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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 4:49 pm

Why do I have sensitive teeth?

Tooth sensitivity may occur for many reasons. If your dentist rules out decay as being a factor, sensitivity may occur when the gum begins to be pulled or recedes away from the root of the tooth. This can become a problem for people at any age or for those who have gum disease.

Your teeth can also become sensitive if you are brushing too hard, clenching or grinding your teeth, using a hard toothbrush or if your teeth are eroded or chipped. Teeth can be sensitive to food or drinks that are cold or sweet.

How can I treat my sensitive teeth?

Your dentist may recommend one of a few ways to help treat your teeth. One could be to use desensitizing paste for a period of time. Another practical way would be to not brush so hard or use a softer toothbrush. Thirdly, using fluoride rinse or gel, or prescribed desensitizing paste could help. Your dentist will help you determine what will best fit your needs.

Restoring the eroded or fractured tooth structure can also help reduce the sensitivity. A filling or film placed over the exposed root will protect the natural tooth structure from further damage. Your dentist may also recommend restoring the gum recession by placing a gum graft. This will cover the root and help stability of the tooth long term.

Take out – not related (Flossing though is something that should happen on a regular basis. It not only prevents your teeth from becoming sensitive but it protects your tooth’s internal structure. If you don’t floss, plaque can gather on the surface of your tooth and over time cause decay.)

Regular dental check-ups, daily brushing and flossing are three ways that you can keep your teeth and mouth healthy. At a regular dental check-up, the dental hygienist will clean your teeth by removing the plaque and calculus and then finish the cleaning by flossing and polishing your teeth. Then Dr. Rashmi Bhatnagar, DMD, will make the final check to make sure no tooth decay or inflammation is occurring.

BellaVista DentalCare Group

Rashmi Bhatnagar

15715 S. 46th St. Suite 104

Phoenix, AZ 85048

Office: 480.598.5900

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