Archive for November, 2013

Tooth Sensitivity: Causes and Treatment

Do you ever experience sharp pains in your teeth when eating or drinking certain foods or even breathing in cold air? You may be experiencing symptoms of tooth sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity. Below we’ll review the causes and treatments for sensitive teeth:

Exposed Roots

The most basic cause of tooth sensitivity is when your root area becomes exposed. Gum disease leads to receding gums, which can expose the root area of the teeth. A highly acidic diet or harsh tooth brushing habits can also expose the root area.

The crown of a tooth is protected by enamel, but only the gums protect the root. When the gums recede, the root is exposed allowing hot or cold foods and liquids to quickly reach the nerves at the center of the tooth. This leads to sharp pains and unpleasant sensations. To help reduce or prevent dentin hypersensitivity, consider the guidelines below:

Change Your Toothpaste

Some toothpaste, especially products with whitening or tartar control on the label, can be too harsh for your teeth and gums. Call us for suggestions on different toothpastes that may help decrease this sensitivity.  Remember that your cosmetic dentist can provide you with professional whitening options that won’t irritate your teeth.

Use A Softer Brush

Many people brush too vigorously or use medium or hard bristles, when soft will do the trick. If you find that your toothbrush bristles are frayed or tangled in every direction, then you may be brushing too hard. To avoid damage to your enamel and gums, try switching to a soft bristle or electric toothbrush instead.

Ask Your Dentist About Fluoride

Sometimes dentists will prescribe specialized fluoride varnishes or take-home gels or toothpastes that can help to better protect your teeth from decay and sensitivity. Consult with your dentist about whether Fluoride products can help reduce your tooth sensitivity symptoms.

The symptoms of dentin sensitivity are very similar to those for cavities or tooth damage. That’s why it is always best to consult with your dentist to determine the cause of any tooth pain. Call the offices of John Carson DDS today at (520) 514-7203 to schedule a dental appointment.

Keep Your Smile Looking Great With These Oral Health Links

We hope you’ve enjoyed our recent articles on maintaining a youthful smile and preventing tooth sensitivity. To read more about these dental health topics, visit the websites below. For expert dental care in Tucson, contact John Carson DDS by calling (520) 514-7203.

What happens to our smiles as we age? Find out with this WebMD article.

Identify the symptoms of tooth sensitivity with this quick overview.

Learn about the positive benefits of tooth whitening from the American Dental Association.

Did you know that gum disease is linked to several serious health problems? Learn more at

How to Freshen Bad Breath

This video explains common causes for bad breath and tips for maintaining fresher breath. People most commonly experience bad breath upon waking up in the morning. Morning breath is so common because saliva production decreases while you are asleep, allowing bacteria to build up in the mouth. The excess bacteria can give off a foul odor.

To better control bad breath, be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Brushing after your evening meal or snack helps to remove excess food and prevent bacteria buildup overnight. Tobacco, severe dieting, and foods like onion or garlic may also cause bad breath.

Regular dental cleanings can help prevent bad breath and maintain oral hygiene. To set up an appointment for a cleaning, contact John Carson DDS in Tucson by calling (520) 514-7203.