Is your daily hot cup of coffee or a spoonful of your favorite ice cream a uncomfortable experience? Do you sometimes wince in pain when brushing and/or flossing your teeth? If these apply to you, you may have a case of sensitive teeth.
Sensitive teeth can be caused by a long list of different things. Here are just a few of the possible causes:
- Tooth Decay (AKA Cavities)
- Fractured teeth
- Gum Disease
- Worn tooth enamel
- Worn Dental Fillings
- Exposed tooth root
Normal teeth have a protective layer around them called the enamel that protects your teeth. Under the gum line, there is a different protective layer called the cementum that protects your tooth root. Underneath both protective layers in what is called dentin. When dentin is exposed to hot, cold, or acidic foods, it can cause pain because the food is reaching the nerves within your teeth. This is a brief explanation of why your teeth may be sensitive.
However, we have good news for you. Sensitive teeth can be treated! The type of treatment a patient receives is based primarily on that individuals specific case. Here are a few treatments Canadian Dentists recommend:
Get a Dental Checkup
If a cavity is the cause of your tooth pain, it is best to get it checked out by a dental professional. A few appointments at the dentist and you should be pain free!
These special toothpastes contain compounds that aid in blocking the transmission of sensation from reaching the nerves in your teeth. This usually requires several applications before a change is noticed.
Fluoride gel can help strengthen the enamel around your tooth and reduce the transmission of sensation to the roots of your teeth.
Proper Oral Hygiene
A good oral hygiene regimen will go a long way in preventing and treating sensitive teeth in many cases. An excellent routine normally involves brushing and flossing daily.
Have any questions regarding sensitive teeth? Need a dental check-up? Our professional team at Apple Dental Group is the solution you are looking for. Contact us today and book your appointment at 403-640-4000!