Gentle Care for Sensitive Teeth
Tooth sensitivity can impact your daily life, making you steer clear of certain foods and beverages. Hot, cold, sweet,
and sour foods and drinks can cause sensitive teeth to hurt – a lot! Even brushing and flossing can elicit discomfort. In St. Charles MO, Dr. Jeffrey Smith delivers gentle, personalized care to help sufferers of sensitive teeth.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
The underlying cause of dental sensitivity stems from enamel erosion. This hard substance that surrounds teeth can be worn away by acidic foods and beverages, brushing too vigorously or using a toothbrush with hard bristles, teeth grinding, or other activities can cause tooth enamel to erode or chip.
When enamel is compromised, tiny tubules that extend into the tooth nerve become exposed and no longer protect the nerve from stimulation.
Receding gums that expose inner-tooth structure also contribute to tooth sensitivity.
How does Dr. Smith treat sensitive teeth?
Treatments for dental sensitivity can include homecare and dentist-administered therapies. Dr. Smith may advise you to use a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth and to switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. Limiting the consumption of acidic foods and drinks can help, too.
We can also instruct you on the proper way to brush to protect tooth enamel.
Treatments available at our St. Charles MO dentist’s office include fluoride treatments, bonding to protect sensitive areas, and dental crowns to safeguard damaged teeth.
Don’t put up with the pain of sensitive teeth. Discover the relief you deserve by calling our St. Charles MO dental office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith.