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Dental Solutions Providing dentistry for people who value quality dental care. Sensitive Teeth Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or fl ossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. • Possible causes include: • Tooth decay (cavities) • Fractured teeth • Worn fi llings • Gum disease • Worn tooth enamel Sensitive Teeth Can Be Treated Elahe P. Wissinger, DMD Graduate of Boston University, Member ADA Desensitizing toothpaste. This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced. Fluoride gel. An in-offi ce technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations. A crown, inlay or bonding. These may be used to correct a fl aw or decay that results in sensitivity. Root canal. If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem. Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain. Ask your dentist if you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or concerns about tooth sensitivity. Six things a dental cleaning can do for you 1. Prevent cavities The whitish fi lm that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and is the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended, begins to harden and can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brush-ing and fl ossing but tartar must be removed with professional dental cleanings. 4. Freshen your breath Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and fl oss regularly, getting a cleaning is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free. 5. Boost your overall health FASTBRACES Technology An American Original Since 1992 ® 2. Stop tooth loss Accepting Insurance Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene habits. Studies have shown a connection between oral and overall health. Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk for some diseases, like heart dis-ease and stroke. Many medical conditions, some of them life-threatening, can be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam. 6. Save money 2504 E. River Rd. (Just East of Campbell) 3. Brighten your smile EDentalSolutions.net 520-745-5496 Drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco can stain your teeth. A dental cleaning can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. The result? A whiter, brighter smile! Get the most value from your dental benefi ts. Most Delta Dental and other insurance plans have low or no copayments/coinsurance for dental cleanings and oral exams. If you take advantage of your benefi ts now, you may be able to save money in the long run by helping to protect your oral health and potentially avoiding more costly and extensive procedures. For these advantages and more, make an appointment with your dentist today.

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