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Your Top Questions About Tooth Sensitivity Answered

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Your Top Questions About Tooth Sensitivity Answered

Have you ever felt pain or discomfort after eating something extremely cold or hot? If so, Troutman Family Dentistry can help!  While pain caused by hot or cold foods could be a sign of a cavity, it’s also common in people who have sensitive teeth.

Tooth sensitivity, or “dentin hypersensitivity,” is pain or discomfort in the teeth as a response to cold or hot temperatures.

It may be a temporary or a chronic problem, and it can affect one tooth, several teeth, or all the teeth in a single individual. It can have a number of different causes, but most cases of sensitive teeth are easily treated with a change in your oral hygiene regimen.


Sensitive Teeth FAQs


Why are my teeth all of a sudden sensitive?

Tooth sensitivity, according to the American Dental Association, is caused by tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn tooth enamel, worn fillings, or tooth roots that are exposed as a result of aggressive tooth brushing, gum recession, or periodontal (gum) disease.


How do you fix sensitive teeth?

  1. Desensitizing toothpaste. After several applications, desensitizing toothpaste can sometimes help block pain associated with sensitive teeth. 
  2. Fluoride.
  3. Desensitizing or bonding. 
  4. Surgical gum graft.
  5. Root canal.


Can sensitive teeth go away?

Yes. In some cases, teeth sensitivity goes away on its own — especially if it’s due to a recent dental procedure, such as a filling or root canal. If you have teeth sensitivity that lingers and doesn’t go away, talk to a dentist. You might have worn enamel or exposed teeth roots.


Which toothpaste is best for sensitive teeth?

  1. Sensodyne. The best part about Sensodyne toothpaste is that it comes in an array of different toothpaste options and capabilities. 
  2. Colgate Sensitive. 
  3. Hello sensitivity relief fluoride toothpaste. 
  4. Tom’s of Maine Rapid Relief Sensitive. 
  5. Squigle Tooth Builder Sensitive Toothpaste.


What mouthwash is good for sensitive teeth?

Sensodyne may be best known among consumers for the treatment of sensitive teeth. Antiseptic mouthwash Corsodyl contains chlorhexidine, a common oral antiseptic especially useful for people with gum disease


What deficiency causes sensitive teeth?

Various vitamin deficiencies have been proven to cause sensitive teeth. These include calcium, known for strengthening our bones. A lack of vitamin D can cause cavities, leading to sensitive teeth. Finally, a lack of vitamin B12 can increase the risk of suffering from gum disease.


What foods to avoid if you have sensitive teeth?

Foods to avoid if you suffer from sensitive teeth include ice cream, sodas, red wine, juices, candies, coffee, fruits, yogurts, and even pickled products.


Can you get enamel back?

Once tooth enamel is damaged, it cannot be brought back. However, weakened enamel can be restored to some degree by improving its mineral content. Although toothpaste and mouthwash can never “rebuild” teeth, they can contribute to this remineralization process.


Preventing Tooth Sensitivity

Here are some steps you can take to prevent tooth sensitivity:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, which will help prevent gum loss.
  • Brush with a sensitivity toothpaste like Crest Gum and Sensitivity, which will continue removing plaque to clean teeth while providing fast relief from sensitivity by treating it at the source—your gum line.
  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to prevent gum loss.
  • Be sure to clean all parts of your mouth, including between teeth and along the gum line.
  • Avoid acidic foods and drinks.


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The general dentists at Troutman Family Dentistry are available to help with all the advice you need to take care of your teeth. We work to get to know each of our patients and develop long-term relationships with them, helping them feel comfortable when they come to visit us for care. Our general dentists serve the greater Mebane, NC area and offer our expert dental care services to you and your family. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call today! 919-563-5939