Tooth sensitivity 101

Does ice cream make you scream in pain instead of joy? If so, you’re not alone. According to dental surveys, about 1 in 8 adults may have overly sensitive teeth. But just because it’s common to cringe at cold, hot, and sweet foods, it doesn’t mean you should ignore the feeling.

Here are some possible reasons for overly sensitive teeth and ways to soothe the pain.

Common reasons for tooth sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is due to worn tooth enamel or exposed roots. Cavities, cracked or chipped teeth, receding gums, and gum disease could also be the culprit for your sensitivity to certain foods.

Tooth sensitivity means your teeth are vulnerable and exposed, which could indicate a cavity or other oral health issues.

How to soothe teeth sensitivity 

The first step to de-sensitizing your teeth is to visit your dentist! They’ll be able to diagnose and recommend the best solutions for your tooth sensitivity. They can also point out flaws in your brushing routine that may contribute to the problem.

If you’re not already using a soft-bristled toothbrush, make the switch! A soft-bristled brush cleans your teeth without wearing the enamel down and causing tooth sensitivity. Flossing daily and using fluoride toothpaste are both ways to help strengthen your teeth and fight against hypersensitivity.

Don’t miss out on that ice cream cone because of your teeth! Solve your teeth sensitivity problems now by booking an appointment with Jackson Dental. Our experts can help identify possible reasons for your pain and suggest solutions.

Call us at (573) 243-5200 or stop by Jackson Dental’s office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo., to schedule a visit.