Category: Author: Taylor Dahlstedt
If you avoid eating cold foods or drinking hot beverages because your teeth are super sensitive, it’s time to get to the bottom of this painful condition. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, approximately 40 million adults in the United States experience some form of painful tooth sensitivity. So, what causes it? Any number of underlying dental problems can cause it and a diagnosis starts with your dentist.
Sensitive teeth can be caused by the following dental issues:
– Worn tooth enamel from using a hard toothbrush and/or brushing too aggressively.
– Tooth erosion from consuming highly acidic foods and beverages.
– Tooth decay, leaky fillings, and/or broken teeth.
– Gum recession.
– Grinding your teeth.
– Post dental treatment.
Once you’ve figured out the source of your tooth sensitivity, we have four of the best ways for you to prevent it from occurring in the future.
1.) Daily brushing
Brushing properly twice a day for two minutes with a toothpaste that doesn’t have high levels of abrasives can help reduce the chance of tooth sensitivity. A light gentle back and forth technique that involves using a circular motion to brush, gradually covering your entire mouth is all you need to do the trick.
Flossing once a day can help you get rid of plaque on your gum line and in-between your teeth, which in turn helps to reduce tooth sensitivity.
Following a diet low in acidic foods and drinks is another great way to avoid the painful sensation.
Even in situations where there’s no obvious cause for your pain, there are a number of treatments to help you manage the sensitivity. We can apply an in-office fluoride gel to help strengthen your tooth enamel and reduce painful sensations.
Additionally, you can purchase over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that can block off your nerve endings in the exposed dentin.
Make an Appointment
If you’re not sure what’s causing your tooth sensitivity, Dr. Sirin would be happy to help you figure it out. Talking it over with him is the first step to finding relief from your discomfort. He’ll have you describe your symptoms, and ask you a couple of questions to help him come to a conclusion.
After Dr. Sirin has determined the reason for your sensitivity, he’ll treat the underlying cause. Your treatment may be as simple as fixing a cavity or replacing a worn filling. However, if your discomfort comes from something else– advanced treatments may be necessary.
If you’re ready to make an appointment, request one today.
Dr. Sirin is a cosmetic dentist with a penchant for learning and a desire for perfection. He’s an active member of many prominent dental associations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Chicago Dental Society. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa Dr. Sirin moved to California when he was 10 years old. When he’s not practicing dentistry, Dr. Sirin enjoys bicycle riding around Elgin, cooking, and traveling.