At least 1 in every 8 Americans have sensitive teeth, sometimes on a daily basis. Tooth sensitivity tends to happen more frequently to women and young people. There are many causes, some of which you will want to see a dentist for. However, you may simply need an easy at-home remedy for tooth sensitivity you feel. Here are some reasons why tooth sensitivity happens, how you can prevent it, and tips for treating it!
Tooth decay–which you’ll know by the name of “cavities”–is often the most common cause of tooth sensitivity in our patients. This is because decay that affects various parts of your tooth may be coming in contact with the center of your tooth where nerves lie, causing you pain and sensitivity.
When you eat, sugars in your food and drinks will mix with mouth bacteria, creating a sticky, acidic plaque. That plaque will eat away at the outer enamel of your teeth when proper brushing and flossing isn’t happening often enough. That can create cracks and holes in the teeth, where bacteria gets in and decays. When decay spreads throughout the tooth, you may get severe tooth sensitivity that signals an infection. If you have sudden or more severe toothaches that have come on and lasts for several days, come into our office to make sure it’s not a cavity.
Tooth sensitivity and toothaches may feel very similar, but they are different. If you zero in on your sudden symptoms, you can detect if you are feeling pain inside a tooth or right on the outside of one. It’s common to have sensitive teeth in the colder winter months. Often, there may be a tiny bit of your tooth root showing right along your gum line.
You may not even visibly detect extra tooth root showing, but you will feel the sensitivity it brings. Breathing through your mouth may bring sharp, sensitive pains from cold air hitting your teeth. The tooth root is not covered by enamel like the rest of your teeth are, so it will react to changes in the temperature of the air as well as foods and drinks. Remedy that tooth sensitivity by using toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.
Try to avoid foods and drinks that are at one temperature extreme or the other (such as hot chocolate). Keep your mouth closed while outside, especially in the winter, and try breathing more often through your nose instead of the mouth. If you participate in winter sports, try using a helmet or mask that covers both the nose and mouth if you have sensitive teeth. With frequent, uncomfortable sensitivity that persists, see your dentist for a dental exam or to have a thin plastic coating painted on your sensitive teeth.
If tooth decay or gum recession isn’t the issue, consider:
No one wants tooth sensitivity, especially when it’s a daily problem. Here are some tips for treating sensitive teeth:
While it’s not life-threatening, chronic ache of sensitive teeth can put a serious damper on the quality of a person’s life. Call our office to know more tips to help curb your tooth sensitivity. For sensitivity that won’t go away, schedule an exam by calling Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies today at (970) 223-8425!