If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, you may find that you’re unable to enjoy your favorite foods, beverages or activities – which are some of the simple pleasures in life you shouldn’t miss out on!
Tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, is a common oral health issue that affects many people. It is characterized by a sharp pain or discomfort in the teeth when exposed to certain triggers such as hot or cold temperatures, sweets, or even breathing in cold air.
The main causes of tooth sensitivity include:
- Tooth decay or cavities: When the enamel or dentin of a tooth becomes damaged or worn, it can expose the sensitive inner layers of the tooth and cause pain or discomfort.
- Gum disease: Gum disease can cause the gums to recede and expose the sensitive roots of the teeth, leading to sensitivity.
- Wear and tear: Over time, the enamel on our teeth can become worn down, exposing the sensitive dentin underneath.
- Brushing too hard: Brushing your teeth too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can wear down the enamel on your teeth and cause sensitivity.
- Teeth whitening products: Some teeth whitening products can cause tooth sensitivity, especially if they are used incorrectly or for an extended period of time.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do at home to help alleviate tooth sensitivity…
- Use a toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth: These toothpastes contain ingredients that can help block the pain associated with tooth sensitivity.
- Brush gently: Be sure to brush your teeth gently and avoid using a toothbrush with hard bristles.
- Use a fluoride rinse: Fluoride can help strengthen the enamel on your teeth and reduce sensitivity.
- Avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures: Try to avoid extremely hot or cold temperatures when eating or drinking, as they can exacerbate tooth sensitivity.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks: Citrus fruits and drinks, like soda and energy drinks, are acidic and can wear down enamel.
While these home remedies can provide some relief, it is important to seek professional opinion from a dentist if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. A dentist can help to diagnose the underlying cause of your sensitivity and provide a treatment plan to address the issue.
Dental treatment for tooth sensitivity may include:
- Fluoride treatments: A dentist may apply a fluoride gel or varnish to the sensitive areas of your teeth to help strengthen the enamel and reduce sensitivity.
- Dental fillings: If tooth decay is the cause of your sensitivity, a dentist may recommend a filling to repair the damaged tooth.
- Root canal: In severe cases, a root canal may be necessary to remove the infected or damaged nerves in the tooth and stop the pain and sensitivity.
- Gum therapy: If gum disease is the cause of your sensitivity, a dentist may recommend a gum therapy to treat the gum disease and reduce sensitivity.
While there are things you can do at home to alleviate tooth sensitivity, it is important to seek professional opinion from a dentist to diagnose the underlying cause of your sensitivity and provide a treatment plan to address the issue. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, we encourage you to schedule an oral exam with Wellspring Dental to get to the bottom of the problem and find relief!