Dr. Frank Roach has offered patients in the Atlanta, Georgia area quality professional dentistry services for decades by staying committed to the latest technologies and breakthrough procedures in the industry. Below, he discusses a few at-home and in-office solutions for patients who suffer from sensitive teeth.
People around the world endure through symptoms of sensitive teeth without knowing how to solve it, which can make eating or drinking anything with temperature a real struggle. Dr. Frank Roach has attended to hundreds of patients who have issues with sensitive teeth and understands a variety of ways to combat it, both at home and in dentist offices.
“Sensitive teeth don’t necessarily react to extreme temperatures like hot soups or cold ice cream alone; some people have such severe sensitivity that something as simple as whistling or drawing too much air into the mouth can cause discomfort,” says Dr. Frank Roach. “Not every case requires the same solution, but thankfully there are a lot of options today for patients to try out.”
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
First up on Dr. Frank Roach’s list of solutions is the easiest: everyone, he says, should brush their teeth at least once or twice a day and preferably after each time they eat. Many of the food and drinks we consume can degrade our teeth and make them more sensitive, especially when not brushed off for hours at a time. Dr. Roach recommends brushing frequently and flossing each day to remove the bits of food around the gums that toothbrushes have a hard time reaching.
Sensodyne or Other Desensitizing Toothpastes
Sensodyne toothpaste has been highly recommended by dental professionals like Dr. Frank Roach for decades because of its ability to calm sensitive teeth and numb them against temperature. This brand and other desensitizing toothpastes rely on active ingredients like potassium nitrate and strontium acetate/chloride that repel sensitivity when used each day.
It’s very common for dentists to apply fluoride to the sensitive areas of patients’ teeth to strengthen tooth enamel and ultimately reduce their pain. Fluoride is a major component of many dental remedies, and doctors may even suggest prescription fluoride swishes or trays that patients can use at home to overcome sensitivity.
Sensitive teeth can cause severe pain and many treatment approaches may prove to be ineffective. In that case, and if your pain is severe enough each day, your dentist might recommend a root canal, which is a procedure used to treat problems in the tooth’s soft core.
“Root canals are the ultimate solution for extreme cases, but your dentist will discuss with you if this is a viable solution for your discomfort,” says Dr. Frank Roach. “Otherwise, you should start with one of the more simpler items on this list.”