When your teeth are sensitive, it can bug you when you eat, drink, even just breathe. Why might your teeth feel so sensitive, how can you fix it, and how can you keep it from happening?
When your gums recede and expose the sensitive dentin beneath surface, your teeth can give you pain. The tops of your teeth are the only part meant to be exposed to air and irritants, but the soft dentin on the roots has nerves running all through it. Exposing raw nerves to triggers like hot, cold, or sugar is what causes you pain. Sensitive teeth can also be due to tooth grinding, decay, gingivitis, acidic foods, or recently completed dental work.
Even if your teeth are already sensitive, there are things you can do to improve the situation. Make sure you brush and floss regularly (but with a soft-bristled toothbrush) and rinse with a fluoride and antiseptic mouthwash daily. When brushing, be careful around the gumline so as to not remove any more gum tissue. Use toothpaste specifically formulated for sensitive teeth. Avoid acidic food and drink, which soften enamel and can irritate sensitive dentin. See your dentist, and get treatment if you’re having issues with tooth grinding.
If you have discomfort while following the above steps, make sure to talk to your dentist. They can take steps to help with even advanced sensitivity. They may be able to cover the exposed root surface, use a dentin sealer, or apply a fluoride varnish. When you talk to your dentist, describe the pain – duration, triggers, and things that make it feel better. If exposed dentin isn’t the cause for your pain, you may simply need a cavity fixed or a worn filling replaced. If receded gums are the problem, you may need a gum graft.
Sensitive teeth can be prevented or cured; don’t suffer in silence! Call us at 403-248-0301 to set up your appointment today.
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