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If you have tooth sensitivity you may have exposed dentin. What is dentin? It is the layer under the tooth’s enamel with microscopic tubules filled with nerve endings. Your tooth enamel protects the dentin in the crown, and your cementum protects the dentin that reaches beneath the crown to the roots. If you have sensitive teeth, you might have the following:

Risks for Tooth Sensitivity:

–Are you brushing your teeth with a hard-bristled toothbrush and brushing in a harsh sawing motion?
–Are you eating and drinking highly acidic products?
–Do you have worn, leaky fillings in your teeth, or broken teeth, exposing the dentin?
–Do you have receding gums?
–Do you grind your teeth while you sleep?
–Have you recently had dental work done, such as fillings, whitening, or a crown done?
–Do you have a buildup of plaque on your teeth?

The Four Tissues That Make up a Tooth:

Enamel—this is a hard tissue which coats the crown and is the hardest tissue in the body. After it is fully formed, it cannot grow or repair itself, but it can remineralize (regain lost minerals). To remineralize teeth, you will need a healthy supply of calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D.

Dentin—this is the main part of a tooth. It is harder than bone and softer than enamel and contains microscopic canals, or tubules. These tubules transmit pain stimuli and nutrition through the tissues. Your dentin is what gives your tooth its color.

Cementum—this thin layer covers the root of the tooth. Cementum is harder than bone but softer than enamel and dentin.

Pulp—this is the soft tissue in a tooth’s center surrounded by dentin. It is made of blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerve tissue, connective tissue and cells. The pulp nourishes the tooth and repairs dentin.

To help your tooth sensitivity you can start brushing with a soft-bristled brush, limit acidic foods, use a densensitizing toothpaste and wear a mouth guard if you grind your teeth while you sleep.

If you have concerns about tooth sensitivity, please call the team at Turlock Dental Care today at 209-667-7889!