When teeth become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, it can create some uncomfortable experiences when eating and drink. Food and beverages should be an enjoyable part of the day, so we want to get rid of that sensitivity as soon as possible. What causes teeth to become sensitive and what can you do about it?
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Sensitive teeth can be caused by a number of factors. In particular, sensitive teeth may indicate exposed dentin – the layer of tooth under the protective enamel. This dentin provides another layer of protection for the nerves.
A few things that can erode the enamel, thereby leading to sensitive teeth, include:
- Highly acidic food and drinks
- Food and drinks high in sugar content since sugar feeds bacteria that can eat away enamel
- Brushing too hard or with a toothbrush that has hard bristles
How to Repair Sensitive Teeth
If your teeth are sensitive due to cavities, you will need a dental professional to provide care. However, teeth may become sensitive as the enamel layer thins or before cavities develop. Therefore, you may be able to care for sensitive teeth at home with a good oral care routine. Try the following:
- Floss daily and brush at least twice per day
- Brush on a regular schedule instead of using more pressure
- Use a toothbrush that is labeled as soft bristled
- Use a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth
- Reduce or avoid sugary drinks and snacks
When It Is Time to See a Dentist
If sensitivity doesn’t resolve within a short period of time or sensitivity is in one particular tooth, this may indicate the existence of an underlying issue. Getting evaluated by a dentist can help to identify and correct any dental problems before they get worse. To schedule an appointment with a dental professional, call 02 8399 3661.
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