For those of you in the Owensboro area who feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or who cringe each time you brush or floss, Thompson & Frey Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is here for you.
The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can result in receding gums, which leads to the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort.
We usually recommend an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that helps curb tooth pain after several applications. There are many brands to choose from, and most drugstores and supermarkets carry them.
It’s also possible that the cause of one or more sensitive teeth is a cavity. In that case, treatment is as simple as filling it. It might be an existing filling that needs replacement. Or it could indicate a crown that should be replaced.