Tooth sensitivity is unpleasant, and the best way to avoid it is to take good care of your oral health. Brush and floss daily, and see your dentist every six months.
Your goal is to keep your teeth healthy. This means protecting the tooth enamel which keeps your dentin insulated. If tiny holes in the enamel allow access to the dentin layer, which houses microscopic tubules that let in heat, cold, acidic and sticky foods to touch sensitive nerves and cells that lie inside the tooth.
If you have tooth sensitivity, however, you can try these tips to help:
- Use a desensitizing toothpaste when you brush every day. This will help block the pain.
- Use a fluoride gel from your dentist. This helps protect the enamel and lowers sensation to the tooth.
- Your dentist may suggest a dental restoration to fix the area causing sensitivity. This could be done by applying dental bonding, an inlay, or even a dental crown.
- Your dentist may refer you to have a gum graft, which provides lost gum tissue to protect the root of the tooth and thereby lessens sensitivity.
- A root canal can eliminate tooth sensitivity as a last resort.
Taking good care of your teeth and gums will also prevent pain in the mouth. If you would like to learn more or schedule a visit with our dentists, Dr. Kevin Scott and Dr. Bret Cope in The Woodlands, Texas. Our Sterling Ridge Dental Center team is glad to help. Just call 281-363-3308 today!