Have you ever wondered, “why do my teeth hurt after eating ice cream?” Well, if so, you’re not alone because a recent survey estimates that nearly 1 in 8 people suffers from sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can affect just about anyone but most commonly found to be reported in young adults and women.
Whatever the case may be, sensitive teeth are no laughing matter because that sharp pain can be shocking. Understanding what causes sensitive teeth and if it is something that can be reversed is important.
Loop Dental wants to help you identify what causes your sensitivity and develop a treatment plan to get you back to enjoy the foods and drinks that you love.
Understanding what causes tooth sensitivity to cold and other sensations can really help you avoid eating and drinking things that can cause you pain.
Tooth sensitivity happens when the enamel layer that covers the tooth or the cementum (tissue between the gum line and tooth) wears down and exposes the tiny tubules that connect the nerves from the inside of the tooth to the outside triggers.
These triggers include hot, cold, acidic or even sweet foods, which can all cause great discomfort and sharp pains.
Some of the most common causes of sensitive teeth include:
- Brushing too hard or using too hard of a toothbrush
- Tooth erosion from highly acidic foods and beverages
- Tooth decay, leaky fillings or broken teeth that expose the nerve endings
- Periodontal disease (gum disease), which is the receding gum line to do infection
- Grinding of teeth
- Excessive use of mouthwash
During a dental evaluation to determine the cause of your sensitive teeth, our dentists at Loop will help identify the main causes of your discomfort. Whether the solution is as simple as replacing a filling or something more complicated like a gum graft to help counteract severe periodontal disease, Loop can help.
However, in situations where there is no obvious cause for the sensitivity and pain, there are treatment measures that can be taken to help alleviate the discomfort.
Prescription fluoride gel can help strengthen the tooth enamel and reduce the painful sensations and off-the-shelf sensitive toothpaste can help block the nerve endings so you won’t say that your teeth hurt when drinking cold water.
With routine checkups and talks with our dentists, you can help rid yourself of the awful pain of sensitive teeth. Stop being limited on the things you can eat and drink by the inconvenience of sensitive teeth and come let Loop Dental help you identify the cause of your pain and provide exceptional treatment to help eliminate your sensitive teeth for good.
So, if you are experiencing discomfort and sensitivity, be sure to schedule your appointment today with us at https://www.loopdent.com/appointment-request/.