If you have sensitive teeth, you are not alone. This is a problem that Dr. Hinze and his staff see nearly every day.

The most common complaint is sensitivity to cold temperatures. The most common cause of that sensitivity is receding gums caused by age or diseases such as gingivitis. Once the gums start receding, they expose the root causing the sensitivity.

The sensitivity can also be caused by harsh over-brushing that tears away at the gum line. Dr. Hinze recommends brushing in a circular motion with a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoiding hard scrubbing.

The good news is that most of the time, the sensitivity can be cured. Dr. Hinze recommends that patients with cold-sensitive teeth brush with Sensodyne or another desensitizing toothpaste. He even suggests that patients place Sensodyne near the gum line or on the cold-sensitive tooth or teeth and leave it there all day. The paste won’t brush away and will help alleviate cold sensitivity.

Dr. Hinze also has in-office treatments that can help. He applies a professional grade desensitizer that can last for months or years.

“Most people are so grateful for that treatment,” Dr. Hinze said.

While cold sensitivity can most times be reversed with proper treatment, heat-sensitive teeth are a more serious problem. Heat sensitivity is usually a sign of decay and most often results in a root canal and/or tooth removal.

If your teeth are heat or cold-sensitive, Dr. Hinze recommends staying away from sugary or acidic foods or drinks because they will make the condition worse.

If you have sensitive teeth that aren’t getting better by using desensitizing toothpaste, please contact our office to schedule an appointment today at (308) 995-5331.