As we covered in our previous blog, tooth sensitivity is a very common and painful condition that has a variety of potential causes. When you have sensitive teeth, it is crucial to speak with your dentist in order to determine the precise cause. The way you treat your tooth sensitivity will vary according to the cause.
When you visit our family dentistry, there are several potential treatments we can give you.
- If your sensitivity is caused by gum disease, we will perform a dental cleaning, and may prescribe a special mouthwash.
- If it is caused by damage or decay, we can treat it with restoration and your sensitivity should go away.
- If it caused by exposed dentin, there are several in-office treatments we can offer, including fluoride varnish, foam, or gel. A bonding agent can also be applied to create a barrier for the dentin.
There are also some steps you can take at home to ease your tooth sensitivity.
- When you are brushing your teeth, use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Be gentle when you brush, using proper technique as taught to you by your dentist.
- Be selective about your toothpaste. Use a non-abrasive brand that is specially designed for sensitive teeth. Your dentist may also prescribe a toothpaste that is high in fluoride.
Tooth sensitivity is uncomfortable, but you don’t have to live with it. Come into Smithville Family Dentistry today, and we will help you figure out the cause of your sensitivity and connect you with the treatment you need. Contact us to schedule an appointment!