Brar Family Dentistry welcomes children and patients of all ages to our family dentistry. We pride ourselves on providing families in the Nashua and Merrimack areas with general dentistry care they can count on to maintain great oral health or treat common dental problems. One of those common problems is sensitive teeth. Whether it’s cold drinks, hot soup or the use of whitening toothpaste that may be causing your sensitivity, Drs. Bar, Dressler and Yue have some ways you can ease the pain and keep it from interfering with your daily life.
What Does Sensitive Teeth Pain Feel Like?
Most commonly, sensitive teeth pain manifests as a sudden, sharp flash of pain when teeth are exposed to air, cold, sweet, acidic or hot foods. The pain may shoot into the tooth’s nerve endings but is usually temporary. At least 40 million adults suffer from sensitive teeth in the United States, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. As your trusted general dentistry, we care about the health of your teeth, which is why we want to take the time to discuss the topic of tooth sensitivity.
Why Is My Tooth Sensitive?
The pain you are having due to tooth sensitivity is caused by the traveling movement of fluid within tiny tubes located in the dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel that contains the inner pulp), which results in nerve irritation. If your hard enamel is worn down or your gums have receded, these tiny tube surfaces can become exposed. The pain is often sharp and sudden, but it is temporary. Having sensitive teeth can be caused by several reasons. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Using Tooth-Whitening Toothpaste.
Many are brushing with a tooth-whitening toothpaste but those pastes can contain chemicals and abrasive ingredients that may cause you pain.
Dr. Brar recommends only brushing with a soft-bristled brush and not pressing too hard when you do brush. Using hard bristles could wear down the enamel on your teeth and expose those tiny canals that lead to your dental nerves and cause you pain.
- Eating Foods High In Acid.
Citric foods like lemons, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, tomatoes or drinking soft drinks can aggravate your already exposed nerves and cause pain.
Even though your tooth enamel is very strong, grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel. This exposes the dentin, or the middle layer of the tooth, which contains the hollow tubes that lead to your nerves.
- Long-Term Use Of Some Mouthwashes.
Mouthwash that contains alcohol and other chemicals may cause trouble for those with sensitive teeth if your dentin is exposed.
As you grow older, your gums naturally recede and as this happens the tiny tubes are exposed and you may have sensitivity. If you develop gingivitis or gum disease, our expert dentists will detail a plan to treat the disease.
If you allow plaque to build up on your teeth and around your gums, it can wear away tooth enamel which exposes your teeth to sensitivity.
After you have a cavity filled or a filling replaced, you may experience some tooth sensitivity from the tooth decay irritating the tooth. This will improve after a few weeks. If it does not, be sure to contact our Nashua and Merrimack office.
- Using Whitening Treatments
Teeth-whitening treatments contain harsh chemicals that remove stains, but they can also remove the enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity.
Can Tooth Sensitivity Be Cured?
It is unlikely that you will completely cure your tooth sensitivity. However, properly diagnosing the reasons for tooth sensitivity is the best way to eliminate the pain. Symptoms may come and go until the cause of the sensitivity is permanently addressed. Dr. Brar can recommend the best course of action for you or your child. The treatments below may be considered to improve sensitive teeth.
What Are Natural Remedies For Sensitive Teeth?
The natural remedies recommended by Dr. Brar and the staff at Brar Family Dentistry mostly center around eliminating the cause of tooth sensitivity as mentioned above. These remedies include:
- Use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth.
- Brush gently with a soft-bristled brush & floss daily to eliminate plaque.
- Eliminate foods high in acid.
- Use a recommended fluoride rinse daily.
How Can Brar Family Dentistry Help You Cope With Sensitive Teeth?
It’s important to check with your general dentist if you are having prolonged bouts of pain due to tooth sensitivity. Dr. Brar or his associates can pinpoint the exact cause of your sensitive teeth. That way you’ll hit on the right solution. There are some treatments that Brar Family Dentistry can perform to assist with sensitive teeth if needed.
These may fix a tooth flaw or decay that is causing sensitivity.
These materials can be painted on your teeth to serve as an invisible barrier between afflicting foods and exposed nerves.
- Surgical gum restoration.
This will rebuild or restore your receding gums to protect the root and reduce sensitivity if the gum tissue has eroded from the root.
If you are a teeth grinder at night consider wearing a mouthguard to protect your teeth and save your enamel. Dr. Brar can custom-fit a mouthguard just for you.
Dr. Brar can apply dental sealants or other desensitizing and filling materials, including fluoride to the exposed root surface.
This is a last-resort treatment for severe tooth sensitivity that has not been helped by other methods.
Treat Tooth Sensitivity At Your Nashua and Merrimack, NH, Family Dentistry
Your tooth sensitivity is treatable. If a tooth is highly sensitive for more than three or four days and reacts to hot and cold temperatures, it’s best to get a diagnostic evaluation from your Nashua and Merrimack, NH, dentist to determine the extent of the problem. Between the home and the dentist-provided remedies listed above, we are sure to find ways to help you manage your hypersensitivity. Only an office visit can determine the most likely cause of your tooth sensitivity and the best solution for your particular situation. If you would like to talk to a caring professional about your sensitive teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our Merrimack office at 603-424-2121 or our Nashua office at 603-889-0601. We look forward to welcoming you to our family dentistry practice!