If normal routines and activities such as brushing your teeth or eating are causing serious pain, you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is common in patients of every age, and it can be the result of a variety of factors. Although tooth sensitivity is not out of the ordinary, it isn’t something you should ignore, as it can indicate a serious concern. If you’re concerned your tooth sensitivity could be related to a serious issue, request an appointment with Dr. Moore at Memphis Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. We can identify any problem areas and find a solution for your tooth sensitivity.
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Why are my teeth sensitive?
Tooth sensitivity may be caused by a variety of factors, including cavities, the use of over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, gum disease, poor dental hygiene habits, poor control of blood sugar in diabetics, and other factors. Every patient may suffer from a different type of tooth sensitivity, making it unique to each individual. Therefore, it’s important to find the root of the problem in order to fix it.
Tooth Sensitivity from Cavities
Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are one of the major causes of tooth sensitivity. When your teeth begin decaying, nerves inside the tooth and surrounding gums have the potential to become exposed and damaged, which can lead to severe sensitivity. To prevent cavities from forming or causing further damage, maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine consisting of daily brushing and flossing and request an appointment to have your teeth cleaned every six months.
Tooth Sensitivity from Whitening Treatments
Who doesn’t want to enjoy a whiter smile? With so many whitening products on the market, it’s hard to know which to choose, and you may be tempted to buy over-the-counter whitening treatments that promise fast results at an affordable price. However, if you aren’t careful about which products you put on your teeth, you could experience tooth sensitivity due to the harsh chemicals used in these products. Professional teeth whitening treatments are the ideal way to experience a whiter smile, since they allow patients to achieve a brighter and whiter smile without dealing with the intense tooth sensitivity on the side.
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Tooth Sensitivity from Gum Disease
Another serious issue that could be causing tooth sensitivity is gum disease. Although gum disease is very common, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Our gums protect the roots of our teeth. Exposure to roots due to gum disease and/or gingivitis can cause severe pain and sensitivity. If you think you may have gum disease, contact our office today to request an appointment.
Tooth Sensitivity from Damaged Tooth Enamel
The tissue inside our teeth is called dentin. Because our enamel protects dentin, worn down teeth and enamel can result in tooth sensitivity. Damaged tooth enamel is caused by a variety of factors including:
- Acidic food
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Tooth Sensitivity from Dental Procedures
If you experience tooth sensitivity after a dental procedure, there is no reason to panic. Whether you had a general teeth cleaning or a crown filling, it’s normal to experience a bit of tooth sensitivity following your appointment. However, if the sensitivity continues after 4 to 6 hours, contact our office to prevent possible issues from arising.
Tooth Sensitivity from Chipped Teeth
Chipped or cracked teeth are a very common cause of tooth sensitivity. Although you may not think a small crack in your tooth is a serious problem, it has the potential to cause major damage and pain down the road. Our team can help identify the issue and find the best solution for you.
Sensitive Teeth Remedies
If your tooth sensitivity is caused by a minor issue such as acidic food or teeth whitening treatments, you can find remedies to your pain at home. For more serious issues such as gum disease and cavities, you should contact our team immediately. In the meantime, you can test out these home remedies to relieve the pain:
Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste
Ever wondered why there are so many different types of toothpastes at your local grocery store? Over the years, toothpastes have been designed to help fight and prevent a variety of dental issues, including tooth sensitivity. There is a great selection of different toothpastes for sensitive teeth. From fluoride treatments to numbing solutions, you can find it all.
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Oral Hygiene Routines
An easy way to prevent and combat sensitive teeth is to incorporate a healthy oral hygiene routine into your daily schedule. If you are taking good care of your teeth and gums, you can expect the same in return. In fact, you can even find oral hygiene products best suited for sensitive teeth. The basics to a great oral hygiene routine include:
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Salt Water Rinse
If you’re experiencing minor tooth sensitivity and have to wait to visit our office, rinsing your mouth with salt water can bring almost immediate relief to your symptoms. Try swishing salt water around 2 to 3 times a day to relieve pain and reduce possible inflammation.
When should I visit the dentist?
Although tooth sensitivity is normal, you shouldn’t ignore it for an extended period of time. Our team can help identify what may be causing your teeth to become sensitive and propose the best solution possible. We can help prevent any further damage to your teeth.
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