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    17Apr

    For many dental patients, tooth sensitivity seems to pop out of nowhere. However, in most cases, the root causes of sensitivity develop and compound over a long period of time. That’s actually good news! It means that there are things that you can do minimize your risk of developing sensitivity, and to address sensitivity you may already have. Keep reading to learn more from our Cheney dentists.

    Generally speaking, sensitivity occurs when a vulnerable part of the tooth is exposed to external substances, be it food, drink, or even cold air. Your dental enamel is the outermost covering of your tooth, and it is designed to protect vulnerable tooth layers from exposure. So what’s going on when you start experiencing dental pain/sensitivity?

    • Your dental enamel may have thinned to such an extent that the nerves inside the tooth are coming into contact with the foods and drink that you consume, for example.
    • Your gum tissue may have receded to the point that dental nerves near the bottom of your tooth are too exposed.
    • You may have a cavity, crack, or chip, that bores through your enamel and into the sensitive dental pulp at the core of the tooth.

    There are specially-formulated toothpastes and mouth rinses that can help to dull pain receptors and minimize sensitivity. Once we assess your smile, our dental team can give you some recommendations on which formulations to use.

    Additionally, professional treatments that strengthen or cover your enamel can help to lessen sensitivity. Topical fluoride treatments, for example, help to fortify and strengthen your natural enamel, so that it becomes more resilient. Alternatively, you could cover diminished enamel with a coating of dental resin. The resin acts as barrier, preventing irritants from getting through the tooth.

    You don’t have to live with unfettered sensitivity forever. Our Cheney dentists are here to help you regain a strong and comfortable smile. Give us a call to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation with our team!

    03Apr

    Prompt intervention regarding oral health problems can vastly improve the patient’s long-term dental prognosis; this is the philosophy at the heart of early orthodontic treatment.

    Early orthodontic treatment refers to ortho for pediatric patients, who likely still have many of their primary teeth. Many people are confused about the purpose of early orthodontic treatment for this very reason—why bother moving primary teeth that will eventually fall out? Keep reading to learn more from our Cheney dentists!

    When contemplating early ortho, it is helpful to keep in mind that your oral health involves so much more than just your teeth—your jaw, your maxillofacial structure as a whole, and even your oral tissues are all connected to one another. So, by improving how a patient’s teeth function, even primary teeth, the entire system can become more balanced and healthy.

    So, when do we use early orthodontic treatment? We may recommend early ortho in order to:

    • Improve the way the jaw is growing, so that there will be enough room along the jawline for adult teeth to emerge
    • Correct bite problems,—overbites, underbites, crossbites—as these issues can lead to bite dysfunction, TMJ problems, and premature dental wear and tear
    • Address existing habits that are potentially damaging for your child’s smile—for example, thumbsucking

    Early orthodontic treatment delivers immediate benefits, and it lays the table for the development of a healthy and stable smile as your child’s permanent teeth come in. In many cases, patients who complete early ortho treatment need fewer and less invasive corrective treatments during their teen and adult years.

    Our Cheney early orthodontic dentists are happy to give you any additional information that you may need about how this type of treatment works, and for whom it is beneficial. You can always contact our team by calling our office, or using the Contact Us page on our site to submit your question!

    20Mar

    Many people feel like they simply aren’t achieving the results they want by brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash alone. These at-home oral hygiene steps are crucial to maintaining a strong smile, but sometimes patients need an extra boost to achieve optimal oral health; that’s when it’s time to take a look at your diet.

    Everything that we eat and drink ends up coating our teeth. When you think about it that way, it makes sense that our diets can make or break our smiles. Keep reading to get more information from our Cheney dentists.

    The first thing to understand is the simple fact that oral bacteria love sugar; sugar allows bacteria to grow and multiply. That is why it is highly recommended that you limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks. When you do indulge, try to rinse your mouth with water right after you finish eating or drinking.

    You also want to be mindful about how and when you consume acidic substances. Acidic things, like fruit juice, for example, temporarily soften enamel and leave it more susceptible to damage and erosion. That is why you want to wait to brush your teeth for at least 20 to 30 minutes after you eat or drink something acidic.

    One of the best things that you can do for your smile is to drink a lot of water throughout the day. Saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria and re-mineralizing dental enamel. If you are dehydrated, your body is not able to produce saliva. And, in fact, taking a sip of water triggers your body to produce saliva, so you want to drink plenty of water to combat bacteria and bad breath.

    If you have specific questions about how your diet affects your smile, you can always contact our Cheney dentists to learn more and to schedule a personal consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!