Sensitive Teeth: Causes and Treatment

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Do you ever experience sharp pain when you drink a cold beverage or bite into something sweet? If so, you may be suffering from sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can be incredibly painful and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to reduce your sensitivity and enjoy life without the pain. 

From the Fairfield Dental Arts team, here’s what you need to know about sensitive teeth: 

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?

Sensitive teeth can have several different causes. The most common is tooth decay, which leaves behind tiny holes in the enamel that expose the underlying nerves. Gum disease is another common cause; if your gums recede due to gum disease, your dentin, the layer beneath the enamel, is exposed, causing sensitivity. Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can also contribute to sensitivity by wearing down the enamel over time. In some cases, sensitivity can be caused by clenching or grinding your teeth during sleep, which puts extra strain on the nerves in your teeth.

How Can I Treat My Sensitive Teeth? 

If you’re suffering from sensitive teeth, there are several things you can do to reduce your discomfort. First and foremost, it’s important to visit your dentist for an examination; they will be able to identify any underlying issues and recommend appropriate treatments, such as fillings or crowns, if necessary. 

Additionally, several products are designed specifically to reduce tooth sensitivity, such as desensitizing toothpaste and fluoride gel. If possible, try switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush; this will help protect your enamel from further wear and tear while still removing plaque efficiently. 

Finally, make sure that you’re brushing properly; using gentle circular motions instead of scrubbing back and forth will help keep your enamel strong and healthy while minimizing pain.  

Contact Fairfield Dental Arts to schedule your dental cleaning and check-up appointment!

If you are worried about your teeth, need a cleaning, or are experiencing any dental problems, give Fairfield Dental Arts a call at (203) 254-3780. We are your family’s dentist and proudly provide expert oral care for people of all ages! 

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