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If your tooth or teeth are sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages, all is not lost. There are things that you and our dentist can do to return your teeth to full health.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

Some of the main dental problems that result in tooth sensitivity include damaged tooth enamel and receding gums. These dental issues may occur if you:

– Brush your teeth too aggressively

– Use a toothbrush with medium or hard bristles

– Frequently eat highly acidic foods and beverages

– Have tooth decay, damaged dental fillings or a cracked tooth

– Grind or clench your teeth

Tooth sensitivity can also be due to a recent dental procedure. If your tooth sensitivity is due to teeth whitening or a dental restoration placement, the discomfort shouldn’t last long.

Prevent Tooth Sensitivity

Taking care of your smile can help prevent tooth sensitivity. Brush and floss your teeth properly to promote healthy teeth and gums and to help prevent tooth sensitivity. Brush your teeth gently with a toothbrush that has soft (or even extra soft) bristles.

Treatment for Tooth Sensitivity

The path to relief from tooth sensitivity can be made clear if you visit Dr. BJ Showman. Talk to our dentist about your concerns and describe what has been happening. The underlying cause of the sensitivity may then be diagnosed and treated at Downtown Dental Associates.

Products to Lessen Sensitivity

Sometimes there is no obvious cause for tooth sensitivity. If this is the case, our dentist may apply fluoride to the teeth to strengthen your tooth enamel and to lessen sensitivity. Using desensitizing toothpastes can block off nerve endings, thus helping with sensitivity! Keep in mind that you may need to use desensitizing toothpaste for a week or two before results are apparent.

To learn more about treatments for tooth sensitivity in Cleveland, Ohio, and to schedule your next reservation, we invite you to contact our office at 216-241-4303.