November 3, 2016
“Ouch!” you exclaim as the ice cream hits your teeth. You’ve been looking forward to digging into a pint of chocolate all day, but the first thing you end up tasting is pain. This has been happening more and more lately and it’s starting to concern you. What is causing all of this tooth sensitivity? Dr. Michael Curtis, your dentist in Trumbull, lets you know you what may be making your teeth sensitive, as well as how you can treat it.
The Underlying Cause
Your teeth are actually made up of layers, and you are probably familiar with the outermost layer: enamel. Inside this is a substance called dentin, and within it is your tooth’s nerve. Dentin actually contains many tiny nerve endings within it. Without enamel, this exposes the sensitive dentin, which is why you feel pain whenever you eat hot or cold foods like ice cream. This loss of enamel can be brought on by a few different things.
1. Tooth Erosion
Even if you don’t have a cavity, acidic foods and drinks like citrus fruit and sodas can make your enamel thinner. The best way to avoid this is to moderate your intake. Try to drink more water and eat more fibrous fruits on a daily basis to help preserve (and even help) your teeth.
2. Tooth Decay/Damage
This is an extension of #1. Once plaque has eaten through the enamel or your tooth has been broken, it’s easy for the nerve to be stimulated by extreme heat or cold, causing you pain.
Yes, there is such a thing as brushing too much. If you have a brush with hard bristles or use a lot of pressure, you can actually wear down your enamel while brushing your teeth. You only need to brush twice a day and it shouldn’t take too much force.
Many people unconsciously grind their teeth at night, which is also known as bruxism. This can put the teeth under a tremendous amount of pressure and even break them.
5. Post Dental Treatment Sensitivity
It is common for your teeth to be sensitive after receiving a crown or undergoing a root canal. These procedures usually involve removing a portion of the tooth’s enamel.
What You Can Do
One of the best ways to prevent sensitive teeth is to brush and floss regularly. This will help prevent the loss of enamel that can lead to sensitivity. If you are already experiencing teeth sensitivity, you can try switching to a toothpaste that is specifically made for sensitive teeth. It is also important that you regularly see your Trumbull dentist at Curtis Family Dentistry as well. Dr. Curtis can treat the underlying causes of your teeth sensitivity and even use dental cleanings and fluoride treatments to stop it. Regular check-ups give him the chance to catch these potential causes even before your teeth start feeling sensitive, so be sure to see us at least twice a year.
Want To Know More?
We want you to be able to take a big bite of ice cream and enjoy yourself without pain. If you still have questions about what could be making your teeth sensitive or how they can be treated, please give us a call today. We’re always more than happy to help you. Sensitive teeth may be annoying, but Dr. Curtis can do something about them, so be sure to come see us so we can help you today.
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