Stop Being So Sensitive: Ending Tooth Sensitivity With Your Dentist’s Aid
When your teeth suffer from pain when chewing, or are particularly sensitive to hot and cold foods, sometimes we wish we could understand what was happening and set it all right again. Millions of adults in the US suffer from teeth sensitivity either chronically or intermittently. Thankfully the causes of tooth sensitivity are well-known, and in many cases can be treated.
What Causes My Teeth To Be Sensitive?
We all know about enamel, the hard mineral coating that covers our teeth and protects it from damage. Underneath this layer is a less well-known material known as dentin, protected by the hard coating that is the enamel. This material is porous and has tubules that lead down to the pulp of your tooth, the part that contains the blood vessels and nerves. When dentin becomes exposed you begin to experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods, as well as those that are sticky or acidic, including sugars.
Teeth can be sensitive due to:
- Tooth enamel wearing down from the use of a hard toothbrush and over-vigorous brushing.
- Acidic foods and drinks causing erosion of the enamel.
- Decay can lead to the exposure of your dentin, as mentioned above.
- Recessed gums can expose the roots of your teeth.
- Grinding teeth leads to wear and tear on the enamel.
- Procedures can lead to post-dental treatment sensitivity, a temporary condition.
Treating Dental Sensitivity
It all starts with a conversation with your dentist, preferably while you’re sitting in their examination chair having the cause of your sensitivity determined. Be sure to inform your dentist about the condition, starting with when it began, what makes it worse or soothes it. Once your dentist has determined why you are experiencing dental sensitivity they can begin treating the cause. Treatments vary depending on the cause and are usually as simple as a crown or filling. In the event your sensitivity is caused by gum recession, a gum graft may be necessary to end the pain.
Over-The-Counter Desensitizing Products
There are a number of products available at your local pharmacy that can aid in reducing tooth sensitivity or treating the pain associated with it. While your dentist will have the option of applying a fluoride gel that will help to bolster the enamel and ease sensitivity, this treatment is often best supplemented by at home care. There are a number of kinds of toothpaste for sensitive teeth that can help reduce sensitivity when used consistently, often with results appearing in under two weeks.
Don’t stay in the dark about why your experiencing dental sensitivity, contact your dentist and work with them to return you to a comfortable, pain-free experience. With treatment, you’ll be able to get back to enjoying your favorite foods without pain and return to a normal life. Isn’t it time you put an end to dental sensitivity? Contact your dentist today to arrange a consultation and start down the road to pain-free teeth!