Everything You Need to Know About Tooth Sensitivity
August 7, 2022 / DENTISTRY
Do you love ice cream and slushies but avoid them when you can? Does the thought of biting into a popsicle make you cringe?
Many people have teeth that are sensitive to cold foods and drinks. This sensitivity is usually caused by an erosion of your tooth enamel that happens slowly over time. The enamel on your teeth protects the soft tissues inside called dentin. Dentin is full of nerves and pain receptors, so when it’s exposed you are much more prone to pain and discomfort caused by extreme temperatures.
Here are a few ways to manage the sensitivity and continue enjoying the foods and drinks you love.
Address the cause
Brushing twice a day with an electric or soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing regularly is a good way to maintain your enamel to prevent your sensitivity from worsening.
Brush with a special toothpaste
There are toothpastes specifically formulated to relieve sensitivity. Because they contain stannous fluoride or potassium nitrate that creates a barrier over the tooth and soothes the nerves inside, these toothpastes can significantly reduce the level of sensitivity in your teeth.
Make good food choices
Acid decays tooth enamel, so it’s important to continue enjoying the foods and drinks you love, but whenever possible, opt for low-acidic foods like water, legumes, quinoa, melons, chicken, and broccoli over more acidic options like soda, tomatoes, pineapple and processed meats.
This is simple. If you’re drinking a cold drink, use a straw. This directs the cold liquid into the centre of your mouth so it avoids the teeth almost entirely, preventing pain or sensitivity.
When you’re enjoying ice cream or frozen yogurt, try using a spoon instead of a cone for the same reasons as the straw mentioned above. If a cone is your only option, lick the ice cream instead of diving in for a big bite that focuses the cold directly onto your teeth.
Use your nose
A mouthful of brisk winter air can cause a big twinge in your sensitive teeth. When you’re outside on particularly frigid days, try to breathe through your nose as much as possible to spare your teeth exposure to the cold. The popularity of masks can be a big help here as well, as they can act like a barrier between the cold air and your face.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain and sensitivity and would like to speak to a professional, call your family dentist in Windsor today. Our team at Foresto Dentistry will schedule an appointment to assess your condition and provide customized treatment recommendations to address your unique situation. We are always accepting new patients in Windsor and surrounding areas and would love to hear from you.
The Foods We Should (and Shouldn’t) Eat For Our Dental Health
July 11, 2022 / DENTISTRY
“Go ahead and eat sugary, acidic foods,” says no dentist ever… and for good reason! The foods and drinks that we consume on a daily basis have a very real link to our dental health; and those foods high in carbohydrates, sugars and starches have been known to break down valuable tooth enamel leaving us vulnerable to tooth decay.
Your team at Dr. Dan Foresto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Windsor has put together the following list of dos and don’ts for your food and drink choices.
Sticky & Sweet: Foods such as toffee and even dried-fruits act as a glue, keeping bacteria attached to your teeth for long periods of time
Hard Candy: Do we need to say more
Citrus: While loaded with vitamins and minerals that we love, we don’t love the impact the acid in these fruits has on your teeth. Acid erodes enamel leaving your teeth vulnerable to decay and cavities
Alcohol: Reduces your mouth’s ability to produce saliva (read more about the important role saliva plays below)
Bread: This one is sneaky… your saliva actually breaks down the bread’s natural starches into sugar
Potato Chips: Sorry about this one, but like bread, potato chips are loaded with starch that can become trapped between teeth, feeding the bacteria that lives there
It’s important to note that many of the items on the AVOID list are there because of their negative impact on your mouth’s ability to produce saliva, according to our dentist in Windsor. Saliva prevents food from sticking to your teeth, while naturally removing food particles. Your natural saliva production is another reason we recommend waiting at least half an hour after you eat to brush your teeth...let the saliva do the work.
As important as the foods we should avoid, are the foods we should go ahead and enjoy. Our family dentist in Windsor suggests foods loaded with calcium, Vitamins A, C and D, Omega-3 fats and Fluoride, such as:
Water: Water naturally and gently rinses food particles from your teeth and dilutes any acid in your mouth while also increasing the production of saliva. We can’t think of a more perfect drink for your oral, and overall, health
Nuts and Seeds:Nuts, especially almonds, are great sources of calcium and protein while being low in sugar
Carrots, Celery: Fruits and vegetables with a crunch increase the flow of saliva; however, try to select low-acidic fruits and vegetables as acid erodes your tooth’s natural enamel
Yogurt & Cheese: Great sources of calcium and protein, both proven to strengthen your tooth enamel
Leafy Greens: Just plain good… loaded with healthy vitamins, minerals and calcium (hint: there is a reason they appear on every “should eat” list you read)
There are obviously more foods and drinks that our Dr. Dan Foresto dental team could have added to both lists, but you get the idea of what we look for in those foods we love and those we want you to avoid. Now go ahead and make good choices.
If you want a team that cares about your dental health as much as you do, give Dr. Dan Foresto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry a call. We are a family dental practice in Windsor that treats people of all ages.
Bonding or Veneers – What Is The Difference?
May 24, 2022 / DENTISTRY
Bonding and veneers have multiple uses, consult Dr. Dan Foresto who specializes in cosmetic dentistry in Windsor for any questions you may have about bonding and veneers. These two options are used to improve the look of your smile. Some of the main reasons people get bonding or veneers done by Dr. Foresto is to change the colour, shape, angle or spacing of your teeth and therefore make them look better and give you a healthy smile. Your dentist in Windsor can fix broken, cracked or chipped teeth, spaces between teeth or teeth that are discoloured. Cosmetic dentistry in Windsor is a valuable option if you would like to improve the look of your smile.
Differences between bonding and veneers
One of the major differences between bonding and veneers is the application by your dentist. Veneers are applied to the entire front surface of the tooth, while bonding is applied to a smaller portion of the tooth. Dental bonding involves a resin being applied to the surface of your teeth and then cured using a specific light source. Once the light has hardened the resin, Dr. Dan Foresto will ensure that it has been properly and securely adhered to your teeth. Veneers involve a different application process, and are more custom to your teeth.
Why you get bonding done
Your dentist in Windsor can complete the bonding process in one dental visit. They will assist with your cosmetic dentistry needs by using composite resin to:
- Match to existing teeth.
- Shape and look like the missing part of a chipped tooth.
- Build up teeth and fill between them.
- Restore a broken tooth to its original size.
- Paint over a stained tooth to match colour with other teeth.
Veneers can be made from porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain resin requires two visits to your dentist in Windsor, and does not stain or change colour, meanwhile composite resin only requires one visit. Your dentist will indicate which form of veneer is best for your current dental situation and inform you about the application process for each.
Veneers are not for everyone and only certain people in certain situations would be a good fit for them. Dr. Dan Foresto would certainly go over with you reasons why you would or wouldn’t be a good candidate for them. Some reasons why he may not suggest the procedure for you would include;
- Tooth decay or if there is an area that has periodontal disease (gum disease). In this instance, these problems must be treated first.
- A tooth that has little enamel left, a veneer will not stick to it properly.
- A tooth that has too much missing, a crown may be another option.
- If you are someone who grinds or clenches your teeth. This habit can chip or break porcelain veneers.
The best course of action if you believe bonding or veneers are something that you may require is to consult Dr. Dan Foresto and his team to work out the best treatment plan for you and your smile.
Three Options to Replace Your Missing Teeth By Your Windsor Dentist
April 5, 2022 / DENTISTRY
While we all strive for a full, straight smile, the reality is that it’s very common for people to be missing one or more teeth. Luckily, advancements in dental technologies have allowed family dentists to provide a variety of options to replace missing teeth and rebuild a complete smile for their patients.
Here are three options for replacing missing teeth, offered by your Windsor family dentist.
Dental implants are a popular solution to replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is a screw-like device that is surgically embedded into the jawbone to act as a post for a crown, denture, or partial denture. The implant acts as the tooth root, and the crown acts as the actual tooth, looking and functioning just like your natural tooth. Because the implant is surgically embedded into the bone, it is a permanent solution that, if properly cared for, should last the rest of your life. By replacing the natural tooth root, dental implants preserve the stability of the jawbone.
Dental bridges are another solution for tooth replacement for patients who are missing one or more teeth. A dental bridge is a device that adheres to the natural teeth that are adjacent to the area where the teeth are missing. Bridges can either be tooth-fixed or implant-fixed.
Tooth-fixed bridges use two crowns that are cemented to the teeth that sit alongside the missing teeth. Those crowns are used to support the replacement tooth being installed between them.
Implant-fixed bridges are supported by implants installed alongside the area where the teeth are being replaced. They are used to support the replacement teeth, just like tooth-fixed bridges.
Like dental implants, dental bridges are a permanent solution that can last a lifetime if properly cared for.
Complete and partial dentures are the most cost-effective and least invasive solution to replace missing teeth. Complete dentures are built to replace the entire set of teeth, and partial dentures replace one or more missing teeth. Complete dentures are removable, while partial dentures can be attached to an bridge, or used on a tray that can be removed daily.
If you are missing teeth and would like to discuss your options for replacing them, call the team at Dr. Dan Foresto’s dental office today.
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