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Living with Sensitive Teeth

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When your teeth are not properly protected by your enamel, you may experience sensitive teeth. You can lose your enamel through exposure to acids in your meals, snacks and drinks. That acid works with the bacteria in your teeth to break down the enamel. You may also lose your enamel by grinding your teeth or by your teeth not meeting one another at the proper angles. As a result, if you eat or drink something sweet, or acidic, or even something very hot or cold, your nerves will sense those substances, causing you pain or other sensations in your tooth. Ice cream, candy, citrus fruits, and even pickles can cause your nerves to react if they are not protected by enamel. You can allow foods to cool off or warm up before you eat them, or avoid those foods that will irritate the nerve. However, one of the major problems with sensitive teeth is that it may discourage some people from brushing.

If you are experiencing sensitive teeth, you should talk with your dentist about the problem. Your dentist may suggest fluoride treatments. One of the simplest solutions for sensitive teeth is to brush with toothpaste formulated for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes block the pathways that allow that allow your tooth to feel pain or unpleasant sensations. Or, you may need to switch to a toothbrush with softer bristles, or brush less aggressively.

If you are dealing with sensitive teeth, don’t wait until you have developed cavities or other problems before reaching out to our dentist, Dr. Robin Cropper. If you live in the city, state area, you can plan your visit at Dentistry For Today by calling 502-839-6828 today.