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Got Sensitive Teeth? Follow These Guidelines

Woman with a toothache

Sensitive teeth may not bother you at all—until you try to enjoy that cup of morning coffee or sample your kid’s scoop of ice cream. If you feel shooting pain in your teeth when consuming something hot or cold, don’t ignore it. Sensitive teeth can be caused by a wide range of dental issues, including those that warrant immediate attention and others that need to be monitored closely.

If you are experiencing your first or second episode with sensitive teeth, follow these guidelines to know when you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Sensitivity Toothpastes

You’ve probably noticed that there are countless options in toothpastes, including those designed for sensitive teeth. These are ideal for reducing mild cold sensitivity. They contain special salts like potassium nitrate that work to seal porous areas of the tooth and prevent temperature changes from penetrating into the tooth nerve. If your sensitivity is extreme, skip this step and see a dentist sooner rather than later.

Investigate Further

You can conduct your own investigation at home to help determine the cause of your sensitivity. Answer the following questions to get started:

  • How many teeth are affected?
  • What do the gums look like around the sensitive teeth? Are they receding, red or swollen?
  • Is the sensitive tooth discolored or damaged?
  • Could the sensitivity be a side effect to recent teeth whitening?
  • Have you recently increased your intake of sodas or other acidic beverages?
  • Do you brush aggressively or use a hard-bristled toothbrush?

See a Dentist

If you have tried de-sensitizing toothpastes or changed your lifestyle habits to protect your teeth and still suffer from sensitivity, it may be time to see a dentist. With trained knowledge and advanced imaging, a dentist can give you an accurate diagnosis of your teeth sensitivity. Your treatment will be directly based on the cause, which may be one or more of the following dental issues:

  • Worn tooth enamel from brushing too hard
  • Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and drinks
  • Tooth decay, worn leaky fillings and broken teeth that expose the inner dentin layer of the tooth.
  • Gum recession
  • Teeth grinding
  • Temporary post treatment side effect – common after crowns, fillings and tooth whitening

At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we are equipped to treat all causes of tooth sensitivity. We want our patients to have a healthy smile, with teeth that provide optimal comfort. If you have been avoiding ice cream and coffee due to painful teeth, call our office today.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

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  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Roswell, GA 30076

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