When you drink hot or cold drinks, do you wince in pain? Does ice cream or piping hot soup make your teeth hurt? If you are noticing your teeth hurting with extreme temperatures, even cold air on your teeth, then you may have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth may be aggravated by other surprising things, too, such as sweet or sour food. So what is it that causes sensitive teeth? The answer often lies in your enamel.
Enamel is the outer layer of your tooth that protects your teeth from the outside forces, including food, drink, and bacteria. When your enamel wears down, the nerve endings inside your tooth are exposed to the elements, resulting in sensitive teeth.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of sensitive teeth, it’s possible that some of your enamel has been worn down, and while you can’t grow back enamel, you can protect what you have left. There are many ways that you can protect your enamel in your daily life, but the simplest ones include:
Sometimes, sensitivity is caused by other underlying oral health problems, such as gum disease, a cracked tooth or filling, or receding gums. Whatever the cause of your sensitive teeth, it is important to come see us to get to the root of the problem. At Caring Smiles, we provide many treatment options to treat sensitive teeth, including professional fluoride treatments, which strengthen enamel; night guards to stop nighttime grinding; and gum disease therapy to give your whole mouth a deep clean.
At home, you can try desensitizing pastes – these are not applied with a toothbrush, and you can get from our dentists at Caring Smiles. We also provide sealants to further protect the teeth from damage. Often we find that deep grooves in the teeth, particularly in the molars, are hard to clean and can be hiding places for bacteria and decay. A fluoride gel, a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth, and fillings to cover expose roots are other options for treating the problem.
Addressing the problem of sensitive teeth is important for your oral health, and at Caring Smiles, we know you don’t have to live with sensitive teeth – there are many options available to you to get you smiling again. If you notice any sensitivity, call our friendly office today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to giving you back a healthy and happy smile!