When it comes to dental pain, tooth sensitivity can dramatically impact our daily lives, as well as acting as a telltale sign of other dental problems. Often, the nerves inside your teeth can become irritated or inflamed in a variety of ways, and this can be triggered by exposure to hot and/or cold temperatures. The feeling may range from a quick shot of pain to an uncomfortable dull ache that lasts for minutes at a time.

But don’t despair! If you’re wondering what you can do about your sensitive teeth, you’ll be glad to know that it is possible to treat tooth sensitivity, and in many cases there are things you can do yourself at home as well as lifestyle changes that will help relieve the discomfort.

Causes of Tooth Sensitivity

The most common cause of tooth sensitivity is the loss of the protective covering around a tooth’s dentin called enamel. Once the enamel erodes, it’s easier for heat, cold, and acidity to penetrate into the cells and nerves of the tooth, causing sensitivity.

Other causes of tooth sensitivity include:

  • Brushing too hard
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Teeth whitening
  • Aging
  • Not enough fluoride

Treating Sensitive Teeth

There are many ways to treat sensitive teeth, including:

  • Over-the-Counter Treatments: Some over-the-counter toothpastes can help reduce sensitivity, however, it’s best to first consult your dentist to choose the right toothpaste for you.
  • Regular Oral Hygiene: Practicing regular oral hygiene, including brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and using mouthwash, reduces sensitivity by protecting against further tooth decay.
  • Regular Dental Checkups: If you still have sensitivity, you should visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and consultation. In some cases, crowns or fillings will successfully resolve the issue by treating deeper decay or cavities.

In addition to these treatments, it is also recommended that you avoid acidic or sugary foods and drinks if possible, as they can further irritate sensitive teeth and gums.

When to Visit Your Dentist

If you have persistent tooth sensitivity, you should visit your dentist to rule out or treat any underlying problems. If you do have an underlying dental problem, it might need treatment before your sensitivity goes away – in some cases, this can be urgent, and require immediate professional attention.

At Wright Parkway Dental Center, our team are experts in treating tooth sensitivity and advising you on the best way to care for and protect your teeth. If you’re ready to start tackling your tooth sensitivity, contact us today to book a consultation.

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