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Does a sip of hot coffee/tea or a bite of ice cream ever cause you to wince? Has brushing and/or flossing ever caused you to flinch? Is eating sweets ever more painful than pleasurable? If you answered yes to any of these questions you might have sensitive teeth. It isn’t normal for your teeth to hurt when eating or drinking, even if the items are hot, cold, or sweet! According to Dentistrytoday.com, dental hypersensitivity is a common condition that affects about 20% of adults in the United States.
Sensitive teeth can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor oral health and dental hygiene, having exposed or damaged roots, decay, cavities, or cracks in the teeth, cleanings, and/or using tooth whitening products/procedures.
With statistics(dentistrytoday.com) showing that 1 in 5 people in the United States suffering from dental hypersensitivity, it's surprising that only 42% of patients talk to their dentist about the condition and only 27% report use desensitizing products. Many people think that having sensitive teeth is a natural part of life that they just have to deal with. What they don’t realize is that there are a number of products available that can help ease the condition, repair some of the damage, and help prevent further desensitization.
At-Home Treatment Options for Sensitive Teeth
Living with sensitive teeth can be an annoying nuisance that can keep you from enjoying the foods and drinks you love. Thankfully, Mountainside Medical Equipment offers a variety of desensitizing products that can be used right in the comforts of your own home:
With as little as just one treatment Senzzzzz Away Tooth Desensitizer provides clinically proven effective relief from oral sensitivity to colds, sweets, and heat. This odor-free and taste-free gel provides immediate relief that lasts for a full 6 months! (Please note that Senzzzzz Away is intended for use by those 18 years of age and older.)
Sensodyne toothpaste has been clinically proven to provide long-lasting relief from tooth pain and sensitivity. Conveniently available over-the-counter without a prescription, this protective toothpaste creates pain-blocking barriers on teeth to help shield them from exposure to pain-triggers like hot, cold, and sweets. Sensodyne ProNamel, which is recommended by 4 out of 5 dentists, is specially formulated to help re-harden the enamel on your teeth while protecting against acid erosion. As an added bonus, Sensodyne products also contain fluoride to help prevent cavities.
Your doctor can also prescribe MI Paste, which uses an ingredient called Recaldent to help reverse sensitivity by restoring calcium, phosphate, and fluoride uptake and remineralization. MI Paste has proven to be a very effective at-home treatment option. It’s easy to use, safe to use indefinitely, and is used in conjunction with your traditional oral care routine of brushing and flossing.
ACT Restoring Anticavity Mouthwash is formulated to remineralize soft spots and strengthen tooth enamel, which also helps reduce tooth sensitivity and prevent tooth decay. It also kills the germs that cause bad breath and reduces cavities up to 70% more than just brushing alone!