Sensitive teeth?-What causes it and what you can do to manage tooth sensitivity.

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Do you have sensitive teeth?

One of the most common types of tooth sensitivity is dentinal hypersensitivity. This is the type of sensitivity causes that can cause a  shock sensation when the teeth are exposed to extremes of temperature. Dentinal hypersensitivity affects more than half of the population and can reduce enjoyment of food and activities. Occasionally sweet and acidic foods can also cause discomfort. But we don’t have to live with it! Other types of sensitivity can be due to exposed roots or recession, acid erosion or wear due to clenching or grinding.

Risk factors for this kind of sensitivity include:

      • GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease)dentin
      • over use of whitening products
      • inappropriate dental hygiene behaviours (rough toothbrushing etc.)
      • pregnancy
      • medication side effects
      • acidic diets
      • frequent snacking or beverage drinking
      • dry mouth

What can I do about sensitive teeth?

There are many ways to eliminate tooth sensitivity. First ensure your diet is whole and healthy. This ensures your body has what it needs for those teeth to be protected. Drink lots of water. Hydration is essential for good oral health and healthy teeth. If you have a dry mouth use xylitol sweetened gum or lozenges to promote saliva flow. Avoid abrasives like whitening toothpastes and tooth brushes that aren’t soft or ultra soft. Choose a desensitizing toothpaste that has active ingredients like potassium nitrate, calcium, arginine or phosphate. Limit or eliminate acidic foods or drinks. Above all talk to your dental hygienist. They will ensure that the tools and products you are using suit your needs. And best of all there are amazing professional treatments available that can eliminate tooth sensitivity.

Available professional treatments for tooth sensitivity. 

Today, there are a wide range of professionally applied products and treatments that are quick, inexpensive, and can provide relief. There are also many products available over the counter (OTC) that can help. We can help you find what will work for you. Embrace Dental Hygiene can provide relief from sensitive teeth. A consultation may be required to determine the cause of your sensitivity. We always offer a complimentary consultation to determine an appropriate course of action. We can professionally apply minerals to seal those dentinal tubules and give you long term relief. Treatments cost $15-$45 dollars and last for months to years.

Call 519-736-1100 and book your complimentary consultation at Embrace Dental Hygiene. and desensitizing treatment and start enjoying life today!

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