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Are Your Teeth Sensitive?
Do you find yourself shivering or wincing in pain from really hot or cold foods? If you do, you might be suffering from sensitive teeth. There are many reasons that this can occur and also many ways to treat it. Understanding what you might be experiencing can help you be informed when you talk to your dentist and will help you find the perfect solution to end your discomfort.

Why Teeth Get Sensitive
Your teeth are protected by enamel and cementum. Enamel is the outer white part of the tooth that you see and cementum is the outer layer of your tooth beneath the gum line. When either of these are damaged, the dentin, which lies underneath is exposed. The dentin is much more sensitive than enamel or cementum and contains small tubes that lead to the nerve endings. This is what causes you to feel pain or tingling from hot or cold foods.

Reasons for Sensitive Teeth
There are numerous reasons that you could be suffering from sensitive teeth. Some of the most common reasons include decay and gum disease. Occasionally people with worn fillings or fractured teeth will also suffer.

There are a variety of ways to help people with sensitive teeth. At home, you can use special toothpaste that helps to decrease the sensitivity. If this does not help, we may be able to help you in a variety of ways depending on the reason for the sensitivity. A few of the techniques that can be performed include the application of fluoride, applying a crown, performing a root canal or gum grafting. Talk to us today about your sensitivity and get your mouth comfortable once again.

Three Tips for Avoiding Teeth Stains this Fall
During the autumn months, parties, bonfires, and holiday celebrations may take up a lot of your time, but depending on what you're eating and drinking, they can also take a toll on your teeth. Follow these simple tips for keeping your smile pearly white!

Be Wary of Tooth Stainers
Certain foods are worse than others when it comes to staining the teeth, so be careful when you're eating blueberries, tomato sauce, beets, and other tooth-staining culprits.

Use a Straw
When drinking your favorite soft drink and watching the big game, be sure to drink with a straw. This can prevent the liquids from coming into contact with your enamel and causing stains.

If you notice your smile is starting to dull or yellow, contact our office about tooth whitening. There are a variety of safe and inexpensive options available to help brighten your smile!

What's in Your Toothpaste?
You coat your teeth with toothpaste twice a day, but do you really know what you are putting in your mouth? The typical fluoride toothpaste will consist of several standard components:

• Fluoride in order to strengthen the enamel and re-mineralize the tooth.
• Mild abrasives in order to remove surface stains and debris (ex. magnesium carbonate and calcium carbonate)
• Flavoring agents to make your toothpaste taste good without promoting decay
• Humectants to prevent water loss in the paste (ex. glycol, glycerol)
• Thickening agents to make the substance paste form

If you have questions about what is in your specific toothpaste or need help choosing a specialized brand, contact your dentist for assistance. Another source of good information is looking for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. These products have been tested to meet standards of safety and efficacy.

Dr. Asai and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

Asai Dentistry | | 503-646-4600
11786 SW Barnes Road, Suite 340, Portland, OR 97225



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