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Protect Your Smile in the Cold!

January 8th, 2017

Baby, it's cold outside! Since having healthy teeth is important for self-confidence and the prevention of diseases or pains (such as canker sores or cold sores), we need to make sure to take care of our teeth as the temperatures drop. This is especially important if your teeth are sensitive.

If you have sensitive teeth in cold weather, it may be due to several reasons. For instance, you could have cracked teeth, weakened enamel, gum recession, gingivitis, or an infection. Make sure not to brush too hard or clench or grind your teeth, because these habits could make your teeth even more sensitive.

However, teeth sensitivity problems can be easily resolved. Just maintain proper oral hygiene habits and make an effort to protect your teeth! Brush with a soft toothbrush after meals, floss, and use densensitizing toothpaste.

Maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated is just as important. Drink at least two liters of water per day to ensure moist gums and teeth and adequate saliva production (and don't forget to apply a lip balm to avoid cracked lips!). Avoid beverages with high sugar content and acidic foods.

If you can, try to limit your time outside as well. Sudden changes in temperature can result in the formation of teeth fractures, so if you have to be outside, wear a scarf and cover your mouth!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.

Resources:

http://www.imgion.com/images/01/Playing-in-Winter-.jpg

http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/mouth-sores-and-infections/article/winter-tips-for-a-healthy-mouth-dealing-with-common-winter-mouth-woes-0115

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rahis-saifi/5-dental-health-tips-on-h_b_12457368.html?utm_hp_ref=dental-health

July is National Ice Cream Month!

July 1st, 2014

Nothing says summer quite like eating an ice cream cone on a warm summer evening.  President Ronald Reagan deemed the month of July as National Ice Cream Month back in 1984.  Ice cream remains a huge part of American culture and is also an economic staple of the US dairy industry.  Around 9% of all the milk produced by US dairy farmers is used to make ice cream.  Although most of us may "scream for ice cream" during the hot and humid days of July, those with sensitive teeth may scream for a different reason.

People with sensitive teeth may experience a shooting nerve pain any time their teeth come into contact with something cold, like ice cream.  Although the cause of teeth sensitivity can vary on a case by case basis, one of the most common causes of sensitivity is exposed dentin.  Beneath the hard outer covering of our teeth (called enamel) is a layer of dentin which contains microscopic nerve fibers.  When the dentin becomes exposed due to dental decay, toothbrush abrasion, or gum recession, sensitivity to temperature can occur.

Some common reasons for exposed dentin include: excessive/rough tooth brushing, eating acidic foods, grinding teeth, or using many teeth whitening products.   Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at New York University College of Dentistry says, "Harsh strokes wear away at the gum tissue as well as the tooth's enamel layer, leaving each dentin tubule vulnerable to whatever it comes in contact with -- hot, cold, soft, or hard." Teeth sensitivity can be treated by a dentist and sometimes, the cure is as simple as switching to a "sensitive" toothpaste or incorporating a fluoride rinse into your daily dental routine.

If teeth sensitivity is keeping you from participating in July's National Ice Cream Month celebrations, make sure to make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071or smile@wellesleydentalgroup.com to set up an appointment and consultation.

Sources:

http://www.idfa.org/news-views/media-kits/ice-cream/july-is-national-ice-cream-month

http://www.forestvilledentistry.com/blog/eating-ice-cream-pain-free-recognizing-and-treating-sensitive-teeth/

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-sensitive-teeth.htm

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dental-health/10-biggest-causes-of-tooth-sensitivity.aspx

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/case-sensitive

Image credit: http://dailyweighin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/dailyweighin-woman-enjoying-an-icecream-650x400.jpg

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