Showing posts from July, 2018

How Can I Quit Smoking?

We've all heard about the dangers of tobacco use. Some of those dangers include lung and oral cancer, gum disease and tooth loss, heart disease, and even death. The extensive list of warnings on a pack of cigarettes alone should be enough to deter anyone from using them. Despite the fact that  " c igarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States" (see the report  here ) ,  a recent statistic put out in February 2018 by the CDC stated that " an estimated  37.8 million  adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes"  (see the full report here ).  If you currently smoke or chew tobacco and have thought about quitting but don't know where to start, look no further! There are lots of resources available to you at little or no charge that will aid you in your healthy endeavor.  One of the most important things when deciding to quit is to have a good support system. Talk with your dentist or physician, as they

Why are my teeth sensitive?

Happy Independence Day! Nothing says summer more than celebrating our freedom with fireworks and ice cream! For those of you who just cringed at that sentence, it may be because the thought of having something cold hit your teeth sends preliminary phantom pains into the nerves of your teeth. If that's the case, you probably have sensitive teeth. There are a few different reasons why you might have sensitive teeth, but the good news is you can treat it!  Possible Causes: Cavities Gum Recession (Exposed Roots) Worn Enamel Fractured Teeth The treatment depends on the cause, so it is important to discuss with your dentist your sensitivity issues. The fix may be as easy as switching toothpaste! When worn enamel is the culprit, using a toothpaste targeted towards sensitivity can help with symptoms. I personally recommend Sensodyne brand. Sensitive toothpastes work because they contain potassium nitrate which calms your tooth's nerves and help