Maybe you’ve seen the ads for a new product called “Sensi-Strips” and have considered buying a box to try them out.
Before you run to the drugstore, we want you to consider an important question: Have you ever notified your dentist that you are experiencing tooth sensitivity?
Teeth can become sensitive for a number of reasons, and if your teeth are bothering you, we need to know so that we can treat the underlying cause. We know how uncomfortable and troublesome sensitive teeth can be, and we can discuss ways to relieve sensitivity until the condition resolves, which may include using certain types of toothpaste and other products.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity
Some causes of tooth sensitivity are easy to address, such as:
- Brushing your teeth too forcefully
- Using a medium- or firm-bristled brush
- Eating too many acidic foods
- Using whitening toothpaste or other over-the-counter whitening products
Making some simple changes to your routine and learning better oral hygiene techniques will solve these issues right away.
But other reasons for tooth sensitivity will require professional dental care, including:
- Periodontal disease
- Teeth grinding
- A build-up of plaque or tartar
- Dental infections
- Chips or cracks
You can see why Hillsboro dentists Drs. John and Ryan Smith would want to discuss your condition with you first before you decide to self-treat!
Why Do Teeth Become Sensitive?
Since the nerve of your tooth is inside and protected by the many layers of your tooth, why do your teeth feel sensitivity at all?
Normally, your enamel serves as a protective layer over the top of your porous dentin. If anything happens to cause damage to the enamel or causes it to thin, your dentin can become exposed.
The pores in your dentin travel from the outside of the tooth into the center, where the tooth’s nerve is located. Changes in temperature and even some foods, like sugar, stimulate the pores and cause the nerve to send a painful signal to your brain.
It’s important to protect your enamel by brushing with good technique using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Your Hillsboro dentists are happy to discuss your technique with you and whether or not you are using the appropriate tools.
Flossing is also important because it helps prevent gum disease, which leads to gum recession. When your gums recede, the dentin in your roots becomes exposed, which typically leads to sensitivity.
Call for a Check-Up
If your teeth are feeling sensitive, don’t hesitate to call our Hillsboro dental office. We’ll see what’s going on and get you started on the road to recovery.