If you experience discomfort when you bite into your favorite ice cream bar or when sipping fresh hot tea, you may have sensitive teeth. Millions of people experience having sensitive teeth at some point in their life. It is quite common and most of the sensitivity results when
eating cold, hot, sour or acidic foods. If you do experience uncomfortable sensitivity there are a couple of things you can do.
The cause of tooth sensitivity is usually due to the exposure of tiny nerve fibers that are supposed to be protected by the hard tissue under tooth enamel. Certain things like tooth decay, receding gums, and cracks in teeth can all be reasons for why the nerves began to become exposed. Once those nerves are exposed, contact with certain foods and beverages can result in sharp bursts of pain and extreme discomfort.
Fixes for Sensitive Teeth
- Use a fluoride rinse that will prevent further tooth decay and strengthen teeth.
- Make sure you are brushing and flossing regularly. By cleaning your teeth properly you will prevent future decay and keep your teeth healthy.
- Use a soft toothbrush that won’t irritate the areas that are sensitive. This will also help to make sure you aren’t brushing too hard which can wear down the enamel on your teeth.
- Stay away from chewing tobacco and sticky candy that may increase your sensitivity. Besides being bad for your health they will increase the discomfort you feel if your teeth are sensitive.
- Get a desensitizing toothpaste, these toothpastes are formulated to cover the open areas where the nerves are exposed. Brush and spit out all traces of the toothpaste, but don’t rinse. This will make it easier to really get in and coat the areas where the nerves are exposed.
If you experience constant sensitivity it is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist. They can give you stronger products that will reduce the discomfort. They will also be able to accurately pin point the problem. Contact Greenspoint Dental, so we can help you.