Whether you’re sipping on a refreshing glass of ice water or savoring your morning cup of coffee, the last thing you want is to have the experience ruined by sensitive teeth. If temperature changes make your pearly whites go “ouch!” you shouldn’t ignore the problem. The sooner you address the issue, the sooner you can go back to enjoying your life. Your dentist in The Woodlands is here to give you some handy guidance on how to deal with sensitive teeth.
Understanding the Causes of Sensitivity
Oftentimes, the best way to relieve sensitivity depends on what’s causing the pain. Here are some of the most common culprits behind this issue:
- Tooth decay exposes the sensitive inner layers of the teeth, making you vulnerable to pain.
- Worn enamel, caused by age or overconsumption of acidic and/or sugary foods, lets substances sneak past it to the tooth’s dentin. The dentin has tubules that connect to the nerve, which sends pain signals to your brain.
- Recent dental work can cause your tooth’s innermost layer to become swollen and sore.
- Bruxism (teeth grinding) can wear away enamel.
- Receding gums expose the tooth roots, which don’t have enamel to protect them.
In some cases, such as when you’ve just had some dental work done, the sensitivity should go away on its own after you’ve had some time to heal. In most cases, however, you’ll need to take some concrete steps to address the problem.
How to Relieve Sensitivity
Relieving sensitivity should begin with a visit to your dentist in The Woodlands. Dr. Taylor can examine your teeth, alert you to the cause of the sensitivity, and recommend a treatment to vanquish your pain. Depending on your situation, he might suggest that you:
- Make adjustments to your oral hygiene routine. Exposing your teeth to more fluoride can strengthen the enamel. Plus, being diligent about keeping a clean mouth can prevent acidic and/or sugary foods from causing further damage to your teeth.
- Wear a nightguard. Many people grind their teeth while they’re asleep. A custom-made nightguard can stop this problem.
- Chew gum. Gum stimulates saliva production, which in turn helps to strengthen and protect teeth. Be sure to choose a sugar-free option!
- Use a sensitivity-reducing toothpaste. These often contain potassium nitrate, which helps to block the tiny tubules in your teeth that connect to the nerve.
- Stop whitening your teeth. Teeth bleaching products are quite safe for most people, but overuse can lead to sensitivity.
- Undergo a dental treatment. If tooth decay or a warped crown is causing your pain, you may need a new filling or crown to protect your tooth.
Sensitive teeth can put a damper on your life! We hope this advice will help you find relief from this annoying problem.
About the Dentist
Dr. Johnny Taylor has practicing dentistry for over three decades, but time has not dimmed his passion for caring for his patients’ smiles. If you would like to talk to him about your sensitive teeth or discuss other concerns you have about your oral health, please contact our office at 281-364-9913.