When was the last time you were uncomfortable? Hopefully, it wasn’t in the dentist’s chair (because our Anaheim area dentists try our hardest to make sure every patient is comfortable!)
Nobody likes being uncomfortable. And when it comes to your teeth – the feeling of discomfort can be particularly bothersome, especially if you don’t have dental insurance, because then you worry, and worry, and worry that something is wrong.
One source of discomfort for hundreds of thousands of people around the world is dental sensitivity. But while we dental sensitivity is a common and (oftentimes) relatively minor problem – it can still be pretty annoying.
Dental sensitivity most frequently occurs when your teeth come into contact with specific substances or environmental factors (like cold or heat). If this sounds familiar to you, you shouldn’t feel alone – it’s estimated that over 40 million adults have some form of dental sensitivity. When it rears its ugly head – the sensation is typically a sharp, sudden, and short-lived feeling that’s very hard to ignore. For some, cold is the biggest culprit. For others, it’s heat, sugar, or acidic foods. But more often than not – cold is most commonly the leading instigator.
How does it happen?
Dental sensitivity can happen to anyone – and there’s really not one group that experiences it more than others (unless you count nailbiters). When your teeth are healthy – a thin but strong layer of enamel covers and protects a sensitive under-layer called dentin. Dentin is softer than enamel and contains tiny microscopic tubes that lead directly to the heart of your tooth (the pulp) which consists of many little nerve endings.
When the dentin gets thin or worn away – heat, cold, sugar, and acids can work their way into the tooth, rubbing up against nerve endings and giving you a bit of a jolt. This can come about for a number of reasons ranging from bruxism and gum recession to plaque, strong whitening products, plaque build-up and more.
So, does it go away?
What many patients wonder is – will it stop? And that all depends. Sensitive teeth won’t ever completely disappear because it’s incredibly hard to completely regenerate your dentin. But there are steps you can take to make sensitivity less severe. If you have sensitive teeth, try the following:
- Use a soft toothbrush
- Try tooth paste made for sensitive teeth
- Manage stress so you don’t grind your teeth at night – or, if necessary – get a nightguard.
- Avoid foods that are high in acid
- Avoid mouthwash with alcohol
Are your teeth sensitive? Our dentists near fountain valley can help keep you comfortable. Get in touch today to schedule a consult and learn how we help our patients with sensitive teeth.