Dental One Associates of Annapolis
2623 Housley Road, Gateway Village, Annapolis, MD 21401

Tooth Sensitivity Explained

Sensitive Teeth

Anyone who has ever noticed a sudden, unexpected shock of pain while eating or drinking something hot or cold or even when brushing their teeth likely knows the frustration that tooth sensitivity can cause. Though many such instances are the result of enamel erosion and the subsequent exposure of dentin and nerves, not all cases of sensitive teeth and gums can be so easily explained. There may be underlying issues at work. Only by consulting with a dentist can you get an accurate diagnosis and receive the treatment you need.

The best treatment for the pain you are experiencing will be determined by the underlying reason for it. If you are indeed suffering from a common case of tooth sensitivity due to exposed dentin and nerves, desensitizing toothpaste formulations can be of great help. Your dentist may offer fluoride supplements to help strengthen the enamel of affected teeth. If receding gums are the culprit, your dental care professional may choose to apply a dental sealant to create a barrier to block further irritants from reaching the nerve. If none of these treatments does the job, a root canal procedure may be used to address issues in the dental pulp.

It’s important to know how to help sensitive teeth. You should always use a soft-bristled toothbrush, use gentle brushing motions, and floss every day. If you know that you grind your teeth, particularly at night, it may be wise to visit your family dentistry clinic to see if your dental care professional believes that a mouth guard would be useful as a way to prevent tooth fractures and sensitivity.

You can also take steps to stave off sensitivity by steering clear of acidic fruits, carbonated beverages and wine, as all of these have the ability to erode tooth enamel. If you do indulge in these things, make sure to drink water or milk soon after to neutralize their effect. Brushing too quickly after having these items, however, can lead to additional erosion that could otherwise be avoided.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Annapolis, call Dental One Associates of Annapolis today at (410) 793-4922 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Annapolis. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Annapolis, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Annapolis.

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Scale wouldn’t move. Wanted to give you a 10. Everyone was polite and friendly. Service was explained well.
Natalie L.
Office is always clean. Cheryl does an amazing job cleaning my teeth & is always on time!
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Very caring, explained everything before and during dental work. Highly recommended.
Michael B.
Courteous and timely service. Minimal pain during treatment. Professional check out, billing and next appointment scheduling.
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Great place as everyone is pleasant and welcoming. Very professional!
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Over the last 60 years or so that I’ve been going to the dentist, I’ve lived in 24 different places in the U.S. and overseas, and the level of care at Dental 1 is the best I’ve found.
John K.
Great hygienists and dentists and reduced pricing option! Great care with handicap person in wheel chair
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I recommend these folks whenever I get the chance. Dr. Val, Jennifer and the nice lady who did my x-rays (I’m sorry I can’t remember your name!) take great care of me. And if you need any […]
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I like it there. They are really nice.
Zach L.
Dr. Sagafi and her staff are absolutely the best. This is my 2nd time in orthodontics and the experience has been wonderful. Of course, I want out of these braces as soon as possible, but at least […]
Eric D.
Everyone I have dealt with in this practice has been very professional and friendly. I used to hate going to the dentist but I have had nothing but good experiences with your practice.
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Elizabeth was wonderful, super quick and professional!@
Erin R.
Dr. Val and her assistant are amazing.
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Staff is great and very professional.
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Always a pleasure to visit the dentist.
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Excellent dental care
Paul W.
This place has always been good. I like working with brandi she is always super friendly.
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Dr Sagafi is great! Always a wonderful experience with her and her team
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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