Archive for December 2014

Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Springfield, MO – Do you cringe every time you take a sip of hot coffee or iced tea? Sensitive teeth are a common problem, but there are some ways you can lessen your sensitivity.

But what causes sensitive teeth in the first place? Teeth are made of enamel, the hard surface that protects the crowns of the teeth, and cementum, which protects the root of the tooth under the gum line. Underneath both of these is something called dentin, which is more sensitive than enamel and cementum.

visit to the dentist“The dentin contains tiny, hollow tubes that, when the dentin’s protective covering is lost, allow heat and cold to touch the nerves inside the tooth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis, an Ozark dentist. “This causes sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and even when breathing through your mouth.”

The first step in preventing sensitive teeth is proper oral care. If you have sensitive teeth, it is important to brush and floss regularly, but not to be too aggressive as you may increase your sensitivity by causing damage to the protective structures of your teeth.


Steps to Avoid Halitosis

Springfield, MO – Are you embarrassed by your chronic bad breath, and are looking for a way to keep it at bay? The Springfield, MO dentists at Excel Dental have several tips to help.

“It’s important to first understand what can cause halitosis,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “First, we can look to the bacteria that live inside your mouth. Our mouths are host to millions of bacteria. These bacteria can give off toxins and bad odors as they multiply in our mouths. This is why conscientious brushing and flossing, especially after meals, is so important.”

MO DentistryBut what else can cause bad breath?

Did you know that your tonsils have what are known as crypts, which are essentially just big holes? Smelly substances can sometimes collect in these holes, emitting a bad odor from our mouths.