How to Deal with Sensitive Teeth

How to Deal with Sensitive Teeth 

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If your teeth twinge and the sight of hot beverages or wince at the thought of ice cream, and you avoid acidic foods because they hurt you, then it means you are suffering from sensitive teeth. This is a condition which affects well over 40 million Americans, tooth sensitivity is also known as root sensitivity, and dentin hypersensitivity.

Dr. Durusky offers a free initial consultation, if you suffer from sensitive teeth and are looking for a dentist near me call him at Cornerstone Dentistry (919) 595-1010 and schedule an appointment today.

Teeth are made up of layers. Healthy teeth have a layer of enamel protecting the crown which is that part directly above the gum line. The layer located under the gum line is called the cementum and it protects the root. Underneath the layers of enamel and cementum is the Dentin.

Dentin isn’t as thick as the enamel or the cementum, and it contains tubes and canals and when it gets exposed hot, cold, and acidic foods and beverages make their way into those tubes and canals reaching the nerves inside the tooth, and thus, tooth sensitivity is born.

Some common causes of sensitive teeth are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities
  • Worn down fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn down enamel layer
  • Exposed tooth root
  • Brushing too hard
  • Gum recession
  • Cracked teeth
  • Teeth grinding
  • Overuse of Whitening products
  • Age
  • Excess plaque
  • Mouthwash overuse
  • Excess of acidic food

There are some excellent ways you can prevent this terrible condition from affecting your teeth, they are:

  • Brush your teeth properly: Use only toothbrushes with small soft-bristled heads. If you have any doubts about the right way to brush your teeth ask your dentist in Chapel Hill NC for tips.


  • Be careful about what you eat: Take it easy with acidic foods, and also control your intake of beverages such as concentrated fruit juices, soft drinks, sports drinks, yogurt, and wine. If you can’t control yourself, consider drinking fluoridated water afterward.


  • Take care of yourself: Consider sleeping eight hours a day and exercise on a regular basis. By reducing your levels of stress you’ll be preventing excessive teeth grinding which leads to sensitive teeth.


  • Keep your dental appointments: Make sure you schedule regular visits to your dentist.

Now, as with most things, there is no better medicine than prevention, and in the case of sensitive teeth truer than ever. However, if you are already experiencing excessive sensitiveness in your teeth and it’s getting worse, then here are few tips that will help you deal with sensitive teeth:

  • Use special toothpaste: Make sure that whichever brand of toothpaste you use is specifically made to treat sensitive teeth. What makes them suited to treat this condition is a special ingredient that fills in the tiny holes in the exposed dentin.


  • Use a mouth guard at nights: Your dentist can make molds of your teeth and create a custom mouth guard which you can wear during bedtime.


  • Make a salt and water mouthwash: Make your own mouthwash by mixing water and salt, this can help you alleviate tooth sensitivity.

Although the tips described above have been proven to be very effective in helping people deal with this condition. But when the problem escalates to such proportions that it becomes unbearable you need to consider the best option of them all going to the dentist.

Schedule a visit to the dentist ASAP. Over time your teeth will be subject to damage, the enamel layer will be worn down and the root and nerves will be exposed. Scheduling regular appointments with your dentist will not only be beneficial for your dental hygiene, but it will also help you prevent/deal with sensitive teeth.

In order to identify the cause of the problem and come up with an effective cause of treatment, your dentist will ask you:

  • How often do you feel your teeth sensitive?
  • Do you experience sensitivity in all your teeth or just one?
  • Does the sensitivity only appear when you eat ice creams or soups?
  • Does it come up when you are drinking or eating acidic beverages or foods?
  • Does it hurt when you are chewing?

Depending on your answers your dentist can come up with a course of treatment to help you deal with this condition.

Dr. Durusky of Cornerstone Dentistry offers cosmetic dental implants in Chapel Hill. For a free consultation call (919) 595-1010 to schedule an appointment.

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If you have any questions about our dental services, please contact Cornerstone Chapel Hill Family Dentistry at:

Mail: 401 Providence Road Suite 101 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: (919) 595-1010