How to Care for Sensitive Teeth

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Tooth sensitivity is a common oral health issue that is often indicative of a larger problem. However, tooth sensitivity can also be its own issue, treatable through proper care.

One of the best defenses against tooth sensitivity is a desensitizing toothpaste. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth to brush for at least two minutes after every meal and snack. This can help to reduce sensitivity while also preventing the removal of enamel, which can lead to increased discomfort.

Don’t Grind Your Teeth

Bruxism (tooth grinding) can cause cracks in the enamel of your teeth. Once enamel is cracked, acids and debris can enter the inner chambers of the tooth, increasing sensitivity along with risks for tooth infection and gum disease. What’s more, bruxism causes gum recession, exposing tooth roots and further increasing tooth sensitivity.

Stress reduction can help prevent tooth grinding, but may not be enough to fully address the problem. If you are a tooth grinder, we can discuss an occlusal guard to be worn while sleeping and during times of heightened stress to help prevent additional damage.

Choose Food Wisely

Acidic foods and drinks will increase tooth sensitivity. Carbonated beverages can strip enamel. Sugary consumables attract bacteria that help erode enamel. Simple starches do the same thing. Brushing after snacks can help, but avoiding acidic, sugary, and carbonated stuffs is the more effective option. Be sure to also avoid biting hard candy, ice, and non-food items.

If your tooth sensitivity is exacerbated by foods or drinks, or if the problem does not seem to get better with time, we may recommend a treatment to help restore comfort and prevent additional damage. Some treatments may include:

The best way to learn which of these options is right for your needs is through a one-on-one consultation at the Oradell office of Dr. Howard Perlmutter.

Please call Oradell Family Dental at 201-384-9292 to schedule your initial consultation today.

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