Published on September 16, 2021, Updated on October 13, 2021
IS A SINGLE SPOONFUL OF ICE CREAM ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU CRUNCH UP YOUR TEETH FROM PAIN? Do you have to be careful not to get hot coffee on your chompers when you drink it? If you’re familiar with the sensation, you’re one of millions of people who suffer with dental sensitivity. Let’s look at what causes tooth sensitivity and what we can do to prevent it.
How We Feel Sensation In Our Teeth
A layer of protective enamel covers each of our teeth. Dentin, which is similar to bone, lies beneath this layer. Thousands of small tubules pass through the dentin, connecting the inside of the tooth to the enamel. The pulp chamber, which includes nerves and blood vessels, is located at the center of each tooth. The nerves inside the tooth can detect what’s going on on the tooth’s surface thanks to those tubules.
Tooth Sensitivity: What Causes It?
When the enamel wears away, the tubules become visible, and the nerves in the tooth pulp are suddenly overstimulated. Enamel erosion is one of the most common reasons of dental sensitivity because of this. When anything too hot or cold, or even too sweet or sour, comes into contact with the outside of the tooth without enamel, the nerves receive a painful shock.
Gum recession exposes the roots, which causes sensitivity. The crown of the tooth is covered by enamel, but the roots are not. The gums are there to protect them. The roots are exposed when the gums recede (which can happen over time as a result of teeth grinding or incorrect cleaning).
Even if you’ve been taking good care of your gums and enamel, cavities and tooth injuries might cause sensitivity.
Protect Your Teeth With The Right Tools
Fortunately, even if our teeth are already sensitive, there are strategies to fight back. Using a soft-bristled brush will help you avoid further enamel erosion and gum recession. There is also toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth. Another strategy to protect your teeth is to avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks (especially soda).
We Can Assist You in Your Battle Against Tooth Sensitivity
The dentist is your finest ally in the fight against tooth discomfort! If you detect a change in your sensitivity level, or if you’ve been battling with it for a while, make an appointment with your dentist right once. The dentist can use a fluoride varnish to safeguard your teeth, undertake restoration treatment to counteract enamel erosion, and recommend a gum graft for receding gums or a sensitivity toothpaste.
We’ll work together to maintain your smile bright and healthy!