You don’t have to live with sensitive teeth
Do you dread the thought of taking a sip of a hot drink on a cold day? Or taking a sip of a cold drink on a hot day? If the thought of having hot or cold liquid touch your teeth makes you cringe, you may have sensitive teeth.
Many people suffer from sensitive teeth. Hot and cold liquids are not necessarily the only cause of discomfort. Some people experience sharp, throbbing, or lingering pain when they eat certain foods, breath cold air, or even when they brush their teeth.
No matter the trigger for tooth pain, it’s important to visit the dentist if you are suffering. If the cause of your sensitive teeth can be identified, the solution may be easy to implement. Common causes of sensitive teeth include the following:
Using the wrong type of toothbrush
If you’ve ever shopped for a toothbrush, you’ve probably noticed there are dozens of choices. You must choose from toothbrushes with bristles arranged in various patterns. Also, you are given the choice of hard, medium, or soft bristles. If you are using a medium- or hard-bristled toothbrush, you might be inadvertently damaging your teeth when you brush. Soft bristles can reduce tooth sentitivity. Switching to a soft-bristled brush can help alleviate further damage to the enamel on your teeth.
Treating your teeth with whitening products
Just about everyone would like brighter teeth. If you are using over-the-counter teeth whitening products on a regular basis and are suffering from sensitive teeth, the cause might be the whitening agent. If you are experiencing pain, it’s advisable to stop using the whitening product until your next dentist appointment. We may be able to recommend a whitening method or procedure that will not result in sensitive teeth.
A tooth is cracked, decayed, or damaged
If you are experiencing sensitivity in just one tooth (as opposed to several teeth), your tooth might be cracked, decayed, or damaged. Sometimes, it can be practically impossible to see a tooth injury or decay with the naked eye. An exam or a dental x-ray can help determine the exact cause of your tooth pain. Once the problem is identified, a treatment recommendation can be made.
There are many possible causes for sensitive teeth. The best way to determine the source of the problem and to implement a solution is to visit your dentist for an evaluation. Tooth sensitivity can usually be treated and resolved.
Your sensitive teeth might respond well to an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste, or we can apply a desensitizing agent to your teeth while you’re in the office. If you have a more severe case of teeth sensitivity, we may recommend additional treatments to help alleviate your pain.
There is absolutely no reason for you to live with sensitive teeth when it’s possible to ease your pain. You don’t have to avoid drinking a piping hot mug of hot chocolate on a cold day or an ice-cold lemonade on a hot day. Contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can set you on the path towards less sensitive teeth.