Sensitive teeth is a common problem for adults, affecting nearly 57 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Today these problems are treated fairly easily and can be easily reversed. While many will be able to treat sensitive teeth with special toothpaste alone, sometimes dental treatment is needed. What causes sensitive teeth and what are some of the treatments available?
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a few different factors. Often, the dentin is the part of the tooth that becomes sensitive owing to the wearing down of the outer protective layers of enamel. Cavities, lost or loose fillings, and exposed root surfaces can also cause teeth to become sensitive.
Exposed root surfaces are the most common cause of tooth sensitivity. Teeth are covered by a layer of enamel which protects the teeth above the gum line. However, the root is not protected by this enamel and can become exposed for a number of reasons. Some of the factors that may lead to root exposure include improper brushing of the teeth, teeth clenching and grinding, acid erosion, and orthodontic treatments.
Treatments for Tooth Sensitivity
The severity of your sensitivity will determine the course of treatment. Mild cases of sensitive teeth can be treated with toothpaste that is specially formulated to treat it. Fluoride is another treatment option. It can be dispensed through prescription toothpaste or varnish or in the form of a mouth rinse which is administered at the dentist’s office or at home. These rinses strengthen enamel and dentin to help reduce sensitivity. Your dentist may also recommend changing your diet to treat the problem as acidic food and drink can contribute to and aggravate tooth sensitivity. Finally, serious cases of sensitive teeth may require more involved dental work that will restore and protect the exposed roots, up to and possibly including a root canal.
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