Caring for Sensitive Teeth

Cosmetic & Family Dentist Serving Salt Lake City, West Valley City, Draper & Nearby Utah

Posted: April 18, 2014
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Do you wince when you drink a hot cup of tea, or get feelings of discomfort when sipping ice water? If you commonly experience tooth pain, Salt Lake City dentist Dr. Keith Warr can examine your mouth and suggest treatment options for your symptoms.

Sensitivity often occurs when tooth enamel is worn away or gum tissue recedes, exposing the portion of the tooth that protects the nerve (called dentin). In addition to extreme hot or cold, some patients might experience sensitivity when brushing, flossing, and eating sweet or acidic foods. Sensitivity could also indicate a decayed or damaged tooth.

If your tooth pain is accompanied by discoloration or bad breath, you might be suffering from a cavity and should seek treatment from your dentist as soon as possible. If your enamel is worn or your gums have receded, on the other hand, there are steps you can take to reduce discomfort in your daily life:

  • Use a desensitizing toothpaste: Toothpastes containing ingredients like potassium nitrate can diminish the irritation stemming from exposed dentin tissue
  • Select fluoride treatment: Our dentist can apply a fluoride varnish to your teeth that strengthens the enamel
  • Brush gently: When brushing your teeth, use light pressure and a soft, circular motion on each tooth, rather than a horizontal sawing movement

If you suffer from sensitive teeth and you’d like to restore the shine to your smile, it’s best to select professional teeth whitening treatment. Though at-home teeth whitening is convenient, the strength of the over-the-counter bleaching agent won’t be customized to fit your needs and sensitive portions of your teeth and gums could be exposed, potentially leading to irritation.

To find out what’s causing your tooth pain, please contact Warr Dental or call 801-216-3713 today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Warr serves patients in or around the Salt Lake City area.