Why Are My Teeth Sensitive?
There are a ton of specialized toothpastes, mouthwashes, and toothbrushes available to Midlothian residents suffering from sensitive teeth. It is a very common problem that lots of products claim they can solve, but have you ever wondered why it exists? Today, we at Hawkins Family Dentistry would like to explain what causes tooth sensitivity and how these products work. Dr. Hawkins & Dr. Harmon want everyone in Midlothian to enjoy a pain-free mouth, so feel free to give us a call with any questions or to setup a consultation.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Do you find yourself ordering beverages without ice, drinking room temperature water, and waiting a long time for your coffee or tea to cool down? If you do, it’s probably because you have sensitive teeth. Enamel, which covers of the crown of your teeth, is the hardest substance in your body; tooth roots have a similar substance called cementum. However, beneath those layers is a softer, more porous layer called dentin. When dentin is exposed, the nerves in your teeth become much more sensitive to hot and cold and sticky or acidic foods and beverages.
Common causes of sensitive teeth are:
Treatment for Sensitive Teeth
Most Midlothian folks with sensitive teeth use Sensodyne© or some other type of toothpaste designed to reduce sensitivity. These products work by blocking sensation before it travels to the nerve. If toothpaste doesn’t help, Dr. Hawkins & Dr. Harmon offer in-office fluoride and desensitizing treatments that will help you get relief from pain. In cases of severe sensitivity, we may recommend surgical gum graft or a root canal.
Whatever the cause of your tooth pain or sensitive teeth, we can help! Call Hawkins Family Dentistry today to find out what we can do to keep your smile beautiful, healthy, and pain-free.