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3 steps to cope with teeth pain due to cold weather outside

3 steps to cope with teeth pain due to cold weather outside

Let me tell you 3 steps to cope with teeth pain you may be suffering due to cold weather outside:


How? Let’s dive right in…

Cold weather increases pain sensitivity and intensity for some people. If you have teeth that are sensitive to cold drinks and foods, you may experience discomfort when temperatures outside turn chilly.
Fortunately, you can take steps to lower your risk of feeling pain when the cold breezes blow. Follow the three steps listed below to keep cold-weather tooth pain away.


Do you know – Your tooth has a protective outer coating called enamel. Part of the enamel’s job is to offer a barrier between very cold (or hot) substances and the sensitive inner part of teeth. Learned something new, yeh!

Now tell me – Do you feel discomfort when you drink very cold liquids or eat ice cream. Yes!!  Oh No, that means your enamel is not doing its job properly.

People with inadequate enamel may feel every gust of cold air rush over their teeth in a very uncomfortable way. Solution – Your enamel needs a boost to give it an edge against extreme temperatures.  Use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth before going outside. Your dentist, Dr. Roopam Garg, can recommend a reliable brand.

Wait 30 minutes or so before going outside, and try not to eat or drink anything that will rub away the protective coating left by the toothpaste. Also in addition, protect your enamel by using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing in a gentle, circular motion. Say bye to tooth-bleaching products and whitening toothpastes unless advised by your dentist. Tooth-whitening products can wear down enamel and increase tooth sensitivity. Sorry got to do few more things –

  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks
  • Don’t chew ice or abrasive foods
  • Apply prescribed fluoride or desensitizing treatments
  • Brush and floss every day
  • Have teeth sealed by your dentist

Can’t take that much, sorry! one last thing, I promise – If you clench your teeth when awake or asleep, the pressure will wear down your teeth over time. Clenching the teeth can lead to many issues in the jaw and mouth, not the least of which is increased enamel wearing. Your dentist can fit you for an anti-clenching device to help you stop tooth-grinding.


Worst case is over, yeh!. Lets say you normally don’t have sensitive teeth but suddenly feel sharp pangs in a tooth when you go outside into a cold. What can be the issue then?

There are a variety of causes for sharp tooth pain when outdoors, although you won’t believe it, some have nothing to do with teeth at all. Yes that’s true!  Here’s the reason:

If you have inflamed sinuses, the pressure can make your teeth ache when you’re inside and outside.

An ear infection or jawbone condition can create pain that seems to be coming from your teeth.

Gum disease is also a reason why some people develop sensitive teeth. Cold temperatures may increase the pain caused by ear, gum or jaw problems. If you have a crack, cavity or other entry point into a tooth, cold air can cause intense pain at the site of the tooth break or cavity. If a filling falls out, or the root of a tooth is exposed, cold air can cause extreme pain in the affected tooth.

The cold may also affect you due to a recent dental procedure that needs more time to heal. Whether it’s caused by post-dental-procedure sensitivity, an injury, tooth decay or a crack in a tooth, acute tooth pain in cold weather demands a visit to the experts for a complete examination. Your dentist can fill, extract or repair the tooth that’s causing you pain when temperatures fall. Then, you can enjoy the great outdoors again.


Wise man once said  – prevention is better than cure.

Preventing and treating cavities, cracks and gum disease are some of the steps you can take to decrease the chances you’ll feel autumn- and winter-related tooth pain.

Caring for your enamel is another great step in the right direction.

But sadly, you can still have sensitive and painful teeth in cold weather after you’ve done all of these things. What to do then?

One suggestion is to breathe through your nose as much as possible when outdoors. Your cheeks and lips insulate your teeth as long as your mouth is closed. The air you breathe through your nose will be warmer by the time it reaches your teeth, so reactions to the cold may be lessened.

If you’re going out in a brisk wind, a scarf lightly wrapped around the mouth can warm the air before it contacts the surface of your teeth. Cup your hands around your mouth and nose to create a warming zone you can inhale from with each breath.

A hot cup of tea or cocoa with steam you can inhale may also help in an outdoor location. Just try not to drink very hot liquids outside, as the extreme temperature may increase your teeth’s sensitivity to cold.


Its cold only for few months in Texas. Lets not have any excuse stop us from enjoying outside. Follow above three steps and enjoy outdoors. Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to call us at 972-874-7870.   Contact Towne View Dental Care today to schedule your dental exam. We can help make your smile appear brighter and your teeth feel better throughout the year.

Show Yourself Some LOVE this Valentine’s Day!

Show Yourself Some LOVE this Valentine’s Day!

Around Valentine’s Day, we often get caught up thinking about the important people in our life. Maybe you’re focused on your significant other or are on the hunt for the perfect cards for your children to share at school. Heck, maybe you’re just looking forward to ordering some takeout and enjoying some uninterrupted Netflix!

No matter what has captured your attention this Valentine’s Day, don’t leave yourself out of the festivities! With such a tough 2020 past us, you deserve a break. Now is a great time to splurge and pamper yourself with some self-love. Here is a list of a few worthy items for taking care of yourself this Valentine’s Day. Pick one, or even a few, that suits your budget and enjoy this special day.

A Great Pair of Jeans

There’s something so invigorating about putting on that one pair of jeans that fit so perfectly. If your favorite pair is starting to show its age, consider splurging on a new pair. Do a little research to see what options are available, especially if your current ones are no longer sold. And don’t forget discount stores as they often have great deals on high-quality items.

A Weekend Getaway

Sometimes you just need a break from the day-to-day, and a weekend getaway is a great option for having a little adventure or simply some time away from home. Whether you want to take a solo trip or invite someone along is up to you. Just make sure you select a destination that calls to you and you can’t go wrong.

A Day at the Spa

Massages, facials and pedicures are all great ways to relax and unwind, so a trip to the spa is certainly a treat. Frisco and the surrounding cities have a number of spas and many offer packages that allow you to receive multiple services for a reduced price. You can even check out options through sites like Groupon to see if discounts are available allowing you to reduce your stress without busting your budget.

Car Detailing

If you are a commuter or the designated parent for carpooling, we know that you spend a lot of time in your car. Getting it detailed makes the interior feel fresh and the exterior clean and shiny, making your time on the road more comfortable and enjoyable. Go ahead and spend the money to get the full package, since that is a choice you aren’t likely to regret.

Teeth Whitening Package

Often, people consider teeth whitening a luxury. But having a radiant smile can do wonders for your confidence and make you more comfortable in social situations or when your photo is taken. You can get a full teeth whitening treatment package based on your needs so consider making an appointment with your Flower Mound Family Dentist to see what options are right for you.

Smile, You Are On A Date!

Smile, You Are On A Date!

Would you date someone with a weird smile? How about a  missing tooth?

While most people would agree that appearances aren’t everything, with the rise of online dating it’s now easier than ever to swipe ‘yes’ or ‘no’ based on a cursory glance at a person’s profile picture.

And it seems we’re becoming pickier than ever, rejecting potential love matches simply because their teeth aren’t up to scratch. survey of over five thousand single people revealed that the most important feature people notice in the opposite sex are their teeth.  The flash car, the new outfit, the blue eyes, the blonde curls, the fascinating conversation, all paled into insignificance if the person who is the focus of their attention had not taken care of their teeth.  An attractive, healthy smile emanates well-being and happiness. If a person takes care of their teeth it is a good sign they will take care of you. And this is an excellent place to begin.

Unlike finding your soul mate, preventive oral health care is painless. All it requires is brushing, flossing and visiting your dentist regularly. Your smile can make all the difference and Towne View Dental Care will help make your new date the success you want it to be.

1. Take a Look at your Teeth

When you look in a mirror, do you see an attractive smile or would you prefer to keep your mouth closed, so no one sees your teeth?  No matter if your teeth are discolored, crooked, missing , or you suspect you have a cavity, you can have a beautiful smile and restore your health and confidence in no time at all. After all, your smile is your greatest asset. Whatever the issue, your dentist can fix it.

2. Dental Phobia Answers

If you have reached this point in the article and are thinking, this all sounds great but I am scared of going to the dentist. We have helped many people who have dental phobia gain trust in their dentist and confidence in their smile. Statistics might tell us the majority of people see a beautiful smile as our most valuable feature but they also tell us a quarter of those people are frightened of the dentist. If you have had a bad experience or have a fear of needles and treatment, we will help. Skilled in dentistry, we can not only repair the damage to your teeth and give you the smile you want, but we can do all this painlessly. Our peaceful clinic exudes calm and kindness. Whether you need major treatment or a minor adjustment we can give you anything from our relaxation techniques to nitrous sedation, to dispel all your fears.

3. Put the First Dental Date in your Diary

Before you go on your new date, make an appointment with Towne View Dental Care.  If your teeth are crooked, we can discreetly straighten them. If you have an unsightly gap from a missing tooth, we can replace it with natural looking options. Even a simple in office Whitening treatment can bring sparkle to your smile. Perhaps you are nervous your dentures will let you down, and you need them replaced, or you want to start with a simple check-up and a professional cleaning. Whatever you decide will make a fantastic difference not only to the way you look but the way you feel.

4. Positive Thinking

The idea of a first new date may be a little daunting, but a beautiful and healthy smile will help you regain confidence.  Perhaps you are worried the conversation will run dry, or you will have nothing in common. Don’t worry about it. Put on your best smile, release the feel good factor and be ready to try again. You might be the centre of attention, or prefer to keep it low-key while you practice your social skills, but there is no need to let any setback get you down. A new smile has in every instance helped people regain their lost confidence or find it for the first time.  It is all about feeling the best you possibly can.  The surprising truth is people who smile confidently are like a magnet; they are never alone for four good reasons. They are friendly and inviting; they look as if they are having a good time, and they radiate self-esteem. And this can soon be you.

If you have questions about how you too can turn a lack lustre smile into a show-stopper painlessly, call Towne View Dental Care today.

Is Dark Chocolate Good For Your Teeth?

Is Dark Chocolate Good For Your Teeth?

Studies show that dark chocolate is effective at fighting cavities, plaque and tooth decay.


Dark chocolate is a good source of polyphenols, natural chemicals that can limit oral bacteria. They are also able to neutralize microorganisms that cause bad breath and prevent some bacteria from turning sugar and starches into acid, which love to wreck havoc on your teeth.

Antioxidants in dark chocolate have been shown to fight periodontal disease by inhibiting the production of plaque and also reducing inflammation in the body ,a symptom of which is swelling of the gums. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can also enter the bloodstream and cause heart disease and other cardiovascular problems, so periodically consuming dark chocolate is beneficial to your heart health as well. There’s also a compound found in chocolate called CBH that could be used in mouthwashes and toothpaste someday.

For best results, the chocolate should be around 70 percent cocoa.You should be able to find tooth-friendly dark chocolate at your local grocery store, and many bars advertise their cocoa percentage clearly on the label. Also, in case you needed another perk, dark chocolate contains less sugar than other varieties, so it’s slightly better for your waistline, too.

It’s important to remember, however, that munching on a piece of dark chocolate is not like downing a plateful of veggies. Like any confection, dark chocolate should be consumed in moderation. It still contains ample amounts of sugar and fat, each of which comes with its own set of health issues. The recommended intake is 1 ounce per day, which is equal to about six Hershey Kisses (don’t worry, they’re available in a dark variety). Even this small amount, however, contains as many as 150 calories, and since it tastes so good, it’s hard not to indulge.

So get your hands (and teeth) on some dark chocolate today to enjoy what is arguably the most delicious but still beneficial food on the planet. Just remember to practice portion control so the health risks associated with an expanding waistline don’t overshadow the benefits to your pearly whites.

When Children Begin To Lose Their Baby Teeth

When Children Begin To Lose Their Baby Teeth

Erupting permanent teeth cause the roots of baby teeth to be reabsorbed so that by the time they are loose there is little holding them in place beside a small amount of tissue. Most children lose their baby teeth in this order:

  • Baby teeth ordinarily are shed first at about age 6 when the incisors, the middle teeth in front, become loose.
  • Molars, in the back, are usually shed between ages 10 and 12, and are replaced with permanent teeth by about age 13.

Children usually wiggle their teeth loose with their tongues or fingers, eager to hide them under their pillow for the “tooth fairy.” If your child wants you to pull out the already loose tooth, grasp it firmly with a piece of tissue or gauze and remove it with a quick twist. Occasionally, if a primary tooth is not loosening sufficiently on its own, your child’s dentist may suggest extracting it.

If your child loses his baby teeth by decay or accident too early, his permanent teeth can erupt prematurely and come in crooked because of limited space. According to orthodontists, 30 percent of their cases have their origins in the premature loss of baby teeth.

How Can I Be Sure His Adult Teeth Stay Healthy?

Brushing And Flossing

Your child may need some help brushing until he is between ages 7 and 10. Even if his intentions are good, he may not have the dexterity to clean his teeth well. Ideally, the teeth should be brushed within five minutes to 10 minutes after eating. Also, for long-term dental health, your child needs to care for his gums as well; he should be taught to floss regularly, preferably once a day, in order to help prevent gum (or periodontal) disease in adulthood.

A tartar-control toothpaste can help keep plaque from adhering to your child’s teeth. Also, fluoride in the toothpaste can strengthen the exposed outer enamel of the youngster’s teeth and help prevent cavities. Fluoride also has been added to the water supply in many cities. If your own tap water has less than the recommended levels of this nutrient, your pediatrician may suggest that you add fluoride to your child’s diet beginning at age 6 months, often as part of a vitamin supplement. Fluoride treatment should continue until age 16. Ask your doctor or dentist for guidance.

Dental Checkups

Make sure your youngster has dental checkups twice a year for cleaning, as well as for X-rays as recommended by your dentist. Parents may choose to utilize a pedodontist, a dentist with special interest and expertise in children’s dentistry. Regular preventive appointments will significantly decrease your child’s chances of ever having to undergo major dental treatment. Also, contact your dentist whenever your child complains of a toothache. This pain could be a sign of a decayed tooth. Until the dentist can see your child, treat the pain with acetaminophen by mouth.

Preventing Cavities

Your dentist may also suggest placing sealants on your child’s molars. These thin plastic coatings prevent plaque from accumulating and becoming trapped in the pits and fissures of the teeth. They are appropriate for all rear teeth that have grooves in them, and because they are extremely successful in preventing cavities, they are cost-effective too. Sealants may need to be reapplied during adolescence. With a combination of sealants and fluoride treatment, the incidence of cavities can be reduced by 90 percent.

Diet can also play a role in healthy teeth. In particular, minimize your child’s contact with high-sugar and sticky sweets and other carbohydrates. Cut back on snacking on sweets between meals, when these foods are more likely to linger in the mouth without brushing.


Bad Breath – Halitosis

Bad Breath – Halitosis

Bad breath happens. If you’ve ever gotten that not-so-fresh feeling on a date, at a job interview or just talking with friends, you’re not alone. Studies show that 50 percent of adults have had bad breath, or halitosis, at some point in their lives. Is there anything we can do to keep breath odor at bay? Knowing what causes bad breath can help you reduce the risk.

Bad Breath Triggers

Halitosis, or bad breath, most often starts in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene allows food particles to collect on the surface of the tongue, between the teeth or along the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth. Naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth then break down those food particles, releasing chemicals that have a strong odor.

Saliva helps wash food particles from your mouth; thus, people with a dry mouth are at an increased risk of experiencing bad breath. Some medications, mouth breathing and smoking all can contribute to dry mouth.

Infections in the mouth, such as dental caries (tooth decay), periodontal (gum) disease or mouth sores related to other conditions may contribute to bad breath. Surgical wounds (from extracted teeth, for example) also can be a source of halitosis.

The bacterial film called “plaque” that occurs naturally in your mouth can build up if not removed regularly through good oral hygiene practices. The bacteria in plaque give off an odor that affects your breath.

Diet is a common bad breath culprit. Foods such as garlic and onions, in particular, can foul your breath. Once your food is digested, chemicals that cause odor can be absorbed into your bloodstream and from there into your lungs; these chemicals then are exhaled. Diets high in protein and sugar also have been associated with bad breath.

Bad breath can be a byproduct of certain health conditions. It may result from infections in the nose, throat or lungs; chronic sinusitis; postnasal drip; chronic bronchitis; or distur- bances in your digestive system.

Fending Off Bad Breath

The best weapon you have against bad breath is good oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing remove food particles and limit plaque buildup thereby, reducing the risk of cavities and periodontal disease.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste and floss between your teeth once a day. Brushing your tongue is very important to remove bacteria that cause bad breath (especially in the back, where most of these bacteria are found).

If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night (instead of sleeping with them in mouth) and brush them thoroughly with a denture cleanser before wearing them in the morning.

Your problem arises from dry mouth, consider chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candies to help stimulate salivary flow. There also are artificial salivas that may help.

It’s important to discuss all your concerns with your dentist. A complete history of medical conditions and medications you are taking may help your dentist to determine whether the cause of your bad breath is localized to the mouth or might be a systemic condition, in which case a physician should be consulted. If your breath problems stem from an oral cause, your dentist can work with you to develop a treatment plan that

How To Prevent Tooth Decay In Your Baby

How To Prevent Tooth Decay In Your Baby

Baby teeth are important. If baby teeth are lost too early, the teeth that are left may move and not leave any room for adult teeth to come in. Also, if tooth decay is not prevented, it can be costly to treat, cause pain, and lead to life-threatening infections.

Tooth decay (called early childhood caries) is the most common chronic infectious disease of childhood. Tooth decay may also be called nursing caries or baby bottle tooth decay.

Healthy dental habits should begin early because tooth decay can develop as soon as the first tooth comes in. Here is information for parents and caregivers from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about causes of tooth decay, signs of tooth decay, and how to prevent tooth decay.

Signs Of Tooth Decay In Babies

Tooth decay might first appear as white spots at the gum line on the upper front teeth. These spots are hard to see at first—even for a child’s doctor or dentist—without proper equipment. A child with tooth decay needs to be examined and treated early to stop the decay from spreading and to prevent further damage.

How To Prevent Tooth Decay In Babies

Take The Following Steps To Prevent Tooth Decay:

  • Take good care of your own oral health even before your baby is born. It is important and OK to see a dentist for oral care while you are pregnant.
  • Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle-feedit is important to take good care of your baby’s teeth.
    • Birth to 12 months: Keep your baby’s mouth clean by gently wiping the gums with a clean baby washcloth. Once you see the first teeth, gently brush using a soft baby toothbrush and a smear (grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste.
    • 12 to 36 months: Brush your child’s teeth 2 times per day for 2 minutes. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste until your child’s third birthday. The best times to brush are after breakfast and before bed.
  • Never put your child to bed with a bottle or food. This not only exposes your child’s teeth to sugars but can also put your child at risk for ear infections and choking.
  • Do not use a bottle or sippy cup as a pacifier or let your child walk around with or drink from one for long periods. If your child wants to have the bottle or sippy cup in between meals, fill it with only water.
  • Check to see if your water is fluoridated. Your child will benefit from drinking water with fluoride in it. If your tap water comes from a well or another non-fluoridated source, your child’s doctor or dentist may want to have a water sample tested for natural fluoride content. If your tap water does not have enough fluoride, your child’s doctor or dentist may prescribe a fluoride supplement. He or she may also apply fluoride varnish to your child’s teeth to protect them from decay.
  • Teach your child to drink from a regular cup as soon as possible, preferably by 12 to 15 months of age. Drinking from a cup is less likely to cause liquid to collect around the teeth. Also, a cup cannot be taken to bed.
  • If your child must have a bottle or sippy cup for long periods, fill it with water only. During car rides, offer only water if your child is thirsty.
  • Limit the amount of sweet or sticky foods your child eats, such as candy, gummies, cookies, Fruit Roll-Ups, or cookies. Sugar is in foods like crackers and chips too. These foods are especially bad if your child snacks on them a lot. They should be eaten only at mealtime. Teach your child to use his tongue to clean food immediately off the teeth.
  • Serve juice only during meals or not at all. The AAP does not recommend juice for babies younger than 6 months. If juice is given to babies between 6 to 12 months, it should be limited to 4 ounces per day and should be diluted with water (half water, half juice). For children 1 to 6 years, any juice served should be limited to 4 to 6 ounces per day.
  • Make an appointment to have your child see the dentist before the age of 1. If you have concerns, the dentist can see your child sooner. The dentist will look inside of your child’s mouth, apply fluoride varnish, and talk with you about how to keep her healthy.


Tooth decay can be prevented. Talk with your child’s doctor or dentist if you see any sign of decay in your child’s teeth or if you have questions about your child’s teeth. With the right care, your child can grow up to have healthy teeth for a lifetime of smiles.

The AAP Recommends That:

  • All infants receive oral health risk assessments during well-child visits starting at 6 months of age and periodic fluoride varnish application from the time the first tooth erupts through 5 years of age.
  • All children should be referred to a dentist as early as 6 months of age to establish a dental home. If a dentist is not available, talk with your pediatrician about how to maintain your child’s oral health and find a dental home.
  • All children in their early toddler years should have a thorough initial dental examination and regular dental care whenever possible.
  • Parents should limit food and drink exposure over the course of the day to 3 meals and 2 snacks (with healthy food choices and limited juice). More frequent exposure to sugars in foods and drinks makes it more likely that children will develop decay.
  • Parents should brush their children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as they can see the first tooth coming in (erupting).

Give Your Baby The Best Possible Start

Give Your Baby The Best Possible Start

Taking care of your mouth—and your baby’s—is one of the easiest ways to help your baby right from the start. When you’re pregnant, you may be more prone to gum disease and cavities, which can impact your baby’s health. If you already have an infant, her tiny teeth matter! Caring for them now sets her up for a lifetime of good oral health.

Check out these easy steps to protect her tiny teeth at any stage.

You’re Pregnant!

See a dentist before you deliver. You may be more prone to gum disease and cavities when you’re pregnant—and having them can affect your baby’s health. Also, when your baby arrives, you could pass that bad bacteria from your mouth to hers and increase her likelihood of getting cavities too. Seeing a dentist while pregnant is totally safe—and it’s good to get this done before your hands are full (literally) with your new baby.

Brush twice a day and floss once a day. This is the best way to prevent bad bacteria from growing that can be passed to your baby once they’re born.

If you’re having morning sickness, rinse your mouth with 1 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water after you get sick. This helps wash the acid away and keep your tooth’s enamel safe.

You’re A New Mom!

Even if you can’t see them yet, those tiny teeth are there—hiding just beneath the gums. Make sure to take care of them right from the start.

Wipe the gums twice a day with a soft, clean cloth—in the morning after the first feeding and right before bed. That helps wipe away bacteria and sugars that can cause cavities.

Once her first tooth comes in, start brushing her teeth twice a day with a smear (rice-grain sized) amount of toothpaste.

Take your baby to the dentist by her first birthday. It’s the best way to spot signs of problems early. If you don’t have a dentist, ask your pediatrician to check out your baby’s mouth and help you find one.




What does ringing in the new year have to do with being mouth healthy?

More than you may think. Did you know that you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months? Bristles that become frayed and worn are less effective at cleaning your teeth. That means, celebrating the new year with a brand new toothbrush is actually smart dental hygiene.

Here are Mouth Healthy resolutions:

1. Start brushing 2min2x. Always brush twice a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems.

2. Floss daily. Flossing is part of being mouth healthy.

3. Chew sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

4. Eat a healthy diet. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.

5. Drink fluoridated water. Fluoride helps prevent cavities by making teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities.

6. See your dentist. Regular dental visits will help you be Mouth Healthy for Life.

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