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Tooth sensitivity is a common complaint heard by dentists. With sensitive teeth, hot and cold foods trigger a reaction that ranges from mild tingling to a sharp jolt of pain. Sometimes, even a rush of cool air can cause sensitive teeth symptoms. The good news is that there are many things you and your dentist can do to ease the discomfort of sensitive teeth. Consult with your dentist about your tooth sensitivity, and try these home care tips.
Use Special Toothpaste
If you’re struggling with tooth sensitivity, then try brushing with a specially-formulated toothpaste. Toothpastes that help control sensitivity have either potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which both block tubules in your dentin that all hot and cold temperatures to reach your nerves. With repeated use, these toothpastes can help build a shield around those nerves to end your sensitivity. It also helps to brush with a soft toothbrush so you don’t irritate your gums and harm your enamel.
Fluoride helps to restore tooth enamel, which in turn provides more protection for your teeth nerves. Try using an over-the-counter fluoride rinse, or talk to your dentist about a high-fluoride prescription formula. Your dentist can also apply a fluoride varnish to your teeth for even greater protection.
Brush After Eating
When you eat sugary, starchy, or acidic foods, your teeth pay the price. Acidic foods wear away at your tooth enamel, which leaves your nerves exposed. Sugary and starchy foods cause digestive acids to build up in your mouth, which also harms your enamel. Brush your teeth after consuming these foods so they’ve not in contact with your teeth for extended periods.
Dr. Steven A. Corben, D.M.D. can help ease your tooth sensitivity symptoms and get on the road to good oral health. Our North Shore dental practice offers a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services. Make an appointment now by calling (888) 707-1084.
Last updated 7 days ago
Here at the office of Dr. Steven Corben and associates, we are committed to providing each of our North Shore clients with quality care in a professional yet welcoming environment. In order to make sure that each patient feels comfortable during his or her procedure, we offer sedation dentistry services, which aim to reduce both pain and anxiety levels. Our Danvers dentists practice two different types of sedation dentistry, including oral conscious sedation and inhalation sedation, both of which can be used for patients who are fearful of dental care or of particular tools such as needles and shots.
Sedation dentistry is also particularly helpful for patients who do not respond quickly to anesthesia or those who have very sensitive teeth and gums. If you think that you might benefit from sedation dentistry during your next procedure at our North Shore dentist office, then be sure to consult with Dr. Steven A. Corben or one of his associates. You can learn more about the services that we offer in the Danvers area by calling us at (888) 707-1084 today.
Last updated 16 days ago
When it comes to maintaining a healthy smile, one of the biggest favors that you can do for yourself is to purchase the right toothbrush. There are plenty of factors to consider when browsing through the toothbrush selection at your local pharmacy, all of which you can discuss with your North Shore dentist. Here are our tips for picking the perfect toothbrush:
Opt for Softer Bristles
Most toothbrush manufacturers offer models that fit within three categories of bristle firmness: soft, medium, and firm. While some may claim that a firmer brush is more effective at fighting plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth, the tough bristles that they contain can actually cause gum irritation and even lead to bleeding. As a general rule of thumb, opt for soft-bristled brushes that will allow you to clean more gently.
Look for a Contoured Brush Head
Another feature to look for in a toothbrush is a well-contoured head that is flexible and capable of reaching your smile's many crevices. Avoid purchasing toothbrushes that have a solid plastic head, since they can easily break under pressure. As your North Shore dentist will remind you, your toothbrush should be capable of carefully cleaning every single tooth, even the back molars.
Consider Upgrading to an Electric Brush
If you have not already made the switch to an electric toothbrush, then be sure to inquire about its many benefits with your Salem dentist. Many professionals recommend electric brushes since they can effectively clean each tooth in a quick and incredibly safe manner. Some newer versions even alert you when you're brushing too hard, which means you're less likely to irritate your teeth and gums over time.
If you have questions about selecting the right toothbrush, then be sure to consult with Dr. Steven A. Corben, D.M.D. today. Dr. Corben and his team can assist you in choosing the right tools to keep your smile looking its best. To find out more about our North Shore dentistry services, call (888) 707-1084.