June 8th, 2020
Approximately 1 in 8 people experience periodic tooth sensitivity. Fortunately, there are also many ways to treat tooth sensitivity that are quick, painless, and cost-effective. Depending on the level of sensitivity and the cause, your dentist may recommend a desensitizing toothpaste or fluoride gel as a first step to help ease the pain. There are many on the market today with varying strengths. If the cause is due to clenching or grinding, you may need to wear an appliance at night to prevent further damage to your teeth. Sometimes, more involved procedures are necessary to alleviate sensitivity. Root canals, gum grafts, or a crown may be needed to fix the problem.
In many cases, tooth sensitivity can be avoided by using the softest toothbrush recommended by your dentist, limiting acidic foods, gentle brushing (not scrubbing), flossing regularly, and seeing your hygienist for professional cleanings at least every six months. By working together with your dental professionals, you can enjoy your favorite summer treat, and that’s a great reason to smile.