Living With Sensitive Teeth

If you have sensitive teeth, you know the sharp pain it can cause when your tooth is exposed to heat or cold, or sometimes sweets. There are many things that can cause sensitive teeth, including teeth whitening, dental work, gum recession, tooth decay, tooth damage, and aging.

Teeth become sensitive when the dentin, the soft layer under the enamel, becomes exposed. This layer connects to the tooth’s nerve, allowing triggers to to access it and cause pain.

If you have sensitive teeth, there are several methods to help keep them comfortable. Some of these include:

  • Brush and floss regularly to keep teeth and gum healthy
  • Brushing with a soft bristled brush, and brush carefully around the gumline
  • Use a toothpaste designed for use on sensitive teeth
  • Use fluoridated products such a toothpaste and rinses
  • Avoid acidic foods

If your teeth are persistently sensitive, your dentist may be able to come up with a solution for the problem. The exposed dentin can be sealed or bonded, or a fluoride varnish applied to the exposed dentin.

As with any dental issue, if you have sensitive teeth, it is best to talk to your dentist about it. Make an appointment as soon as possible to determine the cause of your sensitivity and create a plan for keeping the pain under control.