Tooth sensitivity is common in many of our patients, and can usually be identified by pain or discomfort when consuming foods or beverages that are hot, cold, sweet, or sour. Sensitivity can be felt when brushing or flossing, and can also be experienced after routine dental procedures such as the placement of a filling or crown, tooth restoration, or even teeth cleaning. Such sensitivity is usually temporary; if it does not cease after four to six weeks please consult with us.
Tooth sensitivity is often due to the breakdown of tooth enamel or a receding gum line, which can occur from:
- Teeth grinding
- Tooth Decay
- Gum disease
- Vigorous brushing
- Cracked or chipped teeth
In most instances, tooth sensitivity is treatable. Here are a few remedies you can take advantage of at home:
- Try a desensitizing toothpaste which contains chemicals that block sensations like hot and cold from reaching the nerves in your teeth.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that will be gentler on both your teeth and gums.
- Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice every day and flossing once daily.
- Switch to a fluoride mouthwash.
- When possible, avoid acidic foods such as tea, tomatoes, and citrus fruits.
Depending on the cause and severity of your sensitivity, you may benefit from professional treatment. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, please be sure to contact us at 1-877-943-2976. We can set up an appointment to discuss your unique situation and determine the best way to address the problem.