Do you experience pain when you eat or drink something that is hot, cold, or sweet? Sensitive teeth are one of the most common complaints made by patients. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you should visit your dentist for an exam to be sure there is not a more serious issue causing the sensitivity.
What is sensitive teeth?
On the outside of every tooth is a protective layer of enamel. Over time, the enamel can wear down leaving an inner layer exposed. This occurs due to normal wear and tear, poor dental hygiene or certain lifestyle choices.
The inner layer of your tooth is called Dentin. Dentin contains fluid-filled tubules that reach into the innermost part of the tooth where all the nerves reside. If your enamel isn’t there, the nerves inside the tooth are exposed, resulting in sensitivity.
Possible Causes of Tooth Sensitivity:
• Brushing your teeth too aggressively, or using a stiff brush.
• Plaque buildup on your teeth
• Receding gums exposing the root of the tooth
• Eating and drinking highly acidic foods, which cause erosion.
• Grinding your teeth
• Recent dental work such as a crowns, fillings, or teeth whitening
• Desensitizing Toothpastes – Desensitizing toothpastes are a great way to ease tooth sensitivity.
• Fluoride Treatment – Your dentist may use fluoride treatment to help strengthen the enamel.
• Brushing technique– Avoid vigorous, harsh or excessive brushing. Stick to brushing twice a day, and brush gently.
• Stop Grinding –Tooth grinding can lead to sensitivity, so your dentist may suggest wearing mouth guard while you sleep.
Follow These Helpful Tips To Avoid Sensitive Teeth
• Use a soft bristled tooth brush and brush gently.
• Use desensitizing tooth paste
• avoid acidic food and beverages
• use fluoridated dental products at home
• Use a mouth guard to avoid grinding
• Brush and floss regularly
• Visit your dentist regularly
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