With Summer amongst us, we all what a cold, refreshing drink can do for us in the summer. Unfortunately, some patients may not be able to experience that rejuvenating feeling because their smile simply can’t handle the exposure. Having sensitive teeth certainly isn’t ideal and your dental issue will only get worse if you don’t seek help for them now. It’s important to understand why you’re experiencing tooth pain so you can work to stop it. Don’t worry, your dentist in Ephrata is here to help you better handle tooth sensitivity.
What is tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel that protects your teeth gets thinner. Sensitivity can also be caused by receding gums, exposing the delicate roots of your teeth. The insides of your teeth including the tooth root and nerves are supposed to be protected by a thick layer of enamel and healthy gums. Overtime, we all naturally wear down enamel, but we can preserve it with healthy dental hygiene and a healthy diet.
How can I preserve tooth enamel at home?
Avoiding acidic foods and drinks like sodas, high-sugar carbs, and sticky candy can help save your enamel. Also, brushing your teeth softly, working to massage rather than scrub your teeth is more effective and saves enamel. One more way to preserve the strength of your teeth is to avoid bleaching them often. Don’t worry about professional bleaching, the sensitivity that occurs after a whitening appointment is very temporary. Speak with either of our doctors about how each treatment may affect you before trying it.
How can Ephrata Family Dentistry help my sensitive teeth?
Good dental care is critical! You can expect your dentist to help you in these ways and receive this same advice:
- If your teeth are sensitive from minor tooth decay, our dentists will probably offer to clean and fill the affected area with a tooth colored filling.
- If your prior filling was lost or came loose, our dentists can replace it.
- Use toothpaste that is specifically for sensitive teeth (like Sensodyne) and enriched with fluoride.
- Don’t chew tobacco because it will quickly destroy enamel and catalyzes gum recession.
- Wear a custom mouthguard when you sleep to avoid teeth grinding and causing unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth.
How can my family dentist in Ephrata prevent dental problems like sensitivity?
Brushing and flossing regularly will definitely help, but you should also stay mindful of your diet. Another key part of saving the enamel on your teeth is by following up with your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and dental exams. Your dentist will have the opportunity to check on your oral health while removing harmful dental bacteria and debris. Our office provides great preventive services that can keep the layers of your teeth and gums strong for years to come! You can expect these services when you visit our Ephrata office:
- An in-depth evaluation of your oral health.
- An assessment of your current risk of tooth decay/gum disease.
- An inspection of your bite.
- A comprehensive look internally and externally with digital x-rays.
- A thorough discussion of the appointment and any recommendations for restorative treatments.
When you visit our office, we happily provide plenty of education on proper home care, the appropriate things you should be eating, and any habits to avoid. We will formulate the ideal treatment plan that addresses your needs and your expectations—especially when it comes to painful, sensitive teeth! Contact our friendly team at our Ephrata Family Dentistry office to schedule your appointment today.