At Monkmoor Dental Place, our primary concern is for our patients to achieve healthier smiles in safe, effective ways. To this end, we have gathered and answered some of your most pressing dental questions. We hope that these insights will enrich your dental routine – today and for the years to come.
Why are my teeth sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks?
Teeth can become sensitive to hot and cold food and drinks because of enamel erosion, cavities or receding gums. When enamel, the hard covering of teeth, wears down, the tooth’s sensitive nerves are exposed to heat and cold, resulting in pain. The same is true for cavities.
When gums recede, the sensitive tooth layer under the enamel, called the dentine, also becomes more vulnerable to the heat and cold and can lead to discomfort.
It is best to seek a dental professional when you have sensitive teeth to determine its cause and its treatment.
Is an electric toothbrush really better?
Some studies state that electric toothbrushes are better. However, national dental organisations such as the British Dental Association and the American Dental Association state that the two can be equally effective. The level of effectiveness all comes down to brushing technique.
Use circular strokes and remember to also brush the gums. We recommend angling the toothbrush towards the gum-line to brush the recess between the gum and tooth.
Is mouthwash necessary?
Regular mouthwash can help prevent tooth decay and is useful in cases where brushing isn’t possible. However, you don’t have to include mouthwash in your oral regime.
NHS recommends skipping mouthwash after brushing because it will wash away the fluoride from your toothpaste. It’s also advisable to avoid eating or drinking within 30 minutes of gurgling a fluoride mouthwash.
A mouthwash becomes necessary if it is a therapeutic type and your dentist has prescribed it to help treat conditions such as gingivitis.
What causes dry mouth?
Your mouth can often become dry and uncomfortable for a sustained period due to certain medications, medical treatments or conditions such as diabetes, anaemia, mumps, and hypertension.
It is important to see a dentist or physician to identify the cause of your dry mouth. If it is your medication, your doctor may decide to change your prescription. If it is due to a health condition, your physician can recommend necessary treatments.
Why do I get oral sores frequently?
There are various types and causes of oral sores. The most common is the canker sore, a painful round mouth sore that usually lasts 10 to 14 days.
The cause can be anything from stress to injuries from brushing, even vitamin and nutritional deficiency. You can reduce the discomfort by eating bland food, rinsing with warm water and using pain-relieving gels. If the condition doesn’t improve after 10 days, it is best to consult your dentist or physician.
We want to help you with any oral health questions you may have. Contact us today to discuss your dental concerns or book an appointment with us.