Sensitive teeth refers to a condition where the teeth experience discomfort or pain in response to certain stimuli, such as cold or hot temperatures, sweet or sour foods, or pressure from biting or chewing. This sensitivity is typically caused by the exposure of the tooth’s underlying dentin layer, which contains tiny tubules that lead to the nerves in the tooth. When the dentin is exposed, stimuli can trigger pain or discomfort in the tooth.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Sensitive teeth can be caused by a variety of factors, including tooth decay, gum disease, teeth grinding or clenching, a cracked or chipped tooth, acidic foods or drinks, and overzealous brushing or brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Treatment for sensitive teeth may include using desensitizing toothpaste, applying fluoride varnish, using a mouthguard to protect teeth from grinding, or addressing underlying dental problems with restorative treatments such as fillings, crowns, or root canal therapy.
How to fix sensitive teeth?
The treatment for sensitive teeth will depend on the underlying cause of the sensitivity. Here are some steps that you can take to fix sensitive teeth:
- Use desensitizing toothpaste: This type of toothpaste contains compounds that help to block the sensation of pain in the tooth. Use it as directed by your dentist or on the product packaging.
- Change your brushing habits: Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can contribute to tooth sensitivity. Switch to a soft-bristled brush and brush gently in circular motions.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks: Foods and drinks that are high in acid, such as citrus fruits and sodas, can erode tooth enamel and contribute to sensitivity. Limit your consumption of these items.
- Address dental problems: Tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth grinding can all contribute to tooth sensitivity. If you have any of these conditions, work with your dentist to address them.
- Consider fluoride treatment: Your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment to help strengthen tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity.
- Use a mouthguard: If you grind your teeth at night, a mouthguard can help to protect your teeth and reduce sensitivity.
How can your Dentist help?
It’s important to talk to your dentist about any tooth sensitivity you are experiencing, as they can help you determine the underlying cause and recommend the appropriate treatment. Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Xavier at Texan Smile today to learn more.