Patients who have sensitivity when they eat hot, cold, acidic, or sweet foods and beverages may be dealing with a condition known as dentin hypersensitivity, or “sensitive teeth.” Sensitive teeth impact over half of the general population in one way or another. It is extremely common, though not something to worry about initially.
What causes sensitive teeth?
Due to certain conditions, the enamel of the teeth may wear and become thinner. This leaves the teeth more exposed and sensitive. Additionally, patients who have periodontal disease and experience gum recession may also develop tooth sensitivity. Patients with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or bulimia may be at a higher risk as acids can thin the natural tooth enamel.
How to address sensitive teeth
There are many ways in which patients can reduce the sensitivity of their teeth with the help of the dental team at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry in Mesa, AZ. Some recommendations include:
- Using a toothpaste that is formulated for patients with sensitive teeth
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and appropriate pressure to brush the teeth and gums
- Flossing at least once a day to remove food particles that can contribute to sensitive teeth
- Considering a diet that is low in foods and drinks that cause sensitivity, including extreme temperatures of hot and cold
- Undergoing a fluoride treatment that can help strengthen the natural tooth enamel and protect it from sensitivity
Is sensitivity always a sign of thin enamel?
Not always, which is why it is important to visit a dentist for a full examination. Other conditions can cause sensitive teeth include cavities, loose restorations, and teeth whitening products purchased from a drugstore.
Discuss your sensitive teeth with our providers today!
If you reside in the community of Mesa, AZ or surrounding areas and want to work with a dentist who can assist with sensitive teeth, contact our dentists at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry by calling (480) 834-6991 to make an appointment. We are located in Suite 1 at 1056 South Val Vista Drive and welcome new patients and families into our practice for comprehensive dental care.