Tooth sensitivity is a very common problem and can occur for a variety of reasons. There are multiple solutions to overcome tooth sensitivity and your dental office has a wealth of information to offer relief.
Understanding the origin of sensitivity and what triggers the discomfort is a good place to start. The surface of the tooth is covered by enamel. Underneath enamel lies another layer called the dentin. Simply put, when the dentin becomes exposed due to receding gums, decay or a crack in the tooth, the root of the tooth is no longer protected from the zinging sensations of hot, cold or sweet foods, as well as beverages. Even cold air might trigger a zinging response.
- Use a soft bristle tooth brush. Avoid excessive pressure as over time this can lead to unnecessary wear and tear to the teeth and gums.
- Floss daily. Plaque build-up can lead to gum disease and sensitivity; daily flossing helps keep gum tissue healthy.
- Patients that clench or grind their teeth can cause damage to precious enamel. Wearing a mouth guard at night can help eliminate this habit.
- Eat a healthy diet. Limiting sugary snacks and beverages will help prevent dental decay.
- Use a fluoridated tooth paste or gel.
- Limit the use of whitening products. Consistent use can increase the incidence of tooth sensitivity.
- See your dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and exam.
For patients that already deal with the problems associated with tooth sensitivity, you do not need to suffer. Our cosmetic dentists in Grand Prairie TX may suggest the following products to offer relief that include:
- Toothpaste, gels and mouth rinses that contain desensitizing ingredients work very well when used consistently.
- Gum recession can lead to exposed root surfaces. Tooth colored composite resin is a filling material that can be bonded to these areas to eliminate exposure and sensitivity.
- Fluoride varnishes and other sealers are available to seal off areas of sensitivity.
With research and advancements in dental technology, the use of laser treatment to reduce the discomfort due to sensitivity might be another option, along with other dental services in Grand Prairie. Ask your dental provider to recommend the choices that will provide the best alternative to relieve your tooth sensitivity.
If you are dealing with a tooth sensitivity issue and would like more information on how to treat it, contact our dental office in Grand Prairie TX at 972-264-5795 to schedule a consultation today.