Dr. Dan Jenkins

Bio

Specialties:

  • Dentist

Location:

  • Palm Desert, CA

Activity

  • Dr. Dan Jenkins - Palm Desert, CA - Dentist
    Dr. Dan Jenkins answered:

    What causes cold sensitivity in teeth?

    Cold sensitivity is experienced from various degrees of nerve exposure. This may be from a loss of the enamel, (due to decay or wear), covering the dentin, (which has nerves in it), or loss of gum which covers the roots.

    Prevention of this happening comes through regular check-ups to see what...Read More
  • Dr. Dan Jenkins - Palm Desert, CA - Dentist
    Dr. Dan Jenkins answered:

    What happens if plaque and tartar in my teeth aren’t removed?

    In the plaque and tartar are bacteria that, if left in place, will cause damage to the tooth surface as well as the gums that are attached to the tooth. These you know as cavities and gum disease or periodontal disease. Like high blood pressure is the "silent killer" in medicine, gum disease is the "silent...Read More
  • Dr. Dan Jenkins - Palm Desert, CA - Dentist
    Dr. Dan Jenkins answered:

    Why is it important to prevent plaque and tartar?

    Plaque and Tartar contain lots of bacteria that can dissolve the tooth structure causing cavities and bacteria that cause the gums to detach from the tooth as well as the bone supporting the teeth to dissolve away from the tooth.

    Another reason is to prevent the bacteria in the plaque and tartar...Read More
  • Dr. Dan Jenkins - Palm Desert, CA - Dentist
    Dr. Dan Jenkins answered:

    How is tooth decay diagnosed?

    Decay of the teeth is diagnosed by determining how soft the tooth structure is compared to other tooth structure in the mouth. While it is true that not everyone's teeth are the same hardness it is pretty standard that if a sharp instrument can stick into a part of a tooth it is sufficiently soft...Read More
  • Dr. Dan Jenkins - Palm Desert, CA - Dentist
    Dr. Dan Jenkins answered:

    Why do receding gums lead to cavities?

    Once the gums have receded the roots are exposed. The root surface is 9 times softer than enamel and has many nerves in it. Once the gums have receded the contour of the side of the tooth down to the gum is changed and food will trap there easier.

    With food trapped the bacteria in the mouth can...Read More
  • Dr. Dan Jenkins - Palm Desert, CA - Dentist
    Dr. Dan Jenkins answered:

    What procedures help treat tooth decay?

    Treating decay usually involves removing the decay and placing a dental material over it to protect the soft dentin and the pulp -- this is typically a filling or for a larger cavity, a crown.

    If the decay is only in the enamel it is possible for it to be treated through remineralization using...Read More
  • Dr. Dan Jenkins - Palm Desert, CA - Dentist
    Dr. Dan Jenkins answered:

    What is tooth sensitivity?

    Tooth sensitivity is a reaction to a nerve being exposed due either to decay, leaking fillings or crowns, or receding gums.

    The teeth tend to be more sensitive to cold than hot. If a tooth is sensitive to hot and it lasts for more than just a few minutes after taking the heat source away you may...Read More
  • Dr. Dan Jenkins - Palm Desert, CA - Dentist
    Dr. Dan Jenkins answered:

    How can I prevent sensitive teeth?

    First, you should prevent cavities by brushing regularly, 2x a day, and thoroughly cleaning your teeth to remove food that will feed the bacteria that eat the leftovers in your mouth to produce acids that dissolve the teeth causing cavities. Second, you should avoid soda drinks as they have acid in them....Read More
  • Dr. Dan Jenkins - Palm Desert, CA - Dentist
    Dr. Dan Jenkins answered:

    What causes teeth wearing?

    The actual "wearing" of teeth would indicate something mechanical is causing the loss of tooth structure. This type of loss would be on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The grinding of teeth that are not aligned properly can cause this but other factors come into play. Grinding teeth can be a reaction to...Read More