Understanding Tooth Sensitivity With Your Dentist in Cape May
posted: Apr. 30, 2020.
If you’ve been met with sharp pain in your mouth every time you eat Italian ice or drink a hot beverage, your pain may be rooted in tooth sensitivity. There are several factors that can cause this sensitivity, and your dentist in Cape May could point them out to you. In fact, there are methods and treatments specifically catered for tooth sensitivity, so you shouldn’t have to settle for chronic pain when a solution awaits you inside.
WHY DO MY TEETH FEEL SENSITIVE?
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, about 40 million adults in the United States experience tooth sensitivity. So, how do teeth feel sensitive? Inside your tooth is a material called dentin which is filled with microscopic tubules filled with nerve endings. Normally, this dentin is protected by the outer layer of enamel and cementum, which protects your tooth’s roots.
If your dentin becomes exposed, it will react to hot, cold, acidic, and sticky foods, resulting in harsh pain. This is also commonly referred to as dentin hypersensitivity or nerve irritation.
WHAT CAUSED MY TEETH TO BECOME OVERSENSITIVE?
There are several ways your dentin could have become exposed over time. If you consume a lot of acidic foods/beverages or don’t practice proper oral hygiene, your tooth may have eroded, and tooth decay may have set in leaving dentin vulnerable. You may even be brushing your teeth too harshly causing your tooth enamel to become worn.
Your enamel also may have become warn down from persistent teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. This can occur during the day or at night while you’re sleeping.
HOW CAN I REDUCE THIS SENSITIVITY?
Any tooth sensitivity should be reported to your dentist as soon as its recognized. If they find the source of the problem they may be able to reduce it dramatically if it’s a loose filling or a cavity. However, for those who’s problem is not so obvious, there are several ways to treat sensitive teeth. Some treatments include:
- Fluoride – Fluoride applied directly to the tooth can help strengthen your tooth’s enamel and reduce pain. Your dentist may also might recommend prescription fluoride to be taken at home.
- Desensitizing toothpaste – This type of toothpaste is meant to help block the pain associated with sensitive teeth after several applications. Avoid highly abrasive toothpastes to reduce tooth sensitivity.
- Root canal – One of the most effective treatments, your dentist may recommend this to reach your tooth’s soft core, known as the dental pulp.
Ask your dentist in Cape May if they have treatments specifically catered to sensitive teeth today!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Scott J. Maslow earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Political Science at Case Western Reserve University followed by his Doctorate at Temple Dental School in Philadelphia. He is a member of several dental associations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, the ADA, and the New Jersey Dental Society. He’s also recognized as being one of New Jersey’s “2017 Top Dentists.” To learn more about him and his practice, you contact him at (609) 522-3145 or visit his website.