If you’re dealing with tooth sensitivity, you’re not alone. According the Academy of General Dentistry, an estimated 40 million American adults suffer from sensitive teeth. There are many causes for tooth pain, but the symptoms of sensitivity are unmistakable and can be lasting. But there’s hope. With a few adjustments to your routine, you may be able to heal. It may also take a visit to our office. Here’s what you need to know about your tooth sensitivity.
Symptoms of Tooth Sensitivity
Sudden, sharp pain that occurs in your teeth while eating or drinking is a sure sign of tooth sensitivity. It might also happen when the teeth are exposed to cold air, or if you bite down on something and feel pain. If you experience a pain that causes you to wince while doing your everyday activities, you have sensitive teeth.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Sensitive teeth arise from a variety of dental problems. Enamel erosion, tooth decay, and gum recession are all reasons you may feel discomfort. Eating overly acidic, hot, or cold foods can lead to pain, as can constant tooth grinding. If you’ve had a recent dental procedure like teeth whitening or root planing, this may also cause sensitivity, but should resolve within a few days.
How to Deal with Sensitive Teeth
For less advanced tooth sensitivity, we recommend a few adjustments. Try using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth, and brush lighter using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Consider getting a night guard if you grind your teeth. This will help protect them from further erosion. We might also suggest having a fluoride treatment done at your next appointment. If your problem is more severe, there are ways we can help. We might recommend root canal therapy treatment if the infected pulp of your root canal is causing the pain.
Please let us know if you’re experiencing increased tooth sensitivity. We want to help. Don’t put off an appointment, as problems may worsen over time. Contact us today!