Monthly Archives: March 2012

Tooth Pain Solution

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We’ve all felt it— that mildly unpleasant to intense pain when we eat something or drink something and a tooth in our mouth reacts. Hot or cold foods or beverages can trigger this reaction and it is not a pain we want to live with. When you experience pain of this nature it means the root of the tooth is sensitive—probably  it is being affected by tooth decay and bacteria.

A trip to the dentist might take care of it but in some cases your dentist will recommend seeing an endodontist—a root canal specialist. These specialists work on the inside of the teeth and the roots—having taken an additional two or three years of training beyond dental school. Root canal procedures and tooth replacement can be challenging and a bit complicated and so the additional training enables them to do the absolute best job when a root canal is needed.

Some patients report excruciating pain because the tooth and roots are badly infected and in this case a root canal must be done to resolve the problem. A root canal involves removing the infected pulp inside the tooth and cleaning it out as well as cleaning out the root canals themselves to get all the decayed matter out. A filler is then used and the teeth are sealed. This has actually become a painless procedure due to advancements in methods and technologies. Endodontists perform such a high volume of root canals that they are able to do them quickly and with minimal pain and discomfort for the patient.

Anastesia has improved as well and so if you have feared root canals in the past, you can relax knowing that they aren’t near as uncomfortable as they were years ago. Patients often report that they are surprised at how minimal the pain and discomfort is when they receive a root canal today. And technology continues to advance to help reduce tooth pain. Remember the goal of a root canal is to save the natural tooth, which is always to the patient’s advantage. Nothing man makes is as good as or as durable as natural teeth. These new advancements utilized by endodontists allow more people to keep their natural teeth as opposed to having a decayed tooth extracted.

You may think that ‘painless root canal’ is an oxymoron. But the reality is that new equipment and techniques will enable painless procedures in most cases and the improvements in the sealers and adhesives used mean better, longer lasting results. In most cases a root canal takes just one visit to the dentist or endodontist and is less expensive than it used to be. The failure rate is extremely low and patients should not avoid this procedure—there’s no reason to live with tooth pain.


Do You Have A Healthy Dental Diet? The Best Foods For Your Teeth

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Your pearly whites are on the front lines in the battle against damage and decay. Know your enemies when it comes to fighting gum disease and tooth decay by exploring which foods are a healthy choice and which can have a damaging effect.

When Sugar is Not So Sweet

Ever wondered what the difference was between sugar-filled and sugar-free food? For the health of your teeth it makes all the difference in the world. Keep your smile bright and cavity free by cutting back on sweets and when possible, using artificial sugar replacements such as isomalt, mannitol, erythritol, and sorbitol. Unlike real sugar, corn syrup, honey and molasses, these sweeteners don’t contribute to the overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth. Some natural sugar is OK, but must be limited.

Crunching Cavities: One Vegetable at a Time

Other foods can benefit your dental health as well. You might have already guessed that the foods that support your overall health would be better for your teeth. Crunchy vegetables like celery that can produce more bacteria-fighting saliva; carrots that can help remove plaque; and onions, which produce powerful anti-bacterial sulfur compounds — are all good choices. Similarly, fruits like crunchy apples and pears can massage swollen gums and keep plaque at bay.

Dairy Does the Trick

What about calcium for tooth support? Did you know that some dairy products can aid in improving dental health? You can actually prevent tooth erosion and decay by consuming milk and yogurt. These low-acidity foods are also high in calcium, which strengthens teeth and bones. Sunflower seeds are also high in calcium and help build tooth enamel.

Good Old Fashioned H2O

After eating your fruits, veggies, seeds and cheese—make sure to wash it all down with a nice cold glass of water! Fluorinated water is the best option. Besides keeping all facets of your form in working order, it’s a secret weapon for healthy teeth. Whether it’s rinsing out food particles and plaque, hydrating your gums, or helping you to produce more saliva—water is a powerful protection against dental disease.

Tea is also a good source of fluoride for teeth. Unlike its sugary counterparts such as soda, lemonade, juices and energy drinks—it doesn’t have excessive amounts of sugar, which can rot teeth by stripping minerals from tooth enamel. Sipping these sugary drinks over prolonged period of time also helps to produce consistent amounts of acid. Sodas are best avoided.

The Cavity Culprits

Wondering what else you should steer clear of? Some of the worst foods for your dental health include sour candy—which has added acids to create their tartness and flavor.  Another type of food that is not tooth-friendly…starchy carbohydrates like bread and potato chips that can wedge in-between teeth and become a hardy meal for bacteria to feast on. Even unsuspecting (sugar filled) cough drops can have a negative effect on teeth.

Your teeth need nutrients just as much as the rest of you. Eating the right foods and practicing healthy habits such as daily flossing and twice-daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste are easy ways to protect your mouth.