Brrr! Sensitive Teeth
Sensitive teeth are more common that you might think. Thousands of people suffer from sensitive teeth. At first glance, it might feel like sensitive teeth is a natural part of winter time when your big brother or sister took your blanket away during a cold night. Whether occurring all of the time or inconsistently when drinking hot or cold drinks, sensitive teeth can be disconcerting to say the least. There are a number of reasons why people have sensitive teeth and the root cause is important to determine if you are interested in relieving yourself from sensitive teeth, including:
- Gum recession due to the natural aging process, improper tooth brushing, or gum disease.
- Acidic beverages, such as soda pop, that causes enamel loss and dentin exposure.
- Tooth grinding.
- Brushing with a very abrasive toothpaste and brushing more than three times a day.
- Chipped or fractured teeth may expose the dentin, making the tooth susceptible to sensitivity.
- Teeth whitening.
- Dental procedures, such as, dental fillings, crowns, dental braces, and bridges.
The good news is that there are ways to reduce your tooth sensitivity. If you suffer from enamel loss, you can use a softer tooth brush and be certain to use a straw if you cannot resist soda pop drinks. Cosmetic dental bonding or dental veneers may serve you well for tooth chips and fractured teeth. For tooth grinding, you will benefit from wearing a mouth guard at night. Sensitivity from dental procedures and ongoing sensitivity from enamel loss may be treated with desensitizers found at your dentist’s office and over-the-counter at the pharmacy. In the end, there is a host of remedies for sensitive teeth.
If you are interested in dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.