Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients here in the United States. Dentists frequently hear that hot drinks (e.g. coffee), cold beverages, sugary beverages (e.g. soda, sweet tea), and ice cream cause sharp twinges of pain when they come in contact with certain teeth. Many times patients will tell their dentists that they avoid certain things altogether just to avoid feeling the painful, sharp reaction. The good news is that, in most circumstances, there are solutions to ease tooth sensitivity and to reverse the underlying causes.
The teeth inside your mouth are covered by the hardest substance in the human body: dental enamel; the roots of the teeth are protected by the cementum. Both the enamel and the cementum protect the dentin layer of the teeth that is made up of microscopic tubules that are full of the nerves and roots of the teeth – both of which are tremendously sensitive. When there are instances where the tooth enamel and cementum do not cover the dentin layer, hot or cold beverages, and even cool air, can cause incredibly sharp spasms of pain.
Tooth sensitivity should be brought to your dentist’s attention and should not be ignored. Most cases of tooth sensitivity can be easily treated and the causes behind the sensitivity can be reversed. The most common first step to ease tooth sensitivity is to change a few dental habits:
- Begin using toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth. This type of toothpaste contains ingredients that block off the nerve endings of the dentin layer. For maximum benefit, this toothpaste must be used regularly.
- Brush your teeth gently. Use circular motions instead of brushing back and forth on the teeth and gums. (Harsh brushing causes gum recession, which exposes the sensitive roots).
- Invest in a good automatic toothbrush. This type of toothbrush will do the work of cleaning the teeth so that you do not feel the need to brush too hard.
- Change your diet. Avoid sugary and acidic foods that are harsh on the teeth anyway.
At Gainesville Dental Group, we are here to help ease your tooth sensitivity. Our goal is to provide optimal oral health care to all of our patients. If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity, do not suffer alone. Let us help you. Call today.
Gainesville, GA 30501