If you have sensitive teeth then you know that it can be quite the hassle. Eating cold foods and drinking cold drinks are often incredibly painful for those with sensitive teeth issues. Tooth sensitivity can be the result of several factors. Gum recession, consuming acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding and brushing too hard are all causes of sensitive teeth. Tooth sensitivity can also occur after a dental treatment, like whitening, cleanings or root canals, as well as from root nerve damage. Fortunately, there are several ways to combat tooth sensitivity. To prevent any unwanted pain, check out our top five tips below.
Use the right toothpaste
Perhaps the best way to fight against tooth sensitivity is with a toothpaste designed for those with sensitive teeth. Many popular brands like Colgate, Crest, Sensodyne and Arm & Hammer all sell these toothpastes. When making a purchase, make sure that potassium nitrate is among the ingredients. This ingredient works to fight tooth sensitivity and prevent pain by blocking the tiny tubules that are in the dentin. Following up your toothbrushing routine with a mouthwash that has stannous fluoride will help the desensitization process.
Brush with the right tools
How you brush your teeth and the brush you use make a big difference with tooth sensitivity. Make sure that you are utilizing a toothbrush that is soft-bristled and ensure you are brushing gently. Brushing aggressively with medium or hard bristles will accelerate receding gums, which will in turn expose teeth and destroy enamel.
Steer clear of acidic foods and drinks
Foods high in acidic nature, like coffee, tea and citrus fruits, work against sensitive teeth by dissolving enamel. Avoiding these kinds of foods and drinks is ideal. If this is not possible, attempt to limit your exposure to them. Also, use a straw to consume these beverages as it will minimize the contact with them.
If you are a teeth grinder at night, chances are you suffer from tooth sensitivity. Grinding teeth can dissolve enamel, which in turn makes teeth more sensitive. If this is the case, we suggest coming in and getting a customized mouth guard fit for your mouth. This will help to prevent any destroying of enamel during the night.
If you are not sure if you grind your teeth, look out for the symptoms: serious headaches and severe jaw pain are both big signs that you may grind your teeth.
Stay close with your dentist
If tooth sensitivity is an issue for you then visiting your dentist is a good idea. He or she can determine exactly where the sensitivity is deriving from and can then apply an in-office desensitizer. This painted-on barrier, like a fluoride varnish, will work to decrease the sensitivity levels. Your dentist may recognize another issue that could be contributing to the sensitivity and will then be able to treat it.
If sensitivity continues to occur, call us today at 1-888-353-7165 to make an appointment to see Dr. Roth or Dr. Chase.