June 11, 2019

Why Do I Have Sensitive Teeth?

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woman with tooth pain

A friend you haven’t seen in a while is coming back to town, and you’re going to catch up and cool down with ice cream. You’ve been excited about this day for weeks. When the time finally comes, it’s all good until your first taste of ice cream. The intense cold sends a searing wave of pain through your teeth. It makes it hard to enjoy what’s supposed to be a fun activity. Let’s take a closer look at what causes sensitive teeth, and how to relieve that sensitivity.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

The outer layer of teeth is made of a substance called enamel. It contains no nerve endings or even any living tissue, so once it has worn down, it can’t be grown back. Enamel can be worn down in a few different ways, including:

  • Aggressive tooth brushing
  • Excessive consumption of sugary and acidic foods and drinks
  • Injuries to the teeth
  • Acid reflux
  • Certain medications like aspirin and antihistamines
  • Dry mouth
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth

Underneath the enamel is a layer called dentin. Dentin contains microscopic tubules that lead to the nerves inside the tooth. When enamel has eroded, these tubules allow hot and cold temperatures, and even sugary foods, to reach the nerves. This causes sensitivity and even pain.

How Can I Relive My Sensitive Teeth?

Fortunately, sensitive teeth can be treated. If this problem persists, talk to your dentist in Arlington. They may do one or more of the following treatments:

  • In-office fluoride treatment
  • Prescription of desensitizing toothpaste
  • Installation of a crown to protect a damaged tooth
  • Root canal therapy if none of the above treatments work
  • Prescription of a mouthguard to protect against teeth grinding at night

In the meantime, there are a few things you can do at home to relieve sensitivity, such as:

  • Avoiding acidic or sugary foods
  • Brushing teeth gently with a fluoride, non-whitening toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush
  • Using a fluoride mouthwash
  • Flossing gently at least once a day

As with most tooth problems, the best course of action is to see your dentist to determine what treatment you need. If hot or cold foods and drinks are giving you trouble, contact your dentist to figure out how to put an end to your tooth sensitivity.

About the Practice

At Allheart Dental in Arlington, TX, our goal is to help your smile thrive in a friendly and relaxing environment. That’s why our staff is always there to greet you with a smile on your face. We offer same-day emergency appointments and extended evening and weekend hours, so no matter when you have a dental emergency, we can help ease your pain as soon as possible. To learn more about our comprehensive dental services, visit our website or call us at (817)-308-0966.

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