Tooth sensitivity can really cramp your style. It can render frosty treats like ice cream cones off-limits or make sipping on a hot cup of coffee an excruciating experience. People with sensitive teeth may also have problems eating sweet or sour foods.
If you’ve noticed that your teeth have become more sensitive, your dentist can offer treatments and make recommendations to help reverse the condition.
The first step is identifying what factors are causing your teeth to be sensitive. Any number of conditions can lead to tooth sensitivity, including damage to the teeth, gum disease, recent dental treatments (such as teeth whitening), bruxism or even poor oral hygiene.
After gathering enough information to diagnose the cause of the problem, your dentist can suggest ways that you can address the problem and provide interventions as needed.
For example, if receding gums that expose the underlying root is leading to sensitivity, the dentist may be able to perform a deep cleaning or a gum graft to treat the gum disease.
Patients who grind their teeth can be fitted with a splint or nightguard to reduce bruxism and, in turn, tooth sensitivity.
Regular semiannual visits with a dentist can also help combat tooth sensitivity because professional cleanings help to clear away plaque buildup that can collect at the teeth’s roots and cause the condition. Treatments like sealants or fillings can also help to address tooth sensitivity.
Adjustments to your home routine may also reduce sensitivity. A number of toothpastes designed specifically for sensitive teeth are available on the market, and patients may get relief by using one of them. Patients may also want to switch to a brush with softer bristles, which will be gentler on the enamel.
Overly acidic foods can exacerbate sensitivity, so if you have this problem, you may have to eliminate these foods from your diet for some relief.
The good news is that patients can overcome tooth sensitivity. Contact the North Austin office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry at 512-200-7422 to learn how.