The layer of dentin that is underneath the enamel of your tooth contains a lot of sensitive nerve endings. When fully protected by the enamel, your teeth are likely to feel great. But as soon as it becomes jeopardized, whether it is due to being cracked or worn down, the nerve endings will begin to cause you some discomfort. The longer this is left alone, the more painful it can get.
So, how do you stop your teeth from being sensitive? We’ve got some tips for you.
What Causes Teeth Sensitivity?
Teeth sensitivity is more common than you think - probably because there are so many causes. It is important to note that as soon as you begin to experience tooth sensitivity, you should make an appointment with your dentist as diagnosing and treating the issue early on can reduce bigger problems later.
So, what causes teeth to become so sensitive?
- Receding gums and periodontal disease
- Discomfort due to whitening
- Teeth grinding
- Tooth decay
- Acidic foods
- Tooth fractures
- Brushing too hard, too abrasive
- Cracked enamel
- Exposed nerve endings or roots
Find Relief from Sensitive Teeth
Regardless of why you may find yourself dealing with sensitive teeth, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the pain so that you may get on with your life. Remember, you should always see your dentist concerning your sensitive teeth. But, in the meantime, here’s how you can find some relief.
Use toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. While it is surely not a permanent fix, this toothpaste contains an ingredient that fills in any tiny holes in the enamel and dentin, reducing exposure.
Stick with a soft toothbrush. Hard and medium toothbrushes are too harsh for the teeth and can actually make your sensitivity worse.
Avoid clenching or grinding teeth. If you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth at night, this can put undue pressure on the teeth and lead to sensitivity. Putting on a mouthguard can reduce the impact and help offer you some relief.
Use a desensitizing gel. Desensitizing gels that contain fluoride may offer some relief.
See your dentist. You may be dealing with tooth decay or gum disease and require further procedures such as a filling, a root canal, a dental crown, gum graft, or something else. A thorough examination by your dentist will get to the root of the problem - everything else is simply masking it.
Having teeth that are sensitive can negatively impact your life. Imagine not being able to enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the morning or a scoop of ice cream with your kids. Take steps today to protect against sensitivity so that you can have a more enjoyable future.
Address Your Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can be unbearable at times - and we are here to offer relief. At Kevin G. Jones, DDS, we offer a comprehensive list of dental care for the entire family. So, no matter what you find yourself dealing with, we can help.