When you think of summertime, chances are a frozen treat of some sort comes to mind. For some, that also sends chills down their spine because of tooth sensitivity. While your dentist can diagnose the problem, it’s best you understand what is causing your tooth sensitivity to prevent further dental problems in the future.
Tooth sensitivity is typically caused when your tooth enamel, which protects your teeth, is worn down or when you have gum recession. And when the dentine, or underlying surface, becomes exposed, your enamel and gums are no longer able to provide the protection to the root and the tooth itself.
Tooth sensitivity can be triggered by a myriad of things, including:
- Periodontal/gum disease
- Brushing your teeth too aggressively
- Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Worn away tooth enamel (which is what protects your tooth’s nerves)
- Exposure of roots
- Grinding of teeth
- Tooth decay
And now, the various ways to treat tooth sensitivity:
One of the first things you can try to help treat sensitive teeth from home is proper oral hygiene, such as brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using non-abrasive toothpaste. You should also avoid certain types of food and beverages, like coffee, carbonated drinks and even yogurt. If you clench or grind your teeth, try wearing a night guard to bed.
As for in-office dental treatments, these could include crowns, bonding, inlays and onlays, depending on your individual case. If due to gum disease, your dentist may recommend a gum graft or the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
To find out more about tooth sensitivity, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at (561) 220-4808 to schedule a consultation today! Or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com for information.