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Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive? What Can I Do About It?

Have you ever cringed while sipping hot coffee or biting into an ice cream cone? If so, you’re not alone! Tooth sensitivity is a common issue that affects many people. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you understand why your teeth might be sensitive and what you can do to find some relief.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Tooth sensitivity can happen for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common culprits:

  • Worn Enamel: The protective outer layer of your teeth, called enamel, can wear down over time, exposing the sensitive dentin underneath.
  • Gum Recession: If your gums recede, they can expose the roots of your teeth, which are more sensitive than the rest of your teeth.
  • Tooth Decay or Damage: Cavities, cracks, or chips in your teeth can lead to sensitivity.
  • Teeth Grinding: Grinding or clenching your teeth can wear down the enamel and lead to sensitivity.
  • Acidic Foods and Drinks: Consuming a lot of acidic foods and beverages can erode your enamel.
  • Recent Dental Work: Sometimes, procedures like fillings, crowns, or teeth whitening can temporarily make your teeth more sensitive.

What Can You Do About Sensitive Teeth?

The good news is, there are several ways to manage and even reduce tooth sensitivity. Here’s what you can do:

  • Use Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth: There are many kinds of toothpaste designed specifically for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes contain ingredients that help block the sensation from reaching the nerve of the tooth.
  • Brush Gently with a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush: Aggressive brushing or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can wear down your enamel and irritate your gums. Be gentle and choose a soft-bristled brush.
  • Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks: Try to limit your intake of acidic foods and beverages like citrus fruits, sodas, and wine. When you do indulge, rinse your mouth with water afterward.
  • Use a Fluoride Mouthwash: Fluoride can help strengthen your enamel and reduce sensitivity. Use a fluoride mouthwash daily to help protect your teeth.
  • Wear a Mouthguard: If you grind your teeth at night, a mouthguard can protect your teeth from wear and tear. Talk to us about getting a custom-fit mouthguard.
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss regularly to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Regular dental check-ups are also important to catch and treat any issues early.

Visit Us for Professional Advice: If your sensitivity persists, it’s a good idea to come in and see us. We can help identify the cause of your sensitivity and recommend the best treatment for you.

When to See Your Dentist

If your tooth sensitivity is severe, persistent, or accompanied by other symptoms like pain or swelling, it’s time to call us. There might be an underlying issue that needs professional attention.

At Banaji Family & Aesthetic Dentistry, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy, pain-free smile. If you’re struggling with sensitive teeth, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help you find relief and get back to enjoying your favorite foods and drinks without discomfort.