Loss of Enamel May Cause Sensitivity to Sugar

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Usually, when people talk about tooth sensitivity, they talk about feeling mild to moderate discomfort and sometimes sharp pain every time they drink either a hot or cold beverage. In other words, tooth sensitivity is commonly associated with hot or cold drinks. However, the temperature of the drink isn’t what’s causing tooth sensitivity in some patients; what could be causing pain or discomfort isn’t the is the sugar in the drink, says Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD, a family dentist in Clinton, MD.

What causes teeth sensitivity?

In general, sensitive teeth could point to an underlying dental issue. In most cases, sensitivity to sugar or hot or cold drinks means the enamel has broken down, which translates to your teeth having lost its protective enamel covering. When this happens your teeth become more exposed to acid and bacteria, and other substances that could irritate your gums and teeth.

To prevent sensitivity to sugar, patients, therefore, have to make sure that the enamel is protected; and to achieve this, patients need to know some of the most common causes of damaged enamel. In doing so, you will understand the reasons why your teeth are sensitive to sugar.

Here are common reasons why tooth enamel gets damaged:

Acid buildup in the mouth

Acid buildup in the mouth damages the enamel over time and eventually, this could cause tooth erosion. When this occurs, you may feel pain every time you consume something sweet or something hot or cold (or all of the above).

What causes acid buildup? Aside from poor oral and dental hygiene, acid buildup in the mouth may also occur from acid reflux as the acid is often produced and reaches the mouth even without having consumed anything. In other words, acid reaches your mouth throughout the day even when you’re fast asleep. So how do you prevent this acid buildup in the mouth? By managing acid reflux.

If you love to eat acid-rich foods, you may be encouraging acid buildup in your mouth.

Brushing too hard

Another cause of damaged or lost enamel is brushing too hard. Dentists often remind patients that brushing too hard doesn’t automatically mean cleaner and whiter teeth. It just means you’re hurting your gums and your teeth.

Brush softly for two minutes and do it two times per day; once in the morning and once in the evening before you turn in. If you can, brush after every meal or three times a day.

Got questions? Feel free to contact Audubon Dental Center at (301) 856-1122.

Three Things Everyone Should Know About Tooth Discoloration

Tooth discoloration happens for a variety of reasons, says Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD, a family dentist in Clinton, MD. It can develop anytime and at any age regardless of gender. In other words, no one is immune to it. Even children as young as two years old can develop teeth stains. So what causes tooth discoloration or teeth staining and how can you prevent it?

To better explain why some people have it and some don’t, here are a few things everyone should know about teeth stains:

1. Types of tooth discoloration

There are two general types of tooth discoloration: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains are stains that appear inside the tooth. It’s usually the grayish stain you notice within the tooth, and this could be caused by several reasons, from tooth injury or trauma to tooth decay. Extrinsic discoloration, on the other hand, is staining that everyone is more familiar with. This type of discoloration develops on the surface of the teeth, which is the enamel. For this type of stain, the usual culprits are food and beverages (coffee, tea, wine, sodas, berries, chocolate, and red pasta). Tobacco also causes stains or tooth discoloration.

What do these causes tell us? That extrinsic discoloration is strongly linked to our eating habits and lifestyle.

2. Removing teeth stains

First off, it’s important to know the different types of discoloration because each one is treated and addressed differently. Secondly, you should know that there are various ways to effectively remove teeth stains or improve teeth discoloration. Overall, the most effective non-invasive way to remove stains is through a professional <a=rel”no follow”href=”https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/whitening”>teeth whitening treatment from your trusted dentist.

For intrinsic stains, your dentist may recommend bleaching. However, if the stain is caused by tooth decay, your dentist will need to evaluate the extent of the damage first to determine the right and most effective approach. In either case, it’s important to consult your dentist for your discoloration concerns instead of going the DIY route with over-the-counter whitening products (which could lead to more harm than good).

3. Maintaining white teeth

After your whitening treatment, your dentist may give you recommendations or reminders on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Why are gums included? Because your overall dental and oral health involves both the teeth and gums. If one or both are in poor health, you can expect several dental/teeth problems to eventually show up; from teeth stains to tooth decay.

To maintain your pearly whites, make sure to limit your intake of food and beverages that stain the teeth; and if you smoke, it’s about time to give it up not only for your oral health but your overall health and well-being.

Got questions? Feel free to contact Audubon Dental Center at (301) 856-1122.

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