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Taking Care of Tween Teeth


“I have a tween”

It sounds like some sort of shameful admission, spoken in hushed tones to a loved one over a gently flickering candle, in a dimly lit restaurant.

Sometimes for parents, that doesn’t seem too far from the truth. But while our “tweens” can sometimes make life a bit more “interesting” it’s also important for us to remember that the “tweenage” years are a very important time. Why? Because while it might not seem like your pre-teen is anywhere near being an adult quite yet, their adult teeth are ready, waiting, and just itching to make their appearance – and the mouth is going though a lot of changes. This makes diligent dental care incredibly important.

As a family dentist in Downey, CA, we have years of experience under our belts when it comes to helping pre-teens and teenagers alike make their (anatomical) adjustment into adulthood. However, there are just a few tips that can help make that adjustment easier….

Dental Tips for Tweens and Teens

The most important thing to remember when it comes to caring for your tween or teenager’s teeth is that they aren’t much different than an adult’s teeth.

  • Maintain a healthy diet: Not only does eating a healthy diet help with childhood obesity, it also helps prevent cavities. Make sure your child eats plenty of fruits and vegetables to reap all their wonderful benefits.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that add extra sweeteners: Extra sweeteners and sugar is never a great thing, especially for young-adults who are learning good dietary habits. As is the case with every food, if it’s got sugar in it – it will make it’s way back to your teeth, and the more sugar there is, the more pronounced its effects will be – from weight gain to cavities and tooth loss.
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of water: Water could be your body’s greatest asset. Many don’t realize it’s also an asset to your teeth, and can help  wash away bacteria and food debris that could ultimately lead to decay and cavities.
  • Brush twice daily, with fluoridated toothpaste: This is a no-brainer. Brushing at least twice daily is essential, and if your water isn’t treated with fluoride, consider adding a supplement. Fluoride has been proven to protect your child’s teeth from decay and cavities.
  • Limit snacking: Did you know that snacking actively alter’s your mouth’s pH, making it riper for decay? By limiting snacking, you limit the amount of time your child’s mouth is in “prime-time” for decay, ultimately helping the prevention of cavities and the need for expensive dental work.
  • Floss at least once a day: flossing – especially for teens – should never be a “once a week” or “before the dentist” tradition. By encouraging your child to floss, you actively reduce the likelihood he or she will need dental repairs in the future.
  • And as always…..see your family dentist for regular checkups and cleanings: When it comes to a pre-teen or teenager’s mouth, there’s a lot of movement and growth going on. In these years, it’s even more important to make sure your child sees the dentist at least every 6 months. This ensure that you’re not stuck trying to find a dentist nearby  when a seemingly minor ache or pain decides to become something a little more than “minor”.

Have questions? Ask an expert. At My Downey Family Dentist, our team of dentists are some of Downey, California’s leading experts when it comes to family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and more.

7 Honest and Simple Tips about Invisalign

Just like many patients who have lived with glasses their entire lives, before making the decision to get Lasik, many patients live with teeth they don’t quite love for years and years before finally making the decision to get Invisalign. At our dental practice in Downey, CA, this is one thing we run into quite a lot, fortunately our

Sometimes, they’re patients who had work done in the past that didn’t quite work. Other times, it could be as simple as a casual (but careless) remark from a family member of friend about an errant tooth that made them think, “enough is enough! I’m getting this straightened out” (pun completely intended).

For many patients, Invisalign is a perfect solution. It works well, it’s hard to notice, and it doesn’t take much longer than traditional braces. Even still, there are some factors that every potential Invisalign “prospect” should be aware of.

Sure, They’re Invisible – But That Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Hear Them

As most patients will say, nobody can tell you’re wearing your “braces” until you open your mouth and actually start talking. Fortunately, it should only take a couple weeks for the more pronounced vocal changes to go away. You won’t be lisping for long.

You Have to Wear Them (Duh)

For most, this doesn’t need to be said. But it’s incredibly important that the Invisalign retainers are worn for at least 20 hours a day. In fact, 22 hours is their recommendation – but 20 hours won’t severely change the treatment time. If you’re accustomed to really dragging out your meal-times, a bit of a change in pace at breakfast, lunch, and dinnertime might be in order.

Don’t Clean them With Toothpaste!

If the whole point of Invisalign is to get straighter teeth without anyone knowing, then a yellow-ish Invisalign Tray won’t do a whole lot of good, will it? A yellowed retainer can happen for a few reasons, chief among them being if you don’t brush after meals (or coffee). However, your trays can also get yellow if you are washing them with toothpaste. Unfortunately, while toothpaste contains materials great for your teeth – they aren’t so great for your plastic retainers. In fact, the abrasives intoothpaste can contribute to staining, build-up, and even odor. Instead, follow your dentist’s instruction carefully. Most recommend a mild detergent or dish-soap.

They Aren’t A Catch-All Solution

Invisalign can cure a lot. In fact, while many sometimes say that the Invisalign system can’t correct bite issues even that is somewhat untrue, given the fact that many Orthodontists have accomplished this by modifying the Invisalign system with rubber bands or even traditional braces (on the back teeth) to accommodate more structural changes. Even still, the general consensus is that Invisalign is best for cosmetic fixes. Despite what’s possible with Invisalign, traditional braces are generally seen as the better solution when it comes to more serious structural changes, like severe overbite.

Your Before and After-Work Habits May Change

For some patients, one of the most frustrating aspects of Invisalign is the fact that it’s a bit harder to savor your morning coffee, or your after-work wine. Why? Because anything that can stain your teeth can also stain your retainers. On top of this, taking out your retainers should really be limited to mealtimes. Therefore, it’s either a matter of carefully cleaning your retainers or carefully timing your “intake”.

Your Brushing Habits are about to Get Much Better

With Invisalign, you have to be very careful and deliberate about brushing your teeth. Why? Because in between meals you will want to be brushing in order to make sure the fish burrito you ate at lunch doesn’t hang around inside your retainers. Not used to carrying a “travel toothbrush?” get used to it! Or get used to the increased potential for decay and bacteria.

Your Timing May Vary….

On average, the typical Invisalign patient has to wear the retainers for about a year. However, some patients require additional treatment with what we call “finishing” aligners to get the teeth just right.

Ultimately, everyone’s different. But as a preferred provider of Invisalign in Downey, CA – the dental team at my Downey Family Dentist have corrected

The Ultimate Guide to Tooth Grinding

Have you noticed that you wake up with a headache or a sore jaw? Or, maybe you’re experiencing new sensitivity or pain that you’ve never noticed before.

While your first step should be to find a dentist nearby and schedule an appointment. There’s a good chance that you’re affected by dental sensitivity caused by grinding. For now, rest assured that when it comes to issues like this – the prognosis is generally very good and your teeth can begin to gradually heal themselves. The key: start now. Immediately change your habits to start improving your teeth now.  By following the tips below, you can lessening the sensitivity you experience and protect your teeth from unnecessary damage and decay.

Why You Grind Your Teeth

Teeth grinding can be caused for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from stress or anxiety to an abnormal bite, or a tooth that’s crooked or misleading.  On top of this, grinding can also be caused by sleep apnea – a breathing condition that disrupts normal breath during sleep. Sometimes, sleep apnea can be treated with oral surgery – if it’s underlying cause is some sort of obstruction in your soft-tissue.

Teeth grinding isn’t the best for your teeth for a couple reasons. For some patients, long-term grinding can lead to teeth that are cracked, fractured, and at risk of falling out. In some extreme cases, grinding can eventually grind your teeth down to stumps, which can ultimately lead to the need for a dental bridge, crown, or root canal treatment.

How to Prevent Tooth Grinding

One of the first treatments your Dentist will likely recommend if you’re a tooth grinding is a custom-fit mouth guard to protect your teeth while you’re sleeping.

Sometimes, this might not be necessary. If grinding is caused by stress, therapy, yoga, exercise, prescription, and any number of mindfulness practices can help. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on your own personal history.

Some more tips to help stop tooth grinding

  • Cut back on your caffeine intake, especially before bed
  • Avoid alcohol before going to sleep, alcohol tends to trigger many patients’ subconscious urge to grind at night
  • If clenching or grinding is particularly bad, try to relax your jaw muscles with a warm compress on your cheek before bed
  • Try to actively remember to not grind your teeth while awake. If you begin to notice that you are clenching your jaw or your teeth, try to readjust your tongue to encourage better placement. This can reflect in the way you set your jaw while you sleep. By training yourself to not clench during the day, it’s much more likely you won’t do so at night.

Are you a patient in the Downey area suffering from sensitive teeth or jaw discomfort. Do you think it could be because of tooth grinding? Contact us today to learn how to remedy this annoying problem. Relief is just around the corner!

What are Hard-Bristle Tooth Brushes Worth Anyhow?

This week we’ve been talking a lot about sensitive teeth. Sometimes, sensitive teeth can result from recent dental work – such as a dental bridge or recent root canal treatment. However, in many cases the sensitivity is caused by the gradual wearing away of your enamel on various surfaces of your teeth or recession of your gums.  Unfortunately, this sensitivity is often only the first symptom some patients will experience if they don’t make a point to change their habits and alter their oral hygiene routine to better suit their condition.

Why people use hard-bristle toothbrushes, and why they should (maybe think twice

For some patients, the sort of damage that leads to sensitivity and other, more serious problems, can be caused by the one thing designed to prevent damage to your teeth in the first place: your toothbrush.

Some people use a hard-bristle toothbrush for  a simple (and sort of stubborn) reason: they think brushing with a soft bristle just doesn’t get the job done. Fortunately for them and their sore gums – this isn’t true.

The fact of the matter is that most people brush too hard. A hard bristled tooth brush doesn’t really wear away the enamel of your teeth any faster than a bad diet full of sugary junk would. It’s actually your gums that you should worry about. Unfortunately, that can cause damage to the gumline and recession to the gums over-time. This can ultimately lead to sensitivity and, in serious cases, infection or tooth loss.

When it comes down to it, for most patients the appropriate use for a hard bristled toothbrush is to use it like you see it used in the movies – to scrub away a stubborn patch of gunk off your bathroom tile, or quickly (and thoroughly) clean a metal part of just about any kind.


Why a Soft Toothbrush is Better

Not only does a soft toothbrush clean just as well as a hard toothbrush, it also encourages you to brush closer to your gums. By using a hard bristle toothbrush, it can often be a bit irritating to brush close to the gums.  This makes hard-bristle brushers less-thorough, which can also lead to an increased occurrence of periodontal disease, plaque, and tartar. With a soft toothbrush that lightly massages your gums and cleans your teeth, there’s a good change you’ll be much more thorough.

If you’re a patient looking for relief from sensitive teeth and need a new dentist in the Downey, CA area – we’re here to help. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.

What to do about Sensitive Teeth

A couple days ago, we talked about sensitive teeth. You’ll know it when you feel hat oh so shudder inducing feeling when a particular tooth is exposed to one stimulus or another – generally heat, but especially cold for some patients.

As we discussed in our last post, it’s generally caused by some condition that exposes a nerve. Whether through a thinning of the enamel on your teeth, the recession of your gums, or a bad (but totally subconscious habit) with nightly grinding, read on to learn about a few ways to relieve your sensitive teeth.

Try toothpaste made to treat sensitivity: there are a wide variety of sensitive toothpastes available for those that suffer from this generally benign but particularly annoying condition. Try a couple different brands to figure out which one is right for you.

Protip for patients with receding gums: if you notice your tooth is feeling particularly sensitive for some reason, or you happen to feel some sensitivity while brushing, use a small dab of sensitive toothpaste where your gum is beginning to recede. For some patients, this can significantly help with sensitivity.

Get a ‘Night Guard’: Many patients that grind their teeth will find that the enamel on some teeth will begin to wear over time. As this happens, the dentin underneath becomes exposed and can eventually allow stimuli like hot or cold reach your nerves. By using a nightguard, you prevent the grinding from wearing away your enamel while sticking to good oral hygiene habits in order to help grow it back. See your nearest dentist to learn more about the night guard to get.

Brush Softer: Are you using a hard tooth brush? If you are, stop! There’s almost no reason to use a hard tooth brush (and they generally don’t do as good of a job). Sometimes, brushing too hard – especially with a brush that’s too hard, can even lead to enamel breakdown which can in-turn lead to sensitivity.

Go for Electric: Have you considered switching to an electric toothbrush? Electric toothbrushes, while slightly more expensive than a regular toothbrush, remain rather affordable and can easily be recharged and re-loaded with a fresh brush when you need it. The best part about an electronic toothbrush is that it can help regulate how hard you brush. Many times, if you press down too hard (hard enough to wear away enamel, for instance) the brush simply won’t move! Or, in some models it will make a specific noise. Even better, these toothbrushes generally come with a timer that ensures you brush for the proper amount of time.

Our dentists have been helping patients properly deal with sensitive teeth for years. That all starts with your regular checkup. By taking a look at your teeth, your dental hygienist and dentist can identify areas on your teeth that generate the sensitivity.

If you’re looking for a dentist in the Downey, CA area that can help with tooth sensitivity, get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth are never fun, but in many cases they are far from the worst thing that can happen when it comes to your oral health. In fact, while sensitive teeth plague many dental patients of all ages, the condition is actually quite manageable. Today we will discuss why you have sensitive teeth and a couple tactics for making your life just a little easier.

So before you run to the nearest dentist thinking there’s something horribly wrong, learn a bit about what causes tooth sensitivity and you might be able to get a little relief before your next dental appointment.

There are actually quite a few reasons you could be experiencing sensitivity. They range from simple sensitivity caused by grinding or mildly receding gums to a more serious problem that requires intervention by your dentist.

The Causes of Dental Sensitivity

  • You’ve got too much acid in your diet: When the roots of your teeth are exposed or the path to your tooth’s nerves are similarly exposed, acidic foods (like oranges, pickles, or grapefruits) may cause sensitivity. Remedy this by avoiding highly acidic foods.
  • You’re using too much mouthwash: Some mouthwashes contain alcohol and a variety of chemicals. For some people, these can cause sensitivity – especially if you have enamel loss that’s resulted in the exposure of your tooth’s dentin. A fluoride rinse might help with this condition, as well as a renewed focus on good brushing and flossing habits.
  • It could be your toothpaste: Toothpastes with whitening formula added to them can cause sensitivity for some patients. If you’ve recently tried a new whitening toothpaste and are experiencing sensitivity, try a different toothpaste or opt for a toothpaste geared towards sensitive teeth.
  • You’re a tooth-grinder. Many patients tend to grind their teeth at night. It’s a subconscious habit that’s hard to control without the aid of a night-time mouth guard.  Grinding can ultimately wear away your tooth’s enamel and expose the dentin underneath.  Your tooth’s dentin contains microscopic tubes that lead all the way to the nerves beneath – a root cause of  sensitivity. If you’re grinding your teeth, your family dentist in Downey can provide a night-guard molded specifically to your teeth to prevent further damage.
  • You’re brushing too hard: It can often be surprising to learn that your teeth and gums are damaged because you brushed with too much enthusiasm. But it’s true! Many times, especially near your canines, your gums can take the brunt of your brushing and recede – leading to increased sensitivity. In order to lessen the sensitivity, first try brushing more gently by holding your brush like a pencil. If that doesn’t work, try brushing with an electric toothbrush – which is designed to only use enough pressure without damaging your gums. Finally, you can also try rubbing a little bit of sensitive toothpaste on the affected tooth to protect it from hot or cold even more – and don’t forget, always use a soft toothbrush.
  • You have periodontal disease. Aside from hard brushing or grinding, receding gums are also caused by advancing periodontal disease. This is especially common in older patients, and those who haven’t been properly brushing and flossing. In many cases, if your dentist notices periodontal disease, he or she may recommend a procedure to reverse the process and repair your gums.

Have questions about your sensitive teeth? If you’re a patient in Downey, CA looking for a dentist – we can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get the solution you need.

Improve Your Diet to Improve Your Teeth

In our dental practice in Downey, CA if there’s one tip we offer our patients time and time again, it’s that improving your diet will actively improve your teeth. 

Today, more and more patients (especially teenagers and young adults) are virtually addicted to sugar. But it’s not just sodas and sweets that are full of sugar, fruit juices, sweetened “sports drinks”, and all sorts of junky snacks are full of sugar.  First, the sugar makes its way onto your teeth to begin its career feeding the bacteria in your mouth so it can do its damage. But that’s not all. Next, it works its way into your bloodstream – where it will ultimately find its way back into your teeth. This helps dispel the rumor that drinking sugary drinks through a straw somehow gets you “off the hook”. No matter what, if you consume too much sugar – it will find a way back into your mouth somehow.

How Sugar Affects Your Teeth

When the bacteria that lives in your mouth makes contact with sugar, it does a little happy dance. Why? Because sugar actively helps bacteria thrive. In doing so, it produces acid that attacks your teeth, making them more vulnerable. Think of it as fuel for bacteria. Eventually, when this acid has attacked your teeth long enough – your tooth begins to decay. This opens your tooth up to infection and, eventually, total loss.

Which Foods to Avoid for Healthier Teeth

It’s not just candy and soda that are bad for your teeth. While hard candies and sugary drinks are surely some of the worst “offenders”, any food that contains sugar can help contribute to tooth decay. With this in mind, being aware of how much sugar is in your food doesn’t just help your waistline, it will also contribute to healthier, longer lasting teeth.

To help ensure your teeth are healthy for years to come (and to help control your weight) make sure you’re eating a healthy and balanced diet, while limiting junk food and sugary sweets. When you do have a snack, try to choose one that’s healthy. Instead of candy or cookies, reach for foods like cheese, fruit, and raw veggies – which contain valuable nutrients that will help your body and your teeth.

Some Helpful Tips for Healthier Teeth (and Maybe even a Slimmer Waistline)

Eat Carbohydrates as Part of a Meal and Minimize Snacking

When you eat carbohydrates like crackers, chips, or pasta – do your best to eat them as part of a meal – and not on their own. By combining different foods when you eat during a meal, the acids in your mouth are more effectively neutralized, minimizing the damage done to your teeth. On top of this, increased production of saliva means that your mouth has more ammo to wash away particles and debris that contribute to tooth decay.

Stay Hydrated

They say drinking lots of water invigorates your metabolism and makes you feel full (to cut down on snacking). What “they” don’t say quite often enough is that staying hydrated and keeping your mouth wet helps your saliva protect both the hard and soft tissues in your mouth. Dry mouth isn’t just annoying, it prevents your saliva from doing its job – which is to help wash away the food particles and debris in your mouth.  If you experience dry mouth, don’t forget to drink water regularly, or chew gum to help produce more.

Have questions about your teeth? We have answers! Our team of dentists in Downey, CA bring together decades of experience helping patients achieve the oral health that translates into a lifetime of great teeth. If you’re a patient in Southern California, contact us today to learn more about our practice. 


The “Big 3” of Oral Hygiene

Preventing the need for future treatments like a root canal or dental bridgework isn’t too difficult. All it takes is good, consistent oral hygiene.

When you form the habits that drive good oral hygiene early on, keeping the teeth you have for life isn’t too hard. For most patients that still have all their natural teeth, this level of care comes down to what some might call the Big Three” of oral hygiene: Brushing, Flossing, and Rinsing.

The Importance of Brushing

You might be thinking, “I don’t need you to tell me that brushing is important!” But that’s not why we’re discussing it.  Taking a moment to think about all of the bacteria, gunk, and grossness that brushing whisks away is a great way to keep diligent patients on the path to healthy teeth.

Brushing your teeth with a good, ADA approved toothpaste is important for a number of reasons. First, it removes plaque – a sticky film of bacteria that grows on the surface of your teeth and leads to cavities, periodontal disease, and  (ultimately) tooth-loss. Next, the toothpaste you use to brush has a very important ingredient in it. No, not mint to make your breath smell nice (though that’s a definite plus), but fluoride. Fluoride promotes remineralization, which helps your teeth fight against decay, while also helping to boost your entire tooth’s resistance to decay as a whole. Finally, your toothpaste is designed with special ingredients that polish and whiten your teeth over time – helping to give you a smile you feel good about.

Flossing: The One Your Dentist Gives You a Hard Time About

The saying goes, “floss the teeth you want to keep”. Fortunately, it’s one saying that really works with patients who’ve been slacking off when it comes to flossing.

Flossing helps break up plaque buildup on and between your teeth. Without flossing, bacteria continues to live in your mouth, creating an environment ripe for infection and disease. By not flossing, you’re basically leaving the door open to gingivitis and gum disease – which can both lead to tooth loss.

Rinsing: The Final Step

While many patients draw the line at brushing and flossing, adding an antiseptic rinse to your oral hygiene routine is one quick step that washes away any remaining plaque and bacteria still clinging to your mouth, while working to help your mouth resist the many forces working to undermine its delicate balance. Rinsing improves your breath, helps prevent the progression of tooth decay, and actively fights the buildup of plaque and tartar.  Better yet, it only takes a few seconds.

Do you have questions about oral hygiene or your dental health? At My Downey Family Dentist, our team of dentists in Downey, CA are experts when it comes to answering your questions and laying out a road map for better oral health for years to come.  If you’re a patient in Southern California, contact us today to learn more.

“King Me”: How Crowning a Tooth Gives it More Power over Dental Dangers

If this article was to mention a crown. What would you picture? Chances are, most people would picture some form of gold circlet. In essence: a fancy hat. With slots for jewels, artifacts, and the various symbols of a monarch’s station.

But what does a crown represent? Traditionally, crowns have come to represent strength, legitimacy, power, and vitality. Therefore, it’s not exactly surprising that a dental crown represents the same qualities for your teeth.

You see, just like a crown in the traditional sense “makes” a king, a dental crown gives your tooth the traditional qualities of a king as well. It makes the tooth stronger,  it maintains its legitimacy as a tooth  by preventing it from rotting, it makes it more powerful (such as when a crown is used to support a dental bridge), and it revitalizes the tooth – preventing it from the harm of future damage. The best part is, while many different crowns in close proximity to each-other in the “real world” generally creates an incredibly unstable environment (Game of Thrones anyone?), multiple crowns in your mouth simply means that your teeth are reinforced for the future. There’s no need to worry about any civil wars or uprisings when it comes to your teeth.

Why Your Dentist Recommends Dental Crowns

A dental cap is also called a dental crown because of the way it covers the tooth (like a crown, covers a king’s head). Fortunately for us, the fact that a crown makes the tooth stronger and more powerful only serves to help our analogy.

There are a number of reasons why your dentist might suggest a crown for one or more of your teeth in almost every case – the bottom line is protection. For example, a dental crown might be recommended for a tooth that’s recently had a root canal treatment. Similarly, your dentist might want to use a crown to protect a tooth if you’ve had a large filling.

Slightly different is how a crown is used when it comes to the installation of a dental bridge. When your dentist installs a dental bridge to replace a tooth that’s gone missing, a dental crown is used over the teeth on either side of the gap. This is done because a dental bridge is anchored to these teeth, and the dental bridge provides added strength and support to ensure those teeth are capable of handling the load.

How long does a crown last?

While some people believe dental crowns last forever, it isn’t entirely true. However, most dental crowns can be expected to last many years. Long enough so that you definitely don’t have to worry about replacing a crown any time soon. Current available research indicates that most dental crowns will last between 15 and 20 years.  Ultimately, care is the name of the game. The better care you take of your dental crowns, the longer they will last.

When You Need to find a Nearby Dentist Immediately

More often than not, when you think about an injury that can land you in your doctor’s chair immediately, you think of the big ones: broken bones, heart problems, concussions, accidents, cuts, contusions, and more. What most people don’t think about are the dental incidents. The cracks, the chips, the wincing pain, and the shock of a tooth knocked completely out.

So today, we’re taking a moment to talk about the symptoms and incidents that you shouldn’t ignore – the ones that should land you in a dentist’s chair as soon as you can manage. So next time, when something happens to one of your teeth  or you notice a new symptom, instead of thinking, “Oh, It’ll be fine.” Think, “Is there a dentist near me?”

1. Mouth  sores

Many times, mouth sores (like cold sores and canker sores) will go away. Other times, sores can be a sign of fungus, infection, or virus that your dentist should probably know about.

2. Bleeding gums

When your gums bleed, it’s generally a sign that’s something is wrong. If it happens while you’re flossing and especially when you’re brushing, it could be one of the first signs of gum disease. Many times, this can be reversed with proper car. Other times, it can lead to damage to your teeth, their underlying structures, and your oral hygiene as a whole.  Ultimately, if periodontal disease goes unchecked, the consequences can range from bad breath to mouth pain and total tooth loss.

3. Chronic pain

If your teeth are constantly in pain, there’s typically something wrong. Many times, the problem is incredibly simple – something like a cavity or a sensitive tooth. Other times, it can be more serious – indicating the need for more serious dental intervention, like a root canal or tooth replacement.

4. Constant Dry mouth

There are often two causes that lead to chronic dry mouth, old age or a medication that carries dry mouth as a side effect. Unfortunately, your saliva is what actively helps keep your teeth clean by washing away debris and food particles. If you have chronic dry mouth – don’t wait. See your dentist right away to get advice, because dry mouth can contribute to rapidly progressing tooth decay and gum damage.

5. Cracked Teeth

Even if cracked teeth aren’t large enough to see with your eyes, microscopic hairline cracks can ultimately lead to deeper damage that can ultimately require a more serious treatment.

As a general rule of thumb, if you experience pain when you chew or apply pressure to your teeth – it’s time to see your dentist.

As they always say, if you take care of your teeth they’ll be sure to take care of you. But everyone makes mistakes. If your teeth seem to be in the need of some assistance, find your nearest dentist for the advice you need to keep your teeth healthy and long lasting. After all, you only get one set.