Only those with sensitive teeth know the extreme pains and aches associated with hot, cold, sweet and sour foods.
The sensitivity you feel can turn from a mild discomfort to a sudden, throbbing pain in a moment’s notice. Before finding out about what you can do about your sensitive teeth, let’s take a look at the root causes to gain a better understanding of teeth sensitivity.
Teeth face sensitivity issues when our gums are pulled back and exposed to the surface beneath. The surface beneath is known as dentin, and the dentin is a soft layer that has tiny tubes that lead to the nerve center of the tooth. Pain is triggered when certain types of hot, cold and sweet foods reach the nerve of a tooth. While foods can certainly increase the pain a person with sensitive teeth feels, there are other issues that can increase the sensitivity of your teeth.
Unfortunately, sensitive teeth can also be linked to oral hygiene and dental health issues.
- Gum Disease- Sore or inflamed gums can pull back and expose the roots of your teeth
- Tooth Decay- Near the gum line, tooth decay can cause sensitivity
- Worn Down Enamel- Whether it’s from brushing too hard or using a hard-bristle brush, your enamel can wear down and expose your dentin
- Excessive Plaque Buildup- Plaque can form on the root surface of your teeth and increase issues with sensitivity
- Damaged Teeth- Teeth that are broke or chipped can fill with bacteria and cause inflammation
- Teeth Grinding- Teeth grinding can wear down enamel
Know that we know some of the issues associated with sensitive teeth, what can you do to help reduce the sensitivity?
Reducing Tooth Sensitivity
Simple measures like brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent tooth sensitivity. As you’ve seen from the issues above, decay and disease is a major contributor to sensitive teeth. When you practice regular dental health practices, however, you are less likely to suffer from issues that contribute to sensitivity. You can also reduce sensitivity by avoiding acidic foods and drinks, and you can schedule regular appointments with your dentist to detect early issues.
Whether you have sensitivity issues or just need a check up, scheduling an appointment today is the first step to improve your oral health.
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