Tooth sensitivity is a condition that affects many people. Tooth sensitivity can occur when the inner part of the tooth becomes expose causing sharp discomfort. The sharp pain or discomfort can come when your drink something hot or cold,eating sweets, or air that passes through teeth. The exposure can be caused by teeth recession, teeth erosion, the loss of tooth structure or consuming acidic foods.
What can cause tooth sensitivity?
Brushing your teeth and gum using a hard bristle toothbrush can cause the enamel to wear off creating tooth abrasion. Bruxism or grinding of the teeth can create tooth sensitivity, the constant pressure begin to wear the enamel causing the dentin to be exposed. Acidic foods also create the enamel to wear. Cavities or large fillings can also create sensitivity, when a caries is affecting the enamel and dentin part of the teeth. Teeth whitening or bleaching can cause temporary sensitivity but tends to go away with time.
How can you prevent tooth sensitivity?
A excellent way to prevent tooth sensitivity is to change your toothbrush to a medium or soft bristle. This will create less pressure on the enamel and have less chance of abrasion. You can also switch toothpaste to one that helps with sensitivity, our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Kalantari recommends his patients sensodyne. There are many alternatives in the market, just choose what works best for you. A night guard is another preventative measure this will stop the teeth from wearing out. Completing any dental treatment that was recommended by your dentist is another great way to prevent tooth sensitivity.
If you are still experiencing teeth sensitivity it’s a great idea to talk to your dentist. There might different procedures he can recommend, like fillings to cover the abrasion areas, fluoride or dentin sealer. You can also contact our dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. /contact-us/