Top 10 Dental Emergencies and What To Do About Them

October 17th, 2016 by Dr. Karen Mcneill


woman experiencing dental emergency

One of your worst fears is realized: You fell face first onto the concrete, and you felt that front tooth break. Panic mode ensues. What the heck are you going to do now? Don’t panic, we’ve got some answers for you.

There are all types of dental emergencies and most of the time, the answer is going to see a dentist as soon as you possibly can. However, until you get to the dentist, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain.

Dental Emergencies 101:

Without further ado, these are the ten emergencies you’re going to run into at one point or another. Just like the Boy Scouts say: “Always be prepared.”

#1 You Broke or Chipped Your Tooth.

This is easily one of the most painful emergencies. You’re going to want to call the dentist as soon as possible. Meanwhile, rinse out your mouth with warm water, and try to keep the tooth if possible. Also, try to put an ice-pack on it in transit to the dentist.

#2 You Knocked a Tooth Loose.

So your tooth is loose, but didn’t get knocked out. That’s good news (even though it hurts). The dentist may be able to save your tooth. Take some over the counter painkillers, put some ice on it, and get to the dentist as soon as possible.

#3 Broke or Lost Your Crown or Filling.

Oh boy, that’s no fun. Hopefully, you didn’t swallow it. If you did, don’t worry, you’re not going to die. Try to keep the crown or filling if you still have it.

Your tooth is going to be very sensitive to anything going into your mouth. That includes air. You can use clove oil to try to soothe the sensitivity as well as get some dental cement from a local drug store. Once again, get to the dentist as soon as you can because you’re likely in pain.

#4 Sudden Painful Toothache.

Toothaches can be the symptom of a lot of different problems. The best thing to do is start with rinsing out your mouth with some warm water. Then try to gently floss around the tooth to make sure no food is hanging out around there. If it persists, you’re going to need to take a trip to the dentist.

#5 Something is Lodged Between Your Teeth.

When something gets stuck between your teeth, it can become rather painful and could lead to infection. It’s got to come out pronto. First, try to get it out with some floss. If that hurts too much, you could also try something like Soft Picks for a gentler approach. If all else fails, you’re going to want to call the dentist.

#6 Sudden Swelling in Your Mouth.

This could happen for a number of reasons, but is potentially very serious. You may have an abscessed tooth. Abscessed teeth are no joke. The infection can spread quickly, and since your mouth is in your head where your brain resides, you’re playing with fire if you let this one go.

There’s really nothing you can do other than getting to the dentist as soon as possible. Unless, that is, you want to pull a Cast Away. But that method is highly frowned upon and should only be used if stranded on a desert island.

#7 You Broke Your Braces.

Braces have a lot of moving parts. Sometimes those moving parts break. First, if they break, call your orthodontist to get in as quickly as possible.

If a wire breaks, you’ll want to get it somewhere where it isn’t poking you. If there’s no way of moving it to a place that isn’t hurting, use some orthodontic wax to cover it until you can get to the orthodontist.

If it’s a band that loosens, salvage it and set up an appointment with your orthodontist to have it replaced or re-cemented.

#8 You Bit Your Cheek or Tongue.

This happens all the time when you’re eating, chewing gum, or just not paying attention. Most of the time it’s not too much of an issue, but there can be circumstances that make it more traumatic. In that case, the first step is to try and stop the bleeding. Rinse your mouth with some saltwater, then use a piece of gauze to put pressure on the wound.

If you can’t stop the bleeding and your dentist is unavailable, go to the ER. They may need to take a look at it.

#9 Injured Your Jaw

A broken jaw is no fun. Basically, there’s nothing you can do for this other than take some over the counter painkillers and put some ice on it until you can get to the ER.

#10 Wisdom Teeth Become Inflamed

Wisdom teeth are tricky business. They seem to come whenever they please, and when they do, they can easily wreak havoc. Pericoronitis is an infection that can occur when your wisdom teeth don’t come in properly. If you get it, you’ll know because of your irritated gums in that area, as well as possible bad breath. See a dentist as soon as possible to get this one figured out.

What Can You Do to Prevent Dental Emergencies?

In some cases, it’s going to be impossible to prevent an emergency. But there are a few things you can do to limit the odds:

  • Wear a mouthguard: If you’re playing any kind of sport, it’s going to be a good idea to keep those teeth safe with a good quality mouthguard.
  • Avoid chewing damaging foods: Think ice, popcorn kernels, caramels, that sort of the thing. They can easily cause you teeth to break.
  • Brush and floss: Do it! Keep your mouth healthy.
  • See your dentist regularly: It’s not always going to be your favorite thing, but your dentist is your best bet for keeping your teeth in great shape.

So there you have it, the worst of the dental emergencies. Have you had your own experience with a dental emergency? Let us know about it in the comment section.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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How Good Oral Health May Prevent Breast Cancer

October 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Good oral health can prevent breast cancer. October calendar with a 'get checked' reminder for breast cancer awareness month

Do you notice an increase in pink every October? From politicians to football players to community members, the color seems to pop up everywhere!

Since 1985, when National Breast Cancer Awareness Month was founded, October has been designated as a time to increase awareness of this deadly disease.

Pink ribbons – and pink in general – point to the need for awareness, research, and fundraising. Not surprisingly, these are all important aspects that work toward the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure for breast cancer.

While some breast cancer stats are staggering – according to current statistics at 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. in 2016 – there are also some hopeful breakthroughs. Read on to learn about what you can do to help reduce your chances.

The danger is real

Thankfully, breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in the year 2000 – BUT the danger is still very real, and prevention and treatment still have a long way to go.

Did you know that breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women? While skin cancer is number one, a HUGE amount of U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetimes (about 1 in 8).

Shockingly, a woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately DOUBLES when she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, but at the same time, about 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer.

These cancerous, genetic mutations are said to be a result of the aging process and life in general. This is where small, lifestyle choices – like flossing every day – can have a positive effect on your overall health.

Good oral health matters

As studies have shown, there is a link between breast cancer and dental health.

In fact, if a person has poor oral health or periodontal disease, they may be 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer!

Luckily, your oral health habits are something that you have control over! With proper care, you and your dental team can monitor and reduce your chances of periodontal disease and other health-related issues. 

For good oral health care, you’ll need to:

  • Brush twice a day. Use a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste approved by the ADA (American Dental Association).
  • Floss daily. Clean between your teeth with dental floss or another interdental cleaner every day.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Schedule your professional cleaning and checkup every six months.
Good oral health can prevent breast cancer. Good oral hygiene includes brushing, flossing, and dental visits.

Good oral hygiene includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits.

Think pink!

While this deadly disease is on the decline, it’s still important to use October to remind your friends and family about the necessities of breast cancer awareness. Remember, early detection is key, and it truly can save a life!

How do you show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness month? Please tell us in the comments below!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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8 Reasons to Choose Clear Aligners Over Metal Braces

September 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Karen Mcneill


8 reasons to love clear aligners

Have you been putting off getting your smile straightened because you’d rather not be seen with metal brackets and wires all over your teeth?

Traditional braces can take years to successfully straighten your smile – all the while you are dealing with eating restrictions, the endless struggle of brushing and flossing around all those wires, and the embarrassment of smiling with a mouth full of metal.

What if you could get your teeth straightened using nearly-invisible aligners that allow you to avoid the traditional braces set-backs? Would you take the opportunity?

What Makes Clear Aligners a Great Choice?

Read on to learn why you should take a good look at clear aligners as your teeth-straightening solution.

1. Nearly invisible

Traditional braces are very noticeable when you smile. All those wires and metal brackets are a stark contrast from your natural teeth. Clear aligners use see-through custom fitting dental trays that slip on over your teeth and gently realign your smile. Most people won’t even notice you have them on!

2. Removable

Getting married? Having a photoshoot? Eating corn-on-the-cob? Clear aligners use removable trays that just pop off whenever you need them to. Get that picture perfect smile whenever a photo-op comes around and enjoy your favorite foods.

3. Easy Dental Care

The removable trays also allow you to brush and floss your teeth normally. No more getting special brushes and flosser tools to get around all those tiny brackets and wires. Saves you time and a couple headaches.

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Source from above. Odds are you probably need to get your teeth straightened.

4. No Food Restrictions

Love corn-on-the-cob? Enjoy eating apples? Can’t resist movie theater popcorn (who has that much will power anyways)? Don’t worry, since there are no fragile brackets, you can eat anything you want! True freedom.

5. Metal-Free

Not only are metal braces unattractive, there is also a small percentage of people who have metal allergies and thus can’t use traditional braces. For those who suffer from metal sensitivities, plastic clear aligners are the perfect alternative.

6. Fewer Appointments

You’re busy and your time is valuable. With clear aligners, you’ll only have to come into the office every 4-6 weeks. Plus, anyone who has had traditional braces knows their visits are often full of being poked and pricked with wires. Not a problem with clear aligners .

7. Comfort

Those who use traditional braces can end up with scars on the insides of their cheeks from sharp wires catching the soft skin. Alternatively, smooth plastic aligner trays won’t scratch up the insides of your mouth.

8. Special Event Friendly

Don’t put off straight teeth because you have a big event coming up where you want your smile to be free of any orthodontic appliances. With clear aligners, you can always remove the trays for special events. Perhaps you’re getting married this year; weddings can be stressful, and with removable clear aligners you’ll have one less thing to worry about for your big day!

Still unsure?

There are also health benefits to having straight teeth. Those with crowded or overlapping teeth have a harder time keeping the areas between their teeth clean, which can then lead to periodontal and gum disease. Periodontal disease can lead to other more serious health conditions. When you decide to straighten your teeth you aren’t only choosing to improve your smile’s appearance but also your comprehensive health.

Choosing clear aligners will help you get a straight and healthy smile while keeping you happier and more comfortable throughout the process than traditional metal braces.

If you’re ready to take control of your smile, call your dentist and set up a consultation to learn more about the process.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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The Best Way to Tell Someone to Whiten Their Teeth

August 31st, 2016 by Dr. Karen Mcneill

A woman thinks "I wish he would whiten his teeth once and a while..."

We all know that person with the beautiful teeth and yellow smile. Your boss. Your boyfriend. Your sister. We care about people and want them to look their best. But teeth whitening can be a sensitive subject (no pun intended) and treatments can vary in price and effectiveness.

Why should people want a fresh, gleaming smile? What’s the best way to break the news?

Encourage teeth whitening with a subtle approach

According to the American Dental Association, in the past 20 years, teeth whitening has become one of the most popular esthetic dental treatments. The industry has been inundated with at-home treatments… from pens, strips, or even at-home trays… lights included. Why?

Here are a few reasons why everyone (including your friend) should get rid of that antique-looking smile:

Look younger

Do people with white teeth actually look younger? Well, according to a study conducted by OralB, it’s true! You can look five years younger and 20% more attractive with a whiter smile. Who doesn’t want those kind of results?

So try this with your friend:

  • “Hey, I read this article that professionally whitening your teeth can make you look five years younger. Sign me up, right? Have you ever thought about doing it?”

Improve self-confidence

Packaging sells. If your packaging looks good and you feel good in your skin, your confidence will translate to success. Not only your business life but also your personal life will improve.

Why not bait your friend with this:

  • “My dentist is offering an amazing whitening promotion this month! We have that big networking dinner coming up. If I look good, I’ll feel super confident and make more contacts for sure! You want in?”

Make a statement

First impressions are lasting impressions. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you and whitening your teeth gives plenty of bang for your buck. After your first treatment, it’s much easier to stay on a schedule each year with your dentist to keep your pearly whites as white as possible.

Sell it this way:

  • “I need a change. I’m going to get my teeth whitened and spruce up my look! What do you think? Have you ever thought about it?”

If your clever statements to encourage your friend to improve their smile are not working as fast or as well as you planned, don’t give up. There is something more you can do!

What is the BEST way to tell someone to brighten their smile?

Inspiring teeth whitening by showing off your gleaming white smile.

If you’ve got a gorgeous pearly white smile, others will ask you how they can look as good as you!

Whiten YOUR teeth and inspire others

We think the best way to inspire someone is not by what you say, but by your example. Your friend or family member will be certain to notice your glamorous white smile and then you’ll be able to educate any who ask how to follow in your footsteps.

The best way to inspire someone is not by what you say, but by your example

Any whitening treatment will achieve the best results after a regular cleaning by your dentist. After your next cleaning, ask your dental professional to recommend the best treatment for you… and maybe a referral for your friend. Better yet, share this cool article on your favorite social platform below with all your friends and family.

Get people talking about your amazing smile! Call our office and book your appointment today.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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8 Tips to Maintain Healthy Teeth While Traveling

August 31st, 2016 by Dr. Karen Mcneill

You can maintain healthy teeth while traveling with these essential tips.

What are your travel plans this summer? Whether you’re planning a long weekend at the beach, a rustic camping adventure, or an international getaway, no doubt you’re excited about your upcoming escape. The house-sitter is booked, your bags are packed…but do you have everything you need to maintain healthy teeth while traveling?

It can be easy to neglect your oral hygiene habits when out of town; after all, you’re away from home and out of your normal routine. However, with a little planning, you can avoid taking a vacation from your dental health during your summer travels.

Don’t Take a Vacation From your Dental Health

  1. An ounce of prevention: Schedule your cleaning and checkup with your dentist prior to your planned vacation to ensure any potential concerns are identified and treated before you leave.
  2. Pack the dental essentials: Remember to pack your toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. If you wear a night guard, pack that too!
  3. Protect your toothbrush from germs: Use a protective cover for your toothbrush that has holes for ventilation.
  4. Keep floss at your fingertips: If traveling by air, keep your toothbrush and floss handy in your personal item for easy access during the flight.
  5. In-flight tips: During long flights, drink plenty of water, avoid sticky snacks, and chew sugar-free gum.
  6. Let your toothbrush breathe: When you arrive at your destination, take your toothbrush out of its cover – a wet toothbrush can breed bacteria. Allow your toothbrush to dry thoroughly before covering it again.
  7. Water warning: If the water isn’t safe to drink where you’re vacationing, it’s not safe for brushing either! Brush with bottled water instead.
  8. Avoid dental disasters: Do not chew ice, hard candies, or other foods that could chip or crack your teeth.
Maintain healthy teeth while traveling with these simple tips.

Play it safe and use bottled water when in doubt.

With a little preparation, you can enjoy your summer travels without neglecting your teeth! We want to hear: What are your travel plans this summer? Comment below!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Our FREE Gift to You!

December 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Karen McNeill

We think our patients are the greatest!

We love seeing your beautiful smiles every day and sharing a laugh while catching up on the latest news. Because we appreciate your continued loyalty to our office and team, we love it when we have the opportunity to reward that loyalty.

We’ve Got What You Need

As partners in your dental health, we want to provide you with important information we know you want and need and we are constantly thinking of new and creative ways we can supply it. So, we are excited to share a new digital download that provides information we know you will be happy to have – The Top 5 Rule to Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist


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This download is completely FREE, no hidden strings attached! It was designed solely for the benefit of our Redmond dentist patients. (And your welcome!)

Thank-you again for being the greatest patients on the planet! See you at your next appointment.

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Red, Green, and White? Do’s and Don’ts for Maintaining a White Holiday Smile

December 16th, 2015 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Redmond dentist holiday whitening tips

For many, the holiday season is filled with family, friends, and, of course, tons of delectable eats! However, consuming certain food and drinks can give your smile a less than desirable shade of Merlot. How can you keep your smile as bright as your holiday spirit?

Here’s a handy list of DO’S and DON’TS for this holiday season.


Chew, Chew, Chew – Look for foods that require a lot of chewing, as these act as natural exfoliants and will help to eliminate stains from your teeth.

Eat those Greens – Green vegetables, like spinach, actually create a thin film on your teeth that protect them from stains! At your next party, eat up your greens, but do try to avoid spinach caught between your front teeth (not a good look).

Wash it Down – Don’t simply forego that glass of eggnog or your favorite wine or coffee. You can still enjoy your favorites beverages, but just alternate drinking some water after a few sips to prevent the stain particles from lingering on your pearly whites.


Put it Off – Your teeth are similar to clothing: if it stains your clothes, it will stain your teeth! After eating, if any of your meals components seem like they might stain, brush your teeth as soon as possible.

Home-Sweet-Home – Stains tend to make themselves at home in the areas between your teeth, so be sure to give a little extra attention to those in between areas. Eliminate plaque and stain molecules at the same time by flossing every day!

No Cheating – While gum, mints and mouthwash can give your mouth a fresher feel, brushing and flossing are the only effective ways to remove stains. Don’t go the easy way – do it right!

Smile brightly for the holidays with these informative tips and call our Redmond dentist if you wish to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

Do you have other methods for maintaining the luster on your pearly whites? Please comment below, and share your stories!

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Does Your Smile Really Reveal the REAL You?

July 29th, 2015 by Dr. Karen McNeill

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you?

You’re at a family wedding and the photographer aims the lens at you. Panic sets in.
You’re posing for a new professional headshot and you smile with a closed mouth, hoping it looks natural.
You’re conversing with a new acquaintance and you suddenly feel self-conscious about your teeth.

If any of these situations sound familiar, you’re not alone. Many people shy away from smiling openly because of chipped or missing teeth, prominent gums, misaligned teeth, or yellow stains.

However, you don’t have to settle for less than perfect when it comes to your smile! Dr. McNeill your Dentist in Redmond WA and the entire team here at Smile Artistry have solutions that are right for any smile!

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Smile Design: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

“Smile Design,” also referred to as a smile makeover, is the process of improving your smile’s function and overall appearance by means of one or more cosmetic or restorative procedures.

A personalized Smile Design treatment plan can provide solutions for:
• Missing or chipped teeth.
• Old metal fillings.
• Misalignment.
• Uneven spacing.
• Yellowing and discoloration.
• And much more!

During a free Smile Analysis, Dr. McNeill will analyze your smile, the overall health of your teeth, your bite, and will discuss with you what you would like to see improved. Using the latest technology, we can show you a preview of what your smile could look like after specific procedures.

Regain Your Confidence Without Breaking the Bank

We can’t underestimate the value of the benefits an improved, healthy, functional smile can bring you, including greater confidence, increased happiness, and higher self-esteem!

We offer multiple financing options and discounts to help you make your dream smile a reachable reality. Additionally, we strive to make sure you’re fully aware of all options available and what costs are involved upfront to ensure there are zero surprise costs later on. More than anything, we want you to feel comfortable with your investment in yourself and your future.

Schedule Your Free Smile Analysis Today

Have we piqued your interest?

If you’re curious what we could do for your smile, call us at (425) 881-6699 to schedule your free Smile Analysis today. We take pride in helping Redmond  dental patients achieve their best self through Smile Design. We look forward to helping you too!

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Floss With Finesse: 5 Flossing Tips

May 20th, 2015 by Dr. Karen McNeill

It may look like a simple piece of string, but dental floss is so much more! It’s a proven ally in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and helps give your overall health a boost. Do you floss daily? What techniques help you get the most out of your flossing experience, without injury to your gums?

Your Dentist in Redmond, Dr. McNeill has complied a checklist to see if your flossing habits are up-to-par with the standard your smile deserves.

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The Flossing Dilemma

Statistics reveal that only 50.5% of Americans follow the recommendation from the American Dental Association (ADA) to floss every day. Some 31 percent report flossing less than daily, and a whopping 18% say they never floss. Yikes!

Why You Should Floss

Although brushing is an important part of cleaning your teeth, there are areas between your pearly whites that your toothbrush bristles simply can’t reach. Left to linger in these hidden areas, bacteria can flourish. This leads to the formation of plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.

That’s why daily flossing is imperative. It does more than just remove food debris stuck between your teeth. It also removes the plaque that brushing left behind. If you really want to do what’s best for your smile, it’s time to put an end to excuses. Floss your teeth every day, not just before you visit Dr. McNeill.

How to Floss Correctly

If you’re going to take the time to floss, it makes sense to do it the right way. Here are some simple yet important steps to follow according to the American Dental Association:

1. Use about 18 inches of floss wound around your middle finger, with the rest wound around the opposite middle finger.
2. Pinch the floss tightly between thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between your teeth, using a gentle shoeshine motion.
3. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth.
4. Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Don’t jerk or snap the floss.
5. Floss all your teeth, using extra pieces of floss if necessary. Don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth! By far the most gum disease and tooth decay occur in these back regions of the mouth.

Ready. Set. Floss!

It does take time to floss correctly, but those 3-5 minutes per day are well worth the effort. Along with diligent brushing and faithful flossing, make regular visits to your dental professionals a part of your oral health routine. Make your appointment with Dr. McNeill of Redmond today to show off your fabulous flossing habits!

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7 Reasons Your Teeth Might Hate You – and What You Can Do About It

February 24th, 2015 by Dr. Karen Mcneill

You take a sip of your latte, only to be reminded of the sharp pain you’ve been experiencing in your teeth. Hot drinks, cold drinks, even the chilly winter air in WA seems to set it off. What’s causing this pain and what can you do to prevent it?

Tooth pain and sensitivity are quite common, affecting millions of people. These occur when the enamel in a tooth is worn away and the gum line recedes. This leaves the unprotected surface beneath (called dentin) exposed. When the dentin is exposed, this allows the trigger to shoot straight to the nerve, causing that unbearable pain you feel.

Tooth sensitivity may feel like sharp pain in one or two teeth or constant discomfort in your whole mouth. The good news is, you can do something about it!

Dentist in Redmond WA Asks: What can cause tooth sensitivity?

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Brushing Too Hard

Although you should brush thoroughly several times a day, go easy – brushing too hard can contribute to enamel erosion. Using a new, soft-bristled toothbrush along with proper brushing techniques can make a huge difference in maintaining your oral hygiene without potentially harming the enamel or exposing the dentin around the gum line.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Tooth grinding, either when awake or asleep, can damage enamel. It’s sometimes hard to know if you are grinding your teeth at night, however, a dull headache or sore jaw upon waking are tell-tale signs. In addition to causing sensitivity, bruxism can cause severe tooth damage, tooth loss, and other serious medical issues. If you think you might be grinding your teeth, speak to Dr. McNeill about using a dental mouth guard.

Harsh Mouthwash

It might be hard to believe, but certain over-the-counter mouthwashes actually contain acids and chemicals that can increase your sensitivity, especially when your gums have begun to recede. Don’t risk making your tooth pain worse! Use neutral fluoride solution instead.

Potential Tooth Decay or a Crack

It’s possible a decaying or damaged tooth is to blame for your sensitivity. A sudden onset of pain may be a sign that one or two teeth in particular are in severe need of attention and repair. Regular visits to Dr. McNeill are vital to keep up with proper oral health.

Plaque Build-Up

Plaque is a colorless film of bacteria that forms on teeth. It can build up when proper flossing and brushing are neglected. A little plaque on the teeth is normal, but when it starts to build up, it could result in tooth sensitivity. Removing plaque that’s built up over time can be very difficult, so preventative measures should be a priority. Schedule a dental cleaning to remove plaque and avoid causing more damage to your teeth.

Acidic Foods and Beverages

You may notice certain foods or drinks may trigger your tooth pain. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, avoid drinking too much coffee, tea, wine, soda, juice, or other acidic beverages. Even certain foods with high acid content can contribute to discomfort. Sometimes changing what you eat and drink is enough to reduce your sensitivity, but it’s important to see Dr. McNeill to evaluate the underlying cause.

A Recent Dental Visit

It is entirely normal to feel some tooth sensitivity when leaving the dentist after a check-up or procedure. Teeth cleaning, crown placement, or tooth restoration can all cause discomfort, but this tends to disappear within a matter of days or weeks. If you’ve recently had a root canal or a tooth removed, this too will likely cause considerable sensitivity for several weeks.

Understanding these common causes of tooth sensitivity will help you manage and control your symptoms. With the help and guidance of your Dentist in Redmond WA, your teeth and gums can remain healthy and pain free. Call us for an appointment at (425) 881-6699 and find relief for your tooth sensitivity today!

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About Dr. McNeill’s Blog

Dr. Karen McNeill has been creating smiles since 1992. Dr. McNeill established her practice in 1998, creating one of the very first practices in the Northwest dedicated to Advanced Full Mouth Reconstruction.

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