At some point in your life, you may feel sensitivity in your teeth. Suddenly, hot, cold, and sugary foods and drinks can spark an uncomfortable twinge in your mouth. When you experience this, you may start to worry or have questions in your mind—what is going on? What is causing this sensitivity? What can be done to remedy the situation? Our team at Michel Dental wants to help your smile stay strong and healthy. Below is some helpful information that can answer some of these questions.
Tooth sensitivity occurs when the foods and drinks you consume make you feel sensations in your teeth, typically discomfort or perhaps even mild pain. The enamel, or the protective outer layer of your teeth, is the hardest substance in your body, but it is not impenetrable. Underneath, the layer of dentin contains tubules that connect to your tooth’s nerve center or the pulp. When the dentin becomes exposed, it can trigger a more sensitive response. Usually tooth sensitivity doesn’t reach the point of a moderate or severe toothache, but if it isn’t handled soon, it could easily develop into one.
Your teeth could be sensitive for a myriad of reasons, including:
If you experience sensitive teeth, make sure you let one of our dentists know about it when you come in for your checkup and cleaning visit. We can make sure that your smile is healthy and provide your teeth with extra reinforcement. However, if the slight discomfort or pain becomes overwhelming, don’t wait for your six-month checkup! It could be a sign of serious trouble and require immediate treatment.
Depending on the cause of your sensitivity, we can provide various solutions. For example, if you have a cavity, we can remove the decay and use composite resin of a dental crown to fill in the lost tooth structure. In other cases, we can give you a fluoride treatment as part of your routine, semiannual cleaning, which you should be attending, so that your teeth are better protected against bacteria and unpleasant sensations. On your own, you can choose to use oral healthcare products like toothpaste and mouthwash that are specifically designed to help with tooth sensitivity. Also, make sure that you brush your teeth twice every day for two minutes each time and floss at least once daily. You can also consider drinking more water and reducing your sugar intake. These simple changes can make a big difference in relieving your sensitive teeth.
Our team at Michel Dental is always happy to help however we can. Feel free to give us a call and schedule your appointment with us today!
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