When tooth enamel wears away, it can lead to tooth sensitivity, which can make your teeth hurt even if you only experience brief exposure to hot and cold food or cold air. The microscopic tubules in your dentin contain nerve endings, and when they become exposed, this is tooth sensitivity. While your protective layer of tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body, the inner dentin is vulnerable and sensitive. But what causes tooth sensitivity and how can it be treated?
Causes of tooth sensitivity include:
– Using a hard-bristled toothbrush or scrubbing your teeth
– Eating acidic foods that erode tooth enamel
– Grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep
– Harsh chemicals in tooth whitening toothpaste
– Using a mouthwash that has alcohol
– Gum recession
– Allowing plaque to stay on your teeth
– Dental procedures such as dental crowns, tooth extraction, and root canals treatment
– Chipped or cracked teeth
– Leaky dental fillings or tooth decay around a filling
Ways to reduce tooth sensitivity include using a soft-bristled toothbrush; limiting acidic foods such as soda, citrus, and pickles; wearing a night guard if you have bruxism; and discarding mouthwashes that are too harsh. You can strengthen tooth enamel by using a toothpaste that is fluoridated and brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Your dentist can help you ride your smile of tartar, prevent gum disease, replace weakened dental fillings, and protect a damaged tooth.
If you are experiencing problems with tooth sensitivity in Linwood, New Jersey, or a nearby area, Dr. David L. Sykes and help you reduce sensitivity with a customized treatment plan. Call David L. Sykes DMD, LLC at 609-653-6300 today!