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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.

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