Does it hurt when you take a sip of hot coffee in the morning? Or maybe a taste of cool ice cream puts you over the edge with pain? Does it hurt when you breathe in freezing cold air or when brushing or flossing your teeth?
If you are experiencing significant pain or discomfort when your mouth is introduced to extreme temperatures, or even a food or drink that is particularly sweet or sour, then you may have sensitive teeth.
What is causing my sensitive teeth?
- Over-brushing – While brushing your teeth is essential to healthy teeth and gums, it is possible to over-brush your teeth, meaning you brush them too hard and too often. This may wear down tooth enamel or irritate your gum line which can cause the gum to recede and expose the tooth’s sensitive roots.
- Grinding your teeth – If you are waking up with a headache, jaw pain or ear pain, you may be experiencing a very painful condition called bruxism where people grind and clench their teeth, even when sleeping. Occasional grinding won’t do too much harm, but consistent grinding can cause long-term damage to enamel and expose dentin, causing tooth sensitivity.
- Gum disease – When plaque builds up on your teeth and along the gum line it can cause gum disease. This can lead to tooth decay which may break down your enamel or even lead to infection which could attack your roots.
- Cracked or broken teeth – A crack or break in your tooth can expose the underlying dentin causing extreme pain. This area can also become a collection point for bacteria from plaque which may inflame the nerve.
- Tooth whitening agents – While it’s nice to have clean, white teeth, sometimes using bleaching products with baking soda or peroxide can aggravate exposed roots or dentin, causing pain.
What can I do to relieve my sensitive teeth?
Contact your dentist if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity so he/she can determine the cause. Depending on the cause for your sensitive teeth, your dentist might recommend:
- Limiting acidic foods and drinks – citrus fruits, carbonated drinks such as soda, wine and yogurt can contribute to weakening your tooth enamel
- Using a desensitizing toothpaste – a desensitizing toothpaste can help block some of the pain
- Applying fluoride – Your dentist may choose to apply fluoride to the sensitive areas of your teeth to help strengthen tooth enamel and thereby reduce pain.
- Covering exposed roots – If your gums are receding your dentist may choose to apply a sealant to cover any exposed roots.
- Performing root canal – If the above treatments are not helpful, your dentist may suggest you undergo a root canal to treat problems in the dental pulp to help eliminate pain.
Please contact Cambridge Family Dentistry for a free consultation, especially if you have any questions or concerns regarding sensitive teeth.
You can speak to one of our friendly staff members anytime to learn more about our clinic, ask a question or schedule an appointment.
Please contact us by calling:
(316) 687-2110 or toll-free (877) 687-2110.
We look forward to meeting you.
The Cambridge Family Dentistry clinic is located at 2020 N. Webb Road in Wichita, Kansas
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