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HOW TO TREAT SENSITIVE TEETH AND WHAT CAUSES IT? – SURPRISING FACTS

Many of us either experience sensitive teeth or know someone has them. Estimated 1 in 8 people in the U.S. possibly has sensitive teeth. Why are we having sensitive teeth and what to do about it?

Here are the top causes of sensitive teeth and treatments you could do at home and at a dental office.

THE MOST COMMON CULPRITS OF SENSITIVE TEETH ARE:

You may have thought that cavity brought on by sugar consumption could be a source of teeth sensitivity. However, other factors like bruxism (grinding – causing the teeth to wear down) and aggressive brushing can cause sensitivity too.

Although teeth are the hardest organs in the body, they can be extremely sensitive. If a tooth encounters the smallest stimuli, it can send signals to your brain and you know about it immediately.

Besides cavities and gum disease, which are known to cause pain and sensitivity in many cases, trauma on the teeth can cause sensitivity. Also having a filling or crown done to remove the decay and restore a tooth can promote sensitivity.

It is common to have lingering sensitivity after some dental treatment. So, what should we do to reduce or eliminate sensitivity? Here are some suggestions.

TREATMENTS

Regular check up will definitely help you determine the source of the sensitivity. Our doctors could suggest a variety of home care or in office, treatment to reduce sensitivity.

If it is a cavity, it could be restored. If gum recession is present, we could either suggest fluoride gel (prescription only) or over the counter desensitizing toothpaste. In some cases, gum treatments can restore the gum recession back to health.

Maintaining good oral hygiene by flossing, brushing daily would reduce the amount of plaque, which is a source of inflammation and pain.

Minimizing sugar and acidic foods and drinks will help reducing sensitivity and decay.

Choose water whenever possible.

Once a diagnosis is made by our doctors, we could help you overcome the sensitivity by correct treatment and/or lifestyle changes. A simple night guard and covering the exposed underlying dentin or the root can help you feel less sensitive.

Call us today to make an appointment or ask us a question if you have tooth sensitivity. Our doctors can address and guide you in the best direction.

Author
Dr. Stella Oh Dr. Stella Oh is a highly accomplished surgically trained prosthodontist who practices at Madison Avenue Dentists, PC. Dr. Oh provides all levels of dentistry, from routine care to full mouth reconstructions involving dental implant surgeries. She has completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from NYU College of Dentistry and further finished a 3-year prosthodontic residency and 2-year Dental Implant Surgical Fellowship. Furthermore, she has taught at NYU College of Dentistry for numerous years while maintaining a private practice. "Learning should never stop" according to Dr. Oh, "and educating patients about dental care is important." Dr. Oh continuously researches new science and technology in dentistry to improve patient care and the successful outcome of her treatments. She implements a cutting edge scientific approach with an integrative concept in mind. "Mouth is not a separate part of one's body," says Dr. Oh, "but it should consider as an important part of overall health."

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