Stop the Pain of Sensitive Teeth
That painful feeling when you take a drink of something hot or cold or eat something sweet or acidic is most likely the result of sensitive teeth. It’s a frustrating condition that can be downright distressing. Tooth sensitivity a common condition, too, impacting approximately 45 million Americans at some point in time. If sensitive teeth have you steering clear of the foods and beverages you love, it’s time to get some relief. In Henderson NV, general dentist Dr. Heeyup Ghim at Black Mountain Dental will work with you to discover the source of the issue and provide the care you need to alleviate tooth sensitivity.
Ouch! That Hurts!
The outer layer of a tooth is comprised of hard enamel. Over time or as the result of oral healthcare habits, that enamel can start to erode or even crack, exposing tiny tubules that are sensitive to temperature changes, foods with a sweet or acidic component, or even the friction caused by everyday tooth brushing. If you have old metal fillings, the expansion and contraction of them over the years may cause cracks to form that let in bacteria and plaque acids, causing discomfort. Gum recession and gum disease can be culprits in tooth sensitivity, as well.
Help is on the Way
Dr. Ghim will examine your teeth and discuss the times you typically experience tooth sensitivity. Then, he’ll recommend treatments or changes in your oral healthcare routine to renew the comfort of your smile. Oftentimes, remedies to combat tooth sensitivity include:
- Switching to a soft-bristle toothbrush and a desensitizing toothpaste
- Brushing as directed by the dentist to avoid plaque buildup on teeth
- Avoiding whitening toothpastes
- Using mouthwash sparingly
- Attending professional dental cleanings on a regular basis
- Having a professional fluoride treatment
- Replacing old metal fillings with composite resin ones
- Treating gum disease with non-invasive therapies