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Sensitive Teeth

Published on August 22nd, 2019

Do you find yourself wincing at your first sip of hot coffee in the morning or while eating your favorite ice cream? If so, you may have sensitive teeth, which can cause sharp, temporary pain in your teeth.


Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?


Sensitive teeth can happen to anyone and are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or tooth roots, causing the teeth’s dentin to be exposed. Some factors that contribute to sensitive teeth include:

  • Brushing too hard, or using a toothbrush with hard bristles
  • Gum recession
  • Periodontal disease
  • Cracked teeth
  • Teeth grinding
  • Long-term use of acidic mouthwash (opt for a neutral fluoride mouthwash instead)


Certain treatments at your periodontist in the South Loop may also cause sensitive teeth, including whitening, root planing or filling cavities. This post-treatment sensitivity is completely normal and often temporary.

What Treatments Are There For Sensitive Teeth?


While sensitive teeth will never truly go away, there are ways to make the symptoms lessen or disappear. It is extremely important for your dentist to diagnose the cause of the tooth sensitivity before moving forward with any treatment plans. Some dental treatments for sensitive teeth include bonding, fluoride gel, gum grafting, or a root canal.


What Can I Do At Home?


While it is best to visit your periodontist in the South Loop if you have pain from sensitive teeth, there are some things you can do at home. For example, you can use desensitizing toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush, avoid highly acidic foods, use a fluoride mouthwash daily, and consider getting a mouthguard if you grind your teeth.

If you are experiencing pain with sensitive teeth, contact South Loop Dental Specialists today.

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