If biting into ice cream and drinking coffee have turned into more painful than enjoyable experiences, you may be suffering from tooth sensitivity. As a condition that affects one in eight adults, tooth sensitivity is common and easily treatable. This article will discuss what causes tooth sensitivity and how it can be treated. Read on to learn more.
How Is It Caused?
Tooth sensitivity isn’t something that you’re born with— in fact, it’s extremely uncommon amongst children and teenagers. To better understand tooth sensitivity, let’s discuss the different layers of the tooth. The top layer that you see is called the enamel. Under the enamel is the dentin which is a soft layer, and under the dentin is where all of the pulp and nerves are. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the dentin is exposed and is caused by either enamel erosion or receding gums.
Typically, your enamel starts to erode when you indulge in acidic foods and drinks, and when you don’t brush your teeth as often as you should.
Your gums can recede due to things like smoking, hormones, periodontal disease, infection, and brushing too hard.
How Is It Treated?
When it comes to tooth sensitivity, it’s pretty easy to self-diagnose; if you can’t eat hot or cold foods without getting shooting pain, you likely have it. However, Dr. David Sorenson at Blue Water Dental of St. John’s can also diagnose you. Once diagnosed, you have a variety of treatment options including using Sensodyne toothpaste which will numb the nerves, getting dental sealants to cover the dentin, and dental implants to completely replace the tooth.
Having sensitive teeth can make everyday things like drinking water to become extremely painful. If you have sensitive teeth and would like to learn more about how you can treat them, contact Dr. David Sorenson at Blue Water Dental of St. John’s today!