We’ve all felt it at some point in our life – that twinge of pain that makes you wince and makes you avoid doing anything that might aggravate it. Sensitive teeth are more frequent than you would believe. According to WebMD, one out of every eight Americans suffers from dental sensitivity at some point in their lives.
A sensitive tooth indicates that you have some exposed tooth roots, which can cause oral sensitivity and possibly major dental problems. That’s because the roots of your teeth are made of nerve pulp and bone dentin, which are protected by cementum. Because it isn’t as durable as tooth enamel, it can quickly degrade due to gum disease or be worn away by teeth cleaning, exposing the roots. Smoking, tooth grinding, and orthodontic work are some of the other causes of exposure. When tooth roots are exposed, the nerves get shocked whenever something very hot or cold, or even too sweet or sour, comes into contact with the tooth’s surface.
It is possible to alleviate the pain of sensitive teeth, making them less bothersome and easier to handle. Maintaining a good oral health routine is key. Brushing twice a day with a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth, flossing every day, visiting your dentist regularly can ensure tooth sensitivity relief. Brushing with softer toothbrushes can also help.
If non-prescription toothpaste or mouthwash doesn’t work, talk to your dentist about prescription toothpaste and mouthwash. In-office fluoride gel or prescription-grade desensitizing agents may also be used. These can help to safeguard your teeth by strengthening the enamel.
If you feel extremely unbearable pain, contact your dentist immediately. If you can’t get an appointment with your dentist, look for an emergency dentist in your area and book an appointment immediately.
Dr. Salim Kapadia Dental Centre offers emergency dentistry, as well as preventative dentistry, in Scarborough. Call us at 416-321-3268 or click here to book an appointment.