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Don’t Settle for Dental Sensitivity

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Don’t Settle for Dental SensitivityIt’s summertime and you should be enjoying a nice, cold piece of fruit or a refreshing glass of frosty lemonade. If your sensitive teeth are causing you to settle for warmer foods and room-temperature beverages, then it is time to stop settling! Understanding the cause of dental sensitivity and consulting a dentist in the Smithfield area are two great ways to improve your situation.

Not to be confused with a basic toothache, dental sensitivity is the brief, sharp pain that is experienced when the teeth are exposed to certain stimuli, such as extreme temperatures, in the absence of other known dental problems (cavities, cracks, etc.).  This hypersensitivity is seen when the inner structure of the teeth (dentin) is exposed due to gum recession, enamel erosion, or poor oral hygiene.

As a result of exposed dentin and hypersensitivity, the quality of your daily life can be negatively affected. You may no longer enjoy your favorite foods or beverages due to the discomfort.

The solution to dental hypersensitivity is often simple. Sensitive formula toothpaste can typically relieve the discomfort on a daily basis. Your dentist can help you to select the proper desensitizing toothpaste product and advise you on how to use it for the best outcome. However, these products will only be effective when the sensitivity is truly related to dental exposure, rather than a more serious dental defect or another form of pathology. Also, tooth sensitivity should respond to a desensitizing product within about 2 weeks of regular use. If the issue is not improved or eliminated within this timeframe, the dentist may suggest an alternative treatment solution.

For more advanced sensitivity issues, your dentist might prescribe a strong fluoride product or a simple restorative procedure to cover and protect the exposed area.

Don’t miss out on your favorite cold treats during the hot Smithfield summer. Instead, consult your dentist to get to the root of the problem today.

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