Treating Sensitive Teeth
Many of us enjoy ice cream or cold drinks on hot days in the heat of summer. But for a large portion of the population, these things are not enjoyable because they have sensitive teeth. If you suffer from sensitive teeth there are a few options available to you to help you take care of them at home, including:
- Using a desensitizing toothpaste, which can help block the pain
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, to prevent further damage and abrasion
- Using a high-fluoride toothpaste provided by your dentist to strengthen the tooth’s surface
If these do not help, there are other measures your dentist can take to help you with the issue, including:
- Applying fluoride directly to the tooth’s surface to help strengthen the enamel
- Bonding. Exposed root surfaces that cause sensitivity can benefit from having bonded resin applied to them
- Gum grafts. If a tooth’s root has lost gum tissue, a small amount of gum tissue can be taken from another part of your mouth to cover the affected area
- Root Canal. If procedures continue to be ineffective a root canal can be used to treat the soft tissue at the core of a tooth. This is often the most effective way to treat sensitivity.
Whatever the cause of your tooth sensitivity, you should continue to brush and floss daily and avoid over-brushing, which can cause further damage to sensitive teeth. For more information visit our Sensitive Teeth page.
Source: the Mayo Clinic