Dental Tips Blog

May
9

Dealing With Dental Sensitivity

Almost everyone has experienced some form of dental sensitivity from time to time.  From a twinge when consuming a cold drink to a sharp pain when biting, dental sensitivity is a common occurrence.  For most people, dental sensitivity is rare and passes after a short period of time.  Other people experience dental sensitivity constantly for months or even years.

Fortunately, dental sensitivity is easily treatable.  No one should endure chronic dental sensitivity.  In fact, in many cases dental sensitivity is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong.  Other than mild, transient dental sensitivity, you should see your dentist if you feel pain or discomfort when drinking or eating cold or hot things, when biting, or when eating sweets.

A healthy tooth is covered with a layer of enamel that protects the dentin, or middle tooth.  The dentin contains nerve branches inside tiny tubules that lead to the tooth’s nerve.  When the enamel wears away, the dentin is exposed and these nerves can react to pressure and hot or cold temperatures.

Dentin exposure can be caused by many different things including wearing away the enamel through vigorous brushing, tooth wear, cavities and tooth decay, a cracked or leaking filling, receding gums, and teeth whitening.  Recent dental procedures can also cause temporary dental sensitivity.

There are desensitizing toothpastes that help reduce dental sensitivity.  Using one of these toothpastes should reduce the problem.  In addition, fluoridated mouth wash will also reduce dental sensitivity.  If you are still experiencing dental sensitivity after trying these products, see you dentist.  There are several options including sealers, fluoride treatments, and laser treatments that can reduce or eliminated dental sensitivity.

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