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What is the treatment for sensitive teeth?

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Once you’ve found the cause of your tooth sensitivity, there are things your dentist can use to help ease your pain, including:

If your case is serious, your dentist might suggest a root canal.

It’s also important not to shy away from dental care because of tooth pain. Ignoring your teeth can make things worse. Brush and floss twice a day to help keep your smile bright and pain-free -- and see your dentist for a checkup twice a year.

  • Toothpaste for sensitive teeth
  • Fluoride gel
  • Fillings that cover exposed roots
  • Sealants
  • Desensitizing pastes (not used with a toothbrush) you can get from your dentist
  • Mouthguard to protect the teeth when grinding

SOURCES:

American Association of Endodontists: “Cracked Teeth.”

American Dental Association: “Sensitive Teeth,” “Tooth,” “Brushing Your Teeth.”

California Dental Association: “Receding Gums.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bruxism (teeth grinding).”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”

Oral Health Foundation: “Sensitive Teeth.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth.”

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Association of Endodontists: “Cracked Teeth.”

American Dental Association: “Sensitive Teeth,” “Tooth,” “Brushing Your Teeth.”

California Dental Association: “Receding Gums.”

Mayo Clinic: “Bruxism (teeth grinding).”

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: “Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments.”

Oral Health Foundation: “Sensitive Teeth.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “The Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth.”

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on December 11, 2018

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