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Ways to Deal with Sensitive Teeth

Tooth sensitivitysensitive teeth is a dental problem that affects over 40 million adults in the United States as reported by the Academy of General Dentistry. This pain may cause overall discomfort or sharp sensations that can shoot into the nerve endings of the teeth. This condition can develop when patients experience certain temperatures or substances. Fortunately, problems such as sensitive teeth can be easily treated and improved with the help of  a dedicated dental team.

Causes of tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can happen to anyone at any age and of any gender. There are no specific groups of patients that may be at a higher risk of sensitive teeth than others. There are many causes of dental sensitivities, and they often include the following contributing factors:

  • Gum recession
  • Gingivitis or periodontal disease
  • Brushing too hard
  • Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Long-term mouthwash use
  • Plaque buildup
  • Cavities
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding)
  • Dental procedures

How can a patient deal with sensitive teeth?

First, patients need to work with a dentist to determine the cause of their tooth sensitivity. This can be done by contacting the professionals at Kalil Dental Associates. During the evaluation, the cause of the sensitivity may be found, and then treatment options may be discussed. For those who have sensitivity caused by cavities or cracked teeth, certain procedures can be performed to seal the tooth enamel and eliminate the problem. Patients who are diagnosed with bruxism may benefit from the use of a special oral appliance worn at night to reduce tension and protect the structures of the existing teeth. If the dentist determines the sensitivity to be due to brushing, the dentist may make recommendations regarding the types of toothbrush, mouthwashes, and toothpastes being used on a daily basis. With the assistance of our team, patients can find a solution for tooth sensitivity that addresses their unique needs.

Call for an appointment today!

Work with a dental team in Methuen, MA and Windham, NH that is dedicated to ensuring your smile is beautiful and healthy. Call the practice of Kalil Dental Associates to schedule a consultation visit with Drs. Donna Kalil, Kenneth Kalil, and Jordan Thomas and discuss your dental health needs.