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Overcoming Tooth Sensitivity

 In Dental Health

When hot or cold food and drinks or exposure to cold air make your teeth hurt, you might be dealing with tooth sensitivity. This can happen when you have exposed tooth roots or enamel that is worn down. While this sudden pain can be uncomfortable, there are ways to treat tooth sensitivity. Keep the following options in mind.

Fluoride
Fluoride is a mineral known for strengthening tooth enamel. If you have sensitive teeth due to worn enamel, having fluoride applied to them can correct this. Dentists can apply fluoride to your teeth during dental visits. You can also use toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride to help make your tooth enamel stronger.

Sensodyne Toothpaste
Sensodyne and other toothpastes that desensitize teeth can help relieve this kind of tooth pain. You might need to apply this toothpaste multiple times before experiencing relief from tooth sensitivity. Dentists can recommend effective desensitizing products to use.

Dental Bonding
Having bonding resin applied to root surfaces might help ease sensitive teeth caused by exposed roots. This is a simple dental procedure that helps treat these exposed roots and prevent sensitivity from occurring.

Lifestyle Changes
Avoiding or limiting certain foods and drinks that are acidic, such as citrus fruits, citrus juices and carbonated drinks, can help prevent sensitivity. Using a straw when drinking acidic beverages and washing them down with water can also help reduce pain and discomfort from sensitive teeth.

Dental Care
Good dental care, including regular brushing and routine dental cleanings, can help prevent tooth sensitivity from coming back. You should brush and floss your teeth at least twice daily. Brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging tooth enamel.

If you struggle with tooth sensitivity schedule a visit for our compassionate dentist, Dr. Jennifer McCabe. Dr. McCabe and her team look forward to being your dental provider of choice in Fort Mill, SC. You can schedule your appointment by calling 803-456-2404.

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