At times, even breathing cold air can cause discomfort due to tooth sensitivity. For many people, this can be startling and even painful. In our Cambridge dental office, we often see clients experiencing tooth sensitivity. To understand the problem before you visit and avoid dental problems later, here are some helpful explanations and tips.
Where does tooth sensitivity come from?
When your teeth first emerge, the dentin layer is covered by enamel, protecting them from extreme sensations you may be feeling now. These are caused by soda, coffee, and other food and drinks. In addition, your gums shield the roots and nerves within the lower half of your teeth. Over time the enamel can wear down, growing thinner and offering less protection to the sensitive dentin layer within your teeth. Your gums can also recede, leaving more of the tooth accessible to food and drink.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
Sensitive teeth can be the result of many things, including:
- Brushing with a very abrasive toothpaste or bristles
- Brushing more than three times a day
- Gum recession resulting from age or improper oral healthcare
- Consumption of too many acidic beverages such as soda or sugar-filled candy
- Gum disease (gingivitis)
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Teeth grinding
- Plaque build-up
- Tooth decay
What is the solution to sensitive teeth?
There are many things you can do to protect and avoid irritating your teeth, such as using good oral hygiene, a desensitizing toothpaste, fluoridated dental products, and watching what you eat. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, there are ways to help reduce and even eliminate the unconscious habit.
See your dentist in Cambridge about these options or for further assistance regarding sensitive teeth. In our Cambridge dental office, Dr. Martin Urban, our periodontics specialist, would be happy to work with you to solve and prevent future problems. Tooth sensitivity can indicate worse dental problems to come, so stop by Fresh Pond Dental or contact us at your earliest convenience