Gentle Dental of West Chester
125 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380

Proper Dental Care for Teeth Sensitivity Relief

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When you have sensitive teeth, eating and drinking can become a challenge. Cold, hot, sour, and sweet foods can bring intense, shooting pain instead of pleasure. Even breathing in frigid air can hurt. Tooth sensitivity develops when your teeth’s underlying dentin becomes exposed. Dentin is the layer of material just under your tooth enamel; it contains thousands of small tubes that are connected to nerve endings. If your enamel becomes thin or damaged, or your gums start to recede, dentin exposure and subsequent sensitive teeth are likely.

What Are the Causes of Sensitive Teeth?

Some causes of sensitive teeth are unavoidable, but others can be modified. Here are several common conditions associated with tooth sensitivity:

  • Receding gums
  • Enamel erosion
  • Overly vigorous brushing
  • Teeth-whitening products and long-term mouthwash use
  • Eating acidic foods or drinks
  • Chipped, cracked, or fractured teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Teeth clenching and grinding
  • Plaque on teeth roots
  • Recent dental procedures

7 Tips for Managing Teeth Sensitivity

Here are seven effective home dental care tips to help you deal with the painful symptoms of sensitive teeth:

  1. Practice proper dental care with regular brushing and flossing
  2. Only use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  3. Be gentle when brushing around your gum line
  4. Wear a mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding at night
  5. Use toothpaste developed for treating tooth sensitivity
  6. Limit or avoid acidic foods and drinks
  7. Have routine professional teeth cleanings and dental exams

Seek Expert Dental Care for Teeth Sensitivity

Dental bonding, dentin sealers, or varnishes applied to root surfaces can reduce some of the causes of sensitive teeth and relieve your pain if more conservative measures don’t manage your teeth sensitivity.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in West Chester, call Gentle Dental of West Chester today at (484) 643-4417 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in West Chester. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of West Chester, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of West Chester.

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