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Don't Ignore Root Sensitivity! Here's What Might Be Causing It

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If you suffer from root sensitivity, don’t think you’re alone! Some studies suggest that nearly 60% of adults complain about having tooth sensitivity every day.

We can address your root sensitivity, but first, we need to find the underlying cause.

There are several reasons why you may suffer from root sensitivity:

  • Active decay on the surface of the root
  • Heavy teeth grinding or clenching
  • Microscopic fractures in the tooth that irritate the nerve
  • Active gum disease that causes recession and exposes the root
  • Aggressive brushing or flossing that disturbs gum tissue

All these conditions expose roots and lead to a wearing away of their protective surface layer, which leads to pain and sensitivity.

Treating Root Sensitivity

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Soft Drink, Soda, Pop: Sugar by Any Name

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Most Americans know that regularly drinking soda is not healthy. But Wilmington, DE dentist Dr. Bruce Matthews still frequently sees patients who have dental damage due to consuming too many sugar-laden soft drinks.

Whether you call it pop, soda, or soft drinks, it all amounts to the same thing - an excess of sugar that damages your teeth. A recent Gallup poll concluded that nearly half of all American adults drink soda on a daily basis, with an average intake of two and a half glasses!

Knowledge is Power

Clearly, we have some work to do in helping patients better understand how this much sugar in their diets wreak havoc on dental ...

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3 Ways We Help You Stay Comfortable During Your Appointment

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For many patients, their number one concern about going to the dentist’s office is the fear that their treatment will hurt.

We recognize this common concern, and we have taken a number of steps to make sure that you are comfortable throughout your visit.

We’d like to tell you a bit more about the steps we take to ensure that every visit to our Wilmington dentist’s office is comfortable for you.

1. We use digital imaging and intraoral cameras to identify problems as soon as possible.

Not only do these images help you avoid painful dental problems, they are also more comfortable than their older counterparts. The sensors used for digital x-rays are small ...

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What Are Intra-Oral Cameras?

Sometimes when a dentist is trying to explain procedures and diagnosis, it can seem like another language to their patients. Without a visual walk through it can be difficult to understand what your dentist is trying to describe. With intra-oral cameras we can show you on a screen exactly what we are talking about so you can see the condition of your teeth the way we do. At Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS we use the intra-oral camera to better inform our patients so they feel comfortable with their dental care.

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The intra-oral camera is a small digital camera that looks like ...

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Medication Side Effects and Your Oral Health

Oral HealthAccording to the Mayo Clinic, approximately 70% of Americans are taking some sort of prescription medication, with antibiotics and antidepressants topping the list. You may be surprised to learn that these and many other medications — including antihistamines, vitamins, and even herbal preparations - can have an unwanted effect on the health of your mouth.

Prescription Medications and Dry Mouth

A number of medications (both prescribed and over-the-counter) indicate dry mouth as a potential side effect. Some of these are decongestants, high blood pressure medication, and antidepressants. Dry mouth is a nuisance, but it ...

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