Does a sip of coffee make you wince? Have you been avoiding cold treats like ice cream because you don't want to deal with the pain? Sensitive teeth can make even the toughest of us let out an "OUCH!" and have us thinking twice about whether to reach for a hot or cold drink, where we'll chew our food, and even if we'll breathe through our mouths!
The hypersensitivity and discomfort of sensitive teeth can be caused by a few different issues. Enamel, whether it's been cracked, decayed, or worn away, can expose a tooth's sensitive inner dentin, so proper dental hygiene is important in preventing sensitive teeth. Make sure not to brush TOO aggressively, however, as this can injure your gums and expose tooth roots.
The other major cause of tooth sensitivity is periodontal (gum) disease. As plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, it can cause your gums to recede, leaving the root surfaces of teeth exposed. Regular checkups are important to detect and treat issues like gum disease and tooth decay to keep you satisfied with your smile.
Depending on the cause, there are a few things you can do to ease your discomfort. First, try to avoid acidic foods and drinks like soda to fight further enamel erosion. Next, a sensitive toothpaste can help block sensation traveling from the tooth surface to the nerve. If these don't help you're your hypersensitivity, then in-office treatments may be necessary.
Ignoring your teeth can make things worse, so schedule your checkup today. We'll meet your unique oral health needs!
Gates Family Dentistry
29990 Town Center Loop W
Wilsonville, OR 97070