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October 12th, 2020

If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity and haven’t had a dental treatment or experienced trauma to your mouth recently, this may be a signal of an underlying cause. Typically, tooth sensitivity is a symptom caused by exposed teeth. If your gums have begun receding or if your tooth’s enamel is being worn out, this will cause tooth sensitivity. But how can this be treated or avoided? At Delaware Periodontics, we believe in treating dental disorders and disease, as well as preventative care. That’s why Dr. Bradford Klassman has come up with some tips on how to reduce tooth sensitivity.

What to Do When You’re Experiencing Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can sometimes be treated at home simply by changing some personal habits. In extreme cases, you’ll have to visit your Wilmington, DE periodontist Dr. Klassman—but let’s see if we can find some ways to relieve your tooth sensitivity before you go see your doctor. Some of the things that you can do at home to reduce the pain are as follows:

  • Practice good oral hygiene – This may seem like an obvious statement, but you’d be surprised how many people skip or ignore these practices. Be sure that you’re brushing your teeth twice a day with a toothbrush whose bristles aren’t too hard and stiff. Ideally, we’d suggest that you also purchase a toothpaste with added fluoride in order to strengthen your tooth’s enamel (the protective layer of your teeth).
  • Avoid acidic foods and beverages – While there are some acids that are good for your teeth such as Folic Acid, most acids found in certain foods and beverages are likely to attack the enamel of your teeth, causing it to erode. Once the enamel is gone, your teeth become porous allowing air to flow in every time you take a breath which irritates the nerves inside your teeth (don’t forget that your teeth are actually living tissue!).
  • Protect your teeth from grinding together – This task may be a little harder, especially if you’re suffering from Bruxism. If you find that you’re waking up with aching teeth and jaw pain in the morning, as well as tooth sensitivity, you’ll likely need to start wearing a mouthguard. A mouthguard will protect your teeth from grinding on themselves, which subsequently cause the wearing down your tooth’s enamel.
  • Seek treatment for receding gums – There are a number of things that could be causing your receding gums. From poor dental hygiene, to grinding, to genetics, if you think you have receding gums, you may need to come into our offices for Pinhole Gum Rejuvination. To ease the state of your swollen gums at home, start brushing and flossing our teeth daily (non-aggressively and with a soft toothbrush) and avoid the use of tobacco products.

Contact Your Local Dover, DE Periodontist to Learn More!

If your teeth have been bothering you lately and you’re not sure why, it may be because of an underlying dental issue. Visit our website to schedule an appointment online with Dr. Klassman or call our periodontal practice at 302.658.7871 to schedule one. One of the members of our warm and friendly team will be happy to put you in the books for a consultation. Stop letting your teeth bother you and make the steps towards getting a healthier smile, today!

What Is Laser Periodontal Therapy?

July 19th, 2020

What Is Laser Periodontal Therapy?

What Is Laser Periodontal Therapy?Gum disease is painful, but are you looking for other options to periodontal surgery? Delaware Periodontics is honored that we are the first periodontal practice in the state of Delaware to offer Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) for the treatment of gum disease. LANAP is a painless and effective treatment that does not require the use of a scalpel or sutures. We encourage our patients to ask Dr. Klassman about this effective and painless gum disease treatment.

How Does Periodontal Laser Therapy Work?

With the use of highly-accurates lasers, we are able to treat patients with gum disease without the use of surgery. Laser Periodontal Therapy is the very first FDA-approved laser treatment for gum disease. Following your diagnosis of gum disease, Dr. Klassman will schedule a consultation visit to explain how laser therapy works and walk you through the entire treatment. X-rays will be taken to make a definitive diagnosis and determine the severity of the infection. For your first LANAP treatment, you will receive a local anesthetic to eliminate any possible discomfort. A small laser fiber, equivalent to the thickness of three hairs, will then be inserted between the tooth and gum to clear the infection. In just two hours you will be able to get on with the rest of your day.

Why Is Laser Therapy Great?

Laser therapy is the preferred gum disease treatment for these several reasons:

  • No surgical equipment is needed for this procedure
  • Less invasive so the quick recovery time allows you to continue to enjoy your day
  • Less expensive for you and your employer compared to surgery
  • We remove the targeted, infected section of the gum with our highly accurate lasers.

Contact Your Dover & Wilmington, DE Periodontal Office To Learn More!

Would you like to learn more about periodontal laser therapy? Our friendly and knowledgeable team is here to assist you with any and all of your dental needs. We hope to hear from you soon!

Aching Teeth: What Does It Mean?

March 27th, 2020

Aching Teeth: What Does It Mean?

In most instances, a painful aching sensation in one tooth is normally caused by tooth decay, a common problem that affects people of all ages. However, when one feels an aching sensation in all the teeth, the diagnosis is something entirely different than what causes a common toothache. The condition wherein someone experiences pain in multiple teeth is called Generalized Tooth Pain. There could be several reasons why all the teeth are aching. Luckily, Dr. Bradford Klassman and his team are leading periodontal experts and can assist with diagnosing the cause of this dental issue.

Periodontal Disease

When oral gums become infected, it is not just the gum line that suffers the negative effects. Because both are living tissues, the gums and the bone tissues found inside your teeth are susceptible to infection. Most people know that periodontal (gum) disease causes red, swollen, bleeding gums, but not everyone is aware that advanced periodontal disease can cause tooth pain and discomfort. When the gum and dental tissues reach a point of advanced infection, they’ll become inflamed, leading to dull, aching pain. Don’t allow your gums to reach this state of infection because, if your surrounding tissue also becomes infected, you won’t just experience pain in your mouth—you’ll also run the risk of tooth loss. This is avoidable by simply scheduling a periodontal services appointment with your Wilmington periodontist.

Misaligned or Impacted Wisdom Teeth

The size of your jaw can cause a tooth to not have enough room to come out into its proper position because another tooth is already in its place; this is called an impacted tooth. Since the blocked tooth is being pushed out, it will find another way around the tooth that’s already in place, resulting in two different scenarios: an impacted tooth or a different opening in your gums where your tooth will be exposed and misaligned. A prime example of this is wisdom teeth. When a wisdom tooth fails to erupt partially or completely through the gum line, it can cause toothache and jaw pain due to the tooth not having enough space to erupt. A misaligned or impacted wisdom tooth can also put pressure on the adjacent tooth to cause a dull, aching pain.

Bruxism

If all your teeth are aching and you have no signs of tooth decay or gum disease, you could have bruxism. This is the technical term for grinding your teeth which can be brought on by stress. In addition to aching teeth, signs of bruxism include:

  • Morning headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Tight or painful jaw muscles
  • Chipped, broken or worn teeth or fillings
  • Audible grinding of the teeth at night

It is important to see your Wilmington dentist if you have these symptoms of bruxism so that a solution and treatment can be issued. If this condition is not treated, the grinding of your teeth can wear away tooth enamel and damage crowns and fillings to raise your risk for infection or decay.

Teeth Whitening

The use of teeth whitening gels and bleaching strips can also cause the teeth to ache and feel sensitive. You’ll often see warnings of experiencing teeth sensitivity when purchasing these items because these types of products contain an active ingredient called hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide is used to soak into the tooth enamel to expose the nerves and dentin beneath and, subsequently, whiten your teeth. This is not just the case with at-home teeth whitening kits, as tooth sensitivity and general achiness of teeth can also occur following a professional teeth whitening session done at a dental office!

Visit Dr. Klassman At His Wilmington, DE Periodontal Office!

These are some of the most common causes of aching teeth. If your teeth are aching, it's important to get to the bottom of why you're feeling this discomfort as you could have a serious problem that requires treatment. Schedule an appointment using our online form or contact our periodontal office directly at (302) 658-7871 in order to get started on treating your dental pain. We hope to hear from you soon!

Holiday Oral Care Tips

November 30th, 2019

Holiday Oral Care Tips

 

Holiday Oral Care Tips

At Delaware Periodontics, we believe everyone deserves a smile they truly feel proud of – no matter how insurmountable their current dental condition may feel. That's why we're proud to offer high-quality, comprehensive periodontal care! to patients in Wilmington, DE and the surrounding areas. But in addition to the gum treatments we offer in our office, we strive to be a resource for every aspect of oral health, and if you're wondering how to protect your smile during the holiday season, we can help.

Protecting Your Teeth & Gums Over the Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year for seeing loved ones and recharging the soul. But for your teeth, it can be a very different picture. We tend to indulge in foods and sweets over the holidays, and unfortunately, many of them can be a major cause of tooth decay. So with that in mind, here are a few tips to help you keep your smile health over the holidays:
 

  • Be a Religious Brusher: The holidays are often when it's easiest for us to slack off on our routine of brushing and flossing, but oral hygiene is most important during this time of year. This holiday season, make a commitment to be religious in maintaining your oral hygiene regimen: be sure to brush twice a day and floss daily at minimum, each and every day.

 

  • Carry Mouthwash: The ideal situation would be to brush your teeth after every meal, but we know that for most people, that may prove difficult. One great way to supplement your oral hygiene regimen is to carry a small bottle of antiseptic mouthwash with you and use it to clean your teeth after meals, eating sweets and snacks, or drinking things like wine or coffee. This will help prevent food from sticking to your teeth and damaging tooth enamel.

 

  • Watch What You Eat: And not just for your weight! The foods we eat have a big impact on dental health, so one way to protect your teeth is avoid foods that most contribute to tooth decay. Anything that's sticky, loaded with carbs, or full of sugar poses a particular risk to the teeth, so try to minimize these items in your holiday diet.

 Schedule an Appointment with Your Wilmington, DE Periodontist

Following these tips will help keep your smile as healthy as possible over the holiday season and beyond, but if you'd like a little extra help in your oral health, we're here for you. Contact our office! with any questions you may have about holiday oral hygiene or, or use our easy online form! to schedule a check-up at our Wilmington office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you a tooth-friendly holiday season!