Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
4737 24 Mile Rd Suite 1, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Tooth Sensitivity Explained

Tooth Sensitivity

Anyone who has ever noticed a sudden, unexpected shock of pain while eating or drinking something hot or cold, or even when brushing their teeth, likely knows the frustration that tooth sensitivity can cause. Though sensitive teeth can be the result of enamel erosion and the subsequent exposure of dentin and nerves, not all cases of pain and tooth sensitivity can be so easily explained. There may be underlying issues at work. Only by consulting with a dentist in Shelby Township can you get an accurate diagnosis and receive the treatment you need.

If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity caused by exposed tooth dentin and nerves, a toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth can help. Your family dentistry practitioner may apply a fluoride supplement to strengthen the teeth’s enamel. If receding gums are to blame for your sensitive teeth, a dental sealant may be applied, which will block irritants from reaching the tooth’s nerve. Or, a root canal procedure may be required to treat problems in the dental pulp.

Dental care techniques that will ease tooth sensitivity include gently brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, using desensitizing and fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once daily. If you grind your teeth—especially at night—visit a skilled, affordable dentist for treatment options, which may include a mouth guard to minimize tooth sensitivity and prevent tooth fractures.

Avoid acidic fruits, carbonated beverages, and wine, which cause erosion of tooth enamel. If you do eat and drink these damaging foods and beverages, drink water or milk right afterwards, which will neutralize the acid’s effect. However, if you brush your teeth too soon after consuming acidic items, it can contribute to further enamel erosion.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Shelby Township, call Gentle Dental of Shelby Township today at (248) 721-4086 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Shelby Township. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Shelby Township, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Shelby Township. 

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I drive an extra 20 minutes out of my way to come here. Debi did a great job on my normally sensitive teeth and gums. She always takes her time and truly lives up to the “Gentle Dentle” name. […]
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Office Hours
  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (248) 721-4086
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