If you have sensitive teeth, you are not alone. 1 in 3 adults between the ages of 20 and 40 complain of sensitivity. It also affects women more than men. Some of the causes of this common complaint are recession (or exposed root surfaces), “scrubbing” tooth brushing technique, and erosion or “wearing away of the enamel” from chemical causes such as toothpaste that is too abrasive, acid reflux, and foods or drinks that have a high acid content. If we looked at this exposed area of your tooth under a microscope, it would look like Swiss cheese and our goal is to “fill in” all those holes to stop the pain. A very easy and effective way to help your sensitivity is to apply a fluoride varnish to these exposed areas. It takes less than a minute to paint on the fluoride and for some people it can provide relief for up to 6 months! Please let us know if you would like more information about treating tooth sensitivity.
– from Pam B. (Dental Hygienist)