Tooth sensitivity can hit at nearly any age, and can be caused by many differing factors. Sometimes you are born with it, sometimes it develops gradually from wear and tear, and sometimes the integrity of your tooth is compromised, leading to pain and sensitivity.
It can happen to anyone. Thankfully, there are several desensitizing toothpastes that can help solve this problem day in and day out. Once you find that you have this problem, it is simply a matter of finding what works best for you.
How Does it Work?
Sensitivity is caused by dentinal tubules (canals within your tooth's dentin) becoming exposed, and nerves reacting poorly to stimulus. Most commonly, it is caused by dentin becoming exposed through receding gums or acid eroding at the enamel. The pain is often triggered by hot or cold beverages or drinks passing over the teeth.
There are two different ways to treat pain from this exposure. Some toothpastes work from the inside out, repairing the dentin from the inside, and working to continue protecting it throughout your day. Other toothpastes work from the outside, soothing and coating the exposed nerves and protecting them. Using the paste that your dentist recommends for you the way you are instructed will give you the best results.
If you think that you may have sensitive teeth, come see us. We can help you come up with a long term treatment plan that will best help keep you pain free throughout your day.
There is a lot of variety in toothpastes, so chances are good that you can continue using the brand that you use currently if you would like, since most brands make at least one version of a sensitive formula paste. It is an easy solution, and we are happy to help you find it!
Please contact our office if you have any questions about your toothpaste.