Is it becoming hard to drink hot or cold drinks? You’re not alone! Dentin hypersensitivity, otherwise known as sensitive teeth, affects 40 million adults at some point in their lifetime. It can cause discomfort and can slow you down. Smile Workshop is here to explain dentin hypersensitivity, its causes and how you can prevent it.
What Can Cause Sensitive Teeth?
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a variety of factors, decay of enamel being one of the largest. Enamel is the outer protective coating on your teeth which can be withered away by brushing too hard or from eating too many acidic foods. When enamel is stripped away, it exposes lower layers of the tooth with pores that lead to the roots, which contain sensitive nerve endings. Cold or hot substances can get into these pores and irritate those nerves, causing pain. Other causes of sensitivity are gum recession and teeth grinding while sleeping.
How to Prevent Tooth Sensitivity
At home, prevention can include using a desensitizing toothpaste like Sensodyne. This does not take care of the problem, but it will alleviate the symptoms. You can also switch to a softer toothbrush and avoid acidic foods.
For further prevention, you will have to visit your local dentist. Fluoride gel can be used to restore enamel. Crowns, bondings or inlays can repair areas that are causing sensitivity as well. Finally, if none of the above measures take care of the issue, a root canal procedure should knock it out. All of these treatments and prevention techniques can be provided by Smile Workshop.
Tooth sensitivity affects millions of adults on a daily basis, but Smile Workshop is here to help. If the at-home tips do not work for you, come see us and we will get you taken care of. Give us a call or schedule an appointment today!
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