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Are sensitive teeth a serious problem?

Sensitive teeth in womenAre your teeth sensitive to cold or hot drinks (or both)? It can make it hard to enjoy your favorite beverage if you are constantly worried that each sip might bring pain. Your teeth may be so sensitive that it even hurts just to breathe in through your mouth on a cold day. But are sensitive teeth a serious problem? Is it something you should just learn to live with, or is this something you should see your dentist about? Read on for 3+ things you should know about sensitive teeth!

Sensitive teeth facts

If you have sensitive teeth, you should know:

1. If your teeth are extremely sensitive, the problem will not go away on its own and may only get worse, but it is something that your dentist can help you with. You should make an appointment as soon as possible.

2. The way your dentist treats your sensitive teeth depends on what is causing the problem. It may be caused by exposed tooth roots, a cavity, worn-down tooth enamel, constant tooth grinding, or gum disease. Your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment to strengthen teeth; a bonding resin or a gum grafting procedure to help treat exposed roots; or a mouth guard (a simple piece of plastic that goes over your teeth) to wear at night to prevent tooth grinding.

3. Until your dentist can see you, make sure you keep up with good dental habits, even though your teeth are sensitive. After all, if you don’t you’ll end up with even more dental problems! Brush twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles, and brush gently – brushing that is too vigorous is not only painful to sensitive teeth, but it can injure gum tissue and make the problem worse. Try a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth, which you don’t need a prescription for – you can find it at the grocery or drug store. And don’t forget to floss!

Make an appointment today with Hampton Dental Associates in Milwaukee, so that you can find relief from sensitive teeth and enjoy your favorite beverages once again. Call (414) 464-9021 for an appointment today!

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