Understanding and Overcoming Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can be a real pain – quite literally. If you find yourself wincing at the thought of hot coffee or cringing when you indulge in your favorite ice cream, you might be experiencing tooth sensitivity. Dr. Douglas Geiger is here to guide you through the causes, solutions, and preventions of this common dental concern.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity? Unveiling the Common Culprits

  • Exposed Dentin: Dentin is the sensitive layer beneath your tooth enamel. Receding gums or enamel erosion can expose dentin, leading to sensitivity.
  • Cavities: Cavities can expose the nerves within the tooth, causing sensitivity.
  • Gum Recession: Receding gums can expose tooth roots, making them susceptible to sensitivity.
  • Tooth Grinding: Grinding or clenching your teeth can wear down the enamel, contributing to sensitivity.

Solutions for Tooth Sensitivity: Easing the Discomfort

  1. Desensitizing Toothpaste:
  • Contains compounds to reduce sensitivity over time.
  • Use regularly for best results.
  1. Fluoride Gel or Varnish:
  • Applied at the dentist’s office to strengthen enamel.
  • Provides a protective barrier against sensitivity.
  1. Dental Bonding:
  • Used to cover exposed dentin.
  • A long-lasting solution to reduce sensitivity.
  1. Gum Grafting:
  • For severe gum recession, grafting can cover exposed tooth roots.
  • A surgical procedure performed by a periodontist.

Preventing Tooth Sensitivity: Habits for a Healthier Smile

1. Gentle Brushing:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Brush gently in circular motions to avoid enamel wear.

2. Fluoride Toothpaste:

  • Strengthens enamel and reduces the risk of sensitivity.
  • Choose a fluoride toothpaste recommended by your dentist.

3. Avoid Acidic Foods:

  • Limit consumption of acidic foods and beverages.
  • Acid can erode enamel, contributing to sensitivity.

4. Mouthguards for Grinding:

  • If you grind your teeth, use a custom-fitted mouthguard.
  • Reduces pressure on teeth and protects enamel.

5. Regular Dental Check-ups:

  • Schedule biannual check-ups with your dentist.
  • Early detection and treatment can prevent sensitivity.

Contact Dr. Douglas Geiger, DMD today!

Dr. Douglas Geiger, DMD, is dedicated to helping you achieve optimal oral health. With years of experience, Dr. Geiger specializes in addressing tooth sensitivity and other dental concerns in Pineville, NC. 

Our patient-focused approach ensures that you receive personalized care and effective solutions tailored to your unique needs. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity or want to take proactive steps to maintain a healthy smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Douglas Geiger, DMD. Our friendly team is ready to address your concerns, provide expert guidance, and create a customized plan for your dental well-being.

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