Posts Tagged ‘grinding teeth’

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.

(more…)

No Comments Yet »

Tooth Enamel Erosion and Prevention

Friday, January 13th, 2012

The strongest and hardest tissue in the human body is tooth enamel. Two percent of enamel is comprised of organic material—protein, lipids and citrate. The other 98 percent consist of water and the minerals calcium hydroxylapatite and calcium fluorapatite (1). Enamel completely envelops other components of the tooth structure, including the dentin, cementum and dental pulp. Enamel protects teeth against the daily wear of biting and chewing. It enables the teeth to withstand hot and cold temperatures, acid and other chemicals which have an erosive effect on teeth. (1, 2, 3).

Tooth enamel ranges in thickness from 2.5 to 3.0 millimeters. It appears white, but actually has a semi-translucent color. The enamel receives it white appearance from the dentin underneath. Coffee, tea, wine, and cigarette smoking discolors are some of the main reasons for discolored tooth enamel (3).

Causes of Tooth Enamel Erosion

Enamel has a high mineral content, which makes it vulnerable to “demineralization” from ingested foods, which contain starch and sugar.

Sugar

Candy, soft drink, fruit juices, and other sweets leave a large amount of sugar coatings on the oral cavity. Sugar may constitute the single largest contributor to enamel erosion. Bacteria flourish on sugar and generate lactic acid, which eats into the enamel.

(more…)

1 Comment »