Do any of your teeth hurt when eating something sweet or cold? Or just taking a sip of coffee? If you had any of these discomforts then you might have sensitive teeth, this condition is common, many adults suffer from sensitive teeth at some point in their lives – and it is treatable.
What Causes Sensitive teeth?
Some common causes of tooth sensitivity are:
Cracked or Chipped teeth- may fill with bacteria from plaque, causing the nerve to inflame.
Bruxism- grinding or heavy clinching of teeth wears down the enamel surface of the teeth. Exposing dentin causing tooth sensitivity.
Acidic foods- such as lemon, citrus fruits, teas can wear down enamel.
Gum disease- sore and inflamed gums create recession or pockets exposing the root of the tooth.
Teeth whitening- products with peroxide or baking soda can seriously aggravate exposed roots or dentin.
Age-Teeth are most sensitive between ages 25 and 30.
Dental work. Teeth cleaning, root planning, crown placement, and tooth restoration can make teeth sensitive. Such sensitivity is temporary, if it does not get better after four to six weeks please consult with Dr. Danial Kalantari.
How to reduce tooth sensitivity
Brush and Floss daily, this will prevent any plaque from irritating your gums and preventing cavities.
Try desensitizing toothpaste which contains chemicals that block sensations like hot and cold from reaching the nerves in your teeth. Try different brands to see which works best for you.
Use mouthwash and toothpaste that contain fluoride.
Consult with Dr. Danial Kalantari if a night guard is right for you.
If you still have discomfort, talk to Dr. Danial Kalantari. Depending on the cause and severity of your sensitivity, there are many procedures to relieve you from the discomfort. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, please be sure to contact Smiles on Bristol Dentistry/ Santa Ana. We can set up an appointment to discuss what is bothering you and determine the best way to address the problem.