Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

Dental Health Guides
Dental Health Guides provide information about dental health topics in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). These PDFs are short, full-color e-pamphlets that describe a wide range of dental health topics and oral conditions.

Patient Education
CAESY Online's Patient Education Tool gives you access to short, informative articles covering a wide range of dental education areas. The articles are organized into broad topics, including Dental Conditions, Dental Enhancements (Esthetic Dentistry), Orthodontics, Dental Care at Home, Preventive Care, and Health and Well-Being.

SmileLink Newsletter
CAESY Online's SmileLink electronic newsletter provides current information about dental health topics. SmileLink articles focus on dental conditions, esthetic dentistry, dental care, nutrition, and other dental information or general topics. Some articles focus on dental health information that is pertinent to a particular age group, such as seniors, adults, parents, teenagers, or children.

 

If you wince with pain after sipping a hot cup of coffee or chewing a piece of ice, chances are that you suffer from "dentin hypersensitivity," or more commonly, sensitive teeth.

Hot and cold temperature changes cause your teeth to expand and contract. Over time, your teeth can develop microscopic cracks that allow these sensations to seep through to the nerves. Exposed areas of the tooth can cause pain and even affect or change your eating, drinking and breathing habits.

At least 45 million adults in the United States suffer at some time from sensitive teeth.

Sensitive teeth result when the underlying layer of your teeth (the dentin) becomes exposed. This can happen on the chewing surface of the tooth as well as at the gum line. In some cases, sensitive teeth are the result of gum disease, years of unconsciously clenching or grinding your teeth, or improper or too vigorous brushing (if the bristles of your toothbrush are pointing in multiple directions, you're brushing too hard).

Abrasive toothpastes are sometimes the culprit of sensitive teeth. Ingredients found in some whitening toothpastes that lighten and/or remove certain stains from enamel, and sodium pyrophosphate, the key ingredient in tartar-control toothpastes, may increase tooth sensitivity.

In some cases, desensitizing toothpaste, sealants, desensitizing ionization and filling materials including fluoride, and decreasing the intake of acid-containing foods can alleviate some of the pain associated with sensitive teeth.

Sometimes, a sensitive tooth may be confused by a patient for a cavity or abscess that is not yet visible.

In any case, contact your dentist if you notice any change in your teeth's sensitivity to temperature.