Nothing can be more satisfying than that first sip of hot coffee in the morning or gulping down cold water after a workout – unless you have sensitive teeth. People with the condition find themselves wincing over some of life’s most enjoyable – and important – activities, from eating ice cream to flossing. If you have sensitive teeth, there actually are steps you can take to help make sure that next glass of ice tea goes down painlessly. Teeth can be overly sensitive for many reasons, but you can reduce the pain—or even better, prevent it.
Do you know what causes sensitive teeth?
Everyone’s teeth contain nerves that sense hot, cold and pressure and then send a signal to the brain. There are nerves in the layer of the tooth called the dentin, the spongy tissue that sits just below the hard coating of enamel. And if the enamel fractures or erodes, those nerves can become hypersensitive. You can also find yourself experiencing sensitivity from:
- Cracks in your teeth
- Exposed tooth roots
- Gum disease
- Fillings that have worn down
- Tooth decay
- Grinding your teeth
This is the first thing you should do for your sensitive teeth
Make an appointment to see your dentist (Call today: 304-754-8803) for an examination that can rule out, or create a treatment plan, for gum disease or damaged teeth. If it turns out your teeth are healthy, your dentist can talk to you about treatments for sensitive teeth, such as:
- Toothpastes that can desensitize your teeth
- Fluoride treatments applied by your dentist or prescribed for home use
- Bonding applied to your teeth to provide an extra layer of protection by covering exposed roots or other flaws in your tooth
- Wearing a night guard
- Gum graft surgery that can restore missing gum tissue
- Root canal surgery can be undertaken in extreme cases to eliminate your tooth’s ability to transmit pain signals
Good dental care is key to preventing sensitive teeth
So make sure you always brush twice a day, gently, with a soft-bristle brush (or opt for an electric tooth brush) and floss regularly.