Why are my teeth so sensitive?
Does the thought of having a spoonful of ice-cream make your spine tingle?
Tooth sensitivity can be quite a pain, literally!
But understanding why teeth become sensitive, what the causes are and how we can treat it can make a world of difference to your pearly whites.
Each tooth has a hard enamel on the surface which protects the soft tissue and nerves within the tooth. When the hard enamel is eroded or the gums have receded, fluid can run into tiny tubes from the surface into the soft tissue, and this is what essentially causes the pain associated with sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can be triggered by hot and cold foods and drinks, exposing them to cold air, or in severe cases, just by simply touching your teeth.
What are the most common causes of tooth sensitivity?
- Errosion of tooth enamel due to toothbrush abrasion, consumption of acidic foods or acid reflux
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Grinding of teeth
So what can we do about it?
- See your dentist. You might not know exactly what is causing your tooth sensitivity and how to prevent it until you see your friendly dentist. With the latest technology and treatments, tooth sensitivity can be easily combated in a matter of minutes.
- Visiting your dentist for regular check-ups to assess the presence of tooth decay-Try using a soft tooth brush. You want to try and protect the layer of enamel on the surface of your teeth, so using a soft toothbrush and burshing gently will prevent errosion.
- Sensodyne. Any protective toothpaste that helps seal the tubes on the surface of the tooth can help reduce sensitivity. Take it from me, sensodyne really does work!
B. Anthony (Prospect Dental Clinic)