A select group of us know the feeling of biting into a popsicle, taking a sip of a cold drink, or smiling in a gust of wind and then reeling in pain. Sensitive teeth have an effect on the way those with weak enamel eat and live their lives. Although their teeth are often yellower because of lost enamel, whitening is out of the question. They can’t bite into cold foods, and dental treatment can be very uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are ways to turn the situation around. Strengthening sensitive teeth is a real possibility, with both at-home and professional measures.
Strengthen Teeth and Reduce Sensitivity at Home
- Stop grinding – Teeth grinding wears away enamel, exposing the inner layers of the tooth to outside stimuli. The nerves of a worn tooth are closer to the tooth’s surface, making that tooth a ticking bomb that can cause pain at any time. Stop grinding by getting a mouth guard, reducing your stress, and relaxing before bedtime.
- Avoid acidic foods/drinks – Acidic substances wear away at tooth enamel and can set off twinges.
- Use fluoride – Fluoride is the #1 way to naturally rebuild your enamel. Fluoride remineralizes enamel, thickening its layer. You have the option of using a fluoride toothpaste, swishing fluoride mouthwash daily, or seeking in-office fluoride treatments.
Denver Dentist Strengthens The Enamel of Sensitive Teeth
If your teeth are incredibly sensitive and home treatments aren’t getting the strengthening job done, there are more involved steps you can take in our office.
- Bonding – Dental bonding adds tooth-colored resin to an area lacking structure. Dr. Hargreaves is able to place material over worn, sensitive areas to protect the teeth and reduce discomfort.
- Veneers – As with bonding, veneers create new outer layers for teeth. These v-shaped porcelain restorations blend with your other teeth while strengthening your smile.
Don’t live on in discomfort. Your sensitive teeth can be dealt with, and doing so will change your life. Learn more by getting in touch with our Cherry Creek dentists.