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Tooth sensitivity makes it hard to eat, to drink and to complete daily functions. There are many potential reasons your teeth are sensitive; it is important to seek dental advice as soon as possible to determine the cause and possible treatment.

Possible causes for tooth sensitivity include: cavities, general dental erosion, worn or fractured enamel, an eating disorder, gastric reflux or gum recession. Some potential treatments include:

–Professional Cleaning: If the sensitivity is centered around the gums, a professional cleaning can help reduce plaque buildup and reduce gum sensitivity.

–Desensitizing Toothpaste: The desensitising toothpaste can actually block the nerves that contribute to sensitivity. Apply regularly for best results.

–Fluoride: If dental erosion is the main culprit for your sensitivity, the addition of fluoride will help rebuild your lost enamel. A common way to add fluoride is using fluoridated toothpaste; fluoridated water is also available to about 75% of the United States.

-Root Canal: If the discomfort is located primarily in one tooth and other treatments aren’t working, it could be that the tooth’s pulp has been damaged. In this case, Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler may recommend a root canal.

If you don’t take care of your teeth after the sensitivity has been cared for, the sensitivity may return. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. For more information, call First Dental in Dodge City, Kansas, at 620-225-5154. Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler and our team are happy to help!