Tooth sensitivity: When hot is too hot and cold is too cold

Do your teeth ever hurt when you eat soup or drink hot tea? What about when you eat ice cream or drink cold lemonade? When this occurs, you might be experiencing tooth sensitivity, which is characterized by a tingly feeling or a pinch of pain that affects all your teeth or just certain areas.

Pain that is associated with tooth sensitivity may occur constantly or intermittently.  Occasional tooth sensitivity can occur while ingesting hot or cold food or beverages or when cold air hits your teeth.  In some instances, though, tooth sensitivity pain can be mistaken for root damage.

What can be done to Ease Sensitivity?

Depending on the cause of the tooth sensitivity, treatment can be administered accordingly. Tooth sensitivity can be reduced by using desensitizing toothpastes.  First, tell your dentist and they can help you see what the best treatment is. It is also important to tell your dentist if you have sensitivity because it could be a cause other than dentin and can be a more serious problem.  

Again, whether you ultimately choose an in-office desensitizer or over-the-counter toothpastes, rinses or gels, the most important step is to see a dentist first to determine which tooth sensitivity solution is right for you.

Prevent Tooth Sensitivity

In order to reduce your chances of developing sensitivity to your teeth, it is commonly advised that you maintain a proper level of oral hygiene.  Most dentists may recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes in addition to flossing and using mouthwash. It also helps to ease acidic foods and sugary snacks and drinks.  Ignoring any sensitivity issues can lead to many more oral health issues.

Consult your dentist at Kevin Alperstein, DDS in Belvidere, IL as soon as possible if your teeth become sensitive in any way. Through a proper dental consultation, you can find a solution for combating sensitivity.

3 reasons to get an oral cancer screening

Oral cancer is scary (as are all cancers). It has been shown that oral cancers have a five-year survival rate that is as low as 60 percent. We understand that is scary to think about, so it is important to protect yourself by getting checked for the disease today. To help, here are the top reasons you should add an oral cancer screening to your wellness checklist.

It’s easy. Asking your dentist to check for signs of oral cancer during your next visit is super easy. Just ask! It can save your life, so don’t be afraid to speak up and ask your dentist for this examination or if you have any questions. By asking for a screening, you can boost your chances of survival by at least 20 percent when the disease is caught early.

It’s inexpensive. When you incorporate an oral cancer exam into your regular dental visit, there is no extra charge! The only added expense comes if any follow-up procedures are needed. And if that is the case, at least you staying proactive and ensuring your health is taken care of. These follow-up visits will help.

It’s better to be safe. You might feel anxious or nervous to ask, but you shouldn’t. While asking is easy, it is also better to be safe than not. Even if you don’t have oral cancer, isn’t it better to know for sure? We think so.

Contact us at Kevin Alperstein, DDS today to schedule your next dental appointment and ask for an oral cancer screening.

Dear Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines.  We are happy to announce that we are now able to reopen for routine care. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. In addition to our standard comprehensive infection control procedures (following the recommendations of the ADA, CDC and OSHA), our schedules have been reduced to ensure extreme sanitation measures are carried out between each appointment. An additional reason for this schedule change is to reduce the number of individuals within the office at one time and decrease congestion in the hallways.

Other changes you may notice at your next appointment;

  • You will be asked some screening questions before your appointment and upon arrival.
  • We will ask you to use the hand sanitizer made available in the reception area
  • We will no longer offer magazines and children’s toys in the reception area as these items are too difficult to disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow greater time between patients, social distancing between patients, and reduced number of patients in the reception area at one time. That might mean fewer scheduling options for appointments.

We are screening our employees before they start work each day, just as we are doing with patients (temperature and screening questions).  If any employee has had exposure to Covid-19, we are requiring them to be testing for the virus prior to coming back to work.

Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time! We have been extremely busy trying to take this time to train, expand our knowledge, and improve our processes.  We value your trust and loyalty and are excited to be able to see you again!

Sincerely,

Dr. Alperstein and Team