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Are sensitive teeth ruining your summer?

Dentist Columbia

If you ever ate some icy cold ice cream – and felt a flash of pain in your teeth – you’re probably suffering from the effects of sensitive teeth. And it’s probably time to visit your dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych for help.

Many people don’t eat or drink things they previously enjoyed because they worry about the pain that occurs when eating cold ice cream or drinking a piping hot latte. Having sensitive teeth means that eating or drinking anything with an extreme temperature can cause pain, whether it’s hot or cold.

The pain usually occurs when the hot or cold touches the patient’s teeth and gums. But people with sensitive teeth can experience pain when brushing and flossing. So what causes the sensitivity?

Your dentist Columbia warns that years of brushing too roughly can cause sensitivity. Sensitive teeth happen when a patient’s gums draw away, exposing the sensitive part of the tooth.

Small holes in the dentin connect to the nerve and cause pain when aggravated by certain foods and beverages, or by brushing and flossing. So what should you do if drinking a Slurpee or a Starbucks causes you to scream out in pain? Visit your dentist Columbia!

We will determine whether you have sensitive teeth and determine what is causing the sensitivity. Your gums may have receded and this could be causing your pain, but there are other reasons as well.

Your dentist Columbia wants to rule out gum disease, which is a very serious infection of the gums and bones that surround your teeth. If not treated, gum disease can advance to the point where you can lose your teeth.

To reduce sensitivity, we may recommend using soft-bristled toothbrushes, special toothpaste made for sensitive teeth, or fluoride rinses. Remember, you need to visit the dentist every six months for a cleaning or a checkup. If you are overdue for a cleaning, you owe it to yourself to schedule your next appointment today.

It’s finally summer…don’t let your tooth sensitivity cause you to run away from the ice cream truck! It’s time to get help so that you can enjoy your popsicles once again! Call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule a consultation.