Since your birthday is coming up, you decided to get into shape to look and feel great at the celebration. You nixed your soda habit, but when you enjoy your ice cold water as a replacement, your teeth often surge with pain. Why are your teeth so sensitive? And – what can you do about it? In this post, the team at Livonia Dental Group, your premier dentist in Livonia explains this common dental condition and teach you what you can do about it.
Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?
Our team of dental experts know that there are many reasons why teeth can be sensitive, including:
- Eating too many acidic foods and beverages
- Brushing your teeth too aggressively
- Using too many teeth whitening products
- Tooth decay
- Worn and damaged dentin
- Root infection
- Gum recession
- Exposed tooth roots
How Can I Prevent Tooth Sensitivity?
We recommend using the strategies below to prevent enamel issues that lead to sensitive teeth:
- Use a sensitivity toothpaste that desensitizes your teeth and protects the surface of your dentitions.
- Brush gently twice a day for two minutes – consider switching to an electric toothbrush that uses the right amount of delicate pressure.
- Limit your intake of coffee, red wine, alcohol, sodas, citrus fruits, and vinegars (be aware of salad dressing, too).
- Eat healthy and give your teeth the minerals they need by enjoying leafy greens and dairy products that are loaded with calcium. Say cheese – this treat protects against cavities.
- Keep your mouth hydrated by chewing gum with xylitol, since this will help improve enamel strength and increase saliva that naturally remineralizes your teeth.
- See your family dentist in Livonia for professional care at least twice a year.
How Can You Treat My Sensitive Teeth?
Depending on your oral healthcare needs, we may address your tooth sensitivity with the following procedures:
- High-quality tooth-colored fillings
- Dental crowns
- Dental inlays or bonding
- Gum grafting
- Root canal therapy
- Nightguards for grinding (bruxism)
- TMJ dysfunction treatment to address painful bite issues
- Dental sealants to protect against tooth decay
- Topical fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel
What Can Happen If I Don’t Treat My Sensitive Teeth?
The most common result of not treating sensitive teeth is continued pain, and, even if you’re able to tolerate the discomfort, you could be doing permanent damage to your teeth. Depending on the reasons for your sensitivity, you could be leaving your dentin open to long-lasting problems, or you could increase your odds of both gum disease and tooth loss. Regardless, treating this issue sooner, rather than later, can make treatment easier and less expensive.
Now that you know how Livonia Dental Group can help take the pain and sensitivity out of your smile, schedule your appointment today!