If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from tooth sensitivity, you know just how painful the condition can be, particularly during the cold winter months. Indeed, cold temperatures can exacerbate the problem, causing heightened pain that can often be acute during this time of year. At the office of Dr. Keith Chertok, DDS, we want to take this opportunity to remind our patients of the importance of addressing sensitivity before it leads to larger oral health issues. The result of being proactive about sensitivity and your overall oral health, in general, will be a happier and healthier overall you.
At-Home Remedies for Dealing With the Pain
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel is stripped from the tooth, or portion of a tooth, exposing dentin, which is a highly sensitive, root-laden layer of the teeth. When temperatures drop, the cold air against these exposed areas of teeth can be exceptionally painful. The following are things you can do at home to help mitigate the problem:
- Switch to a desensitizing toothpaste that is gentler on your teeth
- Make sure you are using a soft-bristled brush
- Avoid acidic foods such as coffee, certain juices, and wine
- Take extra good care of your gums as they may be one of the causes of sensitivity
Schedule an Appointment as Soon as Possible
In addition to practicing at home prevention, the importance of seeing a periodontist to address your tooth sensitivity cannot be overemphasized enough. Indeed, if left untreated or unaddressed, tooth sensitivity may lead to gum disease or other severe oral health issues. When it comes to treating your sensitive teeth in Berkeley, CA, look no further than the office of Dr. Chertok. He and his dedicated staff have a wealth of experience in treating the condition and can recommend a treatment plan that is right for you. Call Dr. Keith Chertok at our Berkeley, CA office and schedule an appointment today!