Possible Treatment for Sensitive Teeth
Sensitive teeth can develop in several ways, but it often results from loss of tooth enamel. Clinical treatment to resolve this sensitivity often involves applying fluoride, a naturally occurring mineral, to the teeth. Now, scientists have found another approach to restoring tooth enamel and the comfort it provides. With these findings, patients may have more options for preventing and treating sensitive teeth.
Short-Lived Effects of Conventional Treatment
Researchers led by Chun-Pin Lin observed that current home treatments for tooth sensitivity often involve using toothpastes that block the tubes through which hot and cold liquids contact nerve endings within teeth. Such treatment is temporary, and it wears away more quickly with chewing, brushing and other routine activities.
What Researchers Found
The researchers discovered that a mixture of phosphorus and calcium, the main minerals that make up tooth enamel, blocked those tubes effectively when it was applied to the teeth of dogs. Because the mixture penetrated more deeply into the tubes, the researchers reasoned that the desensitizing effects might give patients a longer period of relief.
Preventing teeth sensitivity may involve wearing mouthguards to prevent teeth grinding, minimizing exposure to acidic foods or eating more mineral-rich foods depending on individual risk factors. Besides applying a mineral paste or fluoride to the teeth, patients may benefit from sealants or bonding, which act as barriers against hot and cold foods and drinks. Patients who are experiencing teeth sensitivity can schedule a consultation with our dentist to receive a diagnosis and learn about their treatment options.
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