If you have ever drawn in a breath of air and cringed because it made your teeth (or tooth) hurt, you are not alone. You are likely experiencing the effects of tooth sensitivity, one of the most common dental conditions we see in our practice. At Acre Wood Dental, our dentists located in Waco, Temple, and Gatesville, Texas, can help.
You see, inside your pearly whites, there are tiny tubes in the tissue of the dentin (the layer beneath the enamel) which carry fluid to the nerves. When the fluid moves within the tubes, you can experience irritation in the nerves. Normally your dentin is protected by the hard layer of enamel on top, but if you have gums which have receded, or your enamel has worn down, this can allow the tubules to be exposed.
Once your tubules are exposed, you can experience pain from eating or drinking cold or hot foods, touching your teeth, or exposing your teeth to cold air. Your pearly whites can be worn down by brushing your teeth too hard, prolonged exposure to acidic foods and drinks, i.e. soda, citrus juices or fruit, and conditions like acid reflux or bulimia which can erode precious tooth enamel.
There Is Help:
— Use a desensitizing toothpaste
— Dental sealants
— Limiting soda and acidic foods
— Brush gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush
The most important thing you can do is see our dentist to rule out a cavity or abscess. So, if your teeth hurt and you suspect you might have tooth sensitivity, we invite you to call 254 227-5082 and schedule an appointment with one of our skilled dentists at a location nearest you. Our Acrewood Dental team in Waco, Temple, and Gatesville, Texas, are here for you!