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How To Deal With Tooth Sensitivity

Posted on 4/1/2024 by Weo Admin
A person holding their jaw in painIf you experience pain or discomfort when eating hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods, you may have sensitive teeth. Sensitivity usually results from loss of protective enamel or gum recession, exposing delicate tooth layers. Fortunately, several methods can help manage this common problem.

Proper Brushing Technique

Brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and sensitivity toothpaste containing ingredients like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate. These work inside tooth tubes to block pain signals. Avoid abrasive pastes, and do not scrub aggressively, as this can worsen sensitivity.

Daily Flossing

Flossing removes plaque and debris from between teeth and below the gumline. This plaque can irritate sensitive areas and make matters worse. Floss gently once per day, taking care not to snap floss against sensitive teeth.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride hardens tooth enamel and reduces sensitivity. Your dentist can prescribe at-home fluoride gels or rinses to use daily. These boost available fluoride beyond just using fluoridated toothpaste. In-office treatments also help remineralize enamel.

Desensitizing Gels and Varnishes

The dentist applies desensitizing gels and varnishes directly to sensitive areas. They work immediately upon application but only last a few months. Repeat placement continues relief until the cause gets addressed.

Dental Work

Dental problems such as decay, cracked teeth, faulty fillings, and ill-fitting crowns can cause hot and cold sensations to penetrate deep into the tooth. Addressing these issues not only reduces exposure but also provides long-term relief from sensitivity. An oral maxillofacial surgeon addresses the more complex cases.

Night Guards

Clenching and grinding can lead to enamel wear and increased sensitivity. Custom night guards help distribute bite force evenly among the teeth, protecting against such damage. Additionally, they can provide relief for TMJ issues.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If over-the-counter pastes prove inadequate for sensitivity problems, make an appointment. Additional in-office treatments and restorative work can provide more lasting relief when properly matched to your specific case. Controlling sensitivity leads to better oral health.

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