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What You Can Do About Sensitive Teeth

Posted in Fillings

Why do some teeth get so sensitive? A few common contributing factors include:

  • Tooth decay
  • A small fracture
  • A teeth grinding or clenching habit
  • Gum recession
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • A new dental restoration

Your teeth are alive with their own complex – and very small – systems of nerves and blood vessels. Any time the outer enamel layer is compromised, your sensitive tooth is exposed to the oral environment.

3 Reasons Teeth Become Sensitive

First of all, the tough enamel layer can be disrupted by a fracture or dental restoration. Even strong dental fillings and crowns can cause some sensitivity for a little bit as your tooth gets used to them.

Second, besides being mechanically compromised, the enamel can also be worn down by acid in dental plaque left on the tooth.

Thirdly, when gums recede, they leave the more sensitive root layer of a tooth exposed to temperature changes.

Here’s What You Should Do

If your tooth starts hurting inexplicably, it’s a good idea to see your dentist for an exam. X-rays which can reveal whether something like decay is the hidden cause of sensitivity.

Reduce tooth sensitivity by keeping up with good oral hygiene. Brush and floss often and use fluoride-containing products to strengthen your enamel. A sensitivity toothpaste contains lots of minerals for reinforcing your teeth against damage.

Your dentist will make sure that your dental health is stable when you stop by at least twice a year for checkups. He or she will make recommendations for professional therapies that can reduce your discomfort.

Talk with your dentist about finding a treatment that’s best for addressing tooth sensitivity.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544

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