Can Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth Alleviate Discomfort?

These days, there are a variety of brands of toothpaste available at your local grocery store or pharmacy. It can be hard to decide which type is best for you. If you’ve been dealing with tooth sensitivity, you might want to consider switching to a toothpaste that helps with this problem.

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What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

There are many reasons why you might be experiencing a dull, achy pain in your teeth. Cavities, chronic teeth clenching, and eating hot, cold, or acidic foods can all cause teeth to feel discomfort. This is because the wearing away of the enamel (the outer layer of the tooth) leads to exposure of the underlying layer of the tooth (the dentin). The dentin contains microscopic tubules that are covered in nerve endings. This means that when the dentin becomes exposed due to enamel erosion, discomfort and pain may follow.

What Can Be Done to Help Sensitive Teeth?

If you’ve noticed sensitive teeth for more than a few days, we’d like you to call us. If the pain is being caused by a cavity or teeth clenching, we’ll want to get you an appointment for filling or get you fitted for a night guard. If there is no obvious cause to your sensitivity, we will recommend a few adjustments to your routine, including using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.

How does Sensitive Toothpaste Work?

Toothpastes made for sensitive teeth are very effective. They include ingredients that block nerve ending receptivity in the exposed dentin. This means less pain and discomfort. We’ll recommend you use this toothpaste for at least a month or until symptoms improve. Your toothpaste should also contain fluoride. This will help to strengthen and remineralize your teeth, helping to slow down enamel erosion and protect the dentin from further exposure.

If you have new or worsening pain in your teeth, we’d like you to call us right away. We’ll set up an appointment to find out what’s causing your sensitive teeth and get you on the road to recovery. Don’t let tooth pain stop you from eating your favorite foods! Contact us today.

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Can Veneers Fix a Tooth Gap?

If you’re self conscious about a tooth gap, you may be wondering what your options are for improving your smile. At Mint Dental Care, we offer several choices for getting the smile of your dreams. If you’ve been putting off having a procedure because you aren’t sure what’s right for you, we’d like to give you answers on what to expect.

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How to Fix a Tooth Gap

Some think that the only way to fix a tooth gap is through orthodontia and braces. This isn’t true. Porcelain veneers are also an effective and lasting way to close gaps. Veneers are thin sheets of resin and porcelain composite that we adhere to the front of teeth. They look and feel as natural as your teeth, but can be made the perfect size, shape, and color to make your smile straight and glowing.

If You Decide to Get Veneers

It’s much easier than you may think to get the smile you’ve always wanted. First, you’ll schedule a consultation with Dr. McCord. Together, you’ll create the image of your ideal smile, and he’ll help determine if veneers are the right choice for you. Once your custom veneers are complete, you’ll come in for the bonding process. At this point, we’ll prepare your teeth for bonding the veneers. You’ll then have permanent, strong, beautiful teeth that look and feel like your other teeth. Although it’s possible for veneers to become damaged, they are very durable and should last many years with proper care. They may be the solution you’ve been looking for to close your gap.

If you’re interested in getting veneers, call us. We’ll schedule a consultation and discuss your options with you. If you’re interested in learning about financing options, we offer an in-office membership plan. We also take third-party financing plans through CareCredit. Don’t put off getting your best smile. Contact us today!

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Affording Dental Care When You Don’t Have Insurance

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Taking care of your teeth is a part of daily life. Going to the dentist for regular cleanings and exams will help keep your smile healthy and attractive. However, you may hold back from giving your teeth the care they need, if you are uninsured. This is a valid concern, because you may wonder if you can afford dental care when you don’t have insurance.

At Mint Dental Care, we want to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy, even if you are currently uninsured. We not only provide excellent care for your teeth, but also have affordable options for your wallet.

Become an In-House Member

Perhaps you were unable to obtain or afford dental insurance on your own, but this is something you still desire. Our practice has developed a special in-house dental membership plan for circumstances like yours. The yearly plan will cover routine care, including needed x-rays and 2 exams and cleanings. You can also benefit from a 20% discount on other services you need. This will allow you to have routine work or other procedures done, at a price you can afford, without having to worry about insurance claims being filed or denied.

Our yearly membership costs $249 for an adult, with any additional immediate adult family members for only $149 each, and children are $99 each. Signing up for our Savers Plan can save you and your family hundreds of dollars, while getting you the care you need, hassle-free.

Credit That Works for You

In addition to our own dental plan and accepting regular credit cards, we also offer CareCredit℠- a financing service that puts your needs first. It will allow you to have a low monthly payment plan, and you can even avoid interest altogether by paying your bill in full by the end of your plan.

At Mint Dental Care, we want the opportunity to give you the care you deserve, whether or not you are insured. Call us at 479-202-0025 to utilize our affordable services and make an appointment with Dr. Trent McCord, DDS.   

Nightly Routines that are Good for your Teeth

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What you do with your teeth right before you go to bed is often the most important oral health routine of the day. Skimping on brushing or flossing before bed can be very bad for your teeth, because saliva production drops and the bacteria in your mouth will do more damage at night than during the day. If you don’t brush your teeth before bed, the bacteria that are always in your mouth will eat the food particles left over from your dinner, and as this bacteria excretes highly acidic waste, your enamel will wear down and lead to tooth decay.

Always Brush

Not matter how tired you are, always brush before bed. Even if you do just a lazy job of brushing, it is better than no brushing at all. Please don’t take this to mean that you can be lazy every night when brushing and you’ll be O.K. You need to maintain a good habit of thorough brushing and flossing every day to prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Floss, floss, floss

Despite the ‘flossgate’ article that claims flossing doesn’t do any good, we stand by our conviction that flossing will help prevent cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease. Food particles that get trapped between your teeth that aren’t removed by brushing aren’t just idly sitting there doing no harm. Those food particles are also food for bacteria that will cause cavities, harden to plaque and tartar, and cause inflammation of your gums.

The Most Devout to Their Oral Health will Also Incorporate a Waterpik

The waterpik is a great device that shoots pressure water between your teeth. It should not be substituted for flossing! In fact, we think brushing in conjunction with flossing and using a waterpik is the best combination you can use for great oral health. If you rinse with mouthwash at the end, then you are well on your way for a lifetime of good oral health!

Don’t Forget Semi-Annual Teeth Cleanings

You should see your dentist at least twice a year for professional teeth cleanings. If you want to find out how better you can take care of your teeth and gums, call Mint Dental now for an appointment.

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Choosing Cosmetic Dental Options

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If you’re unhappy with your smile, it might be time to look into cosmetic dentistry. This branch of dentistry specializes in enhancing the appearance of your smile. Below is a list of common smile complaints that cosmetic dentistry can help fix.

  • Stained teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Unsymmetrical teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Slight under or over bite

Any of these sound like something you’d change about your smile if you could? Well, you can at Mint Dental! We offer a variety of cosmetic dental options to fix all of these issues.

Invisalign Teeth Straightening

If you aren’t happy with the appearance of your teeth, Invisalign aligner therapy could help you love it again! Invisalign will help correct minor bite issues and move crooked teeth into a more uniform position.

Aligner therapy is great because it is less noticeable than traditional orthodontics, but still effective for less intense cosmetic changes to teeth. Plus, you could have a straighter smile in just 9 months (although some patients do see results in up to 2 years).

Dental Veneers

If you have stained, chipped, cracked, or unsymmetrical teeth, dental veneers can restore your smile. Veneers are thin casings of ceramic material that are custom made for your smile to match size and color. They are then bonded to the front of your tooth to give your tooth a more uniform appearance.

Dental veneers can also be used to hide extremely stained teeth when professional whitening won’t do the trick. It is very common for certain medications or tobacco use to stain teeth very deeply. In this case, Dr. McCord may recommend dental veneers in the place of whitening.

Professional Teeth Whitening

We offer three different types of professional teeth whitening so you can get the smile you want at the price and speed you need. We offer the following treatments:

  • One-Visit Whitening
  • Custom Trays
  • One-Size Trays
Ready to love your smile again? Call Mint Dental today!