Top 4 Foods for a Healthier Smile

Oral health encompasses more than just what happens to your teeth and gums, but to your overall health as well. While we think brushing and flossing are the most important habits when it comes to our oral health, so does our diet too. Nutrition is an important aspect of our daily lives; we need food to survive and nourish our bodies. We also need good nutrition to fight diseases along the way as well. At Brar Family Dentistry, we have laid out the most important foods to help you gain strong teeth and gums.

1.) Fruits & Vegetables

Eating produce-rich foods, such as vegetables and fruits, are essential to consuming necessary nutrients. Leafy greens (such as spinach, lettuce, collards, and kale) aid in digestion and are enriched with fiber. Fruits (such as apples, bananas, pears, and berries) are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Chewing fresh fruits & vegetables increases saliva production and aid in removing bacteria from the mouth.

2.) Proteins

Proteins are crucial to building and maintaining strong muscle. Lean proteins (such as chickens, fish, turkey, nuts, and legumes) are packed with phosphorus, which helps protect the enamel on your teeth. Meat also helps produce saliva, which decreases the acidity in your mouth.

3.) Calcium-Rich Foods

Calcium is an important mineral because it maintains bone density. Foods rich in calcium, such as dairy, leafy greens, fortified cereals, and edamame, are all great sources. Cheese, for example, contains phosphate, which aids in balancing pH in the mouth and preserving the enamel.

4.) Whole Grains

Eating whole grains is great because it contains fiber, which helps produce saliva and fight acids that break down the enamel. Whole wheat pasta and bread, brown rice, corn, and oats are just some of the options that contain complex carbohydrates, which bacteria cannot easily digest, keeping cavities away.

What to Stay Away From

The top foods and drinks to stay away from are ones loaded with sugar. Candy, dried fruits/fruit snacks, white bread, soda, sweet teas, and energy drinks are just some of the things to stay away from. When you eat sugary foods, the sugar will come in contact with the plaque, and acids will start forming. The acids, in return, will break down the enamel. This is when cavities and tooth decay can start happening.

Overall, it’s really important to have a healthy, balanced diet, not only for the sake of your oral health, but to your overall health as well. At Brar Family Dentistry, we work hard to provide comprehensive treatments in the Nashua and Merrimack community. Our office includes the best doctors to ensure all our patients are well cared for. Contact us today if you would like to make an appointment with us! We are here to address all of your dental needs!

Top 5 Care Tips For Your Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are an easy and natural-looking solution to damaged or broken teeth, but once they are in they require some care to keep them safe and to keep your smile looking fresh. Here at Brar Family Dentistry we have years of experience using dental crowns to improve and strengthen our patients’ smiles, and we believe that crowns should be treated with as much care as your own teeth—so that they can continue looking and feeling good. Whether you recently got dental crowns in Nashua, NH, or if you are thinking about getting crowns at your local Merrimack dentistry, we have put together our top 5 tips so you can be ready to take care of your dental crowns!

Brush and Floss Regularly

While dental crowns do replace the surface of your tooth with a hard and decay-resistant ceramic, they rely on a strong natural tooth base to stay in your mouth. Once you have dental crowns you should continue to brush and floss twice a day, to ensure that your tooth base does not develop decay or cavities. Check out our oral hygiene guide for more tips to improve your daily routine!

Avoid Sticky and Hard Foods

Dental crowns are made to assist you in your everyday life with eating, drinking, talking, and smiling, but just like normal teeth, they can suffer from excessive wear and tear. The primary danger to dental crowns are sticky and hard foods, so be sure to avoid those foods if possible and chew carefully if you find yourself needing to consume gummy or brittle foods.

Get Rid Of Those Bad Habits

Getting dental crowns at your Nashua dentistry can reinvigorate your smile and give you back the confidence you’ve been missing, but there are certain bad habits that pose dangers to your newly improved smile. Biting pencils, chewing your nails, eating ice, and grinding your teeth, can all do serious damage to your dental crowns, so make sure to kick those habits and protect your new teeth!

Use A Mouth Guard

While not everybody who has dental crowns needs to wear a mouthguard, if you tend to grind your teeth you may want to start using one. Grinding teeth can exert 200 pounds of pressure per square inch, which can wreak some serious havoc on your crowns. Talk to your Merrimack dentistry about getting a fitted mouthguard!

Visit Your Local Nashua Dentistry!

One of the best ways to protect your dental crowns is to schedule regular checkups at your local Nashua dentistry. Here at Brar Family Dentistry we know how important a smile can be to your confidence and presence in a room, so we have a quick and easy procedure for checking in on your dental crowns. Neglecting a damaged crown or ignoring tooth decay could lead to the permanent loss of the tooth or other painful dental conditions. For our patients getting dental crowns in Nashua at Brar Family Dentistry, we want to make sure they look and feel good for as long as possible, so you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile—contact Brar Family Dentistry in Merrimack to find out more about dental crowns or to schedule an appointment!

Get the Most Out of Invisalign

Invisalign is an excellent treatment option for patients who want to straighten their teeth without visible braces, and who would prefer to use an orthodontic device that can be removed. Invisalign works to straighten your teeth and perfect your bite, but there are complementary treatments available that can take your results to the next level. Here are some tips to get the most out of Invisalign, and beyond.

-Stick to your Treatment Plan
Your Invisalign treatment plan has been crafted to give you the best results, so make sure you keep the aligners in every day for the recommended 22 hours. Change Invisalign trays as you progress through the treatment, and if one of your new trays breaks you can wear an older one until it is replaced, to protect your progress.

-Keep your Teeth and Aligners Clean
Invisalign is meant to be a nearly invisible alternative to braces, but this isn’t possible if the aligners become stained! Be diligent about removing them when eating and drinking, and rinse them before and after wearing. Pay extra attention when brushing and flossing, your teeth are more prone to bacterial buildup when using aligners.

Take Your Results to the Next Level

-Tooth Whitening
After straightening your teeth with Invisalign, amplify your smile with tooth whitening. By reducing yellowing and unevenness of enamel color, tooth whitening provides stunning aesthetic results that perfect a smile already improved with Invisalign.

-Veneers
If a tooth is discolored or misshapen in a way that can’t be fixed with straightening or whitening, a porcelain veneer can restore it to a flawless appearance. Porcelain veneers are very durable and can withstand daily wear and tear.

-Crowns and Implants
Before or after your Invisalign treatment, you may have concerns about the shape of some of your teeth, or you might be missing a tooth. Dental crowns strengthen and perfect the shape of problem teeth, while implants can be used to replace teeth without any of the hassle and weakness of removable dentures. Both crowns and implants become a permanent and functional part of your smile.

To learn more about Invisalign and supplementary treatments, contact us at Brar Family Dentistry. Our offices in Nashua and Merrimack, NH offer comprehensive dental care for the whole family.

5 Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist

At Brar Family Dentistry, we are committed to offering high-quality general and children’s dentistry services to the residents of Nashua, Merrimack and the surrounding area. As part of our commitment, we want to ensure you walk away from every visit feeling confident in your smile. But taking your smile to the next level requires more than just routine checkups. Make sure you get the most out of your appointment by asking these questions!

How Is My Overall Oral Health?

Your dentist will inform you when something is wrong with your mouth and may discuss overall health. However, it is always a good idea to ask for an overview and if there is anything else you could do to keep your mouth healthy.

How Often Should I Visit the Dentist?

The typical recommendation for dental care is to have a checkup every six months. If you are concerned about your oral health, consider asking your dentist if you should be visiting more often.

What Can I Do to Improve the Overall Health of My Teeth & Gums?

Ask if there are any ways you could improve your oral hygiene. The dentist may recommend a new instrument or a different technique. This insight can be very helpful for your dental care.

What Can I Do About Grinding My Teeth?

If you think you are grinding your teeth or if you regularly have tooth damage, ask your dentist about it. He or she will likely bring it up if there is significant evidence of grinding. However, if it is on your mind, bring it up! Dentists can offer a lot of help and guidance.

Could You Explain More About the Procedure?

When you need to have a procedure, ask your dentist for more information, especially if you are nervous. Dentists are often happy to talk to you about any procedure you may need to keep your mouth healthy.

Schedule Your Dental Appointment Today

Whether you have questions about your dental care, need a check-up or require another dental service, contact Brar Family Dentistry today. We are the go-to dentist in Merrimack and Nashua because we take the time to take care of our patients, including answering questions. Schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations today.

Restorative vs Cosmetic Dentistry

Restorative vs Cosmetic DentistryAt Brar Family Dentistry, we believe everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile that they truly feel proud showing off, and our mission is to help our patients achieve that smile through quality dental care. But not all dental care is the same: dental procedures are broadly divided into three main categories including general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. General dentistry includes routine and preventing care designed to keep teeth healthy and prevent the formation of cavities. But what’s the difference between restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry?

The Difference Between Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry includes a wide range of procedures that are designed to reconstruct and restore your smile after it’s been damaged due to dental decay, trauma, or any other problem. When a cavity progresses to the point of threatening the structural integrity of a tooth, or when one or more teeth are damaged in an accident, it’s restorative dentistry that’s used to repair them. Restorative dentistry also allows us to replace teeth that are missing through treatments like dental bridges and dental implants. With all dental restoration, we aim to create an aesthetically-pleasing smile, but the chief goal of restorative dentistry is repairing the function of the smile.

Cosmetic dentistry, on the other hand, is about improving the appearance of your smile. Whereas restorative dental procedures are performed only in response to a problem, cosmetic dentistry can also be done purely to boost the looks of your smile even when there isn’t an existing dental issue. Cosmetic dental procedures include treatments like in-office teeth whitening, composite bonding, and dental veneers, all of which are designed to reinvigorate the look of your teeth and dramatically improve your smile.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Nashua, NH Cosmetic Dentist

Both restorative and cosmetic dentistry play an important role in helping you achieve the ideal smile, and if you think you could benefit from any of these treatments, we’d love to help. Take the first step: reach out to us at our contact page to schedule your consultation today. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile!

How To Support Sustainable Dentistry

How To Support Sustainable DentistryOur doctor and our team at Brar Family Dentistry as a whole are aspiring to make changes one day at a time by adapting to different resources that support sustainable dentistry. Every little change helps! This is why we’ve decided to ask our patients to stand with us against the effects of climate change and join us in changing our practices in order to leave a better world for the future. Our changes begin here at our dentistry in Nashua and Merrimack offices locations but we hope that all of our readers will take initiative to begin changes around the world. The following are some tips that we’ve come up with to help combat climate change!

Avoid Water Waste by Using Less Water

Because water is usually available at our fingertips, it makes sense that we often take its presence for granted. We have to remember, however, that there are many places around the world where potable water is not at people’s disposal. When using water, be mindful of closing the tap during unnecessary times such as when you’re brushing your teeth, scrubbing your dishes, only running the dishwasher/washing machine when you have a full load, etc.

Consider Stocking All-Natural Cleaning Supplies

There are actually many great green cleaning supplies available in the market that do just as great a job as regular cleaning supplies, but without the chemicals that are detrimental to our earth and our oceans. Cleaning solutions exist for your kitchen surface, wood and tile floor, bathrooms, laundry, glass/mirrors, etc. that are biodegradable and plant/mineral based. Not only do they avoid harmful effects in the environment, they are also crafted to be safe for your family, non-toxic, fragrance free (for those with allergies or sensitivities), and non-GMO.

Alternative Green Dental Supplies

Instead of Plastic Toothbrushes…

Use bamboo toothbrushes! Bamboo toothbrushes are biodegradable, unlike common plastic toothbrushes. Some even come with charcoal bristles for a more natural way of cleaning!

Instead of Regular Toothpaste…

Use charcoal powder! Charcoal has activated ingredients that both clean and kill bad oral bacteria. This non-toxic option is a great substitute for normal toothpastes that contain chemicals and preservatives. Some powders even include mint essential oils to freshen your breath!

Instead of Plastic Tongue Cleaners…

Use reusable tongue cleaners! There are stainless steel and copper tongue cleaners in the market that won’t rust or collect mold—just purchase once and keep cleaning and reusing!

Instead of Plastic Floss…

Use biodegradable silk floss! A great alternative, silk floss is actually dipped in natural wax and coated with natural mint essential oils and is 100% biodegradable! It will do the same job as plastic floss, but won’t add to the earth’s nearly insurmountable pollution issue.

Begin Changing the World with Us at Brar Family Dentistry!

At Brar Family Dentistry, we may be just a children’s orthodontist practice, but we believe that change begins with every individual. Let’s change individually and join together with the masses that have already begun their environmental betterment journey. If you’d like to discuss more environmentally-friendly dental options or discuss our dental services, please contact us directly at 603-889-0601 to speak to our knowledgeable staff. Call us today!

Fluoride & Your Teeth

surprised expression on young girlFluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is essential for tooth development and the prevention of tooth decay. Most of us have access to fluoride in our drinking water; however, it may not be a sufficient amount. That’s one reason why we may recommend a fluoride supplement and/or the use of toothpastes and the dental products that contain this important mineral.

At Brar Family Dentistry, our experienced doctor and our talented team want you to be aware of all the important aspects of dental and oral health. So please continue reading to learn more about fluoride, the important role that it plays, and how you can make sure you and your kids are getting enough.

How Fluoride Helps

The protective outer layer on your teeth, called enamel, is often subject to attacks from acids found in certain foods and beverages like sodas and citrus fruits. Additionally, sometimes decay-causing bacteria trapped in the mouth creates acid from sugar. This bacteria congregates in dental plaque and feeds on sugar that is not cleansed from your mouth. When metabolizing (breaking down) sugar, the bacteria produce acids that can eat through tooth enamel. This is how cavities form. However, when fluoride is present it becomes part of the crystalline structure of tooth enamel, hardening enamel and making it more resistant to acid attacks. Fluoride can even help repair small cavities that are already forming.

Delivering Fluoride to the Teeth

Once a tooth has erupted it can be strengthened by fluoride topically (on the surface). In a dentist’s office, a doctor can paint fluoride right onto freshly cleaned teeth then let it sit for a few minutes for maximum effectiveness. Past that, on a regular basis toothpastes with fluoride are great for ensuring daily fluoride exposure. There are also fluoride supplements out there that, like the water you drink, can help you ingest the mineral. (This might be a better choice for children than adults, as their teeth can absorb the mineral as they develop.)

How Much Is Too Much?

Newly forming teeth that are overexposed to fluoride beneath the gum line can develop a condition called enamel fluorosis, which is characterized by a streaked or mottled appearance. Mild fluorosis takes the form of white spots that are hard to see. In more severe cases (which are rare), the discoloration can be darker with a pitted texture. The condition is not harmful, but may eventually require cosmetic dental treatment. Tooth decay, on the other hand, is harmful to dental/oral health and can also be quite painful in severe cases. The risk for fluorosis ends by the time your child is about nine, when all the permanent teeth have fully formed.

Keep Your Teeth Healthy & Bright!

Maintaining healthy teeth is important at all ages. As a dental practice, we want to do everything in our power to protect our patients’ teeth so that our dental treatment options have the best possible results. Fluoride is an important part of healthy tooth development, so make sure your teeth and your children’s teeth are getting enough.

Please check back on our blog soon for more important information about dental and oral health, and contact us today to schedule an appointment in our Nasuha or Merrimack offices!

Family Dentist vs. General Dentist

What's the difference between a family dentist & a general dentist?At Brar Family Dentistry, we believe everyone deserves a smile they’re proud of. That’s why we’re proud to offer comprehensive, high-quality dental treatment from our two conveniently-located offices in Merrimack and Nashua, NH, helping our patients not only achieve a great smile but maintain it over the course of a lifetime. Our dentists place a strong focus on family dental care, and our patients often ask us: what’s the difference between a family dentist and a general dentist?

The Difference Between a Family Dentist and a General Dentist

Ever wondered what the difference is between a family dentist and a general dentist? They’re similar in many ways, and both work to help patients maintain a great smile – but there are a few key differences.

The primary difference between a general dentist and a family dentist is the age group they serve. General dentists usually treat adult patients, as that’s where they focus the majority of their dental education. A general dentist is trained on a wide variety of procedures to help keep the teeth healthy, but that training is focused on adult teeth. For that reason, many general dentists have an age limit where they’ll only accept patients above the age of 15 or 16.

Family dentists, however, focus on providing dental care for patients of all ages. A family dentist will offer largely the same dental services as a general dentist, but they’ll also provide pediatric dental care for patients in adolescence or childhood. Family dentists also usually take a long-term approach to maintaining a healthy smile, focusing on preventive care above all. Visiting a family dentist not only allows you to take care of your whole family in one visit but also ensures your smile stays healthy in the long-term.

Schedule a Consultation with Your Family Dentist

While all dentists have a part to play in taking care of teeth, if you’re looking to get convenient dental care for the whole family, your best bet is a family dentist – and if you’re looking for one, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about how our Nashua and Merrimack family dentists can help your entire family maintain beautiful, healthy smiles for a lifetime. We can’t wait to hear from you!

How to Prevent Cavities in Children

5 Top Tips To Prevent Cavities in Children 

How to prevent cavities in childrenAs your children’s dentist in the Merrimack and Nashua areas, Brar Family Dentistry is committed to helping our youngest patients combat cavities and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. Although children’s cavities are largely preventable, they are still the most common chronic disease of children under 19. Much of the work of our family dentist revolves around preventing and treating cavities. Our dentists and friendly dental hygienists work hard to educate parents and their children about oral hygiene and best practices for tooth decay prevention. You can even earn points as a part of our No Cavity Kids Club and “buy” prizes with your accumulated points! Also, as part of this ongoing education, here are five things you can begin today that will help you and your children avoid cavities.

Tip #1: Start Good Oral Health Care Habits Early

While it’s never too early to start new, healthy habits, our family dentistry gives you the tools and information you need to help your children start those habits as early as possible. Here are a few of the most important:

  • Brushing

In order to prevent cavities from forming, teach your kids to brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing after every meal and before bedtime can reduce bad breath, gingivitis and plaque and leave your child with a minty fresh feeling to start and end the day. Until your child is old enough to brush, be sure to clean your baby’s gums and mouth with a warm, wet washcloth regularly.

  • Flossing 

Our children’s dentistry in Merrimack and Nashua recommends children floss at least once daily, preferably at bedtime. When the teeth are flossed regularly, tiny bits of food and plaque are removed from between the teeth and along the gum line to keep the teeth and gums healthy. Flossing habits developed at a young age will carry through to adulthood and result in healthier teeth and gums. Note that when your child first starts flossing, it is normal for gums to bleed a little. If bleeding persists after the first few times, let us know at your child’s next appointment.

  • Don’t allow eating or drinking before bedtime
  • Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle in his or her mouth
  • Avoid habits such as frequent snacking and sipping milk, juice or other sugary drinks.

Tip #2: Get Enough Fluoride

According to the Centers for Disease Control, water fluoridation can reduce the amount of decay in children’s teeth by 18 to 40%. Regular use of fluoride toughens the enamel, making it harder for acid to penetrate. Besides using a fluoride toothpaste recommended by our family dentistry, our doctors may recommend other fluoride rinses or applications to help prevent cavities.

Tip #3 Choose Foods Wisely

As your providers of dentistry for kids in Merrimack and Nashua, the most impactful suggestion we have is to limit the consumption of sugary foods as they’re one of the leading causes of tooth decay in children. Providing the right kinds of foods and helping your child choose more wisely when it comes to snacks and drinks can go a long way in preventing cavities. When looking to follow a healthy diet that’s good for your teeth and the rest of your body, try sticking to the food pyramid. The pyramid is structured to give you a healthy serving of all the necessary food groups you need throughout the day. Here are some ideas on foods to choose and those to avoid to prevent cavities.

  • Healthy Foods to Choose
  • Calcium-rich foods like milk, yogurt & cheese
    • Vegetables and leafy greens such as broccoli
    • Nuts
    • Fresh fruit such as bananas, apples and oranges
    • Vegetables such as beans, Brussel sprouts and peas
    • Grains such as bran, brown rice and whole-grain cereals and pasta
    • Water – it’s a natural way to wash your mouth clean
  • Foods to Avoid
  • Sugary snacks including candy
    • Gummy bear vitamins
    • Fruit snacks
    • Sugary soda, sweet tea, energy drinks, sports drinks, etc.

Tip #4: Apply Dental Sealants

Some of the most cavity-prone areas in a child’s mouth are in the chewing surfaces of the molars. This is because these teeth contain many crevices where food can get stuck – even to the point where brushing doesn’t dislodge it. When food is trapped there for a long period of time, it can lead to cavities. To prevent that from happening, you can have sealants applied to your child’s teeth. Sealants will smooth out these grooves so that food doesn’t keep getting stuck in those teeth. It’ll make those teeth easier to brush as well.

Tip #5: Routine Checkups are Important 

To pave the way for a lifetime of good dental health, Brar Family Dentistry recommends visiting our Merrimack or Nashua office once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. In addition to helping children avoid cavities, these routine dental visits can also help them avoid developing serious health problems in the future as oral health is linked to overall health. During your child’s first visit, we will provide a variety of helpful services that include.

  • Diagnostic examinations to check for cavities and other underlying dental problems
  • A thorough teeth cleaning
  • Fluoride application, if necessary
  • Oral hygiene recommendations

Trust Your Children’s Dentist In Merrimack & Nashua

You can trust Brar Family Dentistry to provide the best preventative care for your child as well as be there in the event your child does have a cavity with friendly, expert care. If your child is experiencing tooth sensitivity that may be due to a cavity, we’d love to help. Request an appointment today by contacting us at 603-424-2121 in Merrimack or 603-889-0601 in Nashua. We’ll thoroughly examine your child’s teeth for cavities, clean any plaque deposits that may cause them and provide helpful oral hygiene tips to help you and your child prevent cavities far into the future. We want every child who visits our children’s dentistry to leave with a smile! And our fun, upbeat and kid-friendly office and staff help ensure that happens!

How to Cope With Sensitive Teeth

How to cope with sensitive teeth.Brar Family Dentistry welcomes children and patients of all ages to our family dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing families in the Nashua and Merrimack areas with general dentistry care they can count on to maintain great oral health or treat common dental problems. One of those common problems is sensitive teeth. Whether it’s cold drinks, hot soup or the use of whitening toothpaste that may be causing your sensitivity, Drs. Bar, Dressler and Yue have some ways you can ease the pain and keep it from interfering with your daily life.

What Does Sensitive Teeth Pain Feel Like?

Most commonly, sensitive teeth pain manifests as a sudden, sharp flash of pain when teeth are exposed to air, cold, sweet, acidic or hot foods. The pain may shoot into the tooth’s nerve endings but is usually temporary. At least 40 million adults suffer from sensitive teeth in the United States, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. As your trusted general dentistry, we care about the health of your teeth, which is why we want to take the time to discuss the topic of tooth sensitivity.

Why Is My Tooth Sensitive?

The pain you are having due to tooth sensitivity is caused by the traveling movement of fluid within tiny tubes located in the dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel that contains the inner pulp), which results in nerve irritation. If your hard enamel is worn down or your gums have receded, these tiny tube surfaces can become exposed. The pain is often sharp and sudden, but it is temporary. Having sensitive teeth can be caused by several reasons. Here are some of the most common causes:

  • Using Tooth-Whitening Toothpaste.

Many are brushing with a tooth-whitening toothpaste but those pastes can contain chemicals and abrasive ingredients that may cause you pain.

  • Brushing Too Hard.

Dr. Brar recommends only brushing with a soft-bristled brush and not pressing too hard when you do brush. Using hard bristles could wear down the enamel on your teeth and expose those tiny canals that lead to your dental nerves and cause you pain.

  • Eating Foods High In Acid. 

Citric foods like lemons, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, tomatoes or drinking soft drinks can aggravate your already exposed nerves and cause pain.

  • Grinding Your Teeth. 

Even though your tooth enamel is very strong, grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel. This exposes the dentin, or the middle layer of the tooth, which contains the hollow tubes that lead to your nerves.

  • Long-Term Use Of Some Mouthwashes. 

Mouthwash that contains alcohol and other chemicals may cause trouble for those with sensitive teeth if your dentin is exposed.

  • Developing Gum Disease. 

As you grow older, your gums naturally recede and as this happens the tiny tubes are exposed and you may have sensitivity. If you develop gingivitis or gum disease, our expert dentists will detail a plan to treat the disease.

  • Poor Oral Hygiene.

If you allow plaque to build up on your teeth and around your gums, it can wear away tooth enamel which exposes your teeth to sensitivity.

  • Getting A Tooth Filling

After you have a cavity filled or a filling replaced, you may experience some tooth sensitivity from the tooth decay irritating the tooth. This will improve after a few weeks. If it does not, be sure to contact our Nashua and Merrimack office.

  • Using Whitening Treatments

Teeth-whitening treatments contain harsh chemicals that remove stains, but they can also remove the enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity.

Can Tooth Sensitivity Be Cured?

It is unlikely that you will completely cure your tooth sensitivity. However, properly diagnosing the reasons for tooth sensitivity is the best way to eliminate the pain. Symptoms may come and go until the cause of the sensitivity is permanently addressed. Dr. Brar can recommend the best course of action for you or your child. The treatments below may be considered to improve sensitive teeth.

What Are Natural Remedies For Sensitive Teeth?

The natural remedies recommended by Dr. Brar and the staff at Brar Family Dentistry mostly center around eliminating the cause of tooth sensitivity as mentioned above. These remedies include:

  • Use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.
  • Brush gently with a soft-bristled brush & floss daily to eliminate plaque.
  • Eliminate foods high in acid.
  • Use a recommended fluoride rinse daily.

How Can Brar Family Dentistry Help You Cope With Sensitive Teeth?

It’s important to check with your general dentist if you are having prolonged bouts of pain due to tooth sensitivity. Dr. Brar or his associates can pinpoint the exact cause of your sensitive teeth. That way you’ll hit on the right solution. There are some treatments that Brar Family Dentistry can perform to assist with sensitive teeth if needed.

These may fix a tooth flaw or decay that is causing sensitivity.

  • Fluoride gel or varnish.

These materials can be painted on your teeth to serve as an invisible barrier between afflicting foods and exposed nerves.

  • Surgical gum restoration. 

This will rebuild or restore your receding gums to protect the root and reduce sensitivity if the gum tissue has eroded from the root.

  • Mouthguard. 

If you are a teeth grinder at night consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and save your enamel. Dr. Brar can custom-fit a mouthguard just for you.

  • Desensitizing Sealants. 

Dr. Brar can apply dental sealants or other desensitizing and filling materials, including fluoride to the exposed root surface.

  • Root canal. 

This is a last-resort treatment for severe tooth sensitivity that has not been helped by other methods.

Treat Tooth Sensitivity At Your Nashua and Merrimack, NH, Family Dentistry

Your tooth sensitivity is treatable. If a tooth is highly sensitive for more than three or four days and reacts to hot and cold temperatures, it’s best to get a diagnostic evaluation from your Nashua and Merrimack, NH, dentist to determine the extent of the problem. Between the home and the dentist-provided remedies listed above, we are sure to find ways to help you manage your hypersensitivity. Only an office visit can determine the most likely cause of your tooth sensitivity and the best solution for your particular situation. If you would like to talk to a caring professional about your sensitive teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our Merrimack office at 603-424-2121 or our Nashua office at 603-889-0601. We look forward to welcoming you to our family dentistry practice!