Sensitive Teeth – Causes and Solutions

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    Sensitive Teeth – Causes and Solutions

    Many of us will experience the pain of sensitive teeth at some point in our lives. Sometimes, the pain is caused by something minor that can be easily solved with a quick trip to the dentist. At other times, it is the sign of a more serious problem.  If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity it is important to mention it to your dentist so the right solution can be determined.

    Possible Causes:

    • Gum disease: Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth, which can make your gums recede. This can damage the tooth and lead to pain.
    • A cracked tooth: A small crack in the tooth may not be problematic at first, however, if it reaches the root it can become very painful.  Your dentist will advise on the best way to repair the crack.
    • A broken or lost filling: A filling may break or fall out because of further tooth decay or wear and tear.  If your filling is damaged, this may cause sensitivity.  If you know you have a damaged or lost a filling, call your dentist as soon as possible.

    How to Avoid Further Damage:

    • Don’t brush too hard. Always use a soft bristle brush and keep it at an angle of 45 degrees.
    • Avoid acidic foods and drinks. Also stay away from soft drinks, sticky candy and high sugar carbs.
    • Avoid bleaching your teeth. We all like a whiter smile, but in some cases, whitening treatments can cause sensitivity. If at-home whitening treatments are causing you discomfort, talk to your dentist about other whitening options.
    • Quit smoking. Smoking can lead to gum disease, which can cause sensitivity.

    Treatment Options:

    When considering treatment for your teeth sensitivity, you should always seek the advice of your dentist.  Determining the cause of your sensitivity may dictate the kind of treatment needed.

    Call Dr. David McGuire today at (828) 631-3283 or book an appointment online to learn how he can help you with your teeth sensitivity.