We See This Often Because I Am A Sedation Dentist Expert.
Is a taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have a common problem called “sensitive teeth.” We have answers for you.
Millions of adults struggle with hypersensitive teeth.
Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth:
- Sensitivity To Hot and Cold Temperatures
- Sensitivity to Very Sweet Foods
- Acidic Foods and Beverages
- Vigorous Tooth Brushing
This kind of sensitivity is often called “dentin hypersensitivity.”
The tooth structure that makes up the core of each tooth is called “dentin”. Above the gum line, dentin is protected with a coating of enamel. Unfortunately, as enamel is worn away or decayed, dentin becomes exposed and receptive to sensations that cause painful nerve responses. This can also occur as the result of receding gums, a common symptom of gum disease.
So, what do you do that causes your sensitive teeth? A number of things may be to blame.
- Over-zealous brushing with a firm bristled tooth brush or abrasive toothpaste can lead to dentin hypersensitivity, as can gum disease, which is the result of poor brushing and flossing habits.
- Your diet may also play a role, as frequent consumption of acidic foods and drinks can chemically dissolve tooth enamel.
- Finally, abnormal wear on tooth surfaces from chronic clenching or grinding of teeth, nail biting and chewing on hard objects can lead to sensitive teeth.
If you’re already suffering from overly sensitive teeth, there are products and remedies that can help.
- Special prescription fluoride strength toothpaste designed for those with sensitive teeth can reduce the pain associated with the condition after only a few days of use. I use this product myself with excellent results!
- Also, be sure to stick with a soft-bristled toothbrush – hard toothbrushes will only exacerbate the problem. Brush and floss daily with an “extra soft” toothbrush to maintain healthy gums and protect dentin and nerve endings in your teeth from exposure to hot, cold and touch.
- If the problem continues, you may require a tooth surface desensitizing treatment of the affected teeth. As a cosmetic dentistry expert, we can conservatively place a white filling over the sensitive worn area to eliminate he sensitivity.
Your continued good health is always our primary concern, so please contact Dr. Thomas Peltzer at Gentle Dental Care, your Central CT Dental Group at 860-747-5711 if you’re suffering from hypersensitive teeth, another dental ailment, or are just due for your regular check-up. We’ll take great care of you!
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