Does the thought of eating cold ice cream or sipping on hot coffee make you cringe? Do you suffer from pain when you eat sweet, sour or acidic foods? Even a breath of cold air could instigate that painful sensation. This sharp and sudden pain that shoots deep in the nerve ending of your teeth is referred to as tooth sensitivity.
The American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that around 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from mild to chronic tooth sensitivity. There are various factors that cause this feeling, ranging from age, use of tooth-whitening products, grinding your teeth, tooth decay, gum disease and acidic food. Since there are numerous reasons behind this problem, we recommend visiting your dentist to evaluate and treat your unique case.
In the meantime, you can minimize the pain by adhering to the following tips:
- Use Fluoride Toothpaste or Mouthwash: When purchasing toothpaste and mouthwash, keep a look out for the ingredient, fluoride. Fluoride helps protect against tooth sensitivity by strengthening tooth enamel.
- Avoid food that triggers your sensitivity: If possible, try limiting or eliminating extremely hot/cold and acidic food and beverages.
- Use warm water: If brushing your teeth with cold water irritates your teeth, try using warm (not hot) water instead.
In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel, cementum, protects the crowns of your teeth (right above the gum line). Beneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin. When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel, you begin to feel the sensitivity from hot/cold and acidic/sour foods, as they are able to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth.
Dr. Finkelstein of Plantation is very familiar with the causes, symptoms and treatments of tooth sensitivity. She is happy to provide a consultation to find the source of the problem and relieve your pain.
Call our office today to set up an appointment at 954-584-1030.
Heidi R. Finkelstein, DMD, PA
333 NW 70th Ave Suite 204, Plantation FL, 33317