Have you ever gulped down an icy drink and felt more than just a little bit of “brain freeze”? If you feel severe or sharp pains in your mouth when you sip a hot drink? If you have a predisposition for oral pain due to flossing, brushing your teeth, or with food temperatures, you are likely suffering from tooth sensitivity.
It is estimated that over 40 million Americans are affected by tooth sensitivity, making it a prevalent concern within the dental patient community. Coping with tooth hypersensitivity can be challenging. However, individuals experiencing this issue should take comfort in the fact that effective treatments are available. Furthermore, numerous dental insurance plans cover procedures related to the management of sensitive teeth. We recommend consulting our insurance offerings to identify a plan that aligns with your specific requirements.
Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity
Where can this issue arise? Within a typical, well-maintained oral cavity, a protective layer of enamel shields the teeth. When this barrier is compromised, the tooth’s nerve can become more vulnerable to temperature sensitivity, leading to uncomfortable sensations in the gum area. Potential triggers for tooth sensitivity encompass the deterioration of dental fillings or enamel, the exposure of tooth roots, the presence of gum-related issues, the development of cavities, or the occurrence of tooth fractures.
Treating Sensitive Teeth
• Sensitive toothpaste. Oftentimes regular toothpaste contains ingredients that are simply too harsh for sensitive teeth. Many dentists recommend alternative options, such as Sensodyne® toothpaste or Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief, which both contain a mild ingredient list specifically designed for sensitive teeth.
• Use a precision toothbrush. Many precision brushes are designed with sensitive mouths in mind. The design of this brush lets you get into hard to reach areas of the mouth without causing irritation.
• A tooth inlay or crown. If your sensitivity is coming from a broken or flawed dental insert, steps can be taken by your dentist to correct the problem and get you back to sipping your hot-tea, problem free.
• Fluoride gel. Using a fluoride gel will reduce sensitivity in your teeth by strengthening tooth enamel over time.
Other options for correcting sensitive teeth is a surgical gum graft, or having a root canal performed. As always, one of the best ways to keep your mouth in tip-top shape is to visit your dentist regularly. Help keep your teeth their healthiest by scheduling a dental checkup with Easton Dentists. Call us today at (614) 414-0111.