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Does Warm Weather Actually Harm Your Mouth?
Posted on 5/23/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Once the long winter months are gone and the temperatures start getting warmer with spring, many of us are excited to enjoy the outdoors. We anticipate the summer months by the pool or deck and cookout with the neighbors and friends, but does warm weather actually harm your mouth? It may seem like two totally unrelated topics, however, there is plenty of evidence that the weather and your oral health are closely related. Tooth Sensitivity If you have sensitive teeth, the cold weather can affect you and cause pain to any areas where you have weakened enamel. If you are having regular checkups at our office, we will suggest the best treatment for any cavities that need filling or other problems that are causing your tooth to be sensitive to the cold weather. Allergies Millions of Americans suffer from springtime allergies to pollen and other elements found in nature. When your sinuses are congested you can feel pressure on the roots of your upper teeth or jaw and this can cause pain. If there is not another dental problem and your doctor rules it a sinus congestion, taking an over-the-counter decongestant can relieve the toothache. Allergy medicine can also help with the symptoms of seasonal allergies that can affect your sinuses and put pressure on your teeth. Sprays are a good option because you can apply them directly in the nose. Winter and Oral Health When we think about oral issues, we think about problems inside the mouth, but your lips can also suffer from health problems. Winter can be especially rough on your mouth and can cause chapped lips, canker sores and cold sores. Having regular checkups can prevent many oral health issues, but if you are affected by changes in the weather, let us know, so we can suggest how to manage any pain and discomfort this may cause....

Does Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste Really Help?
Posted on 5/13/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Having sensitive teeth is a struggle. You must worry about what you eat and how hot or cold your food is can send a sharp discomfort down to your root. If you love ice cream, it can be frustrating not to be able to enjoy it because of the pain. If you have ever wondered if there is any relief for you, you may also be wondering, does sensitive teeth toothpaste really help? What Causes Tooth Sensitivity? When the enamel in your tooth wears out, it exposes the inner layer of the tooth called dentin. This can cause parts of the tooth who are usually protected when enamel is strong and healthy, to temperature changes or hot and cold foods. In turn, you will have teeth sensitivity. How Does Sensitive Toothpaste Work? The main ingredient in toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth is potassium nitrate, which was declared safe to use by the Environmental Working Group. While there are many over-the-counter brands that offer toothpaste for sensitive teeth, many of the claims are not accurate. It usually takes about a month to feel the full effect of using a sensitive tooth toothpaste and it only helps with the symptoms but doesn't cure the sensitivity. Provided there are no other underlying problems that need to be treated to eliminate tooth sensitivity, we can prescribe a toothpaste that can help. If you are wondering whether sensitive teeth toothpaste really helps, let us know and we will do a thorough examination to determine what is causing your sensitivity. If your enamel is weakening due to poor oral health or elements in your diet, we will tell you how to take better care of your teeth. Regular checkups and informing us of any concerns are the best ways to prevent future oral disease....

Does It Hurt to Floss Too Much?
Posted on 4/20/2018 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Flossing too much can become a problem for your mouth. Flossing is great for the mouth and for your oral health, but doing it too much can actually cause damage. It can literally do more harm than good. Having a healthy balance between brushing and flossing is essential. Knowing some other ways to keep the mouth clean can also help you get more out of your oral health without it being damaging to your mouth. Flossing Too Much is a Problem Flossing your teeth too much is a problem, especially if you are rough when you do it. Not only can this cut into the gums and cause issues including infections, uncomfortable feelings, bleeding and more, but it can actually cause damage to the root of the tooth. When the person flosses too much, the tooth itself can cause painful, red, and swollen. Plus, you can wind up with tender gums due to the floss irritating the area too much. It is important that flossing is done once a day. Brushing should be done two, occasionally three times per day. If you are concerned about your oral health, rinsing your mouth with mouthwash or with plain water can help you remove build up and particles that might be on or in between your teeth. You can also use sugar-free gum to help remove this build up, as well. You could benefit from adding these into your everyday routine instead of flossing multiple times per day. Speak with us here to find out more regarding your oral hygiene, and also get more tips on making sure you have a healthier, cleaner mouth. Keep up on those dental exams and cleanings throughout the year. Call us today to schedule yours! This will help you keep on top of the bacteria and plaque that might be building up....

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