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How to Combat Sensitive Teeth
August 19, 2015  |  Gilbertarizonadental

How to Combat Sensitive Teeth

Did you know that you might not have to suffer from sensitive teeth? Generally, this condition is not caused by any severe dental condition. Usually teeth sensitivity is caused by other dental problems, and typically, we can help.

You may also experience sensitivity if your roots are exposed to bacteria. This may happen if you have gum disease because gum disease can lead to cause your gums to peel away from your teeth. Also, if a tooth is damaged or cracked, your roots may be exposed. We may recommend dental bonding or fluoride treatment to cover your exposed roots.

Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) is another reason you may have sensitive teeth. If you suffer from bruxism, you could grind your teeth and expose the dentin (the bony tissue that forms the majority of a tooth under the enamel). Dentin is particularly sensitive to cold and its exposure affects your entire mouth. To help you deal with this temperature sensitivity, our dentist could create a custom night guard that will help you sleep comfortably by preventing grinding. This will protect your mouth from future sensitivity. We may also recommend a dentin sealer to protect your smile.

The consumption of some foods and beverages, such as vitamin water, soda, and sports drinks are very acidic. If these acidic foods and drinks are consumed with regularity, the structure of your teeth could begin to break down. To alleviate this problem, we recommend that you not swish and that you wait at least 30 minutes before you brush your teeth.

If you’ve had a crown, filling, or any other type of restoration placed recently, it is common for sensitivity to follow. This sensitivity can last for several days, but if it does not fade, we recommend visiting our office.

If you would like any more information on how to alleviate sensitive teeth, please feel free to contact us.