Do you have sensitive teeth?
Just when you are about to enjoy your cone of ice cream or a cup of hot coffee, you feel a sudden sharp sting of pain in your teeth. How often you encounter this? Are you experiencing it frequently?
No matter how often it happens, the pain is telling you that there is something wrong with your teeth and you need to make that appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. It may be a cavity or cracked tooth. But for most of the cases, the problem is often caused by tooth sensitivity.Tooth sensitivity is a dental discomfort that can be triggered by other factors besides common temperature triggers like hot, cold, sour or sweet foods. Some individuals claim to have sensational tooth pain even by breathing cold air. The pain, though it may vary, can be so sudden but can shoot deep right into the nerve endings of the teeth.
There are tendencies that as people age, gums recede or move away from the tooth enamel exposing a great deal of root surfaces of the teeth. This is the leading factor for having tooth sensitivity. Some other possible causes may include brushing too hard and where the tooth enamel wears out. Gingivitis and other periodontal diseases can also be the culprit for having tooth sensitivity. The teeth can also be irritated due to application of tooth whitening products. Habitual grinding or clenching, acidic food intake, and the use of highly-acidic oral products, can also be the reason why there is sensitivity of the teeth. Presence of plaque on the tooth’s root surface can also be link to this discomfort.
The best way to treat tooth sensitivity is to ask first for a professional advice, like your dentist, regarding the proper method of treating this oral inconvenience. Your dentist will first examine the state of your oral health to figure out which method is proper to treat your dental problem. He or she can assess whether you just need a regular application of fluoride gel or advise you to use desensitizing paste to lessen the sensitivity of your teeth. Sometimes, your dentist can apply dental sealants to strengthen your tooth enamel which in effect, reduces its sensitivity to extreme food temperature. This can further help in blocking pain transmission to the nerve up to the brain.
If ever the cause to your tooth’s sensitivity is gingivitis or improper brushing method, the dentist can give you a review on proper application of oral hygiene techniques. Grinding and clenching can be reduced by wearing protective mouth guard while you’re sleeping. Your diet, of course, should also be checked and be properly planned as to prevent ingestion of acidic foods that can cause further tooth sensitivity. The best step left would be to regularly visit your dentist. They can actually provide tooth cleaning and other oral hygiene techniques to effectively reduce tooth sensitivity while protecting it from further occurrence. For cases of hypersensitivity, your dentist may recommend you to undergo endodontic procedure where the infected pulp within your damage tooth is being cleaned and sealed off.
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