Sensitive teeth is actually a very common problem and can come and go over time. The Academy of General Dentistry reports that there are approximately 40 million adults in the United States that experience tooth sensitivity. The good news is, it can be treated!
What causes sensitive teeth? There could be a number of underlying dental problems.
- Tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods and beverages.
- Tooth decay, worn leaky fillings and broken teeth that expose the dentin of your tooth.
- Sensitive teeth can be caused by worn tooth enamel from using a firm toothbrush or from brushing aggressively.
Diagnosis starts with your dentist and should be as soon as possible in case you do have tooth decay. The type of treatment will vary depending on what is causing the problem and we may suggest a variety of treatments.
A few things we may suggest if you don’t have any serious dental problems:
- Use a Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth. If you have sensitive teeth, you may need to change the toothpaste you use. Toothpaste specifically made for sensitive teeth contains ingredients such as potassium nitrate and fluoride that will protect your teeth and reduces discomfort.
- Lighten up on the grip when brushing. Brushing your teeth with too much pressure can do more harm than good. Aggressive brushing can wear down the protective layers of your teeth over time which can cause sensitivity. To prevent further harm to your teeth, brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristle brush.
If you have any dental concerns, please call Dr. Nilo Hernandez at Smilecreator Of Naples at (239) 564-3100.