Millions of Americans complain of some degree of tooth sensitivity each year. This drives many people to try using one of the specially formulated toothpastes sold at the retail level. Many of these brands use potassium nitrate to help alleviate sensitivity and discomfort. While this might provide short term relief, dentists like Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader note that tooth sensitivity toothpaste might only mask symptoms of a developing dental health condition. Without professional treatment the underlying problem could continue to worsen.
Tooth enamel erosion often contributes to tooth sensitivity. This is often the result of poor oral hygiene or the frequent consumption of acidic beverages that expand the pores in your tooth enamel to expose the sensitive dentin beneath. If this is a factor, our dentists can administer a fluoride treatment. This might also be followed up with a prescription for fluoride supplements and brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Active cavities and untreated dental fractures can also contribute to tooth sensitivity discomfort. our dentists will need to repair all the affected teeth to alleviate the discomfort.
If you live in the Oakmont, Pennsylvania, area and you are struggling with tooth sensitivity problems, you should call 412-828-3311 to have if professionally diagnosed and treated at Oakmont Family Dentists.