Sensitivity in teeth can be more than just a minor inconvenience.
If you suffer from sensitivity in your teeth you can be left unable to enjoy a lot of foods and drinks.
In today’s blog post, we are going to take a look at the causes of sensitive teeth and give you our expert opinions on the best way to manage tooth sensitivity.
While it can be difficult to remove sensitivity altogether, understanding the most common causes of tooth sensitivity and how to manage them can help to keep sensitivity to a manageable level.
So sit back, grab that ice cream and let’s get to know a bit more about tooth sensitivity.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
A little while ago, we wrote about how cold weather can affect your teeth.
In that article, we discussed how rapid changes from hot to cold temperatures can cause tiny cracks in the outer surface of the tooth, exposing a sensitive layer underneath which dentists refer to as ‘dentin’.
Dentin is the layer of the tooth that’s responsible for you feeling pain and sensitivity when you eat or drink cold or hot things.
The easiest way to prevent the possibility of developing sensitivity in your teeth is to ensure you take steps to look after your tooth enamel.
Damaged enamel is what causes the dentin to be exposed and the tooth’s sensitivity to be heightened.
For those who already suffer from increased tooth sensitivity, you may want to read our blog on whether tooth enamel can be repaired or replaced.
How Does Enamel Get Damaged?
Whilst enamel is reasonably hard, there are a lot of common activities that can erode your enamel over time.
Brushing your teeth too hard or eating too much acidic food are the leading causes of tooth enamel loss.
Grinding your teeth at night is also another major factor, and if you find yourself grinding your teeth in your sleep then you may want to consider wearing a mouthguard at night to prevent enamel damage.
Cures For Sensitive Teeth
The good news is that teeth sensitivity is easily manageable.
Stopping any further loss of enamel is the first step.
Take some time to really read through and think about the above causes of enamel loss. Ask yourself if there are things you could do to reduce your chances of eroding your enamel further.
After that, there are several brands of toothpaste that can help to repair your damaged enamel over time.
In addition, there are also several kinds of toothpaste that are specifically designed for people who are already experiencing sensitive teeth. These work by helping to create a blocking layer that stops cold food and drink from making contact with the sensitive inner area of the tooth.
How To Treat Extremely Sensitive Teeth
If you have tried the above solutions and are still experiencing tooth sensitivity, you should consult your dentist.
Here at Kherani Dental at Aspen our experienced dental professionals are always on hand to offer the best advice and solutions for sensitive teeth.
To make an appointment at Kherani Dental at Aspen, please call us at (403) 263-0055