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What to do When You Have Sensitive Teeth

At the office of Dr. Ignatowicz, quite often we see patients who suffer from teeth sensitivity. A recent survey of several U.S. dental offices found that one in eight people experience teeth sensitivity. One of the most common sensitivities is when teeth become exposed to cold substances. This type of sensitivity is normal. On the other hand, when teeth are exposed to a hot substance and sensitivity is the result, this is not normal and could be the result of a dying nerve. This is why recognizing and understanding teeth sensitivity is so important.

Following is a list of the most common teeth sensitivities:

Too much pressure while brushing – whether with an electric or manual toothbrush, any time too much pressure is applied, and/or an incorrect brushing technique is used, teeth sensitivity can be the result. Too much pressure and/or ineffective brushing can cause an unnatural wear and tear of your teeth’s natural, protective layers. As these layers become worn down, microscopic tubes and canals, that lead to your dental nerves, become exposed, creating sensitivity. One simple solution is to brush carefully and/or switch to a softer toothbrush.

Dying nerve – through constant tooth decay, this type of dental sensitivity can become quite painful and usually requires the attention of a dentist.

Dentin exposure – this happens as the result of a chipped tooth, a cracked, chipped or missing filling, or even from grinding one’s teeth. This issue also needs the immediate attention of a dentist.

Teeth grinding – even though tooth enamel is one of the strongest surfaces in the body, when this practice continues unresolved, a smooth bevel or round indentation begins to appear in the indentation of the surface of your teeth. If left untreated, dentin exposure can be the result. There are several options to resolve teeth grinding. A dentist should be seen before this practice creates bigger problems.

Cracked enamel – sensitivity happens as the result of biting where the crack is. A dentist should be seen to resolve this. Until then, avoid biting down on the affected area.

Sweet Sensitivity – as the outer layers of your teeth become worn down through tooth decay, as the result of eating too many sweets, tooth sensitivity is the result. If this problem continues, seek the attention of a dentist. Otherwise, simple oral hygiene and a reduction in sweets can help.

Acidic Food Sensitivity – this happens when teeth come in contact with such foods as lemon, grapefruit, kiwi, pickles and tomato sauce. The easy solution to this is to avoid foods high in acid.

Gum and periodontal disease – plaque and tartar deposits are just two factors that can cause teeth sensitivity, which is why routine dental visits are important.  

Tooth-whitening toothpaste – many people are surprised to learn that the chemicals in teeth whitening can sometimes create teeth sensitivity. If this is the case, switch to a different type of toothpaste.

Mouthwash – some types of mouthwash contain alcohol and/or other chemicals that create teeth sensitivity. Neutral fluoride rinses can help avoid this problem.

The good news is, teeth sensitivity is treatable. Call Dr. Ignatowicz today to learn what is causing your sensitivity and what can be done to resolve this.

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