If you suffer from sensitive teeth, you aren’t alone. Millions of Americans deal with sensitive teeth, and there are ways for your suffering to end! Today on Smarter Smiles with HomeTown Dental, we’re telling you all about sensitive teeth as well as some treatment options that can help relieve your pain.
About Sensitive Teeth
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the hard enamel that makes up the outside of your teeth begins to wear down in certain areas leaving the underlying dentin, which has very sensitive nerve endings, exposed to whatever you eat or drink. These nerve endings are not just sensitive to hot and cold, but also to acidic, sweet and sticky.
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
There are quite a few causes for tooth sensitivity, however, there are two main culprits – loss of enamel or receding gums. Now, the tricky part is that there are several ways for those two things to happen. The biggest causes of these are:
- Brushing too hard
- Eating highly acidic foods
- Teeth grinding
- Using tooth whitening toothpaste
- Gum disease
- A previous dental procedure
- Cracked tooth
Possible Treatment Options
The way in which your dentist will go about helping you relieve your sensitive teeth will depend heavily on the cause. If you’ve been using a whitening toothpaste or eating highly acidic foods, then relieving the sensitivity could be as easy as switching toothpaste and cutting back on the acidic foods. However, if it’s caused by receding gums or a cracked tooth, then a dental procedure may be needed to treat your sensitivity.
The best way to determine the cause of your sensitive teeth is to visit your local family dentist. Not only will the friendly dental experts at HomeTown Dental help you identify the cause of your sensitive teeth, but we’ll also make sure that your entire family is in great dental health.
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