Posted by Gannon Lee on Oct 16 2019, 11:22 PM
Tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, occurs when your enamel—the hard outer layer of your teeth—is worn away. This leaves the underlying dentin exposed, and the nerves beneath it can be irritated. Tooth sensitivity affects millions of people. It can range from being a minor nuisance to causing severe pain. Tooth sensitivity is a common dental problem that occurs when the enamel and dentin of a tooth become exposed. This can happen due to gum recession, enamel erosion, abrasions, tooth decay, or acidic foods. There are several things you can do to prevent tooth sensitivity from developing. Here are a few tips:
Brushing and flossing
To help reduce your risk of cavities and decay, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. A soft-bristled toothbrush is less likely to irritate the teeth and gums than a hard-bristled brush. Switching to a gentler toothbrush can help reduce tooth sensitivity. Your dentist may recommend using toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth, which can prevent pain caused by acidic foods and drinks that erode enamel.
If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth, there are a few things you can do to help resolve your sensitivity pain. One such treatment is a professional fluoride treatment. A fluoride treatment from your dentist can help strengthen the enamel on your teeth, helping to prevent decay and sensitivity in the first place. They can also reverse the early stages of minor tooth decay by remineralizing the enamel. Finally, if you’re already dealing with sensitivity and pain, a fluoride treatment can help alleviate your pain temporarily. These treatments can be administered in the office or prescribed as a homecare option that you can apply on your own time. Talk to our dentists about the best course of treatment for your unique smile needs!
Treat tooth fractures
Cavities are a common cause of tooth sensitivity, which is why it’s important to prevent them by practicing good oral hygiene habits like brushing and flossing regularly. However, sometimes cavities form in spite of our best efforts.
When they do, a filling can be used to restore the tooth. In addition to the pain caused by the sensitivity of the exposed dentin, the fracture itself creates additional pain and sensitivity because the chewing surface is broken off, and the tooth is weakened. Depending on the size of the cavity, your dentist may recommend a dental crown instead. Crowns cover the entire tooth and restore both form and function to the tooth.
If you would like more information on the causes and treatments for sensitive teeth, please schedule an appointment for a consultation.
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