Tooth Sensitivity Toothpaste Might Accidentally Mask a Dental Health Problem

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Every year, millions of Americans experience some degree of tooth sensitivity. Early on, some people may try a toothpaste that reduces tooth sensitivity. Most brands approved by the American Dental Association are formulated with potassium nitrate to minimize sensitivity symptoms.

While such a  specially formulated toothpaste might provide you with reduced discomfort and allow you to enjoy some of your favorite foods, it could also be masking symptoms of a latent dental health problem. Without effective professional treatment by one of our experienced dentists, an undiagnosed oral health condition could get worse.

In many cases of tooth sensitivity, depleted tooth enamel or acid erosion can be contributing factors. Tooth sensitivity can be the result of chronic plaque acids from poor oral hygiene or the frequent consumption of acidic food and beverages.

If our dentists suspect that worn enamel is the cause, they may administer a fluoride treatment to prevent or minimize cavity development. This treatment plan might also be followed by using prescription fluoride supplements, or the use of a fluoride toothpaste.

If you live in the Denver, Colorado, area and you are struggling with tooth sensitivity or discomfort, we invite you to call 303-278-3353 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Steele Dentistry. Dr. Kate Steele, Dr. Lisa Schaffer, and Dr. Andrea Frank are here to help you with all of your oral care needs.