Sensitive teeth can make it hard to eat the foods you love or enjoy a cold or hot drink. They can even make it hard to breathe on a cold day. If you have sensitive teeth and are looking for a solution, we can help. Many treatment options are available for sensitive teeth. With the right treatment, we can restore your comfort and keep the problem from getting worse.
The underlying cause of sensitive teeth is usually enamel erosion or gum recession. Both of these issues can leave the dentin exposed, and dentin is the layer of the tooth beneath the enamel. It contains thousands of liquid-filled tubules that lead directly to the nerve of the tooth, which allow for sensations to reach the nerve. When the dental enamel is thick and healthy, it acts as a buffer and lessens the sensations. In contrast, when the enamel is worn thin or damaged, or when the roots are exposed through gum recession, too many sensations reach the nerve and leave it overstimulated.
Some of the natural options include using supplements. Vitamin B1 helps reduce tooth sensitivity, and calcium hydroxyapatite can restore lost enamel. These can both be used regularly to combat dental sensitivity. Overall, incorporating them into your daily routine, along with anti-sensitivity toothpaste, will reduce the signals that reach the nerve of the tooth. For immediate relief, you can try using clove powder. Applying a small paste of clove powder after a meal can numb the irritated tooth.
In addition, you can prevent worsening sensitivity by brushing gently using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. We may also suggest a prescription toothpaste with higher fluoride levels to stop enamel loss. You may also need a professional fluoride treatment or dental bonding, which can further reduce your discomfort and protect your teeth. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in treatment of sensitive teeth.