Sensitive teeth are a common problem among the general population. Whether it’s eating or drinking something hot, cold, sweet, or even sometimes sour, these temperatures and food types can cause discomfort. Even breathing in cold air too swiftly can cause sudden pain to your front teeth, and is a sharp and sudden feeling as a result of your nerve endings being breached by this cold element.
What is the Cause of Sensitive Teeth
Sensitive teeth are caused from a myriad of factors including – receding gums resulting in the partial exposure of the surface beneath know as dentin. This soft layer encases the inner part of the root of your teeth, wrapping around the nerve centre known as pulp.
Wear and tear is also a factor. Whether you are a vigorous tooth brusher, grind your teeth, or have a general wear down of enamel, these factors can lead to your teeth becoming more sensitive to hot, cold and sweets.
Tooth decay near the gum line can also be a factor, along with gum disease known as gingivitis – which is inflamed and sore gums that pull back and expose the root of your tooth or teeth.
Damaged teeth can also be a factor, including chipped and broken teeth – which also expose sensitive parts of your teeth leading to the bacteria getting into the pulp, resulting in inflammation.
Teeth whitening products can also sometimes lead to the increased sensitivity of your teeth. It can wear down your enamel, and expose your teeth to the discomfort of hot and cold quite readily.
How to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity
As with any best practice of oral care – brushing and flossing are the best start to optimal care. This will keep decay from occurring, and help maintain the health of your teeth for their lifetime.
Also, using a soft-bristled toothbrush will better ensure your enamel stays healthy and whole.
Using a mouth guard if you grind your teeth, ensuring all your root canals are up to date, brushing with a toothpaste that is especially purposed for sensitive teeth, and regular dental visits will all play a part in ensuring your teeth maintain their healthy, sensitive free stance.
Any of our dental professionals in the Lower Mainland can help you to maintain or regain your dental health, so call to book an appointment in order to safeguard against sensitive teeth, both now and in the future!