Do you cringe at the thought of eating extremely cold foods like ice cream? Is drinking something hot like coffee painful? If you have sensitive teeth this can sometimes be a painful experience for you? And this is the case for many people say experts at Dental Plus.
Do you have some pain when you brush or floss? If so, you may suffer from over-sensitive teeth.
Dental Plus tells us that some of the possible causes of this sensitivity include:
- Problems with cavities or decay
- Dental fractures
- Fillings that are wearing thin
- Tooth erosion
- receding gums
Healthy teeth, have a protective layer of hard enamel which protects the interior of the teeth from feeling anything when you eat hot or cold foods. The blood cells, nerves and dentin are protected from feeling pain.
You also have another layer of protection under the gums. This is called cementum, and it protects your tooth root from feeling pain because of the foods you eat. Following this layer lies the dentin which is weaker than the covering enamel.
Dentin has small tubes or canals, so when your tooth enamel starts to thin, these canals feel the heat and cold or acidity of foods you eat. There are many ways the dentin can become exposed, even gum recession can cause the problem, say the dentists at Dental Plus. This is what causes the hypersensitivity.
You can get your sensitive teeth treated by the dentist, but you need to inform him of the issue. The treatment he decides to use will depend the reason for the sensitive teeth. Your dentist can help you find a solution with one of these treatments:
- Toothpaste for sensitive teeth. This is a special product that helps block the things that make your teeth sensitive. It offers a protective covering of sorts but does require several brushings before it really starts to work.
- Special FluorideToothpastes. Your dentist may recommend special toothpastes to strengthen your tooth enamel, and in doing so, this reduces the sensitivity.
- A crown. Your dentist may recommend a crown or veneer, sometimes even bonding to correct the issue.
- Gum grafting. If you have gum recession around teeth. your dentist may use a gum graft to protect the roots.
- Root canal. This can be an option when sensitivity is very persistent, and there is a problem with your tooth root.
The experts at Dental Plus insist that proper brushing routines are mportant in preventing tooth sensitivity. Ask your dentist about ways to prevent tooth sensitivity in your daily oral hygiene routine. Be sure to express your concerns about having sensitive teeth.