Tooth Sensitivity: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

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If you have sensitive teeth, you know how painful it can be to consume your favourite foods and beverages. Understanding the causes that contribute to tooth sensitivity is crucial to help you prevent and treat the underlying reasons. Do what you can to minimize some of these risk factors and eliminate some of your overall tooth pain by working with your dentist. 

Causes of Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth are often caused by something quite simple: Worn tooth enamel. Enamel can be weakened by exposure to acidic foods such as wine, coffee, tea, and orange juice. Most people aren't in the habit of brushing their teeth after eating or drinking such foods, allowing the acid to linger on the surface of the tooth and eat away at tooth enamel. 

Of course, sensitive teeth can also be caused by exposed tooth roots. This is a more advanced form of tooth decay to watch out for. Once the exposed root surfaces, you’re likely to have a lot more discomfort. 

Other causes of tooth sensitivity include chipped teeth, cavities, and even gum disease. 

Treatment of Sensitive Teeth

Try to remedy the issue of tooth sensitivity on your own at home before consulting with a dentist. They’re likely to recommend a desensitizing toothpaste applied with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This is an inexpensive way to combat sensitivity as a first line of treatment. 

If pain continues to persist, a fluoride treatment may help. Fluoride can strengthen tooth enamel where it was once weak, leading to less dentin hypersensitivity. It may not be an overnight fix, but it can be a great way to prevent sensitivity from developing and stop it in its tracks. This can be done routinely as part of your biannual dental check-up. 

If you have exposed roots, you might benefit from a root canal or some bonding to eliminate making painful contact with the root. 

When the issue is more serious and related to gum disease, you may need to graft more gum tissue into the affected areas. This helps shield the roots of your tooth from exposure and can greatly reduce your pain once the area heals.


Prevention of Sensitive Teeth

The best thing you can do to prevent sensitivity is to keep up with good oral hygiene. You should brush at least twice a day or more often if you consume acidic food and beverages. Invest in a toothpaste that contains fluoride or is advertised as being uniquely formulated for sensitive teeth. 

You should also commit to receiving treatment as early as possible. Early detection can go a long way toward making you more comfortable long-term. Let your dentist in Winnipeg know if you have any issues with a sensitivity that are making your life more difficult. 

At East Kildonan Dental Group, we have the skill and experience you need to combat sensitivity once and for all. Schedule your appointment today to learn more about how we can help you with your dental dilemma. 


Article written by East Kildonan Dental

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