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More and more patients are presenting to our office reporting tooth sensitivity. This is occurring when they eat something cold or even when they brush and floss their teeth. This daily dose of short lived pain can be discouraging and may even prevent proper tooth care. Hopefully this post can bring to light some of the common causes of tooth sensitivity and how to combat it for a more comfortable daily routine.

Some of the triggers for sensitive teeth can include:

Hot and cold foods
Sugary foods
Brushing your teeth
Using mouthwash

Tooth sensitivity can be quite bothersome. The majority of the time, slight pain is experienced and it goes away after a few minutes. In other cases, symptoms can be quite severe. Tooth sensitivity has been known, on occasion, to lead to extremely painful episodes.

Causes of sensitivity:

Commonly, the cause of tooth sensitivity could be due to small cracks or tooth decay. It can also be caused by exposed tooth root surfaces due to gum recession. Those exposed surfaces are sensitive. The root exposure most likely occurred due to incorrect tooth brushing or a result of gum disease.

If dental sensitivity is not treated, it prevents carrying out proper oral hygiene, which could lead to other dental problems such as decay or periodontal disease. To prevent these symptoms, or conditions, refer to the following guide on how to deal with sensitive teeth.

Use the right toothbrush

It is always advised to brush your teeth with a soft bristle brush. This will prevent abrasion of the enamel and erosion of the gums. A gentle touch will also aid in this regard. More pressure is not always better.

Buy correct toothpaste

Use a non-abrasive paste. There are many products that are heavily marketed as sensitive toothpastes. While they may have additives to help with sensitivity, they may be abrasive and designed for stain removal. Consult your dentist on what toothpaste is right for you.

Avoid certain foods

Acidic foods can damage your tooth enamel. This includes fruit juices, wine, salad dressings and soda.

Stop putting objects in your mouth

Do not place foreign objects in the mouth. Aggressive toothpick use is a common culprit of sensitive teeth! We do not recommend them. There are better tools to cleanse your teeth safely and effectively.

Try special mouthwashes

Use mouth wash designed to help reduce sensitivity. These mouthwashes also help strengthen enamel as well.

Treat with fluoride

Fluoride varnish is a great tool to help strengthen and protect you teeth. In addition, fluoride can temporarily reduce sensitivity by blocking irritants from penetrating into the painful parts of the tooth.

Use a mouth guard

Grinding your teeth at night while you are asleep can cause sensitivity. The most effective treatment for this condition is to use a night guard during the hours of sleep that prevent the teeth from contacting in a way they were not designed.

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1. Composite Fillings (Bonding)

Fillings don't just improve your oral health and help prevent tooth decay; they also improve your appearance as well. With tooth-colored composite fillings by Dr Filliman, your fillings will blend naturally with the adjacent teeth giving them a new, bright appearance.

2. Teeth Whitening

Many fo the foods and drinks we love to enjoy today are acdic and staining in nature. Coffee, tobacco and wine are among the worst culprits for staining your teeth. If you feel that your smile has lost its luster, Filliman Dental has many ways teeth whitening services that can bring you smile back to its former white, bright self.

3. Contouring and Reshaping

Often times, a patient is unhappy with the appearance of their teeth because of the shape and contour. Teeth can be chipped, overlapped or just plain misshappen. Small corrections can sometimes make a huge impact on a patients smile. By recontoruing and polishing, teeth can be made to look more uniform and give the patient a more symmetircal smile. The best part is this can be done painlessly without anesthesia.

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If you are looking for the ultimate, long lasting solution to your smile makeover needs, veneers provide the most dramatic results and life like appearance. Veneers can be applied to your exisiting teeth to mask dark or stained teeth and when designed accordingly, can close gaps and correct size or shape discrepancies.

Trust Dr Timothy Filliman at Filliman Dental for all your cosmetic dentistry needs. Give us a call today to find out which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. You'll be glad you did! Serving Basehor, Tonganoxie, Lansing and Leavenworth.

Everyone in Lansing, KS should visit their dentist regularly for optimal oral and overall health. This is supported by the American Dental Assocation's recommendation that you visit your Lansing, KS denitst at least twice a year.

To ensure better, shorter, and more painless checkups, the team at Filliman Dental in Lansing, KS, has come up with some simple tips that you can do at home to maintain your healthy smile.

Brushing

n addition to adhering to the recommendation of brushing your teeth twice a day, there is a specific technique that needs to utilized for the optimal result. Below are some ADA guidelines for toothbrushing.

Angle the toothbrush up toward the gumline. Approx a 45 degree angle.

Using gentle pressure, move the tooth brush back and forth in tooth-wide strokes

Brush outer, inner, and chewing surfaces

Ensure that the bristles are sweeping below the gumline

Using the tip of the tooth brush can help clean the inner aspects of the front teeth

Flossing

This is something that every patient could do more of. Just like brushing, there are specific instructions for flossing to ensure adequate removal of plaque between your teeth.

Using a piece of floss approx 18 inches long, wind each end around your middle fingers

Using your thumb, gently slide the floss between your teeth

At the gum line, form a C-shape against a tooth and gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.

Hold the floss tightly against each tooth and move in easy up and down motions.

What else should I do?

Adhering to a proper brushing and flossing regimen will go a long way to making those dental checkups easy and painless. But if you want to add one more step to your routine, try a mouth wash after each brushing and flossing . Antimicrobial rinses kill bacteria that cause gingivitis and plaque. Fluoride rinses can help also help prevent tooth decay. Rinses are not for everyone – for example, younger children should not use a fluoride rinse -- so check with your Lansing dentist to see if a mouth rinse is appropriate for you.

If you are seeking a qualified dentist in the Lansing, Leavenworth, Tonganoxie, or Basehor Kansas area, call Filliman Dental at 913-682-5615.