Combatting Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth Sensitivity

Combatting Tooth Sensitivity

Roughly 40 million adults in the United States suffer from tooth sensitivity. If you’re one of the unfortunate people included in those 40 million who experience sensitivity, you know how painful it can be to enjoy the simple things in life. From a sip of coffee to a bite of ice cream, the extreme change in food temperatures can be excruciatingly painful. Fortunately, there are remedies that can help you return to enjoying both hot and cold delicious treats. Dr. Jeffrey Clark at Scottsdale Dental Excellence, serving the Phoenix Valley, has multiple recommendations for combatting tooth sensitivity.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by many things. A common culprit for tooth sensitivity is whitening/bleaching. (However, at Scottsdale Dental Excellence, Dr. Jeffrey Clark actually offers a whitening solution that is safe for sensitive teeth!) Other possible causes are cracking your enamel on a tooth, grinding your teeth in your sleep, or tooth decay.

With all of these, there’s one common process that is occurring: the inside of your tooth is being exposed. This sensation is called dentin hypersensitivity, and it can be extremely painful.

What is Dentin?

Our teeth are filled with sensitive nerve endings in a material called dentin. Every tooth has a layer of enamel which protects our teeth and the dentin inside, but when the enamel is cracked, your dentin becomes exposed and…ouch!

How Can I Treat My Sensitive Teeth?

Before you choose a solution on your own, make an appointment with your dentist to discuss your symptoms. Dr. Clark will be able to determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity and help you come up with best solution to combat it.

In the meantime, you can try these options for lessening tooth sensitivity:

  1. Use a tooth-sensitive toothpaste like Sensodyne, which is the #1 dentist recommended brand for sensitive teeth.
  2. Start brushing twice a day, and if you don’t already use one, get a brush with soft bristles.
  3. Rinse your mouth with water after every meal.
  4. Say no to hard candies and anything that makes you clamp down on your teeth.

At Scottsdale Dental Excellence, serving the Phoenix Valley, Dr. Jeffrey Clark knows how to properly diagnose and treat tooth sensitivity so that you can finally enjoy those hot and cold treats. Call us to make an appointment today!