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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is when people feel a sudden pain in one or more teeth that is triggered by hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods and drinks.

Many things can cause tooth sensitivity from injury to dental disease, which can destroy tooth pulp.

Sometimes people can cause tooth sensitivity by grinding their teeth or clamping their jaws tightly shut. This type of sensitivity isn't something to worry about if it happens once or twice and goes away in a day or two. But when it persists, there could be a break, crack, or decayed tooth that should be seen by a dentist.

The most common cause of tooth sensitivity is exposed dentin, which is hardened tissue that is beneath the tooth's enamel and contains tiny nerves. When these nerves are exposed, hot, cold, sweet or sour food can reach the nerve in your tooth, resulting in pain.

Exposed dentin can be caused by various factors including: brushing too hard, a hard-bristled toothbrush, tooth decay near the gum line, recession of the gums, cracked teeth, gum disease (gingivitis or periodontics), teeth grinding, plaque build-up, long-term use of teeth whitening products, acidic foods and recent dental procedures.

Check our website to learn more about your way to avoid the tooth sensitivity or call (949) 760-0363 to make an appointment today with an experienced dentist who can give you the right treatment for your dental condition. End your cringing and start smiling, call today!

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Diabetes & Gum Disease

Diabetes affects the entire body, including the mouth. People with diabetes face a higher than normal risk of oral health problems because of their blood sugar levels. 

Uncontrolled diabetes interferes with white blood cells, which reduce the body’s resistance to infection. Diabetes also causes blood vessels to thicken, which can slow the flow of nutrients and exiting of waste.

Gum disease, also known as “periodontal disease”, is a bacterial infection that affects the gum tissues and bone, which serve to keep your teeth in place. There are two levels of gum disease: gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease).

The 26 million Americans who have diabetes may be surprised to learn that there is an increasing number of gum disease cases among people with diabetes. 

Studies show that people with diabetes who do not control their blood sugar can develop gum disease more frequently than people who better manage their diabetes. High glucose levels (sugar) in saliva can promote growth of bacteria that causes gum disease. 

People with diabetes need to choose a dentist office that is equipped to meet their special needs. Check our website to learn more about the dental care for people with diabetes. To make an appointment with an experienced dentist call 949-760-0363 today. Our dental professionals know the specialized care that people with diabetes need. 

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