Sensitive teeth, also known as dentin hypersensitivity, can be a pain — quite literally.
They can impact what you are able to eat and the temperature of beverages, and the sensation of tooth sensitivity can be very uncomfortable. It could be a tingling, a pang, pressure, or even a sharp pain that sends you reeling toward the ceiling.
What Does Tooth Sensitivity Mean?
Whether it’s one tooth, an area of your mouth, or most of your mouth that reacts in one of the above ways, it’s important to investigate why this is happening.
Sensitivity to sweet could mean that you have a cavity in your mouth. Being sensitive to hot and / or cold could mean that your tooth enamel is thinning.
Any of the above issues could relate to another dental problem that could be remedied.
What Can You Do?
Regular dental care. By seeing your dentist and hygienist on a routine schedule, you can thwart any dental problems that could cause sensitivity.
Practice good oral care. Use toothpaste that’s designed for helping with sensitivity and brush and floss regularly. Hard brushing could exacerbate the problem so talk to your dentist about proper brushing technique.
Pay attention to your gums. Gum disease can contribute to sensitive teeth.
Don’t ignore problems. If you know there’s something happening in your mouth, such as a lost filling, tooth crack, or other problems, seek treatment as soon as possible.
For some people, sensitivity happens for a short time; perhaps after dental treatment, for instance. For others, a sensitive tooth (or teeth) is a constant nuisance and this is a sign that you need specific treatment, such as a root canal, for instance.
Why alter your life to work around your teeth when the problem can often be easily remedied?
Most often, sensations occur due to thinning of enamel or exposed dentin, the substance beneath your tooth enamel. Enamel-strengthening toothpaste or a toothpaste that fills gaps that expose dentin and desensitize the area can help tremendously.
But don’t just assume that sensitive teeth discomfort can be cured by using a particular brand of toothpaste. Do mention it to your dentist in case there is a treatable solution to your problem.