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Do you have sensitive teeth? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), over 40 million adults in the United States suffer from teeth sensitivity. But what exactly is tooth sensitivity?
And what can you do about it? This blog post will explore the answers to these questions and more.
What is Tooth Sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the nerves in your teeth are exposed to stimuli that trigger a pain response. These stimuli can include hot or cold foods and drinks, sweet foods, acidic foods, brushing your teeth, or even just breathing cold air. When you have sensitive teeth, you may feel a sharp pain that radiates through your tooth and up into your head. This pain is often temporary and goes away once the stimulus is removed. However, for some people, sensitive teeth can be a chronic problem that leads to discomfort and pain on a daily basis.
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
There are many different things that can cause tooth sensitivity. One of the most common causes is tooth decay. When tooth decay reaches the inner layer of your tooth (known as the dentin), it can expose the nerves in your teeth and lead to sensitivity. Other causes of sensitive teeth include:
Worn-down tooth enamel
Enamel is the hard outer layer of your teeth that protects them from damage. However, over time, this enamel can break down due to things like acidic foods and drinks, grinding your teeth at night, or vigorous brushing. When this happens, it can expose the inner layers of your teeth and lead to sensitivity.
Exposed roots: The roots of your teeth are normally covered by gums. However, if your gums start to recede, it can expose the roots of your teeth and make them more sensitive.
Damaged fillings: If you have fillings in your teeth, they can crack over time and allow bacteria to enter the inner layers of your tooth. This can lead to infection and tooth sensitivity.
Gum disease: Gum disease is an inflammation of the gums that can occur when plaque builds up on your teeth. Gum disease can damage both your gums and your teeth, leading to sensitivity.
Prevention & Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity
There are many things you can do to prevent or treat tooth sensitivity. Some simple tips for preventing sensitive teeth include:
Brushing gently: Vigorously brushing your teeth can damage your enamel and lead to sensitivity. To prevent this, brush your teeth gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Avoiding acidic foods & drinks: Acidic foods and drinks can wear down your enamel and lead to sensitivity. To prevent this, limit your consumption of acidic foods and drinks or rinse with water after eating or drinking them.
Using fluoride Toothpaste: Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps to prevent sensitivity. Look for a fluoride toothpaste that specifically says it’s meant for sensitive teeth.
Avoiding excessive whitening: Teeth whitening products contain abrasives that can damage your enamel and lead to sensitivity over time. If you do choose to use whitening products, use them sparingly and follow the instructions carefully.If you already have sensitive teeth, there are many things you can do to treat them as well including:
Using desensitizing toothpaste: Desensitizing toothpastes contain ingredients that help to block signals from the nerve endings in your teeth so you don’t feel pain when exposed to hot or cold temperatures.
Getting professional dental treatment: If home remedies don’t work, you may need professional dental treatment such as bonding, crowns or veneers, or gum grafts.. Your dentist will be able to determine what treatment is best for you based on the underlying cause of your sensitive teeth
If you have sensitive teeth, know that you’re not alone—over 40 million adults in America suffer from this condition. There are many different things that can cause sensitivity including worn-down enamel, exposed roots, damaged fillings,and gum disease. To prevent sensitivity it’s important to brush gently with a soft bristle brush,, avoid acidic foods ,and use fluoride If home remedies don’t work,, speak with a dentist about Professional dental treatments available such as bonding crowns veneers gum grafts,. With proper care,you manage minimize discomfort associated with sensitive teeth
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