Imagine this: a man has a popsicle and, instead of savoring it and letting it slowly melt in his mouth, he takes a huge bite out of it. For those reading this scenario, there will be two reactions that people have. It’ll be either, “So what? Big deal!” or “How can he do that?!” Why is it such a mixed bag when it comes to tooth sensitivity amongst individuals? In this blog post, we’ll help you answer the question, “Do I have sensitive teeth?”
Signs You May Have Sensitive Teeth
One of the biggest tell-tale signs of teeth sensitivity is brought to light when you’re eating or drinking. Much like the infamous Goldilocks, the porridge can easily be too hot or too cold when you have hypersensitive teeth. Why is it so difficult to find that temperature that’s just right? Read on to find out.
What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?
The tooth has a hard outer layer of enamel. Inside, there is dentin, which is much softer than enamel. After a while, the wear and tear life brings starts to take a toll on your enamel, wearing it down and exposing the dentin. Additionally, if you have gum recession, the root of your tooth could be exposed, causing sensitivity.
What You Can Do About Your Sensitive Teeth
The first thing you should do about your sensitive teeth is add more fluoride into your life. Most cities have fluoride in their water, so if you live in more rural areas or don’t drink your city’s water, talk to us at your next appointment about upping your fluoride intake. For more severe cases of tooth sensitivity, there are other options, such as a root canal, desensitizing toothpaste, gum grafts, and more.
If your sensitive teeth are getting to be a hassle, schedule an appointment with us today. We’ll get you back to feeling better in no time.