Tooth sensitivity is not uncommon, and most people will experience some tooth sensitivity at some point. Often it is caused by foods and beverages that are either hot or cold, or sometimes by breathing in very cold air. It some instances it can be the start of more severe pain that might mean you need to visit your Arlington dentist for a root canal.
More often than not, however, tooth sensitivity is caused by the roots of teeth being exposed because of gum recession or periodontal disease.
Why Tooth Sensitivity Happens
Often tooth sensitivity happens when the dentin on the tooth roots are exposed. Tooth roots don’t have the layer of enamel the rest of our teeth do, so they are much more sensitive. Gum recession is common, and most people have some gum recession by the time they are in their sixties. It can be caused by overzealous brushing or a diet high in acidic foods such as soda and citrus fruits. People suffering from acid reflux or bulimia might also experience this type of dental erosion.
Preventing Tooth Sensitivity
As with most things related to your mouth, you can reduce your chances of developing tooth sensitivity by staying on top of your oral health. Practice good oral hygiene to help prevent gum recession and gum disease. Use a soft toothbrush and a low abrasion toothpaste. Floss regularly and be gentle about it. Avoid eating a high-acid diet.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
If you are experiencing this, be sure to talk to your dentist or hygienist so they can determine the cause and the best way to treat it. In some cases, a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth can help. Your dentist might also recommend a fluoride gel or rinse that can make your teeth less sensitive.
Other treatments for sensitive teeth might include fluoride varnishes and plastic resins, covering a sensitive tooth with a filling or other restoration, and lasers.
Talk to Rush Creek Dentistry, your Arlington dentist for general, preventive, and restorative dentistry, including root canal therapy, gum disease treatment, and dental implants.