At Escarpment View Dental, we understand how painful and irritating sensitive teeth can be. It can become a part of your daily life and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Sensitive teeth can cause you to avoid certain foods and beverages, which can also be extremely frustrating.
But no need to fret. We have some treatment solutions to help get you back to feeling normal and doing the things you love without the constant pain that sensitivity can cause.
Why Do Our Teeth Feel Sensitive?
Before we look at potential treatment options, consider why our teeth become sensitive. Your teeth can become sensitive for a variety of reasons. Any condition or damage that deteriorates the enamel or exposes the roots of your teeth can cause you to experience sensitive teeth.
Knowing what causes this pain and discomfort can help you avoid it in the future. You may be experiencing sensitive teeth due to:
- A damaged tooth
- Too much acidic food in your diet
- Stress and/or teeth grinding
- Worn-down enamel
- Damaged fillings
- Receding gums
- Recent teeth whitening
Any of these problems could be the reason behind your tooth sensitivity. Still, you won’t know for sure unless you see a dentist, such as any dedicated Escarpment View Dental team member.
How Can We Treat Teeth Sensitivity?
There are various options, both natural and medical, that can help you fight back against tooth sensitivity.
Toothpaste Designed for Sensitivity
There is a wide assortment of specialty toothpastes designed to help ease and prevent tooth sensitivity. These products help reduce the pain triggered by eating or drinking cold, hot and acidic things. It’s important to remember that these products can take multiple applications before they start working.
Use a Straw
Not the most technical of solutions, but using a straw for hot, cold or acidic beverages can help get the drink past your sensitive teeth. This plan is no long-term solution, and you really should get your teeth looked at, but it can help you avoid the pain and discomfort of sensitive teeth until you can get in to see a dentist.
Fluoride varnish is a safe product used by dentists all over the world. It works by covering and hardening the teeth before being brushed off several hours later. It can help prevent, slow down or stop tooth decay. Remember that your dentist must recommend this option.
Gums that are receding or missing can be a major reason for teeth sensitivity, as it causes the roots to be exposed. But this can be rectified with a gum graft. This procedure uses tissue from another part of your mouth to cover the exposed areas and roots.
Proper Oral Care Routine
There isn’t always a magic way of making teeth less sensitive. If you have sensitive teeth, you need to look for ways to ensure it doesn’t get any worse. A big part of this is stepping up your oral care game. Make sure you’re flossing, using the right toothbrush, utilizing mouthwash and doing this at least twice a day.
Contact the professional and compassionate team at Escarpment View Dental today to book an appointment to find out more about what may be causing your teeth sensitivity and get back to feeling like yourself.