Do you avoid ice cream because you know it’s going to hurt your teeth?  Do you wait for your hot latte to cool off before you drink it to avoid mouth discomfort?  If so, you are probably experiencing tooth sensitivity.  There are two main culprits of tooth sensitivity.

  • Worn Away Enamel.  Tooth enamel is the outer surface layer of the teeth that protects against tooth decay.  When enamel gets too thin or wears off, the tooth’s second layer called dentin is no longer protected and can result in hypersensitivity and discomfort.
  • Gum Recession.  Gum recession is a common dental problem that happens when the tissue surrounding the tooth begins to wear away, exposing more of the tooth or the tooth’s root.  Gum recession is often first detected because of tooth sensitivity or discomfort. 

If you have sensitive teeth, you are not alone, it is one of the most common dental complains made by patients.  Here are our top three strategies for tackling your tooth sensitivity.

  1. Daily brushing and flossing. 

Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day will help rid your mouth of plaque and bacteria and will keep your mouth healthy and clean, thus reducing your risk of tooth sensitivity.  You may also consider using a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne ProNamel or Colgage Sensitive Complete Protection, which uses ingredients that help block the transmission of pain signals from the surface of the tooth to the nerve inside. 

  1. Check your diet.

Highly acidic foods and drinks such as orange juice, tomatoes, fruit, and yogurt can begin damaging tooth enamel when consumed too frequently.  Cutting back on foods and drinks that are highly acidic can help prevent tooth sensitivity and maintain your body’s pH levels.

  1. Visit your dentist.

Although it’s a common complaint, the American Dental Association recommends that you discuss sensitivity with your dentist.  Whether it’s a simple problem like over-brushing or something more serious like tooth damage or decay, your dentist will be able to identify and correct the problem.

If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, we would be happy to help you at Cornerstone Family Dentistry.  Make an appointment with us today!

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