There are many specialized toothbrushes and types of mouthwash and toothpaste available to those who suffer from sensitive teeth. It is a very common problem that lots of products claim they can solve, but have you ever wondered why it exists? Today, Clarksburg Dental Center would like to explain what causes tooth sensitivity and how these products work.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Do you find yourself ordering beverages without ice, drinking room temperature water, and waiting a long time for your coffee or tea to cool down? If you do, it’s probably because you have sensitive teeth. To find out if you have sensitive teeth, take this fun online quiz!
Enamel, which covers the crown of your teeth, is the hardest substance in your body; tooth roots have a similar substance called cementum. However, beneath those layers is a softer, more porous layer called dentin. When dentin is exposed, the nerves in your teeth become much more sensitive to hot and cold and sticky or acidic foods and beverages.
Common causes of sensitive teeth are:
Degraded tooth fillings
A cracked tooth
Degraded tooth enamel
Exposed tooth roots- which can be caused by brushing too hard, receding gums, and gum disease
Treatment for Sensitive Teeth
Most folks with sensitive teeth use Sensodyne® or some other type of toothpaste designed to reduce sensitivity. These products work by blocking sensation before it travels to the nerve. If toothpaste doesn’t help, Dr. Liu & Dr. Lin offers in-office fluoride and desensitizing treatments that will help you get relief from pain. In cases of severe sensitivity, Dr. Liu & Dr. Lin may recommend surgical gum graft or a root canal.
Whatever the cause of your sensitive teeth, we can help! Contact Clarksburg Dental Center today to find out what we can do to keep your smile beautiful, healthy, and pain-free.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.