Dental sensitivity affects nearly 1 in 4 individuals, causing pain and grimacing when these teeth are exposed to hot or cold or even acidic or sugary foods. Tooth sensitivity can be uncomfortable at best and painful at worst, depriving you of your enjoyment of your favorite foods or drinks. The causes of dental sensitivity are numerous and varied, but regardless of the reasons for your sensitive teeth, there are several things you can do to break free from the associated discomfort. We here at Rowan Family Dentistry understand your struggle with sensitive teeth and have several suggestions you can reach to finally start to feel relief from this unpleasant problem.
What Can I Do About My Tooth Sensitivity?
There are several different reasons why your teeth may be sensitive. For instance, acidic foods can start to wear away the enamel of your teeth, revealing your dentin and pulp. Overbrushing your teeth can also cause it, especially if you use a hard-bristled toothbrush. Not taking care of your teeth can also cause sensitive teeth, such as having tooth decay or gum disease. Cracked or broken teeth can also expose the insides of your teeth, leading to sensitivity. Grinding your teeth at night might also be a problem, too, for the millions of Americans who suffer from bruxism (tooth grinding).
Fortunately, just because you have sensitive teeth doesn't mean you have to endure it long-term. There are several options to get rid of pain and sensitivity that available to our patients who have sensitive teeth. These include a variety of sensitizing products that can be obtained either over-the-counter or exclusively as a dental procedure in our office.
While we always advise a dental appointment with us for sensitive teeth, while you're waiting to be seen at our office, you can start with a specially designed toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Always make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as well, and brush for two minutes both morning and night. Resist the urge to brush too firmly or too hard; a gentle touch should be sufficient. Flossing can also help combat gum disease and prevent tooth decay and ward off dental sensitivity.
We also offer procedures at our office to help you. We may provide a fluoride wash to help protect and strengthen your teeth. For exposed teeth, we may also advise bonding, which can help cover and seal vulnerable teeth. For advanced tooth decay and gum disease, we may have to take a more aggressive approach. A root canal with a crown may be required for a tooth with a severe infection, and if your sensitivity is caused by exposed tooth roots, we may recommend gum graft surgery to help cover those delicate areas in your mouth.
If you have tooth sensitivity, it's vital that you don't ignore it or try to treat it yourself. We can help you figure out what is causing it so that you can get a personalized treatment regimen for your sensitivity. If your teeth are sensitive and you find yourself avoiding extreme temperatures or certain foods or drinks, please give us a call here at Rowan Family Dentistry at (662) 598-0155 to schedule an appointment to treat your sensitive teeth.
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