Dear valued patients,

At Martin-Taylor Dentistry our #1 priority is your health and safety. Currently, we are available to treat your emergency dental needs. One of the important reasons we are doing so is to reduce the burden that dental emergencies would place on hospital emergency departments, if we were not available. We want to assure you that our office at Martin-Taylor Dentistry is a safe, clean environment to get the necessary treatment. We not only meet all requirements, but we exceed them, for your safety and ours. Delaying treatment of infection or pain can lead to more serious issues that may become more complicated to treat and can compromise your overall health, not just the health of your mouth.

At our office, we are thoroughly screening all calls and patients to maintain a safe environment. Patients are easily able to maintain social distancing. All rooms are wiped down before and after treating patients and the Dentist and the Martin-Taylor Dentistry Team always wear proper gear for their protection and yours.

We take extraordinary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of all our patients. We adhere to strict medical hygiene policy, including thoroughly disinfecting all common areas and surfaces (bathrooms, lobby and chairs, counters, door handles, etc…).

Our office is clean, safe and ready to treat any dental emergencies during these times. We look forward to reopening to a regular schedule as soon as it is appropriate to do so. In the meantime please do not to hesitate to call us with any questions (520) 747-9024

Jeff Martin DDS
William Taylor DDS

What is considered a dental emergency: At Martin-Taylor Dentistry we are experienced in many dental procedures:
  • Root Canals
  • Extractions
  • Crowns
  • Fillings
  • Treating Gum Infections

Dental emergencies, according to the American Dental Association, “are potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding [or to] alleviate severe pain or infection.”
  • Tooth pain
  • Gum tissue or third-molar pain.
  • Abscess or infection causing pain or swelling.
  • Broken teeth resulting in pain or causing gum/ cheek/ tongue irritation.
  • Dental or mouth trauma
  • Decayed teeth
  • Broken fillings/ crowns causing pain
  • Suture removal
  • Denture adjustments or repairs


3 Reasons Why You Have Receding Gums

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3 Reasons Why You Have Receding Gums

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Anyone who has experienced receding gums knows it can be a painful condition. Gum recession happens when the gum tissue that surrounds a tooth pulls back or wears away. The tooth or even the root can become exposed. This creates pockets or gaps between the tooth and the gum where bacteria can grow and cause decay, infection, and even tooth loss.

Why does this condition occur? Dr. Jeff Martin points to three main reasons: periodontal disease, over-brushing, and overnight teeth grinding.

Periodontal Disease and Receding Gums

Periodontal disease is the primary cause of gum recession. This disease is a bacterial infection that destroys gum tissue and the bones that hold the teeth in place.

“[Patients with periodontal disease have] a lot of build-up and tartar underneath the gum line … affecting the gums and the bone so the gum tissue is receding,” Dr. Martin says. “They need to get some periodontal treatment, and that stops the gums from receding, but they don’t grow back.”

Poor oral health contributes to periodontal disease. Brushing twice each day, flossing regularly, and using mouthwash can help keep your teeth safe and healthy.

Over-Brushing Causes Receding Gums

Brushing your teeth too much or too hard can also cause your gums to recede. Over-brushing breaks down the enamel on your teeth and can wear away your gum tissue. Over-aggressive brushing feels more like scrubbing than brushing – so always make sure your strokes are gentle. Hard toothbrushes also contribute to gum recession.

“The toothbrushes were too hard and what patients would do, what we all did, we just scrubbed so hard,” Dr. Martin recalls. “We really caused the gum tissue to recede in certain areas. Right-handers typically abrade tissue on the right-hand side because you can really brush really hard.”

If you have gum recession on the same side of your mouth as your dominant hand, Dr. Martin says, this may be a sign that you are over-brushing.

Switching to a softer toothbrush can help you reduce over-brushing. Dr. Martin also recommends electric toothbrushes because they provide the right speed and bristle softness for a safe, gentle, and complete clean. Remember: Taking care of your teeth should not hurt!

Grinding and Clenching Can Cause Receding Gums

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can also accelerate gum recession. If you wake up with a headache, you may be clenching or grinding your teeth in your sleep, which contributes to many dental issues including receding gums.

Treatment Options for Receding Gums

Receding gums don’t grow back. It’s important to visit a dentist right away if you have receding gums. Catching gum recession early will save the gum tissue you have left and stop the recession in its tracks.

Martin Taylor Dentistry provides excellent care to patients looking for dental services in the Tucson area. Our services include regular hygiene check-ups, extractions, cosmetic procedures, and treatment for gum diseases, including gum recession.

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Dr. Taylor, Dr. Martin, and their entire staff are the very best. The front desk staff, the dental assistants, and dental hygienists are excellent. I’ve been to many dentists over the years, and they are the most skilled and professional group of people that I have encountered. You can be confident you will be fully informed about what is recommended for a treatment plan and what it will cost. I’ve had the gamut of dental procedures — crowns, implants, root canals, and more routine care. It’s been made as pleasant and comfortable as possible by their skill, as well as their kindness and understanding. I wholeheartedly recommend Martin and Taylor Dentistry.

Alice L.

Alice L. 4 months ago

I have been a patient of Dr. Taylor’s for most of my adult hood. I have had everything done from a filling to multiple dental implants. All of my procedures have been straightforward with zero complications and as little discomfort as possible. Even after my implants I had minimal pain! Before I saw Dr. Taylor I was terrified of dentists, but he put me at ease with his expertise. The hygienists are kind, thorough but gentle, and knowledgeable. The office staff is very friendly and helpful. The office itself is modern and impeccably clean. I highly recommend Martin Tayler dentistry and won’t trust my teeth to any other dentists.

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