You dip your spoon into the container and move a big scoop of ice cream to your mouth. As soon as it touches your teeth, you cringe as your sensitive teeth react to the cold. While ice cream can be a treat for some people, to people with sensitive teeth it’s a treat they don’t get to eat.
There are several common causes of sensitive teeth. The top of your teeth are covered by enamel, which protects the underlying, more sensitive layer of dentin. The root also has underlying dentin that is covered by a protective layer of cementum. Any small break, caused by tooth decay, fractured tooth structure, or even worn-away enamel from grinding your teeth at night, can lead to sensitivity. If this is the case, the treatment for your sensitivity will mostly likely be repairing the tooth.
Another cause of teeth sensitivity can be gum disease. Receding gums expose the root of the teeth, which in turn eventually covers them with plaque and tartar. With regular cleaning by your dentist and making sure your personal oral hygiene is up to par, the sensitivity will improve. However, the natural exposure of the neck of the tooth can still lead to this problem even without initial decay or gum disease.
Once your dentist has found the source of the sensitivity, the next step is a treatment regimen. In addition to in-office solutions, your dentist may also recommend daily at-home therapy. Tired of your sensitive teeth? Take the necessary steps to get rid of your sensitivity, and schedule an appointment today!