Understanding Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is fairly common and can actually happen to anyone. Arizona Smile Designers and our family dentists in Cottonwood want our patients to be aware of the causes of tooth sensitivity and what they can do to decrease their risk of sensitivity. As the “best dentist near me” our dental practice wants to do everything in our power to ensure patients have healthy teeth and gums and that they are symptom-free of discomfort or sensitivity.

Primary Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Sensitive teeth are quite common and there are no “at-risk” groups for them. The primary causes of tooth sensitivity include the following:

  • Brushing too hard or in an aggressive manner
  • Gum recession
  • Gingivitis
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Plaque buildup
  • Teeth grinding
  • Eating acidic foods
  • Dental procedures
  • Whitening treatments

One or more of these factors may be adding to your tooth sensitivity. If you feel pain or pressure when chewing foods, drinking or eating hot or cold foods and beverages, or overall soreness when brushing your teeth, you should contact your general dentist in Sedona to get to the root of the problem.

Soothe Your Sensitive Teeth

If you are experiencing any type of tooth sensitivity, you should first consult your family dentist in Cottonwood. We recommend the following to soothe tooth sensitivity:

  • Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. There are many brands of toothpaste that are made for people who have sensitive teeth, ask your general dentist for a recommendation at your next teeth cleaning.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can often damage the enamel on your teeth and therefore make them more sensitive.
  • Avoid consuming highly acidic foods. Acid can break down the enamel on your teeth and expose the dentin, which can cause sensitivity.
  • Use a sensitive teeth mouthwash to strengthen your enamel. Ask Arizona Smile Designers about specific mouthwashes to help soothe sensitive teeth.
  • Avoid grinding your teeth. If this is seen as a consistent issue, your dentist may recommend a mouth guard for sleeping to prevent further grinding.

Schedule Your Next Dental CheckUp with Arizona Smile Designers!

If you have been experiencing tooth sensitivity, ask your general dentist in Sedona about potential remedies. The “best dentist near me” can certainly help pinpoint what might be causing your sensitivity and create an individualized treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms. Contact Arizona Smile Designers to schedule your next dental checkup. We look forward to hearing from you soon!