Tooth sensitivity can come and go, and is typically caused by exposed dentin on root areas from gum disease and/or receded gums. Unlike the crowns of your teeth, the root area of your tooth is protected by cementum instead of enamel. When the enamel or cementum wears away, the nerves within the tooth become exposed which can cause tooth sensitivity. Common causes of this erosion include:
- Overzealous teeth brushing
- Use of abrasive toothpaste
- Dry mouth
- Excessive teeth whitening
- An acidic diet
- Acid reflux disease
- Teeth grinding
But we have good news! Sensitive teeth can be treated!
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
Talk to your dentist about any tooth pain or tooth sensitivity to cold, hot, acidic or sweet drinks/foods. Tooth decay and cavities should be ruled out or treated. Dr. Fisher or Dr. Painter may recommend our Fluorimax Toothpaste in Sensitive Spearmint or a guard to reduce grinding that we have available at our office. With more severe cases of tooth sensitivity, a filling, a gum graft or a root canal may be required.
To help prevent future sensitivity consider dietary changes, such as eliminating high-sugar soda, fruit juices and alcohol from your daily intake. And of course, you’ll need to keep up with good oral care routines to prevent future problems.