Sensodyne for sensitive teeth

Sensitivity occurs when the dentine underneath tooth enamel becomes exposed and when this comes in contact with hot or cold substances or even your toothbrush it can trigger the nerve causing a sharp pain. Traditional desensitising toothpastes deal with sensitivity simply by treating the pain, Sensodyne is different.

Sensodyne Repair and Protect toothpaste is the first Sensodyne daily fluoride toothpaste with advanced NovaMin, desensitising technology, a concentrated calcium technology that builds a substantive reparative layer over exposed dentine, the material underneath enamel, using the natural building blocks of teeth.

  • As well as relieving the pain Sensodyne helps repair, strengthen and provide protection against future damage.
  • Employs the same bioactive material used in advanced bone regeneration research.
  • For long lasting Protection, brush twice daily with approximately 2cm of paste.
  • Close cap after each use to Protect contents from moisture.

Link Between Periodontal Disease And Alzheimer’s

Periodontal or gum disease is a term that covers a wide range of maladies which can range from the fairly tame to the much more serious. On the less serious side, a person may be dealing with a fairly straightforward inflammation of the gums. Moving to the more serious side, a different person could be facing the possibility of losing teeth because of resulting injury to the bones and tissue which support the teeth.

For many individuals, periodontal disease is something associated with mouth and dental issues. However, research and studies are being conducted which appear to focus on a link between periodontal disease and Alzheimer’s disease. At the theoretical level, there is sound reasoning behind the idea that periodontal disease could have a relationship with Alzheimer’s.

Periodontal disease presents with such problems as infections involving viruses or bacteria. The existence of these infections can then create effects within the brain, both directly or indirectly, which could then make it more likely for the individual to suffer from Alzheimer's. In addition, if a person suffers from periodontal disease, this will tend to provoke and potentially elevate the body’s response mechanisms to infection. These responses can then make it more likely that any existing problems in the person’s brain could become more serious.

More studies need to be done in order to more concretely ascertain the link between a person’s dental well-being, and brain illnesses such as Alzheimer's. However, it is clear that this potential link or relationship is worth pursuing, if only in order to have another way to help avoid the onset of Alzheimer's.

This content was obtained from: www.dentalobserver.com/link-periodontal-disease-alzheimers.

Treating Bruxism (Teeth grinding)

Roughly 20 percent of adults grind or clench their teeth to the point that they're at risk for permanent tooth and jaw damage

Here are tips for protecting your pearly whites:

  • Recognize the symptoms. Those include flattened, worn or chipped teeth; jaw pain or tightness; gum sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures; and earaches and headaches, especially right after you wake up. Bedmates also may hear clicking or squeaking noises as you sleep.

  • Work to relieve stress. Regular meditation, deep breathing, exercise and enjoyable hobbies will help; some people also benefit from talking to a therapist. It's especially good to do right before bedtime. Take a bath, listen to soft music, read a favorite book or drink a glass of warm milk. Holding a warm washcloth against your jaw for about 10 minutes can help relax those muscles.

  • Wear a mouth guard. Protective dental devices keep teeth from rubbing together at night.

  • Cut back on alcohol and caffeine. Both can make a grinding problem worse, especially if you eat or drink either shortly before bedtime.

  • Train yourself not to clench. During the day, notice if you are pressing your teeth together and work to hold them apart even if your lips are sealed. Putting the tip of your tongue between your front teeth may help.

  • Talk to a doctor. People with a severe grinding problem may benefit from a temporary prescription for muscle relaxants. Botox injections can also provide relief to patients who suffer from nocturnal bruxism according to two studies presented at the American Academy of Neurology's (AAN) annual meeting recently.

Dentist on Grove opened their doors!

We are very pleased to announce the opening of our sister dental practice in Claremont named "Dentist-on-Grove", situated at 24 Grove Avenue, Claremont.

We welcome into our team Dr. Andrew Bergsteedt, who will be practicing at the new premises.

Andrew grew up in the Northern Suburbs and qualified in Stellenbosch in 1994. He is married to his first love, Glenda, and they are blessed with three children, Rachel (10),
Stephanie (8) and James (6). He has spent the last 10 years working in a small village on the south coast of England, in a very family friendly practice. Andrew and his family have now returned back home to South Africa and they are loving it! His interests are swimming, reading and exploring Cape Town.

In his practice Andrew focuses a lot on prevention and doing only the most necessary treatment to achieve optimum results. In his own words: " I believe God given enamel is beautiful and precious and therefore I strive to preserve tooth structure as much as possible."

Have a look at what they have to offer www.dentistongrove.co.za.

Latest Additions to the practice

At Enhance Dental Studio we aim to make dentistry faster, better and more enjoyable for our clients. We have therefore acquired two new additions to our digital range.


CEREC is the unique CAD/CAM (Computer aided design/manufacturing) system for patient individual all-ceramic restorations in one single appointment. Using a 3D intraoral camera, your restoration gets digitally designed and milled before your eyes. You will be amazed at this phenomenal industry-leading technology. The highest level of precision is achieved, giving superior results.

ORTHOPHOS XG 5 PAN/CEPH - Digital Imaging System

This is a digital dental scan that produces high quality and highly accurate images. With this technology your high definition scan is available immediately on screen for your dentist to discuss your treatment requirements with you.

Research – Harmful metal fillings

There is a lot of controversy about the safety of metal (amalgam) fillings. Please do yourself a favor and watch these two videos
following the links:

There are many documented cases where health was remarkably improved/restored after the removal of amalgam fillings.
It is a material that was developed 150 years ago, containing a mixture of metals including mercury, silver, tin and copper. If it were to be introduced as a new material today, it would never be allowed. There are far better, durable and esthetically pleasing materials available today. Our question to you is: If there is so much controversy about the safety of “silver fillings” (a material that can only be disposed of in a dental surgery as hazardous waste), why would you tolerate it in your mouth, and put your health at a possible risk?