Having sensitive teeth is one of our patients’ most common complaints. In fact, at least 40 million adults in the US suffer from it. But why do your teeth become sensitive in the first place, and how can you ease the pain it causes? At Chapel Hill Advanced Dentistry, we’re here to help.
Teeth can become sensitive when the hard enamel of your teeth wears down or your gums recede, which causes the tiny tubes located in the dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel, containing the inner pulp) to be exposed. When this happens, the nerves are easily irritated and the result is sensitive tooth pain that is felt when eating or drinking hot or cold food, touching your teeth, or exposing them to cold air.
How to Avoid Sensitive Teeth in Chapel Hill
There are some habits that make you more susceptible to having sensitive teeth. Eating or drinking foods that are highly acidic, such as citrus fruits or soda, can increase your risk of sensitivity. Avoid brushing too hard and don’t use a hard-bristled toothbrush. Also, ingredients in some whitening toothpastes may also lead to, or increase, sensitivity.
How Do You Treat Sensitive Teeth?
Easing the pain associated with sensitive teeth can be done by using a desensitizing toothpaste or by visiting our office for sealants and fluoride as both help with desensitizing. And if your teeth are really sensitive for prolonged periods and the pain becomes worse with hot and/or cold temperatures, it’s best to come see us at Chapel Hill Advanced Dentistry as soon as possible. We will perform a full evaluation to make sure the pain isn’t associated with a cavity or abscess and we’ll help to ease your sensitive tooth pain.
If you’re experiencing sensitive teeth contact your Chapel Hill dentist today. We look forward to seeing you!