Reasons Your Teeth Become More Sensitive As You Age
Posted on 4/15/2018 by Dr. Anthony Dailley
There are so many things that can happen to the body (including our teeth) as we get older. One of them is increased tooth sensitivity. There are some reasons why tooth sensitivity may increase as you age.
And, there are some things you can do to protect your teeth to keep that sensitivity to a minimum.
Why Teeth May Become More Sensitive With Age
There are several reasons for tooth sensitivity as we age. This may happen just with the normal wear and tear of so many years using your teeth. Older people are also more likely to have receding gums, which is a big cause of tooth sensitivity.
In addition, dry mouth can increase chances of tooth sensitivity. Dry mouth is a common side effect of some medications, and older people are more likely to require the use of medication.
Ways You Can Prevent Tooth Sensitivity
You can prevent tooth sensitivity by both regular check-ups and care from your dentist along with good habits at home. We recommend scheduling a dental check-up and cleaning every 6 months, as well as any follow-up visits if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your mouth.
There are some dental treatments that can help with tooth sensitivity. At home, regular brushing and flossing (twice daily) is your best line of defense against tooth decay, eroding enamel, and gum disease.
Make sure you are not brushing too hard, and switch to a soft bristle toothbrush. You may want to switch to a sensitivity toothpaste, if you haven't already. If you grind your teeth, make sure you bring this to our attention, although we're likely to notice the signs at your check-up. You may need a mouth guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth at night, which can significantly damage teeth and erode enamel.
Let us help you decrease your susceptibility to tooth sensitivity as you get older. Contact us today to set up your regular check-up and cleaning. Talk to us about any pain or discomfort you are having, and we will be happy to answer your questions about your oral health and develop a treatment plan for getting your teeth feeling great again.