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The OKC Dentist: Sensitive Teeth and the Holidays

The OKC Dentist: Make sure that Holiday Cheer isn’t interrupted.

The OKC Dentist knows that football, pumpkin pie, and hot chocolate are all things that we think of during this time of year. So close to Thanksgiving a lot of people are gearing up for dinners with their families. It also happens to be a time of the year when people notice that their teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. So soon after the candy ladened holiday of Halloween if you’re not brushing and flossing regularly you may notice that you have problems with sensitive teeth.

Your sensitive teeth may come from these:

  • Cavities
  • A broken or fractured tooth
  • Fillings that have been worn down
  • Gingivitis
  • Worn enamel

Your tooth’s enamel acts like a layer of armor to protect the crowns of your teeth as well as the cementum underneath the gumline. Beneath these lies the dentin, which isn’t nearly as hard and contains extremely tiny tubes. When the dentin wears thin it exposes the tooth root underneath to the hot and cold foods that you eat. The hypersensitivity that results is often unpleasant.

Depending on the reason that your teeth are experiencing sensitivity the OKC Dentist may recommend the following treatments:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste: Desensitizing toothpaste contains medicines that help block the nerve’s transmission from the tooths surface. This approach usually requires you to apply it several times. The American Dental Association has several kinds of toothpaste that it can recommend.
  • Fluoride gel. Fluoride gel helps to strengthen the tooths enamel which protects the tooth as a whole.
  • A crown, inlay or bonding. If there is structural damage to the tooth having it repaired will reduce the sensitivity of the exposed never.
  • Surgical gum graft: If there is gum tissue missing from around the root a gum tissue graft will help protect it again.
  • Root canal. If the sensitivity is too severe then your OKC Dentist may want to perform a root canal to reduce the pain.

Maintaining your oral hygiene is keep to preventing many of the issues that might cause sensitivity ask your dentist if you experience any of these issues during the holiday season. You can follow the OKC Dentist here.