This delicious ice cream cone may be intimidating if you have sensitive teeth!
Does biting into an ice cream cone make you wince? Does a slice of pizza bring you more pain than pleasure? You might be suffering from tooth sensitivity. A visit to the dentist may be the sweet treat you need to indulge in a healthy, pain-free smile.
Think about everything you put your teeth through each day: that’s a lot of chomping, drinking, biting, and temperature fluctuations! Your tooth enamel provides a hard layer of protection for your teeth. Given the chance to wear down over time, you may find yourself with sensitive teeth.
Pain felt while consuming hot or cold foods can be caused by brushing too hard, using hard-bristle brushes, teeth grinding, consuming sugary and acidic foods, or receding gums. Tooth sensitivity is an indication that you may have an oral health issue that needs professional care.
Your daily habits, diet, medical history, dental hygiene, and even your genetics play a part in deciding what your future of dental health will be.
If you are experiencing pain when eating, drinking, or even breathing in cold air, there may be some habits you need to break when it comes to your daily routine:
Tooth sensitivity can also be a sign of a more serious health issue, like gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). If your gums look like they are receding, it may be a buildup of plaque and tartar that is pulling the gums back and increasing sensitivity.
A broken tooth may expose the inner root of the tooth to debris and bacteria, which causes pain and sensitivity. A small crack can generally be fixed with the use of a protective dental sealant such as with fillings, inlays or onlays.
Your family dentist can help ease your pain as well as provide you with a protocol to follow at home. He or she may recommend:
As your local family dentist, Dr. Priti Naik is committed to reducing and preventing dental issues such as tooth sensitivity, cavities, tooth decay and gum disease by encouraging quality preventive dental care.
Our team is thrilled to provide regular six month cleanings and comprehensive dental exams for our patients as well as monitoring oral health, and offering education for better at home care and daily choices. Call us today at (703) 288-1800 to schedule your appointment and meet our friendly and caring team!