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Causes of tooth sensitivity

sensitive-teeth-popsicle-300x200Are your teeth sensitive every time you drink something cold, eat some Ice cream or frozen yogurt?  How about when you brush and floss?  You could be suffering from tooth sensitivity.  There are steps you can take to help and improve the health of your mouth. 

What are some of the causes?

You may be brushing with too much force or with a tooth brush that is too hard. 

Over time you can wear down the outer protective layers of your teeth exposing the more sensitive parts of a tooth.  Once this protective covering is gone hot, cold, sweet or sour foods can cause discomfort.  The simple solution to this is switching to a soft tooth brush and brushing more gently.

Your food or drink is acidic

Some foods like tomato sauce and salsa as well as fruits like oranges and grapefruit can cause sensitivity.  Sports drinks or soda are another source of acidic things that should be avoided.

Grinding your teeth

Even though it is the strongest substance in the body grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel.  When this happens the middle layer of the tooth is exposed.  Once exposed this layer can be sensitive to all sorts of things.  Even just chewing can make the tooth sensitive.  Grinding can also bruise the ligament that hold the tooth to the jaw which can cause the tooth to be sensitive.

Whitening toothpaste and Mouthwash

Not all toothpaste and mouthwash is the same.  Some companies add chemicals and whiteners to tooth paste that can result in sensitivity.  Mouthwash may contain these chemical as well or have high amounts of alcohol.  Switching to brands without whiteners or alcohol may help.

Gum Disease and Receding Gums

As we age changes occur in our gums.  Excessive amounts of plaque can cause gum disease which could lead to sensitivity or worse such as tooth loss.  It may also lead to receding gums.  When gums recede the more sensitive root area of the tooth is exposed.  Once this occurs not only is the tooth sensitive it is more prone to root decay.  The solution for this is to maintain good daily hygiene habits of brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings.

These are just a few of the causes and some solutions to lessen tooth sensitivity and improve your oral health.

Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns.  So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000.  Visit our website at  www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

 Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and surrounding areas.

Porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers.  Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin pieces of custom fabricated porcelain used to restore teeth.  Porcelain veneers are very durable once bonded to the tooth and can be used for a variety of situations.  One of their advantages are they do not require as much tooth reduction as many other restorative options such as crowns.  Porcelain veneers allow the clinician the ability to be minimally invasive and preserve significant amounts of tooth structure.  Typical uses for porcelain veneers are to restore a tooth to health.  If a tooth has been treated with a number of small fillings a porcelain veneer can be use to provide a more predictable long term restorative solution.  Porcelain veneers can also be use to restore worn teeth.  Most people are familiar with the use of porcelain veneers for smile makeovers but porcelain veneers are a very versatile form of restoration for a tooth.

“I don’t grind my teeth”

“I don’t grind my teeth”  As a dentist do you know how often we hear this statement?  Research suggests that 100% of people grind their teeth sometime in their lives.  Most of us regularly grind our teeth at night during sleep, called Bruxism.  Only a small population does this rarely.  For many, Bruxism is connected with stress in our lives and expressed as night time grinding of teeth during sleep.  For others Bruxism is like a program in our Central Nervous System that runs every night.  The problem is this occurs during sleep so most people are unaware that they possess this habit.  Unfortunately for your teeth Bruxism is very destructive.  Minimal tooth wear occurs from chewing and eating over the course of a life time but Bruxism can cause significant tooth wear in a short time destroying your teeth and breaking any existing dental work. The most apparent place for you to see wear from Brusism is on your front teeth.  If your teeth are getting shorter and becoming almost see through or constantly chipping along the edges you are grinding your teeth.  This can lead to other problems such as TMJ or occlusion problems.  Fortunately there are preventative and restorative options to correct wear from Bruxism and give you a beautiful smile.

Comprehensive Dentistry

Comprehensive Dentistry.  We often use the term comprehensive dentistry but what does this mean?  Today we treated a seasonal patient from Canada in the office referred by a patient in the practice.  She was concerned about a fractured back tooth.  Often the patient sees the perceived problem of a broken tooth having a simple solution.  Just fix the tooth with a crown.  On the surface this may seem to be the simple solution but this does not take into account the overall health of the patient’s mouth and how the one broken tooth relates to all the other teeth in the mouth.  With the philosophy of comprehensive treatment we see the big picture.  We often see the one broken tooth as part of a bigger problem.  One broken tooth can be a symptom of overall breakdown in the system.  Let’s use the   analogy of a car.  Often we see worn tires on the front of the car and we think all we need is new tires.  Just fix the tires, right! Sometimes this is the case but if we think comprehensively we look beyond the worn tires considering alignment, proper inflation and other related parts of the car and how that affects the wear of the tires.  As anyone who has worn out their tires without addressing these other things knows, replacing just the tires will lead to tire failure all over again because the bigger problem and the big picture was not considered.  If we consider and repair the other parts of the system often those tires will last for many more miles.  Well teeth are the same way.  We often need to consider the whole system.  As we age so do our teeth but so does the alignment and structural integrity change as well.   The quick fix might be to just treat the broken tooth but if we don’t consider treatment of the other issues as well fixing the tooth will not fix the problem for long.

Patient to restore worn teeth

Today we consulted a new patient from Illinois on how to restore his severely worn teeth.  The patient has a history of grinding his teeth (Bruxism). He has never worn a night guard or other orthotic devise to protect his teeth from his destructive grinding.  Many times patients with significant grinding habits can also affect the health of the TMJ. Fortunately we presented a number of solutions including new crowns and bridges to restore his teeth and a night guard to protect and provide a new beautiful youthful smile.  It is fulfilling realizing how much dentistry has to offer to improve a person’s health, quickly and comfortably.

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