Approximately 1 in 8 Americans suffers from teeth sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity can strike at any time – biting into a food that is hot, cold, sweet or sour. With summer heating up, plenty of our favorite summer treats are potentially worrisome for patients with sensitive teeth. If the thought of biting down on a Popsicle, an apple or sipping on lemonade makes you cringe, then you may face sensitive teeth. Teeth sensitivity is caused when the outer layer of the enamel wears down exposing the sensitive nerves underneath. With the nerves exposed, the irritation of hot, cold, sweet or sour is felt more directly and can cause sharp pain and other dental discomfort.
Having sensitive teeth is however very easy to treat. If you have sensitive teeth try using a special fluoride mouthwash. The extra fluoride will help build up some of the enamel of your teeth and can lessen the discomfort of sensitivity. There are several over the counter toothpastes available that can help desensitize your teeth using lower concentrations of active ingredients, like fluoride. Additional steps may be taken if your teeth sensitivity is severe. A special bonding resin can be placed over the teeth to act as a buffering layer between your enamel and the exposed nerves causing sensitivity. Teeth sensitivity can also be an indication of further tooth damage and a root canal may be required to help aid in desensitizing your teeth. Teeth grinding or bruxism can also be the culprit behind teeth sensitivity as the enamel is worn down through involuntary grinding. The best remedy for this is a night guard that protects your teeth while you sleep.
With the help of toothpastes, mouthwashes and treatment from Dr. Silva, teeth sensitivity can be a thing of the past. Contact our office if you are experiencing issues with teeth sensitivity.