Sensitive teeth are caused by gingival recession.
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A wide variety of toothbrushes and tools for preventative dental care are on the shelves in the oral hygiene section of most stores.
Your job after you purchase recommended tools is to use them to the best of your ability.
Some of our patients agree the tools are a good idea but do not always follow through and apply them because of a number of different excuses.
My goal is to help eliminate excuses and get our patients beyond perceived barriers to doing what is necessary to maintain their oral health.
One problem in particular is hard and medium toothbrushes.
We recommend soft bristled toothbrushes because the bristles contact the gum tissue as well as the sensitive root structure.
Brushing in a circular motion at the gum line reduces chances of a friction burn from sawing strokes back and forth across the sensitive root area.
The tooth root is very sensitive if a toothbrush causes friction at the thin mucosal tissue covering the area that drapes the root and enamel junction.
Another reason for gingival recession is tartar, plaque and food left to adhere to the teeth.
These irritants form gingival inflammation that also causes soft tissue to migrate towards the tooth root.
Tartar deposits left on the teeth for months replaces soft tissue.
Your dental team spends a large portion of its time removing these deposits and treating their after effects.
The toxic by-products of tartar and plaque eat away at the inter-proximal crestal bone.
Deep pockets that form cannot always be accessible to basic home care regimens.
Professional care in the form of reducing or eliminating gum tissue pockets is a necessary priority before health can be restored.
Patients are surprised that their first treatment series initiates valuable steps in the direction of maintaining their oral health and getting back on track.
You will find clinicians have several techniques that are quite tolerable and doable in the dental environment.
It is not the goal of the clinician to make receiving treatment an uncomfortable venture for the patient.
On many occasions the tartar deposits can be removed with topical or minimal local anesthetic.
Take the time to treat gingival recession before it gets out of hand.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
A.L. Clark, D.D.S. http://www.dentist4you.biz