When you have sensitive teeth, performing such activities such as brushing, flossing, eating or drinking can cause pain in your teeth.
Sensitive teeth are typically the cause of loss of enamel structure from grinding or tooth abrasion or from exposed root surfaces cause by recession. However, tooth sensitivity can also be caused by other contributing factors such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, a recently placed or high filling or temporary sensitivity that may be caused from whitening. By seeing your independent dental hygienist, we can help you identify or rule out the underlying causes of your tooth pain. Depending on the cause for your sensitivity, we may recommend the following; desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride application, desensitizing applications, referrals to specialists for tissue grafting or root canals. With common complaints of sensitivity to cold the application of a desensitizing agent can be the most effective and beneficial. A clear layer of desensitizing agent can be applied to sensitive areas which help block or occlude the dentinal tubules/channels so that nerve receptors are not firing upon the presence of stimuli. To prevent or maintain sensitive teeth your dental hygienist may offer some insightful recommendations or oral hygiene instructions that you can implement at home.