Tooth sensitivity can affect one or more of your teeth. When this happens, it is common that you will feel pain when eating or drinking food items that are hot, cold, sweet or even sour—even a breath of cold air can cause agonizing pain.
So, what causes tooth sensitivity?
Sensitive teeth are the result of gums receding and exposing the surface beneath, called dentin. The roots have little tiny canals that conduct sensation to the inner part of the tooth where the nerves reside. When these food items come in contact with your root surfaces, a signal is sent to the pulp of the tooth which is then interpreted by your brain as pain.
Steps to reducing tooth sensitivity include:
- Brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly.
- Use a soft-bristled brush
- Use toothpaste made specially for sensitive teeth, i.e. Sensodyne
- Avoid grinding your teeth
- Maintain a balanced diet, avoiding acidic foods and drinks
- See your dentist at least every 6 months
We encourage you to schedule an appointment to see our dentist in Glendale if you are experiencing tooth sensitivity. Remember, we are here for your every need!
Location: 411 N Central Ave Suite #245, Glendale, CA 91203