Anyone with sensitive teeth knows that a refreshing drink of icy lemonade during the summer months might quench the thirst, but feels terrible on the teeth. The pain that shoots through your mouth is unbearable. If this is a feeling you’ve experienced, you’re among 40 million other Americans coping with tooth sensitivity.
At Cottage Dental Care, we want to ensure you enjoy your seasonal comforts by eliminating your tooth sensitivity.
Tooth sensitivity is caused by irritated nerve endings within your teeth. When your enamel erodes or your gums recede, your teeth’s inner layers become exposed to elements that can cause tooth sensitivity. When you consume hot or cold food, the fluid within the dentin of your teeth expands or contracts with the temperature and causes irritation.
To prevent tooth sensitivity, we recommend brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. However, brushing your teeth too hard can actually cause enamel erosion and increase tooth sensitivity. To check whether you’re brushing too hard, examine your toothbrush. If the bristles are scattered in different directions, ease up on the pressure when brushing.
Before taking treatment into your own hands, visit us at Cottage Dental Care to ensure that your pain is caused by tooth sensitivity and not tooth decay or gum disease. After consultation, we may recommend desensitizing toothpaste to help with discomfort. If sensitivity continues, other treatment options may include diet change, a fluoride gel treatment, sealants or other procedures.
Tooth sensitivity may be a precursor to further dental problems. If you encounter any kind of tooth discomfort, contact us at Cottage Dental Care. Our friendly and helpful team will ensure that you receive the best treatment possible. Schedule your appointment at Cottage Dental Care today – “Where a healthy mouth is a healthy body,” and you’ll always be treated like family.