What causes tooth sensitivity?
Commonly, tooth sensitivity is caused by cavities, cracked teeth, grinding, or clenching of one’s teeth, worn-out fillings, weakening of the outermost surface of the teeth known as enamel, or gum recession ( when the gums move away from the teeth). All of the above issues allow for foods, liquids, and other irritants to interact with the nerves in the tooth, thus triggering a pain response!
How can you prevent tooth sensitivity?
The best way to prevent tooth sensitivity is with excellent oral hygiene habits. This includes daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing, as well as regular dental check-ups! Did you know that brushing too hard can lead to tooth sensitivity? Brushing properly, with light pressure and a soft-bristled brush, is important!
Can tooth sensitivity be treated?
YES! Your dentist (Richards Frankel Dentistry) can help identify the cause of the sensitivity and then discuss treatment options with you. Some desensitizing toothpastes may work, or in-office treatment may also help to treat the tooth sensitivity. It is best to discuss the sensitivity with your dentist so that they can properly treat the cause of the pain.
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Information from this blog was researched and collected from JADA. www.jada.ada.org