Many of us will experience the pain of sensitive teeth at some point in our lives. At times, the pain is the result of a problem that can be easily solved, and, at other times, it is the sign of a more serious problem. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it is important to mention it to your dentist.
- Shrinking gums – As we age, our gum line may recede. When this occurs, the root of the tooth will be exposed. The root doesn’t have enamel protecting it so it, will be more sensitive.
- Gum disease – Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth which can make your gums recede. This can damage the tooth and lead to pain.
- A cracked tooth – A small crack in the tooth may not be noticed at first, but if it reaches to the root, it might be very painful.
- A broken or lost filling – A filling may break or fall out because of further decay surrounding it. This will leave the tooth vulnerable and can cause sensitivity.
How to Avoid Further Damage:
- Don’t brush aggressively. Always use a soft bristled brush, and keep it at an angle of 45 degrees.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks. This includes soft drinks, sticky candy and high sugar carbs.
- Don’t grind your teeth. Teeth grinding can do a lot of damage over the long term. Sometimes, grinding occurs due to stress and can be avoided with stress management strategies. If it is a perpetual habit talk with your dentist about a mouth-guard.
- Quit smoking. Smoking can lead to gum disease, which can exasperate sensitivity.
When considering treatment, always seek the advice of a dentist. Determining the cause of your sensitivity may dictate the kind of treatment needed. No amount of specialized toothpaste will solve pain caused by an unfilled cavity or other serious tooth issue. If you’ve been experiencing prolonged tooth sensitivity, call Dr. Karen Roberts at 979-968-9451 or book an appointment online today!