Can You Help Decrease How Sensitive Your Teeth Are?
Posted on 12/10/2021 by Dr. Ahmed Matri
It is estimated that at least 40 million Americans have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can make it very uncomfortable to consume hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks, and you may also experience discomfort while brushing your teeth. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to reduce your tooth sensitivity.
Sensitivity toothpastes contain special ingredients (potassium nitrate, stannous fluoride, and strontium chloride) that help the nerves in your teeth better resist aggravating factors like temperature, sweetness, and acidity. In addition to trying toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth, you should also avoid whitening toothpastes and other products designed to whiten teeth, as these items contain abrasive ingredients that can make your teeth more sensitive. And if you previously used a toothbrush with hard bristles, you should definitely switch to one with soft bristles, as hard bristles can damage your enamel and increase sensitivity.
You might already be familiar with fluoride as an ingredient in most toothpaste varieties, as well as a mineral added to municipal drinking water. Fluoride protects your teeth from cavities by strengthening your enamel. If your enamel has eroded enough to cause heightened sensitivity, we may recommend professional fluoride treatments. These treatments involve applying a prescription-strength fluoride solution directly to your teeth in order to repair your enamel.
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Sensitive teeth can indicate an underlying issue, so it is important to come see us if you notice increased tooth sensitivity. For example, periodontal disease causes your gum tissue to recede and expose more of the roots of your teeth, which leads to heightened sensitivity. Sensitive teeth can also be a sign of cavities, which occur when bacteria and plaque build up on your teeth and eat away at the enamel. Your sensitive teeth could even be caused by you grinding your teeth without realizing it, which we could help by fitting you for a mouthguard. Contact us to learn how we can help decrease your tooth sensitivity.