When the clocks spring ahead, warmer weather will soon be upon us. We at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach hope that you’re looking forward to icy treats in the summer. But if you suffer from sensitive teeth, we may be able to help you. Tooth sensitivity isn’t just a natural condition, it’s the result of dental damage, and it can be prevented.
Teeth are alive, and their pulpy chambers contain nerve endings. Ideally, the tooth roots are secured in place by the gums, and the crowns have a thick layer of enamel, which is the hardest tissue in the human body. But underneath the enamel is a layer of a tissue called dentin. It is made up of miniature tubes, and therefore doesn’t provide nearly as much protection. If enamel is eroded or rotten, the underlying dentin will be less defended against changes in temperature and pressure. Tooth roots have less enamel than crowns to start with, so if gum tissue recedes from around a tooth root, the tooth will also be prone to sensitivity.
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day will significantly reduce their risk of developing caries. But if your teeth are already sensitive, you may find that difficult. Try switching to a toothpaste recommended for sensitive teeth; it contains chemicals to block sensation through dentin. Also, be aware that you may be brushing too hard or with a toothbrush that has hard bristles. If you can see yellow-brown spots on your teeth, that may be dentin shining through. We can help you determine in our office if you need a fluoridation treatment to reinforce your dental enamel. We can also provide you with a customized night guard to keep your teeth from being eroded by grinding against each other while you sleep.
Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos operate All Coast Dental at 2180 Garnet Ave, Suite 1-K, Pacific Beach, California, 92109. To schedule an appointment, call 858-270-4904 or visit All Coast Dental and fill out a contact sheet.