Do you suffer from sensitive teeth? Do you hesitate to bite into a cool, tasty treat? Do you know why might have sensitive teeth or that there are ways you can reduce your sensitivity?
Gum disease and a damaged or chipped tooth are some of the more common causes of sensitive teeth. If you suffer from gum disease, your gums may peel from your teeth and expose your roots. If your tooth is damaged or cracked, your roots will similarly be exposed. This allows bacteria to grow into the roots and causes increased sensitivity. We may recommend a dental bonding or fluoride treatment to cover your exposed roots.
Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) is another reason you may have sensitive teeth. If you suffer from bruxism, you could grind your teeth and expose the dentin (the bony tissue that forms the majority of a tooth under the enamel). Dentin is particularly sensitive to cold. To help you deal with this temperature sensitivity, our dentist could create a custom night guard that will help you sleep comfortably by preventing grinding. This will protect your mouth from future sensitivity. We may also recommend a dentin sealer to protect your smile.
Some foods and drinks can lead to sensitive teeth as well. Some of the highly acidic foods and drinks that can lead to this problem include vinegar, citrus fruits, sports drinks, vitamin water, and soda pops. To cut down on sensitivity caused by these types of foods, we recommend that you not brush your teeth for at least half an hour after you eat, because these foods can soften your enamel and dentin, making your teeth more susceptible to abrasion.
If you’ve had a crown, filling, or any other type of restoration placed recently, it is common for sensitivity to follow. This sensitivity can last for several days, but if it does not fade, we recommend visiting our office.
If you would like any more information on how to alleviate sensitive teeth, please feel free to contact us.