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Treat baby teeth with “kid gloves”; set the foundation for lifelong health
Children’s teeth and gums are just as susceptible to decay and disease as adults’, but there is a common misconception that children’s oral health is not as important because their baby teeth will eventually be replaced by adult teeth. However, healthy teeth and gums are essential to your child’s development and encouraging proper dental hygiene for kids lays the foundation for a lifetime of good dental habits. At Virtue Dental Center, which is conveniently located in the Winston Salem area, Dr. William Virtue and Dr. Mary Katherine Taylor provide routine dental check-ups and cleanings with a holistic approach that keeps your child’s mouth healthy while also protecting their overall well-being.

Get over your sensitive teeth
Only a person with sensitive teeth would know how uncomfortable they can be. If you wince when your teeth come into contact with extremely hot, cold, acidic, sugary or salty foods, or when you are brushing and flossing your teeth, your teeth may be sensitive. It’s a common dental problem.

Why do teeth turn ultra-sensitive? Some reasons are:
  • Cavities (decay)
  • Worn out tooth enamel and fillings
  • Fractures
  • Gum disease
  • Exposed tooth roots
In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crown, which is the part above the gum line. The roots below the gum line are protected by a layer called cementum; under both these layers is dentin, which is not as dense as the other two layers and contains microscopic tubules (tiny tubes or canals with hollow insides). When dentin loses its protective cover made of enamel or cementum, heat and cold and other elements reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth, resulting in hypersensitivity.

Sensitive teeth can be treated with proper dental hygiene. There are many treatment options, some being desensitizing toothpastes, desensitizing and bonding, root canal therapy and surgical gum grafts. A solution would be recommended by your dentist based on your particular condition.

To prevent the recurrence of the problem, brush your teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss daily. Be gentle instead of vigorous and harsh, and don’t use abrasive toothpastes. If you grind your teeth, talk to your dentist as tooth grinding can damage teeth and increase sensitivity.
Mouth sores, a highly irritating dental problem
Mouth sores are a common dental problem. They come in different types and sizes and may occur inside or outside the mouth.

Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are very common and affect the inside of the mouth rather than the outside and lips. The causes could be very different. However, they are not contagious.

Commonly known as cold sores, fever blisters are caused by the Herpes simplex virus and break out on the edge of the outer lips. They could be a recurring problem as they cannot be completely cured and are highly contagious.

Mouth sores can also happen in somebody suffering from oral thrush or candidiasis, which is caused by a yeast infection. It’s mostly seen in infants, diabetics, people who wear dentures, and those undergoing cancer treatment.

Certain food items especially spicy and acidic food may be a trigger for mouth sores. Among other causes are genetic factors, quitting smoking, biting the tongue or inner cheeks, ill-fitting dental apparatuses including braces and dentures, deficient fillings, stress or anxiety, medications including beta-blockers and pain killers, and hormonal changes during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause.

Mouth sores are harmless most of the time, but can feel very irritating especially when eating, drinking and brushing teeth. They will disappear on their own and require medical attention only if they last for over two weeks. However, if you get mouth sores quite often, it’s best to seek your dentist’s advice as there could be some underlying reason for the problem which would need proper treatment.
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