Tooth sensitivity will typically happen to everyone throughout their lifetime, for a variety of reasons. What are the causes of tooth sensitivity, how do you treat it, and how can a dentist help?
The most typical cause for tooth sensitivity is exposed dentin. An article from The Journal of the American Dental Association, the ADA (2003) described dentin as, “containing microscopic tubes (small hollow tubes or canals). “When the dentin loses its protective covering, the tubules allow heat and cold, or acidic or sticky foods to stimulate the nerves and cells inside the tooth”. This can come in the form of a cracked tooth, tooth decay, worn tooth enamel, or worn filings.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is also a cause for sensitivity. Your gums can separate from your teeth and cause ‘pockets’ where bacteria grows and can expose your dentin.1
Treatments – How Your Dentist Can Help
Taking proper oral hygiene precautions is essential to avoiding teeth sensitivity. Yet, brushing incorrectly, or too aggressive, may be causing it. If you have questions about proper brushing technique, contact us. Your dentist may also suggest a desensitizing toothpaste, or in more serious situations, you may need to make an appointment with your dentist for treatment or surgery.
If you are experiencing sensitive teeth schedule an appointment.
1American Dental Association. (2003). Sensitive Teeth: Causes and Treatments. Journal of the American Dental Association, 134, 1691. Retrieved September 05, 2018, from https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Publications/Files/patient_33.pdf?la=en.