Do you experience a painful sensation when you eat something hot or cold? What about when you eat a sweet treat or floss your teeth? You may have the common problem of tooth sensitivity.
What causes tooth sensitivity?
There are many factors that can contribute to sensitivity:
- Tooth decay (cavity)
- Exposed root surfaces
- Gum recession
- Worn down tooth enamel or fillings
Teeth have multiple layers: enamel, cementum, dentin, and pulp. The enamel is the hardest structure in the human body and the white outer coating of the tooth. Cementum covers and protects the roots of our teeth. While underneath both the enamel and cementum is, dentin.
Dentin is made up of microscopic tubules or canals. Once these tubules become exposed, it can send a painful sensation to the nerves of teeth causing patients to get that “zing” pain.
What can I do to help sensitivity?
- Sensitive toothpaste with potassium nitrate (ADA Seal)
- Fluoride rinse at home
- Professionally applied fluoride varnish in dental office
- Severe sensitivity may require more extensive treatment such as a root canal or crown
Contact MCHD Dentistry if you have tooth sensitivity or need to see a dentist for routine care. Coming to MCHD Dentistry every 6 months for a check-up can help eliminate your sensitivity.