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Signs of Sweet Sensitivity in Your Teeth
Posted on 11/20/2019 by Water's Edge Dental
Many people around the world experience teeth sensitivity and the cause of sensitivity may be different. For some people their sensitive teeth are only affected by hot foods while others experience slight pain from cold foods. Another common cause of pain when dealing with sensitive teeth is sweetness. It is important to note, however, that many cold and hot foods can be sweet as well, and the temperature may be the cause of pain and not the actual sweetness of the food. Tooth sensitivity is usually easily identified as the main symptom is mild to severe pain when eating certain types of foods. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the outer enamel of the teeth is worn away, and exposes the delicate inside of the tooth. Enamel wear can occur due to many different reasons, including poor dental hygiene and teeth grinding. When teeth hurt due to eating certain types of foods the problems can be narrowed down to just a few. Problems Stemming from SensitivityThe most common problem when facing tooth sensitivity is the wear of enamel, but the wear of enamel can present as different problems. One common problem when dealing with tooth sensitivity is cavities. Cavities are formed when bacteria inside the mouth eats away at the teeth exposing the inner part of the tooth. The amount of pain experienced when eating can indicate the severity of the cavity, because as more of the sensitive part of the tooth is exposed, the pain will become greater and often time unbearable. Another common problem that can cause sensitivity to certain foods is tooth whitening treatments. Over-the-counter treatments can make the teeth porous and sensitive if used incorrectly. This is why we always recommend our professional tooth whitening treatments because they are safer than home treatments. Experiencing tooth sensitivity when eating any type of food could be cause for concern. If you are experiencing pain when eating certain types of foods, we ask that you schedule an appointment as your symptoms could progress leading to other dental problems. There is no way to restore the enamel of your teeth, but we do have methods which will help protect your teeth from future harm....
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How Does Saliva Restore the pH Balance in Your Mouth After Consuming Acidic Items?
Posted on 11/10/2019 by Water's Edge Dental
Your saliva is basically set up to help you fight any dangers that might come your way in terms of oral health. This is normally a process that happens so fast you could even forget that it is taking place. Most people are not aware that the saliva is made up of alkaline components. This helps in balancing out the pH in your mouth when you have acidic conditions. How Does Food Interfere with Mouth pH?On the potential hydrogen scale, the numbers range from 0-14. Anything below the 7 mark is acidic while all that is above is alkaline. This means that any food that enters your mouth is always going to change the pH. Saliva on its own is of a pH of 6.2-7.6 which is great for the mouth. When foreign particles are added to the mouth, the saliva tries to balance it out and achieve a pH level that allows for normal functioning. Some mouth process such as bacteria breaking down carbohydrates produce lactic acid, which the saliva then tries to balance. Why Is It Important to Have Saliva Balance My Mouth's pH?Most times, this process is natural. It goes smoother when we eat natural foods. However, there are times when we consume highly acidic foods and beverages. This leaves the mouth with a low pH. Some drinks such as black coffee, soft drinks and white wine can make it very hard for your saliva to balance the pH in your mouth. Acids in your mouth begin to demineralize your tooth enamel and expose your dentin. Book an appointment with us today and get the pH of your mouth checked. You will also get more information on what to eat in order to aid your mouth maintain a balanced pH....
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How Sleeping with Your Mouth Open Impacts Your Oral Health
Posted on 10/25/2019 by Water's Edge Dental
Sleeping with your mouth open, might not seem like a big deal, but when it comes to your oral hygiene and health, and even in the facial construction and development of small children, it does create major concern for us in the dental profession. Keep reading to find out how you can tell if you are sleeping with your mouth open and how it affects your health. How Can You Tell if You Sleep With Your Mouth Open?You might not have a family member of relative that can tell you if you are sleeping with your mouth open at night, and it's important that you understand the symptoms of this threatening habit. Some of the more common symptoms of sleeping with your mouth open include waking up with dry mouth and lips, overcrowded teeth, loud snoring with an open mouth or constant bad breath. If you are experiencing any of these issues, or if you know for a fact that you sleep with your mouth open, schedule a consultation in our office and we will diligently assist you in rectifying the problem and get you back to being the healthiest version of yourself. When you breathe out of your mouth, it may be a sign of CNO (Chronic Nasal Obstruction). When our bodies are deprived of enough oxygen during sleep through the normal means, which is through the nasal passage, your brain automatically goes to plan b to get oxygen, your mouth. Sleeping with your mouth open can lead to serious health problems caused from dry mouth and not producing enough saliva, including stroke, and even heart complications. In children, it can lead to sleepless nights. At our office, we are highly trained to identify the symptoms and characteristics associated with sleeping with your mouth open and are quick to take notice of any potential problems that may result. This makes keeping your routine exams in our office extremely important. If we are able to diagnose mouth breathing in the early stages, we can quickly decide on what the causes are and recommend the best treatment options to repair and prevent further complications down the road....
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All Posts:

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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