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What Causes and Cures Tooth Sensitivity

woaman grimacing with jaw painDid you know that one in eight adults suffer from some form of tooth sensitivity? As such a widespread problem, we want to help our patients know more about the causes and cures for the condition.

Common causes of tooth sensitivity include receding gums, cavities, injury, decaying dental work and even abraded enamel among others.

The teeth are almost entirely made up of dentin, which contains small tubules of sensitive nerve endings. When teeth are healthy, these tubules are protected from any outside forces by your enamel—the protective barrier on the outside of the teeth. When the enamel is worn thin or cracked, sensitivity can happen as the inside of the tooth becomes exposed.

So, what can you do to stop it?

Tips for Overcoming Sensitive Teeth

There are several different ways you can overcome sensitive teeth—the very first and easiest option is to change your toothbrush and toothpaste. A toothbrush that is too hard can irritate your teeth and gums—opt for a soft bristled brush. The same goes with your toothpaste—choose one without harsh chemicals or exfoliants.

The second thing you should consider is examining your gums. If it appears they are receding, it’s important to address the problem promptly to prevent further development of periodontal disease. We may recommend treatments like tissue grafts to restore your gum line and help protect the root of your teeth.

Another option for battling sensitive teeth is to rinse with salt water—salt water creates an alkaline environment that prevents harmful bacteria from flourishing.

The best thing you can do to avoid sensitive teeth altogether is to practice good oral hygiene habits—this means brushing for two minutes, two times each day as well as flossing each night. Avoid foods that are high in sugar, and if you do consume them, be sure to rinse or brush your teeth after the fact.

Wondering what else you can do to overcome sensitive teeth? We’d love to invite you to our practice to learn more about your issue. Contact us today to reserve an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

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