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 more than 40-million American’s suffer from sensitivity, and stands as one of the most common issues among dental patients. Living with tooth hypersensitivity can feel unbearable, at times. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth you’ll be happy to know this condition can be treated. In fact, many dental procedures associated with treatment of sensitive teeth are covered by dental insurance. Check with our company plans to find one that suits your needs.
Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity
So where does this problem occur? In the average, healthy mouth there exists a layer of protective enamel over your teeth. When this shield is broken the nerve in your teeth will then become more susceptible to temperature hypersensitivity, resulting in sharp, throbbing pains in the gums. Possible causes of tooth sensitivity include worn out fillings or tooth enamel, exposed roots, gum disease, cavities, or fractured teeth.
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.