When the enamel that protects your teeth get thinner, or when gum recession occurs, it reduces the protection of the enamel and gums to the tooth and the root of the tooth. This is called tooth sensitivity. It can be caused by using a tooth brush too aggressively and thus waring out the tooth enamel, erosion of the teeth due to acidic food and beverages or gastroesophageal reflux disease, and receding gums that leave the root of your tooth exposed. Tooth sensitivity in time can appear and disappear, but generally if you experience pain or sensitivity when breathing in cold air or when drinking or eating either cold, hot, sweet or very acidic food and drinks, you might suffer from sensitive teeth.
The key to preventing gums from receding and causing sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Take care not to over brush or brush your teeth incorrectly. Try and use toothpaste without high levels of abrasives, or look for fluoride gel or rinse that helps make your teeth less sensitive and provide extra protection against further tooth pain.
SummerHill Dental Care in Newmarket, Ontario will help you find a solution to sensitive teeth. Call or stop by today!