COPELAND FAMILY DENTAL BLOG
Please Welcome Nina Engstrom! Nina moved here from Wisconsin just about 20 years ago. She has worked in the dental field for over 18 years now, starting in a front office position, next hygiene assisting, then getting her assisting/EDDA certification. Her insatiable appetite to continue to learn and passion to help people led her to make the switch to becoming a dental hygienist and has just over 10 years practicing dental hygiene. She is an empathetic compassionate caregiv...er who looks forward to building long relationships with you and your families.
Nina is married and has two young active boys that keep her busy!! She loves the outdoors-hiking, snowboarding, running, spending time with her family and friends and practicing yoga in her free time. Many of you already know Nina as she has been with the practice longer than the Copelands-she filled in for Dr. Countryman for many years! We are so excited to have her here in the office fulltime!
Dr. Amy recommends you follow the following guidelines if you have sensitive teeth:
-Brush and floss regularly
Keeping your teeth and gums clean can help prevent receding gums which often lead to root sensitivity. Roots of teeth are sensitive because they are made of soft cementum instead of hard enamel.
-Don't brush too hard or too often
Aggressively scrubbing your teeth and gums with your toothbrush or more frequently than your dentist recommends can contribute to gum recession and wear your enamel. When you brush your enamel away you get exposed dentin and tooth sensitivity.
-Use a softer toothbrush
A softer toothbrush can help to reduce the effects of pushing too hard when brushing and help to protect your enamel and gums.
-Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth
Sensitivity toothpastes can provide daily relief from pain due to sensitivity when used twice a day. Enamel and dentin look like a sponge in a microscope. You need potassium nitrate found in sensitivity toothpaste to plug those holes to keep teeth less sensitive. For very sensitive teeth trying putting some of the paste on your finger and rubbing it into that part of the tooth.
-Visit us regularly for exams and cleanings
We can advise you if you are brushing too hard since we chart out your gum recession. Also, we can clean the plaque and tarter off hard to reach spots preventing recession.
-Make sure you are not grinding your teeth
Grinding causes thinning or loss of the enamel. The dentin which is under the enamel is the insulator for the nerve and has larger holes than the enamel. Exposed dentin can be very sensitive because air and liquids can penetrate those holes. Come in and see us about a night guard if you grind your teeth-we make ones that will surprise you how comfortable they are to wear.
Yes, Dr. Heath is a huge Cowboys fan and he might cry when he sees this picture of Dr. Amy!
On a recent trip Dr. Amy volunteered a bit of her time reading to the Medina Children's Library in Morocco. As she read The Very Hungry Caterpillar (one of their daughter Channing's favorites) the librarian translated it into Arabic. The kids tried to guess what Amy's profession was-most guessed a teacher but one fellow was certain she works as a police woman. They were very excited to find out she is a dentist. Of course, she helped them a bit with some simple English but also took the opportunity to teach them about dental health.