20 Jan Sensitive Teeth Keeping You from Your Favorite Foods?
You scream! I scream! We all scream for ice cream!… Ouch!
One question frequently asked by our patients has to do with sensitive teeth. If you find yourself cringing when eating ice cream or sipping coffee, or wincing when flossing or brushing your teeth, you may be experiencing sensitive teeth.
“Sensitive teeth tends to be a common problem. However, we do ask that you come into the office and have your teeth examined before using dental products for sensitive teeth. Although these products may offer some temporary relief, it is important to get the underlying cause identified. Integrity Dentistry believes in preventative and restorative care for your dental health, and a complete examination is always the first step.”
What causes sensitive teeth?
The ADA explains that sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of issues, including: tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn tooth enamel, worn fillings, tooth roots that are exposed as a result of aggressive tooth brushing, gum recession, and periodontal (gum) disease.
Perhaps the most common cause is incorrect or aggressive brushing. A habit of brushing in this fashion can injure your gums and expose delicate tooth roots, thus increasing tooth sensitivity.
What can I do?
Great news! Sensitive teeth can be treated. The treatment will depend on the root (pun intended) cause of your sensitivity.
Proper oral hygiene is an important step in preventing tooth decay, periodontal disease, and pain from sensitive teeth. However, you must be sure you are brushing properly. Our initial examination will discuss proper brushing techniques and help you identify any contributing factors to your discomfort.
Often desensitizing toothpaste may be the first effort at treatment that Dr. Retrum prescribes. However, there are numerous in-office treatments available which can help minimize the sensitivity you experience. Whatever the cause may be, we have an excellent treatment plan to help you!
“As your dentist and a person who suffered with sensitive teeth in the past,
I can tell you first hand there is no reason to limit your favorite foods
because of sensitive teeth.” -Dr. Retrum
Call the office today and set up an appointment.
Then, invite us out for ice cream!