Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

There are many people who avoid cold drinks and ice creams or let their coffee in the cup to cool down a bit before they can take a sip. Or you may not find it very comfortable to brush or floss your teeth in the recommended way. The most common reason for these situations is sensitivity of teeth.

While this sensitivity is pretty hard to tolerate and you may not be very hopeful about getting rid of it pretty quickly, there are some ways you can bring the lost comfort back to your oral cavity.

The most common reason for tooth sensitivity is the exposure of tooth’s dentin to hot & cold temperatures and acidity. This dentin is normally covered by cementum and tooth enamel, the outermost and strong layers which give tooth its strength. The erosion of these two layers can result in hypersensitivity.

In order to know the exact factors which make your teeth sensitive, you need to talk to your dentist. In general, fractured teeth, cavities, periodontal disease, and exposed root of tooth can result in sensitivity. You may also suffer temporary tooth sensitivity after getting your teeth bleached.

You also need to discuss with your dentist about the oral and dental hygiene routine you follow. In this discussion, you will be able to know if you over-brush or you do not take care of your oral hygiene in the way you should.

At home, you can use toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth. This toothpaste has desensitizing properties which freezes communication between outer layer of teeth and nerve in terms of transmission of sensation. However, only the regular use of this toothpaste can help in reducing sensitivity. If the case is not quite severe, toothpaste is the appropriate solution. However, if you are unable to get your tooth sensitivity reduced with the help of toothpaste, you can discuss in-office treatment with your dentist. This treatment usually involves application of fluoride gel which strengthens tooth enamel in order to inhibit transmission between nerve of the tooth and upper tooth’s layer.

In case tooth sensitivity is resulting due to receding gums, it’s the exposed tooth root which needs to be sealed. Your dentist may use a sealant to seal the exposed area.

In case, none of the options discussed above work for you, your dentist may suggest a root canal treatment.