Sensitive teeth!?


Solutions for Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivity is one of the major reasons patients seek dental treatment.

Sensitivity often occurs when the layer of teeth beneath the enamel, called the dentin, becomes exposed due to erosion of the enamel or recession of gum tissue. You might experience a sharp sensation in the teeth when you eat or drink something hot, cold, or sweet.

Dr. Wells will provide personalized recommendations on reducing discomfort, which could include solutions such as:

Applying less pressure when brushing your teeth
At-home use of a soft-bristled toothbrush and desensitizing toothpaste
Modifying your diet to reduce acid content
If our dentist finds evidence of teeth grinding, wearing a mouth guard at night
Dental bonding or tooth-colored fillings to protect exposed tooth roots
Tooth sensitivity could be a symptom of a cavity or gum disease. If the discomfort is caused by an underlying dental health issue, Dr. Wells will discuss treatment options to preserve the health and look of your teeth so you can feel good about your smile.

To prevent sensitive teeth from recurring, brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Use gentle strokes, rather than vigorous or harsh scrubbing, and avoid using an abrasive toothpaste. If you grind your teeth, ask your dentist about a mouth guard. Tooth grinding can fracture teeth and cause sensitivity. You might also consider taking care when eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks, such as carbonated drinks, citrus fruits and wine — all of which can remove small amounts of tooth enamel over time. When you drink acidic liquids, use a straw to limit contact with your teeth. After eating or drinking an acidic substance, drink water to balance the acid levels in your mouth.

World Smile Day!

October 4th is World Smile Day! Here are some ways to celebrate 🙂

World Smile DayActivities

  1. Wear your smile

    Smiling is a simple way to spread happiness and cheer throughout the day. As we established before, smiles are contagious and by smiling at others we can have a palpably positive impact on the world. Let your ear to ear grins start a happi-demic.

  2. Send a positive note or card to a friend

    Sometimes the best way to make someone smile is to send them a thoughtful card or give them a motivational note. Let that be the reason someone smiles today.

  3. Do a good deed

    Part of the celebration for today is doing something that elicits smiles through our actions. One of the most powerful ways to spread a smile is by doing something nice for others. Consider volunteering your time at a hospital or your local soup kitchen, help a friend out with that big favor, or finally schedule some family time. Actions speak louder (and happier) than words.

Why We Love World Smile Day

  1. It makes us happy (even when we’re not)

    The simple act of smiling sends a message to your brain that you’re happy, which signals the brain to pump out tons of feel-good endorphins. In a sense, by smiling we initiate a positive feedback loop in our brains that reinforces our joy. Smile, it’s like free therapy.

  2. It spreads cheer

    Research shows that smiling is in fact contagious. Seeing a friend smile can make you activate the muscles in your face to mimic their same expression, even when we’re not aware of it. When you smile, the world smiles back.

  3. It can help you land a job

    Job interviews are heavily based on first impressions—you can’t just wear a suit or dress, you have to wear a smile too! Smiling tells other people that you are friendly, confident, and conscientious. Sounds like traits that most companies look for in potential employees, right?

Use It or Loose It


When it comes to dental benefit plans, millions of people each year are ringing in the New Year leaving money on the table. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, only 2.8% of people with PPO dental plan participants reached or exceeded their plans annual maximum. Many people also have Flexible Spending Accounts, which help pay for dental and medical care with pre-tax dollars.

Whether you’re paying for dental care through a benefits plan or using an FSA, your current plans will most likely run out on December 31. Don’t let your hard-earned dental dollars go to waste. Here is a breakdown of what these benefits are, when you need to use them by and how to make the most of your benefits.

Dental Benefit Plans

Many people with dental benefits get them through their employers, though individual plans are also available through Health Insurance Marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act. Remember, when you buy a plan you and your employer are paying some premium – upfront dollars – that are wasted if you don’t see your dentist.

When You Need to Use Them By

Many insurance companies have a benefit deadline of December 31, and this means that any of your unused benefits don’t roll over into the New Year for most dental plans. Still, some plans may end at different times of the year, so check your plan document or ask your employer to be sure.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Plan

The key with this type of coverage is to take advantage of any benefits before they expire for the year.

  • Prevention is better than cure both for your health as well as your pocketbook. Most plans typically pay 100% for preventive visits, so if you have not had one yet, this may be a good time to schedule one.
  • Start thinking about using your coverage early. During a dental appointment that’s over the summer or in the fall, talk to your dentist about what your dental needs are and what treatment you might need before the end of the year. (For example, a back-to-school appointment is a great time to bring this up.) Make any upcoming appointments early so you can take care of them before the holidays.
  • Once you’ve determined what your dental needs are, work with your dentist and benefits provider to figure out what is covered. Often, your dentist’s office will look into this information for you. You can also call your plan using the 800 telephone number on your identification card, or go to their website for information.