Tooth Sensitivity and What You Should Know about It
Tooth sensitivity can be a real pain in the tooth. Your teeth may hurt when you take a sip of coffee or bite into your frozen yogurt. They may even hurt in the winter when you breathe through your mouth or when you brush your teeth. Fortunately, our dentist in Santa Clara, Dr. Frame, can help you spot the underlying cause of your sensitivity and put a stop to it.
Common causes of sensitivity include:
• Worn enamel
• Exposed tooth roots
• Tooth decay or damaged restorations
• Tooth fractures
• Gum disease
When dental disease is to blame for the sensitivity, treating the problem should also alleviate the sensitivity and discomfort. If your sensitivity is caused by enamel erosion or exposed roots, Dr. Frame may recommend using a special anti-sensitivity toothpaste. The toothpaste is designed to block the transmission of sensations to the nerve of the tooth. Fluoride treatments can also be helpful by strengthening the remaining enamel.
The best way to avoid tooth sensitivity is to take extra care when you clean your teeth. A soft-bristled brush is preferred to a toothbrush with medium or hard bristles, because medium to hard bristles can actually damage the enamel. However, you also need to use a lighter touch. Brushing too hard or using aggressive movements can damage both the enamel on your teeth and your gums. Use fluoride toothpaste to keep your enamel strong, and floss daily to clean between your teeth and the places near the gumline where your brush cannot reach. Finally, visit us twice a year for a professional cleaning and consider taking advantage of additional preventive treatments, such as fluoride or dental sealants. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame.
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