Signs You Should Switch Consider Switching to Sensitivity Toothpaste
Posted on 11/20/2019 by Matt Aldridge DDS
Sensitive teeth have many different causes and depending on the cause can depend on the severity of the pain experienced from sensitive teeth.
In short, sensitive teeth are caused by worn enamel which can happen because of poor oral hygiene, erosion due to acidic foods, or even after brushing your teeth. However, there are cases where worn enamel is not the cause for sensitive teeth and it could be an exposed tooth root caused from the gums receding due to gum disease.
Sensitivity toothpaste can be an effective treatment given certain circumstances. The way this type of toothpaste works compared to other types is that it attempts to fill microscopic tubes in the dentin of your teeth. Dentin is the layer residing underneath the tooth's enamel. Dentin is a sensitive material connected to many nerves in your teeth. By blocking these tubes, sensitivity toothpaste can stop sensitivity due to exposed dentin. Generally, it will take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks of regular use for sensitivity toothpaste to become effective.
When to Switch Toothpaste
Sensitivity toothpaste is effective for only certain people. People who can benefit from this type of toothpaste are people whose sensitive teeth are not caused by a great amount of damage to their teeth. In these cases, the sensitivity toothpaste can restore a normal feeling back to the person's teeth and they will be able to eat the foods that they enjoy the most again.
However, sensitivity toothpaste is not for everyone. People who deal with sensitivity of the teeth because of more serious problems like cavities and exposed tooth roots, may not benefit from sensitivity toothpaste. It is also important to note that using sensitivity toothpaste will not fix these conditions, and it is possible that they become worse over time if not dealt with in the proper way.
We always recommend coming in for a visit if you are dealing with continual sensitive teeth. We will be able to spot what is causing the sensitive teeth or tooth and offer a solution to fix it. If you have any more questions about if sensitivity toothpaste is good for you, give us a call.
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