Sensitive Teeth

Smile Loft Branch Ave

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Camp Springs, MD

When you must cut back on ice in your lemonade due to a reaction to cold on your teeth, sensitive teeth are affecting your life. You’re not alone: It’s estimated that over 12% of Americans have some level of tooth sensitivity. The dental care experts at Smile Loft Branch Ave. in Camp Springs, Maryland, can step in when home care solutions aren’t effective. Call the office or book online today for an appointment.

Sensitive Teeth Q & A

What causes sensitive teeth?

Generally, with a sensitivity to hot or cold, there’s a path for hot or cold liquids to reach a nerve directly or to get close enough to cause a reaction resulting in pain. Despite the solid surface teeth seem to have, there are often microscopic pores through which liquids and temperature extremes may penetrate. Elements of your hygiene habits and lifestyle may affect the sensitivity of your teeth.

Overbrushing can wear down the protective layers surrounding your teeth, opening those tiny pathways into the deeper layers. If you reach for the medium-bristled toothbrush, that may be aggravating the issue. Use a soft brush, and go gently.

If you’re using a whitening toothpaste, you have another potentially easy fix. Whitening agents and heavy abrasives in toothpastes may accelerate both wear and sensitivity. Moving to a regular formula can help reduce sensitivity, and there are even toothpastes designed for use by those with sensitive teeth.

It’s important, however, to keep up dental hygiene even as you are experiencing sensitivity. Use modified techniques, but don’t stop brushing or flossing to give your teeth a rest. This may lead to decay, which can aggravate some of the causes of your teeth sensitivity issue.

Are there other causes of tooth sensitivity?

Other factors that may make your teeth more sensitive are:

  • Overuse of mouthwash
  • Eating acidic foods
  • Gum disease or excessive plaque
  • Recent dental work
  • Aging fillings
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding
  • Cracked or damaged teeth

Can a dentist help with sensitive teeth?

Yes. If your changes in routine don’t produce relief, your dental caregivers at Smile Loft Branch Ave. can offer solutions, depending on the origin of your sensitivity.

Damaged teeth or old fillings can be fixed or replaced. Fillings and sealants can also shore up weak spots that cause sensitivity. Sometimes you may benefit from fluoride gels or desensitizing pastes, available from your dentist. Extensive wear or damage that causes sensitivity may require equally extensive treatment, such as a root canal to remove the affected nerves, or dental crowns, which provide a physical barrier between your teeth and the food and drink that causes you pain.