Are Your Teeth Temperamental?
Dealing With Sensitive Smiles
Are you overly sensitive? Relax, it has nothing to do with crying during life insurance commercials. Millions of adults struggle with hypersensitive teeth, which means they are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, very sugary or acidic foods and drinks and vigorous toothbrushing. This kind of sensitivity is often called “dentin hypersensitivity.”
Dentin is the tissue that makes up the core of each tooth. Above the gumline, dentin is protected with a coating of enamel. Unfortunately, as enamel is worn away or gum recession happens, dentin becomes exposed and receptive to sensations that cause painful nerve responses.
So, what causes sensitive teeth? A number of things may be to blame. Over-zealous brushing with a firm bristled tooth brush or abrasive toothpaste can lead to dentin hypersensitivity. Diet may also play a role, as frequent consumption of acidic foods and drinks can chemically dissolve tooth enamel. Finally, abnormal wear on tooth surfaces from chronic clenching or grinding of teeth, nail biting and chewing on hard objects can lead to sensitive teeth. To avoid the problem, brush and floss daily to maintain healthy gums and protect dentin from exposure. Avoid vigorous brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush.
Desensitizing toothpaste used in conjunction with a soft-bristled toothbrush can help. Toothpaste designed for those with sensitive teeth can reduce the pain associated with the condition after only a few days of use. Any toothpaste at the grocery store that says “for sensitive teeth” will help. Furthermore, we carry a prescription toothpaste that has higher levels of fluoride and potassium nitrate (the main desensitizing ingredient).
Usually, tooth desensitizing toothpaste will eliminate sensitive teeth. If you are still having issues call our office at 713-941-8261 today. Or visit us at 3421 Burke Rd Ste A, Pasadena, Texas 77504.