Sensitive Teeth Factors and Fixes

WHO’S READY FOR A SENSITIVE DISCUSSION? Sensitive teeth discussion, that is. Ok, so not all of you deal with sensitive teeth, but for those of you that do, it’s something that can really change your day and your eating habits.

Tooth sensitivity can come from just about anywhere—sweet or sour foods, hot or cold temperatures, even just biting down. The resulting pain can be mild to severe, and many times is very sharp—shooting right into the nerve endings.

There are many causes of sensitivity, but they all result in one problem: The nerve endings in your teeth become too easily exposed, creating a lower tolerance for the things you put in your mouth.

No matter the level, Drs. Daniel and Jared Theurer know that tooth sensitivity is not pleasant. So here’s a couple of things you can do to help prevent and help your teeth be less sensitive:

  • BRUSHING: Keeping up proper hygiene to prevent tarter buildup helps reduce the risk of exposing nerves. Using a soft bristled toothbrush when you brush causes less abrasion and reduces potential gum recession. There are also several brands of toothpaste that help decrease sensitivity with regular use.
  • DAILY ROUTINE: Daily use of a fluoridated mouthwash can decrease sensitivity. Highly acidic foods can contribute to the dissolve of tooth enamel; limiting these foods can help. Teeth grinding and clenching can also lead to wearing of the enamel.

We want to be your largest defense in preventing and solving your sensitive tooth issues. After learning about your habits and understanding your teeth, we can recommend solutions and help with steps to make your teeth less sensitive and your daily life more pleasant.

Our friends at Howcast created the following video about your sensitive teeth:

If you have any general questions about tooth sensitivity, send us a question through email or Facebook—chances are you have the same question as many of our other patients—and we’d love to share.