Have your sensitive teeth started to get in the way of you enjoying some of your favorite treats and beverages? Do you long for the day you can take a sip of your hot morning coffee without the dreaded pain that comes shortly after? There are many different possible causes of your teeth sensitivity and different ways to relieve the discomfort. Read on to learn more from your dentist in Peabody.
Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?
Your teeth are full of nerves and many are contained in a layer beneath the protective enamel known as the “dentin.” When the enamel wears down and your dentin becomes exposed, you are likely to experience increased sensitivity in those areas. This can happen as a result of:
- Gum recession
- Broken or loose fillings
How Can I Reduce My Teeth Sensitivity?
No matter what the reason is for your increased sensitivity, the best thing to do is consult your dentist. They will be able to rule out any serious issues and give you the best guidance when it comes to treating this issue. Here are a few ways to reduce this discomfort:
- Good Oral Hygiene: Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is crucial when it comes to preventing the development of dental problems. Brush twice and floss once daily using a soft bristled toothbrush.
- Watch Your Diet: If you’re consuming too many acidic foods and beverages, like tomato sauce or sports drinks, tooth sensitivity is likely to follow. Limit your intake of these items. Use a straw when you are drinking anything other than water to limit contact with your teeth.
- Sensitivity Toothpaste: You can find a toothpaste that is made specifically for people like you with sensitive teeth. They don’t even cost much more than normal fluoridated toothpaste. It works by covering up exposed dental tubules. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t seem to make a difference right away. Sometimes, it takes up to a month to start noticing positive results.
- Fluoride Treatment: Fluoride is a natural miner that helps to build a strong enamel and prevent cavities. A fluoride treatment involves your dentist applying a highly concentrated foam, gel, varnish, or rinse. This contains much more fluoride that what’s in your regular dental products.
- Direct Bonding: If you have a small crack, chip, or exposed root, your dentist may perform bonding on your tooth. This can cover any of these flaws and help to prevent further sensitivity in these areas.
Sensitive teeth can be annoying and painful! Fortunately, you don’t need to live with them forever. Talk to your dentist as well as taking measures at home in order to get some relief!
About the Author
Dr. Spiro Saati has been providing dental care to patients in Peabody for his entire career! He earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine at Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Massachusetts Dental Society. Dr. Saati would be happy to help you get relief from your sensitive teeth. For more information or to schedule and appointment, visit his website or call (978) 531-2185.