Denture Care

The period of adjustment when you begin wearing new dentures can take time. Your dentures may not feel like they fit well at first. They may feel too large, cause slight gagging, or create excess saliva. Talk to your dental professional if you are having difficulty speaking clearly or...

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is a painful swelling filled with a thick fluid that is yellow in color (pus). There are two types of dental abscess, a gum abscess (also known as a periodontal abscess) and a tooth abscess (also known as a periapical abscess). What causes a dental abscess?...

Teeth Whitening

Millions of people have stained and discolored teeth and would like to whiten and brighten their smile. When dental professionals asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. Understanding teeth whitening starts with understanding tooth staining. There are two...

Sensitive teeth (dentinal hypersensitivity) can occur when gums pull away from your teeth at the gumline exposing the dentin layer of your tooth. Dentin is the softer tooth layer that lies beneath the hard enamel surface. Below the gumline dentin is not protected by the enamel that covers the part of the tooth you can see in your mouth. Once dentin is exposed, the microscopic pores called tubules that lead to the tooth nerve are left unprotected. Hot, cold and sometimes sweet or acidic foods can trigger sensitivity pain.

Why are my teeth sensitive?

There are several ways that dentin can become exposed leading to tooth sensitivity.

Common causes of sensitive teeth resulting from dentin exposure

  • Gum recession due to gum disease
  • Overaggressive brushing or brushing with a hard bristled toothbrush
  • Too many acidic foods and beverages
  • Teeth grinding
  • Tooth decay or physical injury to the tooth
  • Recent dental procedure

Always see your dental professional for tooth pain that is severe or consistent and lasts for more than a day or two, but if you have the sharp, shooting pains commonly felt with tooth sensitivity, use products that are designed to block the tubules and relieve the pain including toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gums. While there are many effective over-the-counter methods of treatment for sensitive teeth, it’s always a good idea to consult with your dental professional if you experience ongoing sensitivity as it could be a sign of more serious problems.

Restorative Dentistry

“Restorative dentistry” is the term dental professionals use to explain how they replace missing or damaged teeth. Fillings, crowns (“caps”), bridges and implants are common restorative options. The goal is to bring back your natural smile and prevent future oral health issues. Why restorative dentistry procedures are important Filling...

How Do You Get Cavities?

Cavities, also referred to as tooth decay, or dental caries, is the breakdown of the hard tissues of the tooth. This breakdown, or demineralization, is caused by acids produced by the bacteria found in plaque. This damage can lead to the formation of pits or holes (cavities) and will...

Bleeding Gums

Noticing bleeding gums while brushing or flossing can cause alarm. Often the cause of bleeding gums is as simple as brushing too hard, but in some instances it can be a symptom of something more serious. Bleeding Gums Causes One of the biggest bleeding gums causes is the buildup...

Pregnancy Gingivitis

What is pregnancy gingivitis? Gingivitis occurs when plaque, which contains bacteria, builds up on teeth and produces toxins that irritate the gums. If you have bleeding, red, puffy, sore or inflamed gums, it’s probably gingivitis. Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by a rise in the hormone progesterone which can contribute...

What Is Gingivitis?

What is Gingivitis? Gingivitis occurs when plaque, which contains bacteria, builds up on teeth and produces toxins that irritate the gums. Signs of gingivitis include bleeding, puffy, sore, inflammed or red gums. Managing gingivitis is important so that it doesn’t progress into a more serious form of gum disease....

What Is Plaque And Tartar?

PLAQUE Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless or pale yellow film that is constantly forming on your teeth. When saliva, food and fluids combine, plaque – which contains bacteria – forms between your teeth and along the gum line. Dental plaque begins forming on teeth 4-12 hours after brushing,...