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Sensitive teeth can be a real annoyance. They can make everyday activities like drinking a glass of cold water or biting into an apple pretty uncomfortable. If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, it’s important to visit your dentist so they can help identify the cause and recommend a treatment plan.
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The inner part of the tooth and its roots are temperature-sensitive areas that might give off a reaction when they come in contact with hot or cold food and beverages. Dentine is the layer of your teeth that is just below the enamel.
When dentine loses its protective covering of enamel or when gums recede, heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. The result can be sensitive teeth. Additionally, sensitive teeth may be an indicator that an underlying dental problem is present, and needs management.
AP Dental offers help for people with sensitive teeth. We have a variety of treatments available to our patients that can help them find relief from this uncomfortable condition. Our treatments include scale and cleans, dental fillings, crowns, and gum disease treatment. We also offer custom-made night guards for people who suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism), which can also cause teeth sensitivity. The experienced professionals at AP Dental will work with you to find the most appropriate treatment for your needs.
Common Causes of Teeth Sensitivity
Dental Services that Can Address Teeth Sensitivity
Scale and Clean
Plaque build-up can cause sensitivity in the roots of the teeth. A scale and clean can help remove this plaque, which can reduce the risks of gum disease and provide relief from sensitivity.
Cavities are holes in your teeth that allow stimuli to enter and irritate the nerves, causing tooth sensitivity. Cavities are filled with dental fillings to seal them off and prevent further nerve irritation.
Dental crowns offer a durable treatment option for sensitive teeth that also protects the underlying tooth. This is especially beneficial for people who have worn down teeth due to bruxism or have chipped or broken teeth.
Gum Disease Treatment
An inflamed and receding gum line due to gum disease can cause teeth sensitivity because the loss of supporting ligaments exposes the tooth's root surface. Gum disease treatments can eliminate the cause of tooth sensitivity and restore your gums to health.
Frequently Asked Questions about Teeth Sensitivity
While sensitive teeth can often result from simple things like eating or drinking hot or cold beverages, it could be a sign of a more serious problem in some cases. For instance, tooth sensitivity could indicate an infection or gum disease. It could also signify gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), a digestive disorder characterised by acidic stomach juices backing up into the esophagus. Conditions that cause frequent vomiting, such as gastroparesis or bulimia, can wear down the enamel and lead to sensitive teeth.
The main difference between the two is that sensitivity is usually in response to a specific stimulus, while a toothache is more of an overall feeling of discomfort and pain. Teeth sensitivity is usually a sharp pain when teeth are exposed to cold air or certain foods or drinks, especially when they are hot, cold, sweet, or sour. In contrast, a toothache results in consistent pain with or without stimulus.
There are several things you can do at home to manage teeth sensitivity:
- One way to manage teeth sensitivity is to use desensitising toothpaste. These kinds of toothpaste work by filling in the microscopic openings in your teeth that lead to the dental nerve, blocking the pain signals.
- Oil pulling is a widely-used home remedy for managing teeth sensitivity. To do this, swish a tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil around in your mouth for several minutes, then spit it out.
- Salt water rinses are also helpful in reducing pain and inflammation. To make a salt water rinse, add a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water and swish it in your mouth for a few minutes. Spit it out and rinse with plain water when you’re done.
- Guava leaves have traditionally been used for various dental problems, including tooth pains and gum inflammation. To use this remedy, chew on a few guava leaves for a few minutes and then spit them out. Alternatively, you can use guava leaf extract topical gels.
- Hydrogen peroxide is another common ingredient that can help relieve pain and inflammation associated with sensitive teeth. Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water and swish it in your mouth for a minute or two before spitting it out and rinsing with plain water.
- Garlic has long been used as an herbal remedy for treating various ailments, including teeth sensitivity. To use this remedy, crush a clove of garlic into a paste and place it on the affected area. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with plain water.
However, the suggestions mentioned above are not supported by studies, and we still highly recommend that you visit your dentist if you have sensitive teeth.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Use fluoride toothpaste and avoid abrasive toothpaste. Brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Floss daily.
- It is recommended that you wear a custom mouthguard if you grind your teeth (bruxism).
- Sugar, starch, and acidic foods should be consumed in moderation.
- Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
- Don’t smoke.
- See your dentist regularly for routine check-ups and professional cleanings.
If you have sensitive teeth, you must be careful with what you eat and drink, how you brush your teeth, and even the type of toothpaste you use. Here are some tips on what not to do if you have sensitive teeth.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks such as coffee, citrus fruits, and sodas, as they can increase teeth sensitivity.
- Avoid sugary foods, such as hard and sticky candies.
- Avoid cold foods and drinks like ice and ice cream.
- Avoid using toothpaste and mouthwashes with harsh chemicals or abrasives, as they can further irritate sensitive teeth.
Unfortunately, tooth sensitivity is a common problem that is unlikely to go away on its own. For example, if the root cause of your tooth sensitivity is your receding gum line, it’s likely that your sensitivity will only get worse over time. That’s why it is recommended to see your dentist as soon as possible. They can help identify the cause of your sensitivity and develop a treatment plan to address it.
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At AP Dental, we are proud to offer a wide range of dental services to meet the needs of our patients. From professional cleanings and dental fillings to more complex procedures, we are here to help you maintain a brighter, healthier smile. Book your appointment today and see the difference our team can make.