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Posts for: March, 2013

By contactus@miltondentist.com
March 02, 2013
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Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus, and can occur in ages raging from adolescent to the elderly.  They remain dormant along nerve pathways until they are reactivated by some form of trigger, often in the form of stress or UV light such as the sun.  They are often preceded by an itching or tingling sensation.  This is the time to treat them!  Otherwise they will eventually crust and then heal over a 2 week period and can be quite unsightly during that time.  

Treatment typically consists of antiviral topical agents such as Zovirax and Abreva which are applied to the lesion every 2 hours from the initial symptoms until healing has occurred.    I have been using a laser to treat these lesions for a couple of years now, with great success.  The trick is to let us know as soon as you feel the tingling or itching, because that is when it is most effective.  The laser speeds the healing process and can usually prevent the lesion from crusting.  They also don’t appear to reoccur at the same spot.  

So don’t be frustrated by cold sores.  There’s lots that can be done to help.

 


By contactus@miltondentist.com
March 02, 2013
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If your teeth are cold sensitive, you are not alone!  It has been estimated that 40% of adults worldwide suffer from this.  

The main causes are loss of enamel and recession of the gums exposing the root surface.  Enamel loss is often caused by clenching or grinding, over-consumption of acidic foods and drinks and overly aggressive brushing.  Most people know that soft drinks are harmful to their teeth, but what they may not realize is that iced tea is one of the worst culprits.  It has high amounts of citric acid which is very erosive.

Desensitizing toothpastes may be very beneficial but they may take 4-6 weeks before pain relief is noticed.  These toothpastes help in one of two ways.  Either they help intercept the nerve response to painful stimuli or else they “clog” tubules that travel to the pulp.

I have had very good success with using the same material that bonds fillings to your tooth as a “coating” to decrease sensitivity.  

So please don’t suffer in silence.  There’s lots that we can do to help.