Do you avoid eating ice cream despite it being your favorite dessert? Do you let your coffee or hot tea cool for fifteen minutes before taking the first sip? Does going to the send shivers up your spine because you panic each time the hygienist squirts cold water or puffs of air on your teeth? If you answered yes to any of these questions because of how your teeth respond – it is time to talk to your dentist about finding relief from your sensitive teeth.
Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common complaints among dental patients across the United States. The teeth become sensitive when their inner layer is exposed. Despite tooth enamel being the hardest substance in the human body, it is not invincible. Tooth enamel can be worn down over time and can cause tiny cracks or holes in the enamel that allow temperature changes to cause painful reactions in the mouth. Receding gums are also a common cause of tooth sensitivity. The gums protect the roots of the teeth. Therefore, when the gums begin to recede from the teeth, the roots are exposed and cause extreme discomfort in the mouth.
It is always important to talk with your dentist about any issues you are having with your teeth. Tooth sensitivity can cause excruciating pain or twinges of discomfort, yet many people are afraid to talk to their dentist because of the fear that something is wrong. This is the wrong approach to take! Most cases of sensitive teeth are easily treated and/or reversed with early intervention. One of the easiest ways to achieve relief from your sensitive teeth is to switch to a toothpaste that is specifically for sensitive teeth. This type of toothpaste has desensitizing ingredients to block the nerves in the teeth from receiving a jolt of pain. It is also important to evaluate your brushing techniques. Brushing too vigorously back and forth is the number one cause of gum recession. By making sure you are brushing in circular motions using a soft-bristled toothbrush, your gums can begin to heal themselves and move back into their proper position.
At Green Dental of Alexandria we care about the overall health of your entire mouth. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth, please do not suffer alone. Call us today to schedule an appointment and allow us to help you find the relief you need.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725