Why are my teeth sensitive?
The pain attributed to sensitivity is caused when microscopic cracks develop in the teeth after the gums or enamel has worn down. These cracks allow sensations from eating or drink hot/cold items, touching the teeth, or exposing the teeth to cold air to reach the nerves, thus causing sensitivity. Call our Durham dentist, Dr. Schlotterer, today if you have sensitive teeth to receive the care you need.

Is tooth sensitivity a common condition?
Having sensitive teeth is a common complaint among American dental patients. It has been estimated that over 45 million adults in the U.S. alone experience sensitive teeth.

How can I avoid tooth sensitivity?
A good way to prevent tooth sensitivity is to not use toothpastes that contain abrasive ingredients, whitening agents, or sodium pyrophosphate (the key ingredient in tartar-control toothpastes).

What can I do about sensitive teeth?
Dr. Schlotterer recommends using desensitizing toothpaste and decreasing the amount of acid-containing foods you eat. Use only soft-bristled toothbrushes. Do not brush your teeth too hard as doing so can wear down the surface of the tooth root and expose sensitive spots. You may be brushing your teeth to hard if the bristles on your toothbrush are pointing in multiple directions. You can also speak to Dr. Schlotterer about dental sealants and other desensitizing filling materials, such as fluoride, during your consultation.

How do I know when it’s time to see Dr. Schlotterer for tooth sensitivity?
If your tooth reacts to cold and hot temperatures and is highly sensitive for more than just a few days, it is a good time to visit Dr. Schlotterer. He can provide an accurate diagnosis to provide effective treatment and increase comfort. Since the symptoms of tooth sensitivity can be similar to that of a cavity or undetected abscess, it is essential to get an accurate diagnosis.

Do any products decrease tooth sensitivity?
Toothpastes that are made for sensitive teeth usually include a desensitizing agent. Sensitive toothpaste must be used regularly in order to be beneficial.

What should I do after the dentist has applied a desensitizing agent?
Follow Dr. Schlotterer’s instructions closely. He may advise you not to drink or eat for a certain amount of time. He may also recommend eliminating sources of increased sensitivity such as medication, flavored toothpastes, or acidic foods. Oral hygiene habits that can cause irritation or abrasion may need to be adjusted. Dr. Schlotterer may also recommend using a daily fluoride application (a brush-on gel or rinse).