Don’t let tooth sensitivity drive you crazy. Find out ways to manage this issue.
You love ice cream but it doesn’t seem to like you back. Or at least it doesn’t seem like it when every time you take a bite your teeth zap and zing in protest. The same seems to go for any hot or cold foods and drinks. If you find that your diet is being dictated by tooth sensitivity, our Greenwich and Stamford, CT, endodontist, Dr. Philip Bauer, is here to tell you what might be going on and when you should seek a dentist’s opinion.
Did you know that more than 40 million US adults deal with sensitive teeth at some point during their lifetime, according to the Academy of General Dentistry? If you are one of them then you may be looking for a solution. Here are some of the reasons you might be dealing with tooth sensitivity, to begin with:
- Decay or a cavity
- Exposed tooth roots
- Gum disease
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- A cracked tooth
- Nerve damage
- Eroded or worn enamel
It’s important that if tooth sensitivity hasn’t been checked by our Greenwich and Stamford endodontic specialist that you come in for an evaluation to make sure that it isn’t something like decay, gum disease, or nerve damage, which will require immediate care.
Of course, there are many ways to reduce your tooth sensitivity, both from the comfort of your own home and with our own treatment options. If teeth grinding is causing your tooth sensitivity then we may create a custom nightguard for you to wear while you sleep. This will prevent teeth from grinding together at night, which not only erodes enamel but also contributes to tooth sensitivity.
Fluoride treatment is one of the most common treatment options for reducing tooth sensitivity, as fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel. This treatment can be performed in our office or we may provide you with prescription fluoride treatment to use at home.
There are also things you can do to reduce your tooth sensitivity:
Your diet: Try to avoid extremely cold or hot foods and drinks, whenever possible. While this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy that cup of coffee or a refreshing lemonade, it does mean that you may want to wait until the coffee cools a bit or as for lemonade without the ice. Also, limit acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits.
Your oral care routine: There are a variety of toothpastes out there that can help target sensitive teeth such as Sensodyne®. Make sure to use these products every time you brush in order to see results. Also, while a lot of people turn to whitening products to brighten their smiles this might be something you’ll want to avoid if you have tooth sensitivity. After all, whitening products often exacerbate these symptoms.
If tooth sensitivity is becoming a serious pain, it’s time to turn to us for care. We offer complete and thorough endodontic services in the Stamford and Greenwich, CT, areas. Schedule a consultation with us today and let’s end tooth sensitivity together.