Tooth sensitivity is a very common occurrence and affects more than three million people in the United States each year. It is typically self-diagnosable, does not require any lab tests or imaging, and can easily be treated.
How Do You Know?
If you find yourself wincing in pain every time you take a drink of something hot or something cold, or you bite into something sweet or sour or even expose your teeth to cold air, then you may be feeling tooth sensitivity.
To better treat your teeth, it is important to determine what may be causing your tooth sensitivity and once you have found the cause, you will be able to determine the best treatment.
Taking Care of Tooth Enamel
The tooth enamel is the protective layer over our teeth, and when this layer of protection is gone, our nerve endings will become exposed. These exposed nerve endings can cause pain. So, if you are experiencing any kind of sensitivity, then you may be missing that protective layer of enamel on your teeth.
When you brush your teeth, it is important that you do not brush too hard and it may be wise to use a soft-bristled toothbrush if you aren’t already doing so. Brushing too hard may remove some of the enamel on your teeth along with the plaque.
Instead, brush your teeth gently and use a 45-degree angle to the gum to help prevent any damage to the tooth enamel.
Treatments for Sensitive Teeth
There are many treatments for sensitive teeth including toothpaste that is specifically designed for this problem, fluoride gel, fillings for any exposed roots, sealants, and pastes you can get from a dentist that will help desensitize the tooth.
An appointment and exam with your dentist can help narrow down the problem so they can offer you the best course of treatment. If the problem is being caused by something a bit more serious, then they may even suggest a root canal.
As usual, you should also make sure that you are brushing your teeth and flossing at least twice a day to help maintain your clean and healthy smile.