If you start avoiding cold or warm beverages or food because it hurts your teeth, it may be time to see a dentist. Tooth sensitivity can be due to a number of different reasons. The most common being because of tooth decay, worn tooth enamel, gum disease, or exposed tooth root.
Because of the possible dental health problems associated with tooth sensitivity, we recommend that you make an appointment with a dentist to get to the root of the issue before it gets worse. The good news is, tooth sensitivity is treatable and there are ways you can treat it.
Why Do You Experience Sensitivity?
According to the American Dental Association, “In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth – the part above the gum line. Under the gum line, a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result for both can be hypersensitivity.”
Ways You Can Help Tooth Sensitivity
When you visit a dentist, they may recommend one of the following ways you can help eliminate your tooth sensitivity. The treatment option for you depends on the cause of your tooth sensitivity.
- Desensitizing toothpaste. Consistent use of desensitizing toothpaste will block the antagonist, not letting it reach the root or nerve to cause sensitivity.
- Toothbrush. If you’re experiencing sensitivity, check the bristle texture. You should be using a soft toothbrush, which will be marked on the package. Also, avoid brushing too hard.
- Avoid acidic foods/beverages. Acidic substances can eat away at your dentin and cause damage to your enamel, which can cause tooth sensitivity.
- Crown. Used when too much of the patient’s tooth structure is missing, a crown will help protect the enamel.
- Bonding. A great treatment for teeth that are chipped or cracked and causing tooth sensitivity. Bonding is a great tooth restorative option.
At Revitalizing Smiles, we understand that tooth sensitivity is no laughing matter. Pain from consuming cold or warm beverages and foods can be unbearable. Our team of dental professionals can help diagnose what may be causing your tooth sensitivity and determine the best path to treat it. Make an appointment today to find relief from your tooth sensitivity.