Treatment and Prevention
Although gum and tooth sensitivity can lead to severe mouth health issues, both are treatable and preventable. While they can sometimes be confused for the other, they do have some different causes and symptoms. But the key to both gum and tooth sensitivity prevention is the same: practice an excellent oral care routine.
This starts with brushing your teeth twice a day. It's helpful to use a toothpaste with many benefits that fight plaque and gingivitis – two culprits leading to sensitive gums and teeth. Cleaning between your teeth (also known as interdental cleaning) once a day will get the hard-to-reach bacteria that turn into plaque. You may be averse to picking up flossing as a daily habit if you have gum sensitivity between the teeth. Trying other forms of interdental cleanings, like using a water flosser, may feel less harsh on your mouth but still be just as effective! Maintaining a nutritious diet, not smoking, wearing a mouthguard if you grind your teeth, and other preventive measures also help keep your mouth healthy.
Your dental professional may recommend applying a desensitizing serum or fluoride varnish during your dental visit to help reduce your tooth sensitivity. A desensitizing toothpaste and prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste are common at-home treatments for sensitive teeth. While enamel can't grow back, it's critical to start dealing with the issue of tooth sensitivity as soon as you discover it. Other options for minimizing tooth and gum sensitivity may include bonding, gum grafting, and a root canal. As always, your dental professional is a wealth of knowledge on these subjects. They can walk you through the steps that are necessary to reduce your gum and tooth sensitivity.
By continuing regularly scheduled dental checkups, committing to a rigorous oral care routine, and doing everything you can to live a healthy lifestyle, you're mitigating all chances of experiencing tooth and gum sensitivity that are in your control!