What To Do When You Have Sensitive Teeth

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Many Americans have experienced some tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, can make eating cold foods or consuming hot beverages uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are several ways to treat tooth sensitivity.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth

Many factors contribute to the development of sensitive teeth. When the enamel is worn down the teeth become more sensitive because of the exposure of the underlayer of teeth, dentin. If you grind your teeth, brush too hard, or have too many acidic foods in your diet, then the enamel will be worn down. Receding gums can also make your teeth too sensitive. Gum disease and improper brushing can cause the gums to reveal the roots of your teeth which aren't protected by enamel. Whitening can also cause temporary tooth sensitivity. Some whitening procedures open the tiny tubes in the dentin layer which will provoke the nerves of the teeth.


There isn't an absolute cure for tooth sensitivity, but there are a variety of treatments that can help ease the pain and discomfort associated with it. The most common treatment for tooth sensitivity is using a specialized toothpaste made to desensitize your teeth. However, this is a temporary solution that doesn't get to the core of the issue. The toothpaste made for desensitizing is a painkiller for your teeth that only works for a short period. If you grind your teeth, then a mouthguard would be a better solution for you. You might be better off using a soft-bristled toothbrush that doesn't damage the enamel, too.


Although there isn't a cure for tooth sensitivity, you can do some things to prevent it. The most important prevention method is to practice good brushing methods. Don't scrub too hard and gently press and apply the toothbrush in smaller circles. Also, limit the consumption of acidic foods and drinks. If you partake, try following up with a drink of fluoridated water to help protect your enamel. It's also very important to have regular dentist visits. Your dentist will tell you if there are any issues before they grow into difficult problems for you.

Many people deal with tooth sensitivity in their lives. Luckily, there are many treatments and prevention options. If you notice any signs of tooth sensitivity, then you could have an issue with your teeth and you should call your dentist for an appointment as soon as possible. 

To learn more about tooth sensitivity, contact a dentist in your area.


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