How to Prevent and Treat Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common issue that affects many people, causing discomfort or pain when consuming hot, cold, sweet, or acidic foods and beverages. Understanding how to prevent and treat tooth sensitivity can help you maintain a comfortable and healthy smile. The professional and highly skilled team from Islington Dental Clinic is here to help with your needs.

Preventing Tooth Sensitivity:

1. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to remove plaque between teeth.

2. Use Desensitizing Toothpaste: Specially formulated toothpaste can help reduce sensitivity over time by blocking pain signals to the nerve.

3. Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks: Limit consumption of acidic foods and beverages like citrus fruits, soda, and wine, which can erode enamel and increase sensitivity.

4. Wear a Mouthguard: If you grind your teeth at night, a custom-fitted mouthguard can protect your enamel from wear and prevent sensitivity.

5. Regular Dental Check-Ups: Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and to identify any potential issues early.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity:

1. Desensitizing Treatments: Your dentist may apply a fluoride gel or desensitizing agent to strengthen enamel and reduce sensitivity.

2. Dental Bonding: For exposed root surfaces, your dentist can apply bonding resin to cover the sensitive area and protect it from further exposure.

3. Gum Grafts: If gum recession is causing sensitivity, a gum graft can cover exposed roots and reduce discomfort.

4. Root Canal Treatment: In severe cases where other treatments are ineffective, a root canal may be necessary to remove the affected nerve and eliminate sensitivity.

Addressing tooth sensitivity promptly can prevent further discomfort and potential dental issues. The team at Islington Dental Clinic is dedicated to providing personalized care to help you achieve optimal oral health.