National Ice Cream Month is celebrated each year in July in the United States. We hope you can enjoy a delicious ice cream any time of the year! However, if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity the thought of eating ice cream can be painful.
The problem of sensitive teeth is a very common one. Tooth sensitivity implies a reaction to something hot/cold/sweet. This may be from food, drink or even from cold air. Sometimes brushing and flossing can stimulate symptoms.
The level of discomfort felt will vary between people and depends to an extent on what is causing the problem. What brings on the pain and it’s duration will also vary. Sensitive teeth symptoms may be experienced as a slight twinge (‘tingling’ teeth) or, at the other end of the spectrum, it may give severe pain for hours at a time.
Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth:
- Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and beverages.
- Tooth decay, worn leaky fillings and broken teeth that expose the dentin of your tooth.
- Worn tooth enamel from using a hard toothbrush and using a hard grip while brushing aggressively.
- Gum recession that leaves your root surface exposed.
- Grinding your teeth at night.
- Post dental treatment sensitivity – common, but temporary, especially with procedures such as crowns, fillings and tooth bleaching.
Treatment for Sensitive Teeth
Some at-home dental care products, such as desensitizing toothpastes, have ingredients that block nerve sensations and help to reduce pain and sensitivity. If over-the-counter products fail, or you have unusually severe tooth sensitivity, a skilled family dentistry practitioner can effectively treat your sensitive teeth.
The SLO Dental team can help you manage tooth sensitivity. We provide the following professional dental care treatments:
- Fillings, crowns, inlays, or bonding
- In-office desensitizing treatments (a desensitizing agent or protective coating that will alleviate any discomfort you might have)
- Surgical gum grafts
If you have any questions or concerns regarding tooth sensitivity don’t hesitate to call us at (805)547-7010 or email us.