Millions of Americans experience tooth sensitivity to one degree or another, causing them to avoid certain foods and beverages. If this sounds like you, please talk to us about it at Future of Dentistry.
People with sensitive teeth are most likely to have problems with temperature. Hot or cold things, like coffee or ice cream, can be really difficult.
There is more than one cause of sensitive teeth, and it’s important to have a proper diagnosis by a dental professional. A common cause, though, is the wearing away of tooth enamel. This can expose the dentin just beneath it. Enamel can wear down from using a hard-bristle toothbrush and brushing too aggressively. That’s why we always – repeat, always – recommend a soft-bristle brush and a light touch.
- Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
- Tooth decay
- Receding gums
- Bruxism (tooth grinding)
The treatment for sensitive teeth may involve filling a cavity or replacing a worn filling. If it’s caused by gum loss, you may need a graft.
Many cases of sensitive teeth respond very well to sensitive-teeth toothpaste. Take a look in the store: just about every major brand of toothpaste includes a line for sensitive teeth, and they are known to work. Many people see results within a week or two.