The Dentist’s Tips: Sensitive Teeth

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

While sensitive teeth could be an underlying symptom of a cavity, chipped tooth, broken filling, or gum disease, quite often, they are just the result of worn tooth enamel (the outer protective layer of the tooth) or exposed tooth roots.

When your roots, dentin (layer under the enamel), or the cementum (layer covering the root) are exposed, your teeth will almost certainly respond to hot and cold sensations, and possibly even food that is too sweet or spicy. These sensations cause pain and leave your mouth in a world of hurt. 

Some common causes of tooth sensitivity are: 

  • Brushing too much or improperly, which can wear down your enamel and leave the dentin or cementum exposed.
  • Grinding your teeth, which also wears away your enamel.
  • Dental cleanings, whitenings, or other dental treatments, although these will likely result in only temporary teeth sensitivity. 
  • Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and/or beverages.

If your teeth seem unusually sensitive, it might be worth a call to our local dentist office. The team at Caring Smiles will be able to assess and help treat your sensitive teeth!

 

For More Great Tips Watch This Helpful Video From Dr. Allen at Caring Smiles!

Tips to Avoid Tooth Sensitivity

Two of the simplest and easiest ways to avoid tooth sensitivity are avoiding acidic foods and beverages, and practicing good dental hygiene. Here are some foods and beverages to avoid: 

  • Candy
  • Certain fruits and vegetables
  • Lemons
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinegar
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Soda

Proper dental hygiene starts with brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, twice a day is recommended. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and be sure to thoroughly clean all parts of your mouth. Doing all this helps prevent gum loss, which keeps your roots protected and decreases the likelihood of tooth sensitivity.

 

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

In addition to preventative measures such as avoiding foods that will erode your teeth enamel and proper dental hygiene, there are numerous toothpastes, strips, and other products that can help address sensitive teeth. 

However, we recommend that you contact a local dentist right away if you notice signs of tooth sensitivity. Your dentist can make sure that your sensitive teeth aren’t just an underlying symptom of a larger problem. At Caring Smiles, we care about your smile and making sure it stays healthy and bright for life.