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When it comes to oral health, a healthy lifestyle is key. Maintaining your overall health and wellbeing, on the inside and out, can lead to improved oral health as well. That means choosing healthy options when it comes to your diet.

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Dr. Van Treese identifies healthy foods for a healthy mouth.

Dr. Van Treese identifies healthy fruits and vegetables for a healthy mouth.

1. Pineapples
Pineapples contain a protein-breaking enzyme called Bromelain, that works to keep teeth strong and clean. Pineapples are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and acidity that can clean and remove stains from teeth.

2. Carrots
A tasty snack for children and adults, carrots help to keep enamel clear and vision healthy. Crunching on a carrot helps to stimulate saliva and wash away plaque. Carrots also contain Vitamin A, which is good for eyesight.

3. Celery
Composed of fibrous strands that clean the teeth, celery is another crunchy snack that generates saliva and washes away plaque.

Stay tuned as Dr. Van Treese shares more oral-healthy foods on the next blog post!

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In the final post in the series, Dr. Van Treese discusses factors that are likely to cause tooth sensitivity. Such causes  include, but are not limited to:

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by many factors. Your dentist can help.

Many factors contribute to tooth sensitivity. Dr. Van Treese can help.

Over-brushing or aggressive brushing.  If you brush too forcefully, with a side-to-side technique, or with too hard a brush, the tooth’s enamel may be thinned and the area around the gum-line will most often be affected.

Gum recession or gum disease.  This can occur naturally over time, as the gums shrink back and expose a root that is not protected by enamel.

Poor oral hygiene.  Poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities as well plaque and tartar build-up, resulting in gum recession.

Grinding.  Grinding the teeth may also cause ‘aching’ teeth, due to constant pressure on them. Similar to erosion, regular teeth grinding (also called bruxism) can wear away the enamel by physically grinding it away.  

Medical conditions.   Bulimia and acid reflux (GERD) can cause acid to collect in the mouth and erode enamel, resulting in sensitive teeth.

Acidic food. Regular consumption of food with high acid content, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickles, and tea, can cause enamel erosion.

Teeth whitening.  Tooth sensitivity is one of the common side effects of teeth whitening. Although it usually clears up after the whitening procedure has ended, there are things you can do to alleviate discomfort. Sometimes that means slowing down the whitening process, or being proactive with preventive steps before teeth whitening.

Bad habits.  Using your teeth as tools, or constantly chewing on objects such as pens, can wear away tooth enamel as well.

Teeth can become sensitive for many different reasons ranging from trauma to dental disease. The first step in treating sensitive teeth is to determine the cause.  At Dr. Jeffery R. Van Treese’s dental office in Sidney, Ohio, we will examine the teeth, determine the cause, and do what we can to get you feeling well again!

For more information about tooth sensitivity, click here. To schedule a visit to discuss your sensitive teeth with Dr. Van Treese, call us at our dental office today!