The enamel on your teeth is like the armor that protects the tooth's nerves from the outside elements.ﾠ If your teeth are sensitive it is most likely because the enamel has worn down thus exposing the nerve to the elements.
Therefore, when things get old in your mouth for whatever reason, your teeth are going to tell youﾅand it hurts.
Is tooth sensitivity a common condition?
At least 45 million Americans suffer from sensitive teeth and many of these people simply live through the pain.
How can I avoid sensitivity?
Remarkably, some toothpaste contains ingredients that will make your teeth sensitive.ﾠ These are often tartar control toothpastes and whitening toothpastes.ﾠ Your best bet is to avoid these.
What can I do about sensitive teeth?
There are many types of toothpaste on the market that claim to reduce teeth sensitivity.ﾠ These are often a good bet.ﾠ You should also try to cut down on acidic foods and drinkﾅespecially diet soda.
Avoid using hard bristled toothbrushes and brushing your teeth too hard, which can wear down the tooth's root surface and expose sensitive spots. The way to find out if you're brushing your teeth too hard is to take a good look at your toothbrush. If the bristles are pointing in multiple directions, you're brushing too hard.
How do I know when it's time to see a dentist?
If these measures do not work, and your teeth sensitivity lasts for more than a week, you should go and see your dentist.ﾠ He or she will recommend several options that may lessen your pain.
How do I describe my symptoms to my dentist?
Simply describe a sharp pain that is triggered by hot or cold and your dentist will know exactly what to do.
What can the dentist do for my sensitive teeth?
Dentists have a variety of regimens to manage tooth hypersensitivity, including both in-office treatments and patient-applied products for home use. If you are diagnosed with dentin hypersensitivity, your dentist may apply a desensitizing agent or a protective coating. You may be prescribed a stannous fluoride gel or an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste containing fluoride and either potassium nitrate or strontium chloride.