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Tooth sensitivity makes it hard to eat, drink and accomplish daily tasks. There are many things that can cause tooth sensitivity; it is important to seek advice from your dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause and possible treatment.

Some of the possible reasons for tooth sensitivity include worn or fractured enamel, cavities, general dental erosion (usually due to acidic foods and drinks), an eating disorder, gastric reflux or gum recession. Dr. Gordon can help determine the cause of the sensitivity and give recommendations for treatment. Some potential treatments include:

-Covering Exposed Roots: If your gums have receded and are contributing to tooth sensitivity, the roots of your teeth may need to be covered.

–Desensitizing Toothpaste: A desensitizing toothpaste can actually block the nerves that contribute to sensitivity. Apply regularly for best results.

–Fluoride: The addition of fluoride will help fortify your lost enamel. If dental erosion is the main culprit for your sensitivity, the fluoride should help.

-Root Canal: If your sensitivity is located mostly in one tooth and other treatments aren’t helping, it may be that the pulp has been damaged in that tooth. In this case, Dr. Gordon may recommend a root canal.

Be aware that if you fail to take care of your teeth, the sensitivity may return. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day for two to three minutes. For more information, call Gordon Dental of Leawood in Leawood, Kansas, at (913) 649-5017. Dr. Gordon and our team are happy to help!