Sensitive teeth are a common dental problems for patients of all ages. However, without notifying your dentist, your dental team can’t assist. If you are experiencing sensitive teeth and are interested in learning about effective ways to manage them, now is a great time to call the Mesa, AZ team at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry to connect with Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro to learn about treatment and prevention options.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Patients often ask us, “What causes sensitive teeth?” There are many factors that can lead to this condition, but the most common include:
- Worn tooth enamel: Over time, the hard outer layer of your teeth (enamel) can wear down, exposing the inner layer of your teeth (dentin). This can make your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
- Cracked or chipped teeth: A crack or chip in your tooth can also expose the dentin and make your teeth more sensitive.
- Gum disease: Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a serious condition that can damage the gums and bones around your teeth. If you have this condition, your gums may recede, exposing more of the root surface of your teeth. This can make your teeth more sensitive.
- Teeth whitening: Some patients may experience temporary sensitivity after whitening their smile with bleaching products.
What are some tips for addressing sensitive teeth?
Below are a few recommendations by our team at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry in Mesa, AZ, regarding sensitive teeth:
- Avoid drinks that are acidic or sugary. Not only can acidic and sugary beverages leave your teeth more susceptible to the development of cavities, but it can also thin the natural tooth enamel and cause sensitive teeth.
- Cut back on drinking coffee and tea. These are known for also staining the teeth, and if they are extremely hot or cold, they can cause sensitivity issues.
- Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Our dental team at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry can make recommendations for sensitive tooth toothpaste or may even prescribe a toothpaste designed to protect the teeth and reduce discomfort.
- See your dentist if the problem persists. Even after you have tried many of the above options, our team might have other recommendations they can make regarding your sensitive teeth. Talking to our team about your issues is the best way to find out what might assist in reducing discomfort from sensitive teeth.
If you suffer from sensitive teeth, it’s time to make a change. Call Drs. Scott LeSueur, Glenn LeSueur, and Charles Dodaro of Mesa, AZ, to discuss your options for caring for your teeth. The office is currently accepting new patients and can be reached at 480-834-6991.