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What Causes Oversensitive Teeth?

It’s not fun when all you want to do is enjoy your milkshake, but every time the cold touches your sensitive tooth, you wince with pain. So what causes your teeth to be sensitive to something as harmless as a dessert?

There are various factors that can cause oversensitive teeth. Brushing too hard can wear down the protective layers of your teeth and cause hole-like canals that hit your dental nerves. The best way to prevent this is to switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles. Also, do not brush your teeth vigorously; rather you should do so gently in a circular motion. If you grind your teeth, it is important that you talk to your dentist. You may get fitted for a mouth guard that will protect your teeth from grinding off the enamel. Because toothpastes with substances such as tooth-whiteners can cause your teeth to become sensitive, consider switching to a toothpaste that is specifically formulated for those with tooth sensitivity.

Avoiding certain foods can also help prevent tooth pain. Acidic foods, such as lemons, grapefruit, kiwi, and pickles, can hit your nerves through the hole-like canals. Hot, cold, sweet, and even sour foods can trigger pain in oversensitive teeth as well. Your dentist can determine what is causing your teeth to be sensitive, such as a broken tooth, gingivitis, plaque and tarter build-up, and so on. Once you can identify the problem, you and your dentist can work on a solution plan to fix and prevent the oversensitivity.

By taking care of your teeth, being cautious with how you brush and what you eat, and visiting your dentist regularly, you can be back to drinking your milkshakes pain-free!

If you are experiencing oversensitive teeth issues, please schedule a consultation at my Beverly Hills dental practice today. I am more than happy to help you regain a healthy set of teeth and a Hollywood smile!

How to Care For Your Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers, a very popular choice amongst the A-listers, will brighten your smile and leave an impression everywhere you go. The best part about veneers: they are not much different from your natural teeth in terms of maintenance. Treat your porcelain veneers like you would your natural teeth, with gentle care and diligent brushing and flossing.

As a Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist to the stars, I am dedicated to making sure that you don’t live with less than dazzling teeth. Porcelain veneers can cover many imperfections in the teeth by bonding a thin shell directly to the tooth enamel. Although porcelain veneers are thin, they are extremely durable and stain-resistant. The porcelain is immune to tooth decay, but the uncovered part of your tooth is not, so it is important to keep your teeth clean and visit your dentist on a consistent basis.

Because veneers are made of porcelain, they do not respond to whitening treatments. However, if you feel your veneers look a little dim, you can still whiten your teeth, which   will actually affect the natural tooth behind your veneer and brighten it up. Porcelain veneers come in different shades of white so you can select the color you prefer best. I will help you choose a natural-looking color, prep your teeth, and then fit the porcelain veneers to your enamel. Immediately after the procedure, I recommend you eat softer foods until you get used to the feel and bite of your veneers. After that, you should have no limitations on what you eat!

I am dedicated to helping you achieve an amazing, healthy smile. Therefore, I encourage you to visit my website to learn more regarding your options with cosmetic dentistry and schedule an appointment. We can further discuss your options and create a personalized treatment plan to meet your aesthetic goals.

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