If you’re like most adults, you’ve experienced the sharp pain that can sometimes follow a gulp of coffee or a bite of ice cream. This hypersensitivity comes from exposed dentin, the sensitive tooth layer beneath your enamel. Dentin contains numerous tubules that lead down to the root nerves of a tooth, and when exposed they allow hot, cold and acidic foods to affect those nerves.

To get relief, purchase a toothpaste that’s specially formulated for sensitive teeth. Look for a desensitizing toothpaste with either potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, ingredients that will help fortify your tooth enamel by “plugging” the exposed tubules in the dentin.

When using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth, be sure to also use a soft-bristled toothbrush that will not damage gums and expose dentin further. If certain spots are extremely sensitive, lose the brush and just use your finger to swab the paste over those spots. Let the paste sit on teeth for a few minutes, then rinse lightly.

Your tooth sensitivity should disappear or at least be reduced within 2-4 weeks. If it doesn’t, there is likely a more serious problem. If teeth pain persists, don’t hesitate to contact the office of Dr. Jue here at A Beautiful Smile of Lake Pointe to get your appointment scheduled sooner rather than later. All of our treatments are drill-free so you don’t have to worry about further pain. Call us today.