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Are you finding yourself with tooth pain from eating or drinking hot, cold, sweet or sticky foods? If these items are causing you pain, you are likely experiencing tooth sensitivity. Taking good care of your teeth and gums is your best defense against this condition, which means brushing and flossing daily. Combined with regular, six-month professional dental cleanings will help you fight cavities and gum recession.

This is important because healthy teeth and gums protect against holes in tooth enamel. The enamel keeps the dentin layer below it insulated. This matters, because the dentin has microscopic tubules that let heat, cold, acidic and sticky foods get to the tooth pulp. The tooth pulp has the tooth’s nerves and cells. If temperature extremes and sweet or sticky items reach it, you will feel pain.

So, what can you do about tooth sensitivity in your smile?

— Block pain to the tooth by using a desensitizing toothpaste every day.

— Strengthen and protect tooth enamel to lower sensitivity by using a fluoride gel by your dentist.

— Eliminate areas of sensitivity by having a dental restoration. An inlay, dental bonding, or a dental crown can eliminate pain once the area is fixed.

— A gum graft can replace lost gum tissue and give protection to the exposed tooth root. Your dentist may refer you out for this.

— A root canal can eliminate tooth sensitivity altogether but is generally a last resort.

Don’t let tooth sensitivity get the best of you. Schedule a visit with our dentists in Springboro, Dayton, and Kettering, Ohio to address your tooth sensitivity.

At Dayton Comprehensive Dentistry, Dr. Sellers, Dr. Platt, Drs. Caitlin and Michael Lochtefeld are happy to help you have the healthy, pain-free smile you deserve. Just call (937) 253-3601 today!