Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity to sweet, cold, or hot food and drinks? If so, you aren’t alone- over three million Americans have pain when eating things like ice cream or sugary treats. While there are a few treatments for tooth sensitivity, it’s important to talk to your dentist as soon as possible to get advice on what will work best for your teeth.
Tooth sensitivity doesn’t usually affect a person forever, and it often comes and goes with time. It is generally caused by exposed dentin on root areas from gum disease or receded gums. The root area of your tooth is protected by cementum rather than enamel, and when it wears away, the nerves within the tooth are exposed and cause sensitivity to certain foods and drinks. Erosion of cementum is typically caused by brushing teeth too hard, abrasive toothpaste, an acidic diet, acid reflux disease, excessive teeth whitening, teeth grinding, or dry mouth. However, sensitive teeth can be treated!
Before trying any treatments at home, you should always speak to your dentist first about your sensitivity or tooth pain. Your dentist will be able to check if a cavity is causing the pain, or can recommend a desensitizing toothpaste to help with sensitivity. Also, in cases of severe tooth sensitivity, a filling, gum graft, or root canal may be required.
After a few applications, desensitizing toothpaste can help block pain associated with sensitive teeth. There are a variety of products available for over-the-counter purchase, so be sure to speak to your dentist about which products will work best for your situation. Your dentist may also apply fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth, as this helps to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce pain.
Other treatments include dietary changes, such as eliminating sugary and acid drinks from your daily intake and cutting down on alcohol. As always, maintaining a great daily oral care routine to keep your teeth strong and healthy will help to prevent future problems.
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While these tips can help with some tooth and gum sensitivity issues, we know the best way of correcting the problem is to visit your dentist regularly. Affinity Dental, located in Catonsville, MD, has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.