Dental Tips Blog

Jan
6

What You Can Do About Sensitive Teeth

Posted in Fillings

Why do some teeth get so sensitive? A few common contributing factors include:

  • Tooth decay
  • A small fracture
  • A teeth grinding or clenching habit
  • Gum recession
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • A new dental restoration

Your teeth are alive with their own complex – and very small – systems of nerves and blood vessels. Any time the outer enamel layer is compromised, your sensitive tooth is exposed to the oral environment.

3 Reasons Teeth Become Sensitive

First of all, the tough enamel layer can be disrupted by a fracture or dental restoration. Even strong dental fillings and crowns can cause some sensitivity for a little bit as your tooth gets used to them.

Second, besides being mechanically compromised, the enamel can also be worn down by acid in dental plaque left on the tooth.

Thirdly, when gums recede, they leave the more sensitive root layer of a tooth exposed to temperature changes.

Here’s What You Should Do

If your tooth starts hurting inexplicably, it’s a good idea to see your dentist for an exam. X-rays which can reveal whether something like decay is the hidden cause of sensitivity.

Reduce tooth sensitivity by keeping up with good oral hygiene. Brush and floss often and use fluoride-containing products to strengthen your enamel. A sensitivity toothpaste contains lots of minerals for reinforcing your teeth against damage.

Your dentist will make sure that your dental health is stable when you stop by at least twice a year for checkups. He or she will make recommendations for professional therapies that can reduce your discomfort.

Talk with your dentist about finding a treatment that’s best for addressing tooth sensitivity.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

Nov
16

4 Causes of and Solutions for Sensitive Teeth

Having sensitive teeth is one of the most uncomfortable things to live with. It affects what you eat and even how easily you can breathe in through your mouth. Tooth sensitivity can seem like an ongoing and annoying battle.

Here are four common reasons teeth become sensitive and the best ways you can cope:

  1. Weather Changes

If you live in an area that experiences some extreme weather changes, then it may be difficult for your teeth to keep up with the change. It’s not unusual for certain teeth to become inexplicably more sensitive in frosty winter months.

What You Can Do: Try incorporating a sensitivity toothpaste into your routine. These pastes contain potassium nitrate which helps block open sensitive pores in tooth enamel.

  1. Acid (in Diet)

Acidic foods erode teeth’s protective enamel layer, making them much more sensitive.

What You Can Do: Limit the amount of acid in your diet. Rinse your mouth well before brushing. Chew a sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva flow, which neutralizes acids.

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene

Dental plaque is very acidic. A heavy build-up of plaque and tartar will cause gum inflammation and recession. When gums recede, more sensitivity-prone surfaces of the teeth are exposed.

What You Can Do: Schedule routine dental cleanings. Floss daily and brush with a soft toothbrush. Use a sensitivity toothpaste and work extra fluoride into your routine.

  1. Problem with the Tooth

A tooth may be sensitive because of decay, fracture, or nerve damage.

What You Can Do: Visit your dentist for an exam and x-rays to find out which treatment is right for you. Whatever the cause, your dentist will help you figure it out!

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

 

Sep
15

4 Ways to Treat Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth can be caused by a wide variety of factors. For this reason, there isn’t a magic cure-all that works in each case. But let’s start by considering a few of the most effective ways you can reduce sensitivity.

  1. Keep Your Teeth Clean

Plaque will make teeth more sensitive, so removing debris is important to keeping your enamel strong. Your brushing routine should include:

  • Using a soft-bristled brush which is gentler on tooth enamel
  • A sensitivity formulated toothpaste

Make your sensitivity toothpaste do double duty. After flossing, brushing, and rinsing, spread a dab of the toothpaste directly on sensitive spots right before bed.

  1. Cut Back on Teeth Whitening Products

Whitening products usually contain peroxide as the bleaching agent. This chemical reaches deep into the pores on teeth to lift stain. It also opens up the pores, exposing sensitive nerves in the tooth to the surrounding environment.

If you find that you’re unexpectedly dealing with sensitive teeth, look into the products you use that claim to whiten teeth. Give them a break for a week or two and see if your teeth start feeling any better.

  1. Avoid Acidic Foods

Highly acidic drinks and foods will irritate spots that are already weakened by cavities. These foods will also wear on the enamel of healthy teeth, causing irritation. Brush well after each meal and try to drink water more than sweetened drinks.

Still not sure what’s causing your sensitivity? Then now’s a perfect time to schedule a visit to your local dental office! Ask your dentist about what could be causing your sensitivity and what can be done about it.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

May
29

3 Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity and What You Can Do to Help

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Sensitive teeth can mean a lot of different things, starting with discomfort. If the sensitivity happens on a frequent basis, you probably already avoid some of your favorite foods, chewing in certain parts of your mouth, or use oral care products to help. Here are 3 common causes of tooth sensitivity and steps you can take to eliminate them:

Whitening Toothpastes

Over the counter whitening toothpastes dominate the majority of toothpastes sold in stores. Even if you aren’t buying it on purpose, chances are you may have picked up a tube that is formulated for whitening. Since whitening toothpastes open the pores of your tooth enamel, they typically cause some type of sensitivity after using it for an extended period of time. Avoid this type of toothpaste or use one formulated for sensitivity. 

Gum Recession

Receded gumlines will expose the root surfaces, which leaves nerve fibers exposed to external stimuli. Recession can be caused by gum disease, brushing too hard, or even aggressive orthodontic treatment. Thankfully these areas can be covered either through composite bonding or gingival grafting. Fluoride varnish may also help. Your dentist can recommend the most appropriate method for your smile needs.

Cavities

Tooth decay or abscessed teeth can cause sensitivity at random periods of time, when you chew on certain teeth or eat certain types of foods. The type of sensitivity that is present will depend on what is actually wrong with your tooth. A quick exam and x-ray usually provide fast answers. 

Of course, there are other common causes of tooth sensitivity, such as sinus infections, existing restorations and even gum disease. If your sensitivity lasts for more than a week without improvement, it’s time to see your dentist right away.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

May
2

3 Proven Ways to Combat Tooth Sensitivity

Having sensitive teeth can make it extremely painful to do everyday things like:

  • Enjoy a glass of iced tea
  • Brush your teeth
  • Have your teeth cleaned

Knowing how to combat the sensitivity and keep it from returning will help you keep your mind off of your teeth and on other things that are more important. Here are 3 ways to make it happen:

Desensitizing Treatments with Your Dentist

A professional grade fluoride varnish or similar desensitizing gel can give you instant results that last up to 3 months between applications. The treatment not only prevents sensitivity, it also strengthens your enamel and reduces the risk of tooth decay. Varnish can be used on exposed root surfaces or for overall generalized tooth sensitivity. 

Protective Bonding

Composite bonding can be applied over exposed root surfaces, preventing the sensitive area from being stimulated by cold. Just like a tooth colored filling, bonding is made to match your tooth and blend in so that no one else sees it. It will cover areas of gum recession or toothbrush abrasion for effective results in no time. The process usually takes less than an hour to complete. 

Sensitivity Toothpaste

Using a sensitivity formulated toothpaste every day will usually give you adequate results within a week or two of use. Continual use is important, as the toothpaste helps to block the pores of the teeth.

If your sensitivity goes beyond annoying tenderness to cold drinks or air, it’s time to have your smile checked out by your dentist. Other signs of sensitivity could mean there is a more serious problem going on that needs attention.

Posted on behalf of:
Toothmasters
139 Aliant Pkwy
Alexander City, AL 35010
(256) 329-8401

Dec
29

Managing Exposed Root Surfaces

Posted in Bonding

Things like grinding, aggressive brushing, or even tobacco use can cause gum recession and root exposure. Here are a few things to keep in mind when talking to your dentist about managing your situation:

Addressing sensitivity

Exposed roots can create moderate to severe sensitivity problems, due to the nerve endings located in this part of the tooth. A desensitizing agent such as a fluoride varnish can be applied by your dentist for relief that will last up to 3 months. 

Bonding damaged enamel

Placing a composite restoration over the exposed root can restore aesthetics and prevent sensitivity. The material is matched to the shade of the tooth so that it looks as if your crown extends up to the gumline. Bonding is appropriate for mild to moderate recession. 

Preventing damage with a bite splint

Clenching and grinding of the teeth causes flexing of the tooth near the gumlines. Over time this leads to small amounts of enamel chipping away, exposing the roots. Gum recession is also a side effect. Your dentist can evaluate your bite and determine whether or not this is the cause of your condition. If it is, you’ll want to invest in a bite splint. Splints prevent excess wear from happening and also reduce muscle fatigue associated with TMJ disorders. 

Considering grafting

Severe root exposure can jeopardize the stability of the teeth. Gingival grafting can cover these areas again, providing security as well as protection for the exposed roots. An oral surgeon typically performs the grafting procedure. 

Adjusting oral hygiene methods

Over-zealous toothbrushing can cause gums to recede as well as abrasion of the enamel. That’s right – even a toothbrush can abrade enamel away! Always use a soft toothbrush with only a slight amount of pressure – never enough to cause the bristles to splay out.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Dec
8

Three Treatments for Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth can get in the way of your favorite foods, activities, or even smiling when the weather is cool. Here are 3 ways your dentist can help you manage or reverse tooth sensitivity.

Have Your Dentist Apply a Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride varnish prevents tooth decay, but it also acts as an active desensitizer for as long as 3 months after each application. Varnish has a very sticky texture which blocks the pores of the teeth, sealing off the sensory tissues that interpret temperature change. The varnish is simply brushed over your teeth after a professional cleaning and stays in place for several hours to remineralize enamel as well as flow into the pore openings. 

Consider Composite Bonding

Composite bonding is similar to tooth colored fillings and can be applied over exposed root surfaces to protect them. This acts as an active barrier to stimulants as well as improving aesthetics. Bonding is ideal when you have mild gum recession or toothbrush abrasion from aggressive scrub-brushing. 

Gingival Grafting for Severe Recession

Severe gum recession will compromise the stability of your teeth and greatly affect the appearance of your smile. Gum grafting covers these areas to firmly secure your teeth in place and reduce the visual impact of gum disease. Grafts typically come from tissue in another part of your mouth, donor site, or donor tissue that is available for this treatment. 

If your tooth sensitivity is related to sweets, heat, or pressure, then there might be something else wrong. See your dentist for an exam and x-rays to screen for underlying conditions like tooth decay or gum disease.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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