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Tooth Sensitivity

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The Best Ways To Deal With Sensitive Teeth

If you have been unfortunate enough to experience the nightmare brought about by a sensitive tooth, then we can comfortably assume that that is a feeling you would not wish even on your enemy. A sensitive tooth brings out a lot of discomfort, especially when you are flossing, brushing, eating and drinking a hot beverage. Everyone would wish to smile anytime they feel like it. However, a sensitive tooth might wipe this away. This is because cold air and sensitive teeth cannot work hand in hand.

Some people have the notion that teeth sensitivity is a normal thing and will therefore go away after sometime. Contrary to this, a sensitive tooth, even if common, can be a heads-up for a more serious thing.  Our dentist can help you identify the root cause of the sensitivity. Once this is done, our dentist can prescribe the best treatment for your teeth.

Some of the recommendations the dentist might discuss with you after the evaluation of the sensitive tooth are: the right toothpaste, sticking agent, fluoride, limited acidic foodstuff and beverage, oral hygiene and lowering concentration on whitening products.

The right toothpaste
Desensitising toothpaste is meant to help your tooth by soothing and reducing pain in the nerve endings of your tooth.

The sticking agent
A bonding agent is used to stick fillers to your teeth. These fillers are mostly the same colour as your tooth.  Apart from sticking, the agent can be used to cover the tooth surface and shield the affected areas from outside provocative.

Strengthening your enamel
Fluoride is used to make your enamel strong and treat any pain experienced.  This is an option your dentist might consider. The process is quite simple. The dentist applies the fluoride to the sensitive regions to sooth the pain away.

Limited acidic foodstuff and beverage
The amount of acid in your foods or drinks can affect your teeth. Things like citrus fruits, yoghurt and carbonated drinks are examples of acidic foods.  When you consume them often, with time they erode your tooth enamel bit by bit. To make sure your teeth are safe, you can drink some of these drinks using straws since it is unlikely that the liquid will come into contact with the teeth.

Proper oral hygiene
Oral hygiene is defined as brushing or flossing regularly and properly.  Good oral hygiene prevents conditions like gum disease, which can result in gum recession.  This means that there is that part of your tooth that might be exposed, and this could cause teeth sensitivity.  Avoid brushing aggressively to ensure your gums do not recede and your enamel does not erode.

Handling whitening products
Those who enjoy whitening their teeth will attest to the common side effects like tooth sensitivity.  To ensure that this does not happen, you should use a whitening product with lower concentration.

Call us today and we can help you come up with the best treatment alternative for you.