1. Contact and see your dentist as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment.
2. If you or your dentist suspect that you may have acid reflux disease, your dentist may recommend that you see your family physician or refer you to a gastroenterologist for evaluation and treatment.
Practical Home Oral Care
Use an extra soft toothbrush in order to avoid further toothbrush trauma, irritation, and/or abrasion of the affected area.
If possible, avoid certain hot, cold or other types of acidic foods or liquids that increase or aggravate tooth sensitivity. If possible, avoid chewing on the tooth/teeth that are sensitive to chewing/biting pressure.
Use of an over the counter (OTC) desensitizing toothpaste may help reduce tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods/liquids.
If the tooth is too sensitive to brush or floss, use of a prescription chlorhexidine mouthrinse can be helpful in controlling the build up of bacterial plaque in the affected area.
Take an OTC pain reliever such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen for temporary pain relief.
Helpful Tips on Preventing Further Damage to Your Teeth
Reduce or prevent dental problems like erosion/corrosion by avoiding excessive consumption of acidic foods and drinks, such as carbonated soft drinks (the reported average consumption of soft drinks per person is 53 gallons per year). Excess consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages can also contribute to corrosion.
See your physician for treatment if you have problems with acid reflux or bulimia.
Have your dentist and/or dental hygienist give you instructions/advice on proper tooth brushing in order to avoid toothbrush trauma and abrasion.
Prevent dental problems such as cracked teeth and enamel fractures: Don't chew ice, hard candies, or uncooked popcorn kernels; don't bite on hard items like pens.
Don't clench or grind your teeth, and if you grind your teeth at night, get a niteguard that is prescribed and fitted by your dentist.
Wear a mouthguard if participating in contact sports.
Last updated: Aug-17-06