Over the years, a variety of toothpastes have emerged claiming to eliminate sensitivity; however, toothpaste is designed to help reduce sensitivity rather than completely alleviate it, as a recent study has found. Here's what you should know about tooth sensitivity and when to visit your dentist for it.
What Causes Sensitivity?
Ultimately, most tooth sensitivity is caused by enamel erosion, which occurs due to the acidic foods and beverages we consume and also vigorous brushing. Excessive wear due to clenching and grinding (bruxism) can also cause enamel erosion. Tooth decay may also be an underlying cause of tooth sensitivity.
How Does Your Dentist Treat Sensitivity?
There are a number of different dental services in Mt. Pleasant that can help to alleviate tooth sensitivity, so the first step is to contact your dentist to schedule an appointment that will determine the cause of your condition. Figuring out the cause of your condition is going to determine the best course of action for treatment.
For example, if the cause of your tooth sensitivity is bruxism, wearing a night guard during the night while you sleep may help to eliminate your bruxism, and in turn your sensitivity.
Perhaps vigorous brushing is your culprit? Changing your brushing technique, or switching to an electric toothbrush can help to get rid of your sensitivity.
If tooth decay is causing your discomfort, be proactive about getting treatment to avoid further damage to your tooth and more intense pain. When you seek treatment right away, a dental filling can often eliminate your decay and sensitivity.
Contact East Cooper Smiles
One of the best ways to keep tooth sensitivity under control is regular visits to your Mt. Pleasant dentist, Dr. Jason Annan. When you visit our office every six months for cleanings and checkups, we can detect many conditions like tooth decay early on to help you avoid sensitivity. Give East Cooper Smiles a call today to schedule your next visit.