Why are my teeth sensitive?
Sensitive teeth often come from the fact that your gums have slightly receded. This recession of the gum line allows the underlying dentin to show through which allows water and food easier access to the sensitive nerve. To manage this, there are a number of toothpastes, gels and even some dental procedures that can be applied. Speak to us in more detail if you have very sensitive teeth.What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?
Great teeth and gum care start at home. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums on a continual basis. By keeping to a daily routine you will greatly minimize the risk of gingivitis or tooth decay as you age.
Gum Disease Treatment
One of the greatest advantages of visiting our practice at least twice a year as advised by the American Dental Association is that it will allow you to stay one step ahead of gum disease. Gum disease is actually the most common disease among American adults, affecting roughly 75 percent of the population to varying degrees. Unfortunately, because gum disease often does not produce clear symptoms in its early form, gingivitis, many people are unaware that their gums are unhealthy. By the time they do seek treatment in response to symptoms such as bleeding, pain, and swelling, the disease has usually progressed to its more severe form, periodontitis, and serious damage has already taken place.
Thankfully, gum disease can be treated at any stage. One particularly effective technique is deep cleaning, in which two procedures – scaling and root planing – are combined. Scaling involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the gum line and from the inside of gum pockets that have formed below the gum line. The roots of the teeth are then made smooth with a precision instrument to create a less hospitable environment for bacteria to find refuge. The gum tissues are better able to conform to the newly smoothed tooth roots, resulting in vastly improved oral health.
Keep up with regular dental exams and cleanings so that your dental health is optimal. By keeping regular appointments, any potential irritants can be detected and treated early before they become major problems.
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