If you ever experienced teeth sensitivity, you know how much of a pain it can be. It is a common dental problem that causes pain when eating or drinking something cold, hot, or sweet. There are many causes of teeth sensitivity, and we will discuss them more in this post. Not sure why your teeth hurt every time you eat ice cream or drink a coffee? Get advice from our virtual dentist at The Teledentists.
Know More about Teeth Sensitivity
We first look at the basic tooth anatomy to fully understand the causes of tooth sensitivity. The tooth is made up of three layers: the pulp, the dentin, and the enamel. The pulp is the inner layer of the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The dentin is a layer under the enamel that contains tiny tubes that leads to the pulp. Finally, the enamel is the outermost layer that protects the tooth from any damage. The dentin and enamel are quite hard and make up the majority of the tooth. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the tooth’s enamel is worn, exposing the dentin below. The dentin is a very sensitive layer that contains small pores. Exposed pores allow certain stimuli to reach the tooth’s nerve endings causing pain.
How We Can Help with Teeth Sensitivity
Brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles is one of the most common causes of teeth sensitivity. When you brush too hard, you can wear down the enamel exposing sensitive dentin beneath. We recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush and being gentle with your gums and teeth. During our online consultation, we at The Teledentists can recommend toothpastes and toothbrushes, and teach you good brushing techniques.
There are several toothpaste options in the market for sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth toothpaste coats the outer layer of the enamel which decreases the sensitivity of your nerves. The best options contain potassium nitrate, fluoride, and strontium chloride. The toothpaste we recommend can provide protection and additional relief from hypersensitivity. If possible, try to implement fluoride in your brushing routine. Fluoride found in mouth rinses or toothpaste can prevent teeth sensitivity as the mineral help provide additional protection.
Receding gums are also one of the many causes of teeth sensitivity. We have several treatment options to offer if your gums are receding due to gum disease or vigorous brushing. Based on the severity of your situation, we might recommend deep cleaning or other procedures for receding gums. This is to protect your tooth roots which in turn prevents tooth loss.
Why Choose The Teledentists’ Dental Services for Your Oral Health Concerns?
At the Teledentist, we aim to provide personalized service for people who require dental care. Our professional team at the Teledentist are on-call and available to provide virtual dental services around the clock. Our team, backed with decades of experience, is excited to start your oral health journey with you today!