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What to Do If You Have Sensitive Teeth

Able Dental - Monday, February 06, 2017

Though more common in women and in people between the ages of 20 and 40, sensitive teeth can occur in anyone at any age, for a number of different reasons. At Able Dental Group, we see patients who suffer from sensitive teeth after exposing their teeth to certain foods and drinks, or simply to the cold temperatures outside.

Woman eating a popsicle but her tooth is sensitive

Sensitive teeth typically occur when a tooth's outer layer of enamel becomes worn away and the sensitive dentin underneath is exposed. Gum disease, tooth grinding, brushing too hard, consuming too much acidic foods and drinks, natural gum recession, a cracked filling, and a cracked tooth can all result in the exposure of too much dentin, leading to sensitive teeth.

Treating Sensitive Teeth at Home

Experiencing mildly sensitive teeth is sometimes a temporary occurrence and can be taken care of at home. If you find that the problem tends to be due to cold or hot foods and drinks, then make sure you avoid them or ingest them at a more agreeable temperature. You should also note if your sensitivity is triggered by sweet or acidic foods and drinks.

Try improving your brushing and flossing habits if you're not already brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You'll also want to consider using toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth. Make sure that whatever toothpaste you are using contains fluoride as well.

When to See a Medicine Hat Area Dentist About Sensitive Teeth

You should always bring up any increased tooth sensitivity with your Medicine Hat or Coaldale area dentists when going in for your checkup. If your tooth sensitivity is severe or has persisted for a while, then don't wait for a checkup. Schedule an appointment to see your dentist about it as soon as you can.

During your appointment, your dentist will take note of your symptoms and perform a visual examination of your teeth. Tooth sensitivity can have many different treatments depending on the cause. Your dentist may recommend a good brand of desensitizing toothpaste, and they will likely apply fluoride to sensitive areas over the course of a few appointments.

For more severe cases of sensitivity, your dentist can apply bonding resins to the surface of a tooth where dentin is exposed. A gum graft or a root canal may also be needed, depending on the main cause of the problem. No matter the cause of your sensitive teeth, an experienced dentist will have the right solution for you.

At Able Dental Group dentists can help you understand why you are experiencing sensitive teeth and how you can find relief. We'll work together to figure out the best treatment so that you no longer have to experience pain and sensitivity due to foods and drinks or cold weather.

Don't hesitate to request an appointment at an Able Dental Group clinic today. We proudly support Coaldale and Medicine Hat dentists.