Sensitive Teeth

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Tooth Sensitivity is fairly common and extremely disruptive.  It is surprising how debilitating this kind of pain can become.  Sensitivity can be triggered by consuming something hot, consuming something cold, or just simply exposing your mouth to air.  Since eating and opening the mouth are necessary activities, it is important to know that the key to avoiding or surviving sensitive teeth is to find out what causes tooth sensitivity and how to remedy it.

Causes

The sensitivity of the teeth is usually the result of exposed roots.  When the gums recede away from the teeth, the root of the tooth is exposed to painful stimuli, like temperature variations.  This pulling away of the gums from the teeth can be caused by something as simple as brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush.  It can also be caused by gingivitis.  If the sensitivity is not due to root recession, it is most likely the result of:

Once you have identified the cause, you can then move forward to treatment.

Treatments

Oftentimes, sensitivity can be alleviated by altering your brushing methods.  Be sure to always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and apply only light pressure when brushing your teeth.  Always brush at a 45-degree angle, cleaning not only your teeth but your gums as well.  This will help you to avoid or begin to address gingivitis.  You should also:

If your at-home techniques aren’t getting the desired results, be sure to come to Goodman Dental Center.  If there is a more serious underlying reason for your sensitivity, we can diagnose the cause and pursue more technical treatments, such as grafting or bonding.  Sensitivity might be avoided and can often be treated at home with simple modifications to your bedtime routine.

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