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Why Would Sensitivity Toothpaste Not Help?

Posted on 7/26/2021 by Northstar Dental
Why Would Sensitivity Toothpaste Not Help?If you have sensitive teeth, you probably are not able to enjoy an ice cream cone or a cup of hot coffee without experiencing discomfort. Heightened tooth sensitivity is very common, and there are many different treatment options available. One of the first suggestions we usually make for patients with sensitive teeth is to switch to a toothpaste designed to help with sensitivity. However, sensitivity toothpaste may not work for everyone. Read on to learn more.

How Does Sensitivity Toothpaste Work?

Sensitivity toothpastes are actually very similar to regular toothpastes, other than the fact that they contain additives such as potassium nitrate to help restore your enamel and block pain sensors. Heightened tooth sensitivity is generally caused by your enamel getting worn down, whether that is due to tooth decay, teeth grinding, or acid erosion. When your enamel is worn down, more nerve endings are exposed, resulting in an amplified response to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. The ingredients found in sensitivity toothpaste work to rebuild your enamel, fill in holes, and allow your nerve endings to gradually build up a tolerance to temperature changes and sugar.

When Does Sensitivity Toothpaste Not Help?

Heightened tooth sensitivity can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious issue that using a special toothpaste alone will not help. For instance, if your tooth sensitivity is the result of an untreated cavity or tooth decay, you need to address the underlying issue or else your discomfort will only get worse. Plus, you could be at risk for developing gum disease or even losing teeth. Additionally, if you have a chipped or cracked tooth that has damaged your gums, resulting in heightened sensitivity, using sensitivity toothpaste will not make this pain go away. You should always let us know if your teeth feel more sensitive than usual so we can figure out the source of your discomfort and develop the appropriate treatment plan. Call us today to discuss your options.

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