Maybe You Need New Lenses for Sensitivity | Morris County Dental Associates | Succasunna, NJ

Maybe You Need New Lenses for Sensitivity

Maybe You Need New Lenses for Sensitivity | Morris County Dental Associates | Succasunna, NJTooth sensitivity is a touchy subject. We don’t often hear much about it in the dental office, and this can be concerning. In recent years, there has been a shift in the perception that people have about sensitive teeth. Due to the development of products aimed at tooth sensitivity, this dental symptom is largely viewed as a problem. There is a big difference between a symptom and a problem.

If you have sensitive teeth that stand between you and the enjoyment you might get from a cold glass of iced-tea or a warm cookie, and you think of this as a problem, you may turn to one of those many products that claim to help you minimize discomfort.  But what if there is a reason that your teeth are sending out painful signals? What if sensitivity is a virtual smoke-signal, a cry for help? If you observe sensitivity as a symptom, you then have the chance to catch the real culprit before pain worsens.

The Absence of Coverage

The advertisements that portray tooth sensitivity as a problem that can be managed miss the point. We don’t just “have sensitive teeth,” for the most part. There is almost always a problem behind the issue. One of those problems is thin enamel.

Here is where the idea of sensitivity as a normal thing comes into play. People whose teeth react strongly to hot and cold may have thin enamel. This could be genetic. In many cases, though, the thinning out of enamel happens over time. We call this erosion, and it is a problem that may be treatable and may need to be treated. Enamel covers the soft areas of the tooth where nerves reside. To fortify this hard shell, mineralizing fluoride treatment may help. If erosion is extensive, dental crowns and veneers may be warranted. When the softer matter of teeth is protected, there should be far less sensitivity, if not a complete elimination of this symptom.

Schedule a Consultation

Erosion is not the only potential culprit of tooth sensitivity, but it is a common one. To discover how to regain comfort when you eat and drink, schedule a consultation and exam with Dr. Goldberg. Call 973-328-1225.

Is There a Student in your Life? Here’s How to Protect their Teeth! | Succasunna, NJ

Is There a Student in your Life? Here’s How to Protect their Teeth!

Is There a Student in your Life? Here’s How to Protect their Teeth! | Succasunna, NJThe back-to-school time of year presents some exciting opportunities, and it also comes with unique challenges. Overwhelm may quickly set in as you drive from one store to the next, one try-out or practice to the next. So much to do in such a short period! All the while, there is the issue of oral health. Students have a particular risk for oral injuries as they get into the groove of a new school year, and one of the biggest factors to affect them is the busy-ness that surrounds this time.

Our experienced dental team offers friendly care to families in Succasunna and surrounding areas. This includes personal service, as well as information that supports oral care in between dental visits.

3 Easy Ways to Protect Students’ Teeth

  • Schedule dental care. Yes, the first few weeks of the school year may be the busiest. An ideal time to see the dentist is during summer vacation. If your schedule did not permit a summertime visit, contact us to arrange a convenient appointment time as soon as possible. Then, think ahead to the next break during the school year and schedule a checkup and cleaning for that time. Consistency with checkups and cleanings is one of the best ways to avoid dental problems.
  • Plan for sports. Students who engage in extracurricular sports activities are at risk for broken and dislodged teeth, as well as other injuries. Required sports gear often involves a mouth guard, but the type of guard that is used matters. The more customized a mouth guard is, the better-protected teeth are. Talk with your dentist about a custom-fit mouth guard for your student.
  • Follow up. Kids of all ages can easily forget their habits when they become engaged in a new school year. Parents play a pivotal role in helping students avoid unexpected dental injury. Every child is unique and will need a specific degree of follow-up from parents to remember to brush and floss. Teens who wear braces may benefit from being supplied with a travel toothbrush for lunchtime use.

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Professional dental care compliments routine habits to achieve long-term oral health. To schedule family dental care, call 973-328-1225.