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Managing Tooth Sensitivity

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Sensitive teeth are uncomfortable to live with. They impact your diet, make it hurt to use your toothbrush, and even fluctuate with the temperature outside. 

What does tooth sensitivity say about your smile’s health and what steps can you take to stop it?

Check Your Oral Products

Whitening ingredients in toothpaste, mouthwash, or over-the-counter bleaching kits can make your teeth hypersensitive after using them a several times. Try discontinuing the product and seeing if symptoms resolve on their own.

Sensitivity Toothpaste and Fluoride Supplementation

Specially formulated toothpastes for sensitivity, as well as over the counter fluoride rinses, can work to combat sensitive teeth if they’re used each day. It may take up to two weeks of use for the full results to start working. 

Check Your Gumlines

Are your gum tissues beginning to recede (pull back) away from your teeth? This anomaly can cause the roots of your teeth to become exposed. Since there’s no enamel over tooth roots, they tend to be extremely sensitive. 

Causes of gum recession can include gum disease, brushing too hard, tooth misalignment, or tobacco use, just to name a few. Ask our Port Melbourne dentist to evaluate the area to determine the best solution. A soft tissue graft, gum treatment, or desensitizing product may be useful. 

Active Decay

Cavities can — but not always — make your teeth sensitive. Pay particular attention to changes you feel if eating certain types or textures of foods. Sweets, hot items, or crunchy food may cause more sensitivity than others. 

Since a cavity won’t reverse itself, it can only get bigger. It’s best to have a small filling placed before something like a root canal or crown is needed instead. 

Schedule a checkup at PMD Dental Care every six months to keep your smile healthy and combat sensitivity.