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Sensitive Teeth – Treatment for Sensitivity: Scottsdale Dentist

 

If you have sensitive teeth, there are options to treat sensitivity. Sensitive teeth may alter your daily lifestyle due to the temporary sharp, shooting pain. Certain substances, like sour candy, or temperatures, like cold ice cream cause discomfort. Anyone can experience teeth sensitivity.

Some factors of your oral health may contribute to sensitivity, including:

  • gingivitis or gum disease
  • teeth fractures (like a chip or crack)
  • clenching and grinding
  • plaque
  • acidic foods
  • brushing too hard
  • gum recession
  • whitening treatments

To help improve the symptoms of sensitive teeth, there are a variety of treatments available. A proper diagnosis from a dentist will help guide you to the right treatment. Treatment of sensitive teeth could vary from changing your toothbrush to a softer head, to receiving a deep cleaning.

Treatment for sensitivity includes:

  • receiving a custom night guard from your dentist
  • using a soft bristled toothbrush
  • using “sensitive” or “desensitizing” toothpaste
  • receiving a dental cleaning from your hygienist
  • adding a fluoride mouthwash to your routine
  • receiving a fluoride treatment from your dentist

If you are experiencing sensitivity to hot/cold foods and more, it is worth it to take a trip to your dentist for evaluation. Sensitive teeth are an indication that you may need to change oral care products or receive treatment. Learn more about sensitive teeth in our blog “What Causes Sensitive Teeth?” at https://www.serenitysmiles.com/blog/oral-health-topics/what-causes-sensitive-teeth-oral-health-topic/

To learn more about toothbrush types, we recommend visiting: https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/why-oral-b/electric-toothbrushes/types-of-toothbrushes

To learn more about sensitive toothpastes, we recommend visiting: https://oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/solutions/toothpaste/pain-relief-toothpaste-sensitive-teeth

 

What is Laser Dentistry: Scottsdale Dentist

What is Laser Dentistry?

Lasers in dentistry works by using energy in the form of light and can give several benefits to patients. Lasers can:

  •  remove the decay and prepare teeth for a filling. 
  • reshape gums and remove bacteria when receiving a root canal. 
  • cut pain free for a biopsy and relieve canker sore pain. 
  • whiten teeth quicker than alternative methods.

Laser use rather than a dental drill may

  • reduce numbing needed for your procedure
  • lower anxiety that a patient may have with drilling
  • reduce bleeding, swelling, and more!

There are several more applications of lasers that dentists are happy to provide.

  • In hard tissues, lasers are cavity detectors, providing early detection of small cavities. Lasers can also seal the tubules at the root of teeth, which helps remove sensitive feelings.
  • In soft tissues, lasers lengthen the look of teeth and eliminate “gummy” looking smiles. Also, lasers are used for frenulas (“tongue-tied” children) and patients with speech problems. 

Laser dentistry is helpful in various treatments for patients. Call us today at Serenity Smiles if you are interested in incorporating laser dentistry into your custom treatment!

Dental Floss or Water Flosser: Scottsdale Dentist

Dental floss and water flossing are both effective ways to clean the spaces between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Dental floss is guided by your fingers to reach between teeth and under the gums. Guiding dental floss to make a “C” shape (like a hug) around the sides of your teeth is the best technique for effective cleaning.

A water flosser is a powered flossing device that uses water pressure to clean the spaces between teeth and under the gums. A water flosser has an easy-to-handle head, making it a breeze to use for an effective cleaning.

There are pros and cons to each type of flossing method, but the most important habit to keep would be daily flossing, however you find it easiest.

Dental Floss Pros

  • Can travel anywhere with floss!
  • Inexpensive and convenient to find
  • Different thickness and types for your comfort

Dental Floss Cons

  • May be hard to use effectively
  • May be hard to reach between some teeth in the back of the mouth
  • May “pop” between your teeth

Water Flosser Pros

  • Comes with different speeds for sensitivity
  • Can mix water with mouthwash for a fresh feeling
  • Can work in a specific area for as long as needed – such as a deep pocket

Water Flosser Cons

  • Not as easy to travel with
  • May cause sensitivity in the gums due to water pressure
  • May cause gum recession if improperly used