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Sensitive Teeth

Will a pediatric dentist whiten my daughter’s teeth?

By | Pediatric Dentist, Sensitive Teeth, Teeth Whitening

My daughter is 8 yrs old. She is a model and has been in some local commercials. We both think that she would have more opportunities if she gets her teeth whitened. Will a pediatric dentist whiten her teeth or do I have to do it myself? Thanks Laney

Laney – There is limited research on teeth whitening for children. Many dentists recommended that whitening is delayed until permanent teeth are fully developed. When children are in their mid-teens, whitening by a dentist is safe.

While children are young, the pulp inside the tooth is still developing. Teeth bleaching can create sensitivity in adult teeth, and can be more intense in children. In unique situations, some dentists whiten children’s teeth, but you should not attempt it without a dentist’s supervision. Excessive whitening can weaken tooth structure and eventually darken teeth.

If you are interested in getting your daughter’s teeth whiter, speak with your pediatric dentist for recommendations.

This post is sponsored by Naperville Dental Specialists.

Sensitive Teeth

By | Sensitive Teeth

Are your teeth sensitive to heat or cold? Or do they hurt when you brush your teeth?

There are several causes of sensitive teeth. You need to have your teeth checked by your dentist to determine the actual cause.

Tooth decay can make a tooth sensitive, but so can a tooth that is fractured. You may need composite fillings to protect your tooth. If the filling in a tooth is worn, it will need to be replaced. If it’s fractured, it will need to be repaired.

Sometimes, root surfaces are exposed on certain teeth. When you brush your teeth you will feel sensitivity. You can try toothpaste for sensitive teeth, or your dentist can prescribe toothpaste for you. Your dentist may need to brush your root surfaces with fluoride varnish, which works immediately.

Tooth sensitivity can be a sign of gum disease. Be sure to regularly brush and floss your teeth to fight bacteria-causing gum disease. It’s important to visit your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups to prevent gum disease, or to detect it early.

This post is sponsored by Naperville dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.