Sensitive teeth can be very uncomfortable and significantly reduce the quality of everyday life. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the enamel on your teeth is eroded away, exposing the underlying layer of dentin. This layer is filled with tiny nerve endings that are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, sweet and acidic foods, and even air. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce tooth sensitivity and make it easier to enjoy all kinds of food without discomfort.
It can be triggered by:
● Cold food or drinks
● Acidic food or drinks
● Cold air
Causes of Sensitive Teeth
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of things such as brushing too hard or using a toothbrush with hard bristles, eating highly acidic foods or drinks such as citrus fruits or sodas, grinding your teeth at night, or receding gums due to gum disease.
It’s important to identify what might be causing your tooth sensitivity in order to properly address the issue.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
● Using fluoridated dental products.
The first step in treating sensitive teeth is to switch from a toothpaste that contains fluoride to one specifically designed for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes contain compounds that block pain signals from being sent from the impacted nerves in your teeth.
● Using a softer toothbrush
You may also want to try switching up your brushing technique by using short strokes rather than long ones and applying less pressure when brushing.
Additionally, consider using an electric toothbrush with soft bristles since they tend to apply less pressure than manual ones do. If you grind your teeth at night, we recommend wearing a custom-made mouthguard while you sleep.
● Visiting a Dentist
Lastly, we recommend seeing a dentist for professional help if you have severe or chronic tooth sensitivity that does not respond well to home remedies or
over-the-counter treatments like desensitizing toothpaste.
A dentist may suggest getting a bonding agent applied directly onto the affected area which helps protect it from further damage while providing relief from pain and discomfort associated with sensitivity.
They may also suggest Root canal therapy if your dentist believes that there is enough tooth structure loss and nerve sitting within the tooth is extremely sensitive for a prolonged period of time.
No matter what the cause of your sensitive teeth may be, there are solutions available that can help provide relief from pain and discomfort so you can enjoy all kinds of food without having to worry about intense sensations shooting through your mouth each time something touches one of your more vulnerable spots!
Of course, prevention is always better than cure; so make sure you’re brushing twice daily (with short strokes) and flossing once every day as well as avoiding highly acidic foods/drinks if possible!
If you believe that none of these home remedies have worked for you then it’s time for you schedule an appointment with a dental professional who will be able to diagnose the root cause accurately and provide treatment accordingly! For this you can schedule an appointment and visit our clinic today!