Is tooth sensitivity a common condition?
Sensitive teeth is one of the most common complaints among dental patients. At least 45 million adults in the United States and 5 million Canadians suffer at some time from sensitive teeth.

How can I avoid sensitivity?
Some toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients that may be too harsh for people who have sensitive teeth. Ingredients found in some whitening toothpastes that lighten and/or remove certain stains from enamel, or sodium pyrophosphate, the key ingredient in tartar control toothpastes may increase tooth sensitivity. To prevent sensitivity from occurring, use a soft bristled toothbrush. Avoid using hard bristled toothbrushes and brushing your teeth too hard, which can wear down the tooth's root surface and expose sensitive spots. The way to find out if you're brushing your teeth too hard is to take a good look at your toothbrush. If the bristles are pointing in multiple directions, you're brushing too hard.


Why are my teeth sensitive? 
Tooth sensitivity is caused by the stimulation of nerve cells within tiny tubules located in the dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel that contains the inner pulp). When the hard enamel is worn down or gums have receded causing the tiny tubules to be exposed pain can be caused by eating or drinking food and beverages that are hot or cold; touching your teeth; or exposing them to cold air.

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. Taking a spoonful of ice cream, for example, can be a painful experience for people with sensitive teeth.


Through studying, teaching and practicing dentistry for over 35 years I have come to realize the amazing uniqueness of each  person’s oral system. The teeth are just part of a complex network that  includes the supporting structures (gum and bone), jaw joints (TMJs), surrounding muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and nerves. Ongoing research continues to show the relationship between one’s oral and general health and that each influences the other. Realizing these factors, my practice is based on my learning about you, your health goals, and then an oral examination and diagnosis. Secondly, having you learn what I’ve discovered in an understandable manner so that you will know your preventive and treatment options and the rationale behind them. This way we can work as partners from co-developed goals. The website was developed in order to express the uniqueness of this practice based on these realities, and to assist you, a potential patient, in discovering whether your health values resonate with those that are incorporated within the practice.