Do you ever experience sharp pains in your teeth when eating or drinking certain foods or even breathing in cold air? You may be experiencing symptoms of tooth sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity. Below we’ll review the causes and treatments for sensitive teeth:
The most basic cause of tooth sensitivity is when your root area becomes exposed. Gum disease leads to receding gums, which can expose the root area of the teeth. A highly acidic diet or harsh tooth brushing habits can also expose the root area.
The crown of a tooth is protected by enamel, but only the gums protect the root. When the gums recede, the root is exposed allowing hot or cold foods and liquids to quickly reach the nerves at the center of the tooth. This leads to sharp pains and unpleasant sensations. To help reduce or prevent dentin hypersensitivity, consider the guidelines below:
Change Your Toothpaste
Some toothpaste, especially products with whitening or tartar control on the label, can be too harsh for your teeth and gums. Call us for suggestions on different toothpastes that may help decrease this sensitivity. Remember that your cosmetic dentist can provide you with professional whitening options that won’t irritate your teeth.
Use A Softer Brush
Many people brush too vigorously or use medium or hard bristles, when soft will do the trick. If you find that your toothbrush bristles are frayed or tangled in every direction, then you may be brushing too hard. To avoid damage to your enamel and gums, try switching to a soft bristle or electric toothbrush instead.
Ask Your Dentist About Fluoride
Sometimes dentists will prescribe specialized fluoride varnishes or take-home gels or toothpastes that can help to better protect your teeth from decay and sensitivity. Consult with your dentist about whether Fluoride products can help reduce your tooth sensitivity symptoms.
The symptoms of dentin sensitivity are very similar to those for cavities or tooth damage. That’s why it is always best to consult with your dentist to determine the cause of any tooth pain. Call the offices of John Carson DDS today at (520) 514-7203 to schedule a dental appointment.