A lady is brushing her sensitive teeth

Sensitive teeth

Is the taste of ice cream or a sip of hot coffee sometimes a painful experience for you? Is brushing or flossing an occasional obstacle? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth is a very common problem. Luckily this problem can be solved.

Possible causes include:

  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth root

In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin.  Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When the underlying dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity.

Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity. We suggest a variety of treatments:

 

bluem® toothpaste

Use our toothpaste twice daily and apply with an ultra soft toothbrush.

 

bluem® alcohol and fluoride free mouthwash

Use once or twice daily after brushing your teeth. Rinse for 60 seconds. Don’t rinse with water afterwards. Let the oxygen do its work.

Proper oral hygiene is the key to prevent tooth pain. If you have any questions about your daily oral hygiene routine or have any concerns about tooth sensitivity, ask your dentist.