Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Don't Ignore Root Sensitivity! Here's What Might Be Causing It

August 26, 2017
Posted By: Bruce E. Matthews, DDS
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If you suffer from root sensitivity, don’t think you’re alone! Some studies suggest that nearly 60% of adults complain about having tooth sensitivity every day.

We can address your root sensitivity, but first, we need to find the underlying cause.

There are several reasons why you may suffer from root sensitivity:

  • Active decay on the surface of the root
  • Heavy teeth grinding or clenching
  • Microscopic fractures in the tooth that irritate the nerve
  • Active gum disease that causes recession and exposes the root
  • Aggressive brushing or flossing that disturbs gum tissue

All these conditions expose roots and lead to a wearing away of their protective surface layer, which leads to pain and sensitivity.

Treating Root Sensitivity

Typical treatment for root sensitivity involves using chemicals that create a protective layer. However, a study published in the Journal of Conservative Dentistry indicates that the minerals in milk may minimize tooth sensitivity by remineralizing dental enamel.

The study consisted of two experimental groups; one group was instructed to rinse with two tablespoons of room temperature milk five times a day for five minutes. The other group rinsed with warm water. It was found that those who rinsed with milk had a significant reduction in tooth pain and sensitivity.

What This Means to You

When you have any dental condition, the first step is to visit your Wilmington, DE dentist who will identify the cause and recommend appropriate treatment. If you still struggle with root sensitivity, it couldn’t hurt to try rinsing with milk several times a day.

If you are bothered by root sensitivity, please call us to arrange an appointment. We will be happy to evaluate your situation and work with you to address the underlying problem and eliminate sensitivity.

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