24 Jan What can I do about painful sensitive teeth?
If sipping your morning coffee or an icy drink makes you groan in pain, you are suffering from tooth sensitivity. Sometimes sweets or sour foods may also cause pain. If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, it’s time to talk to an expert — your dentist!
What causes sensitive teeth?
Teeth are made up of layers. The outer protective layer or enamel keeps the nerve endings in the teeth safe from exposure. When the enamel is damaged, you may start to feel sensitivity. This can be caused due to –
- brushing your teeth too aggressively
- using a toothbrush with hard bristles
- frequently eating highly acidic foods and beverages
- tooth decay, damaged dental fillings or a cracked tooth
- grinding your teeth
- untreated periodontal disease
- infrequent or no dental checkups
- not flossing or brushing your teeth
- a recent dental procedure
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
You must brush and floss your teeth properly to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Aggressive or improper brushing can cause your gums to recede, exposing the sensitive layer of the tooth or dentin. Avoid or limit foods like soda, sticky candy, lemons, or even high-sugar carbs as these are all acidic and attack your enamel.
Treatment for tooth sensitivity
Your dentist can determine the underlying cause of teeth sensitivity and treat it. Treatment may include a simple procedure as a dental filling, or something more complex like a gum graft to protect exposed tooth roots. If your condition is not advanced, you dentist may simply prescribe a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.