sensitive teeth Richmond VAMany adults suffer from sensitive teeth. You know too well, the shooting pain you feel when eating ice cream, drinking a cold drink or even breathing cold air. Some people only experience pain occasionally, but many endure sensitive teeth every day. Let’s find out the cause of sensitive teeth and how we can treat the condition.

The Root of the Problem

The dentin is the layer of tooth just below the enamel. It serves to protect the pulp of the tooth, which is where all the nerves and blood vessels are located. If the outer layer of the tooth (enamel) thins, or becomes worn, the dentin is exposed and vulnerable. When the dentin of the tooth is exposed to food, beverages or even brushing, it stimulates the nerves in the tooth to react producing pain. Here are a few of the reasons tooth enamel and gums wear away exposing the delicate dentin:

  • Aggressive tooth brushing that erodes tooth enamel and causes gums to recede
  • Abrasive toothpastes and mouth rinses that wear down enamel
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Receding gums caused by aging or poor brushing technique
  • Teeth grinding and clenching, which wears tooth enamel away
  • Age, adults contend with sensitive teeth more often
  • Teeth whitening
  • Recent dental care procedures

Relieve Sensitive Teeth

If you are suffering from sensitive teeth, tell your dentist. At Grove Avenue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we encourage patients to be proactive about their dental health. We are here to answers your questions, determine the cause of your sensitivity and offer treatments to alleviate your discomfort. Usually, sensitive teeth can be soothed with better dental care. Patients are typically advised to follow these steps at home:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Avoid brushing too hard
  • Brush your teeth with desensitizing toothpaste
  • Practice proper dental care at home
  • Visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings to help prevent future problems

How Grove Avenue Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help

If these steps do not work and you are still experiencing sensitivity, we offer procedures to strengthen the enamel and help reduce dentin exposure that will relieve your discomfort. At Grove Avenue Dentistry, we do not want you to be uncomfortable. If you are suffering from sensitive teeth, call us today to schedule an appointment 804.285.1378.