People with sensitive teeth know what it is to be denied the possibility to enjoy life’s little pleasures. Forget not being able to enjoy an ice cream or a warm cup of coffee, sensitive teeth can easily make us irritable and in pain.
Some sensitive teeth facts
Dr. Al Sayed affirms that more than 60% of people have naturally sensitive teeth. This is mostly caused by genetics, thin enamel, or damaged teeth. Dr. Adel adds that tooth sensitivity or gum burns are among the most important dental problems faced by many.
What are the causes of sensitive teeth?
According to our community of dentists, possible causes for sensitive teeth include:
- Tooth decay
- Fractured teeth
- Worn fillings
- Gum disease
- Worn tooth enamel
- Exposed tooth root
What should I do about my sensitive teeth?
According to Dr. Ziad Sijari, if your teeth are very sensitive, it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist so he can check whether you have cavities or gum recession. If this is not the case, then start using sensitive toothpaste and a medium toothbrush.
To prevent sensitive teeth from recurring, brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and floss daily. Use gentle strokes, rather than vigorous or harsh scrubbing, and avoid using abrasive toothpaste. If you grind your teeth, ask your dentist about a mouthguard. Tooth grinding can fracture teeth and cause sensitivity.
You might also consider being careful when eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks, such as carbonated drinks, citrus fruits, and wine — all of which can remove small amounts of tooth enamel over time. When you drink acidic liquids, use a straw to limit contact with your teeth. After eating or drinking an acidic substance, drink water to balance the acid levels in your mouth.
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