Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?

A nice cold drink can just hit the spot. But crunch on that piece of ice and you could feel a zinger in your tooth that’ll send you through the roof! Most people have experienced that sharp shooting pain, but Dr. Scott Shamblott from Shamblott Family Dentistry says a trip to the dentist and some over the counter products could make that pain all go away.

Why are your teeth so sensitive?
Enamel Wear: grinding your teeth and brushing your teeth too much can wear down your enamel. Enamel is the hard outermost surface of the tooth and it’s harder than any other substance in the body. With time though, it can erode.
Gum Recession: The inner part of the tooth and the root surface can become exposed. Those exposed surfaces have millions of tiny holes that contain nerve fibers. Those nerve fibers can get irritated and cause severe pain.

What foods should you avoid?
Over time, acidic foods and drinks can cause your tooth enamel to wear down. This is called acid erosion.

Highly Acidic Foods
+ soda – this is one of the top foods to avoid for sensitive teeth. Soda has two ingredients that can irritate exposed teeth nerves: sugar and acid, so it’s a double whammy
+ sport drinks
+ orange juice
+ tomatoes
+ yogurt/sour cream
+ wine
+ most fermented foods and aged cheeses
+ fruits
+ pickled products

Moderately acidic foods
+ meat
+ beans
+ most grains
+ corn
+ fish
+ coffee
+ plums, prunes and cranberries

In the dental office, Dr. Scott Shamblott says a product called Pain Free Gel Dentin Desensitizer can help alleviate pain. Over-the-counter products like Sensodyne, Senzway Tooth Desensitizing Gel and Crest Pro-Health Sensi-Stop Tooth Sensitivity Relief Strips can offer temporary relief. But if those products don’t help, it may be time to see your dentist. Pain caused by tooth decay can feel similar to tooth sensitivity. Cracked or broken teeth can also cause sensitivity.

Shamblott Family Dentistry offers sedation dentistry and free emergency exams to all new patients. Learn more about their patient services and location details, here.

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