It seems like such a little thing that shouldn’t bother you too much – but when you have sensitive teeth, it can be difficult to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks, and even just taking a sip of hot coffee can be painful. Should you worry about sensitive teeth? Are sensitive teeth a sign it is time to visit your dentist? And why are they so sensitive, anyway?
What can be done about sensitive teeth?
There are many things that can cause sensitive teeth. Tooth enamel may be worn down, you may have a cavity, tooth roots may be exposed, you may have gum disease, or you may grind your teeth.
Because there are so many different things that can cause sensitivity, and because it may be a problem that won’t go away on its own, you should see your dentist. He or she will be able to diagnose any problems you have with your teeth and can give you options for treating them.
Your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter toothpaste that is especially made for sensitive teeth. Other options include fluoride treatments, applying a bonding resin to exposed tooth roots, or using a mouth guard if tooth grinding is causing your sensitivity. If your teeth are sensitive because of gum recession, which can expose tooth roots, your dentist may recommend a gum graft. In this procedure, tissue is taken from another part of your mouth (such as the upper palate) and then grafted over areas where the gum recession is particularly bad.
Until your appointment, though, make sure you keep up with good dental habits. Even if your teeth are very sensitive, keep brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Try a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush gently.
Pain shooting through your mouth every time you take a bite of your favorite food is no way to live. Don’t forget to mention your sensitive teeth at your next appointment, or make an appointment today if the pain is too bad. Call Soft Touch Dentistry at the Brighton office at (617) 782-9250 or the Newton office at (617) 332-8146.