Zen Dental Blog


10/Dec/2018

Have you winced when consuming chocolates, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies or other foods that are cold and/or sweet? Have you ever wondered what may be causing your teeth to be sensitive? I often hear from patients when they come to the dentist office, “Don’t touch this tooth, it is sensitive or this area of my mouth is sensitive”. I have some pearls and advice on various factors that could cause you to experience that “ouch” sensation making you wince while enjoying your favorite dessert!

When you experience some cold sensitivity, you may think that it is normal. However, it is very important to know that something could be wrong with either your tooth/teeth or disease process associated supporting structures of your teeth such as bone and gums. Here are some common contributing factors that could lead to sensitive teeth.

  • Tooth may have a cavity caused by bacterial end product called lactic acid breaking down enamel
  • Fractured teeth or fillings with missing protective enamel layer
  • Erosion caused by mechanical or chemical destruction exposing second layer of the tooth called dentin.
  • Bone loss, gum disease or mechanical factors leading to exposure of tooth root

Good news is that there is always a solution and recommendation for proper treatment based on factors causing sensitivity associated with teeth or supporting structures. Some of the treatment options may include but not limited to: desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride gel application in dental office, placement of a filling, full coverage restoration like a “cap” or crown, root canal or even a gum graft!


10/Dec/2018

At Zen Triangle Dentistry, we hear a lot of misconceptions about oral health. Not only are these dental myths not true, they are harmful to your teeth and gums! We are here to dissect some of the most common myths that we encounter in our office and set patients straight with the correct information.

“If I brush harder, my teeth will be cleaner.”

Many people believe that vigorous brushing will make their teeth cleaner and brighter. The truth is, if you brush too hard or too frequently, you can actually harm your gums and tooth enamel. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), people should use soft-bristled toothbrushes and apply gentle pressure when brushing to avoid the risk of injury to the teeth and gum tissue. As a good indicator, look at the bristles of your toothbrush; if your brush isn’t more than a few months old and the bristles are already worn, there is a good chance you are brushing too hard.

“Since nothing hurts, I do not need to visit my dentist.”

A lack of oral pain is a good indicator that your mouth is healthy, but that doesn’t mean you should put off visits to your dentist. Routine appointments with your dentist twice a year are a vital part to maintaining your oral health. In fact, many dental issues don’t present symptoms in their early stages and can be identified only during a professional exam. If your dentist finds a problem early, it will be much easier and cost-effective to treat.  

“It is normal that my gums bleed when I brush and floss.”

Occasionally, you may see small traces of blood in your mouth during routine oral hygiene. However, if your gums bleed every time you brush or floss, it is likely caused by too much food debris or plaque on your teeth. Plaque is the invisible, sticky substance that attacks the healthy gum tissue around your teeth. This leads to gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, which is marked by inflamed, bleeding gums. Fortunately, if you identify gum disease early, it is easy and painless to treat. Always report bleeding gums to your dentist so we can recommend a treatment plan to prevent periodontitis — the most severe and irreversible form of gum disease. In the meantime, continue to be diligent about your brushing and flossing as these are the best ways to combat gingivitis.

“Baby teeth are not important.”

Baby teeth play a vital role in the development of a child’s oral health. Not only do they help kids chew, speak and smile, but they also serve as placeholders for incoming adult teeth. If baby teeth are lost prematurely as a result of poor dental health or injury, incoming adult teeth could shift into the empty spaces and make it difficult for new adult teeth to find room. This can lead to crowded and misaligned teeth, which will require additional dental and orthodontic treatment for a child down the road. Helping kids practice good dental habits at a young age will set them up for a lifetime of healthy teeth.

Not everything you read or hear about dental health is true. Always talk to your dentist if you have questions or concerns about your teeth or gums. We’re here to help! Knowledge is your best defense against dental health issues such as gum disease and tooth decay, so let’s work together to make sure you have the right information.


10/Dec/2018

If you often wake up with a headache, sore jaw or achy teeth, you may have a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding, often occurs during nighttime sleep, but some people also absent-mindedly grind their teeth during the day.

Unfortunately, most cases of teeth grinding are involuntary and occur without the person realizing he or she is doing it, which is why treatment to manage this destructive oral habit is so important. If you think you grind your teeth, talk to Zen Triangle Dentistry about treatment options. Early treatment is essential to prevent tooth damage, discomfort and other serious complications.

Harmful Effects of Bruxism

Over time, chronic teeth grinding inflicts a large amount of pressure on your teeth and can produce a wide range of dental damage and discomfort that includes:

  • Serious enamel wear, causing sensitivity to heat and cold
  • Loose teeth
  • Small cracks and broken fillings, which can lead to nerve damage
  • Gum recession, due to pressure on the gum line
  • Aggravated jaw joint disorders including persistent headache, facial pain and aching or swollen jaws due to overuse of muscles

Treatment for Teeth Grinding

The first step to treat teeth grinding is to visit your dentist. At Zen Triangle Dentistry, we will examine your teeth and the muscles in and around your jaw. An inspection of your teeth and bite alignment will also give clues about your grinding behavior so that we can prescribe the best treatment to alleviate your bruxism symptoms.

For some people, teeth grinding is brought on by elevated stress and anxiety. Patients who grind their teeth as a result of stress may benefit from strategies to help relax the body, which in turn can reduce grinding. Other patients may grind their teeth as result of dental problems. In these cases, correcting the tooth alignment can help reduce the grinding behavior. Mouth guards or bite splints are popular devices used by dentists to ease symptoms of teeth grinding. These devices are typically worn at night over your top and bottom teeth to relieve pressure on the jaw joint and protect your teeth from damage.

Get Help for Your Teeth Grinding Today

If you grind your teeth, you’re not alone. Talk to Dr. Vaghani about the best treatment options for you. Early treatment for teeth grinding can help you avoid more extensive and expensive problems with your teeth in the future.


10/Dec/2018

Graduation Teeth Whitening from Zen Triangle Dentistry

Graduation day is almost here! Whether your senior is graduating from high school or college, this special ceremony is an exciting time for your family. If you’re still searching for the perfect present for the grad in your life, consider the gift of a brighter, whiter smile.

At Zen Triangle Dentistry, we can help graduating seniors achieve beautiful smiles to complement their caps and gowns with professional teeth whitening. Our powerful, take-home whitening system is an excellent way to transform smiles that seniors will be proud to show off on graduation day and beyond!

Here’s a quick look at the benefits of whiter teeth and what to expect from our whitening treatment.

Benefits of Whiter Teeth

Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic dental services by patients.  The treatment is safe and effective, helping patients whiten teeth by several shades. There are many benefits to professional teeth whitening. These include:

  • Look better, feel better. One of the greatest advantages of whitening your teeth is renewed self-confidence. Having whiter teeth improves your appearance, helping you feel confident and capable in professional and social settings. Simple improvements to teeth can make a big difference in how new graduates perceive themselves and how others — such as peers and prospective employers — perceive them, too.
  • Say goodbye to pesky stains. Many students rely on endless cups of coffee and energy drinks to fuel late-night study sessions. Unfortunately, too many of these drinks can take a toll on your teeth, leading to unsightly stains and a dull, dingy smile. At Zen Triangle Dentistry, our safe and effective teeth-whitening solution removes pesky surface stains caused by foods and drinks to reveal a whiter, brighter smile for your special day.
  • Whitening your teeth is quick and easy. For many high school and college seniors, this is a busy time of the year. The good news is that our teeth-whitening system is designed to fit a patient’s busy lifestyle. At Zen Triangle Dentistry, our whitening solution brightens teeth from the comfort of your home. You don’t have to make time in your schedule for in-office treatments. First, patients are custom-fitted for whitening trays in our office. Once the trays have been made, the patient can begin whitening their teeth at home or on the go. Simply apply the professional-strength whitening agent to the trays and wear them on your teeth for the prescribed amount of time each day. For most patients, 30 minutes a day is all it takes, and many people achieve noticeably whiter teeth in just a couple weeks.

A Whiter Smile Is in Reach

Help your graduate gear up for memorable photos, job interviews and a bright future with whiter teeth. Take-home whitening safely and conveniently whitens teeth by several shades over the course of treatment. Now is the perfect time to begin treatment to ensure a brighter smile for graduation day. To learn more about our teeth whitening treatment, contact our office today.



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