Do you experience pain when eating ice cream or drinking coffee? Many adults suffer from sensitive teeth. Not only can tooth sensitivity be a frustrating and uncomfortable condition, but it can also be an indication that you need treatment for an underlying dental problem. Getting to the “root” of your sensitive teeth is the first step towards a more comfortable and confident smile.
In most cases, sensitive teeth occurs because the soft dentin layer of the tooth has been exposed. Unfortunately, dentin contains direct channels that lead to the nerve center of your tooth. Therefore, when you consume something hot, cold or sour, it reaches the nerves of the tooth and causes pain.
There are a number of things can wear down the enamel of your teeth or cause the gums to pull back and expose this dentin layer. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by the following:
- Teeth grinding
- Acidic foods
- Harsh brushing habits
- Gum disease
- Plaque buildup
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Long term use of acidic mouthwashes
- Certain tooth whitening products
As you can see, factors ranging from daily habits to serious dental conditions can attribute to sensitive teeth. A dentist can properly determine what is causing you to be uncomfortable so that an effective treatment plan is put in place. Patients can always brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss daily and use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. However, it may be necessary to address underlying gum disease or a teeth grinding habit for long-term relief of sensitive teeth.
At Avalon Dental Group, we offer a number of restorative procedures to ensure your teeth and gums retain health and comfort for a lifetime. If you find yourself avoiding ice cream or wincing through your morning coffee, please express your concerns at your upcoming dental appointment with us.