Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?
Teeth are sensitive because the dentin, the porous, delicate tissue in teeth, becomes exposed. This condition is one of the most common tooth problems, causing discomfort or sharp, shooting pain in one or more teeth. People who suffer from sensitive teeth struggle to avoid activities that can cause a sensitive reaction, like eating or drinking cold or hot products and even brushing their teeth. Luckily, there are several ways to fight back against this issue.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Teeth are made of a few different substances: dentin, a soft tissue that contains tubes connected to tooth’s nerve-filled pulp, enamel, a tough outer layer that protects the dentin, and gums, another outer layer that keeps the dentin and nerves safe.
If the enamel is damaged or the gums receded too much, the dentin can become exposed and leave the tooth’s nerves open to pain-causing cold, heat, and acid. There are many ways that the enamel or gums can be damaged, but the most common include:
- Aggressive Brushing – Brushing your teeth too hard can wear down your enamel and make your gums recede.
- Grinding Your Teeth – Tooth grinding can also wear down enamel.
- Tooth Whitening – Professional or at-home tooth whitening treatments can damage the enamel and cause either temporary or permanent tooth sensitivity.
- Gum Disease – Inflamed or otherwise unhealthy gums can recede back from the tooth, leaving the dentin exposed and vulnerable.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
The best way to treat tooth sensitivity and prevent more tooth damage is to determine the cause of the problem and either remove the cause or treat it. For example, if over-brushing is causing the sensitivity, learning proper brushing technique will prevent further damage.
But how can you correct existing enamel damage and tooth sensitivity? Some options include dental procedures like:
- Fluoride gel or tooth varnish
- Inlays, crowns or bonding
- Surgical gum restoration to cover exposed dentin
- Root canals
There are also several at-home steps you can take to reduce sensitivity, including:
- Using a desensitizing or natural sensitive toothpaste to strengthen enamel
- Brushing with a soft-bristled brush to stop further enamel damage
- Wearing a mouth guard at night to avoid teeth grinding and protect enamel
- Avoiding acidic, very hot, or very cold foods and drinks to prevent the dentin from getting irritated
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