Treatment for Sensitive Teeth or Desensitization
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What is Teeth Sensitivity?
Teeth sensitivity usually occurs when your protective outer layer and coating of a tooth-enamel becomes worn or thin and when the underlying layer of your teeth — the dentin — becomes exposed. This can happen due to erosion (wear and tear) and gum recession (when your gum tissue pulls away from your teeth, exposing the roots).
Teeth roots, which aren’t covered by hard enamel, contain thousands of tiny tubules leading to your tooth’s center (the pulp). These dentinal tubules (or channels) allow stimuli — for example, hot, cold or sweet food — to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.
Dental sensitivity can also be a symptom of other issues, including cavities, gum disease or a cracked tooth.
Having sensitivity on your teeth could be caused by grinding, gum recession, brushing to hard, cracked teeth, acidic foods and age.
How do you stop sensitive teeth pain?
Treatment depends on the cause. If you develop lingering teeth sensitivity or discomfort, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dental specialist. They’ll need to rule out any serious conditions so they can recommend appropriate treatment.
To reduce your risk of teeth sensitivity caused by normal wear and tear:
Use desensitizing toothpaste: There are several brands of toothpaste for sensitive teeth. With regular use, you should notice a decrease in sensitivity. You may need to try several different brands to find the product that works best for you. Another tip: Spread a thin layer of the desensitizing toothpaste on the exposed tooth roots with your finger or a Q-tip before you go to bed. Be sure to use fluoridated toothpaste.
Maintain good oral hygiene: Continue to follow proper brushing and flossing or water picking techniques to thoroughly clean all parts of your teeth and mouth.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush: This will result in less toothbrush abrasion to the tooth surface and less irritation to your gums. Discuss proper technique with your dental specialist.
Watch what you eat: Frequent consumption of highly acid foods can gradually dissolve tooth enamel and lead to dentin exposure. They may also aggravate the sensitivity and start the pain reaction.
Use fluoridated dental products: Daily use of a fluoridated mouth rinse can decrease sensitivity. Ask your dental specilist about available products for home use.
Avoid teeth grinding: If you grind or clench your teeth, use a custom made mouth guard at night.
See your dental provider regularly: Get routine professional exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments.
If home treatments don’t work and you still have discomfort, talk to your dental specialist
Upon examination your dental specialist may perform desensitization treatment.
This treatment blocks the channels that sends signals from a component of your teeth called dentin to your nerve, reducing sensitivity and pain. This procedure is recommended for all individuals who experience painful sensitivity. A prescribe toothpaste and/or rinse might be suggested for at home care.
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