Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints that a dentist or dental hygienist hear from their patients.  It has been estimated that about half the adult population will at some time experience a level of sensitivity to hot or cold beverages or even a breath of cold air.  Tooth sensitivity can be a symptom of gum disease or bruxism.   It could also be a matter of genetics or due to some sort of trauma.

Patients typically see their dental hygienist before the dentist arrives.  Your hygienist will ask you if you’ve noticed any changes in your mouth since your last exam.  Be sure to mention any sensitivity however insignificant you may consider it to be.  If the discomfort is due to a cavity, for instance, it’s best that you have it filled asap.  Without treatment, it may become uncomfortable to brush which could increase your risk for the disease. What more can you do?

Dentists and hygienists often recommend that patients who are experiencing increased tooth sensitivity try switching to a toothpaste that has been formulated to relieve the symptoms.  Using a fluoride rinse can also be helpful and will add extra cavity protection.  In-office treatments are available.

If you can avoid acidic foods, keep from grinding your teeth, and brush gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush twice a day you will be less likely to experience the discomfort of tooth sensitivity.

You will find a wide range of general and cosmetic services available under one roof at Meadow Hills Dental in Aurora, CO.