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Tooth Decay Becomes Visible If It Becomes Extensive

Posted on 12/21/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
If you let decayed teeth go, the decay begins to become visible after a while. That is why you need to treat small cavities as soon as they are diagnosed. The following information will explain why dental decay should be addressed immediately. The 5 Stages of Decay If decay is prevalent in the mouth, it can be easily noted and seen. In the first stages, you will not notice the decay, as it becomes progressive over time. In fact, a decaying tooth goes through 5 stages of decay. That is why you can easily see decay in the final stages. During the final stages, the teeth will exhibit brown, black, or gray areas. During the first stage, demineralization occurs, and the tooth will show a white spot. This spot appears as the result of mineral loss. When this happens, the enamel weakens and breaks down, which leads to the formation of a cavity. Next, if the cavity is left untreated, the decay spreads to the softer part of the tooth beneath the enamel. This is called the dentin. If it reaches this point, you may experience a good deal of sensitivity when you eat foods or drink beverages. After attacking the dentin, the decay moves onto the pulp, which typically requires root canal therapy. An abscess may form, full of pus, which needs to be drained. When Decay is Obvious While the first stage of decay (demineralization) is not noticeable and can be reversed, decay that is progressive is far more obvious. When the decay is left untreated, teeth, as noted, may take on a grayish hue or may show brown or black spots. Also, the breath can take on a foul odor because of gum swelling and the formation of pus. Not only is extensive decay noticeable visually, it also affects the patient's breath. Don't allow tooth decay to get out of hand. Call us for regular dental care and exams. You can contact us easily by phone or online with any dental questions or concerns....
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Tooth Decay Becomes Visible If It Becomes Extensive

Posted on 12/21/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
If you let decayed teeth go, the decay begins to become visible after a while. That is why you need to treat small cavities as soon as they are diagnosed. The following information will explain why dental decay should be addressed immediately. The 5 Stages of Decay If decay is prevalent in the mouth, it can be easily noted and seen. In the first stages, you will not notice the decay, as it becomes progressive over time. In fact, a decaying tooth goes through 5 stages of decay. That is why you can easily see decay in the final stages. During the final stages, the teeth will exhibit brown, black, or gray areas. During the first stage, demineralization occurs, and the tooth will show a white spot. This spot appears as the result of mineral loss. When this happens, the enamel weakens and breaks down, which leads to the formation of a cavity. Next, if the cavity is left untreated, the decay spreads to the softer part of the tooth beneath the enamel. This is called the dentin. If it reaches this point, you may experience a good deal of sensitivity when you eat foods or drink beverages. After attacking the dentin, the decay moves onto the pulp, which typically requires root canal therapy. An abscess may form, full of pus, which needs to be drained. When Decay is Obvious While the first stage of decay (demineralization) is not noticeable and can be reversed, decay that is progressive is far more obvious. When the decay is left untreated, teeth, as noted, may take on a grayish hue or may show brown or black spots. Also, the breath can take on a foul odor because of gum swelling and the formation of pus. Not only is extensive decay noticeable visually, it also affects the patient's breath. Don't allow tooth decay to get out of hand. Call us for regular dental care and exams. You can contact us easily by phone or online with any dental questions or concerns....
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Why Do Teeth Develop Sensitivity?

Posted on 12/7/2020 by Water's Edge Dental
Sensitivity to hot and cold, sweet and sour, or alcoholic foods and beverages is a discomfort that looms over many people. So, what causes this type of tooth sensitivity and is there anything that can be done to address this issue? Well, the answer is not always as simple as people would like, but the fact of the matter is that this problem can be caused by several things. Fortunately, though, it can be eliminated or significantly reduced by coming into our office and letting our expert staff identify the underlying reasons behind your sensitivity. Causes of Sensitive Teeth The most common causes of sensitive teeth are related to activities that reduce your enamel, which is the hard tissue that protects your teeth; just under your enamel is dentin, and nerves below the dentin, which send pain signals to the brain when they encounter relative extremes in temperature and acidity. Consumption of acidic foods and beverages (such as soda and sour candy), brushing your teeth with too much pressure and too stiff of a brush, and grinding your teeth are amongst the most common causes of enamel reduction that leads to sensitive teeth. Exposure due to gum recession, acid-wear due to Gastroesophageal reflux, and exposure of areas with little to no enamel due to cracked teeth or cavities are other causes of sensitivity. Treatments Prescription toothpastes and desensitizing agents are two common options that we have available for your overly sensitive teeth. Prescription toothpastes and desensitizing agents restore enamel thickness by diffusing ions (fluoride and calcium) into your enamel to grow the hydroxyapatite crystals that make-up your enamel. Call to schedule a diagnostic appointment with us so that we can properly access your cause(s) and provide you with the most appropriate treatment to get you pain-free as quickly as possible....
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Tooth Decay Becomes Visible If It Becomes Extensive
12/21/2020
Tooth Decay Becomes Visible If It Becomes Extensive
12/21/2020
Why Do Teeth Develop Sensitivity?
12/7/2020
Should You Rinse After Brushing with Water or Mouthwash?
11/16/2020
Do I Have to Use Mouthwash Every Day?
11/9/2020
The Best Way to Brush and Floss in the Back of Your Mouth
10/19/2020
DIY Whitening Can Leave Your Enamel Weak
10/5/2020
When is a Problem Truly a Dental Emergency?
9/21/2020
Dangers of Not Getting Regular Dental Care
9/7/2020
Do Teeth Take Damage When They Get Whitened?
8/24/2020
When Do Adults Need Dental Sealants?
8/10/2020
What to Do if Your Filling Feels Too High
7/23/2020
Foods That Lead to Gum Recession More Quickly
7/7/2020
Do Your Gums Change as You Get Older?
6/22/2020
Do Sugar Substitutes Do the Same Kind Of Damage As Process Sugars
6/8/2020
How to Keep Waking Up with Caffeine but Without the Dental Stains
5/29/2020
Dental Hygiene for Toddlers
5/15/2020
Do You Need to Have a Cracked Tooth Extracted?
4/20/2020
Danger of Not Fixing a Tooth You Can Tell Has Cracked
4/10/2020
You Need to Fix Teeth Even If They Are Not Yet Painful
3/25/2020
Dental Issues That If Left Untreated Could Become Deadly
3/15/2020
What Are the Benefits of Getting Dental Debridement?
2/20/2020
Ways to Remedy a Sticky Mouth When You Wake Up
2/10/2020
How Do Plaque And Tartar Affect Your Teeth?
1/25/2020
Is Cosmetic Bonding in Your Future?
1/15/2020
Why So Few People Brush the Roof of Their Mouths?
12/25/2019
How to Keep from Staining Your Dental Crowns
12/15/2019
Signs of Sweet Sensitivity in Your Teeth
11/20/2019
How Does Saliva Restore the pH Balance in Your Mouth After Consuming Acidic Items?
11/10/2019
How Sleeping with Your Mouth Open Impacts Your Oral Health
10/25/2019
Is There Ever a Bad Age for Dental Sealants?
10/15/2019
Dangers of Not Getting a Numb Tooth Checked
9/25/2019
Can You Leave Ice on Too Long After Dental Work?
9/15/2019
Just How Strong Is Tooth Enamel
8/25/2019
Is There Anything You Can Do if You Lose Your Tooth's Enamel?
8/15/2019
It Is Important to See a Dentist During Pregnancy
7/20/2019
Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Flossing?
7/10/2019
What Does an Oral Piercing Do to Harm Your Oral Health?
6/25/2019
How Can a Dental Filling Leak?
6/15/2019
Tips for Caring for New Veneers
5/25/2019
Things to Avoid if You Have Veneers
5/15/2019
Dangers Associated with a Boring Oral Hygiene Routine
4/20/2019
Cracked Teeth Have Several Restorative Options
4/10/2019
Should Adults Ask About Dental Sealants, Too?
3/25/2019
Reasons Your Teeth May Hurt When You Get Up In the Morning
3/15/2019
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene You Can Begin Today
2/25/2019
How Ice Harms Your Teeth
2/15/2019
Is Alcohol Based Mouthwash Good for Your Mouth?
1/25/2019
How to Relax Before We See You to Avoid Dental Anxiety
1/15/2019
What to Expect Following an Injury to Your Tooth
12/25/2018
What to Do When You Notice Loose Teeth
12/15/2018
Is An Over The Counter Mouth Guard Better Than A Custom One?
11/25/2018
How to Relax Before We See You to Avoid Dental Anxiety
11/15/2018
Tips for Better Oral Hygiene You Can Begin Today
10/25/2018
Times When You May Need a Soft Tissue Graft
10/15/2018
We Want You to Share Your Fears with Us So We Can Help
9/25/2018
We Can Help with Restorative Dentistry
9/15/2018
Why You Never Want to Skip Past Dental Insurance Because of Expensive Premiums
8/25/2018
Why You May Want to Start Oil Pulling
8/15/2018
Managing Acid Reflux Can Help Your Oral Health
7/20/2018
Does Vaping Cause Oral Health Problems?
7/10/2018
Why a Toothache May Start Off as Sinus Pain
6/20/2018
What You Should Have in a Dental Emergency Kit
6/10/2018
Why Your Teeth Need You to Drink Lots of Water
5/20/2018
Why Do You Need to Come See Us Every Six Months?
5/10/2018
Why Gums Often Bleed in Pregnant Women
4/20/2018
What Swelling In Your Mouth Could Mean
4/10/2018
How to Change Up Your Brushing Routine to Make It Less Routine
3/25/2018
How Does Nitrous Oxide Help Relieve Dental Anxiety?
3/15/2018
Why Do So Many People Fear Root Canals?
2/25/2018
What to Do if a Dental Veneer Ever Chips or Breaks Off
2/15/2018
Your Dentist is Not Going to Shame You for Coming In After Years of Missed Treatments
1/25/2018
Your Dentist Can Help You Give Up Nicotine
1/15/2018
Who to Ask for Help From If You Need Assistance Flossing Better
12/25/2017
Bleaching Your Teeth Too Often Can Leave Them in Peril
12/15/2017
What Scuba Diving Can Do to Harm Your Oral Health
11/27/2017
What Orange Lipstick Does to the Appearance of Your Teeth?
11/17/2017
Your Tongue May Be the Harbor of Your Bad Breath
10/27/2017
Tips for Finding the Perfect Toothbrush
10/17/2017
Things to Chew That Will Freshen Your Breath
9/30/2017
Protecting Your Teeth and Gums While Pregnant
9/20/2017
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