Tooth sensitivity is one of the chief complaints dental offices receive. It results when gums recede and expose the tooth roots. Tubules in the tooth roots lead directly to the tooth’s nerve, allowing stimuli such as hot or cold to reach the nerve and cause the associated pain. Several factors contribute to gum recession, including:
Brushing Technique – Brushing aggressively or with a hard-bristled brush can wear down the tooth enamel and expose the sensitive layers of dentin. Improper brushing can also damage the gum tissue and expose tooth roots. Continue reading The Scoop on Tooth Sensitivity
The Academy of General Dentistry reports that for many years, men have been “less likely to visit the dentist” than women because they don’t see a need, they feel afraid or embarrassed, or they simply won’t make time. This has been the status quo for a while now, but times are changing. These days, dentists are treating more and more men with – oddly enough – cosmetic procedures, like teeth whitening, veneers, and composite bonding.Why would men want a nicer smile? It’s all about the money, baby.
One private company’s study reveals that after teeth whitening, people are more likely to land a job – and a at a higher rate of pay. Another poll by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry tells us that people with an attractive smile are considered more friendly, intelligent, and successful than others. In this economy, you can’t afford not to invest in your image, whether you’re a man or a woman.
So if you’d like a brighter, straighter, more attractive smile, talk with your dentist about cosmetic dentistry. Today’s procedures begin at moderate prices, and for more complex smile makeovers, financing is available.
Hearing that the dentist screens for oral cancer at your checkups may surprise you. True, oral cancer may not be talked as much as other types of cancer, but make no mistake: if it’s not caught early, it’s often deadly. With a high treatment success rate in cases where the cancer was spotted and diagnosed early, it’s clear why your dentist makes screening a regular part of your dental visits. Continue reading Arm Yourself with the Facts About: Oral Cancer