A lot of people have tooth sensitivity to one degree or another, causing them to avoid certain foods and beverages. If this sounds like you, please talk to us about it at Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township MI.
People with sensitive teeth are most likely to have problems with temperature. Hot or cold things, like coffee and ice cream, can be really difficult. Chewing hard foods can also be difficult.
There is more than one cause of sensitive teeth, so it’s important to have a proper diagnosis. A common cause is worn tooth enamel. This can expose the dentin just beneath it. Enamel can wear down from using a hard-bristle toothbrush and brushing too aggressively. That’s why we always – repeat, always – recommend using a soft-bristled brush and a light touch.
- Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
- Tooth decay
- Receding gums
- Bruxism or teeth grinding
The treatment for sensitive teeth may involve filling a cavity or replacing a worn filling. If it’s caused by gum loss, you may need a graft. Many cases respond very well to sensitive-teeth toothpaste. Take a look in the store: just about every major brand includes a line for sensitive teeth, and they are known to work. Many people see results within a week or two.
The most important thing is to talk to us about it, at Ray McKinley DDS & Brittany McKinley-Holloway DDS — McKinley General, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Shelby Township MI. Our services include general and restorative dentistry, and people from Washington Township, Macomb, and Lakeside also come to our office for cosmetic options and dental implants. Contact us today!