Sensitive teeth are either a simple nuisance that can be treated with proper oral care, or an actual concern that should be addressed quickly at your dentist office.
So why do sensitive teeth occur, what can be done to prevent such concerns, and how do you go about treating the matter? At DentistsRUs, we want to help you answer these questions and help you treat your sensitive teeth with these tips…
Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
Sensitive teeth come in many forms, from an aversion to hot and cold food or beverages, to sweet foods that can trigger the nerves in your teeth to react due to a loss of dentin.
Other causes of tooth sensitivity include:
-General wear and tear from grinding your teeth, brushing with a toothbrush that has bristles which are too stiff, or even chewing on hard things such as candy
-Gum disease causing the gums to pull back from the teeth and expose the roots beneath
-Tooth damage such as a chipped or broken tooth
-People within the age-range of 25-30 tend to also have more sensitive teeth
-Various types of dental work can also lead to sensitive teeth, from teeth cleaning to crowns
Teeth whitening has also become a growing contributing factor to sensitive teeth, as an over-use of at home whitening treatments can actually harm the teeth and eat away at the protective enamel layer. An important reason why professional teeth whitening treatments are the best route to take in order to achieve a whiter smile.
Treatments for Tooth Sensitivity
There are various ways to treat and prevent tooth sensitivity, which start with a change in your oral care routine – including brushing with the right type of toothbrush, flossing more often and regular checkups and cleanings.
In addition to a proper oral routine, your dentist can recommend fluoride rinses and antiseptic mouthwashes, as well as toothpastes that will reduce or eliminate tooth sensitivity.
Also, having your dental professional look over your teeth for any potential cavities or concerns will help to eliminate tooth sensitivity due to decay.
At DentistsRUs, we are proud to provide the Lower Mainland with a great group of dental professionals, and would love to help serve you in the community in which you live or work – whatever is easiest for you. We’re here to help ensure your oral care is in optimal condition, and look forward to doing so!