Have you found yourself avoiding many of your favorite foods, like ice cream and soups, because it causes your teeth to become painful? If temperature changes and inhaling air causes you pain, you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. This is a relatively common problem that develops as the enamel becomes thinner, causing the dentin to become exposed. If home remedies have failed to give you relief, your dentist in Boiling Springs can help with a fluoride treatment.
Why are My Teeth Sensitive?
Over time, the hard-outer layer of your tooth, known as the enamel, becomes weaker. However, the rate of demineralization can be amplified from years of consuming sugary or acidic foods and drinks. In addition, brushing too aggressively or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can also lead to the issue.
As the enamel becomes thinner, is causes the underlying layer of the tooth to become exposed, known as the dentin. The tubes within the dentin cause the discomfort when you try to eat or drink something that is hot or cold. The pain will subside shortly; however, it can cause you to start avoiding certain foods for fear of the pain.
How Can I Get Relief?
There are many over-the-counter products, like toothpastes, that can be used to provide relief, but they may not always be effective. If this is the case, your Boiling Springs dentist can give you the relief you need with a fluoride varnish.
Fluoride is known as “nature’s cavity fighter” because it helps to strengthen the enamel. In addition to warding off tooth decay, it can also be used to treat tooth sensitivity. By applying a protective barrier to the teeth with the varnish, it helps to strengthen the thinned enamel to reduce the symptoms.
The procedure is simple and can be performed in just a few minutes. The varnish is applied to the teeth, which dries when it is combined with your saliva. It is a painless and effective solution to help reduce your sensitivity.
Restore Your Quality of Life
In addition to care from your dentist, it is best to take proactive steps at home to prevent further damage to your enamel. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to prevent abrasions to your teeth. If you have a habit of brushing too hard, consider using an electric toothbrush, which features a pressure sensor to alert you when you are pushing too hard. Use a fluoride toothpaste or one that caters to tooth sensitivity to help reduce your symptoms.
If you are tired of living with the pain of tooth sensitivity, your dentist can help you get the relief you need. After an initial consultation, a customized treatment plan is created to stop your pain.
About Dr. Thomas Neslund
Dr. Thomas Neslund has been a trusted dentist in the area since 1998. In addition to general dentistry, he has completed additional training to offer specialty services, including endodontics and pediatric dentistry. He will help you improve your quality of life with optimal oral health. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, contact our office today to discuss your treatment options.