Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue
1419 West Oregon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Fundamentals of Tooth Sensitivity

Toothpaste

If you’ve noticed a painful stinging in your mouth whenever you eat something that’s hot, cold, sour, or particularly sweet, you may have a problem with tooth sensitivity. Countless individuals suffer with sensitive teeth, but the truth is that the condition can be treated quite easily and perhaps even prevented in those who have yet to develop symptoms.

Addressing the problem of sensitive teeth requires a thorough understanding of what causes them. Tooth enamel, working in conjunction with the gums, is intended to serve as a protective barrier for the roots of the teeth. However, eroding enamel and receding gums can cause the roots of the teeth to gradually become exposed. These roots are directly linked to nerves that are extremely sensitive to irritation. If the roots no longer have their protective covering and are exposed to cold, hot, sweet, or spicy substances, serious pain sensations can often be felt.

Tooth sensitivity isn’t a condition that presents itself overnight, particularly since it’s often the convergence of numerous factors, including:

  • Heavy-handed brushing with excessively stiff bristles, ultimately causing the gums to recede and the enamel to be eroded
  • Tooth decay due to failure to regularly visit an affordable dentist, causing weakening and erosion of tooth enamel
  • Gum disease manifested by inflammation and infection that exposes roots to irritants
  • Tooth grinding that places pressure and strain on enamel
  • Commercial tooth whiteners that are abrasive and cause enamel to dissolve
  • Overuse of acidic mouthwash products that harm enamel
  • Acidic foods and drinks that undermine the strength of tooth enamel
  • Dental procedures that can leave teeth feeling sensitive for weeks at a time

The good news is that tooth sensitivity is a condition that really can be treated and can sometimes be prevented altogether. Some of the best ways to avoid this type of discomfort include using a toothbrush of appropriate softness, practicing proper dental care, and steering clear of overly acidic foods and beverages. However, the most effective prevention strategy involves regular visits to an affordable dentist who can keep the gums and teeth in optimal condition at all times.  

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in South Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue today at (215) 310-5817 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Philadelphia. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Oregon Avenue.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Loved my dental hygienist... you guys are great... no putting off going to the dentist ever again
Anonymous
Thorough, accurate, enjoying their work. Calm and unhurried.
Jessica Y.
Staff is the BEST! I also love the fact that it's an all female staff.
Crystal S.
the staff at this location was good from the start of my visit till I left with the feeling everyone cared about me. Thanks to all.
Dewayne W.
My Dr. Susmita Parab was so nice I am so happy wiith my smile I will come back for the good service Dr. Susmita Parab was so Gental with my teeth and […]
Kenyetta D.
The employees at Gentle Dental are so nice and they really work with you.
Roslyn W.
I LOVE THAT THIS IS AN ALL FEMALE STAFF AND EVERYONE IS SO PLEASANT!!! I THINK I FINALLY FOUND A KEEPER!
Crystal S.
I love it there! The staff is so friendly and easy to talk too.
Monica D.
Been there 4 times & each time was a good experience. This comes from someone who needs a good bit of dental attention! Like probably most people, I […]
Marie Q.
They are the only people to come up with a complete plan. I have a fear of dentist and they really work with me to make me feel calm and secure. I […]
John S.
Hello, this was my initial visit, and i'm very pleased with the staff. My appointment was great, no wait time, and very informative, My new doctor […]
Clayton W.
The dentist I saw was excellent and compassionate. Not all about the money!!!
Mazel M.
The wait was a little long, but well worth it. the staff are very friendly and flexible with your ability to pay and when you can come in. The staff […]
Laura G.
I had a geeat second visit! The staff is always so friendly.
Monica D.
At 64 years old I can't imagine their being a bigger baby than I when it comes to going to the dentist. Yesterday I had to have two front teeth […]
Timothy S.
Everything went as planned. Staff was friendly and professional. There was no wait time. Facility was clean and bright. My dentist was great. I will […]
India J.
The best staff in town; Dr. Tang will (hopefully) be my dentist for life. They will take care of you, put you at ease, if you don't have a dental […]
Greg J.
EXCELLENT doctor! Please keep her there!
Shannon C.
i just recently started going here. its a GREAT place to go!!!!!!! they are all so nice. I recommend this place to friends and family . I Love my […]
Alexis P.
The women in that office were amazing!! They are all professional and very friendly. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Marc H.
Gentle Dental. Wow! I can't say enough good things. I walked into the office on 11/11/2014 with an abscess with pain, a need for a molar abtraction, […]
Gail T.
Dr. Clark is the best dentist that i have been in years. He takes his time an gives each patient, their time and not rushed. I would recommend him to […]
William J.
Another great visit from the staff at Gentle Dental.
Albert M.
Very pleased with dentist & her assistant. Very concerned for my needs.
Marie Q.
My review is excellent. I saw Dr. Maria, she was wonderful. And I hate and am afraid of dentist.
Cynthia R.
The best dental experience I felt. Relaxed comfortable I like the way all the people there give you the best care individual ive made a good choice […]
Georgina C.
Dr Clark is the best at what he does, this is my second time seeing him and both experiences has been pleasant and painless. I would recommend him to […]
Anonymous
Everyone was more friendly and courteous than the former employees.
Notreeanne H.
The staff is very friendly and caring.Wait time was not to bad. All of the proceedures were explained in detail and executed painlessly by the very […]
Richelle D.
Best dentist ever, assistance make it easier. I love Gentle Dental. ..
Branden E.
Every body at Gentle Dental Oregon are all great. from the time I walk in there to the time I leave. I will let other friends know about them. Very […]
Barbara W.
I love this office Saturdays this dr was very gentle with me. My experience was pleasant and sweet.
Quantella H.
My experience here has been great! The staff is very professional & courteous.
Renae M.
Everyone was very nice. The Hygienist was great.
Marie Q.
Everyone was very nice, my nervousness didn't last long. I take my sons there also.
Albert M.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (215) 310-5817
Our Location