Tooth sensitivity is due to the exposure of dentin, the part of the tooth which covers the nerve, either through loss of the enamel layer or recession of the gums. Temperature changes and certain foods (acidic or sweet) can cause the tooth or teeth to be painful.
The best way to find out why a tooth is sensitive is to have our office examine you. We can look for the signs of dentin exposure, and run tests to determine what the true cause of the sensitivity is. Sometimes, the sensitivity is
Tooth erosion is caused by acidic foods and drinks ‘dissolving’ away the surface of the tooth. It is becoming increasingly more common, especially due to greater consumption of fizzy drinks – including ‘diet’ brands.
Acids in the mouth can dissolve away tooth surfaces. Given the chance, teeth will repair themselves, using minerals from saliva. But if acid is in the mouth too often, teeth cannot repair themselves and the hard tooth surface (the enamel) becomes thinner – this is called ‘erosion’.
The teeth can then become extra sensitive to hot and cold
Oral cancer most commonly involves the lips or the tongue. It may also occur on the cheek lining, floor of the mouth, gums (gingiva) or the roof of the mouth (palate). Most oral cancers are a type called squamous cell carcinomas. These tend to spread quickly.
Our office has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. Together, we can fight and win the battle against oral cancer. Know the early signs and see our office regularly.
Oral cancer screening is a routine part
Bad breath (called halitosis) is a common problem. In most cases, bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene. Poor brushing and flossing leaves food particles between the teeth. Bacteria that build up on the back of your tongue or in between your teeth set up camp in your mouth, and release sulphur compounds which have the nasty habit of spreading a strong unpleasant odor.
THESE FOUR IMPORTANT AREAS IN THE MOUTH NEED YOUR CONCERN
Tongue – The tongue may be loaded with decaying food particles and bacteria that cause bad