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Tooth sensitivity is an all-too-common dental concern. Whether it’s a sharp sting while enjoying a cold ice cream or a dull ache after sipping a hot tea, sensitive teeth can put a damper on life’s simple pleasures. At Peninsula Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Charleston, we’re committed to ensuring your smile is not only beautiful but also pain-free. In this blog, we’ll explore the causes of sensitive teeth and how you can effectively treat and prevent this dental annoyance.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Several factors can contribute to tooth sensitivity:

  • Enamel erosion due to acidic foods, excessive brushing, or teeth grinding.
  • Gum recession, exposing the softer root surfaces.
  • Tooth decay or cavities.
  • Cracked or chipped teeth.
  • Recent dental procedures.
  • Use of teeth-whitening products.

Steps to Treat Sensitive Teeth

Treating dental sensitivity is not a one-size-fits-all approach. After determining the cause of your sensitive teeth, we may suggest one or more of the following:

  • Switch to a Desensitizing Toothpaste: Over-the-counter toothpastes formulated for sensitive teeth can provide significant relief. These products contain compounds that help block pain signals from the tooth’s surface to its nerve.
  • Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush: Protect your enamel and gums by using a toothbrush with soft bristles. Moreover, adopt a gentle brushing technique to prevent further damage.
  • Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks: Citrus fruits, tomatoes, and carbonated drinks can wear down your enamel. If you consume them, it’s wise to rinse your mouth with water afterward and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.
  • Wear a Mouth Guard: If you’re a nighttime teeth grinder, consider getting a mouth guard. It’ll protect your teeth from excessive wear, which can contribute to sensitivity.
  • Fluoride Treatment: At Peninsula Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we can provide fluoride treatments to strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce pain.
  • Dental Procedures: In cases where sensitivity is due to a dental issue like a cavity or cracked tooth, you may require a dental procedure. Options may include a filling, crown, inlay, or bonding.
  • Root Canal: If your sensitive teeth are due to severe dental issues affecting the tooth’s root, a root canal might be the best solution. This procedure treats problems within the tooth’s soft core (dental pulp), eliminating pain and restoring tooth health.

Prevention is Key

The best treatment is always prevention. Regular dental check-ups, proper oral hygiene, and a balanced diet can keep your teeth healthy and less prone to sensitivity.

Get Relief from Sensitive Teeth in Charleston

Tooth sensitivity might be common, but it’s not something you should overlook. By understanding its causes and following our recommended treatments, you can get back to enjoying your favorite foods and drinks without apprehension. If sensitivity persists or if you have concerns about your dental health, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit to Peninsula Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Charleston. We’re here to ensure every aspect of your oral health is in tip-top shape!

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

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Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany…

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Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an…

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Dr. Luke E. Severance believes dentistry goes far beyond just treating teeth – it’s about building lasting relationships and making a genuine difference in the lives of his patients. Dr. Severance was raised in Florence, South Carolina and graduated with summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina. He went on to receive his…

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