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Dealing with Tooth Sensitivity

Dealing with Tooth Sensitivity

Do your teeth hurt when you consume food of extreme temperatures – Cold or hot hurts and so does touching it? Sometimes even brushing could be a problem. The reason is you are facing teeth sensitivity, which is a dental problem.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

Typically a tooth becomes sensitive when the dentine is exposed. Dentin is the layer that is below the tooth enamel. The dentin is that part of the teeth that houses the microscopic nerve fibers of your teeth. When the enamel of the teeth wear away due to decay, gum recession, excessive teeth grinding or clenching, or simply an accident, the dentin gets exposed, making the nerve fibers very sensitive to any form of touch.

This is not an uncommon situation. Often one may feel sensitivity in one or two of their teeth. But, if you do notice that a number of teeth have become sensitive it may help to connect with the dentist immediately. This could mean that due to some reason the enamel of the teeth is eroding and could be a cause of potential danger.

Remedies for Tooth Sensitivity

One can try doing various things when you feel the sensitivity on your teeth. Brushing your teeth with medically proven or prescribed desensitizing toothpaste helps. Dentists may also be able to prescribe desensitizing creams that can be applied to the affected spots to reduce the effects. Doing this three times a day may help to reduce the sensitivity and make you feel better. In addition, it may also help to consciously avoid very hot or cold food that could enhance the sensitivity. Avoid consuming sticky gums or sticky candy that can naturally cause abrasion and harm your teeth.

If sensitivity has set in due to tooth decay, it may help to keep your teeth clean at all times. Brush and floss your teeth regularly so that the leftover particles do not lead to decay and erosion. Also pay extra careful while brushing. Use a soft bristled tooth brush that cleanses teeth without causing any damage.

Kyle Huish

Kyle Huish

Dr. Kyle Huish is a fifth generation native Arizonan. He was born and raised in Mesa and graduated from Arizona State University in 2006. He then went to Ohio State University for his dental education where he graduated top of his class. Afterwards Dr. Huish went on to further his dental education by studying in both New York City and Pittsburgh where he mastered advanced techniques in dental implants and dental sedation.
Kyle Huish

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