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Spring Creek Family Dentistry September 2016 Newsletter
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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.

Treatment
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.

Whiten
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!

Are Dental Implants Really Better?
If you are missing one or more teeth, you might be weighing the pros and cons of dental implants. Could they really be that much better than partial dentures? If the look and function of your teeth are important to you, then dental implants are the answer for you. Implants are a much stronger alternative to dentures, allowing you the same ability to talk and eat without embarrassing issues or decreased abilities. In addition, dental implants help prevent bone loss in your mouth and can last a very long time with proper care. There is no other dental solution that provides these benefits for your oral health.

Emphasizing the connection between a healthy body, healthy mouth, and a beautiful smile!




Spring Creek Family Dentistry | www.springcreekfamilydentistry.com | 503-659-9658
2636 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie, OR 97222



 

 

 
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