Reasons and treatments for sensitive teeth
By Kianoosh Behshid, DDS, PLLC
January 21, 2015
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It is not uncommon for people to experience sensitivity in their teeth. In fact, about one of every three Americans experiences some type of pain or sensitivity in their teeth. The bad news is tooth sensitivity is uncomfortable, but the good news is that it is a solvable problem.

There are ways to free yourself of that uncomfortable feeling, more commonly known as dentinal hypersensitivity. There is a protective cover atop the dentin, which is tissue in your tooth. When that cover starts to erode, you start to feel a tingling sensation. Temperature sets off this sensation as does levels of pressure.

This can be caused by receding gums, which can be caused by a number of things. The first and most obvious cause is poor oral hygiene. The buildup of plaque can make for some very sensitive teeth. Plaque deteriorates enamel that protects your dentin. Without that protection, you will experience more and more sensitivity in your teeth. A cure to that is just to follow the appropriate steps to good oral hygiene.

Nonetheless, the more conscientious person can also fall victim to dentinal hypersensitivity. Brushing your teeth too aggressively can be a cause. If that is the case, the remedy is rather simple. Switch to a softer brush and ease up on the force you use when brushing.

People who grind their teeth can also expose their dentin by wearing down the enamel on their teeth. The way to combat this issue is to obtain a mouth guard from your dentist. Mouth guards can be custom made to fit your teeth exactly.

Some toothpaste includes teeth whitening ingredients, which can be damaging to your teeth. Some people are just more sensitive to those ingredients, which naturally makes their teeth more sensitive. A simple solution would just be to switch brands of toothpaste.

Too much mouthwash can have the same effect. There are lots of chemicals and alcohol in mouthwash, and too much of those ingredients could make for an all-out assault on your enamel. If that is the case, try easing up on the mouthwash or going with a neutral fluoride rinse.

When searching for a general dentist Bellevue residents can trust, look to the experienced team at Fine Dental Arts. We will find a solution that works for you and show you the way to maintaining proper oral hygiene. We also provide general dentistry service to residents of the Redmond and Kirkland communities.