There are many specialized toothbrushes and types of mouthwash and toothpaste available to San Diego residents who suffer 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, Dr. Collins would like to explain what causes tooth sensitivity and how these products work.
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 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:
Most San Diego 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. Collins offers in-office fluoride and desensitizing treatments that will help you get relief from pain. In cases of severe sensitivity, Dr. Collins may recommend surgical gum graft or a root canal.
Whatever the cause of your sensitive teeth, we can help! Contact Complete Dental Health today to find out what we can do to keep your smile beautiful, healthy, and pain-free.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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