Do you experience a twinge of pain when drinking a hot or cold beverage? Perhaps you avoid sweet or sour foods because of increasing discomfort and tooth sensitivity. If this is the case, you should know—there’s a solution for your sensitive teeth.
To better understand why teeth become sensitive, consider the hard outer layer of your teeth—the enamel. WebMD reports that in many cases of sensitive teeth, a portion of an individual’s tooth enamel has been worn away. This might be due to aggressive brushing or using a hard-bristled toothbrush. Yet, it may also be related to an individual’s diet and nutrition. For example, sodas, candy and starchy carbohydrates contain acids that weaken tooth enamel.
In turn, for individuals that “brux” their teeth, the heavy forces of grinding and clenching can damage the overall structure of teeth, including the enamel. Lastly, suppose you regularly bleach your teeth or use abrasive whitening gels or toothpastes. Did you know that prolonged teeth whitening contribute to tooth sensitivity?
With these things in mind, maybe you’ve already identified what’s causing your tooth sensitivity. Even so, perhaps gum disease or the natural process of aging has resulted in your gums pulling away or “receding” from teeth. When more of a tooth’s structure is exposed, drinking a cold soda or biting down on chewy candy is enough to make one cringe in pain. What’s more is that if a tooth has become chipped or cracked, substances can reach the sensitive underlying layer of teeth known as the dentin.
Solutions For Sensitive Teeth
From toothpastes geared towards sensitive teeth to fluoride gels, dental fillings, sealants and desensitizing agents, dentists are equipped to provide solutions for sensitive teeth.
While you might be able to manage your tooth sensitivity with pain relievers, it’s not a good idea to deal with tooth pain for very long, as it could be a sign of a bigger issue. That’s why patients in East Cobb and surrounding areas trust the care and compassion of Dr. Leia Porcaro at Grateful Dental.