Are Your Teeth Sensitive?
Summer is here, and we are feeling the heat! Have you been avoiding cold treats and drinks this summer because they bother your teeth? If extremely cold temperatures touching your teeth make your cringe, you are experiencing one of the common symptoms of tooth sensitivity. You may also experience tooth sensitivity when drinking something hot, brushing your teeth, or flossing them. While many of us experience this sensation from time to time, it should not be happening frequently. Continue reading to learn what tooth sensitivity could be telling you about your oral health.
What to Know About Tooth Sensitivity
Your teeth are composed of various layers. The outer covering of the teeth is known as the enamel. The next layer is the cementum, then the dentin followed by the very inside of the tooth called the pulp. Although the enamel is extremely strong it can become compromised and weaken over time or after trauma. When the cementum becomes exposed, even slightly, is when tooth sensitivity can be experienced.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
When tooth sensitivity is recurring it is a sign that you may be experiencing a dental issue. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by:
- Brushing teeth too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush
- Receding gums
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Tooth grinding
Excessive teeth whitening
One Way to Help Tooth Sensitivity
If you begin to experience tooth sensitivity, the first step is to check your toothbrush and evaluate the way you brush your teeth. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and using gentle strokes to brush your teeth. You can also invest in a toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth. If you are unsure of the proper way to brush your teeth, our team will be more than happy to assist and teach you.
If you are experiencing frequent bouts of tooth sensitivity, we recommend calling our office located in Bowie, MD to schedule an appointment. We will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your symptoms and ensure that nothing more serious is occurring. See you soon!