If you have ever had a sudden, sharp sensation while eating ice cream then you have felt a twinge of tooth sensitivity. Most people have experienced minor tooth sensitivity in their lives, however, there are some who deal with tooth sensitivity on a regular basis and it begins to affect their quality of life. Many people want to ignore their tooth sensitivity for as long as possible without going to the dentist, but this can be highly regrettable as tooth sensitivity can be a sign and symptom of a dental issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
Tooth sensitivity typically occurs when tooth enamel is worn down or the tooth roots are exposed due to receding gums. A cavity that is present in a tooth, a cracked or chipped tooth, and a reaction to teeth whitening are also causes of tooth sensitivity. Because it is often difficult to tell what is causing your tooth sensitivity, it is always important to visit your dentist. Even if you are in between your regular six month appointments, it is important to see your dentist anyway. Receding gums, a cracked tooth, or a cavity that is not treated in a timely manner can cause significant damage to occur in the mouth. By addressing the underlying cause of your tooth sensitivity, not only will you find relief from the painful sensations, but you will also be protecting the health of your mouth.
Desensitizing toothpastes are extremely helpful to use at home once your dentist has determined why you are experiencing sensitivity. This specialized toothpaste can help block the pain associated with sensitive teeth while your issue is being treated. Switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush can also help those whose tooth sensitivity is caused by receding gums. Aggressive tooth brushing is one of the most common culprits of tooth sensitivity, and damage can often be reversed over time with a gentle toothbrush and desensitizing toothpaste.
Group Health Dental wants to partner with you to achieve optimal oral health. Whatever your concern, we are here for you and your entire family. Whether you are looking for a dental practice to trust for your dental care, or you have a specific concern, such as tooth sensitivity, we are proud to provide the highest standard in dental care. Please contact us today.