Do You Have Sensitive Teeth?

July 11, 2014

Do you ever experience pain or discomfort in your teeth in cold weather, eating certain foods, drinking hot or cold beverages, or even touching your teeth? You probably have sensitive teeth. There are several possible causes, and there are also options for you to relieve the pain.

What causes teeth sensitivity?

Beneath the enamel protecting your teeth, there is a layer called dentin. Fluids move in this layer through tiny tubes. When those tubes become exposed, your teeth become at risk for sensitivity.

Well what causes the dentin to become exposed?

The erosion of enamel or receding gums can expose dentin, ultimately causing tooth sensitivity. Consuming foods and beverages that are acidic can lead to tooth sensitivity. Citrus fruits or soft drinks should be avoided, for example. Even acid reflux can cause tooth sensitivity.

Teeth grinding can also be a reason your dentin has become exposed. The buildup of plaque will not help with your tooth sensitivity.

What can I do?

There are ways you can prevent tooth sensitivity. The first step is prevent it all together! Limit foods that can cause your enamel to erode, go see your dentist if you grind your teeth, change up the parts of your routine that may be contributing to the wear of your teeth.

If your teeth are already sensitive, you may want to change your toothpaste. Some toothpastes, such as whitening or tartar control toothpastes, contain abrasive ingredients that can cause your sensitive teeth more pain. Using a desensitizing toothpaste instead can help prevent further wearing down your enamel.

While you’re changing your toothpaste, you should also change your toothbrush. If you’re using a hard-bristled toothbrush, that could be contributing to the wearing down of enamel. For the same reason, you also shouldn’t brush too hard.

What can the dentist do?

Your dentist can do a number of things to help out with your sensitive teeth. The first step is to go to the dentist for a full diagnosis. Your sensitivity may actually be something different than you suspected – it may be a cavity or an abscess and require dental treatments.

The dentist may prescribe a toothpaste to help with the sensitivity if no over-the-counter brands work for you.

For more drastic conditions your dentist may apply a sealant to protect exposed dentin.

In any case, if your sensitive teeth are bothering you, give a Desired Smiles a call to book a consultation.

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