Got Smile Questions? Ask Your Dentist

Do You Have Dental Questions?

Many people struggle with knowing how to properly care for their teeth and gums, yet they are too embarrassed to ask questions when they do see their dentists. From understanding proper flossing technique, to wondering if preventive care is really necessary, do you sometimes wish you could ask your dentist the pressing oral health care questions you’ve spent years wondering about? You can and should speak candidly with your dentist, about the ways you can best go about protecting your teeth. That said, there are actually a lot of great resources to help address many common dental questions. For instance, mouthealthy.org is a site sponsored by the American Dental Association, and it is filled with great tutorials and information about dental care. Your dentist’s own website can also be a great, informative resource.

Should my teeth feel sensitive when sipping coffee/eating ice cream?

Many people struggle with tooth sensitivity, when trying to enjoy particularly hot or cold drinks or foods. While mild sensitivity is not usually a cause for concern, heightened or extreme sensitivity is often an early warning sign of acidic erosion.

When the outer layer of the teeth, the enamel, becomes eroded, the layer beneath it can be come exposed. This layer, the dentin, is more sensitive than the enamel, which is why sensitivity is a common warning sign of cavities.

Can tooth stains always be fixed?

Most people begin to notice staining and discoloration as they age. That is because, while the teeth are strong they are also porous, which means drinks and foods can begin to stain them over time. Fortunately, professional teeth whitening (bleaching) can help to lighten most staining. In some cases, though, other cosmetic treatments such as bonding or veneers might actually be necessary to adequately cover the staining and to create a brighter smile.

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