Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people. Basically, tooth sensitivity means experiencing pain or discomfort in your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks or ice cream. Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing. The good news is that sensitive teeth can be treated.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
Several factors can contribute to tooth sensitivity including cavities, gum disease, a fractured tooth or worn enamel. Many teeth whitening procedures can also cause sensitive teeth.
How can You Treat Tooth Sensitivity?
If you have sensitive teeth, talk with your dentist to discuss treatment options and rule out specific dental problems.
Once specific dental problems have been ruled out, your dentist might recommend an office fluoride treatment to help strengthen the tooth enamel.
Many times, tooth sensitivity can be treated by using a toothpaste made especially for sensitive teeth, called a desensitizing toothpaste.
How can I Prevent Tooth Sensitivity?
Like many other dental problems, the best way to prevent tooth sensitivity is to get regular dental check ups and to practice good oral hygiene. Brushing properly at least twice a day and flossing daily are the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Using a desensitizing toothpaste for two weeks before any type of bleaching process can also help with the tooth sensitivity that usually accompanies teeth whitening. Be sure to discuss this with your dentist.