Do you ever cringe when you watch someone bite into ice cream? Are you sometimes fearful of that first sip of hot soup or drink of tea? You’re not alone. Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints we hear about!
They feel sensitive when nerves are exposed.
The outside of each tooth has a hard protective coating called enamel. Over time, this covering can wear away to reveal the inner layer underneath, which is known as dentin. This happens when we have poor dental hygiene and certain life choices, or through everyday use.
If you are concerned about sensitive teeth, seek a dental professional’s help first. Tooth sensitivity, while common, can also be a sign of something more serious. Your dentist can help identify what the underlying cause of your sensitivity is and prescribe the best treatment option for you and your smile! After an evaluation, your dentist might recommend:
Desensitizing toothpaste: This type of toothpaste is specially formulated to soothe the nerve endings in the tooth and reduce pain.
Bonding agent: This is the material used to stick tooth-coloured restorations to teeth. It can also be used to seal the dentin surface and protect sensitive areas from outside stimuli.
Fluoride: Your dentist may apply fluoride to sensitive areas. This strengthens tooth enamel and treats pain.
Limiting acidic foods and drinks: Carbonated beverages, citrus fruits, wine, yoghurt, etc. are acidic and, when consumed frequently, can remove small amounts of tooth enamel over time. Drink acidic liquids with straws to avoid contact with teeth.
A Good Oral Hygiene Routine Can Help You Avoid Sensitivity
Proper brushing and flossing can prevent conditions such as gum disease which is known to cause gum recession. When gums recede, part of the tooth root is exposed, leading to sensitivity. Over-brushing or brushing too aggressively can also lead to receding gums and even enamel erosion—both of which cause sensitivity.
When Whitening Your Teeth, Consult With Your Dentist
Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of teeth whitening. To avoid or diminish sensitivity after whitening, consider using a lower concentration of whitening product and reduce the amount of time the bleach is in contact with the teeth.
Always consult with your dentist before whitening as he or she can help determine the best treatment options for you. If you or someone you know has particularly sensitive teeth, there are additional steps we can take to help avoid and relieve the sensitivity caused by whitening.
We Can Help With Tooth Sensitivity
Although sensitivity is common, there are things we can do to help relieve and reduce the discomfort that it causes. No one should have to live with tooth pain. Call us or come in today so we can help you achieve a pain-free smile!