Understanding and Addressing Tooth Sensitivity: Insights from St. Paul Dental Clinic Chalet Dental Care

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Saint Paul, MN: Chalet Dental Care, a seasoned dental practice based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has published an educational resource elucidating the common origins and remedies for dental sensitivity, a prevalent concern affecting many individuals. This condition can range from a mild twinge to severe discomfort that can continue for several hours. It can affect one tooth, several teeth, or all the person's teeth and can have a significant impact on one's quality of life.

Dental sensitivity often arises from the diminished protection of the tooth's enamel or root cementum, leading to the exposure of dentin, the less dense interior of the tooth, which houses nerve fibers. Several factors contribute to enamel reduction, including aggressive brushing techniques, the usage of hard-bristled toothbrushes, and the frequent consumption of acidic food and beverages such as kiwi, lemons, grapefruit, and oranges. Additionally, nocturnal bruxism, or teeth grinding, can expedite enamel erosion, as can certain teeth-whitening toothpastes that contain harsh chemicals affecting the roots.

sensitive teeth while brushing

Medical conditions, notably gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), can also spur sensitivity by causing stomach acids to migrate upwards and corrode the enamel. Similarly, periodontal diseases can prompt gum recession, exposing vulnerable tooth sections that heighten sensitivity. Complications such as gingivitis—an inflammation of the gums—can damage the supportive bone structure and tissue of teeth. Furthermore, a compromised tooth, whether by decay, fracture, or previous dental procedures like fillings, crowns, or bleaching, can also result in heightened sensitivity due to dentin exposure.

Chalet Dental Care advises individuals encountering tooth sensitivity, particularly for the first time, to seek professional consultation. During an appointment, their dental experts conduct a thorough examination to assess oral health and pinpoint potential issues such as recessed gums, dislodged fillings, or cavities. The evaluation process may involve a visual examination, tactile tests with dental instruments to identify sensitive spots, and potentially an X-ray to detect cavities.

Treatment for sensitive teeth can often commence at home with accessible over-the-counter products, such as desensitizing toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. When selecting a mouthwash, alcohol-free variants are recommended, as they tend to be less aggravating. Moreover, saltwater rinses can effectively curb bacterial growth and plaque accumulation. For patients who experience bruxism, a consultation with their dentist regarding a mouthguard may be beneficial.

Should home treatments prove inadequate, Chalet Dental Care offers professional interventions, including prescription toothpaste and mouthwash. Desensitizing toothpaste typically contains potassium nitrate, an ingredient that hinders the conduction of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, albeit usually requiring multiple applications for noticeable relief. In-office applications of fluoride gel or varnish can fortify the enamel and diminish sensation transmission. For continued treatment, prescription fluoride used at home with a custom tray might be advised.

The team at Chalet Dental Care comprises three empathetic and accomplished dentists—Dr. Brent Frederickson, Dr. Trish Rieck, and Dr. Ryan Nahan—supported by a dedicated and proficient staff. They offer comprehensive dental and cosmetic services, including same-day crowns, dental implants, pediatric dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, root canals, teeth cleanings, periodontal disease treatment, teeth whitening, and more. Emphasizing a gentle approach to dentistry, they are committed to fostering healthy and aesthetically pleasing smiles for families in a hospitable and stress-free environment. Dr. Frederickson, a key figure of Chalet Dental Care since 1997, has been the owner since 2001. Dr. Rieck has lent her expertise to the clinic for over two decades, while Dr. Nahan joined the practice in February 2022 after serving in the Twin Cities.

Residents in search of dental services in St. Paul, MN, are encouraged to explore the offerings of Chalet Dental Care. Interested parties can gather further information via their website or through direct contact by phone or email. The practice welcomes patients from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Thursday, and from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm on Fridays.

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Dentists Serving St. Paul for over 30 yrs “Care” – It’s in Our Name, It’s Who We Are The entire Chalet Dental Care Team is 100% committed to providing you the very best dental care and dental experience possible. See Our Written Promise

Contact Chalet Dental Care:

Dr. Brent Fredrickson

Chalet Dental Care
1651 Dale St N
St Paul, MN 55117

(651) 413-9150

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