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Dental Sensitivity

October 10, 2011 by admin

As a Dental Hygienist one of the most common questions asked by my patients would have to be:

“Why are my teeth so sensitive?”

Well, there are a number of reasons why someone may feel or experience dental sensitivity. Here are a few:

1. Recession or root exposure. This is when you can notice that your gums have receded back and are not where they used to be. Common Causes:  improper brushing technique; brushing too hard or with too much pressure, using a medium or hard bristled toothbrush, grinding or clenching of teeth, short frenum pull or attachment and possible orthodontic treatment.

2. Tooth decay (cavities).

3. Tooth fractures.

4. Failing dental restorations.

5. Infections of the tooth.

6. High acidic diet. This causes  wearing away of the protective layer of enamel.

7. Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). This can be due to neglect of gum maintenance both at home (brushing and flossing) and in office (professional dental cleaning).

8. Periodontitis (gum disease) and bone loss.

If you think you may be experiencing sensitivity, HAVE NO FEAR, YOUR DENTAL TEAM IS HERE! Together we can help determine the causes of your sensitivity and provide the treatment which is ideal for you.

 Common Treatments:

-fluoride rinse -specialized toothpaste (Colgate Pro-Relief/Sensodyne) -gum grafting -restoration (filling) -de-sensitizing varnish application -nightguard -antibiotics -crown/veneer -advice on low acidic diet (foods to avoid) -custom oral hygiene maintenance care at home and in office

Next time you visit our office, let us know if you experience dental sensitivity. We would love to help!

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