Tooth sensitivity is typically experienced when hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods and drinks come into contact with our teeth. The pain can be sudden and quite sharp.
Tooth sensitivity has many causes, including:
Gum recession: When gum tissue recedes it exposes the roots of our teeth. Our roots do not have an enamel protective covering. This will cause tooth sensitivity.
Overly Aggressive brushing: Brushing your teeth too aggressively can cause receding gums and premature enamel wear.
Untreated Tooth Damage: A chipped or broken tooth is susceptible to developing tooth sensitivity as the enamel shell is weakened and thinned out.
Tooth decay at the gum line: Sensitivity may result when tooth decay is present along the gum line exposing the inner dentin layers.
Acidic foods: Acidic food or drinks can wear down tooth enamel causing tooth sensitivity.
Teeth grinding: Clenching or grinding your teeth can cause enamel to wear away, exposing the sensitive dentin underneath. If you are teeth finder, a professional night guard can help.protect your smile over the long term.
Teeth whitening products: A common side effect especially for those who overuse these products is tooth sensitivity.
Are There Sensitive Teeth Treatments?
- Use a sensitivity relief toothpaste. Sensitivity relief toothpastes can decrease sensitivity with regular use.
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush.
- Use mouthwashes containing fluoride. Fluoride can help to decrease sensitivity.
- Use a professional mouth guard.
- Watch what you eat and drink. Try to avoid or decrease consumption of acidic foods.
- Regular brushing and flossing.
Visit your dentist regularly. Routine dental appointments on a 6 months schedule are usually recommended for optimal dental health.
Dr Perrone has the experience and skills to handle sensitive teeth. If you are experiencing sensitive teeth contact us today.