From ice cream and popsicles to frozen yogurt and milkshakes, cold treats sure are a sweet way to cool down during the summer months. Unless you have tooth sensitivity, that is. If that’s the case, a brain freeze is probably the least of your worries when it comes to icy treats.
According to a recent survey, one in eight Americans may suffer with this condition. People with sensitive teeth not only have painful experiences with hot and cold food and beverages, they may experience pain while brushing and flossing. Fortunately, there are ways to treat and prevent tooth sensitivity.
What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
Before you seek treatment for tooth sensitivity, it’s helpful to understand where it comes from. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), here are several causes of sensitive teeth:
• Tooth decay (cavities)
• Fractured teeth
• Worn fillings
• Gum disease
• Worn tooth enamel
• Exposed tooth root
Basically, there is a layer in your teeth below the enamel called dentin, which protects your nerves. When dentin loses its protection, hot, cold, acidic or sticky foods can reach those nerves and cause pain. The result? Sensitivity.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
The good news is that a trip to the dentist can solve your teeth sensitivity issues, or prevent them from happening in the first place. The type of treatment you receive depends on what type of sensitivity you’re experiencing, but your dentist will suggest the one they think will help. These treatment options include:
– Sensitive toothpaste and/or fluoride gel
– Bonding or a crown inlay/onlay
– Root canal and crown, or a dental implant
– Gum or bone grafts
– Better at-home dental hygiene
– A nightguard or mouthguard
Start enjoying those summer treats again. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your tooth sensitivity! Now taking new patients from Springville, South Provo and surrounding areas.