Is sinking your teeth into a spoonful of ice cream or sipping a cup of hot coffee a painful experience? The answer is a resounding yes for nearly 40 million Americans who suffer from sensitive teeth. One in seven adults experiences hypersensitivity when they eat, drink or touch their teeth. Fortunately, dentistry can offer simple and effective treatments for this uncomfortable condition.
In cases of sensitive teeth, the first thing we do is rule out other possible dental problems. Next, we will advise you on simple ways to reduce this discomfort at home. This may include the use of desensitizing toothpaste. If the desensitizing toothpaste does not ease your discomfort, we may suggest in-office techniques. A fluoride gel, which strengthens tooth enamel or other barriers that reduce the transmission of painful sensations, may be applied to the sensitive areas of the teeth.
Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing gums from receding which is the most common cause of tooth sensitivity. If you brush your teeth incorrectly, or even over-brush, gum problems can result. Another, less common cause is the loss of enamel (the outer coating of your teeth). Ask us if you have any questions about how to keep your gums and teeth healthy.
If you have sensitive teeth, please give our office a call at 740.474.4396 to discuss your options and put an end to this problem. As always, we appreciate you choosing The Guter Center as your dental care provider.