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Top Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

lady-mouth-hurtsIs it painful when you drink really cold beverages or eat ice cream? Tooth sensitivity can arise for a number of reasons, and it can make it difficult to enjoy some of your favorite foods and drinks. From using harsh whitening treatments to having a high amount of dental plaque on the teeth, your tooth sensitivity may not be entirely treatable, but you can take measures to ease the pain. Here are a few of the top reasons why you may have sensitive teeth:

Teeth whitening
If you’ve used at-home teeth whitening products, this could be a major contributor to your sensitive teeth. Are those pearly whites worth the pain? Teeth whiteners penetrate into the tooth to increase blood flow and pressure, which can irritate the nerve ending. Also, tooth whiteners are working to strip away the layer of enamel that is stained. When your tooth has less enamel, your tooth becomes more sensitive.

However, you don’t have to forget about white teeth forever! TheraBreath Dental Professional Whitening Kit promotes a whiter smile without the negative side effects. The combination of dental-office-strength peroxide gel and post-whitening remineralization gel gets the teeth beautiful, shiny and protects against nerve pain. While you might notice some slight sensitivity as well as gum discoloration right after applying, this will go away 24 hours after using it. This product is one of the safest available on the market.

Toothpaste
Additionally, if your toothpaste contains whitener, it can be causing you sensitivity just like traditional teeth whiteners. If you take a look at the paste you are using, it’s likely that it has a gritty texture. While this works to literally scrub away stains, it is also abrasive to enamel. Make sure to stick to toothpaste with natural ingredients, which won’t increase your sensitivity.

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What’s the Deal with Hydrogen Peroxide?

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

184540_6193Hydrogen peroxide is one of those items that almost everyone has in their medicine cabinet, and it can actually be a great solution for many things. Whether you have a cut on your hand, need to whiten your clothes or want to wipe down mirrors without streaks, hydrogen peroxide can get the job done. It also has many benefits for your mouth, and it is widely, safely and effectively used in dental practices today. Most notably, the solution is used as a home remedy for teeth whitening.

A recent article published in Registered Dental Hygienist reported that the product can be used to treat periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease. In 1913, dentists started using hydrogen peroxide to decrease the amount of dental plaque on teeth and to control gum disease, and it can still be used today. Hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen, which is a powerful antimicrobial action. If hydrogen peroxide can be held in place along the gum line and within the periodontal pockets that appear in those with gum disease, it can penetrate the slime matrix that protects biofilm and then removes bacterial cell walls; however, it needs as least 10 minutes to do so.

The study followed four patients who were suffering from different stages of periodontal disease, and each were given doses of hydrogen peroxide for at least 10 minutes. Depending on the clinical level of each patient’s illness, the time frame of the dosage was increased. Patients received 10-minute dosages either two times a day, or four times a day for five weeks, or 15-minute dosages six times a day for two weeks. After using the solution for the designated amount of time, all four patients had no bleeding when dentists probed the gums as well as no or less bacterial sites.

While hydrogen peroxide does not have the same powers as antiseptics, it works to clear away debris through oxidation, which is why it is very effective for getting rid of dental plaque. Additionally, this may mean that hydrogen peroxide can be used as a tool against bad breath because it prevents bacteria buildup in the mouth if used on a regular basis.

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The best and worst treats for your teeth

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Everyday we intake food and drinks that stain our teeth. Some of us have become so addicted to certain treats that our teeth have been dyed an unsightly shade of yellow. Tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in your body, but harsh food and drinks like soda, coffee and popcorn are much stronger. We all want bright, white teeth, and there are many products on the market that claim to produce sparkling results; however, some products can leave your teeth in even more troubling than before. Teeth whitening products found in stores strip the teeth of enamel, making them extra sensitive to extreme temperatures and prone to chipping. Below are some of the top villains and heroes of teeth.

Soft Drinks

Many people love fizzy drinks, but these are some of the worst beverages for your teeth. Not only do they contain a large amount of sugar that spoils those pearly whites, the high acid content does major damage. Corrosive acids like malic, citric, phosphoric and tartaric are in these types of beverages, and their favorite meal is your teeth. Surprisingly, clear, citrus-flavored drinks are worse than colas. Energy drinks fall under this category, too.

Gummy Vitamins

What?! You may be taking these vitamins thinking “These are good for me, and delicious, double whammy!” Unfortunately, they can contain a concentrated acid that sticks on your teeth and causes damage. If you are taking these, make sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to clear the mouth of any leftover gummies.

 

Sports Drinks

This is another villain that often claims to be good for you, but don’t be fooled. Some of these drinks contain a high concentration of acid and sugar that tears apart the teeth. If you tend to rehydrate yourself with sports drinks, try to make the switch to water or coconut water that contains very high levels of potassium to hydrate you much better than these acidic counterparts.

Starchy foods

Things like white bread, pasta and potato chips are major culprits of an unhealthy mouth. Even though they may not seem sugary, these carbo-loaded treats turn are just sugar in disguise. The starch almost immediately turns into sugar and eats away at the teeth.

Nuts

Many nuts contain high levels of calcium for healthy teeth and gums, while providing your body with tons of vitamins and minerals. Chomping on peanuts, almonds, cashews or walnuts will make for extra healthy teeth.

Dairy products

It’s no surprise that calcium-filled products like milk, yogurt and cheese can keep teeth nice and strong. These products help replace minerals into teeth, and enriched milk has vitamin D which helps the body utilize all the calcium goodness of these snacks.

Tea

Sipping on green or black tea is healthy for you in many ways. These wonder drinks contain polyphenols that interact with plaque causing bacteria, preventing them from growing or producing acid that kills teeth.

H20

What isn’t water good for? When it comes to oral health, water is a valuable tool. It is the primary component of saliva, acts as a rinsing agent for food and sugary drinks and can strengthen the enamel of teeth if it is fluoridated. Slurp up as much water throughout the day as you can, and make sure to drink a glass after eating or drinking anything bad for the teeth.

Consuming products high in fiber, like broccoli, helps the enamel stay strong, or drinking a glass of milk before or during a meal will help re-harden the teeth. This will help the teeth from turning yellow. Professional teeth whitening products are the best for getting extra pearly whites. For those with extra sensitive teeth, sensitive treatment plans are great solutions.

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Hurry! Here’s Your Last Chance to Save on TheraBreath’s New Whitening Products

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Hello There,

As you might have already heard, this month we introduced three new products to the TheraBreath family – our New TheraBreath Whitening Products. Have you tried them out yet?

If you haven’t, there’s still time! Until August 31, you can still SAVE 10% and get FREE SHIPPING when you purchase at least one of the new products below:

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Tooth Pain? Desensitize and Remineralize with new TheraBreath Specialty pen

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Besides offering a new Professional Teeth Whitening Kit and Specialty Whitening Pens, TheraBreath is proud to unveil a third product for brightening and protecting teeth: our very own Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Pen.

What can cause your pearly whites to ache? If you experience dental sensitivity, you already know the answer: cold foods, hot meals, acidic citrus fruits, sugary snacks and hard or chewy candies. (Eating ice cream can be particularly excruciating.) But behind these problems lies a more basic cause of tooth sensitivity – namely, weakened enamel.

This layer of minerals is the hardest part of your teeth, but there are plenty of habits that can make it thinner…and thinner…and thinner.

Smoking and drinking acidic sodas are the most obvious factors, but there are other, sneakier routes. For instance, did you know that alcohol-based mouthwashes gradually weaken enamel? Or that brushing with hard-bristled toothbrushes can scrape away your enamel like a scouring pad (and erode your gums, exposing the tooth root)?

Once the enamel is gone, the softer layer underneath – called “dentin” – quickly crumbles, leaving your dental nerves laid bare.

No wonder your teeth ache!

This calls for a Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Pen. Not only does it help seal in weakened enamel, but its specially formulated remineralizing gel strengthens and hardens your teeth, reducing the risk of aches.

So, the next time you feel a twinge, a throb or a serious ache in your teeth, turn to our specialty remineralizing pens, which quickly seal over weakened enamel. While you’re at it, use a Professional Teeth Whitening Kit to brighten your smile, and carry a Specialty Whitening Pen to touch up any dark spots on your pearly whites.

We’ll have you beaming (and eating ice cream) in no time!

 

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