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Winter Weather Can Cause Toothaches and Sensitivity

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MADo your teeth ever hurt when you eat something hot or cold? When tooth enamel wears down or the gums recede, it exposes a layer of your teeth that is very sensitive to temperature changes. If something too hot or too cold touches this part of your mouth, you’ll feel some pain.

But you aren’t just at risk for this type of discomfort because of your diet. During the winter, your teeth contract in response to intense cold weather. This can lead to cracks in your teeth and cause the same type of pain that you experience when you bite into ice cream. Take a look at how the cold can affect your teeth, how this relates to winter weather, and what you can do to fix aches and sensitive teeth or nerves.

Can Cold Weather Make My Teeth Hurt?

Yes, cold weather can make your teeth hurt. In response to extreme heat and cold, your teeth expand and contract. Over time, this can lead to cracks in your teeth, exposing the vulnerable microscopic tubes beneath your enamel. This is the same tooth pain you feel because of cavities, gum disease, and other bad oral habits.

This layer below the enamel is called dentin. It’s the “core” of your teeth, with the enamel covering the top of this layer and the gums covering the bottom portion. Unfortunately, the dentin is covered in nerve fibers. Therefore, any problems with your enamel or gums, such as periodontal disease, could leave you vulnerable to cold weather pain.

Weather sensitivity can occur regardless of how well you care for your teeth, but you’re at greater risk if you don’t practice good oral hygiene and live in an area that has extreme temperature swings. To minimize sensitivity, you should learn about the common causes for sensitive teeth and what you should do when you notice pain because of the cold weather.

Common Culprits Responsible for Seasonally Sensitive Teeth

Your dentin could be exposed for a number of reasons. People often wear down their enamel or suffer from receding gums and tooth sensitivity because of one of the following reasons:

Periodontal disease: Diseases of the gums, cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone can expose the dentin and cause sensitivity. Gingivitis is one of the earliest stages of periodontal disease.

Brushing too vigorously: You may think that you need to bear down hard to remove surface stains, but brushing with too much force can start to wear down your enamel.

Clenching and grinding: Some people may clench or grind their teeth in their sleep. This can wear down tooth enamel and lead to sensitivity.

Tooth decay: Sensitivity to cold is an early sign of an undetected tooth decay problem. If you start to experience tooth pain, go see a dentist.

Tooth whitening agents: Have you started using a new tooth-whitening agent? The ingredients that make your teeth whiter may strip past surface stains and start wearing down your enamel. If the agent starts hurting your teeth, stop the treatment and consult with your dentist.

Acidic beverages: Sodas, coffee, tea, and other drinks with a high concentration of acid, such as juices, can erode your teeth and expose the dentin layer.

Other lifestyle habits: Other bad oral health habits, such as using tobacco products or not brushing or flossing properly, can cause your gums to recede. When this happens, the dentin at the base of the gums is exposed and can lead to temperature-sensitive teeth.

Try These Fixes for Your Sensitive Teeth

If you’re experiencing sensitivity, a dentist may recommend one of these fixes for your sensitive teeth:

A fluoride application: Fluoride is a natural mineral that a dentist can apply to your sensitive teeth. This application strengthens the enamel and thus prevents sensitivity because of exposed dentin.

Covering root surfaces: A dentist can apply a sealant to fix problems with receding gums.

Making a mouth guard: If you clench or grind your teeth, a dentist can make a mouth guard to prevent you from damaging your teeth in your sleep. This can help with jaw pain as well.

Root canal treatment: During a root canal procedure, the dentist removes the soft pulp inside the damaged tooth. This is recommended to fix issues with deep decay or a cracked or chipped tooth.

When to See a Dentist

You should see a dentist whenever you experience tooth sensitivity. This is also necessary if you need a more complex solution, such as a mouth guard. A dentist can also determine exactly which teeth are exposed to sensitivity and recommend an appropriate treatment or prescribe a special toothpaste or similar product. Finally, if your teeth are especially sensitive, a dentist can schedule a root canal, filling, or other advanced procedure.

Whether you’re just starting to struggle with sensitivity or always have issues in the cold weather, it’s worth visiting your dentist and finding a solution to resolve your pain.

For more information, contact Today's Dental.

Invisible Fillings Instead of Silver

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MAWhen it comes to cavities, the most common material used to treat and fill them is silver amalgam fillings. When you think of fillings, most people think of silver because it has been used to fill cavities for over 150 years. Amalgam is one of the most durable restorative materials used in dentistry.

Amalgam is affordable and it can endure for years, but…it doesn’t look good. Invisible fillings are made from composite resin that matches your natural tooth color. This means that no one will be able to see you fillings when you choose composite or invisible fillings.

Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored plastic mixture and glass. Previously they were only used to restore the front teeth, but as technology evolves, they have become stronger, so today they can be used on any teeth.

Today's invisible fillings look more natural, are stronger and tougher, and are more versatile. This means they can be used to restore small- to mid-sized cavities, reshape chipped teeth and broken teeth, and replace silver amalgam fillings There are additional benefits to composite fillings. If you have sensitive teeth, composite fillings may make them less sensitive to hot and cold. And with composites, more of your tooth structure stays intact – that’s not the case with silver fillings. Composite fillings are also easily fixable if they’re damaged.

For more information on invisible fillings, contact Today’s Dental.

Cosmetic Dentistry Will Improve Your Smile and Your Life

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Today's Dental of Boxborough, MACosmetic dentistry improves the overall appearance of your teeth. While there are health benefits, cosmetic dentistry is mostly for aesthetics. However, there are several other benefits such as improved self- esteem and self-confidence, and a beautiful smile that makes a lasting, positive first impression.

The cosmetic dentistry performed by Today's Dental has helped numerous patients to improve their confidence with a few modifications to their teeth. These patients have achieved a smile they never thought possible. Many of these patients are public personalities, however, many are people who want to improve their smiles in order to get the new job, promotion, or improve their quality of life.

Porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants are just a few of the procedures to make your smile what you want it to be in 2019. This year, make the change to improve your life with cosmetic dentistry and make your smile last forever.

With the rising popularity of cosmetic dentistry the procedures have become more attainable.Today's Dental believes in educating you on all the procedures that would work for you so that you can make the best and most informed decision. Cosmetic dentistry varies from traditional dentistry, so it is important that you choose a dentist with a great reputation and who is educated in the most recent technologies.

For an expert in aesthetic dentistry for that stunning smile using the latest technologies and techniques contact Today's Dental.