Got Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity is a common concern for patients.  Therefore, I will address this issue.  Below are possible reasons for tooth sensitivity:

  • Exposed tooth roots
  • Tooth decay
  • Leaking old fillings or crowns
  • Abrasion from heavy brushing

Use a soft bristle toothbrush and avoid using toothpaste that contains baking soda, peroxide or whitening because they can be abrasive.  My analogy for this is: Can you imagine scrubbing your sink twice daily with scouring powder or get?  Over time, this would lead to the removal of any protecting coating or finish on the sink.  Your hard bristle toothbrush and toothpaste can act similar.
Get some regular toothpaste and use the whitening paste less often.  I recommend using the abrasive whitening paste once a week.  Another possible solution is buying fluoride rinse from your local drugstore.  Rinse daily as instructed for about 2 weeks.  If it is still causing you discomfort, please schedule an appointment BEFORE it gets worse.