cause mild to severe discomfort that can last for hours. Thankfully, there are ways you can relieve sensitivity.
Finally, always keep up with your dental visits. If you feel tooth sensitivity is getting worse, let your dentist know. He or she will be able to recommend treatments for the sensitivity, such as fluoride gels or varnishes.
You take great care of your teeth by brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist as scheduled. But are you doing everything you can? Just like carrots are good for our eyes and water for our skin, specific foods deliver healthy benefits to our mouths. If you’re already being diligent with your oral hygiene routine, then you’ll also want to take great care about what food you put in your mouth. Let’s explore the best foods for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Our teeth are composed of minerals. These minerals are lost and replenished during the remineralization process which naturally occurs in our teeth. However, when the acidity level is high, minerals are lost and not naturally replenished. This can cause the teeth’s outermost layer, the enamel, to corrode. Calcium is crucial as it helps keep the bones healthy and strong. It works better, though, when combined with phosphorus. They help replenish lost minerals on the teeth. Here are food choices that are great sources of calcium.
Crunchy foods promote salivary flow. They also serve as natural teeth cleaners, removing food residue on the tooth surface. They’re easily portable to snack on daily at school, work, or play. Introduce these healthy foods to kids when they’re young. Sweets are fine when enjoyed sparingly.
Vitamin D is good for your overall health as it helps with optimum calcium absorption.
As you plan your meals, don’t forget to incorporate the best foods that will benefit your body and oral health.
Brushing with the right toothpaste is key to maintaining a bright, healthy smile. One type of toothpaste may be more effective for you than another. This guide will help you select the best one to meet your specific needs.
The first toothpaste was invented by Ancient Egyptians in 5000 BC, even before toothbrushes were invented. It’s believed that these toothpastes were in powder form and mixed with water when used. These days, toothpastes can be found in various formulations. Choosing the right one can be confusing.
The best person to talk to regarding the right toothpaste for your needs is your dentist. However, it pays to know more about the various types of toothpaste. That’s what we’re talking about in this post.
You’ll find these toothpaste types promoted for making smiles shine brighter.
Whitening toothpastes usually contain baking soda or hydrogen peroxide that help lighten tooth colour. You should note that if your goal is to make your teeth several shades lighter, these toothpastes can only do so much.
Yellowing of teeth is inevitable. As we age, our tooth enamel gets thinner and we see more of the darker layer beneath it called the dentin. This makes the tooth appear less white.
Whitening treatments available in the dental office will be more effective in removing or lightening stains. Treatment results can vary in the areas you’ve received prior dental work.
If you have sensitive teeth, then you may want to use desensitizing toothpastes.
This type of paste is specially made to provide relief against hypersensitivity. It contains ingredients such as potassium nitrate or strontium chloride which block pain signals to the nerve of the tooth. It would be best, though, to consult your dentist first about the cause of the tooth sensitivity.
Your dentist may recommend that you use tartar control toothpaste if you are prone to tartar buildup.
Anti-plaque toothpaste helps prevent tartar buildup that can result in gum disease. Plaque is the sticky film that hardens on teeth and turns into tartar and can only be removed at the dental office.
To make brushing more fun for kids, use flavoured toothpastes specially formulated for them. If your little ones are still unable to spit, opt for toothpastes that are safe to swallow.
Make sure that you apply the toothpaste on their brush. Grain size would be enough for them. For kids aged three and older a pea-sized amount of toothpaste should be enough.
Brushing can only be as effective as the right choice of toothpaste for our specific needs. So for the sake of your and your family’s oral health, don’t choose your toothpaste based solely on packaging and price.
Both you and your dentist want you to have a healthy smile for life. And this is possible with good dental hygiene. Follow these tips to make sure your smile stays in good condition for the long term.
The way to enjoy a healthy smile for life is by practicing good dental hygiene. Your dentist will provide great advice for your at-home care routine, but the rest of the job is yours. Get started today!
Loni – Dental Hygienist
We would also like to welcome our new hygienist, Loni, to our family!
Loni graduated from dental hygiene in 2004 from University of Manitoba. She enjoys what she does and it shows in her interactions with patients.
Loni Has 3 beautiful children and enjoys spending time in the pool with them and her husband during the summer months. Outside of family time, she also likes to play volleyball and soccer.
Dr. Jessica Carswell has joined the Princess Dental Centre Family!!
Our patients and our staff will greatly benefit from her expertise, wonderful smile, and an awesome personality. She fits well with the Princess Dental Family.
Dr. Jessica Carswell was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she completed her undergraduate studies in Sciences and graduated from the University of Manitoba College of Dentistry. Growing up, Jessica always enjoyed going to her family dentist and realized early on that she would love to have a career in making bright, healthy smiles too. When she wasn’t wrapped up in her studies, Jessica enjoyed playing hockey for the University of Manitoba Bisons and is looking forward to finding a new rec team in Brandon and cheering for the Wheat Kings!
Brooke – Administration
Another gem we have added to the Princess family is Brooke. Brooke will be helping out with many things at Princess Dental Centre. You might see her at the front desk or buzzing around in the back, either way, her smile will light up your day.
Brooke recently moved back to Brandon from Saskatoon where her husband was attending university. She has two busy boys and spends most of her weekends with her family at nearby lakes.
You are…….terrifically tireless, exceptionally excellent, abundantly appreciated and…..magnificent beyond words!! So glad you’re part of our Team! Happy 25th Anniversary at Princess Dental Centre Heather!! We love you!
Join Us And Count Your Cubes!
April is Oral Health month and Princess Dental Centre would like to invite you to participate in the Count Your Cubes Sugary Drink Challenge with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This challenge is to help our community track and reduce the amount of sugar they are consuming in common beverages!
For the first week, you are encouraged to consume your regular beverages and keep track using the online calendar at www.countyourcubes.com . Then, for the remaining three weeks until the challenge ends, you will receive weekly emails from firstname.lastname@example.org to support you in your personal Challenge. “Counting Your Cubes” has never been easier. Participation is confidential, and you can choose to participate as an individual, a family or on a team.
How to participate
To get started, you must first create an account at www.countyourcubes.ca using your email address, verify your account information, and then start tracking your intake. It’s that easy! Don’t forget to check your junk box in case your validation email and tip emails were filtered there.
We hope you join us in making a healthier community!
Thank you to everyone who came out to Dr Smith’s retirement party. The turnout was amazing and a real testament to how many people Dr Smith touched throughout his career.