You shouldn’t be wincing as you sip coffee or bite into your favorite ice cream — and as spring approaches, we want you to be able to drink all the lemonade you’d like without any discomfort from tooth sensitivity! Your dentist in Lancaster, PA, Dr. Sean Moriarty, talks sensitivity and how you can prevent it in this week’s blog post.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
There are a number of factors that can cause your teeth to feel sensitive to heat, cold, pressure, and sweets. From the erosion of tooth enamel to a broken filling, some of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity include…
- Aggressive tooth brushing (brushing too hard with a hard-bristled brush)
- Eating and drinking highly acidic foods/beverages, like citrus, sodas, and salty foods
- Gum recession due to gum disease or aggressive brushing
- Tooth decay
- Injured teeth
- Sensitivity due to recent dental work
- Nighttime teeth grinding
How Your Dentist Helps Sensitive Teeth
If your tooth sensitivity is the result of decay, injury, broken dental work, or receding gums, your dentist can help. A tooth that has a lingering sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure may be infected and require a root canal. And for receding gums, Dr. Moriarty uses the Chao Pinhole Technique to replace lost tissue without the need for a scalpel or stitches. If a broken tooth is causing sensitivity due to exposed pulp, a dental crown can restore its strength and relieve discomfort. A custom-fitted mouthguard protects the tooth enamel from the damaging effects of nighttime teeth grinding.
Even if injury, decay, or gum recession have not caused your sensitivity, Dr. Moriarty can help by recommended a desensitizing product, like toothpaste or mouth rinse, for you to use at home. Additionally, a topical fluoride treatment performed in our office can strengthen your enamel for reduced sensitivity.
Preventing Sensitivity to Eat and Drink As You Please
If your tooth sensitivity is caused by aggressive tooth brushing or what you’re eating, then it’s time to reevaluate your habits. Dr. Moriarty and our staff can talk to you about how your dental hygiene and/or diet affects the strength of your tooth enamel.
Consuming too many highly acidic foods and beverages throw off the pH balance of your saliva, which can eventually wear down your tooth enamel and lead to sensitivity. To remineralize your teeth, consider drinking tap water, which has been fortified with fluoride. If you would prefer to drink filtered or bottled water, make sure you’re brushing with an ADA-approved toothpaste, which is guaranteed to contain fluoride.
Additionally, reconsider your toothbrushing technique to ensure you are not scrubbing away your tooth enamel and gum tissue. Brush in gentle, small back-and-forth motions to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’re suffering as a result of your sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages, or if you’ve got a lingering pain every time you bite down on a certain tooth, it’s time for you to consult your dentist in Lancaster, PA. Request an appointment at Mor Smiles today!