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When Emergencies Strike on Vacation

A sudden toothache can be a terrible surprise while you’re on a family trip. Don’t let an unexpected dental problem ruin your summer vacation. Here are some quick-fix tips that you can use until you are back home and can see your dentist.


Toothache – Try an over-the-counter ibuprofen and rinse your mouth with warm salt water to relieve the pain. If there is any food lodged between your teeth and gums, gently use dental floss to remove the debris. You may be able to find some relief by holding a cold pack against your mouth to reduce any swelling.


Chipped Tooth – Rinse your mouth and the broken pieces with warm water. If you’re bleeding, apply pressure with gauze until the bleeding spots.


Knocked Out Tooth – Pick up the tooth by the crown (top of the tooth, not the roots!). Rinse the tooth with warm water and gently try to place the tooth back into its socket. Carefully hold the tooth in place with your fingers or tongue for 5 minutes. If you can’t get the tooth back in, keep your tooth in a glass of milk and see a dentist within an hour to be able to reattach your tooth.


Lost Filling – Get some over-the-counter dental cement to put in the hole and press the filling into it.


Broken Braces Wire – Use a piece of wax to cover the broken wire and any sharp edges. Do NOT try to remove or cut the wire at all. Make sure to see your orthodontist as soon as possible to get the wire fixed.


If you’re going on vacation this summer, don’t forget to stop by and pick up some travel wipes for your contest photos!


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Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

Does sipping on a hot drink or enjoying a cold ice cream make you cringe? Do you experience a sharp pain deep within your tooth? Do you find yourself no longer enjoying certain foods? Tooth sensitivity is very common while eating cold or hot foods. There are several reasons you could be experiencing sensitive teeth and ways to prevent or reduce this uncomfortable sensation.

Why Do People Experience Tooth Sensitivity?

Every tooth is protected by a layer called enamel, which guards the surface of your teeth from its nerve center, preventing sensitivity from occurring. Just under the gum line there is a secondary layer called Dentin. Dentin is at the base of your tooth and has many pores that lead to the nerve center. When Dentin comes in contact with certain foods it can cause a very uncomfortable sensation. When we no longer have enough enamel to protect the surface of your teeth, or when your gums recede exposing the dentin, many foods you consume reach the nerves of your tooth causing sensitivity.

>>> Watch this helpful video on Tooth Sensitivity from

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Many day-to-day activities can be causing tooth sensitivity. It’s important that you practice a regular dental routine to make sure that you are properly taking care of your teeth. Here is a list of common causes of tooth sensitivity:

  • Wear and tear of tooth enamel
  • Tooth decay
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Whitening products
  • Acidic foods and drinks
  • Gum disease

What Are Ways to Prevent Sensitive Teeth?

If you suffer from sensitive teeth the key to remedying your sensitivity relies on healthy dental habits. You should consider using a soft bristled toothbrush to protect your gums, as well as sensitive tooth paste (such as Pronamel or Sensodyne) and and other fluoride dental products.

Additionally, what you eat has a major impact on your teeth. Try avoiding very acidic foods or drinks like lemonade, wine, black coffee, and orange juice. Use a straw to protect your tooth enamel while drinking acidic drinks. Many of the things that you eat can wear off your enamel and make it painful to enjoy the foods you love. Keep in mind what you eat and how often you eat it because it can be effecting the strength of your teeth.  Wait around 30 minutes after eating or drinking something very acidic to brush your teeth since brushing right after while your enamel is softened can actually be more harmful than waiting.

Finally, be careful not to grind your teeth since it also tears down tooth enamel. Become self-aware to any daytime tooth grinding – try determining when you are doing it and what may be causing you to do it since tooth grinding can be a sign of stress. If you find that you grind your teeth while you sleep, you should consider wearing a mouth guard at night to protect your teeth from further damage.

The key take away is to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent sensitivity in your teeth. Talk to your doctor if you have other questions or concerns about your tooth sensitivity. Remember that it’s important to address any discomfort you experience during your dental check-ups to offer you the best dental attention necessary.

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Stopping Kids Thumb Sucking Habits

Are your kids constantly walking around with their thumb in their mouths, or falling asleep sucking on their thumb? It’s common to see babies and toddlers with thumb sucking habits. Yet many parents often find themselves asking how long these habits go along for and how they can stop them.

Why do Children Suck on their Thumb?

First, it’s important to understand that children often suck on their thumbs for very simple reasons – they are looking for comfort, a stress reliever, or its soothes them when falling asleep. As a parent who is looking to break this habit, knowing the source of your child’s thumb sucking is key to helping them stop.

Finding the root of their stress, or identifying when it happens can help you come up with ways of altering their habits. For instance, you can give your child a pillow or blanket to squeeze instead of sucking their thumb when they are seeking a form of comfort. This way, you are slowly altering their reflex to suck on their thumb when they need additional comfort.

Is it Harmful to My Child’s Teeth?

For kids who are beginning to grow in their adult teeth, aggressive thumb sucking can change the formation of their mouth palate (or roof of the mouth), their teeth may not line up properly, which can be fixed by braces, and in some cases they can develop lisps. If you are worried that your child is sucking on his or her fingers too much and it may affect their dental health, we have a few suggestions you can try.

What Can I Do to Help My Child Stop Sucking Their Thumb?

Keep in mind that your child will eventually grow out of this habit, but if you are concerned about their dental health, or problems arise you can try the following approaches:

The Do’s:

  • Do know that they will grow out of it
  • Do practice self-awareness – ask them if they know they are sucking their thumb when they are doing it, many times they don’t realize
  • Do limit the time they suck their thumb to at home only, let them know it’s not okay in to do public
  • Do talk to your child and make them understand they need to stop and it’s not good for them, eventually they will want to stop on their own
  • Do come up with creative ways to help them understand they are growing up and shouldn’t suck on their thumb “Do you think Elsa & Anna suck on their thumb? No, because they are big girls now”

The Don’ts

  • Don’t make it a confrontation or criticize them – especially in public. They may feel embarrassed and cause more stress.
  • Don’t prohibit it – it’s your child’s comfort mechanism, so try finding a different method to comfort them.

>>>Visit from the American Dental Association for additional information on children’s thumb sucking habits

Positive reinforcement is the best way to help your kids understand they need to change their habit. If you feel like you have tried everything, you can always take you child to the dentist and have your doctor explain to your kids why they need to stop. Hearing it from someone else may help in certain situations. Although placing sour or nasty tasting things or covering your children’s hands isn’t always recommended, you can try these tips to see what best works for you and your child.


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Staying Cavity Free – Healthy Dental Habits for Kids

It’s never too early to begin taking care of your children’s smiles.  Maintaining good oral hygiene will allow dentists to detect and prevent any problems such as cavities, toothaches, tooth decay and other infections. Tooth decay is very common among children, so it’s especially important to take good care of your child’s first teeth to ensure the healthy growth of their adult teeth.

Examples of Great Dental Habits:

  • Brushing & flossing teeth twice day, especially after evening meals
  • Using fluoride toothpaste when brushing teeth
  • Brushing teeth for 2 minutes
  • Avoiding high fructose corn syrup drinks & sodas
  • Visiting your dentist twice a year for dental cleanings
Need more tips on children’s dental health? 

Rewards for Cavity Free Smiles


At Hospitality Dental, kids are rewarded for demonstrating their great dental habits. The Buddy Brush Program is a great way to keep children ages 1-12 motivated to stay cavity free. Children can earn points for good dental hygiene, get rewards at different prize levels and be entered to win larger prizes like an iPad or Bicycle!

This month, during Children’s Dental Health Month, every child who visits gets 10 Pineapple Points on their rewards card!

Cavity Prevention Options

It’s hard to stay away from sugary drinks and sodas, so Hospitality Dental offers great preventative options to keep children cavity & tooth decay free. Sealants are a plastic cover placed on the surface of the back teeth that protects tooth enamel from plaque. Parents should consider sealants to be applied to their children’s premolars and molars to prevent any possible decay and cavities. Sealants are a proven safe and effective procedure for our patients. Most cavities in children occur in the narrow parts of the teeth where food may be hard to clean, so the sealant acts like a barrier in these hard to clean places to effectively prevent cavities and tooth decay.  Visit the California Dental Association for more information on the importance of Sealants, and why they are an appropriate treatment for you and your children.

Children’s dental health is important, and staying knowledgeable on proper dental habits is a great way to begin taking care of their teeth. Here at Hospitality Dental, our dentists perform thorough examinations and are able to go over any questions, offer option details, and even tips on how your child should properly brush and floss.

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How to Save A Knocked Out Tooth

More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year, many due to sports injuries. Saving the tooth and reattachment is possible, but you are going to need to act fast. It’s extremely important to follow these instructions and see your dentist within 2 hours.

1. Pick up the tooth by the crown.

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Do not touch the roots to minimize any further injury. Make sure to only touch the part of the tooth you chew food with.

2. If the tooth is dirty, carefully rinse it with water or milk only.

Don’t use any soap or toothpaste. Don’t dry the tooth or wrap it in Kleenex.

3. Immediately put the tooth back into its socket

The sooner this happens, the greater chance your tooth has to survive. Carefully place the tooth over the hole and gently close your mouth. You can hold the tooth in place with your fingers or tongue.

4. Keep the tooth moist if you can’t keep it in it’s socket

The tooth can’t be left out to dry. Do not use water to store your tooth because it will damage the roots. You can place the tooth in milk, or in your mouth next to the cheek.

5. Make sure that you see a dentist within one hour for proper reattachment and evaluation


We have an emergency 24 hour line that you can call.


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