Do You Suffer from Tooth Sensitivity?
If you find yourself avoiding overly hot or cold foods or beverages, you are not alone! In fact, tooth sensitivity is one of the most common issues we hear about from our patients.
Exposed Nerves Create Tooth Sensitivity
Enamel is a protective layer that covers the surface of each tooth, however over time this layer can wear away and expose the inner layer called the dentin.
When the inner layer is exposed, the nerves are susceptible to whatever enters your mouth, and extreme hot or cold temperatures are especially felt by these sensitive nerves.
In addition to enamel erosion, gum recession is another culprit that leads to tooth sensitivity; when gums recede, the nerves are exposed as well.
Toothpaste Made for Sensitive Teeth Can Offer Relief
Desensitizing toothpastes are a great way to ease tooth sensitivity. How do they work? Essentially, they are specially formulated to either block the tubules in the dentin and protect the nerves in the tooth from exposure, or the toothpaste numbs your teeth so the pain of sensitivity doesn’t register.
However, it is very important to first of all visit your dentist when you first notice signs of sensitivity. There may be another more serious underlying issue that is causing your teeth to be sensitive, and this needs to be first ruled out.
Other Ways to Avoid Tooth Sensitivity
Teeth sensitivity can range from being a nuisance to being very painful. To halt sensitivity in its tracks, follow these suggestions:
- Practice Proper Oral Hygiene. Avoid tooth decay and gum disease by diligently brushing and flossing your teeth, avoiding smoking or other tobacco use, and eating healthy foods. Cutting down on sugary foods and beverages is also important for your oral health.
- Brush Gently with Soft Bristles. Aggressive brushing or brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush can erode your enamel. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and apply gentle motion. It does not take that much pressure to remove plaque!
- Protect your Teeth from Pressure. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, make sure you protect them with a nightguard custom-fitted by your dentist, and try to be conscious of your jaw-clenching habits during the day.
Nobody Should Have to Live With Tooth Pain!
No matter what your level of discomfort, there is help for you! If you experience any kind of sensitivity in your teeth, call Island Family Dental right away! We will diagnose the cause of your tooth sensitivity and help ease your discomfort.