Tooth sensitivity can be a pain in the mouth. Whether it causes a dull, aching pain while chewing or it causes a sharp jolt of pain like you’ve literally hit a nerve – tooth sensitivity can go from an irritation to a limitation in a short amount of time. In most cases, tooth sensitivity is caused by the protective outer layers of the tooth or roots have worn away. This erosion exposes your tooth’s dentin, which is full of tiny nerve endings, causing mild to extreme tooth sensitivity.
It is always important to talk with your dentist about any sensitive teeth that you have. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away, and can, in fact, increase the discomfort that you feel. Cold or hot foods and drinks, sugary sweets, and even cold wind against your teeth can make them sting or throb. In most cases, working with your dentist can ease the pain of sensitive teeth.
The most common first step for those who are suffering from sensitive teeth is to begin using toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth. Using toothpaste that is specific to sensitive teeth helps to block the tiny tubules in the dentin that cause the sharp jolt of pain. Continued use is required in order for optimal results to be achieved. It is also imperative that you are brushing your teeth correctly. Brushing too vigorously, scrubbing the teeth side to side, or using a hard bristled toothbrush can lead to sensitive teeth. This hard brushing can wear away at the tooth enamel and cause gum recession. Changing your brushing habits can have dramatic positive effects on your sensitive teeth. Receding gums can actually heal over time and grow back into their proper places, covering the exposed roots of the teeth.
At Crabapple Dental, we are here to ensure that our patients achieve optimal oral health. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth, please call us or bring it up at your next dental appointment. We will look at your teeth to determine if there is an underlying cause and provide appropriate treatment. If there is no medical concern, then we will supply you with the tools you need to reverse the symptoms and heal your discomfort. Call our office today and let us help you find the relief you need.