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Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?

There are a ton of specialized toothpastes, mouthwashes, and toothbrushes available to Holbrook residents suffering from sensitive teeth. It is a very common problem that lots of products claim they can solve, but have you ever wondered why it exists? Today, we at Holbrook Dental would like to explain what causes tooth sensitivity and how these products work. Dr. Salem & Dr. Lee want everyone in Holbrook to enjoy a pain-free mouth, so feel free to give us a call with any questions or to setup a consultation.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

 Do you find yourself ordering beverages without ice, drinking room temperature water, and waiting a long time for your coffee or tea to cool down? If you do, it’s probably because you have sensitive teeth. Enamel, which covers of the crown of your teeth, is the hardest substance in your body; tooth roots have a similar substance called cementum. However, beneath those layers is a softer, more porous layer called dentin. When dentin is exposed, the nerves in your teeth become much more sensitive to hot and cold and sticky or acidic foods and beverages. Read more ›

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Soft Food Recipes – What to Eat After Dental Work

You did it! You got the consultation, booked the appointment, and you actually showed up on the big day. You saw the dentist and now all of that effort has left you hungry! The question is: what can you eat after having dental work done?

For some of us, it’s nostalgic to remember having a frozen treat after the dentist as kids, or attempting to say such bouncy words as “baby” with a numb jaw. However—depending on how extensive your dental work is—you will need to be cautious of what you consume in the days following major dental work. And milkshakes will only get you so far in recovery, anyway.

Many foods can be troublesome after dental surgery or extensive dental work. Ask Dr. Salem & Dr. Lee for their recommendation about specific foods and for how long you should avoid them. Holbrook Dental in Holbrook can be an especially helpful resource for patients navigating what to eat after dental restoration services.

Here’s an idea; if you probably can’t eat those potato chips anyway, consider your dental recovery days a chance to make healthier choices. Below are soft food ideas that will treat your mouth and your body well.

Breakfast

For a warm breakfast, oatmeal topped with tiny pieces of cooked apple and cinnamon will be delightful enough to make you forget that you’re on a post-dental work diet.

Scrambled eggs with cheese are a safe and satisfying option for the savory lovers. Read more ›

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Dental Bridges 101

A hole in your smile is never a good thing. It negatively affects your appearance, your eating, your speaking, and your overall sense of confidence and wellbeing. Let Holbrook Dental bridge the gap between where you are with your smile and where you want to be!

A missing tooth or teeth can also cause jaw pain and bite misalignment. Without a full set of teeth, your other teeth have a tendency to move into the empty space causing an unnatural alignment in your bite and jaw—which can be very uncomfortable and can lead to bigger headaches and TMJ/TMD problems.

Dr. Salem & Dr. Lee share how each tooth plays an important role in your health and every day life, and how dental bridges can restore your smile and the function of your teeth.

Types of Bridges

Depending on your needs, there are three common kinds of bridges that your dentist may recommend. The difference among these types is how they are installed and secured. Read more ›

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The Tooth About Teeth Grinding

Headaches in Holbrook are a dime a dozen. We all know the frustration of having your day interrupted by throbbing, shooting pains in the head. If you suffer from frequent headaches that never seem to go away, Dr. Salem & Dr. Lee would like you to know about bruxism, or teeth grinding, a common condition that Holbrook residents rarely know they have. At Holbrook Dental[LINK], we love spreading the news about all things dental health, so here is some headache information that just might change your life.

Bruxism and Headaches

You may not be aware of it, but everyone clenches and grinds their teeth at some point, to some degree. It’s a natural reaction to stress. During the day, you might catch yourself doing it and consciously stop, but during the night, you are unaware of it and will naturally grind much harder. Unfortunately, some people in Holbrook have such problems with bruxism that they may experience: Read more ›

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History of the Toothbrush

If you had to give up your toothbrush or your car, which would it be? According to a recent survey, 42 percent of adults and 34 percent of teens would rather turn in their keys, computer, cell phone, or microwave than get rid of their toothbrush. It seems that many Holbrook residents love toothbrushes the way Dr. Salem & Dr. Lee do. We at Holbrook Dental would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the history of the toothbrush and talk about how to pick the right one.

Did you know that toothbrushes were invented before soap, deodorant, and even toilets? The idea of the toothbrush is over 5,000 years old, although back then they were a lot different than what we have now. In ancient times, people used sticks, bones, and all manner of animal hair and products to brush their teeth and take care of their gums.  The switch from animal hair to synthetic materials (for bristles) is fairly new, and mass production of toothbrushes has only existed for a couple of centuries. Read more ›

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Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Nicknamed for the fact that they come into your mouth (and your life) by the time you are finally mature and supposedly “wise” wisdom teeth are simply molars in the far back of your mouth. Whether or not these molars cause you problems is anyone’s guess, but if you’re experiencing some specific pain in your gums and jaw, you may be wondering if you have impacted wisdom teeth.

Dr. Salem & Dr. Lee take care of wisdom teeth from all around Holbrook! Let us tell you more about impacted wisdom teeth and what to do if you have them.

What are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Your wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars you’ll get. They usually come in when you are between 17 and 21 years old, though some people’s wisdom teeth won’t come until much later, if at all. (Does that mean they never become wise? Hard to say.) Read more ›

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Are Your Teeth Safe From Coffee Stains?

First things first, put your worries away! We are not about to tell you that your coffee drinking days are over. We know that each shot of caffeine is crucial and we cherish our coffee, too! Here at Holbrook Dental, we want to educate you on what causes coffee stains and what you can do to fight them.

It’s no secret how Holbrook residents feel about their coffee, and we’re not about to get in the way of that love. However, we will help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful with tips that won’t drastically affect your lifestyle. Dr. Salem & Dr. Lee and the rest of us at Holbrook Dental are your oral health allies!

So let’s start off with the basics. What makes coffee stain your teeth?

Coffee is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to stained teeth in Holbrook, and the discoloration can be so bad it mimics cigarette stains. So what’s the secret? What can you do to keep your teeth shiny, but still get your caffeine fix? Read more ›

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Senior Dentistry: Embrace Healthy Aging

Someone once said, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” How true!

It can be disorienting and frustrating to watch your health change with age, but you don’t have to accept poor oral health and tooth loss as just a part of the game. On the contrary, your oral health is just as important now as ever, and it’s linked closely with your overall health and wellness.

Embrace healthy, preventative dental hygiene and reap the benefits of improved wellness and vitality during a season of life with so much to look forward to.

When it comes to senior health and dentistry, Dr. Salem & Dr. Lee share the top concerns you may have, and how to address them: Read more ›

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Teeth Grinding, Clenching, and Bruxism

There is a good chance you have heard Dr. Salem & Dr. Lee or someone else at Holbrook Dental mention the term ‘bruxism’ and discuss the problems it can cause for your oral health. At the office, we talk about a lot of technical dental stuff that doesn’t necessarily concern our Holbrook patients, but bruxism is something we definitely want you to know about. Stress and bruxism go hand in hand, and we are going to tell you exactly what that means and how it affects your health.

Alright, we know you are on the edge your seat! What is bruxism and why does it concern you? Well, how often do you find yourself clenching your jaw or notice others doing just that? Bruxism is a common condition characterized by jaw clenching and the grinding of teeth. Read more ›

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To Be or Not To Be Sugar-Free: The Facts About Common Sweeteners

Originally created for people that can’t consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in Holbrook in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. Salem & Dr. Lee want you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health, so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Holbrook Dental.

The Big Five Sugar Substitutes

The benefits of natural and artificial sugar-free sweeteners were first recognized as a safe option for diabetics, but have since exploded in popularity because food, beverage, candy, and snack companies have discovered that it is easier to sell fewer calories. In addition, Holbrook residents with a sweet tooth know that artificial sweeteners are notorious for their ability to ruin your portion control. All of the following substances are considered sugar-free and inhibit tooth decay because bacteria cannot ferment them into enamel-destroying acids. Despite ongoing controversy about health concerns of sugar substitutes, the FDA considers all of the following substances to be safe for regular consumption. Read more ›

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