Treat tooth sensitivity today!
- Posted on: Feb 14 2020
When patients are ready to indulge in ice cream, they may experience a sensation or discomfort when enjoying their favorite foods. Not only could pain be a sign of a cavity, it may also be an indication of sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can occur to anyone, and can make it difficult to enjoy one’s favorite foods and beverages.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth may be caused by weak tooth enamel, or thin enamel that leaves the nerves of the tooth exposed. This occurs when cavities are present, or due to wearing of the enamel. Sensitive teeth can make patients turn away hot drinks or cold treats because of the discomfort, but the dental team at Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry encourages patients to ask about treatment for sensitive teeth.
How can sensitive teeth be treated?
There are many ways in which patients can address sensitive teeth.
- Ask about prescription-strength toothpastes. Dr. Paul A. Peterson can help patients who have sensitive teeth by offering them a prescription for a specialized toothpaste. These toothpastes will strength the natural tooth enamel to reduce the effects of sensitive teeth.
- Avoid brushing too hard. Some patients who brush too hard to remove plaque and tartar may find that they experience sensitive teeth more often than others. Patients should ask their dentist if they are using the right toothbrush and toothpaste for their needs, and educate themselves on how to properly brush and floss to maintain a healthy smile and reduce tooth sensitivity.
- Avoid acidic foods and beverages. Sugary treats and high-sugar carbs can break down enamel and weaken it. Patients should pay close attention when indulging in sodas and candies that may put their smile at risk.
- Address bruxism. Conditions such as bruxism should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Bruxism causes clenching and grinding of the teeth, which can wear down enamel and impact the health of the smile in various ways.
Combat tooth sensitivity today!
If you are dealing with sensitive teeth and want to address the problem with a dedicated professional, we encourage you to contact Dr. Paul A. Peterson of Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry. Park City, UT area patients are welcome to book a visit by calling (435) 658-0678.
Posted in: General Dentistry