Teeth become sensitive when the dentin (the tooth layer covered by enamel) becomes exposed. When the dentin is exposed it allows the nerves and cells within the tooth to become sensitive to heat and cold or acidic, spicy and sugary foods. Its never fun to bite into one of your favorite foods only to experience a sudden burning or painful sensation. Do you know what could be causing your sensitivity, or if there are any foods you should consider staying away from?
There are a number of things you can do to help your sensitivity. For instance, we recommend the use of a desensitizing toothpaste or if those dont work we have an in-office varnish we can apply. Also, avoiding really hot or cold foods and limiting the amount of acidic, spicy and sweet foods you eat and drink such as tomatoes, soda, coffee, and alcohol.
If you have gum disease you could have even more sensitivity due to exposed roots. Consider using a low abrasion toothpaste and a tooth brush with soft bristles to provide some relief. Our team can help you address gum disease and exposed roots, which can both cause hypersensitive teeth.
If you have sensitive teeth, please dont hesitate to contact Fisher Distinctive Dentistry by calling 360-876-0445. Our team will examine your teeth and offer you personalized advice. We look forward to hearing from you soon.