Anyone of any age can develop tooth sensitivity for a variety of reasons. However, seniors are sometimes likely to experience sensitive teeth due to specific causes like those mentioned below. If one or more teeth become sensitive, a senior should get a dental examination to identify and treat the source of the problem.
Following a thorough exam, the dentist can explain what is causing tooth sensitivity. A common issue is that a tooth's roots may be exposed, allowing access to the nerve, which can be irritated by brushing, flossing, or even without being touched. As we get older, a person's gums may begin to recede, which then exposes the deeper part of the tooth. This may or may not be visible, so a dental exam is needed to diagnose the problem.
Thin Gum Tissue
A person's gums not only may recede to expose more of the teeth, but that skin or tissue often becomes thinner. Sensitive gums can be painful during eating, brushing, or flossing and may benefit from certain dental products the dentist can recommend. In some cases, a very thin sliver of skin tissue from another area of the mouth, often the roof behind the upper front teeth, can be transplanted into the thinner gum section to build up that area. This would require a referral to a periodontal specialist for evaluation.
Wear And Tear
We know that extended use of something will cause it to eventually deteriorate. The same is true of teeth. Over time after years of use, a person's teeth can become sensitive. Sometimes, teeth can become weakened from decades of chewing, and not only will they be sensitive but also may start to tip or even fall out. A dental exam can confirm whether this is the problem and advise patients how to treat it.
Certain medications can cause the mouth to become dry. Not drinking enough water can also contribute to this issue. A dry mouth can cause teeth to become sensitive. Fortunately, there are easy and convenient things a person can do to treat or prevent dry mouth, such as drink more water or chew gum. But first it is important to check with the doctor or dentist's office for advice that is relevant for each individual.
If your teeth start feeling sensitive, or you experience discomfort when eating or caring for your teeth, contact your dental practitioner. A basic dental exam and X-rays can help to identify the problem so it can be treated.
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