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Anchorage's Family Dentistry Experts Discuss Tooth Sensitivity May 25, 2016

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Anchorage's Family Dentistry Experts Discuss Tooth Sensitivity, Anchorage, Alaska

If you’ve been experiencing sudden discomfort when you eat or drink, you may be experiencing dentin hypersensitivity, more commonly known as tooth sensitivity. But what causes it, and what can you do about it? The team at Family First Dentistry is here to help. This Anchorage dental clinic is the area’s leading provider of a wide range of family dentistry services, from routine checkups and cleanings to specialized services like wisdom teeth removal and cosmetic dentistry. They frequently help patients work with sensitive teeth to avoid any serious health issues.

Where Does It Come From?

Tooth sensitivity has a number of causes, including tooth decay, worn enamel, and gum disease. These issues can expose the dentin, the porous layer of your teeth that connects with the nerves and tissue inside them. Many foods and beverages can irritate this delicate area, especially things that are hot, cold, acidic, or sweet. The pain you feel is your body’s response to this irritation.

How Can I Treat My Tooth Sensitivity?

family dentistryAccording to Anchorage’s family dentistry experts, good oral hygiene is the first step to treating tooth sensitivity. A healthy brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine will protect your gums and tooth enamel. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and replace the brush every 90 days for the best cleaning results. Many major oral health brands offer products specifically formulated to treat sensitivity, so ask your dentist if they can recommend a desensitizing toothpaste and low-acid mouthwash. Your dentist may also be able to treat your sensitivity with a fluoride treatment to strengthen your tooth enamel.

What Else Can I Do?

Certain lifestyle habits, like smoking and chewing tobacco, can contribute to tooth sensitivity. Giving up these habits can help prevent new sensitive areas from forming. If a prescription medication is contributing to your tooth sensitivity, talk with your doctor about changing brands. Health events such as puberty, pregnancy, and aging can also contribute to sensitivity, so it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle at all times.

An Anchorage’s best dentist’s office, you’ll find a team of family dentistry professionals who are committed to ensuring that you and your family have healthy, beautiful smiles. To schedule an appointment at Family First Dentistry, call (907) 562-2820. Visit their website to read about the team and their full range of services and to find important intake forms for new patients.

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