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Sensitive Teeth

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of your favourite hot chocolate sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing sometimes cause you to wince in pain? If any of these situations are relatable to you, you may have a case of sensitive teeth.  

Sensitive teeth are a common occurrence in present day Calgary. Common causes of sensitive teeth include:  

  • Worn tooth enamel from aggressive teeth brushing  
  • Gum recession  
  • Tooth decay  
  • Grinding  
  • Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and beverages  

How can you treat sensitive teeth? The first step is to consult your dentist and tell them about your discomfort. Describing your symptoms can help the dentist understand where your pain is coming from and what to recommend for you. Here are some of the available treatments for sensitive teeth.  

Desensitizing Products 

These products contain compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve. They help reduce pain significantly in the case of sensitive teeth, but may take a while to come into effect.  

Fluoride Gel 

Fluoride gel is an in-office technique that serves to strengthen tooth enamel and reduce the transmission of sensation.  

A Crown, Filling, or Bonding  

Quite often, tooth sensitivity is a result of tooth decay. A trip to the dentist for a checkup will allow your dentist to treat this case.  

Root Canals 

If the pain is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other methods, your dentist may recommend a root canal to eliminate the problem.  

Proper, daily oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive teeth. This includes brushing and flossing daily as well as being aware of what foods you are eating. If you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or sensitive teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Apple Dental Group today!