How to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that many people experience for a few possible different reasons. At Crestwood Dental Clinic in Medicine Hat, we see patients who have tooth sensitivity after being outside in cold temperatures or after having certain hot or cold foods or drinks. In most cases, tooth sensitivity is not something that you have to live with, as it can be successfully lessened and even reversed when the correct treatments are applied. A dentist will be your best source for finding out what those treatments should be.
Teeth usually become overly sensitive when the dentin, which usually lies under a protective layer of enamel, is exposed. Improper brushing, cavities, and teeth grinding can all wear away at enamel. Sensitivity can also occur if gum disease causes gums to pull away from the teeth, exposing the tops of tooth roots.
You can try managing tooth sensitivity at home by improving your brushing habits and avoiding the foods and drinks that cause it. Sweet or acidic foods and drinks can also result in sensitivity to teeth with exposed dentin, so try to avoid those as well if they are causing you problems.
Increased tooth sensitivity is something that you should bring up during a regular dental checkup with your dentist. If you don't have a checkup coming up for a while and your tooth sensitivity is severe and persistent, then you should see a dentist about it as soon as possible.
A dentist can figure out the main cause behind your tooth sensitivity by performing a visual examination and asking you questions about when and how your sensitivity occurs. On top of giving you pointers on how to improve your brushing and flossing habits to reverse the effects of gingivitis, they will also likely recommended a desensitizing toothpaste which can help block the pain and discomfort. Fluoride may be applied during your appointment in order to help strengthen enamel.
If sensitivity is severe and resulting from the exposure of a lot of dentin, then your dentist may even recommend the application of sealants or of a crown. Sealants and crowns can act as a protective layer over the exposed dentin. In some cases, if your dentist determines that your sensitivity is due to tooth decay, then a root canal procedure will be necessary in order to prevent more pain and to keep the infection from spreading.
At Crestwood Dental Clinic, our dentists can help you figure out why you're experiencing tooth sensitivity and what the best strategy for finding relief may be. Your comfort, your smile, and your oral health are important to us, and you'll find that the relaxed and caring environment of our dental clinic in Medicine Hat is one that you'll look forward to visiting again.
If you're having trouble with certain foods and drinks or with stepping outside into cold temperatures because of persistently sensitive and uncomfortable teeth, then don't wait any longer to make an appointment at Crestwood Dental Clinic.