Several years ago I decided to take a trip to the dentist after skipping multiple appointments for over 15 years. I truly had a dental anxiety and had a hard time getting over my fears. Thankfully, my dental visit went smoothly with only four cavities identified. What I did find from this dental visit was that there was a great deal of new information and technology that I had been missing out on. Laser-based technology and digital imaging are just a few examples. With this blog, I want you to understand that you can get over your fears and learn about this new technology like I did, so enjoy the information.
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that many people experience. Since there are plenty of products on the market that can help with tooth sensitivity, many people take it upon themselves to give those a try before reaching out to a dentist. If you're wondering if you should follow that path yourself, here's why you should think twice about it.
Why Teeth are Sensitive
Teeth can become sensitive for a wide variety of reasons, but damage is typically at the forefront. Tooth enamel typically acts as a protecting layer on your tooth not only preventing damage, but preventing your nerves from being overly stimulated. When that layer is worn down, the nerves are closer to the surface. Sensations like cold, hot, or any kind of impact may have felt tolerable or even painless at one point, but with less enamel, you're more likely to experience significant pain when going through these experiences.
How Sensitive Tooth Products Work
The good news is, many sensitive tooth products do actually work. The vast majority of them contain minerals that are designed to help plug up little tiny holes in the tooth. These holes are naturally there, but can be expanded due to tooth damage. Think of them as like pores on a tooth.
After regular use, sensitive toothpaste and other products can help to desensitize your teeth, making it more comfortable for you to drink, eat, and even experience a bump or two to your teeth.
What They Don't Do
The main problem with sensitive toothpastes is that they don't actually repair the damage to your teeth. While they are helpful in plugging in your teeth's minute holes, they can't repair lost enamel, nor can they undo any damage that's been done to the other, softer tissues of your tooth.
By using a product like this before reaching out to a dentist for advice, it's a lot like putting a bandage on a significant injury. It might help to make you feel better for a little while, but your tooth can't fix itself and should receive medical help from a dentist.
Sensitive toothpastes are best used after seeing a dentist to ensure that you don't have damage to your teeth that needs repairing. Skipping the dentist visit and going straight to the toothpaste could allow your condition to worsen, destroying enamel or even the dentin of your teeth. Get in touch with a dentist and find out what's going on with your teeth.Share
22 August 2018