Get Info On The Causes Of And Solutions For Dental Sensitivity From Our STL Dentists

Written by Dr. Grayem on Nov 26, 2017

Get Info On The Causes Of And Solutions For Dental Sensitivity From Our STL Dentists

Dental sensitivity can be an annoying and chronic problem for dental patients of all ages. Today our Saint Louis dentists are giving you some more information about the causes of dental sensitivity, as well as what you can do to stay comfortable. We hope that this short article helps you take control of your dental health! 

So, the first thing to understand is that tooth sensitivity is tied to health and state of the patient’s dental enamel. Dental enamel is the outermost covering of your tooth, and it is designed to protect the inner tooth layers, which are more sensitive. Dental enamel does not have nerves, and it is pretty nonporous, so when it is healthy and thick, the patient is able to chew and drink comfortably.

However, when dental enamel is compromised, you’re likely to suffer from dental sensitivity has a result. This can occur when enamel begins to thin—either due to acidic substances or general wear and tear over time. Additionally, small cracks and chips in dental enamel can serve as pathways for dental debris and bacteria to reach the inner tooth layers.

Patients are likely to experience tooth sensitivity when their teeth are exposed to radical changes in temperature: drinking an ice-cold drink, or sipping on hot coffee, for example.  Dental sensitivity also tends to pop up as we move into winter, because our teeth are hit with cold air when we walk outside.

The key to avoiding dental sensitivity is to maintain strong and healthy dental enamel. In order to do this, make sure that you follow all of your dentist’s recommendations regarding oral hygiene, limit your smile’s exposure to acidic substances, and refrain from chomping on ice and hard candies.

If you’re already battling dental sensitivity, our dental team may recommend that you incorporate specific, tooth-strengthening and nerve-dulling toothpastes or mouth rinses into your routine. Also, professional treatments like dental bonding, custom restorations, and topical fluoride applications can help you overcome sensitivity for good.

Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to give any more information that you may need regarding dental sensitivity and oral health in general. Give us a call to get started and to schedule a personal consultation!