Thursday, May 26, 2016

Tender Teeth Habits

If you avoid eating cold foods or drinking hot beverages because your teeth are a little tender, it may be time to get to the root of this problem. If you have sensitive teeth, Dr. Michael Eisenbrock, DDS at Bensalem Family Dentistry may recommend dental sealants or fluoride treatments to decrease sensitivity. Sometimes the solution is simply breaking bad habits. If you catch yourself performing any of the following habits, do your best to cut them out.

  • You’re brushing too hard – over time, if you brush with too much force, you can wear down the protective layers of your teeth and expose the microscopic hollow tubes or canals that lead to your dental nerves. When these tubules are exposed, tooth sensitivity is a result.

  • You’re eating too many acidic foods – If the pathways to your nerves are exposed, acidic foods will leave you in pain.

  • You have tooth decay – If you have tooth decay, it’s easy for bacteria to accumulate in these tiny crevices, which causes acid build-up and enamel breakdown.

  • You’re a tooth grinder – Grinding your teeth can wear down your enamel. This exposes the dentin and causes sensitive teeth.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. To learn about services we provide at the practice, visit www.bensalemfamilydentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Eisenbrock, DDS at Bensalem Family Dentistry in Bensalem, PA, call us at 215-638-9952.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Choosing a Healthy Toothpaste

Brushing your teeth is an important part of your health. You want to be sure that you are using toothpaste that will benefit your teeth, not harm them. Bensalem Family Dentistry of Bensalem, PA wants to inform our patients of what to look for in healthy toothpaste.

A great way to ensure you are using a healthy and effective toothpaste is to look for the American Dental Association’s seal of approval. There are many different types of toothpaste like whitening toothpaste, tartar control, toothpaste for sensitivity, and more. The ADA will make sure the ingredients are safe and beneficial.

When looking for toothpaste that will whiten your teeth, it is especially important that you look for the ADA seal. Whitening toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients that polish the stains from your teeth. Too much of this ingredient can wear down your enamel.

When looking for toothpaste that helps with sensitivity, look for one with potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. When used consistently for at least a month, it can lessen the feeling of sensitivity.

The most important ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride, which is the anti-cavity property. All toothpaste accepted by the ADA has fluoride in it.

In addition to having a great at-home oral care plan, routine visits to your dentist are important for dental health. To schedule an appointment with Bensalem Family Dentistry in Bensalem, PA, call our office at (215) 638-9952. More information about us can be found on our website, www.bensalemfamilydentistry.com